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  1. Big 12, Missouri Valley refs reminded about new points of emphasis

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT

    Bill Self

    Much was made about the new points of emphasis in college basketball during non-conference play, with the move to encourage more freedom of movement for offensive players resulting in not only higher scoring games but higher foul counts as well. But there was a question that lingered during the months of November and December: would…

  2. UCLA needs Tony Parker to build on career night

    Jan 24, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT


    Last summer UCLA forward Tony Parker arrived on campus as part of one of the nation’s best recruiting classes, with the expectation that he and his classmates (Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad) would be able to lead the Bruins back to prominence. While UCLA did manage to win the Pac-12 regular season title…

  3. Weekend Preview: The Battle for Michigan marred by injury

    Jan 24, 2014, 9:14 AM EDT

    AP Photo

    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 21 Michigan at No. 3 Michigan State, Sat. 7:00 p.m. Michigan State may be playing this game in the Breslin Center, but it’s hard to see a way that the Spartans will be considered a favorite heading into this game. We already know they are going to be without Branden…

  4. The Secondary Break: Friday’s Links

    Jan 24, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Grant Gibbs, Kameron Rooks, David Kravish

    The Forgotten Little Big Man of College Basketball (Deadspin) With the Wooden and Robertson award midseason lists being released over the last two days, there has been a great amount of discussion regarding who made the cut and who didn’t. One player not on either list is USCB big man Alan Williams, who has been…

  5. Late Night Snacks: No. 17 Ohio State snaps four-game skid

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:34 AM EDT


    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Portland 114, BYU 110 (3OT) Portland has now beaten both Gonzaga and BYU at home this season, and their win over the Cougars may stand as one of the best games of the season when we reach early April. Tyler Haws, whose 48 points were the most scored in a WCC…

  6. Oregon loses fifth straight, to Washington, after 13-0 start

    Jan 24, 2014, 1:44 AM EDT


    Dana Altman tried to make a change. He shuffled his starting lineup, bring Jonathan Loyd off the bench and starting Dominic Artis. He mixed up his defenses, using more 2-3 zone and even using a box-and-one on a couple of possessions. He tried to snap Oregon out of their funk. And it didn’t work. The…

  7. Selfless play, tough defense result in another win for No. 1 Arizona

    Jan 23, 2014, 11:49 PM EDT


    One of three remaining undefeated teams in college basketball, No. 1 Arizona was faced with a challenge in the form of the Colorado Buffaloes on Thursday night. Sure Colorado was without the services of guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Tre’Shaun Fletcher due to knee injuries, with Dinwiddie done for the year, but the Buffaloes have held…

  8. Lenzelle Smith Jr. rebounds as No. 17 Ohio State beats Illinois

    Jan 23, 2014, 9:54 PM EDT


    After playing well on the offensive end of the floor for much of non-conference play, stringing together seven consecutive double-digit outings at one point, Ohio State senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. struggled in the 17th-ranked Buckeyes’ first six Big Ten games. Reaching double figures in three of their six games entering Thursday’s matchup with Illinois,…

  9. No. 6 Florida beats Alabama, but it wasn’t exactly pretty

    Jan 23, 2014, 9:48 PM EDT

    Florida v Auburn

    Michael Frazier II had 18 points and Casey Prather added 14 points and six boards as No. 6 Florida overcame a sluggish performance to knock off Alabama, 68-62. It feels like we’ve said this before. When the Gators played at Arkansas, they needed overtime to knock off the Razorbacks. When they played at Auburn, they…

  10. Interactive graphic shows where college programs find recruits

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT


    Obviously recruiting is the lifeblood of any college basketball program, because for all the expertise that a coach and his staff can provide you need talent in order to win on a consistent basis. That leads into the question of where do programs find these players, and which cities/states produce the most talent? Ben Stancil…

