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  1. Illinois lands 2015 commitment from four-star guard Aaron Jordan

    Jan 5, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    John Groce

    John Groce and his Illinois Fighting Illini got more than just a 75-55 win over Penn State on Saturday afternoon. He also added to his 2015 recruiting class. Plainfield East High (Ill.) junior shooting guard Aaron Jordan told Groce he had made his committed to Illinois on Saturday, according to Marcus Jackson of the News-Gazette. The 6-foot-4…

  2. Sunday’s Pregame Shootaround: Three games between ranked teams

    Jan 5, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 21 San Diego State vs. No. 16 Kansas, 4:30 p.m. (CBS) The Aztecs have already secured wins over Creighton and Marquette — teams which were both ranked at the time — but entering Lawrence on Sunday, San Diego State faces its toughest test to date. Kansas, headlined by freshman phenom…

  3. Former Indiana center Luke Fischer transferring to Marquette

    Jan 5, 2014, 10:03 AM EDT

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    Luke Fischer elected to leave Indiana University last week, leaving Tom Crean and the basketball program after appearing in only 13 games. On Sunday, Fischer announced via his personal Twitter account that he will transfer to Crean’s former school, Marquette. I am excited to say I will be transferring to Marquette University to play for…

  4. Devin Ollier banks a game-winning three as Dayton beats Ole Miss in overtime (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Dayton earned an impressive road victory on Saturday when Devin Oliver banked a 3-pointer from the top of the key to top Ole Miss 83-80 in overtime. For Oliver, he scored 22 of his career-high 26 points after halftime. Jarvis Summers had a game-high 29 points for Ole Miss while Marshall Henderson added 15. UMass…

  5. Late Night Snacks: Four ranked teams fall on first Saturday of 2014

    Jan 5, 2014, 12:41 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: Notre Dame 79, No. 9 Duke 77  In their ACC debut Notre Dame knocked off Duke in South Bend, with guard Eric Atkins playing an important role in the outcome. Atkins finished the game with 19 points and 11 assists, and with Jerian Grant done for the season he’ll need to…

  6. Victory at LSU a big deal for Rhode Island, Atlantic 10

    Jan 4, 2014, 10:36 PM EDT

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    The task of rejuvenating a struggling basketball program can be a difficult one, and that was certainly the case for Dan Hurley when he accepted the Rhode Island coaching job in the spring of 2012. The Rams were coming off of a seven-win season, with roster turnover and poor play being major issues. As expected…

  7. Saint Louis cruises past Yale in non-conference finale (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 9:12 PM EDT

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    Saint Louis was expected to take care of business on Saturday evening in their non-conference finale against Yale and the Billikens did just that, winning 75-55 with Rob Loe scoring a game-high 19 points. Austin McBroom added 16 and Jake Barnett 11 for Saint Louis, whose 13 wins through 15 games are the program’s most…

  8. POSTERIZED: Marcus Smart dunks on Kansas State, gets T’d up (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

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    Marcus Smart threw down this huge dunk in transition against Kansas State today, but did it cost his team the game? As you can see in the video, Smart earned himself a technical foul with the dunk, hanging on the rim and slapping the back board. I don’t love that call — it’s really, really…

  9. Oklahoma State’s lack of interior depth a concern in Big 12 play

    Jan 4, 2014, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Statistically speaking, the loss of forward Michael Cobbins may not look to be a huge deal for No. 6 Oklahoma State. In 13 games Cobbins was averaging a modest 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game before rupturing his Achilles tendon in a win over Robert Morris on Monday night. Cobbins was the team’s fifth-best…

  10. D.J. Newbill, Kendrick Nunn scuffle, nearly clear benches (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Illinois knocked off Penn State in Champaign on Saturday afternoon, improving to 2-0 in Big Ten play with a 75-55 win over the Nittany Lions. But with a little more than eight minutes left in the game, it was much closer. After a driving bucket from Kendrick Nunn, he collided with D.J. Newbill who responded…

