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  1. Butler president plays coy about realignment

    Dec 15, 2012, 9:38 PM EDT

    Butler's Brad Stevens goes onto the court against Indiana during an NCAA basketball game in Indianapolis

    Before today’s epic overtime upset of No. 1 Indiana was even in the books, Butler president James Danko was asked the obvious question about his program’s future in the Atlantic 10 conference. According to the Associated Press, his reply was something along the lines of the classic phrasing used when national security is involved –…

  2. Syracuse commit Chris McCullough is trying to reclassify to 2013

    Dec 15, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT

    Chris McCullough

    The reclassification fad may continue in the next few months. In less than a year, the likes of Nerlens Noel, Wayne Selden, Noah Vonleh, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl Towns have all moved up a class. Chris McCullough (Brewster Academy/Bronx, NY) is considered by Rivals.com as a top-10 player in the Class of 2014. The 6-foot-10…

  3. VCU blitzes Alabama 73-54, ruins Anthony Grant’s homecoming

    Dec 15, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    Shaka Smart

    The story lines didn’t happen by accident. There’s little doubt that Alabama would have never set foot in Richmond in December if Crimson Tide coach Anthony Grant hadn’t felt some love contractual obligation* for the program that gave him his start. Grant guided the Rams to two NCAA tournaments between 2006-09, which led directly to…

  4. Late Afternoon Snacks: Butler edges Indiana; Gators visit the desert

    Dec 15, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Boston Scientific Close The Gap Crossroads Classic

    There’s too much going on on any given Saturday for us to wait for Late Night Snacks. We’ll take stock of what’s happened up to this point, and look ahead to the good stuff that’s still to come in Late Afternoon Snacks. Game of the Day Butler 88, No. 1 Indiana 86 (OT) – Like…

  5. Memphis loses again, blowing 16 point lead to No. 6 Louisville

    Dec 15, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Joe Jackson, Chane Behanan, Russ Smith

    Oh, Memphis. It’s always something with those guys. Saturday’s defeat will go down as one of the most painful in recent Tiger memory. You see, Memphis was taking on their old Conference USA foe Louisville, a team they just so happen to have a quite storied and intense rivalry with. And the Tigers spent the…

  6. Butler upsets No. 1 Indiana in overtime

    Dec 15, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

    Will Sheehey, Rotnei Clarke

    With Indiana’s defense taking away shooters Rotnei Clarke, Kellen Dunham and Chase Stigall, former walk-on Alex Barlow beat Jordy Hulls off the dribble and got a tough leaner to drop with 2.5 seconds left on the clock as Butler knocked off the nation’s No. 1 team 88-86 in overtime in the Crossroads Classic. Clarke and…

  7. Wish List: Boards and wing defense top KU’s letter to Santa

    Dec 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Colorado v Kansas

    Over the course of the next two weeks, College Basketball Talk will be detailing what some of the country’s best, most intriguing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams need. It’s the spirit of the holidays. We’re in a giving mood. What do other teams have on their Christmas Wish Lists? Click here to find out. Kansas plays Belmont…

  8. Catholic 7 release statement announcing departure from Big East

    Dec 15, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

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    It’s official. The Catholic 7 are leaving the Big East. The presidents of the seven universities — Georgetown, Seton Hall, Providence, St. John’s, Marquette, Villanova and DePaul — released a statement on Saturday afternoon saying as much. Here is that statement in its entirety: “Earlier today we voted unanimously to pursue an orderly evolution to…

  9. Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng getting set to return

    Dec 15, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Gorgui Dieng

    In Louisville’s lone loss of the year – a 76-71 loss to Duke in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game – the Cardinals were without starting center Gorgui Dieng, who was sideline with a wrist injury. Dieng was scheduled to be out for 4-6 weeks, requiring surgery to fix a broken scaphoid bone. However, the 6-foot-11…

  10. Jabari Parker not 100 percent sure on college decision

    Dec 15, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

    Jabari Parker

    It was clear that Jabari Parker, one of the nation’s top seniors, wasn’t 100 percent during Simeon (Ill.) 67-57 loss to DeSoto High (Tex.) on Thursday night. The 6-foot-8 small forward was limited to just five points. Parker is still recovering from a fractured right foot he suffered in the summer that sidelined him for…

