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  1. Weekend Preview: Sunday’s big, and not just on gridiron

    Jan 3, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Xavier Thames

    GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 21 San Diego State at No. 16 Kansas, Sun. 4:30 p.m. This is a huge game not only for San Diego State, but for the Mountain West as well. The Aztecs have been one of the more surprising teams in the country this season, but they don’t exactly have a…

  2. The Secondary Break: Friday’s Links

    Jan 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    It’s time for Bill Walton to stop slamming Ben Howland (CBS Sports) UCLA’s win over Alabama last Saturday also marked the season debut of ESPN color commentator Bill Walton, one of the greatest players in college basketball history. And for those who have watched him call college games, his disapproval of the Ben Howland era…

  3. Late Night Snacks: No. 10 Oregon survives in Salt Lake City

    Jan 3, 2014, 1:51 AM EDT

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    Game of the Night: No. 10 Oregon 70, Utah 68 (OT)¬† Damyean Dotson’s steal and dunk with sixth tenths of a second was the difference as Oregon remained undefeated in the Pac-12 opener for both. But even in defeat Utah showed more signs of progress, with Larry Krystkowiak’s team giving the Ducks all they wanted…

  4. Angel Nunez, Gonzaga’s difference-maker?

    Jan 3, 2014, 12:49 AM EDT

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    Przemek Karnowski finished with 15 points, nine boards and seven blocks to lead four players in double figures as No. 24 Gonzaga knocked off St. Mary’s 73-51 on Thursday night in the Kennel. Yes, the Zags won by 22 points. Yes, they did it without Gary Bell Jr. in the lineup and with Sam Dower…

  5. California shows grit, toughness in win at Stanford

    Jan 2, 2014, 11:53 PM EDT

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    Without two key contributors in Jabari Bird and Ricky Kreklow, California was shorthanded entering its game at rival Stanford on Thursday night. But instead of worrying about what they were lacking the Golden Bears simply competed, and with three mainstays leading the way Mike Montgomery’s team picked up a much-needed 69-62 win. Sophomore wing Tyrone…

  6. George Mason outlasts Penn 80-77 (VIDEO)

    Jan 2, 2014, 10:51 PM EDT

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    Bryon Allen finished with 24 points and Patrick Holloway chipped in with 18 as George Mason outlasted a furious Penn comeback to beat the Quakers 80-77. GMU has built a 70-59 lead late in the second half, but Penn went on an 11-3 run to cut that lead to 80-77 on the final possession. Penn…

  7. Damyean Dotson’s heroics push No. 10 Oregon past Utah (VIDEO)

    Jan 2, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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    No. 10 Oregon arrived in Salt Lake City with a 12-0 record, and their game against Utah represented a significant challenge for a team that until Thursday night had played just one game on an opponent’s home court (Ole Miss). Utah’s 11-1 record may not have been built up against the greatest of competition, but…

  8. Nik Stauskas and Michigan beat Minnesota, but Glenn Robinson III injured

    Jan 2, 2014, 9:37 PM EDT

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    Minnesota had chance after chance after chance, but it just wasn’t their night. Michigan was playing without Mitch McGary. Glenn Robinson III sat out the final 17 minutes after injuring his lower left leg. But the Gophers missed to many layups and open threes to capitalize, losing to Michigan 63-60 on a night where their…

  9. Cameron Wright’s improvement paying dividends for Pittsburgh

    Jan 2, 2014, 7:53 PM EDT

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    The offseason was one of major adjustments for the Pittsburgh Panthers, and not just because of their move from the Big East to the ACC. Jamie Dixon lost his leading scorer in guard Tray Woodall and two solid interior contributors in Steven Adams and Dante Taylor, and how the Panthers accounted for those departures would…

  10. Kennesaw State head coach Lewis Preston takes leave of absence

    Jan 2, 2014, 6:21 PM EDT

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    The start of the 2013-14 season has been a tough one for the Kennesaw State Owls, as they currently have a record of 3-12 and have lost seven straight games ahead of their Atlantic Sun home opener against East Tennessee State on Saturday afternoon. Things got a little tougher on Thursday afternoon, as the school…

