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  1. Saint Louis guard Kwamain Mitchell will make his season debut tonight

    Dec 28, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - St Louis v Michigan State

    On the second day of practice Saint Louis point guard Kwamain Mitchell went down with a broken bone in his left foot, and without him the Billikens weren’t “whole” despite their 8-3 record. That changes tonight however, as Mitchell will make his season debut at Chaifetz Arena when SLU takes on SIU-Edwardsville. The 5-10 senior…

  2. UConn men’s basketball team visited Newtown on Thursday

    Dec 28, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    Kevin Ollie, DeAndre Daniels, Tyler Olander

    There were no grand announcements, and media were asked to keep their distance. But December 27 will go down as the most important day of the season for the Connecticut Huskies, and the reason has nothing to do with what they’ll accomplish on the court. Head coach Kevin Ollie, his players and former head coach…

  3. Conference Catch-ups: Creighton is still on top, but the MVC is strong

    Dec 28, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    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 Missouri Valley Conference Catchup: Favorite: Creighton The Bluejays were the league favorite heading into the season, and despite the loss of…

  4. Play of Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow a step in the right direction for New Mexico

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Justin Jackson, Alex Kirk

    Entering the 2012-13 season, interior play was a major concern for the New Mexico Lobos. On the heels of a season that saw them win both a share of the Mountain West regular season title and the league’s automatic bid, few had any idea what Steve Alford would do to make up for the loss…

  5. The Morning Mix

    Dec 28, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mic Cronin facepalm

    This is the last day of a shortened holiday week for The Morning Mix. If you’re like most of us and taking it easy tonight (in order to prepare for NEw Years), then you will have a handful of quality games to watch tonight. Considering how there was only one major game on last night,…

  6. Late Night Snacks: A pair of mid-majors move to 3-0 in league play

    Dec 28, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

    New Mexico v Cincinnati

    Game of the Night: New Mexico 55, No. 8 Cincinnati 54 It’s tough for low-scoring games to be thrillers, especially when the first half ends up being so ugly. But that’s precisely what the battle between the Lobos and the Bearcats ended up being. There was one two minute stretch in the second half where…

  7. Cincinnati needs to find an offensive threat in the paint, and quickly

    Dec 28, 2012, 12:39 AM EDT

    New Mexico v Cincinnati

    Just five days after seeing their undefeated record get tarnished by Nate Wolters and South Dakota State, New Mexico went into Cincinnati and did the same to the Bearcats in a thrilling game. The game-winning jumper came from Tony Snell with 2:28 left on the clock, when he answered a Cashmere Wright three by putting…

  8. Malcolm Gilbert leaves the Pitt program

    Dec 27, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

    Krys Faber, Malcolm Gilbert

    Pitt center Malcolm Gilbert, who played 93 minutes in 19 games last season and who was planning on redshirting this season, will transfer out of the program. “Malcolm has asked for his release and has informed me that he wants to play with his brother,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said in a statement. “He‘s a…

  9. Tony Parker’s homesick tweets say more about UCLA than about Parker

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Prairie View A&M v UCLA

    There may be nothing less surprising in college basketball right now than finding out that a player on the UCLA roster is not enjoying his time in Westwood. Over the last couple of years, you wouldn’t be alone if you wondered whether the talent that has left Ben Howland’s program could beat the players that…

  10. UNLV forward Mike Moser returns to practice, but will he play Saturday?

    Dec 27, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Mike Moser, Demetris Morant, Daquan Cook

    That’s the question many UNLV fans are likely asking after hearing reports that Moser was a full go in practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a dislocated right elbow in a game at California on December 9. But according to Taylor Bern of the Las Vegas Sun reported that it’s unlikely that…

  11. Coach Cal to the Nets?

    Dec 27, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    John Calipari

    John Calipari has coached in the NBA before. After he took UMass to the Final Four in 1996, Cal left for the league, taking over the New Jersey Nets and hanging around for less than three seasons. He was fired 20 games into the 1998-99 campaign, and after spending a year as an assistant with…

  12. Pregame Shootaround 12.27.12: New Mexico’s trip to Cincinnati headlines schedule

    Dec 27, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Alex Kirk

    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:…

  13. Will Providence point guard Vincent Council return Friday night?

    Dec 27, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    Vincent Council Providence

    Without senior point guard Vincent Council, one of the best floor generals in the Big East, Ed Cooley’s Providence Friars have been able to “tread water” and get to 8-3 ahead of their game on Friday night at Brown (7 PM, NBC Sports Network). Council played just five minutes in the Friars’ season opening win…

  14. Redshirt freshman forward Chris Olivier leaves Northern Iowa program

    Dec 27, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT


    Having not seen action in a game following his 16 minutes in Northern Iowa’s season-opening victory over Wartburg, there were questions about the role that redshirt freshman forward Chris Olivier would have going forward. There’s no further need for such inquiries, as it was announced by the school on Wednesday that Olivier has decided to…

  15. Heart ailment ends career of Creighton guard Josh Jones

    Dec 27, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

    josh jones greg mcdermott

    After passing out shortly before Creighton’s game at Nebraska on December 6, senior guard Josh Jones underwent a surgical procedure in an attempt to rectify the heart ailment that first became an issue in 2007 when he played at Omaha Central High School. Doctors determined that Jones’ passing out in Lincoln was triggered by an…

  16. Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will make his return Saturday against rival Kentucky

    Dec 27, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Miami v Louisville

    Just days before their matchup with bitter rival Kentucky, the Louisville Cardinals received some good news. As first reported by Jeff Goodman of, Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will play in Saturday’s game after missing the last seven games with a broken left wrist. With the Wildcats boasting the tandem of Nerlens Noel and Willie…

  17. The Morning Mix

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT


    I hope you all had an excellent holiday. The Diamondhead Classic provided a great accompaniment of college hoops to your holiday festivities. While the hardwood action today is sparse, consider this a tune-up for another solid weekend slate of college hoops. Today’s Morning Mix goes out to Creighton’s Josh Jones (@62JJonsey), whose basketball career was…

  18. Russ Smith, a.k.a. the BasedKing, goes mainstream

    Dec 26, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

    Russ Smith

    If you follow me on twitter, than you surely know by now that Russ Smith, the diminutive Louisville scoring machine, is my favorite player in the country. He was last year as well, but that was before Smith decided to turn off some of his off-court hijinks and focus himself entirely on hoops. Now, Smith…

  19. Is Murray State an elite mid-major program, or just a good team?

    Dec 26, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette

    Isaiah Canaan has put Murray State on the map. He’s an all-american, and generally speaking, when those kinds of talents role through college campuses in Kentucky, they are in Louisville and Lexington, not Murray. The Racers have a strong program. They’ve won three straight conference titles — two of which came before Canaan was a…

  20. Nebraska redshirt Deverell Biggs cited for DUI, leaving the scene

    Dec 26, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT


    Deverell Biggs, a JuCo transfer currently redshirting this season at Nebraska, was cited for suspicion of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident, according to a report from Here’s what happened: Biggs, a 20-year-old junior, was waiting for the stoplight to change at Howard and 15th Streets about 1:40 a.m.…

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