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  1. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Big Ten battle, Kentucky in the Bayou

    Jan 28, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

    Roy Devyn Marble, Lenzelle Smith

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 7 Michigan State at No. 15 Iowa, 7:00 p.m. Two weeks ago, Iowa was the trendy pick to win the Big Ten. Then the Hawkeyes lost to Michigan and ceded that title to the Wolverines. In fact, while Iowa may be one of the most talented teams in the country,…

  2. The NCAA responds to Northwestern’s attempts to unionize

    Jan 28, 2014, 1:56 PM EDT

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    Earlier on Tuesday, reports surfaced about the attempts being made by Northwestern football players to unionize. It only took the NCAA a couple of hours to respond, as Donald Remy, the Chief Legal Officer, released the following statement: “This union-backed attempt to turn student-athletes into employees undermines the purpose of college: an education. Student-athletes are…

  3. Good at Rock-Paper-Scissors? You could get free tickets to a Navy game

    Jan 28, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

    @Chris_Grosse

    Navy is putting together one of the more creative promotions I can remember. Any fans that show up to Wednesday’s battle between Navy and Boston University will have a chance to win free tickets to the game if they can beat Navy’s mascot, Bill the Goat, in Rock-Paper-Scissors. Already have a ticket? Well, if you…

  4. Report: Illinois State’s John Jones out for six weeks with a broken foot

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

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    Illinois State’s front line got even smaller on Tuesday. John Jones will be out for six weeks after breaking a bone in his foot, according to Jim Benson, who covers Illinois State for the Pantagraph. Dan Muller said John Jones has broken foot and had surgery. Out at least 6 weeks. #isuhoops — Jim Benson…

  5. Xavier suspends reserve forward Jalen Reynolds indefinitely

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT

    Marquette v Xavier

    On Tuesday afternoon, Xavier head coach Chris Mack announced that Jalen Reynolds has been suspended indefinitely from the basketball team. “All of our players have responsibilities greater than basketball,” Mack said, according to Shannon Russell of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Any time those responsibilities are not given the appropriate attention, the first thing eliminated to allow…

  6. College Basketball Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    1. Doug McDermott, Creighton: Since 1997-1998, no college basketball player has averaged 24.5 points, 7.2 boards and shot 43.0% from beyond the arc. In NBA history, no player that has shot more than 15 threes in a season has averaged 24.5 points, 7.0 boards and shot 43.0% from three. Right now, McDermott is averaging 24.3…

  7. Report: Northwestern football players take first step towards unionization

    Jan 28, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT

    Kain Colter

    This doesn’t have anything to do with basketball, or even basketball players, but according to a report from Tom Farrey, a reporter for ESPN.com’s Outside The Lines, Northwestern football players have filed the paperwork to request to be represented by a union. In other words, they are formally requesting to be identified as employees. Ramogi…

  8. Lewis Preston’s leave of absence from Kennesaw State to last the season

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:19 AM EDT

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    Lewis Preston will not return to the Kennesaw State bench until the start of the 2014-2015 season, the school announced on Tuesday. Preston took a leave of absence from coaching the Owls for “medical and personal reasons” on January 2nd as Jimmy Lallathin took over in the interim. This is his third season as the head coach…

  9. Report: Australian phenom Dante Exum to sign with agent, skip college

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:25 AM EDT

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    It’s now official: Australian phenom Dante Exum will be skipping college and entering the NBA Draft. The news was first reported by Chad Ford of ESPN.com. He will sign with Rob Pelinka, an agent that also represents Kobe Bryant, James Harden and Andre Drummond. Exum is the son of Cecil Exum, a former North Carolina…

  10. The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chaz Williams UMass

    Chaz Williams appreciates UMass’ Coaches vs. Cancer effort (Daily Hampshire Gazette) The Coaches vs. Cancer “Suits and Sneakers” initiative is one that reaches many people across the country, due primarily to the fact that the disease has impacted so many. One of those is UMass point guard Chaz Williams, who lost his father to cancer…

