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  1. The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

    Dec 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    cats

    “That’s not my legacy”: 12 years after Rutgers firing, Kevin Bannon is at peace (Newark Star-Ledger) When he first took over as head coach at Rutgers in the late-1990s, Kevin Bannon has the look of a coach capable of leading the program to greater heights. But a free throw contest in which players had to…

  2. WATCH: Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson unloads in press conference

    Dec 18, 2013, 2:09 AM EDT

    SIU Athletics

    Southern Illinois head coach Barry Hinson delivered the press conference of the year after Tuesday night’s 73-65 loss to Murray State. Hinson, the second-year coach who is 16-25 with the Salukis, has his team off to a 2-8 start this season and is less than pleased about the state of his team. Fast forward to the…

  3. Late Night Snacks: Florida beats Memphis inside Madison Square Garden

    Dec 18, 2013, 12:53 AM EDT

    Florida

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 16 Florida 77, No. 15 Memphis 75 The Gators looked like they would cruise in the final minutes of second half, but the Tigers charged back. Joe Jackson had a chance to tie, but could not convert Florida, finally healthy and still getting players back, are showing how impressive it…

  4. New Mexico State knocks off rival New Mexico 67-61

    Dec 18, 2013, 12:20 AM EDT

    Marvin Menzies

    New Mexico State held a 13-point halftime lead and nearly gave it away in the waning moments of the game, but Daniel Mullings block on Cullen Neal kept New Mexico from tying the game at 61 with 30 seconds to play. K.C. Ross-Miller would go to the line three times in the final seconds and…

  5. Wichita State continues to show toughness in 72-67 win over Alabama

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Cleanthony Early

    No. 11 Wichita State went on the road in Tuscaloosa to take on a quality Alabama program, led by senior point guard Travis Releford. In the first half Ron Baker, Cleanthony Early and Fred VanVleet all sat for much of the first half with foul trouble. In the second half, Alabama took the lead on…

  6. Casey Prather’s star turn a boon for Florida

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:57 PM EDT

    AP photo

    NEW YORK — Billy Donovan said that this season, for his Gators, has been exhausting. Between the injuries and the suspensions and the academic issues, the status of Florida’s roster has been a bigger story to date than their performance against teams like Wisconsin or UConn or Kansas. “I almost keep looking around to see…

  7. South Florida holds on as Florida Gulf Coast’s buzzer-beater in double overtime doesn’t count (VIDEO)

    Dec 17, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Joe Dooley

    With 0.3 seconds remaining in double overtime, Jamail Jones threw a beautiful full-court pass — which he put by the 7-foot-3 Jordan Omogbehin — ending up in the hands of Chase Fieler, who put up a shot that bounced off the rim and in. The Eagles thought the bucket tied the score at 68-68, but instead…

  8. Pitt’s loss to Cincinnati highlights peril of weak schedules

    Dec 17, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Pitt Cincy

    NEW YORK — Dear Pitt: This is why you put together a real non-conference schedule. This is why you make sure that, more than a month and 11 games into the season, the best team on your schedule is someone better than Cincinnati. Don’t get me wrong, the Bearcats aren’t a bad basketball team. They’re…

  9. POSTERIZED #DunkCity strikes again as Jamail Jones dunks over South Florida defender (VIDEO)

    Dec 17, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Jamail Jones

    Florida Gulf Coast guard Jamail Jones’ shot was off the mark, but he ran down his miss near the baseline. He beat a pair of South Florida defenders before throwing down on another one. That ended the half as Bulls led 23-21. It’s an absolutely vicious slam, unfortunately South Florida guard Martino Brock is blocking…

  10. Assigned Reading: Learn more about Duke-bound Jahlil Okafor, the nation’s top recruit

    Dec 17, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Jahlil Okafor

    You’ve probably already heard the name Jahlil Okafor. The 6-foot-10 Whitney Young Magnet High (Ill.) center is the nation’s consensus top player, and is Duke bound, staying true to his word that he would attend the same college as Apple Valley High (Minn.) point guard Tyus Jones. Okafor will only continue to grab national attention…

