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  1. Illinois does their version of Taylor University’s “Silent Night”

    Nov 8, 2013, 8:49 PM EST

    John Groce

    On the outset, it would appear that Illinois was stealing Taylor University’s thunder by remaining silent for the beginning of their game against Nebraska-Omaha tonight. and then promptly erupting in cheers when the Illini scored their tenth point. On the Friday before final exams each year at Taylor University, the students gather in the quaint Odle…

  2. POSTERIZED: VMI’s Jordan Weethee channels his inner Blake Griffin

    Nov 8, 2013, 6:08 PM EST

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    It only took until the third game of the college basketball season to get our first real, honest-to-goodness, in-a-game-that-matters POSTERIZED. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is VMI’s Jordan Weethee. (MORE: Watch all of this year’s #POSTERIZED’s here) Here’s the crazy part of Weethee’s Blake Griffin-esque dunk: he missed the 2012-2013 season after tearing his ACL, the…

  3. Reid Travis commits to Stanford

    Nov 8, 2013, 5:52 PM EST

    Minnesota Boys All State Basketball

    Stanford made another nice addition to their front court on Friday, as 6-foot-7 bruiser Reid Travis committed to Johnny Dawkins and the Cardinal. Travis was one of my favorite players I saw this summer. He’s a bit undersized at around 6-foot-7, but he’s built like a truck and is tireless attacking the glass on both…

  4. Notre Dame sophomore Cameron Biedscheid will redshirt this season

    Nov 8, 2013, 5:44 PM EST

    Iowa State v Notre Dame

    Notre Dame sophomore wing Cameron Biedscheid will be redshirting this season. The skinny, 6-foot-6 wing averaged 6.2 points in 17.4 minutes off the bench, numbers that would have looked a lot better if Biedscheid hadn’t struggled so much shooting the ball down the stretch last season. The school announced the decision this afternoon, but head…

  5. Louisville’s Chane Behanan returns to practice, but no word on a return to game action

    Nov 8, 2013, 4:16 PM EST

    Louisville's Behanan fouls Oregon's Carter as he goes to the basket during their Midwest Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Indianapolis

    When Louisville junior forward Chane Behanan was suspended indefinitely last month, many wondered just how long Behanan would be away from the program. Head coach Rick Pitino originally stated that a return didn’t look “probable” but the stance has softened some recently. Behanan will participate in the pregame ceremony honoring last season’s national champion squad…

  6. NCAA docks Rutgers freshman Junior Etou six games

    Nov 8, 2013, 3:34 PM EST

    MaxPreps.com

    With the Eddie Jordan era set to get underway at Rutgers Friday night, the program finally has an answer regarding the status of one of their newcomers. According to Brendan Prunty of the Newark Star-Ledger, the NCAA has ruled that 6-foot-7 freshman forward Junior Etou is ineligible for Rutgers’ first six games of the season…

  7. Jeronne Maymon is ready to get back to the grind at Tennessee

    Nov 8, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

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    This will be an interesting season for Jeronne Maymon. NCAA rule changes have made defense something of a dirty word this year, and the Tennessee big man happens to play for Cuonzo Martin. That presents a bit of a dilemma. “It’s definitely very hard to please him on defense,” Maymon told NBCSports via phone. “He…

  8. Eastern Michigan wins first regular season game of the 2013-14 campaign

    Nov 8, 2013, 2:19 PM EST

    Rob Murphy

    The college basketball season is finally underway, and we’ve got our first winner: Eastern Michigan. With junior college transfer Karrington Ward leading four players in double figures with 17 points, the Eagles took care of Albion by the final score of 77-45. Glenn Bryant added 12 points off the bench for EMU and senior center…

  9. Broken foot to sideline Iowa’s Josh Oglesby four to six weeks

    Nov 8, 2013, 1:22 PM EST

    Josh Oglesby, Devyn Marble

    Iowa’s going to be without one of their perimeter options when they open the regular season Friday, as junior guard Josh Oglesby is expected to be out anywhere from four to six weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot in practice on Wednesday. Oglesby averaged 4.5 points per game in 37 contests last…

