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  1. Duke shows no rust after 12-day lay-off in win over Gardner-Webb

    Dec 16, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Alabama Duke Basketball

    Duke had a 12-day lay-off since their last game, but they played well immediately in its 85-66 non-conference win over Gardner-Webb. Point guard Quinn Cook had 11 points and nine assists to lead a 53-39 Duke halftime lead on his way to 16 points and nine assists while Jabari Parker finished with 21 points and…

  2. Oregon returns suspended guard Dominic Artis and forward Ben Carter

    Dec 16, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Oregon Ducks coach Altman yells out to his team against Louisville during their Midwest Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Indianapolis

    The Oregon Ducks are off to a 9-0 start and are the No. 13 team in the country. Now, the Ducks return suspended sophomores Dominic Artis, a point guard, and forward Ben Carter for Tuesday’s game with UC Irvine after the duo was suspended nine games in November for selling school-provided shoes. The return of…

  3. Marquette guard Duane Wilson begins practice after stress fracture in leg

    Dec 16, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Marquette Men's Basketball

    Marquette freshman point guard Duane Wilson has been out since late October with a stress fracture in his leg, but he recently returned to practice for the Golden Eagles. Head coach Buzz Williams spoke about Wilson’s return and his gradual adjustment to the college game to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. For now the plan is for…

  4. UConn redshirt Rodney Purvis to miss time after torn labrum

    Dec 16, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

    T.J. DiLeo, Rodney Purvis

    Rodney Purvis was a McDonald’s All-American that stayed in-state to play at North Carolina State, but the 6-foot-4 Raleigh, NC native opted to transfer after his freshman season to UConn. Purvis must sit out this season, per NCAA transfer rules, but he’ll have three seasons of eligibility left beginning with his redshirt sophomore season next…

  5. [VIDEO] Kellen Dunham’s gym rat mentality leads to strong season at Butler

    Dec 16, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Malik Morgan, Kellen Dunham

    Kellen Dunham is off to a fantastic start during his sophomore season at Butler and the Pendleton, IN native is averaging 19.3 points and playing 35 minutes per game through 10 games this year. Butler is 8-2 on the season and the 6-foot-6 guard is a big reason why; Dunham is shooting 47 percent from…

  6. [PHOTO] Florida gets customized LeBrons for Jimmy V Classic

    Dec 16, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Joel Embiid, Scottie Wilbekin

    When the No. 16 Florida Gators take the floor for the Jimmy V Classic tomorrow night in Madison Square Garden, they’ll have some sick new shoes to rock. The Gators are facing No. 15 Memphis at the Jimmy V Classic (8 p.m.) and head coach Billy Donovan tweeted out a picture of the customized green…

  7. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Can Grambling finally break their 32 game losing streak?

    Dec 16, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Grambling Athletics

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Central Baptist at Grambling, 8:30 p.m. This isn’t really the game of the night. In fact, it’s probably quite the opposite. Grambling has lost 32 straight games. They are 0-4 this season. They were 0-28 last season. They have dropped 41 of their last 42 games and are winless since beating…

  8. Former UNLV player Savon Goodman pleads guilty to misdemeanors

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

    Savon Goodman

    Savon Goodman has plead guilty to petty theft and trespass charges, both misdemeanors, stemming from an incident where he stole shoes, $500 in cash and more than $900 in video games from a friend’s apartment. Goodman, a former UNLV player and top 100 recruit, was initially charged with misdemeanor conspiracy and felony burglary and grand larceny.…

  9. Utah State’s Jarred Shaw suspended indefinitely

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

    Jarred Shaw, Jaren Jeffery

    Utah State suffered a big blow on Monday, as the school announced that leading scorer and rebounder Jarred Shaw has been suspended indefinitely. Shaw was averaging 16.1 points, 7.8 boards and 1.4 blocks. He was shooting 54.3% from the floor and 87.1% from the line as a 6-foot-10 center. He’s really good and he’s really valuable,…

