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  1. Pregame Shootaround 1.12.13: Duke on upset alert against NC State without Ryan Kelly

    Jan 12, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

    Quinn Cook

    Games of the Day: No. 8 Minnesota vs. No. 5 Indiana (12:00 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network) With wins over Michigan State and Illinois, Minnesota has officially shown that it has staying power in the nation’s most powerful conference. The Gophers are in the nation’s Top 50 in scoring and the Top 25 in rebounding and…

  2. Late Night Snacks: Doug McDermott goes for season-high, Creighton cruises

    Jan 12, 2013, 12:47 AM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    Game(s) of the Day No. 13 Creighton 74, Missouri State 52: The Creighton junior continues to make a strong case for National Player of the Year. Dough McDermott went for a season-high 39 points, adding 10 rebounds. The Bluejays led by 10 at half, 37-27 due to Missouri State’s slow down offense. Behind the offensive production…

  3. Teammate on Jamaal Franklin’s dunk: ‘I’ve actually seen him do it better’

    Jan 11, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

    Jamaal Franklin

    By now, the college basketball world has seen Jamaal Franklin all but claim ‘Dunk of the Year’ crown nine days into the New Year, when he threw an alley oop to himself off the backboard. The San Diego State junior threw the ball to himself on a 3-on-3 break in the second half of the…

  4. Tyus Jones, 2014 point guard, on Kentucky visit this weekend

    Jan 11, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT

    Tyus Jones

    At this point, John Calipari is just rubbing it all of our faces. Kentucky isn’t even finished with it’s 2013 recruiting class, with the nation’s top player Andrew Wiggins, as well top 10 forward Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon still considering Lexington as a possible destination. But now Big Blue Nation is working on the…

  5. Report: UConn Athletic Director denies Catholic 7 rumors

    Jan 11, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT

    Kevin Ollie

    The defection of the Catholic 7 and Louisville’s recent acceptance to the ACC, have left teams like UConn and Cincinnati left in a Big East Conference that looks more and more like Conference USA. Both Cincinnati and UConn are looking for new homes and Friday, following a meeting among Big East administrators in Dallas, rumors began…

  6. C.J. McCollum may not return to Lehigh this season

    Jan 11, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Lehigh Mountain Hawks guard McCollum reacts after making a basket against the Duke Blue Devils during a college basketball game in Greensboro

    Lehigh had high hopes entering this season. The Mountain Hawks defeated Duke in the NCAA tournament and returned for the 2012-2013 campaign with preseason All-American C.J. McCollum back for his senior season. However, last week, in a loss to VCU, the nation’s leading scorer broke his foot, sidelining him for 8-10 weeks. He could be…

  7. Bellarmine student hits half court shot, wins cruise (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2013, 8:08 PM EDT


    Last Thursday, during halftime of the Division II game between Quincy University and Bellarmine University, a halftime promotion resulted in a Bellarmine student winning a cruise. Casey Saulman won a trip to the Caribbean after successfully completing the layup, free throw, 3-point, half court shot promotion. “I just looked over to the sideline and people…

  8. Kevin Stallings unhappy with reviewable plays after Kentucky loss

    Jan 11, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

    Kevin Stallings

    Thursday night saw another instance of what appears to be a blown call late in a close game. This happened with under 20 seconds in a one-possession game between Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Kentucky freshman, Nerlens Noel collected a loose ball and floated a shot in the middle of the lane. With Noel’s hand still on…

  9. Former UCLA guard Tyler Lamb will transfer to Long Beach State

    Jan 11, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT

    UCLA v Arizona - Quarterfinals

    During the fall semester, Ben Howland and his UCLA program saw two players transfer. In a span of 10 days, each of those players have found new homes. Last Wednesday, junior center Josh Smith announced he will join Georgetown for his final season of eligibility. Friday evening, junior guard Tyler Lamb made his decision and…

  10. Trey Burke is ready to return home to face Ohio State this time

    Jan 11, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

    Trey Burke

    With conference play in full effect, the weekend’s schedule is slated with several top-25 matchups, one of those being No. 15 Ohio State hosting No. 2 Michigan. The game will be a homecoming for Michigan’s sophomore guard and player of the year contender, Trey Burke, who is a native of Columbus, Ohio. Burke hopes to…