  11. Should Coach K have benched Jabari Parker in loss to Notre Dame?

    Jan 4, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

    Duke v Notre Dame

    Notre Dame had just gone on a 20-4 run to turn a 10 point deficit into a six-point lead as No. 7 Duke had suddenly gone ice cold from the floor. Rodney Hood and Quinn Cook had cooled off after their hot starts and as the clock ticked into crunch time in Duke’s first ACC…

  12. Despite losing Joe Harris early, Virginia bounces back with a win at Florida State

    Jan 4, 2014, 7:52 PM EDT

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    The last time we saw the Virginia Cavaliers in action Tony Bennett’s squad looked bad, as they were outclassed on both ends Monday night in a blowout loss at Tennessee. With their best win coming at the expense of SMU, the Cavaliers entered ACC play in need of more quality wins. But who are the…

  13. POSTERIZED: Notre Dame’s Pat Connaughton dunks on Jabari Parker (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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    (Via SB Nation) Yep, that would be Notre Dame guard Pat Connaughton driving down the middle of the lane and dunking all over all-everything forward Jabari Parker. Notre Dame would go on to beat No. 7 Duke 79-77. Jabari Parker didn’t play the final 3:35 despite the game being close, and some were speculating that…

  14. Freshmen come up big in Kansas State’s win over No. 6 Oklahoma State

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:56 PM EDT

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    Winners of eight straight games entering Saturday’s Big 12 opener against No. 6 Oklahoma State, Kansas State hasn’t been mentioned along with the likes of the Cowboys, Kansas, Iowa State and Baylor when it comes to who’s capable of winning the conference title. The reasons included the need to account for the graduation of Rodney…

  15. Eric Atkins, Notre Dame beat No. 7 Duke, turn around their season?

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

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    For the first time in 19 games against former assistant coaches, Mike Krzyzewski has been beaten. And while it isn’t necessarily a surprise that it was Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey that did it, it is a surprise that it happened this season. The Fighting Irish were dealt a bad hand last month when…

  16. Suspended guard Brandon Austin elects to leave Providence

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:06 PM EDT

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    Just two days before Christmas, Providence College announced that freshmen Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock, who were suspended prior to the start of the season, would remain suspended for the remainder of the season due to a violation of the school’s Code of Conduct. With that ruling being handed down, the two freshmen had a…

  17. No. 1 Arizona overcomes an off-night to beat Washington at home

    Jan 4, 2014, 5:26 PM EDT

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    Nick Johnson went for 24 points and four assists and Aaron Gordon chipped in with 18 points and 11 boards as No. 1 Arizona survived an upset-bid from visiting Washington, beating the Huskies 71-62. C.J. Wilcox led the way for the Huskies with 20 points, but where Washington did most of their damage was in…

  18. St. Bonaventure efficient offensively in blowout win over Cornell (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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    With the Cornell Big Red entering the game with an 0-12 record, the key for St. Bonaventure was to show up motivated to play with their Atlantic 10 opener against Richmond just four days away. Mark Schmidt’s Bonnies did just that, shooting 50% from the field and knocking down ten three-pointers in their 81-57 victory.…

  19. C.J. Fair, Tyler Ennis help No. 2 Syracuse overcome Trevor Cooney’s off-night

    Jan 4, 2014, 5:09 PM EDT

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    No. 2 Syracuse kicked off their tenure in the ACC on Saturday afternoon, taking on Miami (FL) in the Carrier Dome. It was anything but pretty. Miami did everything they could to make the game as slow and as ugly as possible. They never sent more than two guys to the offensive glass in an…

  20. Indiana natives Harris and Dawson lead No. 5 Michigan State past Indiana

    Jan 4, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Michigan State is winning games with different players carrying them at different times. Depending on the game, it might be seniors Adreian Payne and Keith Appling that take control; or talented sophomore guard Gary Harris. But on Saturday it two players that left Indiana for college that got the best of Tom Crean and the…