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  1. POSTERIZED: Joseph Bertrand’s reverse alley-oop in Illinois’ Big Ten opener vs. Indiana (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Joseph Bertrand

    Joseph Bertrand had 13 points in Illinois’ thrilling 83-80 win over Indiana to start Big Ten play. The most impressive play of the game was Bertrand’s reverse alley-oop to give the Fighting Illini a 69-67 lead with three minutes to go in regulation. Follow @terrence_payne

  2. LaQuinton Ross is on fire, but should No. 3 Ohio State be worried about big men?

    Dec 31, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

    Bryant v Ohio State

    No. 3 Ohio State kicked off their Big Ten season on New Year’s Eve with a 78-69 win at Purdue that actually more impressive than it sounds. The Boilermakers are a good Big Ten team when A.J. Hammons comes to play, and on Tuesday afternoon he did. The seven-footer finished with 18 points, 16 boards,…

  3. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: New Year’s Eve hoops!

    Dec 31, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    GAME OF THE DAY: Marquette at Creighton, 10:00 p.m. Creighton kicks off their tenure as a member of the Big East as they host Marquette, who entered the season as the favorite to win the league. The Golden Eagles have struggled this season, however, as they have spent much of the first two months looking…

  4. 30-second timeout with Vin Parise: Five questions with Chris Mack

    Dec 31, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT

    Xavier Alabama Basketball

    Vin Parise of College Basketball Talk caught up with Xavier head coach Chris Mack as the Musketeers get ready for the start of Big East play: CBT: You guys have won 5 in a row, including the Cincinnati win, at Alabama and Wake Forest. What is going right with Xavier basketball right now? Mack: To…

  5. College Basketball Talk Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Dec 31, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

    East Carolina v Duke

    The 2013-2014 season is sure to be a thrilling Player of the Year race, so to keep track of it, we will be posting weekly Player of the Year Power Rankings for your reading goodness. Who’d we miss? Who’s ranked too high? We love to overlook your team’s best player and overrate your rival’s superstar.…

  6. New Year’s Resolutions: New Mexico Lobos

    Dec 31, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Over the course of the holiday week, we at College Basketball Talk will be detailing what we believe will be the New Year’s Resolutions of some of the nation’s most talented, most disappointing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams. What can we say, we’re in a giving mood. Who else made Resolutions? Click here to find out.…

  7. The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

    Dec 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Maryland’s Dez Wells goes up against his mentor, N.C. Central head coach Levelle Moton (Washington Post) In their final non-conference game of the year Maryland takes on North Carolina Central on Tuesday afternoon, and junior wing Dez Wells will see a familiar face as a result. N.C. Central head coach Levelle Moton served as a…

  8. Late Night Snacks: Kansas takes down unbeaten Toledo

    Dec 31, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 16 Kansas 93, Toledo 83 The Jayhawks continued their difficult non-conference schedule by hosting unbeaten Toledo on Monday night and Kansas prevailed with a 93-83 victory in Lawrence. Naadir Tharpe continued his improved play of-late with 20 points and eight assists to lead the way for No. 16 Kansas as…

  9. Louisiana Tech outlasts Oklahoma in overtime (VIDEO)

    Dec 30, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

    Michael White

    Louisiana Tech entered the season as one of the nation’s trendiest mid-majors, but thanks to an opening night loss at St. Mary’s and disappointing results against Louisiana-Lafayette and Oklahoma State, a lot of people forgot about the Bulldogs. Not anymore. Mike White’s club picked up a 102-98 win at Oklahoma on Monday night. They erased…

  10. Oklahoma State cruises past Robert Morris, but loses Michael Cobbins to injury

    Dec 30, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    Oklahoma State eased past Robert Morris with a 92-66 win on Monday night in Stillwater, but the No. 6 Cowboys have to be concerned about the status of starting center Michael Cobbins going forward. The 6-foot-8 Cobbins left the game 3 1/2 minutes into the contest with an apparent Achilles tendon injury and never returned…

