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  1. Former Butler mascot Blue II dealing with heart failure

    Aug 1, 2013, 8:20 PM EST

    Blue II

    Life as a retiree hasn’t been as smooth as anticipated for former Butler mascot Blue II, who handed the leash over to Blue III (also known as “Trip”) during Senior Day festivities on March 9. Blue II’s official duties as school mascot were completed in May, but since then health issues have made life difficult…

  2. Changes to NCAA enforcement model, recruiting go into effect

    Aug 1, 2013, 7:16 PM EST

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    For many who follow college basketball, the big news coming from the NCAA on Thursday was the adjustment made to how the NCAA tournament selection committee goes about its job of filling the 68-team bracket every March. But August 1 also marks the day in which the NCAA’s new enforcement model goes into effect. The…

  3. 2014 point guard Larry Austin verbally commits to attend Tennessee

    Aug 1, 2013, 6:00 PM EST

    With Antonio Barton (who transferred in from Memphis) and Jordan McRae out of eligibility after the 2013-14 season, the Tennessee Volunteers had room for more talent on the perimeter. The key word in that statement is “had,” because on Thursday 2014 point guard Larry Austin Jr. became the third verbal commitment in that class for…

  4. Project that includes a new arena for DePaul more complicated than anticipated

    Aug 1, 2013, 5:05 PM EST

    Oliver Purnell

    Last Wednesday it was reported that plans to build a new arena at Chicago’s McCormick Place, which will be home to the DePaul men’s basketball program as well as other city events, were approved unanimously by the Chicago City Council. But that isn’t the case, according to the Chicago Tribune, which reported on July 28…

  5. What happens to college hoops if power conferences form new division?

    Aug 1, 2013, 3:38 PM EST


    The NCAA tournament is what makes college basketball great. For diehards like me, there’s so much more to it: the student sections, the underdogs, the glory that comes with pulling off a major upset, the euphoria of a cinderella conference tournament champion, a band that rocks. But if it weren’t for the NCAA tournament, if…

  6. NCAA Tournament bracketing principles officially changed

    Aug 1, 2013, 2:11 PM EST

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Practice

    The NCAA officially announced changes to the tournament’s bracketing principles on Thursday afternoon. The changes were made in an effort for the tournament to reflect the true seeding of each team that is invited. There are two major changes to pay attention to: 1) Teams from the same conference will no longer be required to…

  7. Top 100 recruit Jordan Barnett commits to Texas

    Aug 1, 2013, 1:50 PM EST


    Rick Barnes has landed his first commitment in the Class of 2014, as Jordan Barnett has decided to become a Longhorn. Barnett is ranked 85th in the Class of 2014 by Rivals. A 6-foot-7 wing, Barnett is athletic and a finisher around the basket. He can also step out and knock down a three when…

  8. Minnesota’s Mo Walker shed more than 50 pounds this summer

    Aug 1, 2013, 12:44 PM EST

    Richard Pitino

    At his heaviest, at the end of his freshman season at Minnesota, Mo Walker was 346 pounds. Think about that. That’s heavier than a lot of NFL offensive linemen, whose sole purpose on the field is to be able to stand in one place while getting hit at full speed by the likes of Jared…

  9. Syracuse to move their court when Duke comes to town?

    Aug 1, 2013, 12:08 PM EST

    Georgetown v Syracuse

    Syracuse’s move to the ACC may end up knocking Georgetown out of the record books. Currently, the attendance record for a regular season game played on campus is 35,012, which is the number of fans that packed into the Carrier Dome to see the Hoyas’ final visit to Syracuse as a Big East foe. That…

  10. Former Kentucky guard to sentenced to two years for sex abuse of a minor

    Aug 1, 2013, 11:00 AM EST


    Former Kentucky point guard Michael Porter was denied probation on Thursday, getting sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to two charges of sexual abuse of a minor. Porter was arrested in a sting operation last May that yielded evidence that he had sexual contact with a minor. The acts took place between…

