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  1. College Basketball Talk’s latest top 25 rankings

    Dec 2, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

    Syracuse Baylor Basketball

    There was quite a bit of shuffling in the top 25 this week, as eight of the teams featured in last Monday’s top 25 took a loss, including three of the top ten. That opened the door for teams like Syracuse and Ohio State to climb their way into the top five.  At the other…

  2. The Secondary Break: Monday’s Links

    Dec 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - St Louis v Michigan State

    On first anniversary of his death, Billikens recall lasting legacy of Rick Majerus (Fox Sports Midwest) Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of former Saint Louis head coach Rick Majerus, and with that being the case former players and friends took time to discuss what they learned from him. NU’s Scott Eatherton rebounds…

  3. Late Night Snacks: Memphis bounces back, UNC loses on the road

    Dec 2, 2013, 2:50 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 21 Memphis 73, No. 5 Oklahoma State 68 Revenge is a dish best served … in Orlando? The Tigers got back at Oklahoma State for a drubbing that they took at the hands of the Pokes in Stillwater two weeks ago, earning Josh Pastner inarguably the most important win of…

  4. Kentucky’s a work-in-progress, but we can see the progress being made

    Dec 2, 2013, 1:11 AM EDT

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. BROOKLYN — Attend enough of John Calipari’s press conferences, and one thing you’ll realize is that the man is media savvy enough that, should he decide…

  5. San Diego State’s defense makes them a contender in the Mountain West

    Dec 2, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT


    With the loss of leading scorers Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley, there was a question of where San Diego State would find its offense in 2013-14. That was a big reason why the Aztecs were picked to finish fourth in the Mountain West preseason poll, with few expecting Steve Fisher’s team to be capable of…

  6. No. 21 Memphis shows improved mental toughness in win over No. 5 Oklahoma State

    Dec 1, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT


    Less than two weeks ago America had its most recent opportunity to watch Josh Pastner’s Memphis Tigers in a “big” game, as they visited Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State. With the amount of talent on the roster, the Tigers were expected to put up a fight at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Instead Marcus Smart went off…

  7. George Washington’s weekend another positive sign for the Atlantic 10

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT


    Another in-season tournament, and another solid performance from an Atlantic 10 team that wasn’t expected to do a great deal when the season began. Just days after Dayton, which was picked to finish seventh in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll, won third place at the Maui Invitational the George Washington Colonials did the same at…

  8. In order to be successful No. 16 North Carolina needs more from its big men

    Dec 1, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT


    When his former player and longtime assistant Jerod Haase was hired as the head coach at UAB, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams threw his protege a bone by agreeing to play a game at UAB. And on Sunday night the Blazers took full advantage of the opportunity, knocking off the 16th-ranked Tar Heels 63-59…

  9. VCU uses 22-2 second half run to end Belmont’s 23-game home win streak

    Dec 1, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT

    VCU v Michigan

    Entering Sunday the Belmont Bruins were the owners of the nation’s longest home court win streak, winning 23 straight games at the Curb Events Center. With No. 24 VCU being the first-ever ranked opponent to visit the arena, it was clear that the streak would be put to the test. And sure enough the Rams…

  10. LIU-Brooklyn beats Norfolk State at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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    LIU-Brooklyn erased a six point deficit in the final two minutes to beat Norfolk State on Sunday afternoon. The game ended as the Blackbirds blocked a shot at one end, taking the ball the other direction and laying the ball in at the buzzer. Exciting finish. Someone needs to get that announcer a throat lozenge.…

  11. Butler looked great at the Old Spice, but the weekend could hurt them

    Dec 1, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

    Malik Morgan, Kellen Dunham

    Butler looked really good in their trip to the Old Spice Classic this week. The Bulldogs were expected to fall off this season, which is what happens when you lose the likes of Rotnei Clarke, Andrew Smith and some guy named Brad Stevens, but they looked nothing like a pushover in a win over Washington…

  12. Arizona State PG Jahii Carson injures ankle in loss to Miami

    Dec 1, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT


    At bare minimum, the goal for teams who could find themselves on the bubble in early-season tournaments is to avoid a loss (or losses) that can could potentially come back to hurt them in March when the 68-team NCAA tournament field is selected. That was the spot Arizona State found itself in following their 88-60…

  13. Wichita State remains unbeaten after road victory against Saint Louis

    Dec 1, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Cleanthony Early

    The No. 12 Wichita State Shockers left Saint Louis with a hard-fought 70-65 win after 40 minutes of physical play. The Shockers ended up coughing the ball up 18 times, were hit with foul trouble  and Cleanthony Early struggled for the majority of the game, yet they were able to make several plays down the…

  14. Joel Embiid to see more minutes for Kansas, says Bill Self

    Dec 1, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT


    Kansas leaves the Bahamas with its first loss of the season and not the Battle 4 Atlantis title. The first month of the season is in the books, and the Jayhawks, like other contenders around the country, will look to improve in multiple areas. One takeaway from KU’s trip to the Bahamas was the play…

  15. John Beilein unsure about Nik Stauskas’ status for Duke game

    Dec 1, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT


    Nik Stauskas did not take the floor in Michigan’s 87-45 win over Coppin State on Friday night at home. The Wolverines didn’t need him as freshman Zak Irvin went off for a career-high 24 points. On Tuesday night, when Michigan travels to Durham to take on Duke, Michigan will need its leading scorer back in…

  16. Sunday’s Pregame Shootaround: Memphis and Oklahoma State meet in Old Spice Classic title game

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT


    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 5 Oklahoma State vs. No. 21 Memphis (7:30 p.m., ESPN2) Twelve days ago, Marcus Smart went off for a career-high 39 points, reasserting his place in the player of the year conversation, in Oklahoma State’s 101-80 rout of Memphis. The Cowboys and Tigers meet in the Old Spice Classic title…

  17. Late Night Snacks: Villanova, Harvard win in-season tournament titles

    Dec 1, 2013, 3:12 AM EDT


    GAME OF THE DAY: Villanova 88, No. 23 Iowa 83 (OT)  James Bell scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures as Villanova came back from 15 down to beat Iowa in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game. The win caps a very good three-day run in The Bahamas for Jay Wright’s team,…

  18. Villanova caps productive weekend with Battle 4 Atlantis title (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2013, 1:18 AM EDT


    Villanova entered the Battle 4 Atlantis in a similar situation to the other seven teams in the field, as head coach Jay Wright wondered how his players would respond to three games in three days against tough competition. The Wildcats responded as a coach would hope, fighting back to beat No. 2 Kansas and No.…

  19. BYU’s supporting cast comes up big in win over Utah State

    Dec 1, 2013, 12:08 AM EDT


    BYU has one of the nation’s best perimeter scoring tandems in Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino, with both capable of putting together highly productive nights on a consistent basis. They score in different ways, with Carlino being the more aggressive of the two when it comes to hunting for his shots and that can get…

  20. No. 2 Kansas has a lot to work on following Battle 4 Atlantis experience (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT


    While in-season tournaments present great opportunities for programs to rack up multiple quality wins in a neutral setting, there also valuable when it comes to the growth of a roster. That’s certainly the hope for No. 2 Kansas, which despite its 2-1 weekend at the Battle 4 Atlantis did not enjoy the best of weekends…