  11. Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs will be back from injury in 1-2 weeks

    Dec 17, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

    Sterling Gibbs

    Injuries have piled up for Seton Hall in recent weeks, as the roster got even thinner once Tom Maayan had to return to Israel to fulfill his military commitment for the Israeli Defense Forces. However, Kevin Willard got some good news on Monday night, learning that Sterling Gibbs knee injury will only sideline him for 1-2…

  12. NCAA says Kansas has the loudest arena in college basketball (VIDEO)

    Dec 17, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

    Phog Allen Fieldhouse

    On Tuesday, NCAA.com released a video listing the five loudest, most intimidating college basketball arenas to play in. Coming in at the top spot was Allen Fieldhouse on the University of Kansas campus. The reasoning behind it: “It’s twice the size as Cameron [Indoor Stadium] with three times the students sitting courtside. There’s a reason…

  13. Rick Barnes: ‘I imagine what Roy [Williams] is going through’ waiting for NCAA decision

    Dec 17, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

    Rick Barnes

    It’s the end of the first semester and No. 14 North Carolina is still waiting for a decision from the NCAA on the eligibility status of guards P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald. The Tar Heels have been without the duo for the first nine games of the season, and they will both likely be in street…

  14. Duke fan does not appreciate ‘Free PJ’ sign in Cameron (GIF)

    Dec 17, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

    ESPNU Broadcast

        Someone managed to get a “Free PJ” sign into Cameron Indoor Stadium last night, and it appears as if a Duke fan was none-too-pleased about it. They were Carolina fans, and my guess is that they were the people responsible for the “Free PJ” being yelled at Quinn Cook while he shot free…

  15. Coach Cal: ‘Don’t expect things to change overnight’

    Dec 17, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Boise State v Kentucky

    I wrote two columns off of Kentucky’s loss to North Carolina, so I don’t think there is really anything else for me to say on the subject. Others had plenty to say, however, and one of the most common responses I got from the good folks of twitter on the subject had to do with…

  16. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Jimmy V Classic highlights a solid slate

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Josh Pastner

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 16 Florida vs. No. 15 Memphis, 9:30 p.m. The nightcap of the Jimmy V Classic is one of the more intriguing games left before we get into league play. Both Florida and Memphis has enough talent on their roster to be considered a top ten team and a challenger to…

  17. Chris Walker will not be suiting up for Florida against Memphis

    Dec 17, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT

    Billy Donovan

    The big news of the weekend for hoops fans in Gainesville was that Florida native and McDonalds All-American Chris Walker was accepted into school. Yay! But it may be a while before Walker actually sees the court. First things first: he needs to make his was through the NCAA’s Eligibility Center, which is what every…

  18. College Basketball Talk’s Player of the Year Power Rankings: Shabazz tops the list again

    Dec 17, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

    AP photo

    The 2013-2014 season is sure to be a thrilling Player of the Year race, so to keep track of it, we will be posting weekly Player of the Year Power Rankings for your reading goodness. Who’d we miss? Who’s ranked too high? We love to overlook your team’s best player and overrate your rival’s superstar.…

  19. The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

    Dec 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    marshall

    Wichita State’s Marshall on Kansas: “I’m not going to Allen Fieldhouse for a check” (Fox Sports Kansas City) With Wichita State’s recent run of success, more than a few people have asked why the Shockers can’t get a shot at the state’s premier program. But while Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall would like a…

  20. Late Night Snacks: Grambling snaps a 32-game losing streak

    Dec 17, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

    grambling

    GAME OF THE DAY: Grambling 83, Central Baptist 75 Grambling finally captured their first win of the season (1-4) as they knocked off NAIA Central Baptist. But, a win is a win for Grambling. The Tigers had lost their last 32 games coming into Monday night, a streak that included the entire 2012-2013 season in…