  11. Devin Booker and his father show the changed landscape of recruiting

    Aug 1, 2013, 10:08 AM EST


    To get an idea of just how valued Devin Booker is as a basketball player, all you need to do is to take a glimpse at some of the programs that have offered him a scholarship. Duke. Florida. North Carolina. Michigan. Michigan State. Kentucky. The names don’t get bigger than that. Missouri has also offered…

  12. Louisville commit Quentin Snider reopens his recruitment

    Jul 31, 2013, 11:50 PM EST

    NY2LA Sports

    On Wednesday Louisville saw its number of verbal commitments in the 2014 class drop from three to two, as Ballard High School (Louisville, Ky.) point guard Quentin Snider announced his decision to reopen his recruitment. Snider was the first verbal commitment for Rick Pitino, announcing his decision some two years ago, with wing Shaqquan Aaron…

  13. USA Basketball makes its move to Tempe official

    Jul 31, 2013, 10:13 PM EST


    While the United States senior men’s national basketball team has held its summer training camps in Las Vegas, using UNLV’s on-campus Mendenhall Center as a home base of sorts, junior teams have held their training and tryout camps in Colorado Springs, Colorado since 1993. That officially changed on Wednesday, as USA Basketball announced that it…

  14. Penn State to return to its old home on December 14

    Jul 31, 2013, 8:43 PM EST

    Patrick Chambers

    Currently the Penn State basketball program plays its home games at the Bryce Jordan Center, an on-campus facility that seats more than 15,000 fans and is named in honor of the man who helped shepherd the school into the Big Ten Conference. But many of the Nittany Lions’ best moments as a basketball program came…

  15. Richmond redshirt freshman center Luke Piotrowski decides to transfer

    Jul 31, 2013, 7:27 PM EST

    Richmond Athletics

    After redshirting in 2011-12, Richmond center Luke Piotrowski hoped that there would be more opportunities to earn playing time in 2012-13. Unfortunately for Piotrowski that wasn’t the case, as he played in just six games for the Spiders, posting averages of 0.3 points and 1.1 rebounds per game (3.6 minutes/game). On Wednesday it was reported…

  16. Flare-up in right foot to sideline Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield for European trip

    Jul 31, 2013, 6:10 PM EST

    Buddy Hield, Naadir Tharpe, Jeff Withey

    With forwards Amath M’baye and Romero Osby and guard Steven Pledger no longer in the program, Oklahoma’s summer trip to Belgium and France next month represents an opportunity for head coach Lon Kruger and his staff to evaluate the 2013-14 roster in game action before practices officially tip off in October. One player who will…

  17. Marquette guard Todd Mayo undergoes surgery on left knee

    Jul 31, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    Todd Mayo, Brian Oliver

    With Vander Blue’s decision to leave school early and enter the 2013 NBA Draft, there’s an opportunity for a number of players in the Marquette perimeter rotation to earn more playing time in 2013-14. One of those candidates is expected to be junior Todd Mayo, but his path to more playing time hit a bump…

  18. Fun with lists: the ‘most feared recruiters’ in the country

    Jul 31, 2013, 4:05 PM EST

    Bill Self

    When it comes to building a program, head coaches are, generally speaking, the people that get all the credit. You hear about the success their career coaching record and you see infographics with how many NCAA tournaments they’ve reached. Their careers are valued on the merits of conference championships and how far they’ve gotten in…

  19. Report: Top 100 recruit Justin Coleman commits to Alabama

    Jul 31, 2013, 2:34 PM EST


    So much for UAB’s Fab Five. On Wednesday afternoon, Birmingham, AL, native Justin Coleman committed to play his college hoops for Alabama. Coleman is the No. 92 recruit in the Class of 2014, according to Rivals, despite being just 5-foot-10 and weighing in at 155 pounds. “I just made that decision today because I really…

  20. Tony Barbee opens up about Shaq Johnson’s dismissal

    Jul 31, 2013, 1:03 PM EST

    Alabama Auburn Basketball

    Two weeks ago, Auburn head coach Tony Barbee dismissed Shaq Johnson from the team following an arrest for possession stemming from a late-night traffic stop. Johnson had started 21 games and averaged 5.3 points last season for the Tigers. He’s since transferred to Northwest Florida State. On Tuesday, Barbee opened up about why he took…