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  1. Pregame Shootaround 1.18.13: Only three games tonight, big weekend in college hoops

    Jan 18, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

    Pitino Boeheim

    Game of the Day: Stony Brook at Vermont (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU) Stony Brook goes on the road to face Vermont in what should be an interesting game. Stony Brook, the team that lost to UConn and Seton Hall by a combined 10 points, is 4-0 in the American East and will try to stay…

  2. Shaquille O’Neal says players should have to stay three years

    Jan 18, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    As part of a 30-minute question-and-answer session, as part of the NCAA convention on Wednesday, Shaquille O’Neal talked with the president of the NCAA, Mark Emmert about a variety of topics. Which included the one-and-done rule. O’Neal spent three years at LSU, before being drafted first overall by the Orlando Magic, going onto win three titles…

  3. Willie Cauley-Stein undergoes “minor knee procedure,” unlikely for Auburn

    Jan 18, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

    Willie Cauley Stein

    It hasn’t been the ideal season thus far for the defending national champions. It may have gotten a little tougher on Thursday when multiple reports surfaced that Kentucky freshman forward Willie Cauley-Stein aggrevated an existing left knee injury and will likely miss games. Kentucky Sports Radio reported that Stein had a “minor knee procedure” and…

  4. Seton Hall lands 2013 guard Jerron Wilbut

    Jan 18, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

    Kevin Willard

    Seton Hall landed its second guard for the Class of 2013, as Jerron Wilbut, a 6-foot-3 guard in his post graduate year at St. John’s Northwest Military (Wis.) pledged to the Pirates Thursday night. Wilbut announced his decision on his Twitter account around 10:30 p.m. “They’ve been recruiting me for a long time and from…

  5. Tom Izzo didn’t like the scuffle, but did it help Adreian Payne?

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Adreian Payne

    Wednesday afternoon, news broke that two Michigan State players got into a physical altercation at the Nittany Lion Inn on the Penn State campus. Neither Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne started that night due to their actions, but Payne did play a big role in Michigan State’s 81-72 win over Penn State. Payne watched from…

  6. Weekend Preview: Five Storylines

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Marshall Henderson

    Marshall Henderson vs. BJ Young: Easily the most entertaining individual matchup this weekend will be when Marshall Henderson and Ole Miss square off with BY Young’s Arkansas team. If you’ve never seen Henderson play, he’s kind of similar to Jimmer in that he’s got no conscience when it comes to shooting, but that comparison only…

  7. Ben McLemore is expected to play on Saturday

    Jan 18, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Chattanooga v Kansas

    A sprained right ankle won’t keep Kansas’ leading scorer, Ben McLemore out of Saturday’s game against Texas. In a 61-44 win against Baylor on Monday night, McLemore landed awkwardly, resulting in the freshman guard rolling his ankle. According to the Kansas City Star, McLemore returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out practice on Tuesday…

  8. College Basketball’s Dream Team: The Mid-Season Version

    Jan 18, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    olympic-rings

    Over the summer, Raphielle Johnson and I put together a college basketball dream team. But that was before the season started and before we got a chance to see just how good some of the freshmen are and just how much certain players improved — or didn’t improve — during the offseason. With that in…

  9. Laurence Bowers out against Florida

    Jan 18, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Missouri, Phil Pressey, Laurence Bowers

    The MCL sprain, Missouri senior forward, Laurence Bowers suffered on Jan. 8 in a win against Alabama will sideline him for the Tigers game Saturday against No. 10 Florida. According to the Maneater, Missouri head coach Frank Haith said in a Wednesday press conference that he did not expect Bowers to suit up for Saturday.…

  10. Weekend Preview: Arizona better be ready to play against their in-state rival

    Jan 18, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jahii Carson

    Who’s Getting Upset?: No. 7 Arizona at Arizona State (Sat. 2:30 p.m. FSN) I know. My first instinct would be to laugh too, but at this point you should know that the Sun Devils have a squad out in Tempe this year. Jahii Carson, the nation’s most-underappreciated point guard, is the real deal. He’s as…

