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  1. Rick Pitino sounds off on NCAA denying Rakeem Buckles a waiver

    Sep 1, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    Rakeem Buckles

    This summer has provided a number of interesting rules by the NCAA, and Louisville head coach voiced his opinion on Friday in the wake of one of the NCAA’s most recent head-scratching rulings. Rakeem Buckles started his career at Louisville, but decided to follow Richard Pitino to the FIU, sat out the season, and then…

  2. Three-star guard Wade Baldwin commits to Vanderbilt

    Sep 1, 2013, 1:15 PM EST

    Facebook/Reebok Breakout Challenge

    Kevin Stallings and Vanderbilt received the first commit in the Class of 2014. St. Joseph’s High (N.J.) senior shooting guard Wade Baldwin announced that he had verbally committed to the Commodores on Sunday morning. Baldwin had been on an official visit to the Nashville campus, and used his Twitter account to break the news. In early…

  3. Emmanuel Mudiay, Isaiah Whitehead shine in Elite 24 (VIDEO)

    Sep 1, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

    Elite 24

    Last Saturday, two dozen of the best high school prospects in the nation participated in the 2013 Under Armour Elite 24 at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York. The all-star game ended with Team Coney Island, led by Lincoln High (N.Y.) and Brooklyn native Isaiah Whitehead, topping Team Bed Stuy, led by )SMU commit Emmanuel…

  4. Illinois lands commitment from top-25 recruit Leron Black

    Sep 1, 2013, 10:35 AM EST

    Ohio Bobcats head coach John Groce (C) celebrates with assistants as his team plays the North Carolina Tar Heels in the men's NCAA Midwest Regional basketball game in St. Louis

    Following an official visit to Champaign, Ill. this weekend, White Station High (Tenn.) forward Leron Black, a top-25 recruit in the Class of 2014, committed to John Groce and the Illinois Fighting Illini. Marcus Jackson of the News-Gazette, reported the news first. “Before I came here this weekend, I knew Illinois is where I wanted to be,”…

  5. Iowa State dismisses senior guard Bubu Palo from program

    Sep 1, 2013, 9:53 AM EST

    Bubu Palo

    Iowa State senior guard Bubu Palo, who missed most of last season due to suspension, was dismissed from the Cyclones’s program on Saturday, the school announced. This time last year, Palo was suspended indefinitely after being charged with second-degree sexual assault, stemming from a May 2012 incident. Following the investigation, charges were dropped and Palo…

  6. Even hoops recruits are thinking football right now

    Aug 31, 2013, 9:25 PM EST

    Photo courtesy @IllinoisLoyalty

    Hello? (oh… oh… oh) Is there anybody in here? (ere… ere… ere) College football weekend is starting off with a bang. I can’t even blame all y’all for not paying much attention to CBT right now. Even our game is heavily dependent on the gridiron right now, as college hoops coaches have invited top recruits…

  7. Marquette searches for a rival in new Big East

    Aug 31, 2013, 8:29 PM EST

    Butler v Marquette

    Digging for basketball stories in the offseason is tough sledding. Oddly enough, as the first games draw closer, news gets even harder to find, and the reason is a familiar one for college hoop-heads: football done stole all our candy. Any newspaper that covers college sports extensively is talking kickoff this week, so I’m going…

  8. Rutgers borrowing wacky stunts from Minor League Baseball

    Aug 31, 2013, 6:53 PM EST

    Nationals Dodgers Baseball

    Minor League baseball games aren’t like their MLB counterparts. Fans know the best players won’t be around long, and the players who do hang around might not be as athletically gifted as the ones who move on up to the big time. In that way, it’s a lot like college hoops. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights…

  9. UL’s Baumann goes from title game to picking up towels

    Aug 31, 2013, 4:57 PM EST

    Mason Wedel Logan Baumann

    What a difference a year makes. Logan Baumann, a 6’0″ guard who was serving as team manager, was invited to join the Louisville Cardinals as a walk-on last season when Mike Marra suffered a season-ending injury. He appeared in four games – including mop-up minutes vs. Wichita State – and made the wild ride to the…

  10. Kentucky and UNC provide early challenges for Belmont

    Aug 31, 2013, 3:50 PM EST

    Rick Byrd

    Last year, Rick Byrd put together a schedule that gave Belmont some tough tests. According to the Nashville Tennesseean, the Bruins played the No. 2 strength of schedule – traveling to Stanford, VCU and Kansas – and ended up with a top-25 RPI in 2012-13. Pretty impressive, but this year’s slate might be even more…

