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  1. The Secondary Break: Thursday’s Links

    Dec 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT


    Skirting the rules (Sports on Earth) Recruiting obviously has a major impact on college basketball, with the nation’s top recruits making their decisions on national television and a number of games at the high school/grassroots level being televised. And with the way recruiting goes these days there have been plenty of accusations, either directly or…

  2. Late Night Snacks: Two top 15 teams lose at home

    Dec 19, 2013, 2:53 AM EDT

    Stanford v Connecticut

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Texas 86, No. 14 North Carolina 83 The Tar Heels remain the toughest team in college basketball to figure out. After knocking off Kentucky to pick up their third win over a preseason top three team, the Heels were once again atrocious from the charity stripe, losing to Rick Barnes and…

  3. Stanford picks up a huge non-conference road win over No. 10 UConn

    Dec 19, 2013, 12:34 AM EDT

    AP Photo

    Shabazz could only bail them out so many times. No. 10 UConn had picked up their four biggest wins by a total of five points, relying on the heroics of their star guard to carry them to the wins. But it wasn’t enough on Wednesday night. With Stanford erasing a double-digit second half deficit and…

  4. Aaric Murray goes off as Texas Southern wins at Temple

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT


    Texas Southern senior forward Aaric Murray is now playing at his third college, with his move to the SWAC school being preceded by stops at La Salle and West Virginia. There’s no doubt that Murray possesses a lot of talent, but maturity issues shortened his stay at each of those first two schools. On Wednesday…

  5. Texas hangs on to beat No. 14 North Carolina in Chapel Hill

    Dec 18, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT


    Just about any preseason “hot seat” list included Texas head coach Rick Barnes, and with the change in athletic director on the “40 Acres” there was enough conversation to make one think that this season would be nothing more than a lengthy testimonial of sorts for the veteran coach. With just two upperclassmen, bouncing back…

  6. Tennessee’s resume takes a hit with home loss to N.C. State

    Dec 18, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT


    While it is too early to state definitively whether or not a team will reach the NCAA tournament, it’s never too early to look at their non-conference achievements with an eye towards Selection Sunday. For some, their belonging to a power conference will result in numerous opportunities to pick up quality wins in January and…

  7. 2014 Armed Forces Classic to be a ‘father vs. son’ duel

    Dec 18, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT


    The matchup for the fourth Armed Forces Classic was announced on Wednesday morning and it will be a family affair, with Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals facing his son Richard’s Minnesota squad in Puerto Rico at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Air Station Borinquen. The news was first reported by Andy Katz of Back in September Rick…

  8. POSTERIZED: Denver’s Chris Udofia finishes through contact (VIDEO)

    Dec 18, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT


    One of the most surprising scores on Tuesday night was Denver’s 90-62 pasting of Belmont at Magness Arena. The Bruins have wins over Indiana State and North Carolina to their credit, making the margin of defeat a surprise. But Joe Scott’s Pioneers, picked to finish second in the Summit League behind North Dakota State, have…

  9. Valparaiso signs head coach Bryce Drew to 10-year contract extension

    Dec 18, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT


    Now in his third season as head coach at his alma mater, Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew has led the Crusaders to 55 wins and two consecutive Horizon League regular season titles. The next step for Valparaiso would be to win the conference’s tournament title and thereby earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Valparaiso was…

  10. The Chase for 180: Nic Moore’s hot start

    Dec 18, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT


    Who is the best shooter in the country? It’s a tough question to answer, isn’t it? Does being a “shooter” simply mean merely being a high-level marksman from beyond the arc? Can a player who thrives in the mid-range but rarely ventures out into three-point land be eligible? How heavily should we be valuing stats like…

  11. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Texas and North Carolina meet in the Dean Dome

    Dec 18, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    North Carolina

    GAME OF THE DAY: Texas vs. No. 14 North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) The Tar Heels have been one of the more puzzling teams in college basketball this season, but in the last three games they’ve knocked off top-ranked Michigan State in East Lansing and topped No. 11 Kentucky. North Carolina is once again without…

  12. Leslie McDonald has been cleared, while reports say P.J. Hairston unlikely to play this season

    Dec 18, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Leslie McDonald, P.J. Hairston

    On Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA announced that North Carolina guard Leslie McDonald had been cleared, effective immediately. He missed nine games and will have to pay $1,783 to the charity of his choice for receiving impressible benefits. Sources informed Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports McDonald was expected to be cleared, but the source was also said that P.J.…

  13. No plans for eventual Kansas-Wichita State matchup

    Dec 18, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    Bill Self

    Who wouldn’t love that matchup? Kansas vs. Wichita State in a three-game series, well unfortunately there is nothing in the works at the moment, despite a three-year offer Wichita State claims it proposed to Kansas, according to Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. Gregg Marshall said last week, he tried to get the Jayhawks…

  14. Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson apologizes for rant on Dan Patrick Show (VIDEO)

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

    SIU Athletics

    Southern Illinois head coach Barry Hinson has been an overnight sensation with a six-minute postgame rant following his team’s 73-65 loss to Murray State on Tuesday night. He appeared on the second hour on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday morning to discuss the viral video. During the rant (can watch it here), which was mostly entertaining,…

  15. Former Duke forward Alex Murphy transfers to Florida

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT


    Former Duke forward Alex Murphy is going to following in his older brother’s footsteps. On Tuesday night, following Providence’s 76-74 win over Yale, Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal reported that Murphy, a South Kingstown, R.I. native, had decided to join Florida, the same school his older brother Erik played four years for Billy Donovan, averaging 12.2…

  16. POSTERIZED: Charlotte’s Pierriá Henry throws down insane dunk, then gets ejected (VIDEO)

    Dec 18, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Charlotte Athletics

    If your team is getting blown out, and you get ejected, dunking over a 7-foot-1 center is probably the way to go out. Tuesday night, Florida State steamrolled Charlotte in a 106-62 win at home. With 14 minutes remaining in the game, it was already out of hand with the Seminoles leading 63-37. Charlotte junior…

  17. Memphis loss shouldn’t feed narrative about Josh Pastner, big games

    Dec 18, 2013, 9:26 AM EDT

    Josh Pastner

    NEW YORK — I’m staying with a couple of college buddies here in New York while I cover the Jimmy V Classic and the Duke-UCLA game. This morning, I was chatting with one of them — I’ll call him Rizzo — about the game last night. He’s a big sports fan and watches his fair share…

  18. The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

    Dec 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT


    “That’s not my legacy”: 12 years after Rutgers firing, Kevin Bannon is at peace (Newark Star-Ledger) When he first took over as head coach at Rutgers in the late-1990s, Kevin Bannon has the look of a coach capable of leading the program to greater heights. But a free throw contest in which players had to…

  19. WATCH: Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson unloads in press conference

    Dec 18, 2013, 2:09 AM EDT

    SIU Athletics

    Southern Illinois head coach Barry Hinson delivered the press conference of the year after Tuesday night’s 73-65 loss to Murray State. Hinson, the second-year coach who is 16-25 with the Salukis, has his team off to a 2-8 start this season and is less than pleased about the state of his team. Fast forward to the…

  20. Late Night Snacks: Florida beats Memphis inside Madison Square Garden

    Dec 18, 2013, 12:53 AM EDT


    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 16 Florida 77, No. 15 Memphis 75 The Gators looked like they would cruise in the final minutes of second half, but the Tigers charged back. Joe Jackson had a chance to tie, but could not convert Florida, finally healthy and still getting players back, are showing how impressive it…