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  1. No. 9 Wisconsin displays improved defense in win over Purdue

    Jan 25, 2014, 7:49 PM EDT

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    In three consecutive losses No. 9 Wisconsin allowed opponents to shoot better than 51% from the field, with their inability to keep guards out of the lane a big reason why they struggled defensively against Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota. So entering their game at Purdue, it was clear what Bo Ryan’s team needed to do…

  2. Defensive effort stands out in No. 6 Florida’s beating of Tennessee

    Jan 25, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT

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    With two burly big men in Jeronne Maymon and Jarnell Stokes and guard Jordan McRae, Tennessee had the look of a team capable of at the very least challenging No. 6 Florida in Gainesville Saturday afternoon. McRae entered the game averaging more than 19 points per game, with Maymon and Stokes also in double figures…

  3. William & Mary’s Marcus Thornton beats Drexel at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Marcus Thornton went for 26 points on Saturday afternoon at Drexel, but the most important shot that the dreadlocked point guard would hit came at the buzzer, as he shook a defender to drill a step-back three and give W&M a 68-66 win. The Tribe, who were down nine points at the half, moved to…

  4. Oakland clips UIC on Duke Mondy’s three-pointer (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 5:48 PM EDT

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    Oakland University senior guard Duke Mondy provided the heroics on Saturday afternoon in the Golden Grizzlies’ 76-75 win over UIC, knocking down a three-pointer as time expired. With the win Oakland moves to 3-4 in Horizon League play, and they did so despite a 5-for-17 afternoon from prolific scorer Travis Bader. Five players finished the…

  5. No. 4 Villanova holds off Marquette in overtime after controversial regulation finish

    Jan 25, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

    John Dawson, Ryan Arcidiacono

    Entering Saturday’s Big East clash between No. 4 Villanova and Marquette at the Bradley Center, the two conference foes had played their last eight games with a margin of victory within four points in each contest. So, you knew this game was going to be close. But nobody could have predicted the insane regulation finish…

  6. Le’Bryan Nash, No. 11 Oklahoma State overcome awful afternoon for Marcus Smart

    Jan 25, 2014, 5:13 PM EDT

    Le'Bryan Nash, Terry Henderson

    If you’re wondering who it was wearing Marcus Smart’s No. 33 jersey in Gallagher-Iba Arena today, you probably aren’t alone. Smart played about as poorly as I’ve ever seen him play. He finished with four points, four assists and three turnovers while shooting 1-for-7 from the floor and fouling out. That wasn’t even the worst…

  7. POSTERIZED: Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown with the 360 (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT

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    Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown didn’t have the best afternoon from a shooting standpoint, as he made just five of his 13 attempts from the field in the 11th-ranked Cowboys’ 81-75 home win over West Virginia. But he did provide the highlight of the game, throwing down a 360-degree dunk to tie the game at…

  8. No. 16 Iowa State protects home court, outlasts No. 22 Kansas State

    Jan 25, 2014, 4:48 PM EDT

    Matt Thomas, Naz Long

    No. 16 Iowa State got 20 points, nine boards, three steals and three blocks from Melvin Ejim while Georges Niang chipped in with 18 points of his own as the Cyclones held off feisty No. 22 Kansas State in Hilton Coliseum, 81-75. The win snapped a three game losing streak for Iowa State. The loss…

  9. Texas continues winning ways with road ‘W’ over No. 24 Baylor

    Jan 25, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT

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    Texas owns a five-game winning streak and has three consecutive wins when facing top-25 opponents. The Longhorns continued their winning ways on Saturday as they thoroughly outplayed No. 24 Baylor on the way to a 74-60 win over the Bears for a Big 12 road win. In a must-win home game for Baylor after starting…

  10. George Washington gets by George Mason for A-10 road win [VIDEO]

    Jan 25, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Maurice Creek, Varun Ram

