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  1. Texas holds on to beat Vanderbilt; young Longhorns now 7-1

    Dec 3, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

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    It wasn’t pretty, but the Texas Longhorns pulled off another win on Monday night, earning a 70-64 win over Vanderbilt at home to move to 7-1 on the season. Texas head coach Rick Barnes’ hot seat is cooling a bit as the wins keep mounting and the Longhorns had to really hold on to earn…

  2. Report: Eli Carter redshirting, leaving Florida without a point guard?

    Dec 3, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

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    Florida’s point guard situation can be summed up is slowly by surely turning into a major issue. First, it was Scottie Wilbekin getting suspended. A game before Wilbekin was allowed to return, Kasey Hill suffered a high ankle sprain that could keep him out of the lineup for another couple of weeks. On Monday night…

  3. Thrilling finishes aside, just how good is UConn?

    Dec 2, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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    You’re going to see the highlight of Shabazz Napier’s game-winning, 15-foot jumper on repeat over the course of the night and tomorrow morning. No, it’s not on the level of Auburn’s miracle touchdown in their win over Alabama on Saturday night, but it’s the most exciting play of the college basketball season to date. It…

  4. Florida got Shabazzed, but Gators have a lot to like

    Dec 2, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Louisville v Florida

    The No. 15 Florida Gators showed late-game resiliency, senior leadership and an ability to make key plays in big moments as they played on the road at Gampel Pavilion and scored on their final possession — a beautiful cut and layup by Michael Frazier II off an assist from Casey Prather — against No. 12…

  5. Shabazz Napier hits game-winner, runs out of the arena (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

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    I mean, honestly, what else can I say at this point that hasn’t already been said? Here’s another angle of the shot, from the baseline: One more video, just for good measure:

  6. Drexel loses guard Damion Lee to a torn ACL

    Dec 2, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Scrappy NIT Preseason Tip-Off favorite Drexel gave Arizona a tight game in the Garden and topped Alabama in three overtimes, but they received some tough news on Monday night as junior guard Damion Lee is out for the season with a torn ACL, the school announced. Lee went down during the Arizona game and a…

  7. Bill Clinton calls John Calipari to talk basketball

    Dec 2, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Before Kentucky and head coach John Calipari took the floor at the Barclays Center on Sunday to defeat Providence, Coach Cal got some phone time in with the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton. Clinton is a noted college basketball fan and has been seen everywhere from watching his home state Arkansas Razorbacks…

  8. Danuel House out indefinitely after arthroscopic knee surgery

    Dec 2, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

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    The Thanksgiving break wasn’t good for Houston’s basketball team. The Cougars not only got swept at the Barclays Center by Pitt and Texas Tech in the Legends Classic, they announced on Monday that star guard Danuel House is out indefinitely after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. He’ll be back this season, but a timetable for his…

  9. Ryan Sawvell leaving Evansville program

    Dec 2, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

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    Evansville announced on Monday morning that junior forward Ryan Sawvell will be leaving the program and “will move in a different direction. Sawvell, who was an all-freshman team member in 2011-2013, was averaging 6.0 points this season. He scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in wins over Valparaiso and Anderson College two weeks ago,…

  10. POSTERIZED: Michael Craig does it again, dunking over Louisville center (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

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    Apparently, Mangok Mathiang doesn’t read College Basketball Talk. If he did, than he’d know that jumping with Southern Miss guard Michael Craig is a bad idea. Some poor guy learned that they hard way, and Mathiang decided that he wanted to help reinforce that to the rest of the country. Louisville won 69-38. Craig’s dunk…

  11. Memphis got a huge win Sunday, but calling it ‘narrative-changing’ is premature

    Dec 2, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

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    On Sunday evening down in Orlando, Memphis head coach Josh Pastner finally picked up that elusive, first top 25 win. Entering Sunday, his Memphis teams had gone 0-13 against teams ranked in the AP top 25. If you want to quibble with that stat, you can. Technically the Tiger’s do have one top 25 win…

  12. College Hoops Week in Review: Villanova, Xavier Thames shine in holiday tourneys

    Dec 2, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Xavier Thames, San Diego State This was supposed to be a down year for San Diego State. This was supposed to be their rebuilding season, the in-between season where Winston Shepard and Dakarai Allen mature into stars while the Aztecs try to learn how to survive the loss of Jamaal Franklin…

  13. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Florida-UConn square off

    Dec 2, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 15 Florida at No. 13 UConn, 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN) The Gators picked up a nice win over Florida State over the weekend, the first big win they’ve had this season. But Florida is still not at full strength right now, with Kasey Hill dealing with an ankle injury, Eli…

  14. Ed Cooley on Kris Dunn: He’s ‘in a lot of pain. I don’t expect him back soon.’

    Dec 2, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. BROOKLYN — Prior to the start of the season, Providence was a team that many people had picked to be a sleeper in the new Big…

  15. College Basketball Talk’s latest top 25 rankings

    Dec 2, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

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    There was quite a bit of shuffling in the top 25 this week, as eight of the teams featured in last Monday’s top 25 took a loss, including three of the top ten. That opened the door for teams like Syracuse and Ohio State to climb their way into the top five.  At the other…

  16. The Secondary Break: Monday’s Links

    Dec 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - St Louis v Michigan State

    On first anniversary of his death, Billikens recall lasting legacy of Rick Majerus (Fox Sports Midwest) Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of former Saint Louis head coach Rick Majerus, and with that being the case former players and friends took time to discuss what they learned from him. NU’s Scott Eatherton rebounds…

  17. Late Night Snacks: Memphis bounces back, UNC loses on the road

    Dec 2, 2013, 2:50 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 21 Memphis 73, No. 5 Oklahoma State 68 Revenge is a dish best served … in Orlando? The Tigers got back at Oklahoma State for a drubbing that they took at the hands of the Pokes in Stillwater two weeks ago, earning Josh Pastner inarguably the most important win of…

  18. Kentucky’s a work-in-progress, but we can see the progress being made

    Dec 2, 2013, 1:11 AM EDT

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. BROOKLYN — Attend enough of John Calipari’s press conferences, and one thing you’ll realize is that the man is media savvy enough that, should he decide…

  19. San Diego State’s defense makes them a contender in the Mountain West

    Dec 2, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT

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    With the loss of leading scorers Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley, there was a question of where San Diego State would find its offense in 2013-14. That was a big reason why the Aztecs were picked to finish fourth in the Mountain West preseason poll, with few expecting Steve Fisher’s team to be capable of…

  20. No. 21 Memphis shows improved mental toughness in win over No. 5 Oklahoma State

    Dec 1, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT

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    Less than two weeks ago America had its most recent opportunity to watch Josh Pastner’s Memphis Tigers in a “big” game, as they visited Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State. With the amount of talent on the roster, the Tigers were expected to put up a fight at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Instead Marcus Smart went off…