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  1. Alex Owens decommits from Central Florida

    Nov 5, 2013, 6:00 PM EST

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    Less than two months after ending his recruitment early, four-star 2015 power forward Alex Owens is back on the boards. The 6-foot-8 Owens committed to Central Florida back on Sept. 17, but on Tuesday morning, Buddy Collings of the Orlando Sentinel reported that he had decided to decommit from UCF. “He came to my office this…

  2. Pitt lands a commitment from 2015 guard Damon Wilson

    Nov 5, 2013, 4:45 PM EST

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    Our Savior New American School (N.Y.) guard Damon Wilson became the first commit in Pittsburgh’s Class of 2015. Wilson gave his verbal commitment to Jamie Dixon on Monday night, and by Tuesday morning, his coach Eric Jaklitsch announced the news. The 6-foot-4 guard is rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals and had offers from Georgia,…

  3. Nate Lubick on guarding Josh Smith in practice: ‘Ugh. It’s miserable.’

    Nov 5, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

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    Nate Lubick is a senior at Georgetown. He’s spent three years grinding it out in the Big East, battling in the paint against the likes of Louisville and Syracuse and UConn on a nightly basis. He’s as veteran as a veteran can get, which is why you can trust his opinion on what it’s like trying…

  4. Can Tubby Smith save Texas Tech?

    Nov 5, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

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    I couldn’t get anyone to say anything interesting about Tubby Smith. I thought this might hinder my efforts to write a feature about his first season at Texas Tech, until I realized something important.. Tubby Smith isn’t in the business of being interesting. That’s part of what made him an ill fit at Kentucky, where…

  5. Report: Zach Peters to be cleared to for full-contact

    Nov 5, 2013, 1:52 PM EST

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    Good news for Arizona transfer Zach Peters today. According to a report from the Arizona Star, Peters is expected to be fully cleared for practice and games today. He had been held out of full-contact drills previously, as Peters was undergoing further testing as a result of five concussions that he has suffered over the…

  6. Top ten recruit Trey Lyles commits to Kentucky over Louisville

    Nov 5, 2013, 1:13 PM EST

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    Trey Lyles did the best he could to put up a smokescreen in the hours leading up to his announcement, but once the Arsenal Tech HS product made his decision on ESPNU on Tuesday afternoon, the decision was what we all expected from the beginning. “Next year, I will be playing for the University of…

  7. Alabama needs OT to dispatch of D-II team in exhibition

    Nov 5, 2013, 12:53 PM EST

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    Alabama’s season hasn’t exactly gotten off to an ideal start, as the Crimson Tide needed overtime to dispatch of Division II West Georgia in an exhibition game on Monday night. Trevor Releford, who finished the game with 27 points but just a single assist, hit two free throws with a couple of seconds left on…

  8. Andrew Wiggins won’t be The One at Kansas this season

    Nov 5, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. In The Matrix, Neo might have been The One, but he needed Morpheus, Trinity and Tank to show him the way and watch his back while he learned Kung Fu. Andrew Wiggins will have…

  9. Illinois lands a commitment from 2015 four-star D.J. Williams

    Nov 5, 2013, 11:44 AM EST

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    Illinois landed another commitment from a top player in the city of Chicago on Tuesday morning, as D.J. Williams pledged to John Groce and the Illini. Williams is the No. 45 player in the Class of 2015, according to Rivals. A 6-foot-7, 200 pound wing forward, Williams is a competent scorer on the wing and…

  10. Doug McDermott returned to school to take on the challenge of a new league

    Nov 5, 2013, 10:45 AM EST

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Doug McDermott is living college basketball’s version of the American Dream. He’s spent his life in places like Cedar Falls, Ames and Omaha. He’s either undersized or not quite athletic enough, depending on what…

  11. 2013-14 Big 12 Preview: Wiggin’ out? Smart money’s on KU and OSU for a battle royale

    Nov 5, 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…

  12. Providence guard Kris Dunn now day-to-day with shoulder injury

    Nov 4, 2013, 10:00 PM EST

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    Providence was worried that guard Kris Dunn would miss time after injuring the same right shoulder he had surgery on last season during Friday night’s exhibition win over Division III Rhode Island College, but Dunn won’t miss very much time according to a report from the Providence Journal. Providence head coach Ed Cooley told the Providence…

  13. Kentucky freshman James Young saves ball into own basket (VIDEO)

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:49 PM EST

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    Kentucky freshman wing James Young was just trying to do the right thing and make a hustle play to keep the ball inbounds after teammate Willie Cauley-Stein’s block. But instead of saving the ball to a teammate, Young threw the ball behind him in the hopes of just keeping the play alive, but inadvertently threw…

  14. UNLV transfer Olekaibe cleared to play; Dejean-Jones’ status uncertain for opener

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

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    There was plenty of news for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels on Monday as they received word from the NCAA that senior guard Kevin Olekaibe has been cleared to play this season while the status of junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones also became clearer after a hamstring injury last week. According to a report from ESPN.com’s Jeff…

  15. Virginia Tech forward Barksdale suspended three games

    Nov 4, 2013, 7:00 PM EST

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    Virginia Tech forward C.J. Barksdale has been suspended the first three games of the year, head coach James Johnson announced on Monday. The Hokies suspended Barksdale for a “violation of team rules.” A 6-foot-8 junior and former Rivals top-100 prospect, Barksdale averaged 5.6 points and 4.7 points per game as a sophomore and will miss…

  16. Butler junior Andrew Smeathers transfers out of program

    Nov 4, 2013, 6:00 PM EST

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    Butler will lose junior wing Andrew Smeathers just six days before the season begins as the 6-foot-6 forward has opted to transfer, according to a release from the school. Smeathers played two seasons for the Bulldogs and appeared in 43 games over two seasons, but saw limited minutes after two preseason games this season as…

  17. Colorado redshirt freshman Chris Jenkins opts to transfer

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

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    Colorado announced on Monday that redshirt-freshman forward Chris Jenkins has opted to transfer out of the program, per a release from the school. The 6-foot-7 Jenkins redshirted last season and played on the Athletes In Action basketball team that traveled to Lithuania for an exhibition tour this summer. Jenkins averaged 7.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 17.8…

  18. Associated Press releases preseason All-America team

    Nov 4, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

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    The Associated Press released its preseason All-America team on Monday and it is led by Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart, the only member of the team to be unanimously voted among all 65 voters. Joining Smart on the preseason AP All-America team includes Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Louisville’s Russ Smith, Michigan’s Mitch McGary and Kansas…

  19. Markel Starks is out to prove people wrong for overlooking him, Georgetown this year

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:38 PM EST

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. WASHINGTON, D.C. — McDonough Memorial Gymnasium is a relic, a 2,500 seat “arena” that was built on Georgetown’s campus back in the early 1950s. Complete with bleacher seating and a row of doors 20…

  20. How accurate are preseason mock drafts?

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:15 PM EST

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    People love rankings. Whether it be top 100 recruiting lists, preseason top 25s, mock draft, best point guards, or simply a list of the best Vince Vaughn movies since 2000 — he’s never come close to replicating the success of Wedding Crashers. Rankings let us argue the pointless and speculate about the future. For those…