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  1. Weekend Preview: Arizona better be ready to play against their in-state rival

    Jan 18, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jahii Carson

    Who’s Getting Upset?: No. 7 Arizona at Arizona State (Sat. 2:30 p.m. FSN) I know. My first instinct would be to laugh too, but at this point you should know that the Sun Devils have a squad out in Tempe this year. Jahii Carson, the nation’s most-underappreciated point guard, is the real deal. He’s as…

  2. Idaho State’s Chris Hansen hits 88-foot shot (VIDEO)

    Jan 18, 2013, 9:33 AM EDT

    Chris Hansen

    Idaho State hasn’t had much reason to celebrate this season, however Wednesday night provided a much needed lift to the struggling Bengals. Trailing by 11, seconds before halftime, Idaho State’s Ayibakuro Preh corralled the rebound, giving it off to sophomore guard Chris Hansen, not expecting him to do anything with it. Hansen launched an 88-footer at the…

  3. Weekend Preview: Five games between ranked teams on Saturday

    Jan 18, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Villanova v Syracuse

    Game of the Weekend: No. 6 Syracuse at No. 1 Louisville (Sat. 4:00 p.m. ESPN) Were you wondering who the best team in the Big East is this season? Well, you may be getting your answer on Saturday, as Syracuse heads down to Louisville to take on the Cardinals. At full strength, this would be…

  4. The Morning Mix

    Jan 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    illinois crush

    Today’s Morning Mix is rather light. We want you to save up you energy for tomorrow, which looks like the most fully loaded day of hoops we’ve seen all season. Oh, and you can take tonight off. There are only three games on tonight. We got you covered. Lets hit the links. Friday’s Top Games:…

  5. Late Night Snacks: ‘Havoc’ wears down Hawks and a stunning rally in Detroit

    Jan 18, 2013, 2:13 AM EDT

    Saint Josephs VCU Basketball

    Games of the Night  1. No. 22 VCU 92, Saint Joseph’s 86 (OT) Up four with 13 seconds remaining the Hawks were called for a travelling violation when two players simultaneously held the ball following a defensive rebound. That mistake would be the opening that VCU needed to complete its comeback, sending the game into…

  6. No. 22 VCU survives upset bid from St. Joe’s in overtime

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:28 AM EDT

    Ronald Roberts, Melvin Johnson

    St. Joseph’s shot 52.3% from the floor. VCU was 7-32 from beyond the arc. Tay Jones and Langston Galloway were both playing as well as they have all season. St. Joe’s have a four-point lead with 14 seconds left as the grabbed a defensive rebound. So it should only make sense that No. 22 Rams…

  7. No. 23 Illinois continues to struggle offensively in 68-54 loss to Northwestern

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT

    Tracy Abrams, Jared Swopshire

    During much of the non-conference portion of their schedule, No. 23 Illinois had it rolling from beyond the arc. That success from the perimeter led some to believe that maybe John Groce’s team could compete for a spot in the top half of the Big Ten. But once the perimeter shots stopped falling the Fighting…

  8. No. 5 Michigan holds on to win at No. 9 Minnesota, 83-75

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Trey Burke, Julian Welch

    The matchup of two teams looking to rebound from losses last weekend nearly turned into a laugher, as No. 5 Michigan led by as many as 19 points during the second half. But No. 9 Minnesota fought back as they did at Indiana last Saturday, cutting the deficit to as low as seven. In the…

  9. No. 10 Florida holds Elston Turner to four points, beats Texas A&M

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

    Mike Rosario, Kourtney Roberson

    So much for all that Texas A&M talk. Four days after going into Lexington and earning a win against Kentucky, Texas A&M was set to host a beat up Florida team with a chance to really make a statement to the folks that put together bubble projections. So what did the Aggies do? Lost by…

  10. Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee looking to leave Sun Belt early?