    George Washington used 46 second-half points to help take down George Mason 75-69 on Saturday in Atlantic 10 play in the inaugural “Revolutionary Rivalry.” Kevin Larson and Joe McDonald each tallied 14 points to lead the way for the Colonials, as George Washington (16-3, 4-1) had all five starters end up in double-figures for scoring.…

  11. No. 2 Syracuse outlasts upset-minded Miami for second time in January

    Jan 25, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT

    Syracuse v Miami

    Syracuse remains unbeaten on the season and the No. 2 Orange have to be pleased that Miami is no longer on the ACC schedule until a potential match-up in the conference tournament in March. After giving Syracuse a scare earlier in the month on the road, Miami gave the Orange another fight on Saturday as…

  12. Why a 30.5% shooting day is No. 18 Duke’s most important performance this season

    Jan 25, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Saturday was not the best game that No. 18 Duke has played this season. It’s hard to put that label on a game when a team shoots as poorly from the field (30.5%) as the Blue Devils did against Florida State. It was, however, the most important game that Duke has put together this season,…

  13. Providence in the mix atop Big East after beating Xavier

    Jan 25, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

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    Bryce Cotton finished with 25 points and seven assists and LeDontae Henton added 23 points and 11 boards as Providence won their fifth straight game on Saturday, knocking off Xavier 81-72. The Friars moved to 15-5 overall and 5-2 in league play, putting them in a tie with Xavier for third place, just a game…

  14. No. 10 Iowa uses big second half to get by Northwestern

    Jan 25, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT

    Iowa Hawkeyes v Northwestern

    Northwestern has never made an NCAA Tournament and ranks 347th in the NCAA in scoring. The Wildcats aren’t exactly the scariest opponent in a deep Big Ten, but Chris Collins’ bunch had won three out of four games entering Saturday’s home game against No. 10 Iowa, so the Hawkeyes couldn’t take Northwestern lightly. After a…

  15. Nebraska sets Bone Marrow Awareness Day for Sunday

    Jan 25, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    The Nebraska basketball program is taking advantage of the NABC Suits and Sneakers weekend by teaming up with the American Cancer Society on Sunday when the Huskers host Minnesota in a Big Ten contest Fans and students are encouraged to help the Huskers and the American Cancer Society in their ways to raise awareness for…

  16. Assigned Reading: Sports Illustrated’s ‘The art of the steal’

    Jan 25, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Fuquan Edwin, Russ Smith

    I really enjoyed “The art of the steal” by Sports Illustrated‘s Brian Hamilton on Thursday, which broke down many of the nation’s best at producing steals. The piece takes an in-depth look into the thought process and methodology of players such as Jordan Adams at UCLA, Briante Weber at VCU, Fuquan Edwin at Seton Hall and…

  17. Pregame Shootaround: Battle for Michigan headlines a busy Saturday of hoops

    Jan 25, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Portland v Michigan State

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 21 Michigan at No. 3 Michigan State (7 p.m., ESPN) Michigan State may be playing this game in the Breslin Center, but it’s hard to see a way that the Spartans will be considered a favorite heading into this game. We already know they are going to be without Branden Dawson,…

  18. Stony Brook hangs on against Vermont, moves to 6-0 in America East

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:36 PM EDT

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    With the top two teams in the America East doing battle, it should come as no surprise that this one came down to the final possessions. What may have been a surprise, however, is Stony Brook relinquishing a 17 point lead with 16 minutes remaining, and nearly giving the game away at the end with…

  19. Russ Smith escorts high school freshman for her homecoming court

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT

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    Stories like this make you smile. Russ Smith was attending a high school basketball game because he’s good friends with Dean Baumert — a former student manager at Louisville — who is now an assistant coach with Eastern High School. It just so happened that the high school game was part of a double-header, so Smith…

  20. Syracuse University details vision for a new 44,000 seat sports arena

    Jan 24, 2014, 7:24 PM EDT

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    How many years does the storied Carrier Dome have left in it? Syracuse University is still in the early stages of mulling over plans for building a new 44,000 seat sports arena, but assuming the vision of the university is brought to fruition, it would take roughly four years for the construction of the stadium…