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  1. 2013 point guard Shane Rector verbally commits to attend Rutgers

    Jan 24, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Mike Rice

    Rutgers landed its first commitment in the 2013 class on Thursday morning, as Bronx point guard Shane Rector notified head coach Mike Rice of his decision to attend the school. The news was first reported by the Newark Star-Ledger, and Rector’s decision to join the program gives the Scarlet Knights yet another option in a…

  2. Duke’s 1:30 a.m. practice would be violation … if it happened

    Jan 24, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

    Rasheed Sulaimon, Mason Plumlee, Quinn Cook, Josh Hairston

    So Dan Patrick created a bit of a stir this morning when he said on his morning show that, after Duke’s loss to Miami on Wednesday night, his team practiced for more than three hours — from 1:30 a.m. until 4:45 a.m. — the minute they got back to Durham. Listen for yourself: That would…

  3. Pregame Shootaround 1.24.13: West Coast action heats up Thursday night

    Jan 24, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

    Solomon Hill, Chase Tapley

    Game of the Day: UCLA vs. No. 6 Arizona (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2) In the night’s biggest game, the Bruins head down to Tucson to take on an Arizona team in a game that is crucial to UCLA’s hopes of winning the Pac-12 regular season title. Both the Bruins and the Wildcats have lost their…

  4. Lehigh surprises Bucknell on the road without CJ McCollum

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT

    CJ McCollum

    Lost in the hullaballoo raised by Duke getting drubbed by 27 points and three other top 25 teams losing on Wednesday, one of the most important mid-major games of the season slid by, barely gaining notice. Lehigh and Bucknell were the two favorites in the Patriot League heading into the season. They were also two…

  5. Warren Sapp, Duke basketball, and the troll of the year

    Jan 24, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

    Duke v Miami

    I’m not sure there is anything that is more closely associated with Duke basketball than slapping the floor defensively. Whether it was Steve Wojciechowski or Greg Paulus or Jay Williams, that’s what Duke guards did on big defensive possessions. We’ve all seen it. Which is why what Miami did during last night’s curb-stomping of No.…

  6. Dougie McBuckets is new straw poll Player of the Year, but where’s Victor Oladipo?

    Jan 24, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    The latest Player of the Year straw poll is out, and not surprisingly, it’s topped by the three players that most believe are competing for the award: Doug McDermott (who shall henceforth be referred to only as Dougie McBuckets), Trey Burke and Mason Plumlee. McDermott had 26 of the 54 first place votes while Burke managed…

  7. NCAA PR officials don’t know NCAA rules (you’ll laugh)

    Jan 24, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT


    We all had a good laugh at the NCAA’s expense yesterday after the news came down that they were opening an investigation into improper conduct that happened during an investigation into improper conduct involving NCAA rules. So, it can be argued, that the NCAA either didn’t know or didn’t pay attention to their own rules…

  8. Catching you up on the Freshman of the Year race

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    UNLV v San Diego State

    College basketball has a different feel this season than it has in year’s past. Why? Because it’s not dominated by freshmen. There is no Anthony Davis or Kyrie Irving this season. The teams that are built around a recruiting class — Kentucky and UCLA, to name a few — are struggling, not overwhelming. The Player…

  9. No. 16 Oregon comes back to beat Wazzu, remains Pac-12 favorite

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT


    1925-1926. That’s the last time that Oregon started out the season 6-0 in conference play. They weren’t playing in the Pac-12 or the Pac-12 then. It was the Pacific Coast Conference. Mac Court wasn’t even built. But on Tuesday night, the No. 16 Ducks moved to 6-0 in the Pac-12, 17-2 overall, with a 68-61…

  10. No. 15 New Mexico moves to 4-0, two games up on MWC, with win vs. CSU

    Jan 24, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

    Tony, Snell, Pierce, Hornung

    No. 15 New Mexico jumped out to a 35-25 halftime lead on Colorado State and pushed that deficit to 20 midway through the second half. The Rams made a run, but it was too little, too late, as the Lobos moved to 17-2 on the season with a 66-61 win. Tony Snell had 23 points…