  11. Pregame Shootaround 12.15.12: Two top-10 teams square off

    Dec 15, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Kenny Boynton

    Each day, CollegeBasketballTalk brings you the “Pregame Shootaround,” which will lay out a preview for the slate of games that night. We’ll take a look at some key match-ups and important games, as well as make some predictions and point out what you need to watch for. Take a look below at today’s edition: Note:…

  12. Solomon Poole cleared to play for Georgia Tech on Monday

    Dec 15, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Solomon Poole

    Georgia Tech made it through the fall semester with a 6-2 record and now get an added boost heading into the winter break, as the Yellow Jackets add freshman guard Solomon Poole to the roster. Poole, who signed with Georgia Tech back in November and graduated from North Florida Educational Institute also this fall. Last week,…

  13. Julius Randle, Prestonwood Christian will not attend Hoophall Classic

    Dec 15, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Julius Randle

    Following a pair of injuries to two top recruits, Prestonwood Christian Academy (Tex.) will not attend the Hoophall Classic this January in Springfield, Mass. Prestonwood Christian featured one of the nation’s top seniors, Julius Randle, as well as one of the top sophomores in the country, Mickey Mitchell. In late November, the 6-foot-8 Randle went…

  14. Late Night Snacks: Miami hands Charlotte its first loss of season

    Dec 15, 2012, 12:15 AM EDT

    Jim Larranaga

    Game of the Night UCF 75, Old Dominion 71 Of the few close games on the slate Friday night, four players scored in double figures for UCF on the way to a close win on the road. Calvin Newell led the way with 17 points, along with Keith Clanton’s 14. After an Old Dominion layup…

  15. Northwestern’s Drew Crawford out for year after shoulder surgery

    Dec 14, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

    Drew Crawford

    Northwestern will be without guard Drew Crawford for the remainder of the 2012-13 season after the senior undergoes shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, coach Bill Carmody announced Friday. “Drew’s situation is similar to Tre Demps’ a year ago,” Carmody said in a statement. “Drew aggravated a previous injury in early September and attempted…

  16. Report: A-10 presidents meet to discuss implications of new Catholic 7 league

    Dec 14, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    McGlade

    School presidents of the Atlantic 10′s member programs will meet next Thursday to discuss the plan of action, considering reports that the seven Catholic schools of the Big East will split and create their own league, the New York Post is reporting. With news of the Big East shift, the Atlantic 10 has come into…

  17. Solving one of the biggest problems of Catholic 7 leaving Big East–exit fees

    Dec 14, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

    Mike Aresco Big East commissioner

    As news broke this past week that the Big East’s seven Catholic schools would break off and form their own conference, the one thing that has been the driving form behind realignment showed up again. Money. What was to become of the exit fees paid by schools that had previously defected from the Big East…

  18. Syracuse sophomore Michael Carter-Williams caught shoplifting at mall Sunday

    Dec 14, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Long Beach State v Syracuse

    Syracuse sophomore Michael Carter-Williams was caught shoplifting from an area mall Sunday afternoon and paid a $500 fine to settle the matter with the store, Syracuse.com is reporting. According to the report, footage from a store security camera showed Carter-Williams entering a fitting room at Lord & Taylor wearing a backpack and carrying merchandise that…

  19. Bishop Daniels to leave Miami, will not be with Hurricanes Friday vs. Charlotte

    Dec 14, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Bishop Daniels

    The Miami Hurricanes will be without guard Bishop Daniels Friday against Charlotte after the school announced that the redshirt freshman would be leaving the team. Daniels played in three games for Miami this season, but had been on a “leave of absence” to focus on academics since before the Hurricanes’ win over then-No. 13 Michigan State…

  20. Mississippi State forward Wendell Lewis out at least eight weeks with fractured patella

    Dec 14, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Wendell Lewis, Jamil Wilson

    As rough as the injury news has been for Alabama over the last couple of weeks, they’ve got nothing on SEC West foe Mississippi State. Rick Ray’s first season in Starkville has been anything but smooth thanks to injuries and more bad news hit the program this week, as senior forward Wendell Lewis suffered a…

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