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  1. Defense to be a staple of Texas basketball in 2013-14

    Sep 29, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    rick-barnes'

    Criticize Rick Barnes all you want — believe me, the criticism is not unfounded — but the longtime Texas coach has built quite the resume for himself in his time with the Longhorns. He has been the head coach for 15 years, and in his first 14 years earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament…

  2. Willie Cauley-Stein to miss 10-14 days with right hand injury

    Sep 29, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

    Willie Cauley-Stein

    It was announced on Saturday night that Willie Cauley-Stein, a projected starter for Kentucky in the frontcourt, will miss up to two weeks of practice time due to an injury sustained to his right hand. Considering the time of Cauley-Stein’s injury and if the 10-14 days of absence are accurate, he certainly should not miss…

  3. 2014 SG Adonys Henriquez commits to Central Florida

    Sep 29, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    247sports.com

    Donnie Jones is at it again. Less than two weeks after earning a commitment from Alex Owens, a top player in the class of 2015 from from Orlando, FL, Jones received good news on Sunday morning when Adonys Henriquez verbally committed to play at Central Florida. Henriquez, like Jones, is from Orlando and is ranked…

  4. Sean Miller: ‘we may not be that good’

    Sep 29, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Sean Miller

    Expectations are higher than they have ever been for Sean Miller at Arizona. Fresh off of a run to the Sweet 16 and with a dynamite 2013 recruiting class consisting of Aaron Gordon and Rondae Jefferson, the Wildcats will most likely open the season as a Top 5 team. And, why shouldn’t they be ranked…

  5. Finally, Sheldon Jeter transfers to Pittsburgh

    Sep 29, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    SEC Vanderbilt Mississippi Basketball

    At long last, Sheldon Jeter has transferred to Pittsburgh. Recall that the former Vanderbilt forward’s wish to transfer back closer to home and play for Jamie Dixon at Pittsburgh was blocked by Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings. Rumors circulated that Jeter didn’t inform Stallings of his intent to transfer from Vanderbilt and went public with…

  6. Former Tide teammates reunite in UNCW backcourt

    Sep 28, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    UNC Greensboro UNC Wilmington Basketball

    The UNCW Seahawks are looking to rebound in the CAA standings after suffering through an NCAA-mandated postseason ban last season. Buzz Peterson can use some playmakers after uber-loyal star forward Keith Rendleman finally used up his eligibility. Rendleman led the Seahawks in just about every category possible last season, save assists per game. That honor…

  7. Mizzou adds four-star Namon Wright to 2014 class

    Sep 28, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Kyle King, Namon Wright

    Frank Haith and the Missouri Tigers got some good news today, picking up a commitment from 2014 guard Namon Wright. Wright is a 6-foot-4 wing from California, ranked No. 87 overall by Rivals. His Twitter announcement was pretty low-key, and hardly definitive. Mizzou!!!!!!! — Namon Wright (@kharyw) September 28, 2013 Follow-up tweets between Wright and…

  8. Mark Fox wears body paint to UGA football game (PHOTO)

    Sep 28, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    UGA Day Ringgold

    Bless you, Mark Fox. The Georgia basketball head coach gave us something to talk about during football season by turning up at a Georgia game. Not only did he show up, he sat with the superfans known as the Spike Crew. And you don’t just sit with the Spike Crew, you dress up like a…

  9. ‘Cuse assistant Hopkins philosophical about missing out on USC job

    Sep 28, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Syracuse Hopkins

    Syracuse’s top assistant Mike Hopkins has long been a staple of the offseason rumor mill. When openings come up, Jim Boeheim’s right-hand man hears about them. According to a recent article by Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard, Hopkins usually gives them short shrift. He’s been in serious discussions with St. Bonaventure and Charlotte in…

  10. Proposal for a new NCAA “Division IV” doesn’t mention hoops

    Sep 28, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    Harvard v Arizona

    The notion that big-time football should forge its own path has been in the wind for a while now. It makes us college hoops fans feel pretty squeamish, even if we happen to root for a big-time program, because we like our Big Dance and our Cinderellas, and that would change for good if the…

