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  1. Report: South Dakota head coach David Boots retires after 25 seasons

    Sep 3, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

    goyotes.com

    After 25 seasons of guiding South Dakota basketball and leading the Coyotes from the Division II North Central Conference and up to the ranks of Division I, first as an Independent and then as a member of the Great West Conference and then the Summit League, longtime head coach David Boots announced his retirement today.…

  2. Boston University’s Joe Jones to co-host Coaches vs. Cancer tip-off breakfast

    Sep 3, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    dailyfreepress.com

    To kick-off college basketball in the Bay State, the head coaches of the seven Division 1 schools in Massachusetts will gather at Boston’s TD Garden on the morning of September 26 for the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Breakfast. The breakfast will be hosted and moderated by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, with first-year Boston Celtics head coach Brad…

  3. Kyle Griffin named assistant coach at Lehigh

    Sep 3, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    sienasaints.com

    Dr. Brett Reed and Lehigh athletics announced the hiring of Kyle Griffin as an assistant men’s basketball coach on Tuesday afternoon. Griffin will take the place of Stephen Ott on the coaching staff who was recently hired by first-year Florida International head coach Anthony Evans. Griffin, who comes to Lehigh from the Hoop Group, joins…

  4. Blue Ribbon releases 2013-14 first-team All-Americans

    Sep 3, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    blueribbonyearbookonline.com

    Earlier today, the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook — otherwise known as the “Bible” for college hoops fans — released their first-team All-Americans, and the five names shouldn’t come as a surprise: Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Louisville’s Russ Smith, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, and Creighton’s Doug McDermott. If there is any conjecture…

  5. RIP Butler Blue II: Butler University’s mascot passes away

    Sep 3, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

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    It is with heavy hearts that we report to you that Butler’s beloved mascot, Butler Blue II, has passed away due to complications from congestive heart failure. Blue retired as Butler’s mascot on May 20th, but he officially handed over duties to Blue III, aka “Trip”, in a ceremony on March 9th. “Blue really galvanized…

  6. Assigned Reading: The insanity of following recruiting online

    Sep 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Scott Phillips/NBC Sports

    Earlier today, Will Leitch, who founded Deadspin and is an unabashed Illinois hoops fan, wrote about Cliff Alexander, the Illini’s top Class of 2014 target, and the recruiting process on an elite prospect for Sports on Earth. More specifically, he writes about just how weird and awkward that process actually is. Me? I’ve become accustomed…

  7. Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon featured in incredible PR video (VIDEO)

    Sep 3, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

    SEC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

    Yes, that’s Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon, draped in boa constrictors, in one of the most ridiculously awesome promotional videos we’ve ever seen a Sports Information Department release. Maymon was a bull of a forward for the Vols during the 2011-2012 season, putting himself on the map with a 32-point, 20-rebound performance against Memphis in Maui,…

  8. Report: Rakeem Buckles’ appeal for a waiver at Minnesota denied

    Sep 3, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

    Rakeem Buckles

    Last week, Rakeem Buckles was denied a waiver by the NCAA that would have allowed the Florida International transfer to play immediately at Minnesota this season. On Tuesday, Buckles’ appeal was also denied, meaning that the former Louisville forward will be forced to return to Florida International to use his final season of eligibility, which…

  9. Ohio State has a locker for LeBron James in their locker room (PHOTO)

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    @PDBuckeyes

    Ohio State unveiled their new basketball facilities today, and perhaps the biggest surprise for media folks present was a locker in the locker room dedicated to the world’s best basketball player. No, LeBron James hasn’t found a way around every rule in the NCAA rulebook and decided to suit up for the Buckeyes. It’s a…

  10. Michigan walk-on turns title game run into an eBook

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    Michigan Returns Basketball

    When Michigan walk-on Josh Bartelstein started is blog on the MGoBlue website, it wasn’t much more than a creative way to pass the time and try to keep Wolverine fans interested in a program that had fallen way behind in-state rival Michigan State. Three years later, the blog has become an insider’s account of the…

