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  1. Cody Zeller tentative in No. 1 Indiana’s loss to Minnesota, raises concern for Hoosiers

    Feb 26, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Cody Zeller

    Minnesota set the tone early against Indiana’s Cody Zeller on the interior in its 77-73 win Tuesday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. First it was Gopher forward Trevor Mbakwe with an emphatic block that rejected Zeller at the rim with 13:55 to play in the first half. Less than six minutes later, uber-athletic…

  2. Big 12 admits error was made near end of Kansas’ win over Iowa State

    Feb 26, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT

    Fred Hoiberg

    UPDATED 27 February 2013, 12:31 p.m. ET Kansas escaped from Ames, Iowa, Monday night with a 108-96 overtime victory against Iowa State, but the win was not without controversy. Come Tuesday, the Big 12 admitted that mistakes were made by the officiating crew at the end of regulation, though the conference would not point to…

  3. Oregon’s Dominic Artis could return from injury Thursday vs. Oregon State

    Feb 26, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

    Dominic Artis

    Oregon has been a different basketball without freshman point guard Dominic Artis the past nine games. Prone to turnovers and dropping into a tie for first in the Pac-12, the Ducks got some good news Tuesday. After his second day of limited practice, Oregon coach Dana Altman opened up the possibility of Artis returning to…

  4. Sad news: Brian Zoubek’s New Jersey cream puff shop set to close

    Feb 26, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

    Brian Zoubek

    The story began with a 7-1 man and his dream of making cream puffs, but it will now end sadly with shuttered windows and a “For Rent” sign. Former Duke center Brian Zoubek has announced the closing of his New Jersey-based cream puff shop “Dream Puffz” as he moves on to other entrepreneurial endeavors in…

  5. No call on charge, banked-in three could cost Iowa State a tourney bid

    Feb 26, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Fred Hoiberg

    Iowa State is one of the most entertaining teams in the country to watch play. They have athletes up and down their lineup, they spread the floor offensively, every player on the floor as the green-light when it comes to firing up a three, and they’d rather run to offense than play much defense. The…

  6. Pregame Shootaround 2.26.13: Three ranked teams on the road

    Feb 26, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    East Carolina Memphis Basketball

    Game of the Night: No. 19 Memphis at Xavier (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2) Xavier is in a tough situation here. They desperately need to pick up this win if they are going to have any chance of making the NCAA tournament as an at-large bid, especially after blowing a 17 point second half lead against…

  7. How serious is Anthony Bennett’s shoulder injury?

    Feb 26, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    UNLV has had a bit of a resurgence in the last two weeks. Two Saturdays ago, they knocked off San Diego State at home. They followed that up with a win over Colorado State and then went into Laramie, WY, and blew out the Cowboys last Saturday. All told, they’ve won four of their last…

  8. Report: Ryan Kelly to return before the NCAA tournament

    Feb 26, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

    Ryan Kelly

    It appears that ‘if’ is no longer the correct term to use when discussing the return of Ryan Kelly to the Duke lineup this season. At this point, it’s a matter of when. At least that’s what Mike Krzyzewski told USA Today’s Eric Prisbell on Tuesday. “It would not be this week,” Coach K told…

  9. Jim Boeheim to reporters: “Go get your Pulitzer someplace else”

    Feb 26, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

    Jim Boeheim

    Jim Boeheim seems super-grumpy these days, even for the nation’s most curmudgeonly head coach. Two weeks ago, Boeheim snapped at ESPN.com’s Andy Katz in a press conference, calling him an “idiot” and “disloyal” and refusing to answer any questions from the most well-recognized college hoops reporter in the country. Last week, he neglected to give…

  10. Orlando Sanchez should be the NCAA’s posterboy, not ineligible

    Feb 26, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    orlando-sanchez

    Orlando Sanchez is the latest in a long line of athletes who have found themselves at the mercy of the NCAA’s archaic and, at times, inane rulebook. Sanchez is a 24 year old native of the Dominican Republic. He spent the last two years at Monroe Community College. Prior to enrolling at MCC, Sanchez lived…

