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  1. The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Alabama Duke Basketball

    From watching highlights to creating them, Duke’s Jabari Parker remains true to self (USA Today) Despite being one of the nation’s best players, Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker has allowed the fame to change who he is. As a result the Blue Devils remain one of the favorites to win the ACC. How Tad Boyle…

  2. Late Night Snacks: Kentucky, Florida get back in the win column

    Dec 11, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT

    Dorian Finney-Smith

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 19 Florida 67, No. 13 Kansas 61 Florida played the first month with many players sidelined for various reason. Chris Walker, the Gators hope, will be another piece they get back soon. On Tuesday night, Scottie Wilbekin and Kasey Hill returned from injuries to team up in the back court. The…

  3. Gonzaga avoids upset from West Virginia as Kevin Pangos gets going late

    Dec 11, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Kevin Pangos

    Gonzaga had not led since 18:35 left in the first half, but with 4:10 remaining in the game, Kyle Dranginis found the trailing Kevin Pangos, who had struggled to this point, at the top of the key for a wide-open three on the secondary break. The sharpshooter drilled it, giving the Zags a 68-66 lead.…

  4. Kentucky has room to grow, but at least they seem to respond to coaching

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

    Boise State v Kentucky

    No. 11 Kentucky entered Tuesday night’s matchup with Boise State coming off of a loss to Baylor at the Jerry Dome in Dallas, one in which the Wildcats were crushed on the offensive glass and cut up by the Bears in the pick and roll. It was concerning. What has made John Calipari’s youthful rosters…

  5. Two losses in a row? Three in 11 days? Oh well. Don’t give up on Kansas just yet

    Dec 10, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    I wrote this on Saturday after No. 13 Kansas lost to Colorado at the buzzer. The gist of it? Kansas fans should not be too disappointed about the loss, that the more important news was that Andrew Wiggins finally started to play like the Andrew Wiggins we all told you about. I could pretty much…

  6. Florida holds off Andrew Wiggins, Kansas for 67-61 win

    Dec 10, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Scottie Wilbekin

    Florida entered the season ranked No. 10 in the AP poll, however, it was with a depleted roster that included players ineligible, suspended or injured. The Gators lost a road game inside the Kohl Center to the currently unbeaten Wisconsin Badgers, which caused them to fall outside the top 10. Last Monday, Shabazz Napier drained…

  7. NAIA allows Cameron Rodriguez to keep $20K after hitting half-court shot at Oklahoma City Thunder game

    Dec 10, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Southwestern College

    On November 18, Cameron Rodriguez hit a half-court shot during a break in the Denver Nuggets-Oklahoma City Thunder game, with the award being $20,000 dollars. However there was a question if Rodriguez, a student-athlete on the Southwestern College basketball team, could accept the payment. Southwestern College is an NAIA program in Winfield, Kans. The NAIA…

  8. Oklahoma guard Je’lon Hornbeak to miss 4-6 weeks with foot injury

    Dec 10, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

    Oklahoma v San Diego State

    Oklahoma sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak will miss up to a month and a half with after a breaking a bone in his foot , the school announced on Tuesday. The 6-foot-4 Hornbeak suffered the injury during practice on Tuesday morning, and although the recovery does not require surgery, it will take up four to six weeks…

  9. Jerry Tarkanian to be honored by Fresno State on New Year’s Day

    Dec 10, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

    Jerry Tarkanian, Bill Walton

    The honors are continuing to roll in for Jerry Tarkanian, the former national champion coach who amassed more than 700 victories (more if you include junior colleges) in his 30-year coaching career at Long Beach State, UNLV and Fresno State The latest recognition comes from the school he played his collegiate ball for (1954-1955) and…

  10. College Basketball Talk’s Ten Most Disappointing Players

    Dec 10, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    NIT Season Tip-Off

