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  1. John Beilein unsure about Nik Stauskas’ status for Duke game

    Dec 1, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT


    Nik Stauskas did not take the floor in Michigan’s 87-45 win over Coppin State on Friday night at home. The Wolverines didn’t need him as freshman Zak Irvin went off for a career-high 24 points. On Tuesday night, when Michigan travels to Durham to take on Duke, Michigan will need its leading scorer back in…

  2. Sunday’s Pregame Shootaround: Memphis and Oklahoma State meet in Old Spice Classic title game

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT


    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 5 Oklahoma State vs. No. 21 Memphis (7:30 p.m., ESPN2) Twelve days ago, Marcus Smart went off for a career-high 39 points, reasserting his place in the player of the year conversation, in Oklahoma State’s 101-80 rout of Memphis. The Cowboys and Tigers meet in the Old Spice Classic title…

  3. Late Night Snacks: Villanova, Harvard win in-season tournament titles

    Dec 1, 2013, 3:12 AM EDT


    GAME OF THE DAY: Villanova 88, No. 23 Iowa 83 (OT)  James Bell scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures as Villanova came back from 15 down to beat Iowa in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game. The win caps a very good three-day run in The Bahamas for Jay Wright’s team,…

  4. Villanova caps productive weekend with Battle 4 Atlantis title (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2013, 1:18 AM EDT


    Villanova entered the Battle 4 Atlantis in a similar situation to the other seven teams in the field, as head coach Jay Wright wondered how his players would respond to three games in three days against tough competition. The Wildcats responded as a coach would hope, fighting back to beat No. 2 Kansas and No.…

  5. BYU’s supporting cast comes up big in win over Utah State

    Dec 1, 2013, 12:08 AM EDT


    BYU has one of the nation’s best perimeter scoring tandems in Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino, with both capable of putting together highly productive nights on a consistent basis. They score in different ways, with Carlino being the more aggressive of the two when it comes to hunting for his shots and that can get…

  6. No. 2 Kansas has a lot to work on following Battle 4 Atlantis experience (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT


    While in-season tournaments present great opportunities for programs to rack up multiple quality wins in a neutral setting, there also valuable when it comes to the growth of a roster. That’s certainly the hope for No. 2 Kansas, which despite its 2-1 weekend at the Battle 4 Atlantis did not enjoy the best of weekends…

  7. Mike Anderson’s rebounding prowess a needed bonus for Washington

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT


    With Desmond Simmons out until sometime in December and Jernard Jarreau done for the season after tearing his ACL in a win over Seattle, the Washington Huskies don’t have much depth in the front court. San Francisco transfer Perris Blackwell has been asked to lead the way, and he entered Saturday’s game against Long Beach…

  8. Marshall Henderson’s on-court antics aren’t changing. Deal with it

    Nov 30, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT


    BROOKLYN — Marshall gonna be Marshall. At this point, I think it is safe to say that he’s never going to change, at least on the court. And while he may be the scourge of every stodgy sportswriter on Twitter, in all honesty, is there really anything wrong with that? On Saturday night, with seven…

  9. St. John’s pressure, transition game important if they want to reach their potential

    Nov 30, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT


    BROOKLYN — For the first 20 minutes of the consolation game of the Barclays Center Classic, St. John’s looked, in a word, horrendous. Georgia Tech jumped out to a 19-4 lead at the under 12 timeout and took a 31-24 lead into the break as the Johnnies shot a torrid 31.8% from the floor and…

  10. Don’t forget Cameron Bairstow when discussing New Mexico’s Mountain West title hopes

    Nov 30, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT


    New Mexico was the preseason pick to win the Mountain West due in large part to the fact that they return four starters from the team that won the conference’s regular season and tournament titles last season. And two of those four starters are candidates for Mountain West Player of the Year, with point guard…