  11. VIDEO: Villanova suffers crushing last-second loss at Seton Hall

    Feb 26, 2013, 9:46 AM EDT

    Jay Wright

    Villanova knocked off No. 22 Marquette on Saturday, their third marquee win of the season — they beat Syracuse and Louisville in back-t0-back games earlier this season — and one that seemingly put them onto the right side of the bubble. So long as they could avoid slipping up against Seton Hall, a team that…

  12. Miami, Florida grab No. 1 seeds, Kentucky in the tournament?

    Feb 26, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

    Kenny Kadji

    This probably isn’t a surprise: Indiana and Duke are one-two on the s-curve and are the strongest No. 1 seed candidates as we move toward March.  Since a last-second loss at Illinois, the Hoosiers have reclaimed the outright Big Ten lead by winning at both Ohio State and Michigan State.  A victory at Minnesota tonight puts IU…

  13. The Morning Mix

    Feb 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Musberger--

    Big Monday delivered last night. There were only 15 games on the schedule, but the marquee games delivered. Kansas and Iowa State played in the game of the night. Elijah Johnson went for 39 points, and scored 12-straight points down the stretch. Some will say Iowa State got jobbed. Others will say that last night…

  14. Late Night Snacks: Johnson drops 39 for Kansas, Seton Hall shocks ‘Nova

    Feb 26, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

    Elijah Johnson

    Everyone say it with me: ELIJAH JOHNSON! The Kansas guard highlighted the night by going off in a tough road environment at Iowa State and did so in the game of the night between the Cyclones and Jayhawks. A few good games in the Big 12 and Big East made for an interesting evening on…

  15. For Elijah Johnson, Monday’s comeback was about more than just one win

    Feb 26, 2013, 12:20 AM EDT

    Bill Self, Elijah Johnson

    Iowa State, playing in one of the toughest home-court environments in the country, hit 17 threes and scored 90 points in regulation against No. 6 Kansas and still managed to lose, 108-96 in overtime. Why? Elijah Johnson. *(Before I get any further here, the referees were terrible down the stretch in this game. They gave…

  16. Iowa State loses to Kansas, but don’t disregard their three-point shooting

    Feb 26, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

    Georges Niang, Jamari Traylor

    You won’t find many nights where the regulation, three-point shooting performance of Iowa State will be outdone. On Monday night in a 108-96 overtime loss at home to no. 6 Kansas, the Cyclones hit a ton of shots from beyond the arc. Six different players who hit a three. Five hit at least two. Georges…

  17. Syracuse’s back court struggles becoming a major concern

    Feb 25, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams, Derrick Wilson

    It was just five weeks ago that Syracuse went into Louisville and knocked off the then-No. 1 Cardinals, a game that thrust the Orange into the midst of the national title picture and made us all wonder just who the best team in the Big East was this season. At that point, it was the…

  18. Marquette gets 26 from Gardner in victory over Syracuse

    Feb 25, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Davante Gardner

    Marquette’s Davante Gardner must’ve taken something from Otto Porter’s performance on Saturday. Two days after Georgetown’s leading man hung 33 on Syracuse in a win, Gardner put up his own big game with 26 points and eight rebounds in a 74-71 home win over the Orange. Gardner mixed in few mid-range jumpers — he hit…

  19. The Big East’s new TV deal could include a name change

    Feb 25, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Mike Aresco

    Well, everything else about the conference is about to change, why not the name? That’s a possibility for the Big East Conference, which just got a new — albeit, low paying — television deal from ESPN, according to a story by CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler. It was possibly part of the plan in the conference’s failed…

  20. Antonio Barton no longer in boot, could be back for postseason

    Feb 25, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Antonio Barton

    Some good news on the injury front for Memphis, and it comes in time for the stretch run. According to a report from Jon Rothstein, guard Antonio Barton’s broken right foot is out of a walking boot and he could be ready for the Conference USA Tournament, said Tigers’ coach Josh Pastner. Barton, a 6-2…