  10. Kentucky needs super glue to avoid another letdown

    Nov 8, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

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    He doesn’t stand on tables and make speeches. He’s no lock to make a start or even see much in the way of minutes on an uber-talented roster, but Jarrod Polson will be a crucial part of Kentucky’s projected success this season. How does a former walk-on matter so much to a team full of…

  11. Vegas sportsbook installs Kentucky as favorite to win national title

    Nov 8, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

    SEC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals - Vanderbilt v Kentucky

    Even if it’s “for entertainment purposes only” one of the more entertaining aspects of the preseason is taking a look at how the folks in Las Vegas see things shaking out. The Bovada sportsbook released its odds, and they’ve got Kentucky as the early favorite to cut down the nets in Texas next spring. John…

  12. Friday’s Pregame Shootaround: Solid slate for College Hoops’ Opening NIght

    Nov 8, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Spencer Dinwiddie, Cory Jefferson

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Colorado vs. No. 25 Baylor, 10:00 p.m. (FOX Sports SW) The nightcap of the Tip-Off Classic at the American Airlines Center in Dallas should end up being the best game of college basketball’s opening night, and while that doesn’t sound like much — the No. 25 team in the country against an…

  13. Rodney Hood’s development as a redshirt spurred by every other team’s best player?

    Nov 8, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

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    Rodney Hood did not want to sit out last season. No athlete ever wants to put their playing career on hold, but the frustration was two-fold for Hood. The former five-star recruit left Mississippi State after one forgettable season playing for Rick Stansbury, alongside the likes of Renardo Sidney and Dee Bost. Hood was good-but-not-great…

  14. 2013-14 SEC Preview: Can anyone catch Kentucky?

    Nov 8, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of our previews…

  15. NCAA tournament projections: Louisville tops NBCSports.com’s 2013-14 preseason edition

    Nov 8, 2013, 7:00 AM EST

    Michigan v Louisville

    The Road to the Final Four is about to begin, and a host of familiar names sit atop our preseason bracket projection. Reigning NCAA champion Louisville opens as the top overall seed in the Midwest Region, which again goes through nearby Indianapolis. The Cardinals are followed by Michigan State (East), Kentucky (South), and Kansas (West)…

  16. Kansas’ Brannen Greene expected to play Friday after suffering injury on Thursday

    Nov 7, 2013, 11:48 PM EST

    Brannen Greene

    Kansas freshman wing Brannen Greene had a health scare on Thursday, as a hit to his lower abdomen during practice resulted in a trip to the hospital. Greene was evaluated and then released, and according to the Associated Press Kansas head coach Bill Self expects the freshman to be available when Kansas hosts UL-Monroe on…

  17. 2014 big man Payton Dastrup commits to Ohio State

    Nov 7, 2013, 10:47 PM EST

    Thad Matta

    One of the top remaining big men in the class of 2014, 6-foot-9 power forward/center Payton Dastrup was a prospect more than a few recruiting analysts expected to wind up at BYU. But in the end Ohio State won out, landing a verbal commitment (subscription required) from a player who won’t don the scarlet and gray…

  18. UC Irvine, head coach Russell Turner agree to five-year extension

    Nov 7, 2013, 9:05 PM EST

    Russell Turner, Will Davis II

    After making their first Big West tournament final appearance since 2008 this past spring, the UC Irvine Anteaters enter the 2013-14 season as the preseason favorite to win the conference and make their first NCAA tournament appearance as a Division I member. Armed with key returnees such as forward Will Davis II and guard Alex…

  19. Assigned Reading: Orlando Antigua’s career journey to Lexington

    Nov 7, 2013, 7:55 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Given the amount of talent that’s made its way to Lexington, Kentucky, it comes as no surprise that the Kentucky Wildcats are one of the biggest stories in college basketball with the start of the season less than 24 hours away. The nation’s top-ranked recruiting class, which includes six McDonald’s All-Americans, is expected to get…

  20. Illinois State reinstates junior guard Daishon Knight

    Nov 7, 2013, 6:27 PM EST

    Illinois State Athletics

    In mid-September the Illinois State basketball program announced that junior guard Daishon Knight was suspended indefinitely following an arrest on charges of aggravated battery in a public place and resisting arrest. With Knight having averaged 19.4 points per game at Odessa (Texas) JC last season and the Redbirds needing to replace their top five scorers,…