  11. Georgia State’s RJ Hunter is a mid-major name you’ll want to remember

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT

    R.J. Hunter (AP photo)

    One of my favorite parts about mid-major basketball is learning about the diamond in the rough, watching the kid that wasn’t good enough to deserve a high-major scholarship grow into a lottery pick in the NBA Draft. Whether they are stars that led their team to deep NCAA tournament runs — Stephen Curry, CJ McCollum,…

  12. Kevin Ware’s status remains uncertain for upcoming season

    Sep 2, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Ware, Rick Pitino

    During a Monday press conference to address his upcoming Hall of Fame speech, Louisville coach Rick Pitino spoke about Kevin Ware’s status regarding his offseason. While there will be no suspension for the Louisville guard best known for his horrific injury during the NCAA Tournament, it is also uncertain when the junior will return to…

  13. Michigan State basketball supports the football team (VIDEO)

    Sep 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Memphis v Michigan State

    Michigan State basketball has already been rated No. 1 by Lindy’s and is in the hunt to win a national championship this season as Tom Izzo’s squad returns a deep and talented group. Gary Harris injury aside, the Spartans have a ton of weapons and will be a threat to win the Big Ten and…

  14. UCLA lands commitment from 2014 wing Trevon Bluiett

    Sep 2, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    UCLA Introduces Steve Alford

    The UCLA Bruins landed a big commitment on Monday afternoon as Indiana native and four-star wing scorer Trevon Bluiett committed to Steve Alford’s program. A product of Park Tudor High School, Bluiett took an official visit to the Bruins over the weekend and the news was first tweeted out by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Trevon Bluiett…

  15. Has Illinois found leaders for the 2013-14 season?

    Sep 2, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Colorado v Illinois

    Year one of John Groce’s tenure at Illinois saw a 23-win season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32. But that team was led by a couple of seniors with tremendous experience as Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson were natural leaders on the floor on the wing. One of the biggest questions…

  16. Report: Former Penn State big man Jon Graham joins Maryland program

    Sep 2, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Jon Graham

    With three of their four scholarship front court players entering the 2013-14 season being underclassmen, the Maryland Terrapins can use some added experience inside. The lone scholarship upperclassman is Evan Smotrycz, who will play his first season in College Park after beginning his career at Michigan (senior John Auslander is a walk-on). According to multiple…

  17. Demetrius Harris goes from the court to the Chiefs practice squad

    Sep 2, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Wisconsin Basketball

    In recent years athletes who’ve enjoyed success on the basketball court have made the transition to the National Football League, with the tight end position being home to three of the game’s best. Tony Gonzalez (Cal) and Antonio Gates (Kent State) will wind up in Canton when they decide to hang up the cleats, and…

  18. James Madison unveils new court design

    Sep 2, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    James Madison Athletics

    After making the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance in nearly two decades, the James Madison Dukes will be playing on a new court in 2013-14. During the spring the James Madison athletic department asked fans to submit their ideas for a new court design, resulting in some 65 submissions. From there the athletic department cut…

  19. Isaiah Wright becomes Utah’s second commitment of the weekend

    Sep 2, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Larry Krystkowiak

    What began as a solid weekend for the Utah basketball program thanks to Kyle Kuzma’s decision to verbally commit got even better on Sunday evening, as 2014 point guard Isaiah Wright wrapped up his official visit by doing the same Sunday evening. Wright, a 6-2 guard from Boise, is the state’s reigning Gatorade Player of…

  20. Wake Forest lands a second 2014 verbal commitment

    Sep 2, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Jeff Bzdelik

    Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik’s found the going tough during his tenure in Winston-Salem, with the program’s struggles resulting in a disgruntled fan base that includes some who have called for his job through public channels. With one of the ACC’s better front court players in Travis McKie back for his senior season, the…