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  1. POSTERIZED: Marcus Gilbert takes off in Fairfield’s win over Bucknell

    Dec 28, 2013, 7:36 PM EDT

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    Fairfield landed themselves a steal when they were able to sign Marcus Gilbert, and it’s not just because it also netted them his 6-foot-11 brother Malcolm, who transferred in from Pitt. Marcus is one of the better athletes in college hoops, the kind of leaper that you don’t often see in the MAAC. On Saturday,…

  2. Too much Russ Smith, Chris Jones is just a symptom, not Louisville’s biggest problem

    Dec 28, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

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    For just the second time this season, No. 6 Louisville squared off with a quality opponent in non-conference play. And for the second time this season, the Cardinals lost. Last month, it was a 93-84 defeat suffered at the hands of North Carolina at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. On Saturday, Louisville lost to No. 18…

  3. No. 18 Kentucky’s young backcourt shows signs of progress in win over No. 6 Louisville

    Dec 28, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

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    With their best player sidelined due to serious cramping issues, No. 18 Kentucky trailed No. 6 Louisville 52-51 with 11:01 remaining. And given how young John Calipari’s team is, and their lack of a signature victory to date, that moment represented a major point in the Wildcats’ season. And Kentucky’s young backcourt rose to the…

  4. POSTERIZED: Russ Smith dunks all over Julius Randle

    Dec 28, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Russ Smith, who stands all of 6-foot-nothin’ on a good day, just split two defenders and drove down the lane, dunking all over the bigger, stronger, and currently-dominating-the-Cards Julius Randle. That GIF doesn’t exactly do the dunk justice: Watch the whole video here: (Video and GIF via CBS Sports broadcast)

  5. Villanova’s offense needs more balance to be an elite team

    Dec 28, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

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

    In the game’s opening nine minutes against Syracuse, Villanova looked like one of the nation’s elite teams as they jumped out to a 25-7 lead in the Carrier Dome and silenced the crowd early. The Wildcats started 5-for-7 from behind the three-point line as they moved the ball quickly around the perimeter and found open…

  6. Tyler Ennis leads No. 2 Syracuse to come-from-behind win over No. 8 Villanova

    Dec 28, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

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    Villanova came out on fire. James Bell hit three threes in the first four minutes and the Wildcats jumped all over a Syracuse team that looked like they hit the snooze button too many times. It was 25-7 with 10 minutes left in the half, and the Orange looked like they were going to get…

  7. POSTERIZED: Marquette’s Deonte Burton lifts off on Samford

    Dec 28, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT

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    In their final non-conference game before the start of Big East play, Marquette beat Samford 71-48. Routine beating for the Golden Eagles, and a game that featured a dunk that was anything but “routine” by freshman Deonte Burton. Samford’s Emeka Ikezu attempted to get in the way but was unsuccessful. Burton was all over the…

  8. Suspended Utah State forward Jarred Shaw hit with felony drug charge

    Dec 28, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Less than two weeks ago Utah State announced that leading scorer and rebounder Jarred Shaw was suspended indefinitely, and on Saturday afternoon a possible reason for the suspension was made public. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Shaw was charged on Friday with distribution of a controlled substance, with the charge being a second-degree felony. Other…

  9. New Year’s Resolutions: Memphis Tigers

    Dec 28, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Over the course of the holiday week, we at College Basketball Talk will be detailing what we believe will be the New Year’s Resolutions of some of the nation’s most talented, most disappointing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams. What can we say, we’re in a giving mood. Who else made Resolutions? Click here to find out. WHAT…

  10. Maryland point guard Seth Allen cleared to play after foot injury

    Dec 28, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Maryland and head coach Mark Turgeon received some encouraging news over the weekend as it was reported by CSN Baltimore’s Daniel Martin that point guard Seth Allen has been cleared to play by doctors and has returned to practice on Friday and Saturday as the Terrapins prepare for a Sunday contest against Tulsa. Allen had…

  11. New Year’s Resolutions: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels

    Dec 28, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Over the course of the holiday week, we at College Basketball Talk will be detailing what we believe will be the New Year’s Resolutions of some of the nation’s most talented, most disappointing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams. What can we say, we’re in a giving mood. Who else made Resolutions? Click here to find out.…

  12. Northwestern forward Mike Turner decides to transfer

    Dec 28, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Northwestern announced on Saturday morning that forward Mike Turner is transferring from the program. Turner appeared in all 32 games for the Wildcats last season, tallying 61 points during the season, but he took a leave of absence from the team in September as it looked like he was likely leaving the program. Now the…

  13. Assigned Reading: Getting to know the Wiggins brothers

    Dec 28, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Although Andrew Wiggins is one of the more popular freshman college basketball players in recent memory, he is still rather shy and — especially as a person off-the-court — we’re still getting to know the Canadian basketball phenom. In an interesting profile on the Wiggins brothers by the AP’s Dave Skretta, we get a little…

  14. Gene Teague recovering after scary fall Friday night

    Dec 28, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Seton Hall center Gene Teague suffered a scary injury on Friday night. As you can see in the video above, Teague’s legs were taken out from underneath him and he fell to the ground, landing on the left side of his head. He was knocked unconscious and, according to head coach Kevin Willard, dealing with…

  15. Pregame shootaround: Monster doubleheader dominates Saturday’s action

    Dec 28, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 8 Villanova at No. 2 Syracuse (2 p.m., CBS) I mean no disrespect to one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports, but when you have a matchup of two unbeaten, top-10 teams on December 28th, it takes precedence. It should be a good one as No. 8 Villanova…

  16. New Year’s Resolutions: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

    Dec 28, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Over the course of the holiday week, we at College Basketball Talk will be detailing what we believe will be the New Year’s Resolutions of some of the nation’s most talented, most disappointing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams. What can we say, we’re in a giving mood. Who else made Resolutions? Click here to find out. WHAT…

  17. DePaul beats Northwestern on buzzer-beater from Billy Garrett Jr. (VIDEO)

    Dec 28, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

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    In the final non-conference game for both DePaul and Northwestern, each team was in desperate need of a win. Projected to finish at or near the bottom of their respective conferences, picking up a win against another power-conference team would have provided each team a much needed boost. After Dave Sobolewski — who entered the game…

  18. Seton Hall rolls past Lafayette, Gene Teague suffers scary injury to head

    Dec 27, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

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    The result of tonight’s game between Seton Hall and Lafayette was never in doubt. The Pirates got out to a 47-15 lead at halftime, and the only question was whether they would double up Lafayette’s score. They didn’t, but the final score was 90-58 — a true throttling from the opening tip to final buzzer.…

  19. POSTERIZED: Northern Kentucky’s Jalen Billups makes Kennedy Meeks pay for not blocking out

    Dec 27, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

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    This is what happens when you don’t put a body on your man and block out. Northern Kentucky’s top forward Jalen Billups taught North Carolina’s freshman forward Kennedy Meeks a rude lesson in the importance of boxing out. Rebounding has been an issue for North Carolina all season. Expect Roy Williams to use this clip…

  20. Demetrius Walker and Jeff Lowery dismissed from Grand Canyon team

    Dec 27, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Demetrius Walker and Jeff Lowery have both been dismissed from Grand Canyon’s basketball team for a “violation of team rules,” head coach Dan Majerle announced on Friday. Majerle wouldn’t go into details for the dismissal, leaving it at: “It’s very disappointing for everyone involved, but our program remains committed to performing to the best of our…