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  1. No. 1 Michigan State’s loss to North Carolina: Injuries, or sign of a bigger issue?

    Dec 5, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Tom Izzo, Quinton Sawyer, Keith Appling

    No. 1 Michigan State’s inconsistency final came back to bite them. The Spartans shot 35.9% from the field and 7-for-24 from three as they got dropped by North Carolina, 79-65, at the Breslin Center on Wednesday night. Michigan State had erased an 18-4 deficit, tying things up at the half, but the Tar Heels used…

  2. Tough slate, porous defense not doing Boston College any favors

    Dec 5, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

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    During the preseason there were more than a few people who believed that Steve Donahue’s Boston College Eagles had the pieces needed to be one of the more improved teams in college basketball. With al five starters back from last season’s 16-17 squad, led by guard Olivier Hanlan and forward Ryan Anderson, there was both…

  3. North Carolina shows up ready to compete, knocks off No. 1 Michigan State

    Dec 4, 2013, 11:39 PM EDT

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    At this point in the season it seems safe to say that North Carolina has just one consistent perimeter shooter in sophomore point guard Marcus Paige. Entering Wednesday’s game at No. 1 Michigan State, Paige was responsible for 18 of the Tar Heels’ 21 made three-pointers. And with Paige also being their best overall perimeter…

  4. No. 5 OSU’s LaQuinton Ross snaps out of his slump, hits for 20 in win over Maryland

    Dec 4, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

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    Ohio State entered Wednesday night’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup with Maryland ranked No. 5 in the country. The Buckeyes were No. 2 according to Kenpom, which is largely the result of the Buckeye’s stifling defense. Thad Matta’s team leads the country in defensive efficiency, holding their opponents to 39.0 eFG% (effective field goal percentage), forcing…

  5. Josh Gasser the difference-maker in No. 8 Wisconsin’s win at Virginia

    Dec 4, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

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    In a game in which both No. 8 Wisconsin and Virginia struggled to make shots, redshirt junior guard Josh Gasser who was the most accurate shooter and made the plays that helped the Badgers pick up the 48-38 win in Charlottesville. Gasser (team-high 11 points) attempted just two shots from the field but he made…

  6. Grant Hill: ‘Jabari wants to be Jabari’ (VIDEO)

    Dec 4, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

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    Among the many interested observers at No. 10 Duke’s 79-69 win over No. 22 Michigan was former Duke great Grant Hill, who during his time in Durham was an incredibly versatile player. In analyzing the play of current Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker, some have made the comparison between the Chicago native and Hill. On…

  7. College basketball’s use of zone defenses up six percent from last season

    Dec 4, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

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    With the changes in the way that contact is being called, college basketball has seen an increase in the number of fouls called and the number of free throws attempted in 2013-14. This has been one reason why scoring’s increased after being historically low last season; added opportunities to score by way of an “unchallenged”…

  8. Knee injury sidelines New Mexico State forward Remi Barry

    Dec 4, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    New Mexico State Athletics

    A J.J. Avila layup with a second remaining on Saturday gave Colorado State a dramatic 85-83 victory over New Mexico State, and it turns out that the result may have come at an even greater cost for the Aggies. Junior reserve forward Remi Barry went down in the first half with a left knee injury,…

  9. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Michigan State-UNC outshined by Wisconsin-UVA

    Dec 4, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    Frank Kaminsky

    GAME OF THE DAY: North Carolina at No. 1 Michigan State, 9:00 p.m. ET So which North Carolina team shows up tonight? Will it be the one that beat Louisville handily at Mohegan Sun earlier this season, or is it the group that lost to Belmont at home and UAB on the road? The Tar…

  10. Duke doesn’t need Rasheed Sulaimon if they have three guys that fit into a role

    Dec 4, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

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    DURHAM, N.C. — The story of No. 10 Duke’s 79-69 win over No. 22 Michigan on Tuesday night was some combination of the Blue Devils’ defensive prowess and the Wolverine’s offensive struggles. Whether you believe that Michigan’s horrendous night, which saw them score 50 points and shoot 39.1% from the floor in the first 38…

  11. Mike Krzyzewski ties Herb Magee with record 964 career wins

    Dec 4, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

    Mike Krzyzewski

    On Tuesday night, Duke knocked off Michigan at Cameron Indoor Stadium, which was big news for both the Blue Devils, who had been struggling defensively for much of the first month of the season, and the Wolverines, who have never looked this bad offensively in the John Beilein era. It was bigger news for Coach…

  12. Professor at center of UNC’s academic fraud case to face felony charges

    Dec 4, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

    Roy Williams

    The Julius Nyang’oro case took another turn this week, as the former UNC African-American Studies professor was indicted by a grand jury in North Carolina. He’s facing a charge of obtaining property through false pretenses, a low-level felony with a maximum punishment of 30 months in prison, although according to the Raleigh News & Observer,…

  13. The Chase for 180: Doug McDermott’s tough night

    Dec 4, 2013, 11:51 AM 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…

  14. POSTERIZED: Kentwan Smith’s and-one alley-oop (VIDEO)

    Dec 4, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Tuesday was a big night for Stetson’s basketball program. Not only did the Hatters pick up their first win of 2013, but Kentwan Smith made became Stetson’s first player to make it to POSTERIZED. Alley-oops off of a set play are the best, aren’t they? (h/t Dan Forcella)

  15. The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

    Dec 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Dante Exum should skip college, says Andrew Bogut (The Guardian) One of the most highly regarded players in the 2014 class is point guard Dante Exum, the son of former North Carolina big man Cecil Exum. But unlike the other players on those lists, Exum has options with one being to enter the 2014 NBA…

  16. Late Night Snacks: ACC leads 4-2 after Day 1 of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge

    Dec 4, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Quinn Cook

    GAME OF THE DAY: Boise State 69, Utah 67 Lost in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge hype was the battle between Mountain West and Pac-12 programs. The Broncos and Utes entered as two of the time scoring teams in the nation, but both struggled from the field early. Derrick Marks had 17 points and Anthony Drmic added…

  17. UCLA remains undefeated, avoiding upset bid by UC Santa Barbara

    Dec 4, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

    Jordan Adams

    It took until the later stages of the second half, but No. 18 UCLA remained undefeated following a 89-76 win tover UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night at Pauley Pavilion. The game was much closer than the final score, as one of the contenders in the Big West gave the Bruins a fight throughout. The Gauchos…

  18. Iowa defeats Notre Dame 98-93 in offensive shootout

    Dec 3, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

    Jarrod Uthoff

    The Big Ten got its first win in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge from Iowa’s offensive firepower. The Hawkeyes, playing in front of a raucous crowd, held off a Notre Dame second half comeback, countering the rally and holding off the Fighting Irish in a 98-93 win on Tuesday night. The Irish posted 43 points in…

  19. Michigan’s offensive struggles in 79-69 loss to Duke a major concern

    Dec 3, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

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    DURHAM, N.C. — Caris LeVert is a good basketball player. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that there aren’t five players in college basketball that are more improved than No. 22 Michigan’s 6-foot-6 sophomore, and nothing about the 24 points he had against No. 10 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday…

  20. Turnovers, defense spark big second half in Syracuse’s 69-52 win over Indiana

    Dec 3, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

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    The second half of Tuesday night looked a lot like last March’s Sweet Sixteen game when the Syracuse zone defense caused problems for the Indiana offense. The Hoosiers tied the game early in the second half before falling into a 13-minute drought. During which the Orange broke open the game, claiming the first game in their…