  11. San Diego State assistant Mark Fisher diagnosed with ALS

    Sep 28, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - North Carolina State v San Diego State

    San Diego State is restructuring it’s men’s basketball staff in light of the awful recent news that assistant coach Mark Fisher — the son of head coach Steve Fisher — has been diagnosed with ALS. The 34-year-old Mark Fisher has been with the Aztecs for 12 seasons — the last six as an assistant coach…

  12. Miami adds commitment from junior college big man Uceda

    Sep 28, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

    Miami Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga directs his team in their East Regional NCAA men's basketball game against the Marquette Golden Eagles in Washington

    Miami landed another post commitment this weekend as junior college big man Ivan Uceda pledged to the Hurricanes on Saturday according to a tweet from Adam Zagoria. Although the Hurricanes will be in rebuilding mode this season after last season’s surprising trip to the Sweet 16, they’re off to a solid start in the 2014…

  13. Who is Michigan State’s leader this season?

    Sep 28, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Tom Izzo

    Tom Izzo is used to being vocal. As you can see by the photo of Izzo with the microphone, he’s very well-accustomed to addressing the Michigan State faithful and his own team. Now that Michigan State enters the 2013-14 season with incredibly high expectations — multiple publications have listed the Spartans as their preseason No.…

  14. Duke hopes new versatility leads to a Final Four run

    Sep 28, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mike Krzyzewski

    Duke is hoping that it’s newfound versatility will help the Blue Devils advance to the Final Four. Final Fours are always the expectation in Durham and although they lost three experienced seniors in Mason Plumlee, Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry, they gain two of the most versatile wings in the country in Mississippi State transfer…

  15. Arizona assistant Emanuel Richardson taking leave for health reasons

    Sep 27, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    Arizona Athletics

    Friday evening it was announced by the Arizona basketball program that assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson would be taking some time away from the program for health reasons. Richardson has been an assistant under Arizona head coach Sean Miller since Miller accepted the job in 2009. “I have made the decision to take time away…

  16. Michigan forward Mitch McGary ‘day-to-day’ with lower back issue

    Sep 27, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Michigan v Syracuse

    With Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. now in the NBA, the Michigan Wolverines have some needs to address in their quest to build on last season’s run to the national title game. A key figure in the Wolverines’ plans this season is sophomore forward Mitch McGary, who played his best basketball of the season…

  17. Hip surgery to sideline Clemson freshman Patrick Rooks for entire season

    Sep 27, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

    Clemson Athletics

    During Clemson’s summer trip to Italy freshman guard Patrick Rooks shot the ball well, knocking down 44.4% of his shots from beyond the arc and averaging 7.0 points per game despite not scoring in the Tigers’ first exhibition. How big his role would have been this season is up for debate, given the fact that…

  18. Purdue forward Donnie Hale transfers to Division II Bellarmine

    Sep 27, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    Gabriel Olaseni, Donnie Hale

    Turns out that even with practices beginning today, there’s still some room for player movement to take place. On Friday Purdue announced that redshirt sophomore forward Donnie Hale has decided to transfer. A native of New Albany, Ind., Hale averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in 2012-13. Hale started eight of the 32…

  19. Violation of team rule sidelines Washington State PG Danny Lawhorn

    Sep 27, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    Washington State Athletics

    It’s been argued many times over that the point guard position is the most important in college basketball, with successful teams generally having a solid option at the position. Washington State didn’t have that luxury last season, and while DaVonte’ Lacy, Mike Ladd and Royce Woolridge all had their moments the Cougars’ lack of stability…

  20. Appalachian State responds regarding status of Devonte Graham

    Sep 27, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

    Jason Capel

    The case of one-time Appalachian State signee Devonte Graham is certainly an interesting one, with the player looking to be released from his National Letter of Intent and the school refusing to honor this request. The school’s reasoning behind its decision centers around its belief that Graham was tampered with after signing the NLI, thus…