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  1. Tonight’s ACC opener a big deal for struggling Maryland, Boston College

    Dec 12, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

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    With there being just six games on tonight’s schedule due to the majority of schools finishing up finals week, Thursday may qualify as one of the least active days on this season’s college basketball schedule. But that doesn’t mean there are no games of importance, as Maryland visits Boston College in the ACC opener for…

  2. College Basketball Talk’s Ten Most Disappointing Teams

    Dec 12, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Boston College: For my money, Boston College has been the most disappointing team in the country this season. The Eagles have the talent to be a factor in the NCAA tournament discussion with Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson surrounded by a solid group of role players. But they aren’t tough enough and they don’t defend.…

  3. The latest on Gary Harris and Michigan State’s walking wounded

    Dec 12, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

    Tom Izzo

    Another day, another update on just how beat up Michigan State is. According to Joe Rexrode of Freep.com, Matt Costello was not at practice, Gary Harris had his right ankle in a cast, Keith Appling’s wrist and hip were bothering him, and Adreian Payne’s plantar fasciitis was feeling good enough that he could practice. Those…

  4. CBT Weekly Roundtable: Who are the top five teams as of today?

    Dec 12, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

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    In a new series here on College Basketball Talk, every Friday we’re going to have a discussion about some of the hot topics in college basketball. The inaugural installment focuses on the ACC, the now 15-team conference that some stated was the greatest conference ever assembled before a game had been played. Now that we’ve…

  5. Why is Kentucky’s attendance going down? UK writer says Rupp is ‘stale’

    Dec 12, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Does Kentucky have an attendance issue? According to John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader, they do. Which is crazy when you think about it. Because this is the same program that brings in crowds for scrimmages and Midnight Madness that would set records at just about any other school  in the country. But Clay’s got…

  6. Sidney Lowe pleads guilty to tax evasion

    Dec 12, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

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    The former N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe has pleaded guilty to failing to file his North Carolina state tax returns for three years.  According to the AP, Lowe received a suspended 45-day jail sentence, 36 months of unsupervised probation, and 100 hours of community service. He must pay more than $79,000 in back taxes plus a…

  7. John Henson is not happy about the way the NCAA is handling the P.J. Hairston case

    Dec 12, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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    John Henson does not appear to be a fan of the NCAA. He’s in the NBA now, making millions as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, which makes it seem like a strange time to lash out like this until you consider the plight of his former teammates, P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald. North Carolina’s…

  8. Cincinnati’s Jeremiah Davis to transfer closer to home

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

    Mike Neal, Jeremiah Davis III

    On Thursday morning, the Cincinnati basketball team released a statement announcing that redshirt sophomore Jeremiah Davis will be transferring out of the program at the semester break. Davis’ family was struck with tragedy when their home was ravaged by a fire last month, and he made the decision to leave the Bearcats for a program…

  9. The Secondary Break: Thursday’s Links

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Utah, Kansas to meet next season in Kansas City (Utah Athletics) On Wednesday it was announced that Utah and Kansas will meet on December 13, 2014 in Kansas City. While this may not be a significant boost for the Jayhawks it is for Larry Krystkowiak’s program, which didn’t put together the strongest of non-conference schedules…

  10. Late Night Snacks: Three top four teams win, Notre Dame loses

    Dec 12, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

    ND vs. North Dakota State

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: North Dakota State 73, Notre Dame 69 Marshal Bjorklund went for 26 points to lead North Dakota State to an upset win over Notre Dame on the Joyce Center on Wednesday night. It’s the second time that the Irish have lost at home this season, and that fact has Raphielle Johnson…

  11. POSTERIZED: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dunks all over New Mexico State (VIDEO)

    Dec 12, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

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    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson threw down this nastiness on New Mexico State on Wednesday night. Hollis-Jefferson is starting to emerge as one of the best players on this Arizona team. He’s versatile, he’s aggressive, he plays hard and he defends. He’s an athletic, ego-free baller, which is exactly the kind of piece that championship team have. He’s…

  12. Assertiveness, experience paying off for Arizona’s Brandon Ashley

    Dec 12, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT

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    Last season Arizona forward Brandon Ashley was part of a trio of freshmen who arrived in Tucson amidst much fanfare. Joined by Grant Jerrett and Kaleb Tarczewski, the McDonald’s All-American was expected to hit the ground running in his debut campaign. While that didn’t happen Ashley was a productive member of a team that reached…

  13. Home loss to North Dakota State doesn’t help Notre Dame’s meager resume

    Dec 11, 2013, 9:40 PM EDT

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    With the preseason favorites to win the Summit League visiting South Bend, tonight’s game against North Dakota State was no gimme for Notre Dame. And that’s exactly how it played out, as Marshall Bjorklund and his experienced teammates proved to be too much for the Fighting Irish to handle. Bjorklund scored 26 points on 11-for-14…

  14. NCAA president Mark Emmert addresses Jay Bilas’ critiques of current system

    Dec 11, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    With some of the biggest names in collegiate athletics attending IMG’s Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in New York City, many of the major issues on the table were discussed. Among those issues were the possibility of giving scholarship athletes stipend to help cover the full cost of attendance, and how the NCAA members with the most…

  15. UNLV freshman forward Jamal Aytes decides to transfer

    Dec 11, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

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    When he committed to UNLV during the summer, forward Jamal Aytes had the look of a player capable of helping the Runnin’ Rebels account for the loss of reserve Savon Goodman, whose off-court issues resulted in his leaving the program. But that didn’t turn out to be the case, as in seven games Aytes saw…

  16. Drake senior guard Gary Ricks Jr. suffers season-ending foot injury

    Dec 11, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

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    Under first-year head coach Ray Giacoletti the Drake Bulldogs are off to a surprising 6-2 start to the 2013-14 season. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs maintaining that start became more difficult, as the school announced on Wednesday that senior guard Gary Ricks Jr. will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing a bone in his…

  17. The Chase for 180: Jahii Carson’s improved jump shot

    Dec 11, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Who is the best shooter in the country? It’s a tough question to answer, isn’t it? Does being a “shooter” simply mean merely being a high-level marksman from beyond the arc? Can a player who thrives in the mid-range but rarely ventures out into three-point land be eligible? How heavily should we be valuing stats like…

  18. College Basketball Talk’s Top Ten Most Surprising Teams

    Dec 11, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    North Carolina's Marcus Paige (AP Photo)

    Dayton: A loss at Illinois State has taken some of the luster off of the Flyers’ start this season, but don’t overlook what this group has done this year. They won at Georgia Tech, they beat Gonzaga and Cal in Maui, and they took Baylor to the buzzer. George Washington: The Atlantic 10 looks like…

  19. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Three top five teams take the court

    Dec 11, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: New Mexico State at No. 1 Arizona, 9:00 p.m. ET Arizona deserves their No. 1 ranking. They’ve played like the best team in the country all season long. But New Mexico State is good. Let’s start with the obvious: this group is the favorite to win the WAC. Daniel Mullings is…

  20. Could the Utah-BYU rivalry series be coming to an end?

    Dec 11, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

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    Utah’s non-conference schedule this season has taken plenty of heat. They kicked off their season against something called Evergreen. On Dec. 28th, they play something known as St. Katherine’s. In between those two non-conference bookends, the Utes have 10 games on their schedule. None of them are against high-major opponents. Only one of them is…