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  1. Pitt’s loss to Cincinnati highlights peril of weak schedules

    Dec 17, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Pitt Cincy

    NEW YORK — Dear Pitt: This is why you put together a real non-conference schedule. This is why you make sure that, more than a month and 11 games into the season, the best team on your schedule is someone better than Cincinnati. Don’t get me wrong, the Bearcats aren’t a bad basketball team. They’re…

  2. POSTERIZED #DunkCity strikes again as Jamail Jones dunks over South Florida defender (VIDEO)

    Dec 17, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Jamail Jones

    Florida Gulf Coast guard Jamail Jones’ shot was off the mark, but he ran down his miss near the baseline. He beat a pair of South Florida defenders before throwing down on another one. That ended the half as Bulls led 23-21. It’s an absolutely vicious slam, unfortunately South Florida guard Martino Brock is blocking…

  3. Assigned Reading: Learn more about Duke-bound Jahlil Okafor, the nation’s top recruit

    Dec 17, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Jahlil Okafor

    You’ve probably already heard the name Jahlil Okafor. The 6-foot-10 Whitney Young Magnet High (Ill.) center is the nation’s consensus top player, and is Duke bound, staying true to his word that he would attend the same college as Apple Valley High (Minn.) point guard Tyus Jones. Okafor will only continue to grab national attention…

  4. Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs will be back from injury in 1-2 weeks

    Dec 17, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

    Sterling Gibbs

    Injuries have piled up for Seton Hall in recent weeks, as the roster got even thinner once Tom Maayan had to return to Israel to fulfill his military commitment for the Israeli Defense Forces. However, Kevin Willard got some good news on Monday night, learning that Sterling Gibbs knee injury will only sideline him for 1-2…

  5. NCAA says Kansas has the loudest arena in college basketball (VIDEO)

    Dec 17, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

    Phog Allen Fieldhouse

    On Tuesday, released a video listing the five loudest, most intimidating college basketball arenas to play in. Coming in at the top spot was Allen Fieldhouse on the University of Kansas campus. The reasoning behind it: “It’s twice the size as Cameron [Indoor Stadium] with three times the students sitting courtside. There’s a reason…

  6. Rick Barnes: ‘I imagine what Roy [Williams] is going through’ waiting for NCAA decision

    Dec 17, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

    Rick Barnes

    It’s the end of the first semester and No. 14 North Carolina is still waiting for a decision from the NCAA on the eligibility status of guards P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald. The Tar Heels have been without the duo for the first nine games of the season, and they will both likely be in street…

  7. Duke fan does not appreciate ‘Free PJ’ sign in Cameron (GIF)

    Dec 17, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

    ESPNU Broadcast

        Someone managed to get a “Free PJ” sign into Cameron Indoor Stadium last night, and it appears as if a Duke fan was none-too-pleased about it. They were Carolina fans, and my guess is that they were the people responsible for the “Free PJ” being yelled at Quinn Cook while he shot free…

  8. Coach Cal: ‘Don’t expect things to change overnight’

    Dec 17, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Boise State v Kentucky

    I wrote two columns off of Kentucky’s loss to North Carolina, so I don’t think there is really anything else for me to say on the subject. Others had plenty to say, however, and one of the most common responses I got from the good folks of twitter on the subject had to do with…

  9. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Jimmy V Classic highlights a solid slate

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Josh Pastner

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 16 Florida vs. No. 15 Memphis, 9:30 p.m. The nightcap of the Jimmy V Classic is one of the more intriguing games left before we get into league play. Both Florida and Memphis has enough talent on their roster to be considered a top ten team and a challenger to…

  10. Chris Walker will not be suiting up for Florida against Memphis

    Dec 17, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT

    Billy Donovan

    The big news of the weekend for hoops fans in Gainesville was that Florida native and McDonalds All-American Chris Walker was accepted into school. Yay! But it may be a while before Walker actually sees the court. First things first: he needs to make his was through the NCAA’s Eligibility Center, which is what every…

