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  1. P.J. Hairston, North Carolina get key win over Virginia to hold ground in ACC race

    Feb 16, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT

    PJ Hairston

    Saturday, it was all a matter of pace. Despite allowing Virginia to shoot nearly 59 percent from the floor, including 12-of-21 from three-point range, P.J. Hairston and North Carolina’s up-tempo offense were too much for the Cavaliers in a 93-81 victory at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. Hairston scored 29 points, which included…

  2. Providence is on their way back to national relevancy

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

    Kadeem Batts

    There may not be a team in the country that is as hot as Providence is right now. After beating No. 21 Notre Dame 71-54 on Saturday afternoon, the Friars have now won four straight in the Big East, which includes a 54-50 win over then-No. 17 Cincinnati last Wednesday. In fact, if you look…

  3. Joel James inactive for North Carolina Saturday vs. Virginia due to concussion

    Feb 16, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

    Joel James

    North Carolina freshman Joel James has not been cleared to play and will be unavailable for the Tar Heels when they take on Virginia, the school announced Saturday. James missed North Carolina’s game Wednesday against Duke, a 73-68 loss at Cameron Indoor. According to the school, he suffered a blow to the head on Feb.…

  4. Iona alum Richard Guerin elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Feb 16, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    Richard Guerin

    Iona’s career leading scorer and six-time NBA All-Star, Richard Guerin, has been selected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Guerin was selected as part of the direct-election process, which is in its third year. This process works to bridge the gap between two distinct eras of basketball, a release from the MAAC explains. Guerin…

  5. Pregame Shootaround 2.16.13: San Diego State-UNLV is nightcap to watch Saturday

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:33 AM EDT

    Anthony Marshall

    Game of the Day: No. 16 Pittsburgh vs. No. 18 Marquette (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS) Pittsburgh began its Big East schedule with two straight losses. Since then, though, the Panthers have gone 8-2 and have quality wins over Syracuse and Cincinnati. One team they have yet to beat, though, is Marquette, who won in overtime…

  6. Russ Smith, Louisville Harlem Shake (VIDEO)

    Feb 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Russ Smith, D'Angelo Harrison

    Sometimes Louisville coach Rick Pitino and his star guard, Russ Smith don’t see eye-to-eye. Sometimes Pitino, a finalist for this year’s Hall of Fame induction class, wants to commend his No. 12 Louisville team after a win against St. John’s on Thursday at the same time Smith wants to break out and dance. As first…

  7. Late Night Snacks: Georgetown top in Big East, Manhattan and Iona go double overtime

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:07 AM EDT

    Georgetown Cincinnati

    Game of the Day Manhattan 74, Iona 73 (2OT) Rhamel Brown grabbed his 17th rebound, 10th offensive, off a missed free throw and found Emmy Andujar who drove and scored a layup to put Manhattan up 74-73 with four seconds to go. Iona had one last chance, but the desperation three was off the mark. The Jaspers…

  8. Georgetown outlasts Cincinnati, takes first place in Big East

    Feb 16, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Georgetown

    Georgetown let a 12-point second half lead get away, but the Hoyas made the free throws down the stretch while Cincinnati couldn’t connect from deep. The fifteenth-ranked Hoyas escaped Cincinnati with a 62-55 final, taking sole possession of first place in the Big East in the process. The Bearcats trailed 45-36 before going on a…

  9. Derrick Nix believes Michigan State is still being overlooked

    Feb 15, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Derrick Nix

    Michigan State shares first place in the Big Ten standings with top-ranked Indiana and are coming off a dismantling of Michigan on Tuesday night. While the Spartans are rolling, senior captain Derrick Nix feels like they aren’t getting the respect they deserve. “I don’t know if it’s us as players, I don’t know if it’s…

  10. Kansas basketball does the Harlem Shake (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Chattanooga v Kansas

    Kansas snapped a three-game losing skid on Monday with an 83-62 win over Kansas State. The Jayhawks not only defeated their in-state rival, but they also stayed atop the Big 12 standings. And how did they celebrate? Like so many people have done in recent weeks — they did Harlem Shake, the new viral meme…