  11. Late Night Snacks: Duke earns big road win, Oklahoma takes down Oklahoma State

    Jan 28, 2014, 1:30 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 9 Villanova 65, Georgetown 60 The Wildcats held off a Georgetown team desperate for a win on Monday night as Villanova went into the Verizon Center and held off the Hoyas for a Big East win. Villanova could never seem to pull away from Georgetown, as the Hoyas jumped out…

  12. Loss to No. 9 Villanova makes Saturday a must-win game for Georgetown

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:54 AM EDT

    Tyler Adams, Aaron Bowen

    James Bell scored 16 points to lead the way for No. 9 Villanova as they won a game that would have pleased those folks that are pining for the Old Big East. The final score was 65-60 in a game that featured 34 turnovers, 39 fouls and just 41 field goals. It wasn’t one for…

  13. Does No. 8 Oklahoma State have an issue with foul trouble?

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:18 AM EDT

    Oklahoma State v Kansas

    Kansas is the best team in the Big 12. They are far and away the favorite to win the conference at this point in the season, and it’s not really debatable as they are currently sitting two games in front of everyone else in the league. What’s surprising about that statement is that Oklahoma State…

  14. No. 23 Oklahoma uses high-powered offense to run past No. 8 Oklahoma State

    Jan 27, 2014, 11:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma Sooners head coach Kruger gestures toward players while playing against San Diego State Aztecs during NCAA basketball game in Philadelphia

    Oklahoma is 12th in the nation in scoring at 83.8 points per game and the Sooners usually shoot the ball around 15 seconds into the shot clocks on many of their offensive possessions. The Sooners like to push the tempo and find good, quick shots and when those shots are falling like they were on…

  15. Nebraska dismisses junior guard Deverell Biggs

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:43 PM EDT

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    Nebraska has dismissed junior guard Deverell Biggs from the team for multiple disciplinary reasons, according to a report from The World-Herald. The 6-foot Biggs played in 15 games this season for Nebraska after redshirting last season and spending his first two seasons at Seward County (Kan.) Community College.  Biggs was averaging 9.9 points per game…

  16. No. 18 Pitt loses to No. 17 Duke, will enter February without a quality win

    Jan 27, 2014, 9:59 PM EDT

    Duke v Pittsburgh

    Pitt had a chance to notch themselves their first noteworthy victory of the season as they hosted No. 17 Duke on Monday evening. Instead, the No. 18 Panthers were run off the floor in the second half, losing 80-65 in a game where Quinn Cook, Duke’s starting point guard, was slowed with an ankle injury.…

  17. Defense keeps improving for No. 17 Duke in win over No. 18 Pitt

    Jan 27, 2014, 9:38 PM EDT

    Duke v Clemson

    During Duke’s five-game win streak after a sluggish 1-2 start in the ACC one thing, in particular, has continued to improve for the Blue Devils: Half-court defense. That defense continued to show steady signs of improvement on Monday as No. 17 Duke controlled the second half and slowed down No. 18 Pitt on its way…

  18. Florida forward Damontre Harris back to practicing with the team

    Jan 27, 2014, 6:39 PM EDT

    Billy Donovan

    Florida forward Damontre Harris is back to practicing with the team after previously being dismissed from the team last month. The Associated Press is reporting that Harris is now running with the Florida scout team and is also involved with team activities. Head coach Billy Donovan will not allow Harris to play or sit on the…

  19. Mississippi State coach Rick Ray will not be punished by SEC for incident with Marshall Henderson

    Jan 27, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray will not be punished by the SEC for his role in a verbal altercation with Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson during the game between the two teams on Saturday, the Clarion-Ledger reported on Monday. Ray shouted a profanity towards Henderson with 6.2 seconds left in Ole Miss’ 82-63 win over Mississippi…

  20. NCAA announces eight finalists for 2017-20 Final Fours

    Jan 27, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT

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    On Monday, the NCAA announced eight potential sites for the men’s basketball Final Four during the 2017-2020 seasons. The eight finalists announced by the NCAA are Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, North Texas, Phoenix/Glendale, San Antonio and St. Louis. The eight finalists have combined to host 24 Final Fours and are also scheduled to host…