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

    Dec 18, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Dec 18, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Dec 18, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Dec 18, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

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    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.…

  5. 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…

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

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

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    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,…

  7. Former Duke forward Alex Murphy transfers to Florida

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

    Dec 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    “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…

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

    Dec 18, 2013, 2:09 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Dec 18, 2013, 12:53 AM EDT

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    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…

  13. New Mexico State knocks off rival New Mexico 67-61

    Dec 18, 2013, 12:20 AM EDT

    Marvin Menzies

    New Mexico State held a 13-point halftime lead and nearly gave it away in the waning moments of the game, but Daniel Mullings block on Cullen Neal kept New Mexico from tying the game at 61 with 30 seconds to play. K.C. Ross-Miller would go to the line three times in the final seconds and…

  14. Wichita State continues to show toughness in 72-67 win over Alabama

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Cleanthony Early

    No. 11 Wichita State went on the road in Tuscaloosa to take on a quality Alabama program, led by senior point guard Travis Releford. In the first half Ron Baker, Cleanthony Early and Fred VanVleet all sat for much of the first half with foul trouble. In the second half, Alabama took the lead on…

  15. Casey Prather’s star turn a boon for Florida

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:57 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Billy Donovan said that this season, for his Gators, has been exhausting. Between the injuries and the suspensions and the academic issues, the status of Florida’s roster has been a bigger story to date than their performance against teams like Wisconsin or UConn or Kansas. “I almost keep looking around to see…

  16. South Florida holds on as Florida Gulf Coast’s buzzer-beater in double overtime doesn’t count (VIDEO)

    Dec 17, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Joe Dooley

    With 0.3 seconds remaining in double overtime, Jamail Jones threw a beautiful full-court pass — which he put by the 7-foot-3 Jordan Omogbehin — ending up in the hands of Chase Fieler, who put up a shot that bounced off the rim and in. The Eagles thought the bucket tied the score at 68-68, but instead…

  17. Pitt’s loss to Cincinnati highlights peril of weak schedules

    Dec 17, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Dear Pitt: This is why you put together a real non-conference schedule. This is why you make sure that, more than a month and 11 games into the season, the best team on your schedule is someone better than Cincinnati. Don’t get me wrong, the Bearcats aren’t a bad basketball team. They’re…

  18. POSTERIZED #DunkCity strikes again as Jamail Jones dunks over South Florida defender (VIDEO)

    Dec 17, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

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    Florida Gulf Coast guard Jamail Jones’ shot was off the mark, but he ran down his miss near the baseline. He beat a pair of South Florida defenders before throwing down on another one. That ended the half as Bulls led 23-21. It’s an absolutely vicious slam, unfortunately South Florida guard Martino Brock is blocking…

  19. Assigned Reading: Learn more about Duke-bound Jahlil Okafor, the nation’s top recruit

    Dec 17, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Jahlil Okafor

    You’ve probably already heard the name Jahlil Okafor. The 6-foot-10 Whitney Young Magnet High (Ill.) center is the nation’s consensus top player, and is Duke bound, staying true to his word that he would attend the same college as Apple Valley High (Minn.) point guard Tyus Jones. Okafor will only continue to grab national attention…

  20. Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs will be back from injury in 1-2 weeks

    Dec 17, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Injuries have piled up for Seton Hall in recent weeks, as the roster got even thinner once Tom Maayan had to return to Israel to fulfill his military commitment for the Israeli Defense Forces. However, Kevin Willard got some good news on Monday night, learning that Sterling Gibbs knee injury will only sideline him for 1-2…