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  1. Assigned Reading: Andre Dawkins’ battle with depression

    Nov 14, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Duke’s Andre Dawkins was expected to be a star. A former five-star recruit, Dawkins enrolled at school a year early and became a key member of the Blue Devil’s 2010 national title winning team. The future was bright for the sharpshooting Dawkins, but he never lived up to that potential. You see, his sister died…

  2. Can Melvin Ejim be back for Michigan’s visit to Iowa State Sunday?

    Nov 14, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Melvin Ejim, Iowa State’s versatile four-man that averged 11.3 points and 9.3 boards for the Cyclones a season ago, hurt his knee in late October. The injury was expected to keep him out until December at the earliest, but according to a report from the Iowa State Daily, there’s a slight chance Ejim will be…

  3. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Late night West Coast hoops worth waiting for

    Nov 14, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 6 Arizona at San Diego State, 10:05 p.m. (CBS Sports) The Wildcats will get their biggest test of the season tonight when they face off with Steve Fisher’s Aztecs. Both teams are still trying to figure out their rotations and the best lineups to work with. Sean Miller has started…

  4. Four top five recruits to announce on Friday evening

    Nov 14, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT

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    Tuesday was arguably the biggest non-NCAA tournament day in college basketball, as the Tip-Off Marathon culminated in the Champions Classic in Chicago. Friday may be the most important day for the 2014-2015 college hoops season. Why? Four of Rivals top five recruits in the country remain uncommitted. That will no longer be the case as…

  5. Final thoughts from the Champions Classic

    Nov 14, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

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    Scott Phillips and I were both in attendance on Tuesday night at the Champions Classic, and while we both wrote plenty of words off of those two games, there was a lot more to discuss that simply couldn’t fit into our stories. So we put it all here: Scott: After all of the hype, the Champions…

  6. The Secondary Break: Thursday’s Links

    Nov 14, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Stanley Johnson to announce college decision Friday (Scout) The early signing period began on Wednesday, and Friday’s setting up to be a busy day on the recruiting trail. In addition to Cliff Alexander, Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor , five-star guard Stanley Johnson will announce his decision as well. The three schools in the running…

  7. Late Night Snacks: Providence, Colorado survive at home

    Nov 14, 2013, 1:25 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Providence 73, Brown 69 The Friars were up by as much as 16 points in the first half, but Brown made their run in the second half. The Bears completely erased the lead that Ed Cooley’s club had built, tying the game midway through the half. Brown was never able to…

  8. Anthony Drmic and the story of a kitty that’s lost and found (VIDEO)

    Nov 13, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

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    Anthony Drmic and his girlfriend got a cat. They fell in love with the cat. Then, evil roommate Igor Hadziomerovic let the cat run out the door. Paul Gerke of ABC 6 has this story of kitties, kind strangers and evil roommates.

  9. Georgetown’s win over Wright State more valuable than you think

    Nov 13, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

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    D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Markel Starks combined for 48 points and 11 assists as Georgetown bounced back from a season-opening loss to Oregon by whipping up on Wright State 88-70. The Hoyas finished the night 10-for-23 from beyond the arc, a marked improvement from the 1-for-15 that they shot in the game in Seoul. Most notably…

  10. Hartford, playing its second game in 36 hours, wins at Fairfield

    Nov 13, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

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    For those who attempted to stay up for much (if not all) of Tuesday’s 24-hour college basketball marathon, getting through Wednesday was quite the task. So consider what the Hartford Hawks were confronted with: at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday Hartford’s game at FGCU tipped off, and after holding their own for much of the contest the…

  11. Michigan State-Kentucky second highest-rated non-conference game on ESPN

    Nov 13, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

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    The first game of the Champions Classic doubleheader between No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Michigan State was the second-most viewed non-conference college basketball game ever aired on ESPN. The game averaged just over four million viewers and scored a 2.6 rating. The current record came when No. 1 Memphis played No. 2 Tennessee in…

  12. Kerwin Okoro to miss 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

    Nov 13, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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    A tough year for Kerwin Okoro just got a little bit harder. Okoro will miss the next 4-6 weeks after undergoing a knee surgery on Friday. Okoro suffered the injury in the practice before Rutgers’ season-opener against UAB. Without Okoro, Rutgers will have just three guards on their roster — Myles Mack, Jerome Seagears and…

  13. ACC announces that Washington, D.C. will host 2016 ACC Tournament

    Nov 13, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

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    Since the first ACC men’s basketball tournament was first held in 1954, 49 times the conference has determined its official champion in the State of North Carolina. On Wednesday afternoon the conference announced that it will play the 2016 version of the event at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The move will come after…

  14. Washington’s front court takes another hit as Jernard Jarreau suffers a torn ACL

    Nov 13, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

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    Less than two minutes into their game against Seattle on Sunday night, the Washington Huskies saw 6-foot-10 redshirt sophomore forward Jernard Jarreau go down with a knee injury after being fouled on a layup attempt. And on Wednesday the school announced that its worst fears were realized, as Jarreau will miss the remainder of the…

  15. 2014 big man Payton Dastrup flips from Ohio State to BYU

    Nov 13, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Less than a week after verbally committing to attend Ohio State, 2014 power forward/center Payton Dastrup’s had a change of heart. According to Evan Daniels of Scout, Dastrup has de-committed from Ohio State and will instead sign a National Letter of Intent to play at BYU. Wednesday marks the first day of the early signing…

  16. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Time to recharge after Tuesday’s ‘marathon’

    Nov 13, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Florida State at UCF (7:00 p.m.; ESPN News)  These two programs have met nine times prior to tonight’s meeting, with none of those games being played on the UCF campus. That should be enough to get the fans going, and in senior guard Isaiah Sykes the Knights have one of the…

  17. Dan Patrick Show: Has the student-athlete become extinct? (VIDEO)

    Nov 13, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Ever since the NBA changed its rules regarding early entries, requiring prospects to be at least one year removed from high school before being eligible to enter the NBA Draft, many have debated whether or not these prospects are “truly” student-athletes. Dan Patrick discussed the topic on the Dan Patrick Show this morning, just hours…

  18. #POSTERIZED: New contact rules 1, WVU’s Juwan Staten 0 (VIDEO)

    Nov 13, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

    West Virginia Athletics

    Much has, and will, be made about the new points of emphasis in college basketball regarding contact. With the goal being to increase scoring after the sport’s worst season in five decades, the days of using a hand or forearm while defending a player are (seemingly) over. A number of touch fouls that have been…

  19. Houston forward ‘Chicken’ Knowles eligible to play immediately

    Nov 13, 2013, 9:43 AM EDT

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    On Tuesday the Houston basketball program received the good news it has been waiting for, as the NCAA declared redshirt freshman Danrad “Chicken” Knowles eligible to play immediately. Knowles, who was a Top 100 prospect out of high school had to sit out last season for academic reasons. “We are grateful that the NCAA has…

  20. The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

    Nov 13, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

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    UCSB shows Rebels, Rice how to play (Las Vegas Review-Journal)  While much of the nation was captivated by the Champions Classic UNLV suffered its worst home loss since 2003, falling to UCSB by 21 points. And it’s safe to say that people are none to thrilled with how the Runnin’ Rebels lost, as they lacked…