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  1. Duke debuts faster pace in preseason victory

    Oct 26, 2013, 6:50 PM EST

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    This year’s Duke team is younger than what we usually see in Durham. That’s tough, because everyone’s still learning how to play the right way. It’s also a great opportunity, because everyone’s still learning how to play the right way. That means a clever coach can introduce a new style of play without as much…

  2. Assigned reading: St. John’s grew up this summer

    Oct 26, 2013, 5:30 PM EST

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    It’s always helpful to remember that famous people are human. That goes double for college athletes, who are, after all, college kids. Every time I read a tut-tutting expose about a college basketball player’s off-court indiscretions, one thought runs through my mind: thank god nobody was watching me that closely when I was 19. That’s what…

  3. Nicki Minaj appeared at Villanova’s Hoops Mania (PHOTO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 4:10 PM EST

    Nicki Minaj performed at Villanova's Hoops Mania

    Sometimes a big hoops budget buys meat-and-potatoes type stuff like weight rooms, new uniforms and charter flights. Sometimes, it buys you a visit from Nicki Minaj for your preseason basketball event, as it did with Villanova’s Hoops Mania. VUHoops.com had the full story, such as it was: After a week that included rumours involving Kendrick…

  4. POSTERIZED: Basil Smothers, man (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

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    Purdue hosted their black and gold scrimmage on Friday night, and Basil Smotherman proved that he’s more than just the No. 17 player in our All-Name Power Rankings. (MORE: Watch all of this year’s #POSTERIZED’s here)

  5. Kansas State remakes ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ intro (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

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    This is simply fantastic. Kansas State held their Midnight Madness on Friday night, and as an intro, the team remade the opening of one of the greatest television shows of any era: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Shane Southwell does a valiant job playing the role of Will Smith, and the result is more or less…

  6. POSTERIZED: Providence guard Brandon Austin shuts down Midnight Madness (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 12:48 PM EST

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    Providence freshman Brandon Austin made his way to campus from Philly this summer amid much fanfare. When you’re a 6-foot-7 point guard with a penchant for spectacular aerial antics, that tends to happen. Austin certainly energized the Friar fanbase on Friday night, as he channeled his inner Vince Carter by going between his legs on…

  7. Chris Mack is The Real Slim Shady (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

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    Chris Mack entered Xavier’s Midnight Madness last night to Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady, which is fitting for Mack, who looks like Marshall Mathers got stretched out a foot. Too bad he didn’t step onto the floor rapping. The Xavier Musketeers unofficially kicked off their season with the 2013-14 Skyline Chili Musketeer Madness celebration last…

  8. Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard loses hot dog eating contest to Kobayashi (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

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    While we’ve gone over the many different ways that America’s elite college basketball programs entice fans to Midnight Madness-style celebrations, one of the more original ideas in recent years was Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard — and a few Seton Hall students — taking on hot dog eating champion Kobayashi as they did last…

  9. Mizzou honors ’93-94 team at Hearnes Center during exhibition opener

    Oct 26, 2013, 10:10 AM EST

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    Honoring the great 1993-94 Missouri team that went 14-0 in Big Eight play, the current Tigers opened their exhibition season in the 41-year-old Hearnes Center for perhaps the final time with a 73-48 victory over Oklahoma City University on Friday night. The Tigers and 9,222 of their home faithful honored Norm Stewart’s acclaimed group of players…

  10. Minnesota lands a point guard as Nate Mason verbally commits

    Oct 25, 2013, 9:53 PM EST

    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2013 Class Announcement

    With three of their expected perimeter contributors entering the 2013-14 season being seniors, the Minnesota Golden Gophers were in need of a point guard as head coach Richard Pitino looks to begin a successful run in the Twin Cities. While many held out hope that the program would be able to reel in highly regarded…

  11. 2014 forward Ray Kasongo verbally commits to attend Oregon

    Oct 25, 2013, 8:46 PM EST

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    Early this month 2014 combo forward Ray Kasongo reportedly decided that he would attend Oregon, picking the Ducks over UConn. But within hours of making that decision Kasongo had a change of heart, announcing that he needed more time to make his decision. On Friday Kasongo made that decision, re-committing to Oregon via his Twitter…

  12. St. John’s sophomore center Chris Obekpa suspended for both exhibition games

    Oct 25, 2013, 7:45 PM EST

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    When St. John’s took the court for their Red Storm Tip-Off tonight they were without an important piece. Earlier Friday the school announced that sophomore center Chris Obekpa has been suspended for two games due to a violation of university policy. The two games will be the Red Storm’s exhibitions against San Francisco State and…

  13. Assigned Reading: An inside look at Brad Stevens’ decision to leave Butler

    Oct 25, 2013, 6:33 PM EST

    Butler v Marquette

    One of the moments this offseason that startled the college basketball world was Brad Stevens’ decision on July 3 to leave Butler for the Boston Celtics, taking over for Doc Rivers as the leader of one of sports’ most storied franchises. But for all the attention that head coaching moves garner, rarely do we get…

  14. Broken hand to sideline Villanova guard Dylan Ennis four weeks

    Oct 25, 2013, 5:30 PM EST

    Villanova Wildcats head coach Wright yells at officials during NCAA men's basketball tournament against North Carolina Tar Heels in Kansas City

    After sitting out the 2012-13 season after transferring in from Rice, Villanova guard Dylan Ennis is expected to be a part of Jay Wright’s perimeter rotation this season. In his one season as an Owl Ennis, a native of Brampton, Ontario, averaged 8.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game and earned Conference USA…

  15. George Mason forward Erik Copes suspended six games

    Oct 25, 2013, 4:27 PM EST

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    For the second consecutive season, George Mason junior forward Erik Copes will begin playing later than the rest of his teammates. On Friday the school announced that the 6-foot-8 Copes has been suspended for the Patriots’ first six games of the season due to a violation of athletic department policy. Copes posted averages of 5.9…

  16. 2013-2014 College Basketball Dream Team

    Oct 25, 2013, 3:00 PM 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 our preview lists, click here. For a schedule of our previews for the…

  17. NCAA’s motion to have O’Bannon suit dismissed denied by federal judge

    Oct 25, 2013, 2:53 PM EST

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    With EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) having settled with the plaintiffs in the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit regarding the use of player likenesses, the NCAA finds itself as the lone defendant in a case that could ultimately change the shape of collegiate athletics. And on Friday the plaintiffs picked up another victory of…

  18. NCAA clears UConn freshman forward Kentan Facey

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:31 PM EST

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    Arguably the biggest problem for the UConn Huskies last season (removing their being ineligible for postseason play, of course) was their lack of size and depth in the post. DeAndre Daniels performed admirably as an “undersized” four as a sophomore, posting averages of 12.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game game. But outside of Daniels…

  19. Raheem Appleby hopes to lead Louisiana Tech from WAC to C-USA

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:00 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. Transitioning to a new league is a big storyline with a number of high-major programs but at the mid-major level, an interesting transition is occurring with Louisiana Tech going from the WAC…

  20. Oregon guard Joseph Young granted immediate eligibility by NCAA

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:54 AM EST

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    With the news that Joshua Smith was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA earlier this week, many wondered who else would be in line to benefit from such a measure before the start of the 2013-14 season. Friday morning the Oregon Ducks received the good news regarding junior guard Joseph Young, adding a prolific scorer…