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  1. Want to be the new coach at USC? Try applying for the job!

    Jan 15, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational - Day 1 - UNLV v USC

    My day has officially been made. Just hours after USC announced on their website the decision to fire head coach Kevin O’Neill, they made another posting: on the USC jobs site, the university announced that they were accepting applicants for the head coaching position of the Men’s Basketball team. Minimum qualifications? Nothing. Seriously. Nothing’s listed…

  2. Grambling basketball: ‘The team’s No. 2 scorer is a typo’

    Jan 15, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    While the meaningful games on Monday nights in January and February almost always fall on Big Mondays, they are far from the only games being played on those nights. Both the MEAC and SWAC — MEACtion and SWACtion, if you will — play their leagues games on Monday nights, in part because it allows them…

  3. Louisville making a push for the top overall seed in our latest bracket

    Jan 15, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    South Florida v Louisville

    Healthy and hungry, the Louisville Cardinals are pushing toward the top position on the s-curve.  Duke retains that position for another week.  The Blue Devils’ overall body of work remains impressive, and Ryan Kelly’s foot injury is a bigger concern than a close loss to NC State in Raleigh.  If Kelly doesn’t return healthy, the…

  4. The Morning Mix

    Jan 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Not too much action on the hardwood last night. Louisville beat UConn. Kansas beat Baylor. Grambling lost again, and Savannah State’s Preston Blackman scored 41 points in the Tiger double-overtime win over Morgan State. But despite a light smattering of hoops action, there are a plethora of news items we need to get to. Lets…

  5. Late Night Snacks: The last, first, Big Monday as we know it

    Jan 15, 2013, 12:53 AM EDT

    Russ Smith, Tyler Olander

    A light slate of games was highlighted by two Top 5 teams on national television. It’s also a night to remember because, to hardcore college hoop-heads, it’s the last, first Big Monday as we know it. For now, enjoy the rundown. It’s Late Night Snacks. Game of the night No. 1 Louisville 73, UConn 58…

  6. Ben McLemore injures ankle in Kansas win over Baylor

    Jan 15, 2013, 12:07 AM EDT

    Baylor v Kansas

    No. 4 Kansas looked every bit like the No. 4 team in the country on Monday night. Their defense held Baylor to — get this — 23.2% shooting from the floor in a 61-44 win, getting 17 points and eight boards from star freshman Ben McLemore who continued his all-american caliber season. There’s a reason…

  7. What Kevin O’Neill did wrong

    Jan 14, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

    Kevin O'Neill

    So the three-and-a-half year tenure of Kevin O’Neill ended today at USC. First of all, it’s never good to see a coach, and especially a good guy like O’Neill, lose their job. Here’s to hoping he lands on his feet quickly, which he should. He’s a fantastic basketball mind. But what cost him his job?…

  8. Rotnei Clarke to miss next two games

    Jan 14, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

    Rotnei Clarke, Ronald Roberts, Jr.

    So much for Rotnei Clarke being taken to “another county” to miss Saturday’s game. Butler announced Monday night that the Bulldogs’ leading scorer will miss the next two games with a sprained neck. He was taken off on a stretcher after crashing head-first in the basket support in a victory over Dayton on Saturday. This…

  9. Louisville defends no. 1 ranking, pushes past UConn

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

    Rick Pitino, Wayne Blackshear, Peyton Siva

    Early in the first half, Louisville, fresh off their newly-minted no. 1 team status on Monday afternoon, looked shaky. And you could hear the pundits on Twitter, wondering how the Cardinals would respond. The second half was their response. The Cardinals(16-1, 4-0 Big East Conference) held the Huskies (12-4, 2-2) without a point for over…

  10. Fairfield holds ‘Newtown Day’ in game against Niagara

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

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    There really isn’t enough that the world can do to help heal the damage left from the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. But on Sunday afternoon, Fairfield did their best to help. The Stags invited around 300 kids and their parents from Sandy Hook Elementary and surrounding schools to watch their game against Niagara. The event…

