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  1. What Kevin O’Neill did wrong

    Jan 14, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

    Kevin O'Neill

    So the three-and-a-half year tenure of Kevin O’Neill ended today at USC. First of all, it’s never good to see a coach, and especially a good guy like O’Neill, lose their job. Here’s to hoping he lands on his feet quickly, which he should. He’s a fantastic basketball mind. But what cost him his job?…

  2. Rotnei Clarke to miss next two games

    Jan 14, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

    Rotnei Clarke, Ronald Roberts, Jr.

    So much for Rotnei Clarke being taken to “another county” to miss Saturday’s game. Butler announced Monday night that the Bulldogs’ leading scorer will miss the next two games with a sprained neck. He was taken off on a stretcher after crashing head-first in the basket support in a victory over Dayton on Saturday. This…

  3. Louisville defends no. 1 ranking, pushes past UConn

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

    Rick Pitino, Wayne Blackshear, Peyton Siva

    Early in the first half, Louisville, fresh off their newly-minted no. 1 team status on Monday afternoon, looked shaky. And you could hear the pundits on Twitter, wondering how the Cardinals would respond. The second half was their response. The Cardinals(16-1, 4-0 Big East Conference) held the Huskies (12-4, 2-2) without a point for over…

  4. Fairfield holds ‘Newtown Day’ in game against Niagara

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    Fairfield Old Dominion Basketball

    There really isn’t enough that the world can do to help heal the damage left from the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. But on Sunday afternoon, Fairfield did their best to help. The Stags invited around 300 kids and their parents from Sandy Hook Elementary and surrounding schools to watch their game against Niagara. The event…

  5. Willard: Brandon Mobley injury ‘doesn’t look good’

    Jan 14, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Fuquan Edwin, C.J. Wilcox

    This was supposed to be a season of promise for Seton Hall, but now coach Kevin Willard has yet another reason to kick something. Forward Brandon Mobley, went down with a separated right shoulder in the game. Today Jerry Carino is reporting that Mobley’s MRI on the shoulder isn’t helping matters. “It doesn’t look good,”…

  6. Rotnei Clarke’s father expects him to play against Gonzaga

    Jan 14, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

    Rotnei Clarke, Jamal Lewis

    Rotnei Clarke gave college basketball fans a “hold your breath” moment on Saturday when he was taken off the court on a stretcher after he was fouled by Matt Derenbecker on a breakaway lay-up and crashed head-first into the basket support in a 79-73 victory over Dayton. Turns out that Clarke sustained no spinal damage…

  7. Breaking Down: Trey Burke and the perils ‘Craft Island’

    Jan 14, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

    Michigan Ohio St Basketball

    Trey Burke has been having a year that should earn him some serious National Player of the Year consideration. I’m not going to get too in-depth on why that is — you can check that out here — but the long-and-short of it is that Burke is a tremendously efficient and productive player that is…

  8. The Nation’s New No. 1: Louisville

    Jan 14, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

    Rick Pitino, Russ Smith

    We posed the question last night: Now that there are no more undefeated teams, who will be the No. 1 team in the country? On Monday, we got our answer: Louisville. The Cardinals got 36 of the 65 first-place votes, climbing to No. 1 in the polls for the first time since the final poll…

  9. Laurence Bowers is out on Wednesday

    Jan 14, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    Laurence Bowers, Phil Pressey

    As expected, Laurence Bowers will be out of the lineup for Missouri on Wednesday as the Tigers take on Georgia. Without their leading scorer on the floor, Missouri’s offense was anemic against a better-than-you-think Ole Miss team. The Tigers managed all of 49 points and 0.73 PPP — both season-lows by a long shot —…

  10. Pregame Shootaround: 1.14.13: Big Monday’s back!

    Jan 14, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    Photo from University of Louisville Athletics

    Game of the Day: No. 1 Louisville at UConn (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN) Call me crazy, but I think that UConn has a real chance to knock off Louisville tonight at the XL Center in Hartford. With the Cardinals taking over the reins as the No. 1 team in the country tonight, UConn is playing…

