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  1. No. 23 UCLA the best team in the Pac-12 because of their … defense?

    Feb 20, 2014, 1:55 AM EDT

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    Don’t look now, but the best team in the Pac-12 no longer resides in the state of Arizona. Yeah, I said it. No. 23 UCLA is the best team in the conference as of this moment, and their 86-66 win at Cal on Wednesday night only reinforced that notion. That could change, mind you, especially…

  2. Foul shooting, turnovers cost Utah shot at marquee victory

    Feb 20, 2014, 1:38 AM EDT

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    Larry Krystkowiak’s Utah Utes entered Wednesday’s home game against No. 4 Arizona in need of a resume-building victory. With their non-conference slate consisting of a home win over BYU and little else of value, Utah will need a strong finish to Pac-12 play in order to have a shot at reaching the NCAA tournament. And…

  3. No. 10 Saint Louis beats George Mason in OT…again (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:40 AM EDT

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    No. 10 Saint Louis has been the class of the Atlantic 10 this season, but for some reason the George Mason Patriots have given them a hard time. The Patriots took the Billikens to overtime in the first meeting before falling in St. Louis, and the same thing happened on Wednesday night in Fairfax. SLU…

  4. Elite offense makes No. 11 Creighton a threat to go deep into March

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:26 PM EDT

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    Just three days removed from their emphatic home win over then-No. 6 Villanova, No. 11 Creighton encountered a different test in their game at Marquette. Unlike Villanova the Golden Eagles are one of the many teams across the country looking to fight their way into the NCAA tournament, and a win over the Bluejays would…

  5. Recent struggles for top teams should help you appreciate No. 3 Wichita State

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:09 PM EDT

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    As we headed towards tip-off for the early games on Wednesday night, I couldn’t help but be … underwhelmed. Five top 25 teams were tipping off at 7:00 p.m. ET and, on paper, all five should have won without breaking a sweat. No. 7 Cincinnati did just that, running away from Central Florida in the…

  6. No. 2 Florida survives thanks to Auburn’s disastrous 20 seconds (VIDEO)

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:32 PM EDT

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    It’s a good thing that No. 2 Florida decided to throw up their stinker on Wednesday night. The Gators survived Auburn in Gainesville — and I stress survived, but I’ll get to that in a second — 71-66, and if they played the way they did against Auburn last Saturday against Kentucky, they would have…

  7. Boston College’s three-point shooting does in No. 1 Syracuse

    Feb 19, 2014, 9:26 PM EDT

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    No. 1 Syracuse has seemingly made a habit of escaping during ACC play, with Tyler Ennis, C.J. Fair and company making the plays needed to remain undefeated down the stretch in close games. That wasn’t the case on Wednesday night, and the team that ended the Orange’s undefeated run was certainly a surprise. Boston College,…

  8. Norfolk State head coach Robert Jones receives contract extension

    Feb 19, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT

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    When Anthony Evans left Norfolk State to fill the vacancy left by Richard Pitino at FIU in the spring, assistant Robert Jones was promoted to interim head coach. And to this point in his debut season Jones has experienced a decent amount of success, with the Spartans (8-3) currently trailing North Carolina Central (12-1) in…

  9. Alabama forward Nick Jacobs takes indefinite leave of absence

    Feb 19, 2014, 6:26 PM EDT

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    The Alabama Crimson Tide have lost five of their last six games, most recently dropping a one-point decision at South Carolina on Saturday afternoon. Trevor Releford scored 27 points and grabbed four rebounds to lead the way for Alabama, which is now 10-15 overall and 4-8 in SEC play. Also playing in that game was…

  10. Players who enter stands now guaranteed to be ejected

    Feb 19, 2014, 5:41 PM EDT

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    In the aftermath of Marcus Smart shoving Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr in early February, many wondered why Smart was merely assessed a technical foul for “unsportsmanlike conduct” and not ejected from the game. The reason for this: the officials did not have the power to eject Smart, and that revealed a problem with the…

  11. The Chase for 180: Riley Grabau utilizing increased opportunities

    Feb 19, 2014, 4:19 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…

  12. Duke fans graffiti UNC campus (PHOTOS)

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:46 PM EDT

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    In anticipation of the renewal of the Duke-North Carolina rivalry on Thursday night, Duke fans (I’m assuming they were Duke fans) made their way onto the Chapel Hill campus and spray-painted a number of different buildings. Also this was on the stairs in front of the campus Y. #dukegraffiti pic.twitter.com/wUVYr7fhKm — Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) February…

  13. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Bubble battles, good games out west

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 11 Creighton at Marquette, 8:00 p.m. Marquette paid a visit to Omaha in Creighton’s first game as a member of the Big East, and they got smacked about by the Bluejays. The Golden Eagles have gone on to have a fairly-disappointing 2013-2014 campaign, but a recent hot streak has gotten…

  14. Saint Louis moves into the Top Ten on Rick Majerus’ birthday

    Feb 19, 2014, 1:21 PM EDT

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    On Monday, the Saint Louis Billikens found themselves in the top ten of the AP poll for the first time since the 1964-65 season. That’s a cool nugget in and of itself, but it probably wouldn’t be worth making an entire post out of. They’ve won 17 games in a row. They have firm control…

  15. Pizza Hut to pay student $10,000 for his half court shot (VIDEO)

    Feb 19, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week, video of Jack Lavery appearing to win $10,000 in a halftime contest at West Chester university in Pennsylvania went viral. Lavery was denied the money, however, because of a technicality in the rule. He had to hit a layup, a free throws, a three-pointer and a half-court shot in succession to win…

  16. Wyoming star Larry Nance Jr. tears ACL in win

    Feb 19, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Wyoming knocked off Fresno State at home on Tuesday night, but the win wasn’t the big story of the night. Star forward Larry Nance Jr. went down with a knee injury. On Wednesday morning, Nance underwent an MRI. According to ESPN.com’s Andy Katz, that MRI revealed a torn ACL, ending Nance’s season. The injury occurred…

  17. Sports Illustrated’s latest issue features a pair of college hoops covers

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

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    The internet has had a massive effect on the way that people consume news nowadays. The online side is taking over. Print media is a thing of the past, but that still doesn’t change the significance of being put on the cover of Sports Illustrated. That will always have meaning, and this week, SI released…

  18. St. John’s wins by 25 after trailing Butler at the half

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

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    Butler pulled off the near-impossible on Tuesday night, getting drubbed by 25 points by St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. A loss at the hands of the Johnnies isn’t all that remarkable in and of itself. What makes the loss noteworthy is the fact that the final score was 77-52 after Butler went into the…

  19. The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

    Feb 19, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Cougars get another shot at a ranked team on Thursday (Deseret News) BYU is one of many teams looking to play their way into the NCAA tournament in these final weeks of the regular season. With that being the case they have to take advantage of the quality opportunities in front of them, with Thursday’s…

  20. Aztecs’ defense, athleticism on display in blowout win

    Feb 19, 2014, 1:33 AM EDT

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    At the end of January, San Diego State traveled to Logan to face Utah State, a newcomer to the Mountain West Conference. Stew Morrill’s squad introduced the Aztecs to their style of play, one that had helped USU notch eight consecutive 20-plus win seasons in WAC. The Aggies converted 54 percent of their two-point field…