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  1. If college hoops had the BCS, who would you want in the National Title game?

    Jan 7, 2014, 9:18 AM EDT

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    Jameis Winston and Florida State beat Auburn for the BCS National Title on Monday night in one of the most thrilling football games that you’ll ever see. Was it the best ever? I’m probably the wrong person to ask, but I feel comfortable saying that there has never been a national title game that was…

  2. Late Night Snacks: West Virginia outlasts Texas Tech in OT during slow night of hoops

    Jan 7, 2014, 2:00 AM EDT

    Bob Huggins

    GAME OF THE DAY: West Virginia 89. Texas Tech 86, OT While the rest of the nation was busy watching the thrilling National Championship game between Florida State and Auburn on the gridiron, the Mountaineers came up with a road overtime win in Big 12 play against Texas Tech. West Virginia trailed by three with…

  3. Pitt has a solid identity as they enter ACC play

    Jan 6, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

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    If you watched Cincinnati and Pittsburgh do battle in Madison Square Garden earlier this season like I did, you probably didn’t think very much of either team. The Bearcats changed my thoughts on how good they are with their Saturday road win over Memphis in an AAC contest and, now, after watching Pittsburgh easily handle…

  4. Report: FBI investigating two members of UTEP basketball team

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:26 PM EDT

    Tim Floyd

    According to a report from Jesse Martinez of KFOX14 in El Paso, the FBI is investigating two members of the UTEP men’s basketball team, believed to be suspended juniors McKenzie Moore and Jalen Ragland. Moore and Ragland were each suspended indefinitely late in December and UTEP head coach Tim Floyd has been mum on the…

  5. Larry Brown modeling SMU’s rebuild after John Thompson’s days at Georgetown

    Jan 6, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

    Larry Brown

    One of the better stories during the early part of the college basketball season has been the resurgence of SMU behind legendary 73-year-old head coach Larry Brown. Many scoffed at the notion that Brown — who hadn’t coached in the college game for more than two decades — could turn around a program that had…

  6. College Basketball Talk Bracketology: Arizona, Syracuse headline first bracket of the year

    Jan 6, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

    Aaron Gordon

    The countdown to March Madness has officially arrived.  We begin the trek toward Selection Sunday with Arizona and Syracuse as the top two seeds in the opening bracket of 2014.  Joining the Wildcats and Orange on the top line … two teams from the Big Ten: Wisconsin and Michigan State.  Villanova and Ohio State are…

  7. Are the Pac-12’s scheduling practices hurting the league’s rivalries?

    Jan 6, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    With conference realignment occurring frequently over the last few years, we’re finally starting to see conference movement settle down a bit as it pertains to the major college basketball conferences of America. It’ll take some time getting used to seeing Syracuse in the ACC or Creighton in the Big East, but one of the things…

  8. POSTERIZED: Duke commit Tyus Jones puts one down at the Target Center (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Duke commit Tyus Jones has been labeled by some recruiting analysts as the best pure point guard that high school basketball has seen in quite some time. Jones often gets compared to floor generals like CP3, but his athleticism is sometimes overlooked because of his tremendous basketball IQ and natural feel for the game. Just…

  9. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Maryland visits Pitt in an ACC showdown

    Jan 6, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

    Jaye Crockett, Lamar Patterson

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Maryland at Pitt, 7:00 p.m. I know you may be more invested in some football game that’s being played tonight, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some intriguing hoops games on. Maryland and Pitt are in similar situations in that they are both trying to make a name for themselves…

  10. POSTERIZED: Stetson’s Willie Green goes #DunkCity on Florida-Gulf Coast (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

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    Stetson’s Willie Green is having a bit of a breakout season in his third year with the Hatters. He’s averaging a career-high 13.9 points and is coming off of a 24-point outburst in a loss against Florida-Gulf Coast. While the loss hurts, Green did show off his athleticism catching defender Nate Hicks sleeping on this…

