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  1. POSTERIZED: Northern Kentucky’s Jalen Billups makes Kennedy Meeks pay for not blocking out

    Dec 27, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

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    This is what happens when you don’t put a body on your man and block out. Northern Kentucky’s top forward Jalen Billups taught North Carolina’s freshman forward Kennedy Meeks a rude lesson in the importance of boxing out. Rebounding has been an issue for North Carolina all season. Expect Roy Williams to use this clip…

  2. Demetrius Walker and Jeff Lowery dismissed from Grand Canyon team

    Dec 27, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Demetrius Walker

    Demetrius Walker and Jeff Lowery have both been dismissed from Grand Canyon’s basketball team for a “violation of team rules,” head coach Dan Majerle announced on Friday. Majerle wouldn’t go into details for the dismissal, leaving it at: “It’s very disappointing for everyone involved, but our program remains committed to performing to the best of our…

  3. New Year’s Resolutions: Kentucky Wildcats

    Dec 27, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Belmont v Kentucky

    Over the course of the holiday week, we at College Basketball Talk will be detailing what we believe will be the New Year’s Resolutions of some of the nation’s most talented, most disappointing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams. What can we say, we’re in a giving mood. Who else made Resolutions? Click here to find out. WHAT…

  4. Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky’s foot back to 100% after two week break

    Dec 27, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

    Frank Kaminsky

    Wisconsin has been one of the best and most surprising teams this season. And Frank Kaminsky has been one of the most pleasant surprises on not just the Badgers, but in college basketball. Kaminsky is averaging 14.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg, which is better than ten points more than his season average for 2012-13. Earlier in…

  5. St. John’s PG Rysheed Jordan will play Saturday vs. Columbia

    Dec 27, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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    After missing a game to return home to tend to two ailing relatives, St. John’s freshman point guard Rysheed Jordan has returned to the program and will be available when the Red Storm face Columbia on Saturday afternoon. The one game Jordan missed was a 96-87 win over Youngstown State last Saturday. “Rysheed was back…

  6. Mitch McGary out indefinitely after electing to undergo back surgery

    Dec 27, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    Mitch McGary

    Michigan center Mitch McGary has been battling a back injury the entire season. He missed the first two games of the year against UMass Lowell and South Carolina State — both easy wins for the Wolverines — and missed Michigan’s most recent game against Stanford. An All-American in the preseason, McGary has been unable to…

  7. New Year’s Resolutions: Florida Gators

    Dec 27, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Joel Embiid, Scottie Wilbekin

    Over the course of the holiday week, we at College Basketball Talk will be detailing what we believe will be the New Year’s Resolutions of some of the nation’s most talented, most disappointing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams. What can we say, we’re in a giving mood. Who else made Resolutions? Click here to find out.…

  8. Virginia Tech guard Marquis Rankin leaves program

    Dec 27, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    After playing just over 19 minutes per game as a sophomore, Virginia Tech guard Marquis Rankin did not see any action for the Hokies this season. Earlier in the season head coach James Johnson stated that Rankin was out due to “personal reasons,” and the issues needed to be addressed before he made a return…

  9. Conference Catchups: Three-team race in the SEC?

    Dec 27, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    College basketball is now almost two months old. League play will be kicking off in the next week. Let’s get you caught up on all you need to know with some of the country’s best conferences.  To read through the rest of our Conference Catchups, click here. Midseason Player of the Year: Jordan Clarkson, Missouri Much…

  10. Southern Illinois will be without head coach Barry Hinson against Miami (OH)

    Dec 27, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

    AP

    By now, we have all seen Barry Hinson’s epic press conference following Southern Illinois’ loss to Murray State. We heard his apology on the Dan Patrick Show. We even saw two young Saluki fans donning “Mama’s Boy” t-shirts. Unfortunately for Hinson and his family, he is in the news again, but for a not so…

  11. Leg injury forces Marquette freshman PG Duane Wilson to redshirt

    Dec 27, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    After having the start to his freshman campaign delayed due to a stress fracture in his right leg Marquette freshman guard Duane Wilson returned to practice in mid-December, with the hope being that he could possibly help the Golden Eagles in Big East play. A consensus Top 100 recruit, Wilson has the ability as both…

  12. New Year’s Resolutions: Virginia Cavaliers

    Dec 27, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Joe Harris

    Over the course of the holiday week, we at College Basketball Talk will be detailing what we believe will be the New Year’s Resolutions of some of the nation’s most talented, most disappointing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams. What can we say, we’re in a giving mood. Who else made Resolutions? Click here to find out. WHAT…

  13. Weekend Preview: Light slate with two heavyweight battles

    Dec 27, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    St Francis v Syracuse

    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 8 Villanova at No. 2 Syracuse, Sat. 2:00 p.m. (all times eastern) Raphielle Johnson wrote about this game extensively here. THE OTHER GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 6 Louisville at No. 18 Kentucky, Sat. 4:00 p.m. I wrote 600 words on this game right here. FOUR MORE TO KEEP AN EYE…

  14. Seton Hall PG Sterling Gibbs to return against Lafayette

    Dec 27, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Thirteen days ago when starting point guard Sterling Gibbs went down with a knee injury in Seton Hall’s overtime loss to Saint Peter’s, fans feared the worst. With Fuquan Edwin (ankle) and Patrik Auda (foot) already dealing with health issues, Kevin Willard’s team could ill afford another injury to one of the key members of…

  15. The beauty of No. 6 Louisville vs. No. 18 Kentucky is the unpredictability

    Dec 27, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Two months ago, the Battle of the Bluegrass that will take place on Saturday afternoon was the single-most highly-anticipated game of the college basketball season. Two of the nation’s top three teams — the last two national champions — squaring off in a game that just-so-happens to be the most intense rivalry in the sport…

  16. No. 2 Syracuse hosts No. 8 Villanova in a battle of undefeated teams

    Dec 27, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    When Syracuse announced its decision to move to the ACC back in September 2012, there were a couple match-ups that the program hoped would carry over as non-conference games. The Orange set up home-and-home series with St. John’s and Villanova, and at some point (we hope) they’ll resume on-court hostilities with Georgetown. On Saturday afternoon…

  17. New Year’s Resolutions: Arizona Wildcats

    Dec 27, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Over the course of the holiday week, we at College Basketball Talk will be detailing what we believe will be the New Year’s Resolutions of some of the nation’s most talented, most disappointing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams. What can we say, we’re in a giving mood. Who else made Resolutions? Click here to find out.…

  18. Conference Catchups: The ACC’s power lies in … Upstate New York?

    Dec 27, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Syracuse Tyler Ennis

    College basketball is now almost two months old. League play will be kicking off in the next week. Let’s get you caught up on all you need to know with some of the country’s best conferences.  To read through the rest of our Conference Catchups, click here. Midseason Player of the Year: Jabari Parker, Duke At…

  19. The Secondary Break: Friday’s Links

    Dec 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    ennis

    There’s more about the man behind the Skip Prosser Classic (CBS Sports) On Saturday Xavier hosts Wake Forest in the fourth edition of the Skip Prosser Classic, a game that brings together the last two programs coached by the late Skip Prosser. But the game is about more than Prosser’s impact on the college game,…

  20. Gonzaga lists center Sam Dower as ‘day-to-day’ with lower back issue

    Dec 26, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

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    Late in the first half of Gonzaga’s 72-62 loss to Kansas State last Saturday, senior center Sam Dower took a hard fall and left the game with a lower back injury. And while Dower stated following Thursday’s practice (he only did some light shooting) that he feels better now, Gonzaga’s starting big man will be…