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  1. Andrew Wiggins wins Tuesday’s ‘Freshmen Showcase’

    Nov 13, 2013, 3:02 AM EDT

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    CHICAGO — The Champions Classic should have been billed as the Freshmen Showcase. I know, I know, I know. The event itself was about so much more than the eight top ten recruits to take the court at the United Center on Tuesday night. We had No. 1 vs. No. 2. We had No. 4…

  2. Champions Classic: Kansas outlasts Duke

    Nov 13, 2013, 1:10 AM EDT

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    CHICAGO — America certainly got what it wanted in the second game of Tuesday Night’s State Farm Champions Classic: A close game between No. 4 Duke and No. 5 Kansas that saw two of the country’s top freshmen square off. Both Kansas freshman forward Andrew Wiggins and Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker have entered college…

  3. UC Santa Barbara hands UNLV an 86-65 home loss

    Nov 13, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT

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    Fans inside the Thomas & Mack Center were loudly booing UNLV with nine minute to go, as UC Santa Barbara extended its lead to 69-47. For those that stayed, the boos reemerged at the end of the Rebels’ embarrassing 86-65 home loss to the Gauchos on Tuesday night. Alan Williams, one of the top forwards…

  4. Florida’s lack of depth proves problematic in Madison

    Nov 13, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

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    Thanks to suspensions and the academic ineligibility of signee Chris Walker, the Florida Gators are attempting to navigate their non-conference schedule with just eight scholarship players. Billy Donovan’s team was able to do enough to hold off North Florida on Friday afternoon, but taking care of the Ospreys in Gainesville and winning at Wisconsin are…

  5. No. 1 Kentucky has talent (and time) to right what went wrong in loss to No. 2 Michigan State

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:57 PM EDT

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    CHICAGO — Big Blue Nation’s traveling posse will head to O’Hare or Midway or back down I-65 to Lexington disappointed on Wednesday morning. The first showing of Kentucky’s world famous recruiting class on a national stage did not exactly go as planned, as the No. 2 Wildcats took a generally hard-fought, but at times mighty…

  6. Champions Classic: Appling and Michigan State use experience to top Kentucky

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

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    CHICAGO — The matchup of No. 1 Kentucky against No. 2 Michigan State was the much-anticipated “undercard” of Tuesday night’s State Farm Champions Classic at the United Center in Chicago, but for Michigan State and head coach Tom Izzo it was a chance to make an early-season statement. While many fans — and the estimated…

  7. Treveon Graham’s three-pointer the difference as VCU beats Virginia (VIDEO)

    Nov 12, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

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    In the first meeting between the two programs since the 1998-99 season, VCU edged Virginia by the final score of 59-56 thanks to a three-pointer from Treveon Graham with just over one second remaining. Graham’s shot capped a 10-1 VCU run over the final 2:44, and the space needed to release the game-winner came on…

  8. Keith Appling leads No. 2 Michigan State to a 78-74 win over No. 1 Kentucky

    Nov 12, 2013, 10:06 PM EDT

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    CHICAGO — No. 2 Michigan State, the national title favorite chocked full of veteran all-americans, had completely outclassed their more hyped counterparts from Kentucky on Tuesday night, riding the hot hands of Adreian Payne and Gary Harris to a first half lead that grew to as much as 15-points. But Kentucky came back. They fought…

  9. South Carolina impresses, falls short against No. 23 Baylor

    Nov 12, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Brady Heslip scored 18 points and hit five threes and Isaiah Austin chipped in with 14 points as No. 23 Baylor overcame a hideous 22-for-43 performance from the free throw line to knock off South Carolina in Waco, 66-64. As has been the case with seemingly every game played early on this season, the Bears…

  10. Plenty of positives for LSU in loss to UMass

    Nov 12, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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    AMHERST, Mass. — Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee are seen as the three top teams in the SEC this season. LSU, like the Vols, is much improved heading into this season, and despite a 92-90 road loss to UMass on Tuesday afternoon, the Tigers showed a lot of promising in their opening game of the 2013-2014…

  11. Report: Delaware’s Devon Saddler saddled with a suspension

    Nov 12, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Devon Saddler, who recently became the second-leading scorer in Delaware basketball history, was suspended from the program for a month on Tuesday. The news was first reported by Kevin Tresolini of DelawareOnline.com. The suspension stems from a violation of team rules. Saddler will miss seven games during that stretch, including big matchups against Villanova and…

  12. Four programs to don turquoise uniforms this season

    Nov 12, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

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    This season, four athletic programs will don turquoise uniforms to honor Native American Heritage month. Florida State, Nevada and New Mexico will join Oregon State is wearing the uniforms for a game this November. The Beavers have done this for a couple seasons now, in large part due to former big man and Native American…

  13. West Virginia blows 19 point lead, suffers ugly loss to Virginia Tech

    Nov 12, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

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    If there’s a clear-cut loser during this year’s Tip-Off Marathon, then it’s West Virginia. The Mountaineers blew a double-digit first-half lead to lose at Virginia Tech 87-82, despite the Hokies missing suspended starting forward C.J. Barksdale. This is a really bad loss for a West Virginia team hoping to compete in the top-half of the…

  14. Wooden Award Top 50 List

    Nov 12, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

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    The Wooden Award announced their list of the 50 candidates named to the early season watch list on Tuesday, and not surprisingly, Kentucky leads the way with four players on the list. Michigan State, Kansas and Duke have three players each on the list. Kentucky, Michigan State, Kansas and Duke have a quarter of the…

  15. UMass begins its season with wins over ACC and SEC programs

    Nov 12, 2013, 1:39 PM EDT

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    AMHERST, Mass. – The UMass Minutemen have now kicked off its 2013-2014 season with a win over an ACC program and an SEC program. The latest win came in the home opener in an exciting Tuesday morning game, as UMass survived LSU with a 92-90 win as part of the Tip-Off Marathon. Cady Lalanne, who…

  16. Vin Parise joins the SportsDash crew to discuss some of the major early storylines (VIDEO)

    Nov 12, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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    NBCSports.com contributor Vin Parise joined the fine folks at the SportsDash to discuss some of the biggest storylines heading into the 2013-2014 season, including John Calipari and the pressure that his Wildcats feel heading into the season.

  17. La Salle bounces back after a poor rebounding effort on Saturday

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

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    While their 99-90 double overtime loss to Manhattan on Saturday afternoon qualified as one of the best games of the opening weekend, the way in which the defeat occurred revealed a big issue for the La Salle Explorers. That issue was rebounding, with the Jaspers out-rebounding La Salle 51-33 and finishing the game with a…

  18. Picks Are In! CBT’s Champions Classic Predictions

    Nov 12, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT

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    Today is Hoopsmas! 30 consecutive hours of basketball capped by the Champions Classic. It doesn’t get better than that. You can read our full preview of the Champions Classic right here. This post isn’t about previewing. It’s about predicting. Each of our writers take a stab at who will win tonight’s matchups: No. 1 Kentucky…

  19. Champions Classic Preview: Hyped freshmen, four top five teams, best event ever?

    Nov 12, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Tuesday is an indisputably great day for college hoop heads around the country, as we not only get 30 straight hours of hoops, but the marathon session of basketball is capped off with the Champions Classic, the single best in-season event ever. That’s right. I said it. I’ll even take it a step further: I…

  20. The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

    Nov 12, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Now that the college basketball season is finally here, it’s time to bring back the daily collection of links needed to catch you up on the happenings of the night before. While you were asleep: 24-hour college basketball marathon links  BYU puts up 112 points in their win at Stanford Proponents of the changes to…