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  1. Kentucky out of Top 25 for first time under Calipari

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

    John Calipari, Ryan Harrow

    Yes, Big Blue Nation, it finally happened. A Calipari-coached Kentucky team will play their next game without a ranking next to their name. For the first time since Cal took over prior to the 2009-10 season, the Wildcats aren’t ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. It’s a product of back-to-back losses to Notre…

  2. UCLA out-numbered at Wooden Classic

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Cal State Northridge v UCLA

    It’s no secret that UCLA is facing some tough times. After last seasons’ debacle and this season beginning with Shabazz Muhammad’s eligibility dispute, a loss at home to Cal Poly and Tyler Lamb, THEN Josh Smith leaving the program, it’s safe to say that even with a top-rated recruiting class, the Bruins have essentially picked…

  3. Handicapping (way too early) the national scoring leader race

    Dec 3, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Lehigh Mountain Hawks guard C.J. McCollum (3) works to shoot against the Xavier Musketeers during a college basketball game in Greensboro

    Points are the way teams win games. You can argue defense, you can argue rebounding. But if you don’t put the ball in the basket, you don’t win. I know, that’s expert analysis. Now that we’re a few weeks into the season some players are starting to show how good they are at putting said…

  4. Patience needed for South Carolina fans

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Kansas State - Syracuse

    Vin Parise is a former assistant college coach and the college basketball insider for NBC Sports. He’ll post every week in CBT. When Frank Martin took over Kansas State in 2007, the response from friends in the coaching world was almost always the same. “People didn’t understand it,” Martin said. “Everyone was like, ‘Why would…

  5. Mark Lyons has 12 assists and 15 turnovers. He’s a point guard?

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Northern Arizona v Arizona

    After rolling through Texas Tech 85-57 on Saturday night, the No. 8 Arizona Wildcats are sitting at 5-0 without having put together their best game. Arizona is young. They have a front line that is made up of three freshmen and a sophomore, and while there are probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 years…

  6. Le’Bryan Nash: ‘I’m trying to lead the NCAA in free-throw attempts’

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Le'Bryan Nash, Aaron Moore, Lamont Prosser

    Oklahoma State’s surprising, 5-0 start to the season — which included a 17 point win over Tennessee and a 20 point win over NC State — was credited, in large part, to Marcus Smart. He’s the freshman that’s playing out of position at the point and doing things like posting 20 points, seven boards, seven…

  7. Pregame Shootaround 12.3.12: A quiet Monday night

    Dec 3, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Kevin O'Neill, Jio Fontan

    Each day, CollegeBasketballTalk brings you the “Pregame Shootaround,” which will be posted at 2 p.m. ET and 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…

  8. Wikileaks, Bradley Manning … and March Madness?

    Dec 3, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

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    US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning stands accused of providing Wikileaks with thousands of classified documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan back in 2009 and 2010. I’ve heard about this, but didn’t pay it much mind until an email with a link to an article with this headline popped up: “How March…

  9. College Hoops Week in Review: Five Thoughts

    Dec 3, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Paul Hewitt, Patrick Holloway

    Is the CAA now overrated?: ‘Overrated’ might not be a fair term to use here, as most expected the CAA to take a hit with VCU leaving for the Atlantic 10 this season. ‘Incapable of getting two teams to the tournament’ is probably the better descriptor here. Only three teams in the league having winning…

  10. College Hoops Team of the Week: Boise State Broncos

    Dec 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Derrick Marks, Gregory Echenique

    Team of the Week: Boise State Broncos Boise State was supposed to finish near the bottom of the Mountain West this season. With powerhouse programs like UNLV, San Diego State and New Mexico populating the top of the league and teams like Colorado State and Nevada around to occupy the middle of the league, there…

  11. College Hoops Player of the Week: Erick Green, Virginia Tech

    Dec 3, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Iowa Virginia Tech Basketball

    Player of the Week: Erick Green, Virginia Tech Virginia Tech wasn’t supposed to have a chance this season. Not only was head coach Seth Greenberg fired at the end of April after his entire coaching staff had left during the offseason, but without Greenberg at the helm, both Dorian Finney-Smith, a rising sophomore, and Montrezl…

  12. The Morning Mix

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    First and foremost, our most heartfelt condolences go out to the Majerus family. College basketball lost one of it’s all-time greats this weekend. If the sheer number of glowing articles written about his life this weekend weren’t enough of an indicator, the reactions that flooded in showed that Rick Majerus may have been as universally liked as…

  13. A nagging groin injury puts UNLV forward Mike Moser’s ‘homecoming’ in doubt

    Dec 2, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

    Mike Moser, Chris Babb

    UNLV forward Mike Moser is one of the most versatile players in the country, but unfortunately for the junior from Portland he’s had to deal with a nagging groin injury since preseason camp. In the second half of the Rebels’ 77-63 win over Hawaii on Saturday night Moser re-aggravated the injury, and it could very…

  14. Late Night Snacks: When the game is tied in the final seconds, do not foul

    Dec 2, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

    Isaiah Armwood, Roberto Colonette,  Emmy Andujar

    Games of the Day 1. Washington 74, Cal State Fullerton 72 The Huskies escaped at home after trailing by as many as 14 points. Washington made five free throws in the final 30 seconds, but here’s the thing: four of those free throws came as a result of Fullerton committing a foul after tying the…

  15. Wells scores career high, has Terrapins in position to compete atop ACC

    Dec 2, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Through just four minutes of play, it was easy to see that Maryland’s Dezmine Wells was going to have a major impact. The Xavier-transfer scored the Terrapins first eight points of the game, and 36 minutes later, walked off the court with a career-high 25 points as Maryland defeated George Mason 69-62…

  16. Saint Louis wins day after death of Rick Majerus

    Dec 2, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - St Louis v Michigan State

    Less than 24 hours after the passing of Rick Majerus due to heart failure, the Saint Louis Billikens stepped onto the Chaifetz Arena floor to take on a Valparaiso team pegged as one of the favorites to win the Horizon League. Given the talent of players such as Ryan Broekhoff and Erik Buggs, this was…

  17. Wisconsin bounces back from Wednesday’s defeat, whips California 81-56

    Dec 2, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

    Ben Brust, Bak Bak

    Toughness was the focal point of the Wisconsin Badgers’ postgame comments following their 60-54 loss to Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge last week, with head coach Bo Ryan and the players lamenting the missed opportunities. “There were so many opportunities where there were loose balls and it seemed like every time we were close…

  18. 2013 point guard Stevie Clark signs with Oklahoma State

    Dec 2, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Travis Ford

    When you have a highly-touted prospect in your backyard it’s very important to keep that player home. Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford accomplished that mission last week, as Douglass HS (Oklahoma City) point guard Stevie Clark sent in his Letter of Intent to the school. Clark sent in his letter before the November 21…

  19. Turnovers and poor shooting cost Florida State in their 61-56 loss to Mercer

    Dec 2, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Leonard Hamilton

    Given the fact that Florida State lost multiple veterans from last season’s ACC champion squad some ups and downs were to be expected. But few people would have expected the team that won the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn to drop home games to South Alabama and now Mercer. In an ugly offensive showing…

  20. Isaiah Armwood is thriving at George Washington

    Dec 2, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    Isaiah Armwood, Rhamel Brown

    Isaiah Armwood loved his time at Villanova, and the Villanova program loved him back. He was even named a captain prior to his junior season in Philly. But in August of 2011, just a couple of weeks before school started, Villanova took a trip to France and the Netherlands, and Armwood realized that his dream…

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