  11. Willard: Brandon Mobley injury ‘doesn’t look good’

    Jan 14, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Fuquan Edwin, C.J. Wilcox

    This was supposed to be a season of promise for Seton Hall, but now coach Kevin Willard has yet another reason to kick something. Forward Brandon Mobley, went down with a separated right shoulder in the game. Today Jerry Carino is reporting that Mobley’s MRI on the shoulder isn’t helping matters. “It doesn’t look good,”…

  12. Rotnei Clarke’s father expects him to play against Gonzaga

    Jan 14, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

    Rotnei Clarke, Jamal Lewis

    Rotnei Clarke gave college basketball fans a “hold your breath” moment on Saturday when he was taken off the court on a stretcher after he was fouled by Matt Derenbecker on a breakaway lay-up and crashed head-first into the basket support in a 79-73 victory over Dayton. Turns out that Clarke sustained no spinal damage…

  13. Breaking Down: Trey Burke and the perils ‘Craft Island’

    Jan 14, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

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    Trey Burke has been having a year that should earn him some serious National Player of the Year consideration. I’m not going to get too in-depth on why that is — you can check that out here — but the long-and-short of it is that Burke is a tremendously efficient and productive player that is…

  14. The Nation’s New No. 1: Louisville

    Jan 14, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

    Rick Pitino, Russ Smith

    We posed the question last night: Now that there are no more undefeated teams, who will be the No. 1 team in the country? On Monday, we got our answer: Louisville. The Cardinals got 36 of the 65 first-place votes, climbing to No. 1 in the polls for the first time since the final poll…

  15. Laurence Bowers is out on Wednesday

    Jan 14, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    Laurence Bowers, Phil Pressey

    As expected, Laurence Bowers will be out of the lineup for Missouri on Wednesday as the Tigers take on Georgia. Without their leading scorer on the floor, Missouri’s offense was anemic against a better-than-you-think Ole Miss team. The Tigers managed all of 49 points and 0.73 PPP — both season-lows by a long shot —…

  16. Pregame Shootaround: 1.14.13: Big Monday’s back!

    Jan 14, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    Photo from University of Louisville Athletics

    Game of the Day: No. 1 Louisville at UConn (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN) Call me crazy, but I think that UConn has a real chance to knock off Louisville tonight at the XL Center in Hartford. With the Cardinals taking over the reins as the No. 1 team in the country tonight, UConn is playing…

  17. Danny Berger’s heartfelt thank you letter

    Jan 14, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

    Danny Berger, Spencer Butterfield

    Danny Berger put the Utah State program through one of the most terrifying crises imaginable. During a practice in early December, Berger’s heart-stopped. He got light-headed and passed out on the floor, where trainers first gave him CPR and then used an AED to shock his heart and bring him back to life. Right there…

  18. Wyoming suspends second-leading scorer Luke Martinez

    Jan 14, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Luke Martinez

    Luke Martinez has been suspended indefinitely from the Wyoming basketball team as the result of a bar fight last month that left him with a broken finger. According to the Star-Tribune, there were charges filed against Martinez this weekend as a result of the incident. Martinez is the second-leading scorer for the Cowboys, a team…

  19. Kevin O’Neill out at USC, Bob Cantu named interim coach

    Jan 14, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

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    USC head coach Kevin O’Neill has been fired by the school, the school announced in a release on Monday morning. Longtime assistant Bon Cantu has been named the interim head coach. “I would like to thank Kevin O’Neill for his four years of service to USC,” said USC athletic director Pat Haden in a statement. “He took over…

  20. Boise State get three suspended players back for New Mexico

    Jan 14, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    Derrick Marks, Gregory Echenique

    Boise State will nearly be back to full strength on Wednesday when they host New Mexico. Last week, when the Broncos traveled to Wyoming to take on the Cowboys, they did it without four players, including their top two reserves and leading scorer Derrick Marks. The Broncos still managed to win that game, however, and…

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