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  1. Stephen F. Austin could be a scary team to play in March

    Feb 24, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

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    As we get closer to March, Southland leader Stephen F. Austin might be one of the scarier teams a program could potentially face in the NCAA Tournament. At 25-2 — and 14-0 in the Southland with a three-game lead — the Lumberjacks have won 22 consecutive games and are winning by an average of 13.8…

  2. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Syracuse, Kansas face tough league battles

    Feb 24, 2014, 3:49 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 4 Syracuse at Maryland, 7:00 p.m. The Orange will take their two-game losing streak to College Park to take on a Maryland team that is one marquee win away from being back in the bubble conversation. This will be a test for the Orange. Just 48 hours ago, they were…

  3. POSTERIZED: Stetson’s Willie Green can fly (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT

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    You probably haven’t seen Stetson play much this season — 7-21 teams in the Atlantic Sun aren’t exactly the biggest TV draw — but that’s doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to see. Willie Green, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, is one of the best dunkers you’ve never seen. If that video isn’t prove enough, take a…

  4. Referee Tony Greene speaks with SI about end of Duke-Syracuse game

    Feb 24, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

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    The ejection seen ’round the world happened on Saturday night, as Jim Boeheim lost his mind over a call, got himself tossed and then became a meme. All in a day’s work, I guess. What was lost in the madness of Boeheim’s overreaction, however, was whether or not the right call was actually made. Seth…

  5. POSTERIZED: Aaron Gordon, high-flyer (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT

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    We all know Aaron Gordon has ‘jumping off a trampoline’ hops, and on Saturday night he showed them off. Take a look. His head is at the rim: The key for Arizona, however, is that Saturday night featured Gordon scoring 23 points on 10-for-13 shooting while hitting a pair of threes. If he becomes a…

  6. Bracketology: Florida moves up to No. 1 overall seed

    Feb 24, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Florida has not lost a college basketball game in almost three months.  Only undefeated Wichita State owns a longer streak.  So it’s no surprise that both the Gators and Shockers remain No. 1 seeds in today’s bracket.  Given back-to-back losses by Syracuse, it’s also not surprising to find Florida as the top overall seed with…

  7. Kentucky’s Julius Randle: ‘ I didn’t come here to be liked. I came here to win a championship’

    Feb 24, 2014, 12:27 PM EDT

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    It may sound weird to say this, but Julius Randle was the most important player on the floor for the Wildcats in Saturday’s win over LSU despite the fact that he managed just eight points on 3-for-8 shooting. He guarded Johnny O’Bryant, the LSU big man that torched the Wildcats in their first meeting in…

  8. College Hoops Week in Review: Frank Kaminsky, Michigan earn weekly honors

    Feb 24, 2014, 11:23 AM EDT

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    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin I made a joke on twitter during Wisconsin’s win over Iowa on Saturday, saying, essentially, that if you’re a 6-foot-10 stiff, you should go to play for Bo Ryan because he’ll make you awesome in three years. I thought it was funny, because Wisconsin always manages to churn…

  9. College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

    Feb 24, 2014, 9:12 AM EDT

    Drake v Wichita State

    Arguing over whether or not Wichita State deserves to be the No. 1 team in the country is a conversation that is going to overtake college hoops over the next couple of weeks. Here’s my take: Florida deserves to be the No. 1 team in the country this week, even with their struggles over the…

  10. The Secondary Break: Monday’s Links

    Feb 24, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Mike Poole has become a leader for Iona hoops (LoHud Insider) One-year transfers have an interesting challenge in front of them in many cases, with their short-term stay in a program requiring greater effort in order to incorporate themselves into the program. One such transfer is Iona’s Mike Poole, who arrived at the school after…

  11. Late Night Snacks: No. 20 Michigan takes control of Big Ten race

    Feb 24, 2014, 12:31 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: Providence 87, Butler 81 Providence is one of many bubble teams looking to fight their way into the NCAA tournament, and they avoided suffering a tough defeat at Butler on Sunday. All five starters scored in double figures led by Bryce Cotton, who tallied 28 points and six assists. As a…

  12. Arizona State caps 0-2 week with blowout loss at Utah

    Feb 23, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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    Nine days ago the Arizona State Sun Devils earned a signature victory for their resume, beating then-No. 2 Arizona 69-66 in overtime. Conventional wisdom had Herb Sendek’s team well on its way to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009, and with contributors such as guards Jahii Carson and Jermaine Marshall and center…

  13. Pittsburgh’s margin for error shrinks with third straight loss

    Feb 23, 2014, 8:58 PM EDT

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    Since shooting 51% from the field in an 83-79 win at Maryland on January 25 Pittsburgh has struggled offensively, shooting no better than 41% in any of the seven games that followed. Game number seven in that dubious streak came on Sunday night, with the Panthers shooting 37% in a 71-66 home loss to Florida…

  14. Doug McDermott continues climb up NCAA’s all-time scoring list as No. 11 Creighton survives

    Feb 23, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

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    At this point in the season the race for national Player of the Year has a clear frontrunner: Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott. One of the questions entering this season was how would McDermott and his teammates adjust to new surroundings, with Creighton making the move from the Missouri Valley Conference to the Big East.…

  15. Columbia beats Yale, lending Harvard helping hand in Ivy League race

    Feb 23, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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    With Ivy League teams ten games into their “14-game tournament” to determine who will represent the league in the NCAA tournament, it’s clear that the race for the automatic bid is down to two teams: Harvard and Yale. The Crimson have won the Ivy League’s automatic bid each of the last two seasons and entered…

  16. At what point do Michigan State’s injury woes become a larger concern?

    Feb 23, 2014, 5:14 PM EDT

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    We’ve been saying it for so long, it’s almost because second-nature: No. 13 Michigan State is good, but just wait until they get healthy. And the party line won’t be any different after the Spartans lost to in-state rival No. 20 Michigan in Crisler Arena on Sunday afternoon. Tom Izzo’s club jumped out to an…

  17. SMU picks up much-needed quality road win at No. 21 UConn

    Feb 23, 2014, 4:38 PM EDT

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    Larry Brown’s SMU Mustangs have been much-improved this season, entering Sunday’s game at No. 21 UConn with 21 wins and a 10-4 record in American Athletic Conference play. Among those results are home victories over the Huskies, No. 11 Cincinnati and No. 22 Memphis, but something was missing from their resume: a quality win away…

  18. Michigan uses big second half to take first place in Big Ten over rival Michigan State

    Feb 23, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

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    With time winding down in the first half, Caris LeVert launched a 3-pointer from the corner and drained it as the buzzer sounded. As soon as he released it, LeVert turned and darted to the Michigan locker room. He knew it was good, cutting the halftime lead 36-34. LeVert scored 14 of his 23 points…

  19. ACC will not take further action against Jim Boeheim following ejection in loss to Duke

    Feb 23, 2014, 1:32 PM EDT

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    In case you were lacked television or Internet last night, you missed a controversial ending to a Syracuse-Duke game, which is becoming a theme in the new ACC rivalry. With 10 seconds to play, C.J. Fair was called for an offensive foul and colliding with Rodney Hood. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was steaming over…

  20. Shaka Smart, Derek Kellogg speak to the strength of the Atlantic 10

    Feb 23, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

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    AMHERST, Mass. – Following Friday night’s loss to UMass, VCU head coach Shaka Smart entered the room for his postgame press conference, firing off a question before even taking his seat at the table. “Is this the same room where John Chaney said, ‘I’ll kill you’?,” he asked, referring to the former Temple coach’s confrontation with…