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  1. Trevor Releford helps teammates learn by coming off the bench

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:11 AM EDT

    Oregon State Beavers v Alabama Crimson Tide

    NEW YORK – Last season, Alabama had plenty of preseason expectation. There weren’t exactly picked to run through the SEC — that won’t happen for anyone as long as Coach Cal is stockpiling first round picks up in Lexington — but the Crimson Tide were a trendy pick to finish second in the conference in…

  2. Villanova freshman Ryan Arcidiacono comes up big in overtime win over Purdue

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:41 AM EDT

    Ryan Arcidiacono

    Just looking at Villanova freshman Ryan Arcidiacono, he looks like the kid who’s always picked first in your Saturday rec league. He’s young, still with that youthful freshman face that stands out amongst his older teammates, packed with raw talent, a dash of flash, and a confidence beyond his years. As a true freshman, Arcidiacono…

  3. Two OT threes from James Bell sparks a Villanova win over Purdue

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:34 AM EDT

    Villanova Wildcats v Purdue Boilermakers

    NEW YORK – James Bell shot just 5-17 from the floor on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, but he hit arguably the two biggest shots of the night. Bell hit a pair of threes in overtime to spark a 14-4 Villanova run and give the Wildcats an 89-81 win over Purdue in the second…

  4. Drexel falls to 0-2 with a loss to Illinois State in overtime

    Nov 15, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    James "Bruiser" Flint

    When Drexel lost to VCU in the finals of the CAA tournament last March, it was the first time they were on the wrong end of the box score since January 2nd. Prior to that, Drexel’s last loss was on December 3rd. Crunch a few numbers, and what that gives you is an 18 game…

  5. Luke Cothron, the latest casualty of the NCAA

    Nov 15, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

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    Luke Cothron is the latest example of everything that is wrong with the NCAA. A four-star recruit in the Class of 2010, Cothron is currently at his fifth college, six if you include NC State, who he originally committed to in high school. He originally signed with Auburn, but was ruled a non-qualifier. Cothron had…

  6. Trevor Releford helps Alabama past Oregon State, Crimson Tide advance to 2K Sports Classic title game

    Nov 15, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

    Trevor Releford

    NEW YORK, N.Y.–When Alabama head coach Anthony Grant was asked by local media whether his team would be doing anything “fun” during their trip to New York City for the 2K Sports Classic, he answered bluntly and honestly. “Yes,” Grant said. “We are going to play basketball.” By Grant’s definition, the Crimson Tide had fun…

  7. It’s time for the NCAA to address the rise of transfers in college basketball

    Nov 15, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT

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    Brian A. Shactman is a reporter for CNBC and the host of the show CNBC SportsBiz, which can be seen on the NBC Sports Network.  We all know college basketball is big business. Multi-billion dollar TV deals. Multi-million dollar coaches. But the same is true for college football. If that’s the case, then riddle me…

  8. Oregon receives word from the NCAA that Arsalan Kazemi is eligible to play

    Nov 15, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Given the fact that former Rice teammate Omar Oraby was declared eligible to play for USC a week ago, many felt it was only a matter of time before Oregon forward Arsalan Kazemi was cleared to play as well. According to multiple outlets the school was notified this afternoon that Kazemi, who was a second…

  9. Clemson freshman forward Jaron Blossomgame announces decision to redshirt

    Nov 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    When he suffered a broken leg in the spring, there were many who wondered if Jaron Blossomgame would be able to help out the Clemson Tigers this spring. And according to the program it seems as if the highest-rated member of their freshman class has decided that he’ll redshirt this season. While the Tigers certainly…

  10. UConn head coach Kevin Ollie, wife donating $100,000 towards new basketball facility

    Nov 15, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Kevin Ollie

    For quite some time the basketball programs at the University of Connecticut have gone without a basketball-specific practice facility, something that’s become the norm for high-level programs in the facilities “arms race” era. The school’s been looking to change that and approved plans for a project that will ultimately cost $38 million, with $24 million…

  11. Oklahoma State win Jéan-Paul Olukemi leaves game with left knee injury

    Nov 15, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    SMU v Oklahoma State

