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  1. Austin Nichols commits to Memphis

    Nov 5, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Josh Pastner

    Memphis just keeps adding to their 2013 class. With two top 25 recruits (Nick King and Kuran Iverson) and two more top 100 recruits (Rashawn Powell and Markel Crawford) already committed to the Tigers, Memphis head coach Josh Pastner was simply flexing his recruiting muscles on Monday afternoon when Austin Nichols called him and pledged…

  2. Is Georges Niang the next Doug McDermott?

    Nov 5, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    There’s more to Georges Niang than a basketball jersey and a funny name. The Iowa State freshman wasn’t the biggest man on the Tilton School’s campus as a senior — that title would go to Nerlens Noel, both in height and athletic standing — but he may have been more important. You see, Niang was…

  3. Spartans Kenny Kaminski, Matt Costello honor fallen teammate

    Nov 5, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Kenny Kaminski is a big-bodied, sharp-shooting freshman at Michigan State this season. Unfortunately, for him, Kaminski has a bum shoulder, one that kept him out during his senior season in high school and cost him the past three months after he tore a labrum. And while the progress Kaminski has made in his recovery has…

  4. Burning Questions: Who outside the top 25 can make the Final Four?

    Nov 5, 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. First up: Which team outside the AP top 25 can…

  5. The Morning Mix welcomes you to a brand new season

    Nov 5, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Today is a new day for the Morning Mix. Everybody’s favorite morning round-up has been in need of a face lift for a long time, and today is the day it finally happens. It’s nothing too big, and there might be a tiny bit of tinkering over the next few days. But we feel that…

  6. A minor fire broke out in a McKale Center equipment room on Saturday night

    Nov 4, 2012, 11:52 PM EDT

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    Things could have gone from bad (UCLA’s 66-10 win) to worse for Arizona fans on Saturday night. Apparently a fire broke out in an equipment room at McKale Center, Arizona’s home arena, as reported by multiple news outlets. According to Tucson Fire Department spokesman Capt. Barrett Baker, smoke detectors were set off by the small…

  7. Michigan State shows off uniforms for Armed Forces Classic

    Nov 4, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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    One of the season-opening games to be played in an unconventional locale on Friday is the Armed Forces Classic, which involves Michigan State and Connecticut at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. On Sunday Michigan State revealed their special uniforms for the game, which are of the camouflage variety and similar to the jerseys they wore…

  8. Kentucky to host telethon to raise proceeds for those affected by Superstorm Sandy

    Nov 4, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    John Calipari

    Two-plus years ago (January 2010) Kentucky head coach John Calipari organized a telethon to help out those affected by the earthquake that ravaged Haiti. On Wednesday night Calipari and the Kentucky program will do the same, as players will work the phones to raise proceeds to help those in the Northeast who were hit hard…

  9. Rutgers sophomore forward Greg Lewis will redshirt this season

    Nov 4, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

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    One of the biggest issues for Mike Rice’s Rutgers Scarlet Knights last season besides their youth was the lack of depth in the front court. Rutgers had just four players who averaged 11 minutes per game or more inside last season: Dane Miller (28.8 mpg), Gilvydas Biruta (25.5; transferred to Rhode Island), Austin Johnson (16.0)…

  10. Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe channels his inner Courtney Paris with guarantee

    Nov 4, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

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    To say that it was a tough offseason for Minnesota senior power forward Trevor Mbakwe would be an understatement. On the heels of a torn ACL that robbed him of much of the 2011-12 campaign, a violation of his probation very nearly landed Mbakwe in jail. But after avoiding jail time (he now has two…

  11. John Brown University hosts annual ‘TP Game’ against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College [Video]

    Nov 4, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

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    It’s one of the most unique and most celebrated events in college basketball. The annual “TP Game” at John Brown University is unlike most anything else you’ll see, and for good reason. Where else can you see a sold out crowd throw rolls of toilet paper onto the court after the first basket, with John…

  12. Top-100 recruit Devin Williams commits to Bob Huggins and West Virginia

    Nov 4, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

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    Bob Huggins and West Virginia have secured a commitment from 6-8 Ohio native Devin Williams, multiple outlets are now reporting. Williams is a Top-100 prospect from the Class of 2013 and a solid post addition to a West Virginia haul that already featured three prospects. He is physically imposing forward with a high-major Division I…

  13. Lorenzo Brown leads the way in NC State’s exhibition win over Belmont Abbey

    Nov 4, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

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    Behind 21 points from point guard Lorenzo Brown, No. 6 NC State defeated Belmont Abbey, 105-80, at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. in the Wolfpack’s lone exhibition tune-up before the start of the regular season. “I think the takeaway from this game is that in the first part of the second half our shoes were…

  14. Former Indiana signee Ron Patterson commits to Syracuse

    Nov 4, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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    Just two weeks after Syracuse offered him a scholarship, former Indiana signee and current Brewster Academy guard Ron Patterson committed to the Orange. Patterson, a 6-2, 195-pound native of Indiana, was set to be a freshman with the Hoosiers this fall, but despite being cleared by the NCAA, did not academically qualify at the school.…

  15. Hawaii calls it quits in Valdes eligibility drama

    Nov 3, 2012, 11:50 PM EDT

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    Plenty of schools are waiting on eligibility rulings for important players, with UCLA and Shabazz Muhammad at the top of the list. In general, the plan is just to hunker down and wait for the phone to ring, hoping the caller ID shows an Indianapolis area code, and that the voice on the other end…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

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

    Nov 3, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

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    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…

  20. 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…

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