  11. No 16 Kansas hands an impressive Toledo team their first loss

    Dec 30, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

    Toledo v Kansas

    Naadir Tharpe finished with 20 points and eight assists, hitting 7-for-8 from the floor and 4-for-5 from three, as No. 16 Kansas held off a scrappy Toledo squad 93-83. The Jayhawks put together one of the most brutal non-conference schedules in the country this season, one that still features a visit for San Diego State.…

  12. Who is Champion Baptist College and why are D-I programs scheduling them?

    Dec 30, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    (Champion Baptist College)

    Southern University set a new NCAA record for largest lead before an opponent scores at the start of the game on Monday night as the Jaguars jumped out to a 44-0 lead on Champion Baptist College on their way to a 116-12 win. The previous record against a non-Division I opponent was set by Seton…

  13. Tennessee’s balanced offensive makes them a different team

    Dec 30, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Tennessee Volunteers head coach Martin instructs his team as they take on the Ole Miss Rebels during the SEC men's NCAA basketball tournament in New Orleans

    Both Tennessee and Virginia had something to prove entering Monday’s non-conference clash in Knoxville. The Volunteers and Cavaliers were both seen as underachieving teams with a final chance at a solid non-conference win — and a momentum boost — heading into conference play. After the way Tennessee came out and thoroughly dominated Virginia on Monday,…

  14. New Year’s Resolutions: Oklahoma State Cowboys

    Dec 30, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    Over the course of the holiday week, we at College Basketball Talk will be detailing what we believe will be the New Year’s Resolutions of some of the nation’s most talented, most disappointing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams. What can we say, we’re in a giving mood. Who else made Resolutions? Click here to find out. WHAT…

  15. Conference Catchups: Mountain West competitive at the top

    Dec 30, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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    College basketball is now almost two months old. League play will be kicking off in the next week. Let’s get you caught up on all you need to know with some of the country’s best conferences.  To read through the rest of our Conference Catchups, click here. Midseason Player of the Year: Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico…

  16. Louisville may not be a contender, but it’s not because they lost Chane Behanan

    Dec 30, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    Rick Pitino

    By now, we’ve all heard the news about Chane Behanan’s dismissal from the Louisville program. According to Rick Pitino, Behanan just couldn’t behave himself off the court. “He just did not do the right things over and over and over,” Pitino said, and after getting suspended indefinitely by the program earlier this fall, whatever Behanan…

  17. New Year’s Resolutions: Creighton Bluejays

    Dec 30, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    Over the course of the holiday week, we at College Basketball Talk will be detailing what we believe will be the New Year’s Resolutions of some of the nation’s most talented, most disappointing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams. What can we say, we’re in a giving mood. Who else made Resolutions? Click here to find out. WHAT…

  18. Gonzaga loses guard Gary Bell Jr. to a broken hand

    Dec 30, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

    Wichita State v Gonzaga

    Gonzaga was dealt a blow to the early part of its WCC conference slate as junior guard Gary Bell Jr. was ruled out after breaking his right hand, according to head coach Mark Few on his radio program. According to a report from The Spokesman-Review‘s Jim Meehan, Bell saw a hand specialist on Monday after the…

  19. Luke Fischer withdraws from Indiana

    Dec 30, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

    Nicholls State v Indiana

    Luke Fischer has decided to withdraw from Indiana and will pursue a transfer, Indiana announced in a press release on Monday. The news confirmed a report made by radio host and ESPN color commentator Dan Dakich on the radio Monday morning. “Luke has decided to withdraw from Indiana and pursue another educational and basketball opportunity,”…

  20. Conference Catchups: WCC’s lack of marquee wins makes league play even more important

    Dec 30, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

    pangos

    College basketball is now almost two months old. League play will be kicking off in the next week. Let’s get you caught up on all you need to know with some of the country’s best conferences.  To read through the rest of our Conference Catchups, click here. Midseason Player of the Year: Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount…