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  1. Derrick Nix believes Michigan State is still being overlooked

    Feb 15, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Derrick Nix

    Michigan State shares first place in the Big Ten standings with top-ranked Indiana and are coming off a dismantling of Michigan on Tuesday night. While the Spartans are rolling, senior captain Derrick Nix feels like they aren’t getting the respect they deserve. “I don’t know if it’s us as players, I don’t know if it’s…

  2. Kansas basketball does the Harlem Shake (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Chattanooga v Kansas

    Kansas snapped a three-game losing skid on Monday with an 83-62 win over Kansas State. The Jayhawks not only defeated their in-state rival, but they also stayed atop the Big 12 standings. And how did they celebrate? Like so many people have done in recent weeks — they did Harlem Shake, the new viral meme…

  3. Frank Martin doesn’t hold back after loss to LSU (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    USC hires Frank Martin

    South Carolina coach Frank Martin was less than pleased with his team’s performance in Thursday’s 64-46 loss to LSU. The Gamecocks are now tied for the bottom spot in the SEC, and are currently riding a five-game losing streak. When Frank Martin left Kansas State for South Carolina it was clear that this season had…

  4. Julius Randle to visit Kansas this weekend for Texas game

    Feb 15, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT


    A week after visiting Texas and just weeks before a potential return to the floor, one of the nation’s top recruits Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian/Plano, Texas) will take an official visit to Kansas this weekend. The Jayhawks are in contention for Randle’s services along with Florida, Kentucky, Texas and N.C. State and he has previously…

  5. Oregon point guard Dominic Artis will not play against Washington State on Saturday

    Feb 15, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

    Dominic Artis

    Oregon freshman point guard Dominic Artis hasn’t played since Jan. 23 and that won’t change this weekend against Washington State. On Friday, Ducks head coach Dana Altman ruled out his freshman guard, according to Adam Jude The Oregonian, making it the seventh game he has missed since going down with a foot injury. The No. 23 Ducks…

  6. Mocking the Bracket: What we learned

    Feb 15, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT


    (Click on the bracket to enlarge it) I spent 15 hours over the past two locked in a room with 19 other writers going through the (expedited) process that the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee goes through to build the country’s most anticipated bracket. To avoid driving home the same points that have been made by…

  7. Rick Pitino, Jerry Tarkanian among 12 finalists for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Feb 15, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

    St John's v Louisville

    The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame released its 12 finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame on Friday morning, and three of college basketball’s greatest coaches are among the finalists. Guy V. Lewis, Rick Pitino and Jerry Tarkanian are all finalists for the Hall of Fame, and in order to be inducted they’ll…

  8. Maryland guard Pe’Shon Howard suspended for Saturday’s game against No. 2 Duke

    Feb 15, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    Pe'Shon Howard, Justin Anderson

    Given the lack of high-profile wins on their resume, Maryland’s home game against No. 2 Duke is a critical one for Mark Turgeon’s Terrapins. And if they’re to beat Duke the Terrapins will have to do so without junior guard Pe’Shon Howard, who has been suspended for a violation of team rules. Howard has struggled…

  9. Butler center Andrew Smith game-time decision for Saturday’s game at Fordham

    Feb 15, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    Andrew Smith, Dwayne Smith

    Senior center Andrew Smith, who missed No. 11 Butler’s game against Charlotte on Wednesday due to an abdominal injury, has been cleared to return to practice and is a game-time decision for Saturday’s game at Fordham according to a school release. Smith suffered the injury going after a loose ball in the Bulldogs’ 59-56 win…

  10. Pregame Shootaround 2.15.13: Cincinnati looks to bolster NCAA tournament resume

    Feb 15, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Otto Porter Jr., John Thompson III

    Game of the Night: No. 15 Georgetown at Cincinnati (9:00 p.m.; ESPN)  Mick Cronin’s Bearcats are in good shape to return to the NCAA tournament, but a win over the visiting Hoyas would not only add to their resume but also keep Cincinnati in the Big East title race. Georgetown arrives in Cincinnati with an…

