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  1. The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

    Dec 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    2013 NBA Draft

    Arizona’s Sean Miller: Being ranked No. 1 a ‘great compliment’ (Sporting News) On Monday Arizona reached the top spot in the national polls for the first time since 2003, and while it’s only December this is still an important achievement for Sean Miller’s team. When he took over the program wasn’t in the best shape,…

  2. Notre Dame lets off cruise control for a win over Bryant

    Dec 9, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Mike Brey

        Bryant played in its first nationally televised game on the road Monday at Notre Dame on ESPNU, and they put up a fight against the Irish in a 70-59 loss. Although Notre Dame was 6-2 entering the game, Bryant showed confidence throughout the game as Notre Dame never seemed to do what they…

  3. Boston College is lacking confidence

    Dec 9, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Steve Donahue

    Boston College’s struggles this season have been well chronicled. The Golden Eagles got thumped last week on the road at Purdue and took another loss at the Galen Center  to USC this weekend. Steve Donahue’s ballclub is 3-6 now and their defense in particular has struggled this season as they’ve played a pretty difficult nonconference…

  4. College Basketball Talk’s Top 20 Most Improved Players

    Dec 9, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    Ron Baker

    Prior to the season, every pundit for every outlet across the country will put together his or her list of players with the potential to have a breakout season. Which freshmen will have big sophomore seasons? Which seniors will finally get the chance to step into a starring role? What transfers spent their redshirt year…

  5. Scottie Wilbekin, Kasey Hill back for Kansas game

    Dec 9, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

    AP

    Florida got a huge boost for their showdown with Kansas on Tuesday. For the first time this season, we will get a chance to see Scottie Wilbekin and Kasey Hill team up in the back court for the Gators. Wilbekin, a senior, had been suspended for the first five games of the year. Before he…

  6. College Hoops Week in Review: Wisconsin’s for real, and so is Chaz Williams

    Dec 9, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

    Chaz Williams, Eric Mika

    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chaz Williams, UMass UMass has been one of the nation’s most impressive teams this season, and the reason has been the emergence of guys like Raphiael Putney, Cady Lalanne and Sampson Carter. As good as those three have played, the MVP of this UMass team has been dynamic point guard Chaz Williams,…

  7. Matt Costello out ‘two to three weeks minimum’

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

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    We knew that Michigan State was banged up the way that they finished their loss to North Carolina last week. Tom Izzo expounded on those issues this week. On Monday, Izzo said that center Matt Costello will be out “two to three weeks minimum.” Izzo hasn’t confirmed the diagnosis, but he told reporters on Monday that…

  8. Former Rutgers player Derrick Randall sues school over Mike Rice’s actions

    Dec 9, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT

    Mike Rice

    Former Rutgers player Derrick Randall is suing the university over the way he was treated during Mike Rice’s tenure as the school’s head coach. The lawsuit was filed in the state’s federal court on Friday and names Rice, former assistant coach James Martelli, the university, school president Robert Barchi, former AD Tim Pernetti, CFO Janine Purcaro, and…

  9. College Basketball Talk’s latest top 25 rankings

    Dec 9, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

    Drexel Arizona Basketball

    Entering the season, there seemed to be a consensus top five among pundits: Michigan State, Duke, Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas. A month into the season, all five of those teams have lost at least one game. Four teams have jumped all five in our top 25 rankings: Arizona, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Ohio State. 1. Arizona…

  10. The Secondary Break: Monday’s Links

    Dec 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    mcgary

    Michigan embarks on “boot camp” as date with Arizona looms (MLive.com) After falling at Duke last week Michigan bounced back in a big way on Saturday afternoon as they blew out Houston Baptist. But beating the Huskies and likely No. 1 Arizona are completely different matters, and the Wolverines are approaching the point where they’ll…

