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  1. Markel Starks on Josh Smith: ‘You never really know what you’re going to get from [him]’

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Oregon v Georgetown

    Joshua Smith has been an enigma since the moment he stepped on a collegiate court. From a talent perspective, there are few that are on Smith’s level. His size, his hands, his footwork, his touch around the rim. He’s got lottery pick talent. His problem has always been effort and desire. Does he want to…

  2. Villanova, Iowa do final Battle 4 Atlantis on NBC Sports Network at 8:30 p.m.

    Nov 30, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The teams in the Battle 4 Atlantis just wouldn’t cooperate with us. We wanted to see UTEP play USC, to see Andy Enfield square off with Tim Floyd. Alas, the Trojans got worked over in the first round, leaving us with nothing but rabid press conferences quotes. We wanted to see No. 23 Iowa get…

  3. Nick Johnson becoming a go-to guy is the key for No. 4 Arizona

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Drexel Arizona Basketball

    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. NEW YORK — Arizona is an elite defensive team. You should know this by now. I’ve written about it twice in the last three days. Their size,…

  4. Late Night Snacks: No turkey hangover for Villanova, Arizona

    Nov 30, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    Villanova Purdue Basketball

    GAME OF THE DAY: Villanova 63, No. 2 Kansas 59 In a day full of great games, Villanova knocking off No. 2 and previously undefeated Kansas takes the cake. The game was hardly pretty, but that doesn’t much matter to Jay Wright. In fact, it seemed like Wright’s game plan against Kansas was to play…

  5. Villanova shocks No. 2 Kansas in Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

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    Villanova isn’t as talented as Kansas. In fact, Kansas will almost assuredly have a better season than Villanova. But, tonight in The Bahamas, Villanova was the better team — they were the tougher team. Ryan Arcidiacono was nearly invisible for the entire game, but in the final minute he drilled the biggest shot of his young…

  6. San Diego State weathers Creighton rally, earns 86-80 win

    Nov 29, 2013, 11:56 PM EDT

    UNLV v San Diego State

    Creighton’s defense isn’t particularly strong. That’s common knowledge for any college hoops fan. But, their offense? Perhaps the best in the game. Doug McDermott is arguably the best pure scorer in college basketball who can score from anywhere on the court, and they have a bevy of three-point shooters that can really fill it up.…

  7. Duke’s defense, lack of size won’t prevent them from contending

    Nov 29, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    NIT Season Tip-Off  Duke v Arizona

    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. NEW YORK — No. 6 Duke entered the semifinals of the Preseason NIT 5-1, the lone loss coming to No. 2 Kansas at the Champions Classic. Jabari…

  8. Florida survives against rival Florida State

    Nov 29, 2013, 10:22 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Florida

    Ian Miller nearly hit the shot of the season from half court that would have given Florida State a buzzer-beating win over Florida, but the ball clanked off the back of the rim, and the Gators hung on for a good early season victory, 67-66. It was far from a pretty game for Florida. They…

  9. Improved offensive showing results in a blowout win for No. 23 Iowa (VIDEO)

    Nov 29, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

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    What a difference a day made for both No. 23 Iowa and UTEP in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday night. Iowa struggled offensively for much of the night in their overtime win over Xavier on Thursday, but Fran McCaffery’s team had no such issues against the Miners. As a team the…

  10. Mississippi moves to 5-0 with win over Georgia Tech (VIDEO)

    Nov 29, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Facing their first true test of the season against Georgia Tech in the second annual Barclays Classic, Mississippi — behind 16 points from Derrick Millinghaus — defeated the Yellow Jackets 77-67. With their win, Mississippi will face Penn State in the championship game of the classic on Saturday afternoon, who beat St. John’s in overtime,…

  11. Arizona’s Aaron Gordon belongs in the conversation with the best freshmen despite what box score says

    Nov 29, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

    Drexel Arizona Basketball

    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. NEW YORK — The headlines this season have been dominated by talk of ‘The Big Three’. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle. Which freshmen is…

  12. Memphis defeats LSU, will face Oklahoma State in championship game of the Old Spice Classic

    Nov 29, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    stamfordadvocate.com

    Memphis failed in their first test of the season losing big to Oklahoma State, but passed their second one against a solid LSU team by the score of 76-69 in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic. With the win, Memphis will now have another shot against Oklahoma State on Sunday evening. Much of the…

  13. Drexel survives Alabama in triple-overtime

    Nov 29, 2013, 6:51 PM 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. NEW YORK — Playing without Damion Lee, Drexel outlasted Alabama 85-83 in three overtimes on Friday afternoon. “We came here with the thought we could win…

  14. Vin Parise’s 30-second timeout: Five questions with Derek Kellogg

    Nov 29, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Vin Parise from CollegeBasketballTalk caught up with UMass head coach Derek Kellogg, who sits at 6-0 this season with a win in the Charleston Classic. CBT: If I would have looked into a crystal ball in October and told you that UMass would be Top 25 before Thanksgiving; would you have believed it? Kellogg: I…

  15. Kamari Murphy’s week in Orlando stands to be a key development for Oklahoma State

    Nov 29, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

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    The finish to the Old Spice Classic semifinal between No. 5 Oklahoma State and Butler was not a work of art to say the least. The two teams combined to shoot 0-for-6 from the field and 1-for-7 from the foul line down the stretch, with Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart accounting for three of the misses…

  16. Louisville forward Chane Behanan cleared of any wrongdoing in Final Four ring auction

    Nov 29, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

    University of Louisville's Chane Behanan celebrates his team's win over North Carolina A&T after winning their second round NCAA basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington

    It’s been an eventful 2013-14 season for Louisville junior forward and we’re not even done with the month of November. There was the indefinite suspension that lasted for one game despite having the appearance of something far more severe when originally announced, and in recent days there’s been the 2012 Final Four ring controversy. Behanan’s…

  17. Friday’s Pregame Shootaround: Top 10 showdown highlights ‘Black Friday’ slate

    Nov 29, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 6 Duke (6:00 p.m., ESPN)  This one’s an easy choice, as two teams with hopes of winning a national title face off at Madison Square Garden. One thing to watch: how both teams defend on the perimeter. Duke’s issues have been well-publicized to this point in…

  18. Physical altercation led to San Francisco PG Cody Doolin’s departure

    Nov 29, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

    USF Athletics

    If there’s one thing that the West Coast Conference can boast about it’s good guard play, with a number of teams being led by outstanding perimeter players. One of those programs was San Francisco, with senior point guard Cody Doolin being one of the league’s most experienced players. On the heels of a season in…

  19. The Secondary Break: Friday’s Links

    Nov 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Marcus Paige, Chris Jones

    Paige lighting it up for North Carolina – at off-guard (Cedar Rapids Gazette) One of the biggest keys in North Carolina’s improvement since their loss to Belmont has been the play of sophomore guard Marcus Paige. A highly regarded point guard out of high school, Paige has done the majority of his damage off the…

  20. Late Night Snacks: Thanksgiving leftovers are the best

    Nov 29, 2013, 2:53 AM EDT

    Roy Devyn Marble, Justin Martin, Jalen Reynolds

    GAME OF THE DAY: George Washington 71, Miami (FL) 63 OT George Washington blew a lead in the second half, but Joe McDonald’s driving layup tied the game and forced overtime. McDonald hit a big three and had a nice assist to Isaiah Armwood for a dunk in overtime to spark a 10-0 run that…