  11. Mountain West tournaments to remain in Las Vegas through 2016

    Feb 15, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT


    This spring Las Vegas will host four conference tournaments, and on Friday the conference that has been there the longest announced its decision to remain in Sin City. The Mountain West announced on Friday that the league’s men’s and women’s basketball championships will remain in Las Vegas through 2016, with the Thomas & Mack Center continuing…

  12. St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin to resume duties on Monday

    Feb 15, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT


    After losing 72-58 at No. 12 Louisville on Thursday night, St. John’s doesn’t play another game until Wednesday night when they host South Florida. The Red Storm, who have been without head coach Steve Lavin for the last two games due to the passing of his father, will have their head coach back for that…

  13. Minnesota shows off dance moves following win over Wisconsin (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    Andre Hollins

    Sometimes a team simply needs to cut loose, and that may have been the case for Minnesota following their 58-53 overtime win over No. 20 Wisconsin on Thursday night. Tubby Smith’s team was 2-6 in the eight games prior, and another loss would have widened the gap between the Golden Gophers and the top five…

  14. 10 tidbits to know: Louisville bounces back, bad three-point shooting and more

    Feb 15, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

    St John's v Louisville

    Vin Parise is a former assistant college coach and the college basketball insider for NBC Sports. Look for his Top 10 Tidbits every week. 1. Louisville wins at home yet again, this time vs St. John’s 72-58. The Cardinals final 3 home games are Seton Hall, Cincinnati and Notre Dame — so Rick Pitino’s team…

  15. Weekend preview: Who breaks loose in the Atlantic 10?

    Feb 15, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    CBE Hall Of Fame Classic

    Who proves themselves to be elite in the Atlantic 10 this weekend? If there was a conference that had a collective of bigger games this weekend, I’ve yet to see it. Three games, six teams, with conference title hopes play on Saturday. St. Joseph’s (14-9, 5-5) at La Salle (17-6, 7-3), Temple (16-8, 5-5) at UMass…

  16. Weekend preview: Gonzaga can’t figure out San Francisco on the road

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    WCC Basketball Tournament - Semifinals San Francisco v Saint Mary's

    Who’s getting upset? No. 5 Gonzaga at San Francisco (Sat., 4:30 p.m. EST, ROOT): History is suggesting this one. Look at the past few years, and the Bulldogs have had an incredibly hard time traveling to War Memorial Gym. The last time they went there, they lost 66-65 last season. The time before that? A 96-91…

  17. Weekend preview: Ohio State/Wisconsin highlight, Duke/Maryland is sneaky good

    Feb 15, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Wisconsin v Ohio State

    Game of the weekend: No. 13 Ohio State at No. 20 Wisconsin (Sun., 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS): Another weekend, another huge battle in the Big Ten battle. These things are starting to ease into the place of NFL Sundays real quick. Wisconsin took a loss at Minnesota on Thursday night. That hurts, but a win…

  18. The Morning Mix

    Feb 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kelly Olynyk, Drew Barham

    Friday’s schedule may consist of just 11 games but there are some solid contests to check out, most notably No. 15 Georgetown visiting Cincinnati. The Hoyas can move into first place in the Big East with a win, while a victory for the Bearcats would strengthen their NCAA tournament credentials. Two schools separated by ten…

  19. Late Night Snacks: Colorado, Minnesota pick up quality home wins over ranked foes

    Feb 15, 2013, 2:48 AM EDT

    Colorado fans

    Game of the Night: Duquesne 84, Temple 83 Jim Ferry’s Dukes entered Thursday on an 11-game losing streak and 0-8 all-time at the Liacouras Center, but they pulled off the upset due to two Derrick Colter free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining. For Duquesne the win is a positive step in the first season of…

  20. Arizona’s recent offensive struggles will prove costly if not fixed soon

    Feb 15, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

    Solomon Hill, Nick Johnson, Andre Roberson

    After Solomon Hill hit a jumper with 1:28 remaining in the first half to pull No. 9 Arizona to within five of Colorado, the Wildcats went more than four minutes without a point. The Buffaloes took advantage, pushing their lead out to 15, giving Colorado the cushion needed to beat Arizona 71-58. Sean Miller’s team…