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  1. Oklahoma State’s lack of interior depth a concern in Big 12 play

    Jan 4, 2014, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Statistically speaking, the loss of forward Michael Cobbins may not look to be a huge deal for No. 6 Oklahoma State. In 13 games Cobbins was averaging a modest 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game before rupturing his Achilles tendon in a win over Robert Morris on Monday night. Cobbins was the team’s fifth-best…

  2. D.J. Newbill, Kendrick Nunn scuffle, nearly clear benches (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Illinois knocked off Penn State in Champaign on Saturday afternoon, improving to 2-0 in Big Ten play with a 75-55 win over the Nittany Lions. But with a little more than eight minutes left in the game, it was much closer. After a driving bucket from Kendrick Nunn, he collided with D.J. Newbill who responded…

  3. Should Coach K have benched Jabari Parker in loss to Notre Dame?

    Jan 4, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

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    Notre Dame had just gone on a 20-4 run to turn a 10 point deficit into a six-point lead as No. 7 Duke had suddenly gone ice cold from the floor. Rodney Hood and Quinn Cook had cooled off after their hot starts and as the clock ticked into crunch time in Duke’s first ACC…

  4. Despite losing Joe Harris early, Virginia bounces back with a win at Florida State

    Jan 4, 2014, 7:52 PM EDT

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    The last time we saw the Virginia Cavaliers in action Tony Bennett’s squad looked bad, as they were outclassed on both ends Monday night in a blowout loss at Tennessee. With their best win coming at the expense of SMU, the Cavaliers entered ACC play in need of more quality wins. But who are the…

  5. POSTERIZED: Notre Dame’s Pat Connaughton dunks on Jabari Parker (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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    (Via SB Nation) Yep, that would be Notre Dame guard Pat Connaughton driving down the middle of the lane and dunking all over all-everything forward Jabari Parker. Notre Dame would go on to beat No. 7 Duke 79-77. Jabari Parker didn’t play the final 3:35 despite the game being close, and some were speculating that…

  6. Freshmen come up big in Kansas State’s win over No. 6 Oklahoma State

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:56 PM EDT

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    Winners of eight straight games entering Saturday’s Big 12 opener against No. 6 Oklahoma State, Kansas State hasn’t been mentioned along with the likes of the Cowboys, Kansas, Iowa State and Baylor when it comes to who’s capable of winning the conference title. The reasons included the need to account for the graduation of Rodney…

  7. Eric Atkins, Notre Dame beat No. 7 Duke, turn around their season?

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

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    For the first time in 19 games against former assistant coaches, Mike Krzyzewski has been beaten. And while it isn’t necessarily a surprise that it was Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey that did it, it is a surprise that it happened this season. The Fighting Irish were dealt a bad hand last month when…

  8. Suspended guard Brandon Austin elects to leave Providence

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:06 PM EDT

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    Just two days before Christmas, Providence College announced that freshmen Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock, who were suspended prior to the start of the season, would remain suspended for the remainder of the season due to a violation of the school’s Code of Conduct. With that ruling being handed down, the two freshmen had a…

  9. No. 1 Arizona overcomes an off-night to beat Washington at home

    Jan 4, 2014, 5:26 PM EDT

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    Nick Johnson went for 24 points and four assists and Aaron Gordon chipped in with 18 points and 11 boards as No. 1 Arizona survived an upset-bid from visiting Washington, beating the Huskies 71-62. C.J. Wilcox led the way for the Huskies with 20 points, but where Washington did most of their damage was in…

  10. St. Bonaventure efficient offensively in blowout win over Cornell (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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    With the Cornell Big Red entering the game with an 0-12 record, the key for St. Bonaventure was to show up motivated to play with their Atlantic 10 opener against Richmond just four days away. Mark Schmidt’s Bonnies did just that, shooting 50% from the field and knocking down ten three-pointers in their 81-57 victory.…

  11. C.J. Fair, Tyler Ennis help No. 2 Syracuse overcome Trevor Cooney’s off-night

    Jan 4, 2014, 5:09 PM EDT

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    No. 2 Syracuse kicked off their tenure in the ACC on Saturday afternoon, taking on Miami (FL) in the Carrier Dome. It was anything but pretty. Miami did everything they could to make the game as slow and as ugly as possible. They never sent more than two guys to the offensive glass in an…

  12. Indiana natives Harris and Dawson lead No. 5 Michigan State past Indiana

    Jan 4, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Michigan State is winning games with different players carrying them at different times. Depending on the game, it might be seniors Adreian Payne and Keith Appling that take control; or talented sophomore guard Gary Harris. But on Saturday it two players that left Indiana for college that got the best of Tom Crean and the…

  13. SMU makes a statement, beats No. 17 UConn 74-65

    Jan 4, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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    To get an idea of where we are in college basketball in 2014, think about this: No. 17 UConn playing at SMU is a league game, one where the Huskies taking a 74-65 loss to the Mustangs probably isn’t an upset. Let that sink in for a minute. UConn has won three national titles and…

  14. Cincinnati enjoyed their win over No. 18 Memphis (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Cincinnati picked a huge, blowout road win over No. 18 Memphis to kick off American play on Saturday afternoon, notching a 69-53 win. The guys on the team were, quite obviously, excited with the win, as Sean Kilpatrick’s post on Instagram indicates.  

  15. No. 13 Iowa State holds off Texas Tech

    Jan 4, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT

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    The No. 13 Iowa State Cyclones didn’t shoot their standard percentage from the three-point line, but they remained unbeaten on the year as the 13-0 Cyclones held off Texas Tech to pick up a 73-62 road win in the Big 12 opener for both teams. The Cyclones were held below their season average of 88…

  16. Cincinnati imposes its will in win over No. 18 Memphis

    Jan 4, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    If you were ever going to introduce college basketball to a casual observer you likely wouldn’t start with Mick Cronin’s Cincinnati Bearcats. It’s not that Cincinnati isn’t a good team or doesn’t deserve your attention, but they aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing team to watch. Storming into the FedEx Forum — with its announced crowd…

  17. Pitt dominates N.C. State on the road in their ACC opener

    Jan 4, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Lamar Patterson scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and added eight boards, six assists and two steals as Pitt went into Raleigh and knocked off N.C. State 74-62. It was an impressive way for the Panthers to kick off their ACC tenure, but the score doesn’t tell you the full extent…

  18. Glenn Robinson III a game-time decision for Michigan Sunday against Northwestern

    Jan 4, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

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    Michigan sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III continues to rehab his injured left ankle and will be a game-time decision for the Wolverines’ Sunday Big Ten contest against Northwestern, according to head coach John Beilein. Robinson injured the left ankle during Michigan’s win over Minnesota earlier in the week and he missed the rest of the…

  19. Seton Hall facing several injuries heading into game against Creighton

    Jan 4, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

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    The injury bug continues to strike Seton Hall and head coach Kevin Willard, as the Pirates have several players on the mend going into today’s Big East home game against Creighton. According to J.P. Pelzman of NorthJersey.com, Seton Hall will make a game-time decision on senior center Gene Teague and senior wing Fuquan Edwin before…

  20. Pregame Shootaround: Conference play hits full swing

    Jan 4, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 6 Oklahoma State at Kansas State (4 p.m., ESPNU) This game is much bigger for the No. 6 Cowboys than might appear at face value. Following the loss of starting center Michael Cobbins for the season with an Achilles’ tendon injury, and freshman point guard Stevie Clark was arrested —…