  11. Marquette to wear special uniforms Saturday against No. 4 Villanova

    Jan 23, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT


    This coming weekend is an important one in college basketball, and not solely because of some of the big conference match-ups on the docket. It’s also the Coaches vs. Cancer’s “Suits and Sneakers” weekend, with many coaching staffs across the country eschewing the standard dress shoes for sneakers in support of the fight against cancer.…

  12. Film Study: Andrew Wiggins vs. Aaron Gordon and the power of hype

    Jan 23, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

    Toledo v Kansas

    We’ve all heard of blind resumes, right? They pop up around NCAA tournament time and are a pretty effective way of evaluating who has had a better season while eliminating the bias that comes with the name associated with the teams involved. We’re going to take a look at some blind stat-lines today: Player A…

  13. Broken hand to sideline Michigan State’s Branden Dawson 4-5 weeks

    Jan 23, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Penn State

    The hits just keep on coming for No. 3 Michigan State, which can’t seem to stay healthy. On Thursday it was revealed that forward Branden Dawson will miss four to five weeks after breaking a bone in his right (shooting) hand. And the injury didn’t occur during game action either, as according to the report Dawson…

  14. Doug McDermott, Marcus Smart among players on Robertson Award midseason list

    Jan 23, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT


    One day after the John R. Wooden Award’s midseason list was released, the United States Basketball Writers of America released its list of 23 midseason candidates for the Oscar Robertson Award. Like the Wooden Award, not being on this list does not prohibit a player from winning the award when it’s handed out in early…

  15. Reports: Kentucky assistant strength coach arrested, charged with assault on wife

    Jan 23, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT


    A member of Kentucky’s basketball staff was arrested Thursday morning, according to multiple reports.  Assistant strength coach Brian Shorter was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment at his home. LEX 18 is reporting that Shorter allegedly shoved his wife into an unheated garage and, 40 minutes later, threw a bucket of water…

  16. Northeastern’s David Walker beats Towson with 35-footer at buzzer (VIDEO)

    Jan 23, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT


    Northeastern was up 40-21 at the half and allowed Towson all the way back into the game. The Tigers tied it in the final seconds, only to watch as Northeastern’s David Walker drilled a 30-footer at the buzzer to win it. The video is a bit choppy — and courtesy of Northeastern’s athletics department —…

  17. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Arizona hosts Colorado, lots of key mid-major games

    Jan 23, 2014, 1:51 PM EDT

    Aaron Gordon

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Colorado at No. 1 Arizona, 9:00 p.m. It’s a shame that Spencer Dinwiddie went down with an ACL injury, but the ineptitude of everyone in the Pac-12 these days, the Buffaloes could very well still be the second best team in the conference. I’m not sure that’s actually saying much at…

  18. Nik Stauskas apologizes for, clarifies father’s early-entry comments

    Jan 23, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    If I put together mock drafts, I would, at this point, have Nik Stauskas projected as a lottery pick. He’s 6-foot-6, he’s athletic, he’s a lights-out shooter, he can handle the ball in the pick-and-roll, he can create off the dribble for his teammates, he can break your ankles with a cross over and go…

  19. Kobe Bryant: College basketball ‘really isn’t teaching players anything’

    Jan 23, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

    USA Men's Basketball Team Scrimmage Against China

    Get ready for another round of bickering about whether or not the one-and-done rule should be in place. “I don’t really look at it from that perspective of what was good for the game of basketball,” Kobe Bryant told reporters when asked about his impact on the NBA as a prep-to-pro player. “I think the…

  20. Andre Hollins has an ankle sprain, but how long is he out?

    Jan 23, 2014, 12:14 PM EDT

    Andre Hollins

    Minnesota’s leading scorer Andre Hollins missed all but about 30 seconds of last night’s win over No. 9 Wisconsin after rolling his ankle. He spent much of the game sitting in the training room, watching on television. That gave some cause for concern, especially considering he reportedly left the arena in a walking boot and…