    With Brian Williams done for the season Oklahoma State senior wing Jéan-Paul Olukemi will be a key figure for the Cowboys this season on both ends of the floor. But as a result of a left knee injury he suffered in the first half of the Cowboys’ game against Akron at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off…

  12. Will an ‘overheard conversation’ change the tenor of the Shabazz Muhammad investigation?

    Nov 15, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

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    The saga that is UCLA’s quest to get prized freshman Shabazz Muhammad cleared by the NCAA is one that has dragged on for quite some time. We’ve had a statement from the family disputing the governing body’s claims that Muhammad violated amateurism rules, but few could have expected what was released Wednesday night. According to…

  13. Fractured left wrist to sideline Mississippi State’s Jalen Steele six weeks

    Nov 15, 2012, 8:34 AM EDT

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    While the first season of the Rick Ray era at Mississippi State was expected to be a tough one given the players who decided to leave the program at the end of last year, it’s difficult to think that anyone envisioned this kind of start for the Bulldogs. First there were the season-ending knee injuries…

  14. The Morning Mix

    Nov 15, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    We got a lot on tap for today. Yesterday was National Signing Day, and the first round of “Feast Week” tournament games take place. Strap in for a fully loaded 24 hours of college hoops.     Thursday’s Top Games: 10:30 a.m. – Oklahoma State vs. Akron 12:30 p.m. – Dayton vs. Colorado 12:30 p.m.…

  15. Late Night Snacks: Fresno State and UC-Riverside was ugly

    Nov 15, 2012, 1:45 AM EDT

    Northern Iowa Basketball

    Games of the Day 1. Fresno State 39, UC-Riverside 30: Yeah, no. This is called sarcasm. The Bulldogs outlasted UCR in one of the ugliest games we’ll see this season. The two teams shot 26.1% (23-88) from the floor, while managing to turn the ball over 31 times. The score was actually 32-27 with just…

  16. St. Louis loss caps of a tough week in the A-10

    Nov 15, 2012, 12:11 AM EDT

    Butler v Xavier

    The Atlantic 10 has had better weeks. It started with Butler losing to Xavier during Marathon Madness. Actually, ‘losing’ probably isn’t the correct word to use there. Smacked seems more appropriate given the 62-47 final and the fact that the Bulldogs simply did not look very good. There could be an explanation for that, however;…

  17. No. 10 Florida drubs No. 22 Wisconsin thanks to Erik Murphy

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Mike Bruesewitz, Erik Murphy

    Playing without Scottie Wilbekin and Casey Prather, No. 10 Florida made a definitive statement to those that have kept their name out of the SEC title race with a 74-56 win over No. 22 Wisconsin. Erik Murphy was the star for the Gators. The 6-foot-10 power forward finished with 24 points — including 16 in…

  18. UCLA files an appeal on Shabazz Muhammad’s eligibility

    Nov 14, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

    Indiana State v UCLA

    Ben Howland announced on Wednesday that UCLA has officially appealed the NCAA’s ruling in regard to Shabazz Muhammad’s eligibility. The appeal is expected to be heard on Friday, and if the appeals committee sides with the Bruins, Muhammad could become immediately eligible. That, according to the LA Times, could end up happening on Friday as…

  19. Kyle Anderson a game-time decision on Thursday

    Nov 14, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

    Indiana State v UCLA

    Kyle Anderson took a nasty fall in UCLA’s 80-79 overtime win against UC-Irvine on Tuesday night, tripping over a camera man as he chased a loose ball out of bounds. He returned to the game later on, but still went in for an MRI on Wednesday, which showed that he has a bone contusion in…

  20. This is why Kentucky attracts so many recruits: the Wildcat Lodge

    Nov 14, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT

    John Calipari

    Kentucky’s Wildcat Lodge is the dorm that the basketball players stay in. And, as you can probably imagine, it’s ridiculous, complete with a pool table, a personal chef, and sinks made for seven-footers. I’d imagine that Nerlens Noel’s feet don’t hang off the edge of his bed, either:

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