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  1. Sampson Carter’s buzzer-beater lifts UMass over Harvard

    Nov 13, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

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    AMHERST, Mass.–UMass point guard Chaz Williams drove to the lane, with the Harvard defense collapsing. Williams leap and rocketed a pass to Sampson Carter in the corner, without hesitation, Carter connected on his only bucket of the game, helping UMass avoid an upset from Harvard with a 67-64 win. “I was already looking at the…

  2. What’s wrong with North Texas? Loss to D-II Alabama-Huntsville raises concerns

    Nov 13, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Tony Mitchell

    North Texas was supposed to be one of the nation’s best mid-major programs coming into the season. With Tony Mitchell ready to play his way into the lottery and some impressive talent surrounding him, the Mean Green were a trendy preseason pick to make a run in the NCAA tournament. But the sleepers apparently haven’t…

  3. Lunch Break: Recap of all the 24-hour college basketball marathon action so far

    Nov 13, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Elias Harris

    How much of the 24-hour hoops marathon have you been able to watch? If you tried to stay up for the early-morning games and fell asleep on the couch, or had to head to work this morning and missed some of the action, fear not. NBCSports.com is here. Spend your lunch break with us and…

  4. Ryan Harrow will not be playing in the Champions Classic

    Nov 13, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Barclays Center Classic - Kentucky v Maryland

    Ryan Harrow was sick when Kentucky played Maryland on Friday, which is a major reason he looked, well, awful and only managed 10 minutes. He didn’t practice over the weekend, either, and as Kentucky head coach John Calipari promised us on Monday, missing Monday’s practice cost Harrow the trip down to Atlanta to take on…

  5. Ryan Broekhoff, Valparaiso put on three-point shooting clinic in win over Northern Illinois

    Nov 13, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    Bryce Drew

    Behind a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds from reigning Horizon League Player of the Year Ryan Broekhoff, Valparaiso defeated Northern Illinois, 69-46, Tuesday morning at Athletics-Recreation Center in Indiana. Valparaiso (2-0) shot 13-of-24 from three-point range as a team, using the dribble-drive to effectively penetrate the Northern Illinois (0-2) defense and create open…

  6. Stony Brook uses late second-half run to fend off Rider

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

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    Reigning America East regular-season champion Stony Brook overcame a second-half drought and late push from Rider to hold off the Broncs, 54-46, in Lawrenceville, N.J., Tuesday morning. Stony Brook freshman Jameel Warney scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds in the victory. Guards Dave Coley and Anthony Jackson led the scoring for the Seawolves with…

  7. The Morning Mix

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    We’re eight hours in to Marathon Madness, and we’ve retained most of our sanity thus far. If you’re up for the challenge, there’s a basketball game on TV/your computer right now. Here’s what’s going on in today’s Morning Mix:   Tuesday’s Top Games: 6:00 a.m. – Stony Brook @ Rider 8:00 a.m. – Northern Illinois…

  8. Stanford’s strong second half keys win over Cal State Fullerton

    Nov 13, 2012, 7:18 AM EDT

    Chasson Randle

    Coach Johnny Dawkins and the Stanford Cardinals probably let heavy underdog Cal State Fullerton keep the game too close for too long in the late hours of Monday, leading into Tuesday morning at Maples Pavilion. But with a 56-50 lead and under 12 minutes remaining, sophomore guard Chasson Randle helped spur a 23-5 run over…

  9. Hawaii shines in early morning win over Houston Baptist

    Nov 13, 2012, 6:33 AM EDT

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    Big West preseason Player of the Year Vander Joaquim showed why he has NBA potential, as the 6-foot-10 center scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Hawaii’s 70-63 early Tuesday morning win over Houston Baptist. The junior big-man missed the last five weeks of practice due to a MCL tear he suffered in preseason training in…

  10. Lobos outlast feisty Davidson at The Pit

    Nov 13, 2012, 4:47 AM EDT

    Mountain West Basketball Tournament - New Mexico v San Diego State

    Environmental factors contributed heavily to New Mexico’s close 86-81 win over Davidson in the graveyard shift game of the Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. Altitude played a big factor, as did a force of nature by the name of Tony Snell. The rangy 6’7″ Lobo guard displayed his full arsenal of skills in bringing his team back…

