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  1. Tonight we saw the Keith Appling Michigan State needs every night

    Jan 31, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Keith Appling, Nnanna Egwu

    Illinois spent 20 minutes looking like the team that we all remembered from November against No. 13 Michigan State on Thursday night. You know the group I’m talking about. They beat Gonzaga at Gonzaga. They beat Butler by 17 points in Maui. They beat Ohio State by 19 points at home. At the half, the…

  2. Doug McDermott, Cody Zeller among 12 on Oscar Robertson Award midseason watch list

    Jan 31, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    Indiana v Purdue

    It was a busy day for the United States Basketball Writers Association on Thursday, as the association released its midseason watch lists for both the Wayman Tisdale and Oscar Robertson awards. The Oscar Robertson Award is given annually to the best player in the country as voted upon by members of the USBWA. Two teams…

  3. Three UCLA freshmen among 12 on midseason Wayman Tisdale Award watch list

    Jan 31, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

    USC v UCLA

    The United States Basketball Writers of America (USBWA) released its midseason watch list for the Wayman Tisdale Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best freshman as voted upon by members of the association. Of the twelve freshmen on the list three play at UCLA: Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad. The Pac-12…

  4. New Mexico State suspends senior forward Tyrone Watson indefinitely

    Jan 31, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

    Watson Greenwood

    Trailing first-place Louisiana Tech in the WAC standings by two games, the New Mexico State Aggies have some work to do if they’re to grab their first WAC regular season title since 2008 (sharing the title with three other teams). And the task became tougher on Thursday as head coach Marvin Menzies announced the indefinite…

  5. Pregame Shootaround 1.31.13: Arizona, Butler with tough road tests

    Jan 31, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Solomon Hill, Chase Tapley

    Game of the Day: No. 8 Arizona at Washington (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN) After starting out Pac-12 play 4-0, Washington has dropped three straight games and found themselves two back of conference leader Oregon. The Huskies record, while far from impressive and including a loss to Utah, may be a bit inflated as well; five…

  6. Chris Paul’s number to be retired by Wake Forest

    Jan 31, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

    cp3-day-logo

    Wake Forest will celebrate Chris Paul day on March 2nd when they host Maryland where they will retire his No. 3 jersey. Paul, who grew up 10 minutes from the campus in the small town Lewisville, played for two seasons in Winston-Salem before heading to the NBA. He was named the ACC’s Rookie of the…

  7. Report: James Southerland will miss at least two more games

    Jan 31, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

    Villanova v Syracuse

    James Southerland will miss at least two more games before his appeal his heard, according to a report from the Syracuse Post-Standard. Syracuse senior James Southerland will have his appeal to regain eligibility heard next week, a source told the Post-Standard on Thursday. [...] The source said Southerland’s appeal will be in front of a…

  8. Is Georgetown better off without Greg Whittington? Yes and no

    Jan 31, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

    Greg Whittington

    Dan Hanner did some excellent work this week breaking down the splits of teams that have dealt with injuries to key players this season. I suggest you dig through his work, because it’s quite informative. But I’m going to highlight the most interesting splits that Hanner found. Here is our look at Georgetown. Georgetown started Big 12 play 0-2,…

  9. Where Ryan Kelly’s injury is truly hurting Duke: defensively

    Jan 31, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Ryan Kelly

    Dan Hanner did some excellent work this week breaking down the splits of teams that have dealt with injuries to key players this season. I suggest you dig through his work, because it’s quite informative. But I’m going to highlight the most interesting splits that Hanner found. Here is our look at Duke. When Ryan…

  10. Blessing in disguise: A redshirt season allowed Jahii Carson, Ben McLemore to thrive

    Jan 31, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Arizona v Arizona State

    Jahii Carson and Ben McLemore are two very different players. Carson is a cocksure point guard, a playmaker that thrives when the ball is in his hands and has the confidence — both in himself and from head coach Herb Sendek — to take a tough shot or make a risky pass. No one questions…

