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  1. Some ‘under the radar’ individual battles to keep tabs on tonight

    Nov 9, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Tony Mitchell, George Fant

    The season is finally here, and with that are some fun individual match-ups for college basketball fans to watch. One of the best duels will take place in Omaha as Creighton host North Texas. A game featuring Doug McDermott and Tony Mitchell doesn’t qualify for “under the radar” status given how much we know about…

  2. 60 things we’re looking forward to this season

    Nov 9, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    It’s finally here! As of noon on Friday, college basketball season will have officially begun, which more or less means that November 9th is Christmas morning for everyone that writes (and, hopefully, reads) this site. So without further ado, here are the 60 things that we’re looking forward to the most this season. Feel free…

  3. USC, the transfer capital of the 2012-13 season

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Kevin O'Neill, Jio Fontan

    Kevin O’Neill couldn’t fathom the season he had in 2011-12. USC was slammed with an unbelievable amount of injuries, transfers and lack of cohesion among his squad and it ended with a school record 26 losses. If you compare last season’s team to this year’s, there’s barely a resemblance. Point guard Jio Fontan returns after…

  4. Weekend Preview: Nate Wolters, Indiana headline the Best of the Rest

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Nate Wolters

    Sunday 1:00 p.m.: Marshall at Villanova (ESPN3): After a rough 2011-2012 season, Villanova looks to bounce back this season and make a push for the NCAA tournament. They’ll be tested immediately, as Deandre Kane and the Thundering Herd are the biggest challengers to Memphis for Conference USA supremacy. Friday 9:00 p.m.: Montana at Colorado State:…

  5. Weekend Preview: The most important story lines as CBB kicks off

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    John Calipari

    So about this new Kentucky team… There are a myriad of intriguing and important story lines surrounding the headline game of the Barclays Center Classic between No. 3 Kentucky and Maryland. It’s the first college basketball game to be played in Jay-Z’s new arena. (I don’t care if it’s not ‘technically’ Jay-Z’s arena.) It’s the…

  6. Weekend Preview: Syracuse-SDSU highlights a strong weekend slate

    Nov 9, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Steve Fisher, Jim Boeheim

    Game of the Weekend: Sunday, 4:00 p.m. No. 9 Syracuse at No. 20 San Diego State (Fox Sports) Syracuse flies out to sunny Southern California to take on the Aztecs in a game that was postponed from Friday evening due to a rainout. Seriously. With wet weather settling in over San Diego and the Battle…

  7. They’re ‘ten toes in’ at Connecticut, but will it be enough? (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    George Blaney, Kevin Ollie

    The Connecticut Huskies find itself in an uncommon position as they begin the 2012-13 campaign at Ramstein Air Base in Germany today. Not only is it the first game that the Huskies haven’t been led by Jim Calhoun (removing the health-related absences) since a Big East Tournament loss to Seton Hall on March 5, 1986…

  8. Kentucky/Maryland preview: The Barclays Center gets a college fix

    Nov 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jay-Z In Concert - Arrivals

    The Nets moved to Brooklyn, helped in part by minority owner Jay-Z, and got a cozy new home in The Barclays Center. Jay-Z is close with Kentucky coach John Calipari, so it only makes sense that Cal’s Wildcats make their season debut in the building, right? The defending national champions open their title defense against…

  9. Xavier freshman point guard Semaj Christon out with an infection

    Nov 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    The last thing that Xavier needed on the day of their season opener against Fairleigh Dickinson was to have someone else ruled out, given the fact that they have just nine scholarship players on the roster. But that’s exactly what head coach Chris Mack will have to deal with, as freshman point guard Semaj Christon…

  10. Georgetown/Florida preview: More basketball, more aircraft carriers

    Nov 9, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - North Carolina State v Georgetown

    The best part about the few week or so is the teams that realize non-conference games are for great games, not blowouts, so they make sure to put one or two on the schedule. Florida and Georgetown knew that, and they did it. Forget that, the best part about the first opening games is the…

  11. Bernie Fine will not be charged in child molestation case

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Bernie Fine

    After all the headlines, controversy and the loss of his job, former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine will not be charged in his ongoing child molestation case. The news comes via Syracuse.com, after officials spent nearly a year researching over 100,000 pages of documents and listening to the testimony of several alleged victims. Steven Clymer,…

  12. Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters receives new seven-year contract

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Gary Waters

    From 1980 to 2006 the Cleveland State basketball program tallied just five 20-win seasons, with four of those being posted by Kevin Mackey from 1984-88 (and a Sweet 16 appearance in 1986). In six seasons at Cleveland State Gary Waters has led the Vikings to 21 wins or more four times, and with that in…

  13. Marquette/Ohio State preview: Season kickoff in the Carrier Classic

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Final Four - Ohio State v Kansas

    It’s finally here, folks. The first full day of college basketball games (that actually count) is upon us, with one of the feature games being Marquette versus No. 4 Ohio State in the Carrier Classic at 7 p.m. EST on the NBC Sports Network. The two teams will get down to business aboard the flight…

  14. #NBCMustFollow College Hoops Directory

    Nov 9, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Here we are, the start of the 2012-2013 season a mere hours away. In this age of the Internet we live in, trying to keep up with the pulse of your favorite sport is impossible without aggregated lists, formula calculators, and status updates. But, what you’re about to read will change the way you follow…

  15. The Morning Mix: Today is the day

    Nov 9, 2012, 7:00 AM EDT

    Today is the day we’ve been waiting months for. Real, live, meaningful college basketball takes place today for the first time since Kentucky cut down the nets in New Orleans. We’ll keep it brief today with the Morning Mix because there will be so much going on. Make sure to keep refreshing the College Basketball…

  16. SportsTalk: Things to know as college hoops begins

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:06 AM EDT

    michigan

    The season is here. Finally. Officially. We get to watch some college basketball. Friday’s filled with interesting games – two of which, No. 4 Ohio State vs. Marquette and Georgetown vs. No. 10 Florida – you can watch on NBC Sports Network tonight starting at 7 p.m. ET. Throw in a matchup between No. 3…

  17. Player of the Year strawpoll selects (who else) Cody Zeller

    Nov 8, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

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    Cody Zeller has gotten even more preseason accolades, as he was named the Preseason Player of the Year in a straw poll done on ESPN.com. The details of how the winner is selected can be found here, but the basics are this: Mike Rothstein, who is the Michigan beat-writer for the site, gets a bunch…

  18. Mark Emmert discusses looking academic changes

    Nov 8, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Mark Emmert

    One of the hot-topics heading this summer were the changes in academic requirements that the NCAA announced would be in place for the high school class of 2016. The major changes: increasing the minimum GPA required to 2.3 from 2.0 in core classes while restricting the number of core classes than can be taken in…

  19. NCAA staffers confirm suspicions about punishment for Jurkin, Perea

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

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    I think we can all agree that, based on the facts at large, Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea got a raw deal from the NCAA. In case you missed, a series of $30 payments between 1986 and 1992 made by the ex-wife of the AAU coach — and, in Perea’s case, the legal guardian —…

  20. 7-foot-2 Omar Oraby cleared to play immediately at USC

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Rice UTEP Basketball

    USC got a big — and I mean BIG — boost late on Thursday afternoon when it was announced that 7-foot-2 Rice transfer Omar Oraby had been granted a waiver by the NCAA to play immediately. Oraby, who is a native of Egypt, averaged 6.0 points. 3.6 boards and 1.6 blocks in just under 12…

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