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  1. Steve Alford is way too worked up about polls

    Jan 22, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

    Alford Greenwood Adams McCurdy

    The story that has made the rounds on the web today — Gary Parrish and Mike DeCourcy have both written a few words about it — is the quote that Steve Alford gave the Albuquequre Journal on Tuesday: “I’m amazed with the rankings,” Alford said. “Just looking at the rankings and we only have one team…

  2. Jabari Parker talks about teen killed after Simeon game

    Jan 22, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

    Jabari Parker

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Duke commit, Jabari Parker put together one of the more impressive performances at the 2013 Spalding Hoophall Classic on Monday in Springfield, Mass. The Simeon Career Academy (Ill.) small forward scored the first 11 Simeon points, en route to a 81-68 win over the storied Oak Hill Academy (W.Va.). A strong performance…

  3. Pregame Shootaround 1.22.13: Sunflower Showdown highlights a solid Tuesday

    Jan 22, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

    Ben McLemore

    Game of the Day: No. 3 Kansas at No. 11 Kansas State (8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3) As frustrating as it may be for some folks that live outside the state of Kansas, the Sunflower Showdown may end up only being available to some of you on an online stream. Frankly, that would be unfortunate, as…

  4. Oklahoma freshman James Fraschilla, son of ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla, rocks the air guitar (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    James Fraschilla2

    One of the better trends sweeping the college basketball nation this season has been the growing number of reactionary sideline celebrations. The trend got its start back in February 2012 when Seton Hall walk-on Peter Dill unveiled “The Hammer of Dill” to the entire word, and the game has never been the same since. With…

  5. Report: DC high schooler, top 150 recruit Junior Etou lied about his age

    Jan 22, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT


    Junior Etou is a 6-foot-7 forward that plays at Bishop O’Connell in Arlington, VA, after transferring into the program from Arlington Country Day school in Jacksonville, FL. He’s ranked as the 142nd overall player, according to Rivals, and has offers from the likes of Kansas, Maryland, Miami and West Virginia. The addition of Etou has…

  6. Hey Notre Dame, it’s time to go full-blown Burn Offense

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Mike Brey

    On Friday of last week, Luke Winn pumped out his annual Early Warnings column, which is a piece where he uses the efficiency profiles of the teams that have reached the Elite 8 and the Final Four to project who could be in trouble when it comes to makes an extended NCAA tournament run. And…

  7. Thad Matta got a new contract from Ohio State

    Jan 22, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta cuts down the net after defeating the Syracuse Orange in their men's NCAA East Regional basketball game in Boston

    Thad Matta got a raise and a contract extension, both of which were probably deserved given his success at the program. He’s now under contract until July of 2019, having gotten a 10% raise that bumps his salary to $3.2 million annually. Matta is 234-69 after taking over a program in 2004 that Jim O’Brien…

  8. Joel Berry is UNC’s third PG commit in three classes

    Jan 22, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT


    North Carolina got their name on the board in the Class of 2014 as they landed a commitment from Joel Berry, a Florida native and the No. 22 player in the class, according to Rivals. Berry has drawn praise from the recruiting pundits for being a capable scorer, an excellent leader and a player that…

  9. Latest Bracket: Arizona grabs No. 1 seed in West Region

    Jan 22, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Long Beach State v Arizona

    If Arizona continues its strong play during the next two months, it’ll be hard for the Selection Committee to keep the Wildcats off the top line out West.  That’s where the Wildcats reside in our latest bracket projection.  At No. 4 on the s-curve, Arizona trails Duke, Kansas, and Michigan in the chase for the…

  10. The Morning Mix

    Jan 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT


    Now that Inauguration Monday/MLK Day is in the books, we can start to look forward to anther solid week of college basketball. Everybody was bemoaning the loss of the Kansas/Missouri rivalry game when the Tigers jumped to the SEC. But the Jayhawks take on their other rivals, you know, the Sunflower State university, tonight in…