  11. The wheels fall off for Xavier at Battle 4 Atlantis

    Nov 30, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Chris Mack

    “The wheels fell off,” Xavier coach Chris Mack said to the media following Xavier’s 77-73 opening-round overtime loss to No. 23 Iowa in the Battle 4 Atlantis. While Mack’s foreshadowing quote after Thursday’s game was only referring to the first game of three the Musketeers would play at the Battle 4 Atlantis, his comments rang…

  12. Georgetown dismisses forward Greg Whittington

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    Greg Whittington

    Georgetown head coach John Thompson III announced Saturday morning that junior forward Greg Whittington has been dismissed from the basketball team. Whittington tore his ACL in June and has not played during the 2013-14 season while recovering from knee surgery. The 6-foot-8 forward from Columbia, Maryland averaged 12.1 points per game and seven rebounds per…

  13. Assigned Reading: An in-depth look at ‘high school’ basketball powerhouse Findlay Prep

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    If you follow college basketball then you’ve likely heard of Findlay Prep. Findlay Prep, the “high school” basketball powerhouse located in Henderson, Nevada, has sent 100 percent of its basketball team on to play Division I basketball since the program began in 2007. The program has produced McDonald’s All-Americans such as UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, Texas’…

  14. Saturday’s Pregame Shootaround: Villanova and Iowa Battle 4 Atlantis

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    Roy Devyn Marble, Justin Martin, Jalen Reynolds

    GAME OF THE DAY: Villanova vs. No. 23 Iowa (9:30 p.m., NBCSN)   Saturday’s best game features two undefeated teams as the No. 23 Hawkeyes (7-0) will face the Wildcats (6-0) for the championship of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Villanova upset Kansas last night to make the championship game while Iowa knocked off UTEP. It appears…

  15. Markel Starks on Josh Smith: ‘You never really know what you’re going to get from [him]’

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Oregon v Georgetown

    Joshua Smith has been an enigma since the moment he stepped on a collegiate court. From a talent perspective, there are few that are on Smith’s level. His size, his hands, his footwork, his touch around the rim. He’s got lottery pick talent. His problem has always been effort and desire. Does he want to…

  16. Villanova, Iowa do final Battle 4 Atlantis on NBC Sports Network at 8:30 p.m.

    Nov 30, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT


    The teams in the Battle 4 Atlantis just wouldn’t cooperate with us. We wanted to see UTEP play USC, to see Andy Enfield square off with Tim Floyd. Alas, the Trojans got worked over in the first round, leaving us with nothing but rabid press conferences quotes. We wanted to see No. 23 Iowa get…

  17. Nick Johnson becoming a go-to guy is the key for No. 4 Arizona

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Drexel Arizona Basketball

    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — Arizona is an elite defensive team. You should know this by now. I’ve written about it twice in the last three days. Their size,…

  18. Late Night Snacks: No turkey hangover for Villanova, Arizona

    Nov 30, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    Villanova Purdue Basketball

    GAME OF THE DAY: Villanova 63, No. 2 Kansas 59 In a day full of great games, Villanova knocking off No. 2 and previously undefeated Kansas takes the cake. The game was hardly pretty, but that doesn’t much matter to Jay Wright. In fact, it seemed like Wright’s game plan against Kansas was to play…

  19. Villanova shocks No. 2 Kansas in Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT


    Villanova isn’t as talented as Kansas. In fact, Kansas will almost assuredly have a better season than Villanova. But, tonight in The Bahamas, Villanova was the better team — they were the tougher team. Ryan Arcidiacono was nearly invisible for the entire game, but in the final minute he drilled the biggest shot of his young…

  20. San Diego State weathers Creighton rally, earns 86-80 win

    Nov 29, 2013, 11:56 PM EDT

    UNLV v San Diego State

    Creighton’s defense isn’t particularly strong. That’s common knowledge for any college hoops fan. But, their offense? Perhaps the best in the game. Doug McDermott is arguably the best pure scorer in college basketball who can score from anywhere on the court, and they have a bevy of three-point shooters that can really fill it up.…