  11. Duke falls outside AP top ten for the first time in six years

    Jan 6, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

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    For the first time since November 25th, 2007, Duke’s basketball program isn’t ranked in the top ten of the AP poll. Let me say that again. For the first time in 122 weeks — in more than six full seasons — Duke’s slid outside the top ten of the AP poll. That’s the second-longest streak…

  12. With the focus on Fran McCaffery, we’ve overlooked Wisconsin’s dominant second half vs. Iowa

    Jan 6, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT

    Adam Woodbury, Nigel Hayes

    No. 4 Wisconsin took down No. 22 Iowa in the first marquee matchup of the Big Ten regular season, erasing an 11-point halftime deficit in the process, and all anyone wants to do is talk about Fran McCaffery’s inability to keep his emotions in check. And to a point, I get it. When a coach…

  13. POSTERIZED: J.P. Tokoto’s highlight dunk not enough in another UNC loss (VIDEO)

    Jan 6, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

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    North Carolina added another confounding loss to their already confusing resume on Sunday night, digging themselves a 13 point hole on the road against Wake Forest before putting together a comeback that fell a couple of possessions short. Pushing the loss aside, take a look at the dunk that UNC high-flyer J.P. Tokoto threw down…

  14. Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery apologizes for Sunday’s outburst

    Jan 6, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

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    You’ve seen the video by now. Fran McCaffery got himself tossed out of a game last night, bumping an official after getting a technical foul in a game where his team was winning at Wisconsin. On Monday morning, the Iowa head coach sent out a statement. “I want to apologize for my emotional reaction during…

  15. College Hoops Week in Review: Justin Jackson leads Cincinnati, San Diego State Road Warriors

    Jan 6, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Justin Jackson, Cincinnati The Bearcats could not have asked for a better stop to league play in the inaugural season of the American. After knocking off SMU in Cincinnati on New Year’s Day, Mick Cronin’s club went down to Memphis where they laid the wood on the Tigers, whipping then-No. 18…

  16. College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25

    Jan 6, 2014, 9:26 AM EDT

    Michigan State v Penn State

    Last week, I had Michigan State sitting at fifth behind four undefeated teams: Arizona, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Ohio State. This week? I have the Spartans second, jumping them past Syracuse, Wisconsin and Ohio State despite the fact that none of those three teams lost this week. Which probably doesn’t make a ton of sense considering…

  17. The Secondary Break: Monday’s Links

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Gene Teague

    Gophers centers push to make each other improve (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) Elliott Eliason and Mo Walker have seen their roles grow under first-year head coach Richard Pitino, and they’ve taken advantage of the opportunity while pushing each other to improve on a daily basis. That will need to continue to be the case as Big Ten…

  18. Late Night Snacks: No. 10 Oregon, No. 16 Kansas fall

    Jan 6, 2014, 1:18 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 21 San Diego State 61, No. 16 Kansas 57 No. 16 San Diego State picked up a major win for the program, and they ended Kansas’ 68-game non-conference home win streak in the process. The Aztecs’ length proved to be a major issue for Kansas inside, and senior guard Xavier…

  19. UPDATE: Southern Illinois headed to area hotel after heavy snow strands team bus on Interstate 57

    Jan 5, 2014, 11:54 PM EDT

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    While Southern Illinois didn’t join the list of teams who have seen their schedules change this weekend due to the inclement weather hitting the northeast and midwest, the Salukis weren’t as fortunate when it came to their trek back to Carbondale, Ill. following their 66-48 loss at Illinois State. Due to heavy snow the team…

  20. No. 19 North Carolina adds another head-scratching loss to its resume

    Jan 5, 2014, 10:48 PM EDT

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    The 2013-14 season seems to have taken on a consistent pattern for No. 19 North Carolina: get up for, and beat, some of the nation’s best teams while suffering losses that make us wonder who they are and what they’re capable of. The latest piece of evidence to support this was their 73-67 loss at…