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  1. UNLV transfer Olekaibe cleared to play; Dejean-Jones’ status uncertain for opener

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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    There was plenty of news for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels on Monday as they received word from the NCAA that senior guard Kevin Olekaibe has been cleared to play this season while the status of junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones also became clearer after a hamstring injury last week. According to a report from ESPN.com’s Jeff…

  2. Virginia Tech forward Barksdale suspended three games

    Nov 4, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Virginia Tech forward C.J. Barksdale has been suspended the first three games of the year, head coach James Johnson announced on Monday. The Hokies suspended Barksdale for a “violation of team rules.” A 6-foot-8 junior and former Rivals top-100 prospect, Barksdale averaged 5.6 points and 4.7 points per game as a sophomore and will miss…

  3. Butler junior Andrew Smeathers transfers out of program

    Nov 4, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Butler will lose junior wing Andrew Smeathers just six days before the season begins as the 6-foot-6 forward has opted to transfer, according to a release from the school. Smeathers played two seasons for the Bulldogs and appeared in 43 games over two seasons, but saw limited minutes after two preseason games this season as…

  4. Colorado redshirt freshman Chris Jenkins opts to transfer

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Colorado announced on Monday that redshirt-freshman forward Chris Jenkins has opted to transfer out of the program, per a release from the school. The 6-foot-7 Jenkins redshirted last season and played on the Athletes In Action basketball team that traveled to Lithuania for an exhibition tour this summer. Jenkins averaged 7.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 17.8…

  5. Associated Press releases preseason All-America team

    Nov 4, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The Associated Press released its preseason All-America team on Monday and it is led by Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart, the only member of the team to be unanimously voted among all 65 voters. Joining Smart on the preseason AP All-America team includes Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Louisville’s Russ Smith, Michigan’s Mitch McGary and Kansas…

  6. Markel Starks is out to prove people wrong for overlooking him, Georgetown this year

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. WASHINGTON, D.C. — McDonough Memorial Gymnasium is a relic, a 2,500 seat “arena” that was built on Georgetown’s campus back in the early 1950s. Complete with bleacher seating and a row of doors 20…

  7. How accurate are preseason mock drafts?

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

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    People love rankings. Whether it be top 100 recruiting lists, preseason top 25s, mock draft, best point guards, or simply a list of the best Vince Vaughn movies since 2000 — he’s never come close to replicating the success of Wedding Crashers. Rankings let us argue the pointless and speculate about the future. For those…

  8. Report: Texas gets a commitment from JuCo PF Obinna Oleka

    Nov 4, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

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    Texas picked up their second commitment in the class of 2014 on Monday morning as Obinna Oleka, a 6-foot-7 power forward originally from the DC area, announced that he will be playing his college ball for the Longhorns. The news was first reported by Brad Winton of JucoRecruiting.com. Oleka played his JuCo ball at State…

  9. 2013-2014 Big East Preview: Marquette’s favored, but the Big East could send seven to tourney

    Nov 4, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of…

  10. POSTERIZED: JuCo recruit Javonte Douglas tip-dunk over three players (VIDEO)

    Nov 4, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Javonte Douglas is a 6-foot-8 forward from Charlotte, NC. Originally a member of the Class of 2012, Douglas decided to forego a year of prep school coming out of high school and instead went the JuCo route. He spent the 2012-2013 season putting up all-american caliber numbers at Hill College in Texas before transferring to…

  11. Report: Kevin Ware to be in uniform, could play in Louisville’s opener

    Nov 4, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    It’s hard to believe, but Louisville guard Kevin Ware will be back in uniform when the Cardinals kick off their season on Saturday. Ware suffered one of the most gruesome injuries that you’ll ever see on a college basketball court during last year’s Elite 8, when he landed wrong on his right leg and snapped…

  12. NBCSports.com’s Top 100 Players: The Countdown

    Nov 4, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The college basketball season officially kicks off on Friday, and at this point, we’ve given you just about all the season preview content that you can handle. We’ve counted down our Top 25 teams, we’ve released our Preseason All-Americans, we’ve ranked players at each position and we’re five leagues away from releasing previews for every…

  13. Health issues clearing up for Ohio State as season approaches

    Nov 3, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

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    With Deshaun Thomas gone from last season’s Elite Eight team, the Ohio State Buckeyes have a question to answer as they approach the start of the 2013-14 campaign: how will they account for the 19.8 points per game that Thomas provided? If their 93-63 exhibition victory over Walsh University offered any insight when it comes…

  14. Illinois guard Tracy Abrams misses final exhibition with mild hamstring strain

    Nov 3, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

    Illinois v Miami

    Illinois played its second exhibition game on Sunday afternoon against Northwood (Mich.) and the Fighting Illini struggled in stretches, trailing 48-47 with 13:31 to go before taking control of the contest. The 21-7 run was enough to push Illinois to an 83-67 victory, with Drake transfer Rayvonte Rice scoring a team-high 16 points. In total…

  15. Anthony Clemmons sits out Iowa’s exhibition victory with ankle injury

    Nov 3, 2013, 8:36 PM EDT

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    In their lone exhibition game before opening the season against UNC Wilmington on Friday night the Iowa Hawkeyes coasted past Augustana (Ill.) by the final score of 87-65. Zach McCabe and Aaron White led the way offensively for Fran McCaffery’s team with 16 points apiece and sophomore center Adam Woodbury posted a double-double, accounting for…

  16. Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim exercising patience with rehab process

    Nov 3, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

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    With the amount of personnel that the Iowa State Cyclones lost from last season’s NCAA tournament team, most programs would not be considered to once again be in line for a trip to the Big Dance. With some talented additions, led by Marshall transfer DeAndre Kane, joining Fred Hoiberg’s returnees, Iowa State is expected to…

  17. POSTERIZED: The return of George Washington’s Kethan Savage

    Nov 3, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

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    The college basketball season has yet to officially get underway, with regular season play beginning on Friday, and yet George Washington guard Kethan Savage already has two #POSTERIZED appearances to his credit. In mid-October the victim was a teammate, with the 6-foot-3 Savage lifting off during a drill. In the above video, Savage dunked on…

  18. Fractured finger sidelines George Washington wing Patricio Garino

    Nov 3, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

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    With all five starters back from last season’s team, Mike Lonergan’s George Washington Colonials are a squad hopeful of making a move up the Atlantic 10 standings in 2013-14. One of the players expected to factor into the equation is 6-foot-6 sophomore wing Patricio Garino, who started all 30 games averaged 8.8 points and 3.4…

  19. John Brown University holds annual Toilet Paper Game (VIDEO)

    Nov 3, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Max Hopfgartner didn’t just give John Brown University, an NAIA school in Siloam Springs, Ark., a 3-0 lead early in the home opener against Crowley’s Ridge College on Saturday night. He also gave the Golden Eagles a technical foul. After the first bucket, during the home opener each season, the JBU fans throw rolls of toilet…

  20. Ole Miss struggles in exhibition, looking for leaders without Marshall Henderson

    Nov 3, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

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    On Friday night, Ole Miss needed overtime to knock off University of South Carolina-Aiken, a Division II program, 75-70 in the Rebels’ final exhibition game before beginning the regular season this Friday. Obviously there was a notable absence on the Ole Miss roster. Senior guard Marshall Henderson did not play, part of a suspension that…