  11. The Morning Mix

    Jan 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT


    “Upset Week” continued last night on the college hardwood. Minnesota lost to Northwestern, Creighton lost to Drake, Butler lost to La Salle and Miami absolute demolished Duke. There were also at least six other games that can be classified as upsets as well. Oh, and Drexel’s Frantz Massenat hit a 50-foot buzzer-beater to beat Hofstra.…

  12. Late Night Snacks: Top 25 upsets rule the night in college basketball

    Jan 24, 2013, 1:17 AM EDT

    Miami Duke

    Game of the Day: La Salle 54, No. 9 Butler 53 La Salle’s Ramon Galloway, who had been struggling much of the night, drove down the left side of the lane and hit a layup with 2.7 seconds remaining to give the Explorers the lead. The Bulldogs had one more shot to win it with…

  13. Despite Trevor Mbakwe’s effort, No. 12 Minnesota falls in upset loss to Northwestern

    Jan 24, 2013, 12:09 AM EDT

    Minnesota Northwestern

    Wednesday night is the night of the court stormers, but the fans at Northwestern, even after watching their team beat No. 12 Minnesota, 55-48, remained in the stands to take in the victory. Court storm or not, it marks another solid Big Ten win over a ranked opponent and a disappointing in-conference loss for the…

  14. Drexel’s Frantz Massenat sinks 50-foot buzzer-beater to defeat Hofstra (VIDEO)

    Jan 23, 2013, 11:19 PM EDT

    James "Bruiser" Flint

    Drexel was picked to win the Colonial Athletic Association this season, but as a result of injuries and inconsistent play during the first two months of the year, the Dragons have been a bit of a disappointment. How bad has it been? The team that won 18 straight games at the end of last season…

  15. Drake holds off second-half run to upset Doug McDermott, No. 17 Creighton

    Jan 23, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Drake Creighton

    In line with Wednesday’s theme of Top 25 upsets, unranked Drake used 20 points from guard Richard Carter to beat No. 17 Creighton, 74-69, at Knapp Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Trailing by five with 0:33 remaining, Creighton senior Grant Gibbs drove to the basket and absorbed a foul, finishing the layup and hitting the…

  16. What does Wednesday’s blowout loss mean for No. 1 Duke?

    Jan 23, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Duke v Miami

    No. 1 Duke lost tonight at No. 25 Miami. That much isn’t a surprise. Miami got Reggie Johnson back tonight, and Duke is still playing without Ryan Kelly. The Hurricanes are the second best team in the ACC. They probably should be beating a banged-up Duke team at home. But they shouldn’t be embarrassing the…

  17. Ramon Galloway’s last-second bucket earns La Salle upset of No. 9 Butler

    Jan 23, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT

    Ramon Galloway

    For the first time in what seems like a decade, Butler’s magic appears to have worn off. After Andrew Smith’s third bucket in the final two minutes put Butler up 53-52, South Carolina transfer Ramon Galloway drove the length of the floor, finishing a layup on the left side of the rim with two seconds…

  18. Reggie Johnson returns in No. 25 Miami’s 27-point trouncing of No. 1 Duke

    Jan 23, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT

    Reggie Johnson

    Miami center Reggie Johnson entered Wednesday’s game against No. 1 Duke at the 14:17 mark of the first half to a crowd chanting his name. His unexpected return to the Hurricanes’ lineup after missing eight games with a broken thumb might not bring instant production from the 6-10, 292-pound senior, but if Wednesday’s energy and…

  19. Scott Martin reportedly might never play for Notre Dame again due to injury

    Jan 23, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

    Scott Martin

    Notre Dame senior Scott Martin will be sidelined for two to three weeks as he takes time to rest an aching knee, the Chicago Tribune is reporting. There is the possibility, though, that the nagging injury will keep him off the court for the remainder of the year, effectively ending his college career. Martin, 24,…

  20. North Carolina suspends Leslie McDonald for three games

    Jan 23, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Leslie McDonald

    North Carolina has suspended guard Leslie McDonald for three games for an undisclosed reason, the school announced in a statement Wednesday. According to UNC coach Roy Williams, McDonald “did not do what we expect of our student-athletes,” in dealing with his responsibilities as a student-athlete. The announcement comes hours before the Tar Heels were set to…

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