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  1. We’re guaranteed at least one good game in the Jimmy V Classic

    Jun 5, 2013, 1:44 PM EST

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    The Jimmy V Classic has been announced, and it sets us up with a pair of entertaining matchups. Cincinnati and Pitt will square in a battle of former Big East rivals. Pitt left the Big East, along with Syracuse and Notre Dame, and made their way down into the ACC. The Bearcats are one of…

  2. Former Michigan State center now an anti-bullying spokesman

    Jun 5, 2013, 1:25 PM EST

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    Former Michigan State big man Anthony Ianni was diagnosed with autism as a kid and spent much of his time in middle and high school being bullied. Now that he’s officially a former Spartan, Ianni’s new role is as the Anti-Bullying Public Awareness Advocate for the Autism Alliance of Michigan. His message? Not only is…

  3. Kentucky adds a walk-on for this season

    Jun 5, 2013, 12:14 PM EST

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    Kentucky added another piece to their 2013 recruiting class, as EJ Floreal committed to the school. Well, committed may not be the correct term here. Floreal will be walking on. He’s the son of UK track coach Edrick Floreal. Floreal played out in California for three seasons before transferring to Dunbar HS in Lexington for his…

  4. Marvin Bagley III is a seventh grader with scholarship offers, and that’s a problem

    Jun 5, 2013, 11:46 AM EST

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    Marvin Bagley III, a 6-foot-8 forward that hails from Phoenix, just picked up a scholarship offer from Arizona State, according to reports. It’s the second scholarship offer that Bagley has, as another in-state program, Northern Arizona, reportedly offered him as well. Let’s sidestep the whole ‘Are those really scholarship offers?‘ issue for a second and…

  5. Michigan State couldn’t have picked a better time for their ‘best summer ever’

    Jun 5, 2013, 10:20 AM EST

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    Michigan State had a pretty good year in 2012-2013. They won 27 games and finished tied for second in a loaded Big Ten despite losing four of their last five games against the five ranked teams in their league. And while Tom Izzo has cultivated a program where expectations run high year-in and year-out, the…

  6. Cliff Alexander: ‘doesn’t matter to me’ where Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones go to college

    Jun 4, 2013, 11:30 PM EST

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    Tyus Jones (Apple Valley High/Apple Valley, Minn.) and Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young/Chicago, Ill.) — two of the top players in the Class of 2014 — have made it clear that they want to play in college with each other. There have also been rumors that Okafor’s AAU teammate with Mac Irvin Fire Cliff Alexander (Curie…

  7. Michael Dixon has not committed to Memphis

    Jun 4, 2013, 10:56 PM EST

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    Early on Tuesday CBS Sports reported that a source confirmed that former Missouri guard Michael Dixon Jr. had committed to Memphis while he was on an official visit. By 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, Jason King of ESPN was reporting that a commitment has not been made yet. Dixon had sent a text message to…

  8. The Wooden Legacy an all new tournament to begin this year

    Jun 4, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

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    A new early-season college basketball tournament will debut this year, days after Thanksgiving. The John R. Wooden Classic and the Anaheim Classic have joined together to form the Wooden Legacy, which is set to take place on Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, according to press release on Tuesday afternoon. The Wooden Legacy will be a…

  9. Ohio State President Gordon Gee to retire after comments on Louisville, Notre Dame and SEC

    Jun 4, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

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    Last week The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee once again found himself in hot water after make comments regarding the University of Notre Dame, the Southeastern Conference and the University of Louisville. On Tuesday afternoon, Gee announced he would retire, effective July 1. This past Thursday, Rick Pitino appeared on WHAS Radio with Terry Meiners…

  10. USA Basketball finalizes the FIBA Americas Under-16 team

    Jun 4, 2013, 6:45 PM EST

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    Tuesday afternoon, USA Basketball revealed the 12 players that will form the 2013 Under-16 team, participating in the FIBA Americas U16 Championships in Maldonado, Uruguay next week. “Getting down from 16 to 12 was very difficult, because everyone played really well,” said USA Basketball Men’s National Team Director Sean Ford in a statement on Tuesday. “It was…