  11. Precision attack leads Gonzaga over West Virginia

    Nov 13, 2012, 3:12 AM EDT

    Aaric Murray, Sam Dower

    Many times throughout the past few years, the Gonzaga Bulldogs have looked like world-beaters on paper, only to devolve into a collection of nice parts that don’t quite mesh consistently. This season’s Zags, once again favored to win the WCC crown and plunge deep into the postseason, look like something else entirely. Late in a…

  12. Late night snacks: What got you ready for the marathon

    Nov 13, 2012, 12:45 AM EDT

    Josh Pastner

    This is the only night where Late Night Snacks serves as the primer for the college basketball day rather than the ending. I see absolutely nothing wrong with this and neither should you. Games of the Night 1.) No. 1 Indiana 87, North Dakota State 61 There weren’t any nail-biters pre-marathon, so we’ll start with…

  13. Marathon Madness begins!!! Join in on the conversation with us!

    Nov 12, 2012, 11:40 PM EDT

    Elias Harris

    To read through all of the Marathon Madness posts, click here. Marathon Madness is here! Finally! And trust me, we have you prepared for the next 24 hours. You need advice on how to make it through all 24 hours? We got you covered. You want to know which games you can power nap through?…

  14. LIU-Brooklyn falls to 0-2, so what’s going on?

    Nov 12, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

    Barclays Center Classic - Morehead State v LIU Brooklyn

    As if the offseason wasn’t bad enough for LIU-Brooklyn, the regular season hasn’t been any better. The Blackbirds, the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Northeast Conference champions, fell to 0-2 on the season with a 98-94 loss on the road to Lafayette. It comes on the heels of a season-opening 77-74 loss to Morehead State…

  15. Indiana brushes off North Dakota State

    Nov 12, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    North Dakota State v Indiana

    The No. 1 team stays the No. 1 team in the land, at least they did their part to keep it that way. Indiana got 22 points and nine rebounds from national player of the year candidate Cody Zeller and went to  2-0 on the season with an 87-61 victory over North Dakota State in…

  16. Youngstown State silences Georgia on the road

    Nov 12, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

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    In the early going of a long night of college basketball, Youngstown State delivers the first surprise of the night. The Penguins (I still love the mascot) beat Georgia in Athens in the Progressive Legends Classic, 68-56. The loss is the first for the Bulldogs this season. While Youngstown State was billed as a much-improved…

  17. More transfers: Daniel Alexander leaves Texas A&M

    Nov 12, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Daniel Alexander, Angel Rodriguez

    Y’all want to talk more transfers? I thought so. CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that Texas A&M forward Daniel Alexander is leaving the Aggies’ program, transferring out. This comes on the heels of another transfer today, John Johnson from Pitt. A 6-8 redshirt sophomore, Alexander appeared in 28 games last season, starting four, with averages…

  18. Your guide to the pre-marathon Monday night games

    Nov 12, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

    Bryant v Indiana

    With a matter of minutes left until the first Monday night slate of the college basketball season, here’s a list of game that you might be interested in before midnight hits and the world completely turns its collective attention to the 24-hours of Marathon Madness. A few games will be of interest for certain players,…

  19. John Johnson to transfer from Pitt

    Nov 12, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    Big East Basketball Tournament - St. John's v Pittsburgh

    Stop me if you’ve heard this before: A Pittsburgh player leaves the team less than a semester into the season. This time it’s John Johnson, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Johnson, a 6-1 guard from Philadelphia, didn’t play a minute in the Panthers’ 80-48 victory over Mt. St. Mary’s in their season opener on Friday…

  20. Arch Madness will be Arch Madness until at least 2015

    Nov 12, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    The Missouri Valley is the nation’s preeminent mid-major conference regardless of whether or not the league is having a good season or a down year. The league is loaded with programs that have a long history of success, gobs of tradition and hoards of fans that would make some of the smaller programs in the…

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