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:04 PM EDT


    Conference realignment has been one of the more confusing topics in collegiate athletics in recent years, as the staggered dates in regards to school movement has led to fans not always knowing which school belongs to which league. Two schools slated to make a move in the near future, Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee, are…

  11. Report: James Southerland eligibility issue centers around term paper

    Jan 17, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    James Southerland

    For the second straight season No. 6 Syracuse has seen a key contributor be ruled ineligible for competition, with senior forward James Southerland currently sitting out. Last year starting center Fab Melo was declared ineligible just before the NCAA tournament, and his absence was a big reason why the Orange failed to reach the Final…

  12. Loyola (MD) point guard R.J. Williams makes season debut tonight

    Jan 17, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament -  Loyola v Ohio State

    With a record of 4-2 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, the defending tournament champion Loyola (MD) Greyhounds find themselves two games behind first-place Niagara (5-0) in the loss column entering their game tonight against Marist (7:30 p.m.). One thing that’s been missing for Jimmy Patsos’ team thus far has been a “true” point guard,…

  13. Pregame Shootaround 1.17.13: Minnesota-Michigan highlight a good night

    Jan 17, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Trevor Mbakwe, Elliott Eliason

    Game of the Day: No. 5 Michigan at No. 9 Minnesota (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN) It seems like every night, our Game of the Night is going to be coming out of the Big Ten or the Mountain West, and Thursday is no different as the Wolverines look to bounce back from a disappointing loss…

  14. 10 tidbits to know: Great coaching in the state of Maryland

    Jan 17, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Pat Skerry

    Vin Parise is a former assistant college coach and the college basketball insider for NBC Sports. Look for his Top 10 Tidbits every week. 1. Mark Turgeon has done an excellent job with this Maryland team. 14-3 overall, 2-2 start in ACC play and now a Top 25 win under his belt this year.  The…

  15. Frank Haith’s lawyer speaks about potential NCAA infractions

    Jan 17, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT


    Perhaps the most interesting story line surrounding Frank Haith’s emergence as one of the nation’s better coaches during his two seasons at Missouri has nothing to do with the Tigers and everything to do with Haith’s tenure at Miami, where he spent seven solid years being thoroughly average. If you’ve forgotten, Haith was tangled in…

  16. VCU and George Mason ‘close’ to four-year series

    Jan 17, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Darius Theus, Sherrod Wright

    VCU and George Mason spent many years banging heads for CAA supremacy before conference realignment stepped in and decided to take an immersion blender to everything we thought we knew about college hoops. In simpler terms, so many of those intra-conference rivalries we have come to know and love have been blown up like they’re…

  17. Wisconsin-Green Bay forward suspended three games

    Jan 17, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Greg Mays

    Wisconsin-Green Bay head coach Brian Wardle has suspended sophomore forward Greg Mays for three games for the dreaded violation of team rules. “Each member of this program is held accountable to the standards set for all of us, and Greg made a decision which does not live up to those standards,” said Wardle in a…

  18. Butler gets back to their roots in a win over Richmond

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

    Greg Robbins, Andrew Smith

    Playing their first full game without Rotnei Clarke in the lineup, Butler shot 37.5% from the floor and just 5-19 from long range. Kellen Dunham, Brad Steven’s star freshman that many expected to pick up more of the scoring load, was just 2-10 from beyond the arc against Richmond. With those numbers in mind, would…

  19. Teen shot and killed after Jabari Parker’s high school game

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT


    One of the best high school games of the year in Chicago was marred by tragedy on Wednesday night. Simeon Career Academy knocked off Morgan Park 53-51 at Chicago State’s gym, but in the postgame handshake lines, a scuffle broke out. There was some pushing and shoving, and according to reporters at the game, some…

  20. NC State didn’t have a letdown game, they had an ‘NC State’ game

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    Alex Len, Nick Faust, C.J. Leslie, Richard Howell

    COLLEGE PARK, Md – Forgive me if I’m the only one that believes this, but I’m not ready to buy into the narrative that No. 14 NC State’s loss to Maryland on Wednesday can simply be explained away by the Wolfpack struggling to overcome their win over No. 1 Duke. Because if CJ Leslie hadn’t made…