  10. Damontre Harris may never suit up for Florida

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

    Billy Donovan

    Florida’s roster is almost fully stocked. Scottie Wilbekin and Kasey Hill were back in the lineup for the Kansas game last Tuesday, and Chris Walker has been admitted into Florida, is practicing with the team and, now, is awaiting word on whether or not he will be deemed eligible by the NCAA. The Gators are…

  11. Tom Izzo on Gary Harris: He’s ‘questionable-probable’ to play Tuesday

    Dec 16, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

    Tom Izzo

    It’s time for yet another update on the health of the four Michigan State starters that are banged up. According to Joe Rexrode, Matt Costello could still be weeks away from actually stepping on the court. He’s reportedly. got mono, that’s not an easy thing to get rid of. There is some good news to…

  12. VCU lip-syncs Katy Perry with kids at a Children’s Hospital (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Melvin Johnson, Treveon Graham, Rob Brandenberg

    I’m a sucker for things like this. VCU went to a Children’s Hospital in Richmond and helped put together a lip-sync video singing Katy Perry’s “Roar” with the kids. The Rams have had a rough start to the season. They are 8-3 after a loss at Northern Iowa this weekend. They got smacked around by…

  13. Rick Pitino’s photobomb at a Justin Timberlake concert (PHOTO)

    Dec 16, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

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    He’s no Jay Bilas — yet — but this is still a pretty solid photobomb from Rick Pitino, who was apparently at a Justin Timberlake concert last night. I always pictured Pitino as more of a Billy Joel kind of guy. Follow @robdauster

  14. College Hoops Week in Review: Hello Princeton, and some Brandon Ashley love

    Dec 16, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

    Photo credit: Getty Images

    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Ashley, Arizona Aaron Gordon is the guy that gets all the hype for Arizona. Nick Johnson is their leading scorer and their best perimeter defender. T.J. McConnell is the tie the binds everyone together. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson does things like this. It seems like every Wildcat on Sean Miller’s roster get…

  15. College Basketball Talk’s latest top 25

    Dec 16, 2013, 9:27 AM EDT

    Credit: AP

    The toughest part about putting these rankings together right now is trying to balance out the difference the performance we’ve seen to date and the potential that each team has on their roster. Look at Kansas, for example. They’re lost three times to top 15 teams away from Phog Allen Fieldhouse, none of which came…

  16. The Secondary Break: Monday’s Links

    Dec 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    PC coach Ed Cooley has dropped 100 pounds as he strives to improve his health (Providence Journal) At the end of last season Providence head coach Ed Cooley knew that something had to change. Weighing 344 pounds and with friends and family concerned about his health, Cooley changed his diet and underwent a medical procedure…

  17. Late Night Snacks: No. 2 Syracuse holds off St. John’s

    Dec 16, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 2 Syracuse 68, St. John’s 63 In a matchup of former Big East rivals, it was Syracuse who made the plays late at Madison Square Garden. C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis scored 21 points apiece, with the freshman point guard also racking up six assists, to lead the way for…

  18. Lingering hip issue bothering Alabama senior guard Trevor Releford

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

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    In its’ 59-45 win over Charleston Southern on Saturday, Alabama failed to reach the 60-point mark for the first time this season. One reason for the relative lack of the offensive production was the absence of starting guard Trevor Releford, who was held out of the game due to what was termed as “precautionary reasons.”…

  19. Victory at San Diego serves as a reminder that UCSB’s no one-man outfit

    Dec 15, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

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    Through five games UCSB power forward Alan Williams was near unstoppable, posting averages of 26.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game for a team that blew out UNLV in Las Vegas last month. Entering Sunday’s game against San Diego, the Gauchos were looking to build on the momentum gained from their home…

  20. Arkansas State’s John Brady alleges tampering after Raeford Worsham quits team

    Dec 15, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

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    On Saturday the Arkansas State basketball program announced both an addition and a departure, with forward Seth Kisler cleared to return after playing in just one game last season due to injury. It remains to be seen what Kisler can provide the Red Wolves, who are off to a 5-3 start, but at the very…