  11. Ole Miss forward Aaron Jones tears ACL, done for the year

    Jan 31, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

    Aaron Jones, BJ Young

    Ole Miss announced that sophomore forward Aaron Jones will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his knee in Tuesday’s loss to Kentucky. Jones was chasing down a ballhandler when he feet got tangled up and his knee buckled as he tried to avoid falling. Jones was the first front court…

  12. Investigator questions Mark Emmert, NCAA’s look into enforcement

    Jan 31, 2013, 9:27 AM EDT

    Mark Emmert

    Last week, Mark Emmert, the President of the NCAA, held a teleconference to announce that the NCAA’s investigation into the alleged improper conduct by Miami involving former-booster Nevan Shapiro would be delayed. The Notice of Allegations that were prepped to be sent out would get delayed and all the focus would turn to a bigger…

  13. VIDEO: Marcus Smart’s two buzzer-beaters knock off Iowa State

    Jan 31, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT

    Marcus Smart, Georges Niang

    Marcus Smart was already thought to be one of, if not the nation’s freshman this season, and he didn’t dissuade anyone from that opinion on Wednesday night. Smart went for 21 points, seven boards, six assists and four steals while shooting 9-15 from the floor to lead Oklahoma State to a 78-76 win over Iowa…

  14. The Morning Mix

    Jan 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Picture via The Oklahoman

    Just another busy day in the college hoops neighborhood. Ohio’s game against Eastern Michigan was postponed because of an armed gunman near campus. Plus a toddler ran on the court during Baylor’s home game against Oklahoma. 64 games were played last night. I love that number. Let’s hit the links. Wednesday’s Top games: 7:00 p.m.…

  15. No. 10 Oregon blown out by Stanford, which is finally playing up to par

    Jan 31, 2013, 1:44 AM EDT

    Josh Huestis, E.J. Singler

    You’d think that the No. 10 team in the country losing by 24 points to a team in the middle of the pack in the Pac-12 would be a big deal, but after watching Oregon get thoroughly embarrassed by Stanford 76-52 on Wednesday night on national television, I’m not all that concerned. On the one…

  16. Late Night Snacks: No. 1 Michigan rolls, Notre Dame, Oklahoma earn big conference wins

    Jan 31, 2013, 1:16 AM EDT

    Trey Burke

    Game of the Day Oklahoma 74, Baylor 71 Brady Heslip’s shot fell off the rim as Oklahoma held on to a 74-71 win. The Sooners were up by as many as 16, but the Bears chipped away at the lead, twice getting it to a single point. Oklahoma is now second in Big 12 standings…

  17. UCLA loses their second in a row, falling to USC in overtime at home

    Jan 31, 2013, 1:04 AM EDT

    Aaron Fuller, James Blasczyk, J.T. Terrell, Jordan Adams

    All the favor that UCLA had managed to build with a win over then-No. 6 Arizona in Tucson is now gone. The Bruins followed up that win with an 18-point drubbing at the hands of Arizona State. But that was on the road against a much-improved team two days after an emotional win over a…

  18. Xavier wins 28th straight in Cincinnati over Dayton

    Jan 31, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Dayton Xavier Basketball

    Matt Derenbecker’s top of the key three rimmed in-and-out and as Justin Martin corralled the rebound, he secured the Musketeers 28th straight victory (in the last 33 years) over the Flyers in Cincinnati. Martin sank both free throws to ice the game for a 66-61 win Wednesday night over arch-rival Dayton. The Flyers have not beat Xavier…

  19. Missouri falls on the road to LSU in Laurence Bowers’ return

    Jan 30, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    Missouri v LSU

    Frank Haith and Missouri got good news early Wednesday afternoon, when Laurence Bowers, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, was ready return to action after missing the previous five games with a MCL sprain. He was suppose to help Mizzou get back on the right track, after Mizzou gone 3-2 without the 6-foot-7 forward on…

  20. VIDEO: Michael Snaer’s fourth game-winner in the last two years

    Jan 30, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Brad Brownell, Michael Snaer, Rod Hall

    For the fourth time in the past two years — and for the second time in the span of a week — Michael Snaer has hit a game-winning three-pointer in ACC play. After cutting Maryland’s lead to 71-70 with a jumper with just 46 seconds left on the clock, Snaer found himself wide-open in the…