  11. College Basketball Talk’s Player of the Year Power Rankings: Shabazz tops the list again

    Dec 17, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

    AP photo

    The 2013-2014 season is sure to be a thrilling Player of the Year race, so to keep track of it, we will be posting weekly Player of the Year Power Rankings for your reading goodness. Who’d we miss? Who’s ranked too high? We love to overlook your team’s best player and overrate your rival’s superstar.…

  12. The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

    Dec 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT


    Wichita State’s Marshall on Kansas: “I’m not going to Allen Fieldhouse for a check” (Fox Sports Kansas City) With Wichita State’s recent run of success, more than a few people have asked why the Shockers can’t get a shot at the state’s premier program. But while Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall would like a…

  13. Late Night Snacks: Grambling snaps a 32-game losing streak

    Dec 17, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT


    GAME OF THE DAY: Grambling 83, Central Baptist 75 Grambling finally captured their first win of the season (1-4) as they knocked off NAIA Central Baptist. But, a win is a win for Grambling. The Tigers had lost their last 32 games coming into Monday night, a streak that included the entire 2012-2013 season in…

  14. Duke shows no rust after 12-day lay-off in win over Gardner-Webb

    Dec 16, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Alabama Duke Basketball

    Duke had a 12-day lay-off since their last game, but they played well immediately in its 85-66 non-conference win over Gardner-Webb. Point guard Quinn Cook had 11 points and nine assists to lead a 53-39 Duke halftime lead on his way to 16 points and nine assists while Jabari Parker finished with 21 points and…

  15. Oregon returns suspended guard Dominic Artis and forward Ben Carter

    Dec 16, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Oregon Ducks coach Altman yells out to his team against Louisville during their Midwest Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Indianapolis

    The Oregon Ducks are off to a 9-0 start and are the No. 13 team in the country. Now, the Ducks return suspended sophomores Dominic Artis, a point guard, and forward Ben Carter for Tuesday’s game with UC Irvine after the duo was suspended nine games in November for selling school-provided shoes. The return of…

  16. Marquette guard Duane Wilson begins practice after stress fracture in leg

    Dec 16, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Marquette Men's Basketball

    Marquette freshman point guard Duane Wilson has been out since late October with a stress fracture in his leg, but he recently returned to practice for the Golden Eagles. Head coach Buzz Williams spoke about Wilson’s return and his gradual adjustment to the college game to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. For now the plan is for…

  17. UConn redshirt Rodney Purvis to miss time after torn labrum

    Dec 16, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

    T.J. DiLeo, Rodney Purvis

    Rodney Purvis was a McDonald’s All-American that stayed in-state to play at North Carolina State, but the 6-foot-4 Raleigh, NC native opted to transfer after his freshman season to UConn. Purvis must sit out this season, per NCAA transfer rules, but he’ll have three seasons of eligibility left beginning with his redshirt sophomore season next…

  18. [VIDEO] Kellen Dunham’s gym rat mentality leads to strong season at Butler

    Dec 16, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Malik Morgan, Kellen Dunham

    Kellen Dunham is off to a fantastic start during his sophomore season at Butler and the Pendleton, IN native is averaging 19.3 points and playing 35 minutes per game through 10 games this year. Butler is 8-2 on the season and the 6-foot-6 guard is a big reason why; Dunham is shooting 47 percent from…

  19. [PHOTO] Florida gets customized LeBrons for Jimmy V Classic

    Dec 16, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Joel Embiid, Scottie Wilbekin

    When the No. 16 Florida Gators take the floor for the Jimmy V Classic tomorrow night in Madison Square Garden, they’ll have some sick new shoes to rock. The Gators are facing No. 15 Memphis at the Jimmy V Classic (8 p.m.) and head coach Billy Donovan tweeted out a picture of the customized green…

  20. Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: Can Grambling finally break their 32 game losing streak?

    Dec 16, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Grambling Athletics

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: Central Baptist at Grambling, 8:30 p.m. This isn’t really the game of the night. In fact, it’s probably quite the opposite. Grambling has lost 32 straight games. They are 0-4 this season. They were 0-28 last season. They have dropped 41 of their last 42 games and are winless since beating…