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  1. Former Mississippi State guard Jalen Steele headed to Middle Tennessee

    Feb 21, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT

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    Middle Tennessee has been one of the best teams in Conference USA this season, with Kermit Davis’ program once again winning 20 games and currently holding a share of first place in the league standings. Four seniors have led the way for the Blue Raiders, with forwards Shawn Jones and Neiko Hunter and guard Kerry…

  2. Kansas signee Cliff Alexander subject of new highlight video (VIDEO)

    Feb 21, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

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    Kansas signee Cliff Alexander is one of the nation’s most talented interior prospects, with his physical strength and athleticism making the Chicago native an incredibly difficult matchup for most opponents. Ball is Life released a midseason highlight video of Alexander, who attends Curie HS, in action and the timing couldn’t be better. Why? Curie takes…

  3. Former San Francisco PG Cody Doolin lands at UNLV

    Feb 21, 2014, 12:36 PM EDT

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    In what has been an inconsistent season for UNLV, there’s been one particularly glaring weakness: a lack of consistency at the point guard position. Junior Deville Smith, sophomore Daquan Cook and freshman Kendall Smith have all played the position, but none have provided the consistent play Dave Rice needs at the position. And with the…

  4. Bracketology: Flyers could be flying at home

    Feb 21, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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    The University of Dayton is home to the First Four participants of March Madness.  Even if the Dayton Flyers are one of those teams. Today’s bracket update includes this very scenario, as the Flyers are the final at-large team in the projected Field of 68.  They are matched against Tennessee in one First Four pairing;…

  5. Lineup change, bench play help BYU grab an important victory

    Feb 21, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

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    BYU entered Thursday night’s game against No. 25 Gonzaga having won five of its last six games, and while the Cougars have multiple players capable of putting points on the board junior guard Tyler Haws has been the star. Averaging more than 23 points per game on the season, Haws averaged 25.8 points per game…

  6. Postponed Iowa-Indiana game rescheduled for February 27

    Feb 21, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    The matchup between No. 15 Iowa and Indiana, originally scheduled to be played on Tuesday night but postponed due to a piece of metal falling from the Assembly Hall ceiling, has been rescheduled for February 27. The news was first reported by Andy Katz of ESPN.com. The news comes one day after engineers gave the…

  7. Weekend Preview: Saturday will be the best college hoops day of the year

    Feb 21, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

    Duke v Syracuse

    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 1 Syracuse at No. 5 Duke, Sat. 7:00 p.m This game has lot a bit of luster, hasn’t it? Three weeks ago, the Orange and the Blue Devils played the best game of the season. The rematch was supposed to be between a streaking Duke team and an undefeated Syracuse…

  8. The Secondary Break: Friday’s Links

    Feb 21, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    After Syracuse falters, Florida and Wichita State jockey for No. 1 (Sports Illustrated) With No. 1 Syracuse losing on Wednesday night many power rankings are undergoing changes, and that includes Luke Winn’s power rankings. The new team on top of the poll: Florida, which is a serious threat to run the table in the SEC.…

  9. Late Night Snacks: North Carolina beats No. 5 Duke

    Feb 21, 2014, 1:52 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: North Carolina 74, No. 5 Duke 66 North Carolina used the strategy of changing defenses in the second half to confuse Duke, and sure enough it worked. The Tar Heels used both 1-3-1 and 3-2 zones in addition to their man-to-man defense, and the Blue Devils went more than eight minutes…

  10. Bubble Banter: Just how close is Gonzaga to missing the tournament?

    Feb 21, 2014, 1:50 AM EDT

    BYU's Tyler Haws (AP Photo)

    There are 23 days left until Selection Sunday. Every morning from now until the bracket comes out, we’ll help you get caught up on the happenings with impact on the bubble from the night before.  You can see NBCSports.com’s latest bracket here. BYU (RPI: 42, KenPom: 55) knocked off Gonzaga (RPI: 24, KenPom: 27) on Thursday night,…

  11. No. 5 Duke’s inability to adjust to a zone a concern moving forward

    Feb 21, 2014, 12:50 AM EDT

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    In the grand scheme of things, No. 5 Duke’s 74-66 loss at North Carolina on Thursday night isn’t going to mean all that much. The Tar Heels are one of the hottest teams in the country, they’ve proven they can beat anyone this season — just ask Kentucky, Michigan State and Louisville — and they…

  12. Second-half defensive adjustments, Marcus Paige lead North Carolina past No. 5 Duke

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

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    Through one half of basketball North Carolina trailed No. 5 Duke 37-30, with the Blue Devils shooting 50% from the field and scoring 26 points in the paint. Between those defensive issues and the fact that leading scorer Marcus Paige failed to score a single point, it was clear what needed to occur in order…

  13. Chicago HS game ends on a 3/4 court game-winner (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:49 PM EDT

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    This is how my guy in Chicago described this game: “Non-conference game between two non-descript teams.” But who cares! Not me, not when Xavier Edwards is out here hitting game-winning 75-footers. That’ll get you on Sportscenter.

  14. No. 13 Michigan State catches fire from deep in win at Purdue

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:28 PM EDT

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    On Sunday afternoon No. 13 Michigan State put forth its worst performance of the season, falling by nine points to a Nebraska team that’s making a hard charge towards an NCAA tournament berth. In that game the Spartans shot 34% from the field and 24 of their 50 attempts were three-pointers, with only five of…

  15. Southern working to avoid NCAA postseason ban over academic progress data

    Feb 20, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT

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    With just a couple weeks remaining in the regular season, the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is in danger of having its regular season champion ineligible for postseason play for the second consecutive season. Last week it was revealed that Southern, which currently leads the conference and reached the NCAA tournament a season ago, has been…

  16. POSTERIZED: Longwood’s Tristan Carey avoids the charge (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

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    The first season of the Jayson Gee era at Longwood hasn’t been as successful as he would like, with the Lancers sitting at 8-20 overall and 3-10 in Big South play. But there have been positives this season, one of which being the play of senior guard Tristan Carey. Carey’s averaging 18.6 points and 6.4…

  17. Colorado continues push towards third consecutive NCAA tournament berth

    Feb 20, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

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    As many teams would need to do in the aftermath of a major personnel loss, Colorado had some adjustments to make once junior point guard Spencer Dinwiddie went down in the first half of their loss at Washington on January 12 with a torn ACL. One of the nation’s best perimeter defenders, Dinwiddie ran the…

  18. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Duke-UNC will finally happen

    Feb 20, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

    North Carolina's Marcus Paige (AP Photo)

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 5 Duke at North Carolina, 9:00 p.m. Tonight’s the night it finally happens. Eight days after the game was initially postponed due to a snowstorm, the Blue Devils will make the eight mile trek down Tobacco Road to take on the Tar Heels. North Carolina has been playing much better…

  19. CBT Roundtable: Last minute college hoops deals for the NBA’s trade deadline

    Feb 20, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT

    Maryland v Duke

    Today is the NBA’s trade deadline, and it got me to thinking: What if trades were allowed in college basketball? Why kind of roster adjustments could be made that would benefit contenders? And no, Duke cannot send cash considerations to Whitney Young to get Jahlil Okafor for the stretch run. We take a look at…

  20. John Calipari responds to Rick Pitino’s social media comments

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:57 PM EDT

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    Frenemies John Calipari and Rick Pitino are at it again. Earlier this week, some comments that Pitino made about the use of social media went viral. The irony of it? Twitter is the reason that his comments made it to every blog and every website, with social media being the catalyst for words being taken…