  11. Late Night Snacks: Holiday slate highlighted by Syracuse/Cincinnati

    Jan 21, 2013, 11:56 PM EDT

    Cincinnati v Syracuse

    A few decent games on Martin Luther King Day — not to mention President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term — were highlighted on this all-day affair. It’s Late Night Snacks. Game of the day No. 3 Syracuse 57, No. 21 Cincinnati 55 – The early game of the day featured two…

  12. Michael Carter-Williams dunks as well has he dishes out assists (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

    Photo via The Daily Orange

    Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams has had a sensational sophomore season. the highly touted distributor did not see much action last season because he was behind the likes of Scoop Jardine, Dion Waiters and Brandon Triche. But when he did get in, he did things like this. Through 19 games this season, the 6-foot-6 Massachusetts-native is…

  13. Good Georgetown shows up, beats Notre Dame on the road

    Jan 21, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Otto Porter Jr.

    This season has been puzzling for Georgetown. The Hoyas have won a game 37-36 (over Tennessee) and had lost three of their last five games, scoring less than 40 points in consecutive defeats to Marquette and Pittsburgh. Monday night, the good Georgetown showed up at the Joyce Center and the Hoyas rode 19 points from…

  14. Cory Jefferson, Isaiah Austin, finally play like Baylor’s twin towers

    Jan 21, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

    Isaiah Austin, Kamari Murphy, Cory Jefferson

    Baylor hasn’t lived up to the lofty expectations that were expected to have this season. A preseason ranking has given way to losses to Northwestern, College of Charleston and Colorado — team’s the Bears are clearly better than on paper — and sandwiched in between there was the victory that handed John Calipari his first…

  15. Carter-Williams, Triche lead Syracuse to win over Cincy down the stretch

    Jan 21, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    Cincinnati v Syracuse

    CJ Fair tipped in a miss from Jerami Grant with 20 seconds left, and Cashmere Wright, who finished the night 2-13 from the floor and 1-8 from three, missed a deep three at the other end as No. 3 Syracuse erased a seven-point second half deficit as they knocked off No. 21 Cincinnati, 57-55. It…

  16. Notre Dame presents Chris Christie check for Hurricane Sandy relief

    Jan 21, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Mike Brey

    Even months after the storm, the relief effort to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy still is in full swing. Notre Dame did their part to help recently, presenting a check to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for $10,003 for the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund at halftime of the Fighting Irish’s 69-66 victory…

  17. Report: Frank Haith, Miami to be served with notice of allegations from NCAA

    Jan 21, 2013, 5:29 PM EDT

    Frank Haith

    The University of Miami, and former Miami coach/current Missouri coach Frank Haith, will be served with a notice of allegations from the NCAA, according to’s Jeff Goodman. The news comes as part of the aftermath from an investigation into former Hurricane booster Nevin Shapiro, who is currently serving time in prison for finanacial crimes…

  18. Oregon State’s Craig Robinson photo-bombs President Obama’s inauguration

    Jan 21, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT


    Yup, there’s a college basketball angle to today’s second inauguration of President Barack Obama. As most in hoops circles know by now, Craig Robinson, head coach at Oregon State, is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. The fifth-year man was in attendance on Monday morning when Obama was sworn into office for a second…

  19. Bob Huggins tees off on team’s effort, apologizes to West Virginia fans

    Jan 21, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Bob Huggins, Billy Hahn, Gary Browne

    West Virginia has been one of the biggest disappointments in the country this season. Many believed that, with the addition of three transfers and the return of a solid group of veterans, the Mountaineers would have a chance to at least be competitive in the Big 12. In a season where there is only one…

  20. Utah State loses Preston Medlin, Kyisean Reed, WAC title hopes

    Jan 21, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Preston Medlin, Marcus Bell

    Utah State had won 13 straight games heading into this weekend’s road trip, where the Aggies would be visiting both New Mexico State and Denver, the two teams that they were competing with at the top of the WAC standings. USU came out of the weekend 0-2, but the story of the weekend was much,…