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  1. College Basketball Talk’s Ten Most Disappointing Players

    Dec 10, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    NIT Season Tip-Off

    Preseason prognostication is, more or less, a guessing game. The picks that the so-called experts — myself included — make are educated and generally well-researched, but they’re still guess. And oftentimes, those guesses end up wrong.  Through a month of the season, who did we swing-and-miss on the most?: TEN MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYERS Luke Hancock,…

  2. Willie Cauley-Stein goes blonde for Kentucky’s game against Boise State (PHOTO)

    Dec 10, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

    Willie Cauley-Stein

    Willie Cauley-Stein has a strong case to be considered the most interesting player in college basketball this season. From his size and ability on the floor to his fashion sense off the court all the way to his fascination (and preparation) for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. During Friday night’s 67-62 loss to Baylor, the Kentucky…

  3. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Kansas heads to Florida, Boise State visits Kentucky

    Dec 10, 2013, 2:53 PM EDT

    Wichita State v Gonzaga

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 13 Kansas at No. 19 Florida, 7:00 p.m. ET I wonder how long it’s going to be before Bill Self regrets the schedule that he put together for this Kansas team? Three days ago, the Jayhawks were in Colorado, where they lost to the Buffaloes on a buzzer-beater by Askia…

  4. A cancelled flight forces Boise State to take a bus to Kentucky

    Dec 10, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Leon Rice

    The inclement weather that made Sunday’s east coast NFL games so entertaining has been wreaking havoc with the travel schedules of a number of college hoops teams. Over the weekend, a handful of games were cancelled or postponed. Today, word came down that Fairfield would be postponing their trip to Belmont because the Stags are…

  5. College Basketball Talk’s Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Dec 10, 2013, 12:25 PM 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.…

  6. College Basketball Talk’s Top Ten One-and-Done Players

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Since 2006 the phrase “one-and-done” has been a vital phrase off the tongues of college basketball fans as the NBA’s rule change forced players out of high school to wait at least one season — and likely play in college — before entering the NBA. Since then college basketball has seen numerous one-and-done players and…

  7. Steven Alford lands commitment from top 75 recruit Jonah Bolden

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

    FIBA

    UCLA picked up another commitment in the Class of 2014 as Jonah Bolden announced his intentions to be a Bruin in college. The news was first reported by Evan Daniels. Bolden is a 6-foot-8 small forward from Australia that is playing at Findlay Prep this season. He’s ranked No. 62 by Rivals. Here is how…

  8. Biggest names at ESPN do their impressions of Dick Vitale (VIDEO)

    Dec 10, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

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    My favorite is Dan Shulman. “Dick, there’s an ‘L’ in my last name.” But the sleeper is Bruce Pearl. He may be the one guy that’s got as much energy as Vitale.

  9. The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

    Dec 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    2013 NBA Draft

    Arizona’s Sean Miller: Being ranked No. 1 a ‘great compliment’ (Sporting News) On Monday Arizona reached the top spot in the national polls for the first time since 2003, and while it’s only December this is still an important achievement for Sean Miller’s team. When he took over the program wasn’t in the best shape,…

  10. Notre Dame lets off cruise control for a win over Bryant

    Dec 9, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Mike Brey

        Bryant played in its first nationally televised game on the road Monday at Notre Dame on ESPNU, and they put up a fight against the Irish in a 70-59 loss. Although Notre Dame was 6-2 entering the game, Bryant showed confidence throughout the game as Notre Dame never seemed to do what they…

  11. Boston College is lacking confidence

    Dec 9, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Steve Donahue

    Boston College’s struggles this season have been well chronicled. The Golden Eagles got thumped last week on the road at Purdue and took another loss at the Galen Center  to USC this weekend. Steve Donahue’s ballclub is 3-6 now and their defense in particular has struggled this season as they’ve played a pretty difficult nonconference…

  12. College Basketball Talk’s Top 20 Most Improved Players

    Dec 9, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    Ron Baker

    Prior to the season, every pundit for every outlet across the country will put together his or her list of players with the potential to have a breakout season. Which freshmen will have big sophomore seasons? Which seniors will finally get the chance to step into a starring role? What transfers spent their redshirt year…

  13. Scottie Wilbekin, Kasey Hill back for Kansas game

    Dec 9, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

    AP

    Florida got a huge boost for their showdown with Kansas on Tuesday. For the first time this season, we will get a chance to see Scottie Wilbekin and Kasey Hill team up in the back court for the Gators. Wilbekin, a senior, had been suspended for the first five games of the year. Before he…

  14. College Hoops Week in Review: Wisconsin’s for real, and so is Chaz Williams

    Dec 9, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

    Chaz Williams, Eric Mika

    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chaz Williams, UMass UMass has been one of the nation’s most impressive teams this season, and the reason has been the emergence of guys like Raphiael Putney, Cady Lalanne and Sampson Carter. As good as those three have played, the MVP of this UMass team has been dynamic point guard Chaz Williams,…

  15. Matt Costello out ‘two to three weeks minimum’

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

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    We knew that Michigan State was banged up the way that they finished their loss to North Carolina last week. Tom Izzo expounded on those issues this week. On Monday, Izzo said that center Matt Costello will be out “two to three weeks minimum.” Izzo hasn’t confirmed the diagnosis, but he told reporters on Monday that…

  16. Former Rutgers player Derrick Randall sues school over Mike Rice’s actions

    Dec 9, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT

    Mike Rice

    Former Rutgers player Derrick Randall is suing the university over the way he was treated during Mike Rice’s tenure as the school’s head coach. The lawsuit was filed in the state’s federal court on Friday and names Rice, former assistant coach James Martelli, the university, school president Robert Barchi, former AD Tim Pernetti, CFO Janine Purcaro, and…

  17. College Basketball Talk’s latest top 25 rankings

    Dec 9, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

    Drexel Arizona Basketball

    Entering the season, there seemed to be a consensus top five among pundits: Michigan State, Duke, Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas. A month into the season, all five of those teams have lost at least one game. Four teams have jumped all five in our top 25 rankings: Arizona, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Ohio State. 1. Arizona…

  18. The Secondary Break: Monday’s Links

    Dec 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    mcgary

    Michigan embarks on “boot camp” as date with Arizona looms (MLive.com) After falling at Duke last week Michigan bounced back in a big way on Saturday afternoon as they blew out Houston Baptist. But beating the Huskies and likely No. 1 Arizona are completely different matters, and the Wolverines are approaching the point where they’ll…

  19. Late Night Snacks: No. 13 Oregon survives first road test

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    dotson

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 13 Oregon 115, Ole Miss 105 (OT)  Prior to Sunday the 13th-ranked Ducks hadn’t played a game away from Eugene since beating Georgetown in South Korea in their season opener, so their trip to Oxford represented a significant test. And after a Jarvis Summers three-pointer with eight tenths of a…

  20. Ethan Wragge’s increased production a positive for Creighton moving forward

    Dec 8, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

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    After scoring just ten points as a freshman in Creighton’s loss to Nebraska, senior forward Doug McDermott’s had his way with the Huskers. In each of the ensuing three meetings McDermott’s shot better than 50% from the floor, including a 33-point, eight-rebound performance in the Bluejays’ 82-67 win on Sunday night. Not to take another…