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  1. The Memphis-Tennessee rivalry may be back on … that was quick

    Jan 3, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Josh Pastner

    Remember all that talk about Memphis ending their rivalry with Tennessee? We wrote about it this morning. We would have written about it again tomorrow. Memphis talk radio has been dominated by the subject the past couple of days. Why was it ending? Because Josh Pastner finally had an athletic director that sided with him,…

  2. Reggie Bullock hasn’t been cleared for UNC’s ACC opener yet

    Jan 3, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Reggie Bullock, Desharick Guidry

    Reggie Bullock sat out North Carolina’s win over UNLV on Saturday with a concussion, and according to a report from ESPN’s Robbi Pickeral, he hasn’t yet been cleared to return to action. Bullock has been able to do more in practice since sustaining the injury, but if UNC’s ACC opener was tonight instead of Sunday…

  3. VIDEO: Majok Majok of Ball State with the buzzer-beating dunk

    Jan 3, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

    Jesse Berry

    The two most exciting plays in college hoops: a buzzer-beating game-winner and a gorgeous pass leading to an emphatic dunk. This is pretty much inarguable, right? What could make it better? In the immortal words of Joey Tribbiani, “put your hands together“: That’s Ball State point guard Jesse Berry dribbling the length of the court…

  4. Breaking Down: How Purdue slowed down Brandon Paul

    Jan 3, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Paul

    Purdue picked up a huge win on Wednesday night, knocking off No. 11 Illinois at home and helping to erase the memory of a rough non-conference season. They did it by taking away Brandon Paul. A contender for Big Ten Player of the Year after the first two months of the season, Paul has been…

  5. Offensive struggles not the only reason why Northern Iowa’s in an 0-2 hole

    Jan 3, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT

    Ben Jacobson

    With four starters returning from last season’s 20-win squad much was expected of Ben Jacobson’s Northern Iowa Panthers, as they were picked to finish third in the Missouri Valley Conference. But it’s been tough sledding for UNI on the offensive end of the floor through 14 games, resulting in a 7-7 overall record and an…

  6. Conference Catchup: Best Cowboy up if you want to beat Kansas

    Jan 3, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    Pistol Pete courtesy of Oklahoma State Athletics

    Conference play is right around the corner, so to help you get out of that post-holiday haze, we’ll be catching you up on all the happenings in the country’s top 12 conferences. Here’s our Big 12 Conference Catchup: Favorite: Kansas Yep. Again. You may feel like one of these other Big 12 programs is about…

  7. Pregame Shootaround 1.3.13: Pac-12 showdown highlights first Thursday of 2013

    Jan 3, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Each day, CollegeBasketballTalk brings you the “Pregame Shootaround,” which will lay out a preview for the slate of games that night. We’ll take a look at some key match-ups and important games, as well as make some predictions and point out what you need to watch for. Take a look below at today’s edition: Note:…

  8. There’s a bigger point to Kentucky monitoring the heart rate of its players than work ethic

    Jan 3, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    John Calipari

    Kentucky head coach John Calipari tends to write about interesting topics on his website in regards to his basketball team, which beat Eastern Michigan 90-38 last night and begins SEC play next Thursday at Vanderbilt. The most recent entry focuses on how hard his players are working in practice and what’s being done to keep…

  9. Conference Catchup: Duke leads a top-heavy ACC

    Jan 3, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Duke Blue Devils forward Mason Plumlee (5) shoots against the Davidson Wildcats during the first half of their NCAA basketball game in Charlotte

    Conference play is right around the corner, so to help you get out of that post-holiday haze, we’ll be catching you up on all the happenings in the country’s top 12 conferences. Here’s our ACC Conference Catchup: Favorite: Duke This team looked good in the preseason, but we all had some questions about how the…

  10. 10 tidbits to know: Louisville’s chemistry, McCollum can shoot and more

    Jan 3, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT


    Vin Parise is a former assistant college coach and the college basketball insider for NBC Sports. Look for his Top 10 Tidbits every week. 1. For as good as Syracuse is, Louisville is the best team in the Big East right now. The chemistry on Rick Pitino’s team is off the charts and they play…