  11. Report: Alabama forward Devonta Pollard charged in April 30 kidnapping, along with his mother

    Jun 4, 2013, 5:22 PM EST

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    Tuesday evening it was confirmed through WTOK-TV in Meridian, Miss. that Alabama freshman forward Devonta Pollard had been charged in connection of the kidnapping of Jashayla Hopson in Kemper County (Miss.). Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News confirmed through the Kemper County Sheriff James Moore that Pollard will be facing a charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping.…

  12. Kuran Iverson says Memphis’ recruiting class is ‘way better’ than Kentucky’s

    Jun 4, 2013, 4:30 PM EST

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    Memphis commit Kuran Iverson — Allen Iverson’s cousin — is becoming a known name in Big Blue Nation and for all the wrong reasons. This past weekend at the 2013 Mary Kline Classic in Philadelphia, the 6-foot-8 small forward told SNY.tv that he said that he believes Kentucky’s highly-touted class is not the nation’s best.…

  13. It appears as if Zach Price is transferring from Louisville

    Jun 4, 2013, 2:50 PM EST

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    Zach Price, a 6-foot-10 center that averaged 1.4 points and 1.3 boards for Louisville as a sophomore, appears to be transferring out of the program. After Price posted, and promptly deleted, a couple of ominous tweets on Friday night, head coach Rick Pitino was asked about them on Tuesday at a press conference for his…

  14. Dante Exum highlights the list of notable names at 2013 Adidas Eurocamp

    Jun 4, 2013, 1:44 PM EST

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    The rosters have been released for the 2013 Adidas Eurocamp, which is more-or-less an NBA Draft camp for some of Europe’s top basketball prospects. This year’s event — which, as always, is being held in Treviso, Italy, and will be covered by our blogging brethren Pro Basketball Talk — features four names that will be…

  15. PHOTO: Rick Pitino gets his Maker’s Mark bottle

    Jun 4, 2013, 12:57 PM EST

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    Rick Pitino’s specialty Maker’s Mark bottle has arrived: Commemorative Maker’s Mark bottle featuring UofL Coach Rick Pitino will benefit UofL’s Academic Center of Excellence twitter.com/KKcards/status… — Kenny Klein (@KKcards) June 4, 2013 12,600 of these bottles will be made, with the Kentucky-based bourbon producer giving $500,000 to Louisville’s academic center. You can find Rob on…

  16. Former Auburn guard Varez Ward indicted in point-shaving scandal

    Jun 4, 2013, 12:29 PM EST

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    Former Auburn guard Varez Ward has been indicted on two counts in federal court for conspiracy to defraud and bribery in a sports contest. Translation: Ward was indicted for shaving points while a member of the Tigers. (You can read the indictment here) Ward was suspended along with then-teammate Chris Denson on February 25th, 2012,…

  17. Joe Glynn, forward for D-II’s Bentley, dies during men’s league game

    Jun 4, 2013, 11:36 AM EST

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    Tragic news coming out of Boston today, as Joey Glynn, a 6-foot-6 freshman forward for Bentley, has passed away after collapsing on the court during a game. He was playing in a Watertown Men’s League game on Monday night at Saltonstall Park when he collapsed. “There was no physical contact at all,” teammate Michael Crotty Jr.…

  18. Report: Missouri transfer Michael Dixon commits to Memphis

    Jun 4, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

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    Former Missouri guard Michael Dixon has found a landing spot at Memphis, according to a report from Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com. Dixon averaged 13.5 points as a junior during the 2011-2012 season, but was suspended in October prior to the 2012-2013 season. Eventually, news came out that Dixon had twice been accused of sexual assault…

  19. Larry Brown’s impressive coaching tree at Kansas

    Jun 4, 2013, 10:42 AM EST

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    As much as we like to rate coaches based on the wins and the losses that they accumulate over the course of their careers, perhaps the best way to truly evaluate a coach’s ability as a teacher is to look at his coaching tree. A coaching tree is an awful lot like a family tree,…

  20. Two months later and Kevin Ware is healthy enough to shoot?

    Jun 4, 2013, 9:40 AM EST

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    I know it seems like forever ago, but it has only been 64 days since Kevin Ware suffered a gruesome, compound fracture against Duke during Louisville’s run to the 2013 national title. Do the math. That’s just a shade over two months since Ware lay on his back with the bone sticking out of the…