  11. Idaho State’s Chris Hansen hits 88-foot shot (VIDEO)

    Jan 18, 2013, 9:33 AM EDT

    Chris Hansen

    Idaho State hasn’t had much reason to celebrate this season, however Wednesday night provided a much needed lift to the struggling Bengals. Trailing by 11, seconds before halftime, Idaho State’s Ayibakuro Preh corralled the rebound, giving it off to sophomore guard Chris Hansen, not expecting him to do anything with it. Hansen launched an 88-footer at the…

  12. Weekend Preview: Five games between ranked teams on Saturday

    Jan 18, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Villanova v Syracuse

    Game of the Weekend: No. 6 Syracuse at No. 1 Louisville (Sat. 4:00 p.m. ESPN) Were you wondering who the best team in the Big East is this season? Well, you may be getting your answer on Saturday, as Syracuse heads down to Louisville to take on the Cardinals. At full strength, this would be…

  13. The Morning Mix

    Jan 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    illinois crush

    Today’s Morning Mix is rather light. We want you to save up you energy for tomorrow, which looks like the most fully loaded day of hoops we’ve seen all season. Oh, and you can take tonight off. There are only three games on tonight. We got you covered. Lets hit the links. Friday’s Top Games:…

  14. Late Night Snacks: ‘Havoc’ wears down Hawks and a stunning rally in Detroit

    Jan 18, 2013, 2:13 AM EDT

    Saint Josephs VCU Basketball

    Games of the Night  1. No. 22 VCU 92, Saint Joseph’s 86 (OT) Up four with 13 seconds remaining the Hawks were called for a travelling violation when two players simultaneously held the ball following a defensive rebound. That mistake would be the opening that VCU needed to complete its comeback, sending the game into…

  15. No. 22 VCU survives upset bid from St. Joe’s in overtime

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:28 AM EDT

    Ronald Roberts, Melvin Johnson

    St. Joseph’s shot 52.3% from the floor. VCU was 7-32 from beyond the arc. Tay Jones and Langston Galloway were both playing as well as they have all season. St. Joe’s have a four-point lead with 14 seconds left as the grabbed a defensive rebound. So it should only make sense that No. 22 Rams…

  16. No. 23 Illinois continues to struggle offensively in 68-54 loss to Northwestern

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT

    Tracy Abrams, Jared Swopshire

    During much of the non-conference portion of their schedule, No. 23 Illinois had it rolling from beyond the arc. That success from the perimeter led some to believe that maybe John Groce’s team could compete for a spot in the top half of the Big Ten. But once the perimeter shots stopped falling the Fighting…

  17. No. 5 Michigan holds on to win at No. 9 Minnesota, 83-75

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Trey Burke, Julian Welch

    The matchup of two teams looking to rebound from losses last weekend nearly turned into a laugher, as No. 5 Michigan led by as many as 19 points during the second half. But No. 9 Minnesota fought back as they did at Indiana last Saturday, cutting the deficit to as low as seven. In the…

  18. No. 10 Florida holds Elston Turner to four points, beats Texas A&M

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

    Mike Rosario, Kourtney Roberson

    So much for all that Texas A&M talk. Four days after going into Lexington and earning a win against Kentucky, Texas A&M was set to host a beat up Florida team with a chance to really make a statement to the folks that put together bubble projections. So what did the Aggies do? Lost by…

  19. Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee looking to leave Sun Belt early?

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:04 PM EDT

    sunbelt

    Conference realignment has been one of the more confusing topics in collegiate athletics in recent years, as the staggered dates in regards to school movement has led to fans not always knowing which school belongs to which league. Two schools slated to make a move in the near future, Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee, are…

  20. Report: James Southerland eligibility issue centers around term paper

    Jan 17, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    James Southerland

    For the second straight season No. 6 Syracuse has seen a key contributor be ruled ineligible for competition, with senior forward James Southerland currently sitting out. Last year starting center Fab Melo was declared ineligible just before the NCAA tournament, and his absence was a big reason why the Orange failed to reach the Final…