  11. Santa Clara head coach Kerry Keating offers students special deal for Saturday’s game against No. 10 Gonzaga

    Jan 3, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT

    Kerry Keating

    Kerry Keating’s Santa Clara Broncos have been one of the nation’s biggest surprises, as they’re now 12-3 on the season following a 74-69 win over San Francisco in the WCC opener for both teams last night. And just one week after taking on top-ranked Duke the Broncos will have another chance to make a statement…

  12. 2014 forward Leron Black, citing rushed decision, de-commits from Baylor

    Jan 3, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT


    The recruiting process is such that the excitement of being wanted can lead a player to make a decision before he’s ready to do so. Such was the case for 2014 forward Leron Black, who committed to Baylor back in September shortly after making an unofficial visit to the Big 12 school. Black cited the speed…

  13. Who is the next coach the crack the 900 win plateau?

    Jan 3, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jim Boeheim

    As you know, Jim Boeheim won his 903rd game last night, sliding him past Bobby Knight and into second place on the all-time wins list.* And, as usual, Dana O’Neil of pretty much hit the nail on the head when it comes to Boeheim’s achievement: what makes it so impressive is that you have…

  14. The Memphis-Tennessee rivalry comes to an end Friday

    Jan 3, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT

    Louisville v Memphis

    Of Friday, for what feels like the 50th time over the course of the last couple of years, we will see a fun rivalry come to an end as Memphis will play Tennessee for the last time in the foreseeable future (read: Josh Pastner’s tenure). Only this rivalry is different than Kansas-Missouri or Texas-Texas A&M,…

  15. The Morning Mix

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT


    Your Thursday edition of The Morning Mix is being brought to you by all 11 of Troy Daniels’ 3-pointers last night. Yup, that’s right, VCU’s Troy Daniels hit 11 of his 20 3-point attempts. Dude was feeling it. Also from last night, Jim Boeheim won the 903rd game of his career, surpassing Bobby Knight on…

  16. Late Night Snacks: Creighton, Duke win Wednesday’s marquee games

    Jan 3, 2013, 2:32 AM EDT

    Grant Gibbs Gregory Echenique Jahenns Manigat Jackie Carmichael

    Game of the Day No. 16 Creighton 79, Illinois State 72: Ethan Wragge had 18 points and hit six of Creighton’s 13 threes as the Bluejays won a shootout against the Redbirds. Illinois State hit 13 threes of their own, but it was a missed three from Jackie Carmichael with ISU down three and less…

  17. VIDEO:Troy Daniels hits 11 threes in a game, has taken 15 twos this year?

    Jan 3, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT

    Troy Daniels

    Troy Daniels set the VCU record for three-pointers in a game on Saturday. He hit nine as the Rams knocked off Fairleigh Dickinson that afternoon. That record stood for all of four days, as Daniels broke it on Wednesday night, as he went off for 33 points, hitting 11-20 from the field — all of…

  18. No. 11 Illinois falls in Big Ten opener at Purdue

    Jan 3, 2013, 12:50 AM EDT

    Illinois v Purdue

    Illinois was in the midst of a 10-2 run to cut what was a 10 point lead down to 63-61 when Purdue’s Jacob Lawson missed two free throws with 20 seconds left. The ball took a funny bounce off the rim and rolled towards the corner. Senior guard DJ Byrd fought off a box out…

  19. Jim Boeheim passes Knight for 2nd on career wins list

    Jan 2, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Jim Boeheim

    Brandon Triche had 25 points and six assists and Michael Carter-Williams chipped in with his eighth double-double of the season, finishing with 12 points and 10 assists, as No. 7 Syracuse knocked off Rutgers 78-53 in the Big East opener for both teams. Under normal circumstances, this result wouldn’t be noteworthy. Syracuse is supposed to…

  20. VIDEO: Victor Dukes with one of the greatest dunks you’ll ever see

    Jan 2, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

    Picture 2

    Victor Dukes isn’t a well-known recruit. He doesn’t have a profile on Rivals, Scout or ESPN, and back in 2012, I doubt that there were many people outside of Nettleton High School that would have heard of the 6-foot-3 guard. That’s not surprising for Dukes, however. He is only a high school sophomore after all,…

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