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  1. Rick Byrd, Belmont looking to continue streak of NCAA tournament appearances

    Oct 17, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    AP

    Only three programs have earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament in six out of the last eight seasons — Kansas, Memphis and the Bruins. The Belmont Bruins. The latest trip to the Big Dance this past March almost didn’t happen. Belmont head coach Rick Byrd needed two clutch shots, including the game-winner, from senior…

  2. JuCo transfer Jameel McKay leaves the Marquette program

    Oct 17, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

    Marquette v Miami

    Jameel McKay has left the Marquette basketball program before ever suiting up for them in a game. “After long talk with family I will be transferring from MU great place and program now I’m looking forward to searching for a new Home,” McKay wrote on twitter. “I appreciate coaching staff and fans no hard feelings…

  3. Report: Baylor freshman Allerik Freeman to miss six weeks with hand injury

    Oct 17, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Allerik Freeman

    Baylor’s front court is absolutely loaded, with Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson, who both decided to return to school, being flanked by the likes of Rico Gathers and Ishmael Wainwright. Where the Bears are going to be looking to find some production is in their back court. Pierre Jackson graduated, as did A.J. Walton, and…

  4. Starting forward Chane Behanan suspended indefinitely from Louisville (VIDEO)

    Oct 17, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    North Carolina A&T v Louisville

    Louisville’s hopes for repeating as national champs took a major blow on Thursday as the school announced that Chane Behanan has been suspended indefinitely from the team for a violation of University policy. Head coach Rick Pitino said that there is still a chance that Behanan could earn his way back onto the team, but…

  5. Report: Trae Golden receives waiver, eligible at Georgia Tech

    Oct 17, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Trae Golden

    Georgia Tech has their point guard. Trae Golden, who spent the past three seasons at Tennessee, has received a waiver to play immediately at Georgia Tech, according to a report from Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com. Golden averaged 12.1 points and 3.9 assists for the Vols last season, but he left the program abruptly in May,…

  6. 2013-2014 Ohio Valley Season Preview: Is this the year for Eastern Kentucky or Southeast Missouri State?

    Oct 17, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Corey Walden, Gary Browne

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of our preview lists, click here. For a schedule of our previews for the…

  7. Kentucky named Preseason No. 1 in coaches poll for first time since 1995

    Oct 17, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

    SEC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals - Vanderbilt v Kentucky

    The first installment of the USA Today Coaches Poll was released on Thursday afternoon, and it shouldn’t come as a shock to many of you that Kentucky was named the Preseason No. 1 team in the country. Believe it or not, that’s only the second time in program history that Kentucky has been named Preseason…

  8. Florida testing guard Michael Frazier II for mono

    Oct 17, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

    Michael Frazier II

    There may not be a team in the country that is further from being at full strength than Florida is. Let’s run down the list, shall we? Will Yeguete is still recovering from offseason knee surgery and has yet to be cleared for practice. Eli Carter, who transferred into the program from Rutgers, isn’t yet…

  9. Bill Self altered his game plan vs. Texas Tech to impress Andrew Wiggins

    Oct 17, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    Last week, we posted a picture of the cover of the new Sports Illustrated, which featured all-world freshman Andrew Wiggins. It was a big deal, as Wiggins was the cover boy during what is arguably the busiest time of the year for sports fans. The article itself, which is now available to read online, was…

  10. #POSTERIZED: Dominic Artis dunks on … a chef? (VIDEO)

    Oct 17, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

    Oregon's Artis loses the ball as he goes to the basket against Louisville's Blackshear during their Midwest Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Indianapolis

    Oregon’s starting back court of Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson crashed a meeting of the Pit Crew, the Duck’s student section. They dunked on a guy wearing a chef’s hat and an apron.  I’m not really sure anything else needs to be said here.

  11. 2013-2014 Season Preview: No. 12 North Carolina Tar Heels

    Oct 17, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Roy Williams

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. The rest of our Top 25 Countdown can be found here. For a schedule of our…

  12. Freshman guard James Young an early standout for Kentucky

    Oct 16, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    James Young

    It’s not often that the case can be made for a McDonald’s All-American being an overlooked player during the preseason. Only 24 high school players receive that honor in the spring of their senior season, and for the most part they all receive a great amount of attention due to the fact that they’re expected…

  13. Improving offensive production will require consistent enforcement of new rules

    Oct 16, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    University of Miami coach Larranaga reacts to an official's call during the first half of their second round NCAA basketball game against Pacific University in Austin

    Every year college basketball officials have points of emphasis that they’ll be focusing on during the season. It’s a familiar pattern: talk about the need to enforce the new rules, do so during a decent portion of the non-conference schedule…and then go right back to the way things were when conference play begins. Entering the…

  14. Wagner’s Bashir Mason balancing student-teaching with coaching

    Oct 16, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    silive.com

    For a college basketball coach, the ability to manage one’s time is incredibly important. With the need to work with their current players, recruit future players, go over plans with their assistants and even take part in the glad-handing that’s become an important aspect of coaching at a high level (read: donations from boosters), head…

  15. Season Preview 2013-14: The other impact freshmen

    Oct 16, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Eric Mika

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of our preview lists, click here. For a schedule of our previews…

  16. 2013-2014 Season Preview: Top 15 Impact Freshmen

    Oct 16, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    McDonald's All-American Game

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of our preview lists, click here. For a schedule of our previews for the…

  17. Former player suing Holy Cross women’s head coach Bill Gibbons for abuse

    Oct 16, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Holy Cross Athletics

    With the number of days between now and the start of games in college basketball, coaches and players across the country are working in order to make sure they’re well-prepared for the 2013-14 campaign. Practices, film study, weights and other essential activities occupy much of their time, with many wanting to simply focus on the…

  18. USC coach Andy Enfield: ‘If you want to play slow, go to UCLA’

    Oct 16, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

    USC Introduces New Basketball Coach Andy Enfield

    Florida-Gulf Coast earned themselves quite a reputation as they knocked off Georgetown and San Diego State en route to last season’s Sweet 16. #DunkCity became a craze. Ft. Myers, for one week last March, turned into the epicenter of the college hoops world, as writer after writer tried to figure where in the hell these…

  19. How Taylor Braun developed into a winner at North Dakota State

    Oct 16, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    AP photo

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Taylor Braun nearly didn’t play Division I basketball. The 6-foot-7 North Dakota State redshirt senior forward — and NBCSports.com’s pick for Summit League preseason Player of the Year — was days away…

  20. AAC commissioner Mike Aresco: ‘We will not pay players’

    Oct 16, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Mike Aresco

    Speaking at the inaugural American Athletic Conference media day down in Memphis, AAC commissioner Mike Aresco didn’t hesitate sharing his feelings about properly compensating collegiate athletes. “We will not pay players,” Aresco said. Ok, then. There’s more, from the AP: “We will not establish an employer-employee relationship. That’s not what college sports is about, and it…