  11. Noah Vonleh adds 25 pounds of muscle in first summer at Indiana

    Aug 31, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    Noah Vonleh

    All summer we’ve been hearing about the crop of incoming freshmen and their potential impact on the 2013-14 season. We’ve heard about Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Aaron Gordon and Kentucky’s incoming class since the late spring all-star games and even Florida’s Chris Walker has made recent headlines for his academic snafu. But one name from…

  12. Lafayette hopes to enhance homecourt advantage with $1.7 million renovation

    Aug 31, 2013, 1:15 PM EST

    fran o'hanlon

    Lafayette will get a boost to its homecourt advantage this season thanks to a $1.7 million renovation to the Kirby Sports Center. The renovation includes new LED score tables, HD video scoreboards, chairback seating and new bleachers. But the biggest change in the renovation is the addition of seating along each baseline of the Kirby…

  13. Report: Michigan State sophomore Gary Harris to miss 4-to-8 weeks with ankle injury

    Aug 31, 2013, 11:45 AM EST

    Spartans guard Harris is guarded by Buckeyes guard Craft during the first half of their NCAA men's college basketball game at the 2013 Big 10 tournament in Chicago

    Michigan State suffered a blow to their early-season preparations as sophomore shooting guard and reigning Big Ten freshman of the year Gary Harris sustained an ankle injury during a pickup game with teammates and is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks according to a report from Diamond Leung of MLive. The 6’4″ Harris averaged 12.9 points…

  14. Kansas State unveils Big 12 Championship rings

    Aug 31, 2013, 11:15 AM EST

    La Salle v Kansas State

    Although Kansas State fans are likely still reeling from last night’s shocking home football loss to North Dakota State, they can at least smile a little bit this morning at their shiny, new Big 12 Championship rings from last season’s improbable co-title run. Under first-year coach Bruce Weber, the Wildcats finished 14-4 in the Big…

  15. Iowa puts walk-on Darius Stokes on scholarship for 2013-14

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

    Iowa  v Michigan

    With an open scholarship for the 2013-14 season, Iowa and head coach Fran McCaffery decided to reward redshirt junior walk-on Darius Stokes with a one-year scholarship this week according to a story from Hawkeye Insider. A 6’7″ forward and son of former Iowa great Greg Stokes, the younger Stokes isn’t much of a contributor for…

  16. Frederick CC product Markee Mazyck will not enroll at Austin Peay

    Aug 30, 2013, 9:22 PM EST

    Dave Loos

    With one of the program’s best rebounders in Anthony Campbell having graduated, 6-5 forward Markee Mazyck was expected to help Austin Peay on the boards in 2013-14. Unfortunately for both Mazyck and head coach Dave Loos, the Frederick (Md.) CC product failed to meet the school’s academic requirements. As a result, Mazyck will not be…

  17. Utah lands verbal commitment from 2014 forward Kyle Kuzma

    Aug 30, 2013, 8:14 PM EST

    Utah v Oregon - Pac-12 Semifinals

    Slowly but surely, Larry Krystkowiak’s Utah basketball program is taking steps back towards respectability. After winning just six games in his first season at the Pac-12 school, Krystkowiak’s team improved its win total by nine games in 2012-13 and reached the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament. With rising sophomores Jordan Loveridge and Brandon Taylor being…

  18. 2014 forward Justin Tillman commits to attend VCU

    Aug 30, 2013, 7:17 PM EST

    VCU v Michigan

    With mainstay Juvonte Reddic and Florida State transfer Terrance Shannon both entering their senior seasons, VCU head coach Shaka Smart needed some additional bodies in the front court for the 2014 season and beyond. On Friday the Rams received a boost in that department, as 2014 forward Justin Tillman (Pershing HS, Detroit) verbally committed to…

  19. Syracuse’s Tyler Roberson still waiting for a ruling from the NCAA

    Aug 30, 2013, 6:00 PM EST

    Nike

    With classes having started at most Division I schools, these are tension-filled days for incoming freshmen who have yet to hear from the NCAA Eligibility Center in regards to their status for the upcoming season. One of those players is highly-touted forward Tyler Roberson, who has the talent to crack the Orange’s rotation this season.…

  20. Auburn releases schedule for 2013-14 season

    Aug 30, 2013, 4:25 PM EST

    Alabama Auburn Basketball

    The Southeastern Conference received a bit of a wake-up call on Selection Sunday this past spring, as the conference received just three bids. An issue for some of the teams left on the outside looking in: non-conference scheduling. While a program like Kentucky had no such issues in booking challenging contests, the same couldn’t be…