  11. Nebraska forward Brandon Ubel out with fractured elbow, guard Mike Peltz done for season

    Jan 11, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Nebraska v Michigan

    As if Nebraska’s 62-47 loss at No. 2 Michigan on Wednesday night weren’t bad enough, head coach Tim Miles revealed today that the Cornhuskers also suffered a key personnel loss. Miles announced that senior forward Brandon Ubel will miss Sunday’s game at No. 22 Michigan State with a fractured elbow that was suffered in the…

  12. Pregame Shootaround 1.11.13: Can Missouri State continue its improbable turnaround?

    Jan 11, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

    Paul Lusk

    Game of the Day: No. 13 Creighton at Missouri State (8:00 p.m.; ESPN3)  After going 2-10 in non-conference play Paul Lusk’s team has proven to be a headache for their Missouri Valley foes, as the Bears are off to a 3-1 start. But tonight brings on an incredibly difficult task: slowing down Doug McDermott and…

  13. Saint Joseph’s to be without forward Halil Kanacevic due to death in family

    Jan 11, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

    Halil Kanacevic

    As Saint Joseph’s looks to avoid an 0-2 start in Atlantic 10 play this weekend, the Hawks will have to do so without a key contributor. It was announced by the school that forward Halil Kanacevic will miss the “next few games” due to the passing of his maternal uncle. Kanacevic will travel with his…

  14. Can North Carolina turn things around before it’s too late?

    Jan 11, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

    Miami v North Carolina

    There was no doubt that North Carolina would go through an adjustment period given how much talent left Chapel Hill after last season. Losing Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Kendall Marshall and Tyler Zeller from last season’s Elite 8 team isn’t something that a program can simply get over, regardless of how well it recruits. But…

  15. Kentucky avoids bad loss but has offensive issues to address

    Jan 11, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kentucky v Vanderbilt

    With 13:48 left in Thursday night’s game at Vanderbilt, Kentucky was up 47-31 on the Commodores. It was the kind of performance — dominating at times, inconsistent at others — that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from the Wildcats. But regardless of the issues that Vanderbilt has had this season, the bottom line was that…

  16. Weekend Preview: Five Storylines

    Jan 11, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami v North Carolina

    Who is the third best team in the ACC?: I think that it’s pretty safe to say that Duke is the best team in the conference, followed by NC State. Those two will square off at noon on Saturday. But that’s not what’s important heading into this weekend. We already know what we’re going to…

  17. Wooden Award releases its midseason Top 25 list

    Jan 11, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    The Wooden Award released its midseason Top 25 list on Thursday afternoon, singling out 25 of the nation’s best players. The list includes two members of the award’s 2012 All-America team in Creighton’s Doug McDermott and Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan. Three freshmen, UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, Kansas’ Ben McLemore and Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, made the…

  18. Weekend Preview: ‘Sterling’ reason to think Illinois gets upset at Wisconsin

    Jan 11, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Adriean Payne, Jared Berggren

    Who’s Getting Upset?: Sat. 2:15 p.m.: No. 12 Illinois at Wisconsin (Big Ten Net) This was a fairly easy pick for me to make for three reasons: 1. Wisconsin is so tough to beat in the Kohl Center. I don’t care if this is a down year for the Badgers. I don’t care if they…

  19. Oregon State suspends Eric Moreland and Victor Robbins indefinitely

    Jan 11, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    2K Sports Classic - Oregon State Beavers v Purdue Boilermakers

    Going up against two of the Pac-12′s most improved players last night in Arizona State’s Jordan Bachynski and Carrick Felix, Oregon State could have used all hands on deck in its front court. Only problem with that was the fact that just before the game both Eric Moreland and Victor Robbins were both suspended indefinitely…

  20. Weekend Preview: Two B1G clashes, and Duke’s toughest test of the year

    Jan 11, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    Game of the Week: Sat. 12:00 p.m.: No. 8 Minnesota at No. 5 Indiana (Big Ten Net) Full disclosure: when I write these Weekend Preview posts, it’s usually some point between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Right now, as I’m typing these words, it is Thursday afternoon, and let me tell you: I am already…

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