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  1. NCAA grants waiver for teams playing more than four non-Division I opponents

    Jan 16, 2014, 12:43 PM EDT

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    There was a report out yesterday that the NCAA would be deciding soon on whether or not to waive an obscure rule that would force teams in smaller leagues to forfeit games. In summation: Division I teams cannot play more than four non-Division I teams in a season. Transitional Division I members (Abilene Christian, Incarnate…

  2. Is Cal the second-best team in the Pac-12?

    Jan 16, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    Grant Gibbs, Jabari Bird

    We know Arizona sits at the top of the Pac-12 Power Rankings right now. That much is obvious. They’re the No. 1 team in the country, and the Pac-12 doesn’t currently have anyone else sitting in the top 20. That’s not a tough one to figure out. What is tough, however, is trying to determine…

  3. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: How good is Colorado sans Dinwiddie?

    Jan 16, 2014, 11:16 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 25 UCLA at No. 21 Colorado, 8:00 p.m. Who is the second best team in the Pac-12? In the preseason, Colorado looked like they would be Arizona’s biggest challenger, but then they lost Spencer Dinwiddie. Oregon has been putting up a ton of points this season, but they don’t play…

  4. After three years, ‘Chicken’ is headed to ‘The Bucket’

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT

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    Some of you that are new to the college hoops blogosphere may not remember this story, but I certainly do. Three years ago, during the summer of 2011, the Louisville blog Card Chronicle discovered that there was an elite Class of 2012 recruit that went by the name Chicken Knowles. Louisville’s home arena, the KFC…

  5. The Secondary Break: Thursday’s Links

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Chicken Knowles and the “Bring Chicken to the Bucket” Movement: A Timeline (Card Chronicle) On Thursday night Houston visits the KFC Yum! Center to take on No. 18 Louisville, and the game is a special one for some Louisville fans. Why? Houston freshman forward Chicken Knowles will be on the floor, and back in 2011…

  6. Late Night Snacks: Texas Tech whips No. 12 Baylor

    Jan 16, 2014, 2:05 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: UNLV 76, New Mexico 73 After playing poorly in home losses to Air Force and Nevada the Runnin’ Rebels needed to circle the wagons with games at New Mexico and San Diego State this week. On Wednesday night UNLV brought the effort needed to win a game of this magnitude and…

  7. Unless No. 12 Baylor’s defense improves, they’re not a Big 12 contender

    Jan 16, 2014, 12:36 AM EDT

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    Jaye Crockett led five players in double figures with 19 points for Texas Tech as the Red Raiders blew out No. 12 Baylor at home. The final score was 82-72, but trust me when I tell you, that doesn’t do the beatdown justice. It took 30 minutes for the Bears to show up on Wednesday…

  8. UNLV shows improved effort, intensity in win at New Mexico

    Jan 16, 2014, 12:26 AM EDT

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    Six days ago the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels put forth one of their poorer performances of the season, losing at home to rival Nevada with the Wolf Pack meeting little resistance on the offensive end of the floor. With a lengthy (by in-season standards) layoff ahead of road games at New Mexico and No. 10 San…

  9. Thrilling comeback from No. 16 UMass erases another subpar performance

    Jan 15, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    Chaz Williams, Eric Mika

    At what point do we start to get concerned about No. 16 UMass? The Minutemen went down to Fairfax, VA, tonight and knocked off George Mason, 88-87, in a thrilling, come-from-behind win. UMass was trailing for much of the second half, but Chaz Williams made every play in the final minute, leading UMass back from…

  10. Toledo’s ‘Juice’ Brown knocks off Buffalo at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2014, 10:29 PM EDT

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    In a matchup of two teams expected to contend in their respective divisions of the Mid-American Conference, Toledo and Buffalo staged a thriller at Savage Hall. The visiting Bulls led by as many as 13 points in the first half but the Rockets, who at one point were 12-0 this season, fought their way back…

  11. Maryland lands important, come-from-behind win over Notre Dame

    Jan 15, 2014, 10:09 PM EDT

    Mark Turgeon, Dez Wells, Seth Allen

    Maryland just played the most important half of basketball that they’ll play all season long. The Terps had entered the night just 2-2 in league play — with wins over Boston College and Georgia Tech — and 10-7 overall. They had lost their last two games and had been beaten by every relevant team they…

  12. Xavier rebounds from sluggish first half to beat undermanned Georgetown

    Jan 15, 2014, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Facing a Georgetown squad with just ten available scholarship players, Xavier seemed poised to get back on track after suffering their first Big East loss at Creighton on Sunday afternoon. But things didn’t work out that way in the game’s first 20 minutes, with the combination of Georgetown’s hot three-point shooting and Xavier’s lack of…

  13. Former Utah State center Carson Shanks headed to North Dakota

    Jan 15, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

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    The plan for 7-footer Carson Shanks at Utah State was to redshirt this season, with the hope that the Minnesota native would gain some extra strength and as a result be able to compete with the more physical front courts of the Mountain West. However in December Shanks made the decision to transfer, with his…

  14. Former Iowa State guard K.J. Bluford headed to Northern Arizona

    Jan 15, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT

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    Just over two weeks after it was announced that he was leaving the Iowa State program in search of more playing time, junior guard K.J. Bluford has found a new home. Bluford announced via his Twitter account on Wednesday that he’ll be transferring to Northern Arizona, giving the Lumberjacks a player who averaged nearly 18…

  15. Navy suspends leading scorer Tilman Dunbar for remainder of season

    Jan 15, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT

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    After winning just two games in Patriot League play last season the Navy Midshipmen had hopes of improving their standing within the league despite being picked to finish last in the preseason poll. That process became a lot tougher on Tuesday, as the Naval Academy made the decision to suspend leading scorer Tilman Dunbar for…

  16. Just how good is 13-4 VCU this season?

    Jan 15, 2014, 4:56 PM EDT

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. — VCU is only a year and a half removed from the CAA, but that didn’t change the fact that the Rams were sitting pretty as the Atlantic 10’s top dog entering the season. They were ranked in just about every preseason top 25 you came across, which is, in part, a sign…

  17. The Chase for 180: Tale of two games for Stanford’s Anthony Brown

    Jan 15, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Who is the best shooter in the country? It’s a tough question to answer, isn’t it? Does being a “shooter” simply mean merely being a high-level marksman from beyond the arc? Can a player who thrives in the mid-range but rarely ventures out into three-point land be eligible? How heavily should we be valuing stats like…

  18. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Good games out west tonight

    Jan 15, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: UNLV at New Mexico, 9:00 p.m. This is a huge game for UNLV. Enormous. Bordering on season’s-over-if-they-lose territory. The Rebels are 10-6 on the year right now, with a win over Mississippi State anchoring their resume right now. That ain’t good. And given the fact that the Mountain West is a…

  19. Louisville PG Chris Jones out Thursday vs. Houston

    Jan 15, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT

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    Louisville head coach Rick Pitino told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that starting point guard Chris Jones will not be in the lineup on Thursday evening when the Cardinals host Houston. Jones is averaging 11.3 points and 2.9 assists on the season, but combined for just four points and five turnovers in the last two games.…

  20. Report: Waiver expected to be given for teams forced to forfeit games

    Jan 15, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT

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    It’s always interesting to track back through some of the unintended consequences of conference realignment, and they’re not always positive. The NCAA has a rule on its books that forbids a Division I program from playing more than four games during a season against teams from outside the Division I ranks. That includes exhibition games…