  11. Danny Berger’s heartfelt thank you letter

    Jan 14, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

    Danny Berger, Spencer Butterfield

    Danny Berger put the Utah State program through one of the most terrifying crises imaginable. During a practice in early December, Berger’s heart-stopped. He got light-headed and passed out on the floor, where trainers first gave him CPR and then used an AED to shock his heart and bring him back to life. Right there…

  12. Wyoming suspends second-leading scorer Luke Martinez

    Jan 14, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Luke Martinez

    Luke Martinez has been suspended indefinitely from the Wyoming basketball team as the result of a bar fight last month that left him with a broken finger. According to the Star-Tribune, there were charges filed against Martinez this weekend as a result of the incident. Martinez is the second-leading scorer for the Cowboys, a team…

  13. Kevin O’Neill out at USC, Bob Cantu named interim coach

    Jan 14, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT


    USC head coach Kevin O’Neill has been fired by the school, the school announced in a release on Monday morning. Longtime assistant Bon Cantu has been named the interim head coach. “I would like to thank Kevin O’Neill for his four years of service to USC,” said USC athletic director Pat Haden in a statement. “He took over…

  14. Boise State get three suspended players back for New Mexico

    Jan 14, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    Derrick Marks, Gregory Echenique

    Boise State will nearly be back to full strength on Wednesday when they host New Mexico. Last week, when the Broncos traveled to Wyoming to take on the Cowboys, they did it without four players, including their top two reserves and leading scorer Derrick Marks. The Broncos still managed to win that game, however, and…

  15. The NC State court-stormer’s video, not better than ‘Braveheart’? (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

    North Carolina State University's C.J. Leslie hugs former North Carolina State player David Thompson after North Carolina State upset Duke University in their NCAA basketball game in Raleigh

    By now, you’ve surely seen the video of the kid in a wheelchair storming the floor after NC State beat Duke on Saturday afternoon. If you haven’t, here it is. Nicole Auerbach of USA Today caught up with Will Privette afterwords, and his story is pretty incredible. CJ Leslie — you know, NBA prospect CJ…

  16. College Hoops Week in Review: Five Thoughts

    Jan 14, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chase Tapley

    Chase Tapley, closer: Jamaal Franklin is the most talented player on San Diego State, and I don’t really think that’s up for discussion. He’s lanky and athletic, a terrific rebounder at 6-foot-5 and one of the most exciting — and confounding — scorers in the country. He’s like Russ Smith that rebounds the ball; you…

  17. College Hoops Team of the Week: Ohio State Buckeyes

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Michigan v Ohio State

    Team of the Week: Ohio State The Buckeyes certainly weren’t concerned with the number of people questioning whether or not they deserved to be mentioned as a contender in the Big Ten, and they did just about all that they could to prove to the country that they deserve to be mentioned alongside Indiana, Michigan and…

  18. College Hoops Player of the Week: Elston Turner, Texas A&M

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Elston Turner, Willie Cauley-Stein

    Player of the Week: Elston Turner, Texas A&M Is this even really a conversation? On Saturday afternoon, Turner went into Rupp Arena and put on one of the most impressive performances that we’ve seen this season: 40 points. 14-19 shooting. 6-10 threes. Six boards, four assists and not a single turnover. More importantly, he led…

  19. The Morning Mix

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    seth curry

    As is the case every Monday, The Morning Mix is here to get you caught up to speed on everything that took place this weekend in the college hoops world. In case you spent your weekend under a rock, there are no more undefeated teams in the country. On the flip side, Grambling and Maryland-Eastern…

  20. Morehead State coach Sean Woods hospitalized on Sunday

    Jan 13, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT

    Barclays Center Classic - Morehead State v LIU Brooklyn

    On Sunday afternoon, Morehead State head coach Sean Woods was admitted to the hospital. The report from WKYT: Officials with Morehead State University say the school’s basketball coach and former UK player, Sean Woods, was admitted to the hospital after he said he was feeling dizzy and was taken as a precaution. We’re told it…