  11. South Dakota State/Buffalo latest tilt affected by winter storm Hercules

    Jan 2, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

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    The majority of teams across the country are beginning (or in some cases, resuming) conference play this weekend, and for those in the Northeast there’s another variable to be considered. Winter storm Hercules has hit the area, and as a result the tip times for multiple games have been changed. And in the case of…

  12. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Big Ten, Pac-12 teams with something to prove

    Jan 2, 2014, 3:42 PM EDT

    Andre Hollins, CJ Carter

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Michigan at Minnesota, 7:00 p.m. How good is Minnesota? The Golden Gophers have just two losses on the season as we head into league play, but we’ve seen this script before. We know what Minnesota does in non-conference play, and we’ve seen what happens when the Gophers get to league play.…

  13. Could we be seeing a change in how transfer waivers are enforced?

    Jan 2, 2014, 2:39 PM EDT

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    One of the most controversial topics in college basketball these days is the “free agency” of the transfer market. Depending on who you ask, this is one of the biggest issues plaguing the game. Players leave school before they even have a chance to unpack. Immediate eligibility waivers — whether they are do to hardships…

  14. Georgia Tech’s Robert Carter out indefinitely after tearing his meniscus

    Jan 2, 2014, 2:08 PM EDT

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    Georgia Tech’s rough start to the season got worse on Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets announced that they have lost starting center Robert Carter indefinitely to a torn meniscus. He injured the knee on Sunday against Charlotte and an MRI on Tuesday revealed the tear. He will have surgery next Tuesday to repair the damage. “He’s…

  15. Report: Details of Stevie Clark’s arrest released

    Jan 2, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

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    Oklahoma State freshman point guard Stevie Clark was arrested on Wednesday morning during a traffic stop for possession of marijuana. He wasn’t charged, but we now know the details of the arrest, which were in a police report obtained by Kelly Hines of the Tulsa World. Clark was in a car driven by¬†Marcus Caddell, a…

  16. Chane Behanan transfer to American blocked; wants help from John Lucas

    Jan 2, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

    Missouri State v Louisville

    (UPDATE: It turns out that the ACC’s transfer rules — not allowing a player to transfer to another program in the conference — do not yet apply to Louisville, so Chane Behanan will be allowed to transfer to a school in the league if he so chooses.) ———————— It will be interesting to see what…

  17. Oregon State’s Eric Moreland reinstated for Thursday’s game vs. Colorado

    Jan 2, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT

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    Oregon State got some good news heading into Thursday’s Pac-12 opener. Power forward Eric Moreland will be allowed to return from his suspension two games earlier than expected, having fulfilled the requirements for immediately eligibility. Head coach Craig Robinson made the announcement in a press release on New Year’s Day. Moreland was suspended for 14…

  18. After getting drubbed by Houston, is UConn a flawed basketball team?

    Jan 2, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

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    It would be easy to look at UConn’s loss to Houston at Hofheinz Pavilion on Tuesday and write it off as the Huskies having a bad night. It was a late tip on New Year’s Eve way out in Houston in an arena that may not have held enough people to fill my old 600-seat…

  19. The Secondary Break: Thursday’s Links

    Jan 2, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    It’s show-and-tell time for the Utes (Salt Lake Tribune) Utah’s off to an 11-1 start, but with a schedule that is ranked as one of the worst in college basketball the jury’s still out in the eyes of some. With that being the case, Thursday’s Pac-12 opener against No. 10 Oregon represents a big opportunity…

  20. Late Night Snacks: San Diego State holds off Colorado State on the road

    Jan 2, 2014, 12:36 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 21 San Diego State 71, Colorado State 61 Xavier Thames continued his terrific play, going for 23 points, and Winston Shepard added 17 points as the Aztecs went into the always-difficult Moby Arena and knocked off a rebuilding Colorado State team, 71-61. It was a big win for a San…