  11. Late Night Snacks: No. 13 Oregon survives first road test

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    dotson

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 13 Oregon 115, Ole Miss 105 (OT)  Prior to Sunday the 13th-ranked Ducks hadn’t played a game away from Eugene since beating Georgetown in South Korea in their season opener, so their trip to Oxford represented a significant test. And after a Jarvis Summers three-pointer with eight tenths of a…

  12. Ethan Wragge’s increased production a positive for Creighton moving forward

    Dec 8, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    wragge

    After scoring just ten points as a freshman in Creighton’s loss to Nebraska, senior forward Doug McDermott’s had his way with the Huskers. In each of the ensuing three meetings McDermott’s shot better than 50% from the floor, including a 33-point, eight-rebound performance in the Bluejays’ 82-67 win on Sunday night. Not to take another…

  13. Maurice Creek, George Washington proving to be a match made in heaven

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

    Maurice Creek, Varun Ram

    Maurice Creek’s college basketball career was destined to be short-lived. 11 games into his freshman season at Indiana, the 6-foot-4 guard from Oxon Hill, MD, was averaging 17.6 points and shooting 45.3% from three, the star of Tom Crean’s first recruiting class at Indiana that also included Jordy Hulls and Christian Watford. He was getting…

  14. Career nights for three freshmen a step forward for USC

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:36 PM EDT

    jacobs

    Based upon the program Andy Enfield inherited when it signed on to become the new head coach at USC, the general expectation was that the Trojans would take their lumps as they transition to the fast-paced style that resulted in FGCU reaching the Sweet 16. And that may very well be the case as the…

  15. Johnathan Loyd’s steady hand propels No. 13 Oregon to a win at Ole Miss

    Dec 8, 2013, 7:57 PM EDT

    loyd

    When it was announced that starting point guard Dominic Artis was one of two players (forward Ben Carter being the other) suspended nine games for a violation of NCAA rules, there wasn’t a great deal of consternation amongst those who follow the Oregon Ducks. Why? There’s still plenty of talent at Dana Altman’s disposal in…

  16. George Washington’s Mo Creek staves off Maryland comeback at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Maurice Creek

    George Washington did everything they could to give away a 66-52 lead in the final seven minutes against Maryland in the nightcap of the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center on Sunday afternoon. With Dez Wells stuck on the bench after picking up his fifth foul and the Terps on their heels thanks to a…

  17. Improved offensive execution pushes No. 24 San Diego State past Washington

    Dec 8, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

    thames

    Just days after surviving a tough test at city rival San Diego, No. 24 San Diego State played arguably its worst half of the season against Washington on Sunday afternoon. While the Aztecs aren’t a team chock full of prolific shooters, they do have multiple athletes capable of finding quality looks both at the rim…

  18. POSTERIZED: UCLA’s Zach LaVine throws down windmill dunk against Missouri (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Zach LaVine

    UCLA ended up losing its first game of the season, at the hands of undefeated Missouri, 80-71, on Saturday afternoon in Columbia. But did you see the dunk freshman guard Zach LaVine had toward the end of the first half? A Missouri player slipped near halfcourt, as the intended pass went flying by him. LaVine…

  19. Nik Stauskas still not 100 percent after second game back from ankle injury

    Dec 8, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

    Nik Stauskas

    Michigan leading scorer Nik Stauskas rolled his ankle in the second half of the Wolverines’ 63-61 loss to Charlotte in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game on Nov. 24. That ankle kept him out in a blowout win against Coppin State, and thanks to the defensive performances of Tyler Thornton and Matt Jones, Stauskas scored…

  20. Mike McCall’s buzzer-beater lifts Saint Louis over Valparaiso (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    Mike McCall

    With 3.8 second left, Saint Louis forward Dwayne Evans tossed his inbounds pass to Rob Loe, who drove to the bucket, but his lefty layup was blocked. The Valparaiso defense had its heads turned, allowing Mike McCall Jr. to slip past on the box out, and tipped in the game-winner as the Billikens escaped with…