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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

    Aug 30, 2013, 6:00 PM EST


    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.…

  14. 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…

  15. UNLV forward Savon Goodman arraigned Friday morning

    Aug 30, 2013, 2:42 PM EST

    Thomas Goodman Hawkins

    Last weekend it was reported that UNLV sophomore forward Savon Goodman won’t take the floor for the Runnin’ Rebels this season, with legal issues being the reason for head coach Dave Rice’s decision. On Friday morning the Philadelphia native was arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit burglary (a misdemeanor), felony burglary and felony grand…

  16. Siena announces addition of freshman wing Maurice White

    Aug 30, 2013, 1:25 PM EST

    Stacey Lauren-Kennedy/ Schenectady Daily Gazette

    The Siena Saints began a new era of basketball on their trip to Montreal last week, with new head coach Jimmy Patsos coaching the program after spending nine seasons at Loyola (MD). It’s safe to say that Patsos knows turnarounds, as he turned a Greyhound program that won just one game the season before his…

  17. Seven schools remain in the hunt for former Louisville commit

    Aug 30, 2013, 12:16 PM EST

    Montgomery County Ballard Basketball

    Earlier this summer, 2014 guard Quentin Snider made the decision to reopen his recruitment after being verbally committed to attend Louisville for nearly two years. On Thursday it was reported that the Louisville native has narrowed his list down to seven schools, with an official visit to UCLA this weekend. In addition to UCLA, Cincinnati, Illinois,…

  18. Assigned Reading: It’s tough to ascend the coaching ‘ladder’

    Aug 30, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    University of Tennessee

    One of the most interesting aspects of the offseason in college basketball is the coaching carousel, with the movements at the top of the chain (head coach) leading to a trickle-down effect that is even felt by those on the lower rungs of the ladder. There are your grad assistants, video coordinators and directors of…

  19. It hasn’t been easy being the American Athletic Conference’s commissioner

    Aug 30, 2013, 9:36 AM EST


    In Mike Aresco’s tenure as a conference commissioner, turmoil has been the norm. The former CBS executive vice president took over as commissioner of the Big East last August, just in time to deal with the fallout of Syracuse and Pitt leaving for the ACC, Notre Dame’s decision to follow them south, Rutgers and Louisville…

  20. Albany, head coach Will Brown agree to contract extension through 2018

    Aug 29, 2013, 9:50 PM EST

    Albany Great Danes head coach Will Brown shouts instructions to his team while playing against the Duke Blue Devils during the first half of their second round NCAA tournament game in Philadelphia

    After winning the America East tournament last season and leading the Albany Great Danes to their third NCAA tournament appearance, head coach Will Brown has been rewarded with a contract extension through the 2017-18 season. Overall Brown, whose been in charge of the Albany program since 2001, has led the Great Danes to three America…