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  1. St. John’s pressure, transition game important if they want to reach their potential

    Nov 30, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT


    BROOKLYN — For the first 20 minutes of the consolation game of the Barclays Center Classic, St. John’s looked, in a word, horrendous. Georgia Tech jumped out to a 19-4 lead at the under 12 timeout and took a 31-24 lead into the break as the Johnnies shot a torrid 31.8% from the floor and…

  2. Don’t forget Cameron Bairstow when discussing New Mexico’s Mountain West title hopes

    Nov 30, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT


    New Mexico was the preseason pick to win the Mountain West due in large part to the fact that they return four starters from the team that won the conference’s regular season and tournament titles last season. And two of those four starters are candidates for Mountain West Player of the Year, with point guard…

  3. The wheels fall off for Xavier at Battle 4 Atlantis

    Nov 30, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Chris Mack

    “The wheels fell off,” Xavier coach Chris Mack said to the media following Xavier’s 77-73 opening-round overtime loss to No. 23 Iowa in the Battle 4 Atlantis. While Mack’s foreshadowing quote after Thursday’s game was only referring to the first game of three the Musketeers would play at the Battle 4 Atlantis, his comments rang…

  4. Georgetown dismisses forward Greg Whittington

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    Greg Whittington

    Georgetown head coach John Thompson III announced Saturday morning that junior forward Greg Whittington has been dismissed from the basketball team. Whittington tore his ACL in June and has not played during the 2013-14 season while recovering from knee surgery. The 6-foot-8 forward from Columbia, Maryland averaged 12.1 points per game and seven rebounds per…

  5. Assigned Reading: An in-depth look at ‘high school’ basketball powerhouse Findlay Prep

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    If you follow college basketball then you’ve likely heard of Findlay Prep. Findlay Prep, the “high school” basketball powerhouse located in Henderson, Nevada, has sent 100 percent of its basketball team on to play Division I basketball since the program began in 2007. The program has produced McDonald’s All-Americans such as UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, Texas’…

  6. Saturday’s Pregame Shootaround: Villanova and Iowa Battle 4 Atlantis

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    Roy Devyn Marble, Justin Martin, Jalen Reynolds

    GAME OF THE DAY: Villanova vs. No. 23 Iowa (9:30 p.m., NBCSN)   Saturday’s best game features two undefeated teams as the No. 23 Hawkeyes (7-0) will face the Wildcats (6-0) for the championship of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Villanova upset Kansas last night to make the championship game while Iowa knocked off UTEP. It appears…

  7. Markel Starks on Josh Smith: ‘You never really know what you’re going to get from [him]’

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Oregon v Georgetown

    Joshua Smith has been an enigma since the moment he stepped on a collegiate court. From a talent perspective, there are few that are on Smith’s level. His size, his hands, his footwork, his touch around the rim. He’s got lottery pick talent. His problem has always been effort and desire. Does he want to…

  8. Villanova, Iowa do final Battle 4 Atlantis on NBC Sports Network at 8:30 p.m.

    Nov 30, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT


    The teams in the Battle 4 Atlantis just wouldn’t cooperate with us. We wanted to see UTEP play USC, to see Andy Enfield square off with Tim Floyd. Alas, the Trojans got worked over in the first round, leaving us with nothing but rabid press conferences quotes. We wanted to see No. 23 Iowa get…

  9. Nick Johnson becoming a go-to guy is the key for No. 4 Arizona

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Drexel Arizona Basketball

    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — Arizona is an elite defensive team. You should know this by now. I’ve written about it twice in the last three days. Their size,…

  10. Late Night Snacks: No turkey hangover for Villanova, Arizona

    Nov 30, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    Villanova Purdue Basketball

    GAME OF THE DAY: Villanova 63, No. 2 Kansas 59 In a day full of great games, Villanova knocking off No. 2 and previously undefeated Kansas takes the cake. The game was hardly pretty, but that doesn’t much matter to Jay Wright. In fact, it seemed like Wright’s game plan against Kansas was to play…

  11. Villanova shocks No. 2 Kansas in Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT


    Villanova isn’t as talented as Kansas. In fact, Kansas will almost assuredly have a better season than Villanova. But, tonight in The Bahamas, Villanova was the better team — they were the tougher team. Ryan Arcidiacono was nearly invisible for the entire game, but in the final minute he drilled the biggest shot of his young…

  12. San Diego State weathers Creighton rally, earns 86-80 win

    Nov 29, 2013, 11:56 PM EDT

    UNLV v San Diego State

    Creighton’s defense isn’t particularly strong. That’s common knowledge for any college hoops fan. But, their offense? Perhaps the best in the game. Doug McDermott is arguably the best pure scorer in college basketball who can score from anywhere on the court, and they have a bevy of three-point shooters that can really fill it up.…

  13. Duke’s defense, lack of size won’t prevent them from contending

    Nov 29, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    NIT Season Tip-Off  Duke v Arizona

    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — No. 6 Duke entered the semifinals of the Preseason NIT 5-1, the lone loss coming to No. 2 Kansas at the Champions Classic. Jabari…

  14. Florida survives against rival Florida State

    Nov 29, 2013, 10:22 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Florida

    Ian Miller nearly hit the shot of the season from half court that would have given Florida State a buzzer-beating win over Florida, but the ball clanked off the back of the rim, and the Gators hung on for a good early season victory, 67-66. It was far from a pretty game for Florida. They…

  15. Improved offensive showing results in a blowout win for No. 23 Iowa (VIDEO)

    Nov 29, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT


    What a difference a day made for both No. 23 Iowa and UTEP in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday night. Iowa struggled offensively for much of the night in their overtime win over Xavier on Thursday, but Fran McCaffery’s team had no such issues against the Miners. As a team the…

  16. Mississippi moves to 5-0 with win over Georgia Tech (VIDEO)

    Nov 29, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT


    Facing their first true test of the season against Georgia Tech in the second annual Barclays Classic, Mississippi — behind 16 points from Derrick Millinghaus — defeated the Yellow Jackets 77-67. With their win, Mississippi will face Penn State in the championship game of the classic on Saturday afternoon, who beat St. John’s in overtime,…

  17. Arizona’s Aaron Gordon belongs in the conversation with the best freshmen despite what box score says

    Nov 29, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

    Drexel Arizona Basketball

    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — The headlines this season have been dominated by talk of ‘The Big Three’. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle. Which freshmen is…

  18. Memphis defeats LSU, will face Oklahoma State in championship game of the Old Spice Classic

    Nov 29, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Memphis failed in their first test of the season losing big to Oklahoma State, but passed their second one against a solid LSU team by the score of 76-69 in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic. With the win, Memphis will now have another shot against Oklahoma State on Sunday evening. Much of the…

  19. Drexel survives Alabama in triple-overtime

    Nov 29, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT


    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — Playing without Damion Lee, Drexel outlasted Alabama 85-83 in three overtimes on Friday afternoon. “We came here with the thought we could win…

  20. Vin Parise’s 30-second timeout: Five questions with Derek Kellogg

    Nov 29, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT


    Vin Parise from CollegeBasketballTalk caught up with UMass head coach Derek Kellogg, who sits at 6-0 this season with a win in the Charleston Classic. CBT: If I would have looked into a crystal ball in October and told you that UMass would be Top 25 before Thanksgiving; would you have believed it? Kellogg: I…