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  1. Report: Washington’s Desmond Simmons out for 6-8 weeks

    Nov 7, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

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    Washington has lost a key piece in their front court for up to two months. Desmond Simmons, who started 14 games last season and averaged 4.9 points and 6.5 boards, will be out for six-to-eight weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his knee, according to a report from Jon Rothstein. Simmons was going to be counted…

  2. Report: Bryce Dejean-Jones will miss UNLV’s season-opener

    Nov 7, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Bryce Dejean-Jones will miss UNLV’s opener on Friday night, according to a report from Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com. Dejean-Jones injured his hamstring in an exhibition loss to Dixie State last week. He sat out UNLV’s second exhibition as well. Dejean-Jones averaged 10.3 points last season. Rothstein had a couple of other notes as well, saying…

  3. Champions Classic renewed for three more seasons

    Nov 7, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

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    There are some terrific matchups in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Syracuse’s invasion of Tobacco Road will be must-see TV. Oklahoma State and Kansas locking horns twice this year will be the highlight of conference season. But there is nothing during this year’s regular season that will be looked forward too more than the Champions Classic.…

  4. Oregon makes it official: Dominic Artis and Ben Carter will miss nine games

    Nov 7, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

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    Oregon has made it official: point guard Dominic Artis and big man Ben Carter, both of whom could have started for the Ducks in Friday’s season kickoff against Georgetown in South Korea, will be suspended for nine games. The pair will be allowed to play on Dec. 17th, when the Ducks host UC Irvine. That…

  5. Oregon and Georgetown get new jerseys for Armed Forces Classic (PHOTO)

    Nov 7, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

    @DarrenRovell

    The jerseys that Georgetown and Oregon will be wearing for Friday’s Armed Forces Classic out at Camp Humphreys in South Korea have been released, and they’re sick. Seriously. I couldn’t love them anymore. But I hope all of you guys see the irony here. For those that don’t know, Nike bigwig Phil Knight loves Oregon,…

  6. Mitch McGary won’t play in Michigan’s season opener (back)

    Nov 7, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

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    The mysterious back injury that’s currently plaguing Michigan’s All-American center Mitch McGary will cost him at least the first game of the season. Head coach John Beilein announced as much on Thursday morning. Asked if he’ll play on Friday night, when the Wolverines host UMass-Lowell, Beilein told WTKA 1050 AM, simply, “No, he won’t.” McGary…

  7. Final Four MOP Luke Hancock to miss season-opener, has yet to practice

    Nov 7, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

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    Luke Hancock shot 40% from three last season and averaged 8.1 points, which are more than respectable numbers. But Hancock also spent much of the early part of the season battling a shoulder injury. We saw what he was capable of when fully healthy at the Final Four, when he won Most Outstanding Player by…

  8. 2013-2014 ACC Preview: Notre Dame, Syracuse invade Tobacco Road, but watch for Virginia

    Nov 7, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of…

  9. Southeast Missouri State forwards Nino Johnson, Tyler Stone receive two-game suspensions

    Nov 6, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

    Southeast Missouri Athletics

    The preseason favorites to win the West Division of the Ohio Valley Conference will be shorthanded when they open their season on Friday night at Saint Louis due to a violation of team rules. On Wednesday Southeast Missouri State head coach Dickey Nutt announced that forwards Nino Johnson and Tyler Stone, his two best players,…

  10. Appalachian State forward Jay Canty to miss nine games for academic reasons

    Nov 6, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

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    Appalachian State is one of the teams expected to contend in a wide-open Southern Conference this season, and junior forward Jay Canty is one of the reasons why. Canty, a 6-foot-6 forward, is one of the SoCon’s best returnees after he posted averages of 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in 2012-13.…

  11. Louisville’s Kevin Ware returns in exhibition win over Pikeville

    Nov 6, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

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    Less than eight months after suffering a gruesome leg injury in the Elite Eight, Louisville guard Kevin Ware made his return to the court in the second half of the Cardinals’ 90-61 victory over Pikeville in the reigning national champions’ second preseason exhibition. Ware hit his first field goal attempt, a three-pointer, and finished the…

  12. Maryland forward Jonathan Graham granted immediate eligibility

    Nov 6, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

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    Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon will have one more interior option at his disposal on Friday night when the Terrapins take on UConn, as Penn State transfer Jonathan Graham has been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA. Graham, the son of Maryland great Ernie Graham, averaged 2.8 points and 3.1 rebounds during his career at…

  13. Colgate’s Nathan Harries loses season of eligibility over church league participation

    Nov 6, 2013, 6:57 PM EDT

    Colgate Athletics

    Just two days after the NCAA made what many believe to be the right decision in the case of UNLV guard Kevin Olekaibe, the governing body has made a decision regarding Colgate guard Nathan Harries that simply boggles the mind. Harries is entering his freshman season at Colgate after spending two years in North Carolina…

  14. Nebraska senior guard Ray Gallegos suspended two games

    Nov 6, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

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    When Nebraska plays its first regular season game at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday night, not only will they be faced with a very dangerous opponent (FGCU) but they’ll also be without two guards expected to be major contributors this season. With Deverell Biggs already suspended three games due to the DUI citation…

  15. High scoring sophomore guard DeWayne Russell to leave Northern Arizona

    Nov 6, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

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    After posting averages of 14.4 point and 3.2 assists per game as a freshman in 2012-13, Northern Arizona guard DeWayne Russell had the look of a player head coach Jack Murphy could build around as he looks to improve the Lumberjacks’ standing within the Big Sky. However that won’t be happening, as it was reported…

  16. What does Spike Albrecht, Michigan’s almost-hero, do for an encore this season?

    Nov 6, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

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    For one hour last March, Spike Albrecht was a sensation. He wasn’t just the biggest story in sports, he was the only story in sports that mattered. The tiny freshman point guard put together arguably the most memorable half of basketball you’ll ever see, coming out of nowhere to score 17 first half points in…

  17. Report: Miami’s DeAndre Burnett will redshirt after hurting wrist

    Nov 6, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Coming off of a season where they won both the ACC regular season and tournament titles, it’s shocking to think that Miami head coach Jim Larranaga will essentially be starting this season from scratch. Six of his top seven scorers from last season are gone, including all-american Shane Larkin. Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan transferred…

  18. Did Magic Johnson originally commit to Michigan?

    Nov 6, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

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    Shannon Smith is a 5-foot-7 junior that plays for Michigan’s women’s team. She took a roundabout way getting into the program, originally enrolling at North Carolina before spending a JuCo year down in Texas, but she’s there now, which puts the Smith family in an awkward position. Her father, Kevin, played at Michigan State. He’s…

  19. Travis Bader’s nickname is McLovin?

    Nov 6, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Travis Bader is a favorite of the folks that write here at College Basketball Talk. We ranked him the No. 69 player in the country. We slotted him as the No. 16 off-guard in the country. He was a second-team mid-major all-american, mostly because of the strength of the mid-major guards across the country this…

  20. Providence freshmen Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock suspended indefinitely

    Nov 6, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

    @cantguard1

    A promising season for Providence has gotten off to a bad start. A couple of days after Kris Dunn reinjured the shoulder that slowed him as a freshman, head coach Ed Cooley announced that two of his freshman, Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock, will be suspended indefinitely. “We hold our student-athletes to very high standards,” Cooley said…