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  1. Bubble Banter: What does West Virginia need to do to earn their at-large bid?

    Feb 11, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    There are 36 days left until Selection Sunday. Every morning from now until the bracket comes out, we’ll help you get caught up on the happenings with impact on the bubble from the night before.  You can see NBCSports.com’s latest bracket here. West Virginia (RPI: 70, KenPom: 47) is shaping up to be one of the…

  2. The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

    Feb 11, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    At San Diego State, the basketball court is a classroom (USA Today) No. 5 San Diego State has surprised many with their excellent play this season, but the hot start has not come as a surprise to the players themselves. The leader is head coach Steve Fisher, who has turned the court into a classroom…

  3. Late Night Snacks: Kansas State topples Kansas in Sunflower Showdown

    Feb 11, 2014, 1:20 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: Kansas State 85, No. 7 Kansas 82, OT Another Monday, another Big 12 overtime game. Kansas State held off Kansas on Monday as the Wildcats were just 3-48 against the Jayhawks since 1994 entering the night’s contest. Marcus Foster and the Wilcats held off a furious nine-point comeback from Kansas in…

  4. Joel Embiid’s health, ball-screen defense concerns after Kansas loss at Kansas State

    Feb 11, 2014, 12:56 AM EDT

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    The final three shots and Andrew Wiggins took in regulation in Monday night’s loss to Kansas State are a pretty good representation of what this season has been like for him. In the final minute with a chance to tie the game, Wiggins airballed a three. A couple of possessions later, he beat his man…

  5. Kansas State earns big home win over No. 7 Kansas

    Feb 11, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

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    Kansas State blew a nine-point lead with under two minutes remaining and it didn’t look like the Wildcats had the momentum entering overtime facing in-state rival Kansas. The No. 7 Jayhawks had a ridiculous rally and Kansas State seemed to be battling injuries for the entire night and it appeared that Kansas was the favorite…

  6. Grambling State earns first DI victory in over 700 days

    Feb 10, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT

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    Grambling State ended numerous losing streaks on Monday night as the Tigers knocked off Alcorn State 95-80 to earn a SWAC home win. Grambling State hadn’t won a game against a Division I opponent since March 4, 2012 when they knocked off Alabama A&M for a 75-72 overtime win. The win for Grambling State snapped…

  7. West Virginia’s Eron Harris tossed for dumb flagrant 2 (VIDEO)

    Feb 10, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

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    An ugly sequence capped off West Virginia’s blowout win over No. 11 Iowa State. Going for a loose ball, Dustin Hogue of Iowa State kicks Kevin Noreen in the stomach. The ball ends up in the hands of Monte Morris, who is essentially punched in the face by Eron Harris as he goes up for…

  8. West Virginia makes a statement in blowout win over No. 11 Iowa State

    Feb 10, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT

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    West Virginia continued their surge as one of the most surprising teams in the Big 12 on Monday night as they mollywhopped No. 11 Iowa State, 102-77. Remi Dibo led the way for the Mountaineers, scoring 20 points and hitting six of West Virginia’s 13 threes, but it was Terry Henderson who got hot in…

  9. Georgetown knocks off Providence to continue recent surge

    Feb 10, 2014, 9:36 PM EDT

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    Georgetown looked dead in the water as of two weeks ago. The Hoyas had lost five straight games in Big East play and it didn’t seem like head coach John Thompson III and Georgetown had a lot of hope going into February. But after a win at Madison Square Garden over a top-10 program in…

  10. Trailer for Washington Post’s Duke and Maryland documentary looks great (VIDEO)

    Feb 10, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

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    It’s sad to see the Duke and Maryland ACC basketball rivalry coming to an end this season, but on a brighter note, The Washington Post is producing a really cool documentary on the two seasons that Duke and Maryland won back-to-back national titles in 2001 and 2002, at the height of the rivalry. The Post will…

