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  1. Howland clarifies UCLA point guard picture

    Nov 3, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

    Larry Drew

    The UCLA Bruins have had many problems over the past couple-three years, many of them materializing off-court. One problem that has persisted on-court is the lack of a strong point guard presence. Not since the days of Russell Westbrook and Darren Collison has the ball really seemed to be in good hands the majority of…

  2. Oakland expects big things from former Friar Mondy

    Nov 3, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

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    Oakland has been on a bit of a tear recently. For four seasons straight, the Golden Grizzlies have won 20 or more games, and they’ve produced some strong players and some upset wins along the way. They may get lost in the wake of Wolters-mania this season, but the Golden Griz have as good a…

  3. One to watch: Terp freshman Charles Mitchell

    Nov 3, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

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    Sometimes, it seems like there isn’t much to be learned from exhibition games. DI teams struggle against, and sometimes even lose to, DII opponents, but there’s not much real intelligence to be gained from such outcomes. Plenty of teams have struggled in the exhibition season only to play well thereafter. Sometimes, however, a pre-season game…

  4. Texas A&M freshman Shawn Smith deemed partial qualifier by NCAA

    Nov 3, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Billy Kennedy

    Texas A&M freshman Shawn Smith has been ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA, Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com is reporting. The ruling means that Smith will be able to practice but not play for the Aggies this season. Smith, a 6-4, 180-pound guard from Jacksonville, Fla., was at one time or another committed to Missouri…

  5. Minnesota’s Wally Ellenson out 6-8 weeks with broken hand

    Nov 3, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Minnesota will be without the services of guard Wally Ellenson for six to eight weeks after the freshman broke his hand in practice this week. According to Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith, Ellenson’s shooting hand was caught in a teammate’s jersey during practice, causing the injury. Ellenson, a 6-4, 200-pound native of Wisconsin, could now…

  6. Maryland overcomes halftime deficit to beat D-II IUP in exhibition

    Nov 3, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    Mark Turgeon

    After trailing at halftime, Maryland got a scare from Division II IUP on Friday night before storming back for a 73-61 victory in College Park. “We knew it was going to be a good game,” said coach Mark Turgeon. “We did a lot of good things in the second half, but I was a little…

  7. Did Detroit Mercy lose its second assistant in a week?

    Nov 3, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Detroit Mercy

    After assistant Derek Thomas resigned earlier this week, it appears that Horizon League contender Detroit Mercy could have lost another Friday, the Detroit Free Press is reporting. According to the report, sixth-year assistant Carlos Briggs did not attend practice on Thursday or Friday and both school officials and Briggs himself would not comment on his…

  8. Jio Fontan will be key if USC wants to bounce back from 26-loss season

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

    Jio Fontan

    Los Angeles has teams with two very different outlooks coming into the 2012-13 season. On one hand, UCLA is looking for a Pac-12 title with blue-chip prospects Kyle Anderson and the yet-to-be-cleared Shabazz Muhammad. On the other is USC, coming off a 6-26 season under coach Kevin O’Neill, which included a 1-17 mark in the…

  9. NCAA cracks down on hardship waivers for transfer players

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

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    The NCAA has moved to solve what has become a hot issue in college basketball, setting new guidelines and placing restrictions on transfer players seeking a hardship waiver. Critics have pointed out flaws in the NCAA’s current system for securing a waiver based on health problems of a family member, spurring reform. Under new regulations,…

  10. Conference Preview: Utah St., New Mexico St. lead way in WAC

    Nov 2, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of the Top 25, click here. For a…

  11. Nerlens Noel posts double-double in Kentucky’s exhibition win over Northwood [Video]

    Nov 2, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

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    All eyes will be on Kentucky as the 2012-13 season begins, and Thursday night the defending national champions saw their first live-game action in a 93-61 exhibition win over Northwood at Rupp Arena in Lexington. The No. 1 overall prospect from the Class of 2012, big man Nerlens Noel, posted a double-double of 17 points,…

  12. Conference preview: APR issues thin out the SWAC

    Nov 2, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of the Top 25, click here. For a…

  13. Arizona State fans have high hopes for point guard Jahii Carson

    Nov 2, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

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    The 2011-12 season was a bad one for Arizona State, as the Sun Devils won just 10 games and finished tenth in the Pac-12. A major issue for Herb Sendek was the fact that one of his two most talented players wasn’t cleared to play. That would be point guard Jahii Carson, who did not…

  14. 2013 guard Jajuan Johnson verbally commits to Marquette

    Nov 2, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

    Marquette Golden Eagles head coach Buzz Williams reacts in the second half against the Florida Gators during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Already boasting a 2013 recruiting class that ranks among the best in the country, Marquette got even deeper as 6-4 shooting guard Jajuan Johnson verbally committed to the school as reported by Jerry Meyer of 247Sports. Johnson, who attends Southwind High School in Memphis, picked the Golden Eagles over Alabama and Miami. Johnson fits right…

  15. Conference Previews: The Sun Belt is Tony Mitchell’s playground

    Nov 2, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tony Mitchell, George Fant

    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here.…

  16. Washington State looks to overcome the lack of a true point guard

    Nov 2, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    DaVonte Lacy, Nick Johnson

    When the decision was made to dismiss senior point guard Reggie Moore from the program, Washington State head coach Ken Bone had an important question to answer. Who will run the point for the Cougars? For a team that didn’t have a true point guard besides Moore on the roster, and their overall lack of…

  17. Position Rankings: The Top 20 Centers

    Nov 2, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of The Lists we’ve published, click here. For…

  18. Discount he didn’t know about cost New Mexico’s Jamal Fenton three games

    Nov 2, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

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    When it was announced at the beginning of the week that New Mexico point guard Jamal Fenton was suspended for three games for a violation of NCAA rules, the school did not provide any details as to why Fenton was disciplined. Thanks to the Albuquerque Journal we now know what happened. According to the paper…

  19. Conference Previews: Oral Roberts takes the Southland by storm

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Scott Sutton

    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here.…

  20. Indiana freshmen Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea still awaiting full clearance

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

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    While Thursday night was a good one for the Indiana Hoosiers in regards to the return of guard Maurice Creek to the floor (his first game action since January 2011), there are also two eligibility questions that have yet to be answered. Freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin have still yet to be fully cleared…

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