  11. Frank Martin doesn’t hold back after loss to LSU (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    USC hires Frank Martin

    South Carolina coach Frank Martin was less than pleased with his team’s performance in Thursday’s 64-46 loss to LSU. The Gamecocks are now tied for the bottom spot in the SEC, and are currently riding a five-game losing streak. When Frank Martin left Kansas State for South Carolina it was clear that this season had…

  12. Julius Randle to visit Kansas this weekend for Texas game

    Feb 15, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

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    A week after visiting Texas and just weeks before a potential return to the floor, one of the nation’s top recruits Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian/Plano, Texas) will take an official visit to Kansas this weekend. The Jayhawks are in contention for Randle’s services along with Florida, Kentucky, Texas and N.C. State and he has previously…

  13. Oregon point guard Dominic Artis will not play against Washington State on Saturday

    Feb 15, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

    Dominic Artis

    Oregon freshman point guard Dominic Artis hasn’t played since Jan. 23 and that won’t change this weekend against Washington State. On Friday, Ducks head coach Dana Altman ruled out his freshman guard, according to Adam Jude The Oregonian, making it the seventh game he has missed since going down with a foot injury. The No. 23 Ducks…

  14. Mocking the Bracket: What we learned

    Feb 15, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

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    (Click on the bracket to enlarge it) I spent 15 hours over the past two locked in a room with 19 other writers going through the (expedited) process that the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee goes through to build the country’s most anticipated bracket. To avoid driving home the same points that have been made by…

  15. Rick Pitino, Jerry Tarkanian among 12 finalists for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Feb 15, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

    St John's v Louisville

    The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame released its 12 finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame on Friday morning, and three of college basketball’s greatest coaches are among the finalists. Guy V. Lewis, Rick Pitino and Jerry Tarkanian are all finalists for the Hall of Fame, and in order to be inducted they’ll…

  16. Maryland guard Pe’Shon Howard suspended for Saturday’s game against No. 2 Duke

    Feb 15, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    Pe'Shon Howard, Justin Anderson

    Given the lack of high-profile wins on their resume, Maryland’s home game against No. 2 Duke is a critical one for Mark Turgeon’s Terrapins. And if they’re to beat Duke the Terrapins will have to do so without junior guard Pe’Shon Howard, who has been suspended for a violation of team rules. Howard has struggled…

  17. Butler center Andrew Smith game-time decision for Saturday’s game at Fordham

    Feb 15, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    Andrew Smith, Dwayne Smith

    Senior center Andrew Smith, who missed No. 11 Butler’s game against Charlotte on Wednesday due to an abdominal injury, has been cleared to return to practice and is a game-time decision for Saturday’s game at Fordham according to a school release. Smith suffered the injury going after a loose ball in the Bulldogs’ 59-56 win…

  18. Pregame Shootaround 2.15.13: Cincinnati looks to bolster NCAA tournament resume

    Feb 15, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Otto Porter Jr., John Thompson III

    Game of the Night: No. 15 Georgetown at Cincinnati (9:00 p.m.; ESPN)  Mick Cronin’s Bearcats are in good shape to return to the NCAA tournament, but a win over the visiting Hoyas would not only add to their resume but also keep Cincinnati in the Big East title race. Georgetown arrives in Cincinnati with an…

  19. Mountain West tournaments to remain in Las Vegas through 2016

    Feb 15, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

    mwccourt

    This spring Las Vegas will host four conference tournaments, and on Friday the conference that has been there the longest announced its decision to remain in Sin City. The Mountain West announced on Friday that the league’s men’s and women’s basketball championships will remain in Las Vegas through 2016, with the Thomas & Mack Center continuing…

  20. St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin to resume duties on Monday

    Feb 15, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT

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    After losing 72-58 at No. 12 Louisville on Thursday night, St. John’s doesn’t play another game until Wednesday night when they host South Florida. The Red Storm, who have been without head coach Steve Lavin for the last two games due to the passing of his father, will have their head coach back for that…