  11. DePaul senior forward Cleveland Melvin no longer with the program

    Feb 10, 2014, 6:32 PM EDT

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    The news for DePaul went from bad to worse on Monday as the struggling Blue Demons announced in a school-issued release that senior forward Cleveland Melvin is no longer with the men’s basketball program. “DePaul senior forward Cleveland Melvin is no longer enrolled at DePaul, and therefore no longer part of the DePaul basketball program,”…

  12. Billy Donovan, Tom Izzo weigh in on Marcus Smart situation

    Feb 10, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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    The roar of Saturday’s Marcus Smart, fan-shoving controversy from Oklahoma State’s loss at Texas Tech is finally starting to die down a bit, but on Monday, college basketball head coaches gave their take on fan-player interactions and Smart as a player. One of the more interesting takes came from Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.…

  13. Thon Maker, mixtapes and the unrealistic expectations mixtapes can produce

    Feb 10, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

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    If you weren’t swallowed up by the Marcus Smart fan-shoving incident over the weekend, you probably saw social media buzzing about the latest big high school basketball mixtape of 7-foot high school sophomore Thon Maker. The mixtape, produced by Ty Kish of CityLeagueHoopsTV, shows the 7-foot Maker of Carlise High School in Martinsville, Va., displaying…

  14. [PHOTO] Creighton meets Bono in a New Jersey airport

    Feb 10, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

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    Sunday wasn’t the best day for the Creighton Bluejays. After falling to St. John’s at Madison Square Garden in a Big East loss, the team was stuck at private, regional Teterboro Airport in New Jersey waiting for their team plane to de-ice when someone with the Bluejays noticed that U2 lead singer Bono was also…

  15. Ryan Pitino explains the chicken suit at the Minnesota game

    Feb 10, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

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    During Minnesota’s home Big Ten win over Indiana on Saturday, you could clearly see Louisville head coach Rick Pitino sitting behind the Minnesota bench while his son, Richard, coached the Golden Gophers to victory as a first-year coach at the school. The elder Pitino is a familiar face and a national-title winning coach, but you…

  16. NCAA opposes HJR-3, supports marriage equality in Indiana

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

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    The NCAA has made their feelings known about marriage equality in the United States. They support it. According to a report from Michael Pointer of the Indianapolis Star, the NCAA opposes HJR-3, an amendment to the Indiana state constitution that would ban same-sex marriages and prohibit civil unions. “The NCAA national office leadership strongly supports…

  17. Rupp Arena to undergo $310 million renovation

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Lexington mayor Jim Gray announced on Monday afternoon that the University of Kentucky and “partners” will be spending $310 million to give Rupp Arena a modernizing facelift. Rupp is one of college basketball’s most storied venues, but as we are in the midst of the college athletics “Arms Race”, it’s no surprise that the school…

  18. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Kansas vs. Kansas State in the Octogan of Doom

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 7 Kansas at Kansas State, 9:00 p.m. Kansas State will be looking to back up their impressive win over Texas in which Marcus Foster had the most impressive performance of his young career. The Jayhawks have been overwhelmingly dominant in this intra-state rivalry, and that didn’t change in their first…

  19. College Hoops Week in Review: Melvin Ejim and SMU burst onto national radar

    Feb 10, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

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    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Melvin Ejim, Iowa State Melvin Ejim put on one of the single most impressive individual performances that you’ll see on Saturday afternoon. He scored 48 points on 20-for-24 shooting from the floor and added 18 rebounds in Iowa State’s 84-69 win over TCU. That just doesn’t happen. People just don’t put…

  20. Bracketology: Wichita State pushing toward No. 1 seed

    Feb 10, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

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    Alongside Syracuse, Wichita State is one of two unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.  The Shockers’ resume speaks for itself – a Top 10 RPI, Top 50 non-conference strength of schedule, and an 11-0 record away from home.  Given WSU’s remaining Missouri Valley Conference schedule, it’s likely the Shockers will enter the MVC…