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  1. Jack Taylor follows up 109-point night with … three?

    Nov 21, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT


    Grinnell’s Jack Taylor made a ton of headlines over the weekend as he scored 180 points in the Pioneer’s first two games of the season. This came a season after to the day that Taylor scored 138 points in a game last season. It was November 20th, 2012, that Taylor had his record-breaking performance last…

  2. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Charleston Classic, Puerto Rico Tip-Off, 2K Sports Classic kick off

    Nov 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT


    GAME OF THE NIGHT: NO. 18 UConn vs. Boston College, 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2) The Huskies and the Eagles kick off the 2K Sports Classic with a battle of former Big East rivals. BC and UConn had a healthy hatred for each other when they shared a conference, a dislike that was exacerbated by Boston…

  3. Assigned Reading: Austin Hatch speaks to the media about his recovery, return to practice

    Nov 21, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT

    AP photo

    By now, you’ve surely heard the tragic tale of Austin Hatch. A former blue-chip recruit and Michigan-commit, Hatch has managed to survive two deadly plane crashes that robbed him of his family. In the first, back in 2003, his mother, 11-year old sister and five-year old brother perished. In 2011, to celebrate his commitment to…

  4. The Secondary Break: Thursday’s Links

    Nov 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Keith Dambrot

    NCAA sues video game maker, licensing firm (USA Today) In the latest twist in the O’Bannon lawsuit, the NCAA has filed lawsuits against both Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company in connection with those two entities’ intentions to settle with the plaintiffs. According to USA Today the suit alleges that EA and the CLC…

  5. Late Night Snacks: No. 21 Iowa State remains undefeated

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:24 AM EDT


    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 21 Iowa State 90, BYU 88 With Melvin Ejim, Dustin Hogue and DeAndre Kane all disqualified in crunch time, Iowa State was on the ropes in Provo. But the Cyclones were able to do enough to hang on, with a Daniel Edozie blocking a Tyler Haws jumper in the final…

  6. No. 21 Iowa State picks up a big win at BYU

    Nov 21, 2013, 12:18 AM EDT


    After beating a Michigan team that at the time was ranked in the Top 10 on Sunday afternoon, many wondered if No. 21 Iowa State would be able to follow that performance with a win at BYU. The Marriott Center has been one of the toughest environments for visiting teams to win in, especially one…

  7. North Carolina Central beats N.C. State for its first-ever win over an ACC school

    Nov 20, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT


    Levelle Moton’s North Carolina Central Eagles entered Wednesday with an 0-13 record all-time against ACC schools, and in 208 meetings members of the MEAC had won just five games against teams from the league. But those numbers meant little, as the Eagles rode a significant advantage at the foul line to an 82-72 overtime win…

  8. Odessa JC point guard Josh Gray commits to LSU

    Nov 20, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

    Josh Gray

    After verbally committing to Florida State earlier this fall, only to de-commit, it seems as if former Texas Tech guard Josh Gray has decided on where he’ll complete his college career. According to Brad Winton of, Gray has committed to LSU. Josh Gray of Odessa JC has committed to and will sign with LSU…

  9. Oakland reinstates Duke Mondy, Dante Williams after two-game suspension

    Nov 20, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT


    Last week the Oakland Golden Grizzlies’ road trip to California took a turn for the worse when it was reported that players Duke Mondy and Dante Williams were arrested on charges of felony rape. Those charges would ultimately be dropped, but head coach Greg Kampe made the decision to send both home ahead of the…

  10. Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: No. 21 Iowa State visits Provo

    Nov 20, 2013, 5:09 PM EDT


    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 21 Iowa State at BYU (9:30 p.m., ESPNU)  Just a couple days after beating then-No. 7 Michigan in Ames, Fred Hoiberg’s Cyclones visit BYU where they’ll encounter one of the nation’s better backcourt tandems (Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino) and one of the toughest environments around. Much will be made…

  11. Tyler Haws expects to return tonight against Iowa State

    Nov 20, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

    Tyler Haws, John Gage, Chasson Randle

    BYU gets paid a visit this evening by an Iowa State team that is coming off of an impressive victory over then-No. 7 Michigan. The Cyclones, like the Cougars, like to get up and down the floor. They like to score a lot of points. So it should come as no surprise that the biggest…

  12. Player of the Year Power Rankings: Marcus Smart leads the way

    Nov 20, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    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.…

  13. UCLA picks up a commitment from top 60 big man Thomas Welsh

    Nov 20, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    UCLA Introduces Steve Alford

    Steve Alford has put together an impressive trio of big men in his 2014 recruiting class. With five-star recruit Kevin Looney and Gyorgy Goloman already in the mix, Alford landed a commitment from Thomas Welsh on Tuesday. Welsh is a seven-footer that currently sits at No. 52 in Rivals top 150 rankings. Welsh is an…

  14. Grinnell may not do things the right way, but how should you feel about Jack Taylor?

    Nov 20, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    Jack Taylor1

    He was on the phone, on live television, when it finally hit him. Jonathan Coachman was introducing him on to the late edition of SportsCenter and as the first question was asked, he took it all in and reflected on what he had just accomplished. All the previous events in his life – the injury,…

  15. Valparaiso freshman Alec Peters hails from storm-battered Washington, IL

    Nov 20, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT


    The devastating storms that struck the Midwest this weekend hit a little to close to home for Alec Peters. A freshman that’s averaging 11 points and a team-high seven boards for Valparaiso this season is from Washington, IL, the town where the late-November tornadoes turned 500 houses into rubble and killed one person. A total…

  16. Billy Baron’s buzzer-beater to lift Canisius over Elon (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT


    I love this. Billy Baron, the star point guard for Canisius, is so calm and poised. You have no idea how much time is left in this game. He knows exactly what he wants to do this entire time, and he does it with deadly accuracy. It’s a lot more nonchalant than his last buzzer-beater.…

  17. Kevin Durant on Marcus Smart: He ‘can play in the league right now’

    Nov 20, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    Marcus Smart put on a show last night. He scored 24 of his 39 points in the first 12 minutes of the game, adding in five steals and two blocks for good measure. Everyone was impressed. Every sports website currently has some kind of column up about how good Smart was and the fact that…

  18. Business as usual: No. 11 Memphis can’t win a big game

    Nov 20, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT

    Michael Cobbins, Michael Dixon, Markel Brown

    It’s a topic that has become all too common for hoops fans in the city of Memphis. The Tigers entered the season with all kinds of hype and promise, finding themselves ranked in the top 15 based on the immense talent on their roster. And in their first marquee matchup of the season … they…

  19. Aaron Craft and his roommates hosted 1,000 students for Taco Tuesday (PHOTOS)

    Nov 20, 2013, 9:25 AM EDT


    Aaron Craft’s roommates started a twitter account last season called @CRAFTroomies where they document what life is like living with an all-american basketball player who just so happens to be an academic all-american as well. It’s pretty funny. The roommates aren’t afraid to make fun of Craft, and to his credit, Craft plays along. One…

  20. The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

    Nov 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT


    Not easy for Grinnell gunner to score 100-plus, until his coach makes it so (CBS Sports) It’s safe to say that the offensive exploits of one Jack Taylor have been quite controversial. While he does have two games of 100-plus points to his credit, there are the issues that many have not only with Grinnell’s…