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  1. 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…

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

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  3. #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…

  4. 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…

  5. SportsTalk: Things to know as college hoops begins

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:06 AM EDT

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    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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 —…

  9. 7-foot-2 Omar Oraby cleared to play immediately at USC

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  10. Introducing #NBCtheLeague

    Nov 8, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    If you’re like the most of us, your fantasy football team eliminated itself from the playoffs three weeks ago. So with just a few hours left until the start of college hoops season, the writers here at College Basketball Talk decided to test their fantasy wits and put bragging rights on the line the fir…

  11. St. Joe’s point guard Carl Jones suspended for three games

    Nov 8, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

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    If you thought we were done with suspensions for the day, you thought wrong. On Thursday afternoon, St. Joseph’s announced that starting point guard Carl Jones would be suspended for the first two games of the season, in addition to the final exhibition game, due to a violation of team rules. Here is the statement…

  12. Texas will be without Myck Kabongo and Jaylen Bond for Friday’s opener

    Nov 8, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

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    NCAA investigations can be a tough situation for both the player and the team for which they play, because there’s rarely a set timeframe in regards to the decision-making process. The longer an investigation takes the more it becomes an undeclared suspension so to speak, with the player having to sit until the NCAA reaches…

  13. John R. Wooden Award preseason Top 50 list is unveiled

    Nov 8, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    With the start of the college basketball season less than 24 hours away, there was one last bit of preseason awards business to be handled. The Los Angeles Athletic Club, which has presented the John R. Wooden Award to the best player in basketball since 1977, released its preseason Top 50 list on Friday afternoon.…

  14. Burning Questions: Picking conference winners

    Nov 8, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Real, live college basketball games start on Friday, and with all of our glorious preseason content finally finished, this week we will be providing you with water cooler fodder as we roll through a series of Burning Question. You can read them all right here. Picking conference winners

  15. Oklahoma returns to its roots for final exhibition game

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    For nearly fifty years the University of Oklahoma called McCasland Field House home, playing in the small gym from 1928 to 1975. Lon Kruger’s squad returned to the building for an exhibition on Wednesday night, beating Central Oklahoma 94-66 on a night that saw some of the program’s greats return as well. Twelve former Oklahoma…

  16. Kentucky donates at least $500,000 to Superstorm Sandy efforts

    Nov 8, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

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    Head coach John Calipari issued the call to Kentucky fans in the quest to raise funds for those affected by Superstorm Sandy, and the people responded. The Kentucky program held a telethon on Wednesday night and to say the least it was a productive affair, as more than $500,000 were raised during the event. And…

  17. Former Utah State guard Riley Bradshaw will transfer to Montana

    Nov 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    It didn’t take 6-2 freshman guard Riley Bradshaw very long to realize that Utah State wasn’t the place for him, as he decided after one exhibition game (eight minutes of action) to leave the program at the end of the fall semester. Bradshaw, one of Montana’s best high school players, decided on Saturday to transfer to…

  18. Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin won’t be playing on Friday night

    Nov 8, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    University of Florida Gators Scottie Wilbekin hauls in a rebound against Norfolk State University Spartans Brandon Wheeless during their NCAA basketball tournament game in Omaha

    With Erving Walker having graduated the keys to the Florida offense were to be handed to junior Scottie Wilbekin, who may not be as explosive as Walker but he also isn’t considered to be as unpredictable. But head coach Billy Donovan has decided that Wilbekin has some things to learn still, as he’s made the…

  19. Burning Questions: Who is the best team in The Triangle?

    Nov 8, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Real, live college basketball games start on Friday, and with all of our glorious preseason content finally finished, this week we will be providing you with water cooler fodder as we roll through a series of Burning Question. You can read them all right here. Who is the best team in The Triangle? NC State:…

  20. NCAA grants Hofstra point guard Shaquille Stokes immediate eligibility

    Nov 8, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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    After winning just ten games last season, things were expected to get better for Mo Cassara’s Hofstra Pride due to the addition of transfers such as Taran Buie, Jamal Coombs-McDaniel and Daquan Brown alongside starting point guard Steve Mejia. And the Pride got a bit deeper in the backcourt on Wednesday as the NCAA granted…

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