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  1. UC Irvine pastes Washington, but it’s the Huskies who will advance to NYC

    Nov 15, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

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    The semifinalists in the 2K Sports Classic have been known for months now, with UConn and Boston College meeting in one semifinal and Washington taking on Indiana in the other. But this is still a “tournament,” and on Thursday the UC Irvine Anteaters (and earlier Thursday the Toledo Rockets) displayed why that word should be…

  2. No. 6 Arizona passes a difficult test at San Diego State

    Nov 15, 2013, 12:56 AM EDT

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    After controlling the run of play for much of the night, No. 6 Arizona found itself in need of a big play with San Diego State mounting a charge at Viejas Arena. With “The Show” roaring and the Aztecs within four points thanks to a Xavier Thames layup, the Wildcats were confronted with a baseline…

  3. Towson moves to 3-0 with a win over Temple (VIDEO)

    Nov 14, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

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    For the first time in more than four decades, the Towson Tigers have started the season 3-0. The Tigers got 32 points and 10 boards from Jerrelle Benimon and as a team corralled 22 offensive rebounds to knock off Temple 75-69. That comes on the heels of wins over Navy and Morgan State, and while…

  4. Preseason MAC favorite Toledo wins at Boston College

    Nov 14, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT

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    The East Division’s run of dominance in the Mid-American Conference has been well-documented, with programs such as Akron, Ohio and Kent State having a firm grip on the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The last time a team from the West earned that bid was in 2004, when Western Michigan won the conference…

  5. Is the ‘Mitch McGary Injury Watch’ close to ending?

    Nov 14, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

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    On the heels of a breakout NCAA tournament, Michigan sophomore center Mitch McGary is a player many expect to be in the conversation for All-America honors while also making the Wolverines one of the biggest threats to preseason favorite Michigan State in the Big Ten. Only one problem, however: McGary’s yet to play this season…

  6. Gary Payton II, aka ‘The Mitten’, is headed to his dad’s alma mater

    Nov 14, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

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    Oregon State has struggled in recent years, and the beginning of this season has been no different. The Beavers lost to Coppin State in their opener and struggled to deal with Portland last night. But the program reached back to their glory years on Thursday, as the Beavers earned a commitment from Gary Payton II.…

  7. Junior guard Ronald Ross leaves Middle Tennessee program

    Nov 14, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

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    After playing just one game at Middle Tennessee, junior guard Ronald Ross has decided to leave the program according to Adam Sparks of the Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Daily News Journal. Ross, who averaged 15.8 points per game in two seasons at Indian Hills JC, played five minutes in the Blue Raiders’ season-opening win over Southern. Ross,…

  8. North Carolina will be without P.J. Hairston, Leslie McDonald on Friday

    Nov 14, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

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    North Carolina won’t be back to full strength on Friday when Holy Cross comes to town, as both P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald will miss their season straight game. “It’s what it is,” head coach Roy Williams said. “Everyone is trying to do their best and we’re trying to move along. We just do the…

  9. Ryan Harrow’s season off to a good start at Georgia State

    Nov 14, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

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    The big names transfers this season are guys like Rodney Hood, T.J. McConnell, Michael Dixon and Jordan Clarkson. Even Josh Smith, Joseph Young and Mike Moser have gotten plenty of attention early on this season. They are potential all-league players at schools with a chance to win their league and make some noise in the…

  10. Assigned Reading: Andre Dawkins’ battle with depression

    Nov 14, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Duke’s Andre Dawkins was expected to be a star. A former five-star recruit, Dawkins enrolled at school a year early and became a key member of the Blue Devil’s 2010 national title winning team. The future was bright for the sharpshooting Dawkins, but he never lived up to that potential. You see, his sister died…

  11. Can Melvin Ejim be back for Michigan’s visit to Iowa State Sunday?

    Nov 14, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Melvin Ejim, Iowa State’s versatile four-man that averged 11.3 points and 9.3 boards for the Cyclones a season ago, hurt his knee in late October. The injury was expected to keep him out until December at the earliest, but according to a report from the Iowa State Daily, there’s a slight chance Ejim will be…

  12. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Late night West Coast hoops worth waiting for

    Nov 14, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 6 Arizona at San Diego State, 10:05 p.m. (CBS Sports) The Wildcats will get their biggest test of the season tonight when they face off with Steve Fisher’s Aztecs. Both teams are still trying to figure out their rotations and the best lineups to work with. Sean Miller has started…

  13. Four top five recruits to announce on Friday evening

    Nov 14, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT

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    Tuesday was arguably the biggest non-NCAA tournament day in college basketball, as the Tip-Off Marathon culminated in the Champions Classic in Chicago. Friday may be the most important day for the 2014-2015 college hoops season. Why? Four of Rivals top five recruits in the country remain uncommitted. That will no longer be the case as…

  14. Final thoughts from the Champions Classic

    Nov 14, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

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    Scott Phillips and I were both in attendance on Tuesday night at the Champions Classic, and while we both wrote plenty of words off of those two games, there was a lot more to discuss that simply couldn’t fit into our stories. So we put it all here: Scott: After all of the hype, the Champions…

  15. The Secondary Break: Thursday’s Links

    Nov 14, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Stanley Johnson to announce college decision Friday (Scout) The early signing period began on Wednesday, and Friday’s setting up to be a busy day on the recruiting trail. In addition to Cliff Alexander, Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor , five-star guard Stanley Johnson will announce his decision as well. The three schools in the running…

  16. Late Night Snacks: Providence, Colorado survive at home

    Nov 14, 2013, 1:25 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Providence 73, Brown 69 The Friars were up by as much as 16 points in the first half, but Brown made their run in the second half. The Bears completely erased the lead that Ed Cooley’s club had built, tying the game midway through the half. Brown was never able to…

  17. Anthony Drmic and the story of a kitty that’s lost and found (VIDEO)

    Nov 13, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

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    Anthony Drmic and his girlfriend got a cat. They fell in love with the cat. Then, evil roommate Igor Hadziomerovic let the cat run out the door. Paul Gerke of ABC 6 has this story of kitties, kind strangers and evil roommates.

  18. Georgetown’s win over Wright State more valuable than you think

    Nov 13, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

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    D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Markel Starks combined for 48 points and 11 assists as Georgetown bounced back from a season-opening loss to Oregon by whipping up on Wright State 88-70. The Hoyas finished the night 10-for-23 from beyond the arc, a marked improvement from the 1-for-15 that they shot in the game in Seoul. Most notably…

  19. Hartford, playing its second game in 36 hours, wins at Fairfield

    Nov 13, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

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    For those who attempted to stay up for much (if not all) of Tuesday’s 24-hour college basketball marathon, getting through Wednesday was quite the task. So consider what the Hartford Hawks were confronted with: at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday Hartford’s game at FGCU tipped off, and after holding their own for much of the contest the…

  20. Michigan State-Kentucky second highest-rated non-conference game on ESPN

    Nov 13, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

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    The first game of the Champions Classic doubleheader between No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Michigan State was the second-most viewed non-conference college basketball game ever aired on ESPN. The game averaged just over four million viewers and scored a 2.6 rating. The current record came when No. 1 Memphis played No. 2 Tennessee in…