    Preseason prognostication is, more or less, a guessing game. The picks that the so-called experts — myself included — make are educated and generally well-researched, but they’re still guess. And oftentimes, those guesses end up wrong.  Through a month of the season, who did we swing-and-miss on the most?: TEN MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYERS Luke Hancock,…

  11. Willie Cauley-Stein goes blonde for Kentucky’s game against Boise State (PHOTO)

    Dec 10, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

    Willie Cauley-Stein

    Willie Cauley-Stein has a strong case to be considered the most interesting player in college basketball this season. From his size and ability on the floor to his fashion sense off the court all the way to his fascination (and preparation) for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. During Friday night’s 67-62 loss to Baylor, the Kentucky…

  12. Tuesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Kansas heads to Florida, Boise State visits Kentucky

    Dec 10, 2013, 2:53 PM EDT

    Wichita State v Gonzaga

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 13 Kansas at No. 19 Florida, 7:00 p.m. ET I wonder how long it’s going to be before Bill Self regrets the schedule that he put together for this Kansas team? Three days ago, the Jayhawks were in Colorado, where they lost to the Buffaloes on a buzzer-beater by Askia…

  13. A cancelled flight forces Boise State to take a bus to Kentucky

    Dec 10, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Leon Rice

    The inclement weather that made Sunday’s east coast NFL games so entertaining has been wreaking havoc with the travel schedules of a number of college hoops teams. Over the weekend, a handful of games were cancelled or postponed. Today, word came down that Fairfield would be postponing their trip to Belmont because the Stags are…

  14. College Basketball Talk’s Player of the Year Power Rankings

    Dec 10, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

    AP photo

    The 2013-2014 season is sure to be a thrilling Player of the Year race, so to keep track of it, we will be posting weekly Player of the Year Power Rankings for your reading goodness. Who’d we miss? Who’s ranked too high? We love to overlook your team’s best player and overrate your rival’s superstar.…

  15. College Basketball Talk’s Top Ten One-and-Done Players

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Since 2006 the phrase “one-and-done” has been a vital phrase off the tongues of college basketball fans as the NBA’s rule change forced players out of high school to wait at least one season — and likely play in college — before entering the NBA. Since then college basketball has seen numerous one-and-done players and…

  16. Steven Alford lands commitment from top 75 recruit Jonah Bolden

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT


    UCLA picked up another commitment in the Class of 2014 as Jonah Bolden announced his intentions to be a Bruin in college. The news was first reported by Evan Daniels. Bolden is a 6-foot-8 small forward from Australia that is playing at Findlay Prep this season. He’s ranked No. 62 by Rivals. Here is how…

  17. Biggest names at ESPN do their impressions of Dick Vitale (VIDEO)

    Dec 10, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT


    My favorite is Dan Shulman. “Dick, there’s an ‘L’ in my last name.” But the sleeper is Bruce Pearl. He may be the one guy that’s got as much energy as Vitale.

  18. The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

    Dec 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    2013 NBA Draft

    Arizona’s Sean Miller: Being ranked No. 1 a ‘great compliment’ (Sporting News) On Monday Arizona reached the top spot in the national polls for the first time since 2003, and while it’s only December this is still an important achievement for Sean Miller’s team. When he took over the program wasn’t in the best shape,…

  19. Notre Dame lets off cruise control for a win over Bryant

    Dec 9, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Mike Brey

        Bryant played in its first nationally televised game on the road Monday at Notre Dame on ESPNU, and they put up a fight against the Irish in a 70-59 loss. Although Notre Dame was 6-2 entering the game, Bryant showed confidence throughout the game as Notre Dame never seemed to do what they…

  20. Boston College is lacking confidence

    Dec 9, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Steve Donahue

    Boston College’s struggles this season have been well chronicled. The Golden Eagles got thumped last week on the road at Purdue and took another loss at the Galen Center  to USC this weekend. Steve Donahue’s ballclub is 3-6 now and their defense in particular has struggled this season as they’ve played a pretty difficult nonconference…