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  1. Naismith Hall of Fame announces 20 watch list finalists for Bob Cousy Award

    Jan 10, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Duke University's Quinn Cook reacts after hitting a three-point shot against Clemson Univeristy during the second half of their NCAA basketball game in Durham

    A list that began with 80 players has been trimmed down to 20, as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Thursday its finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, which is given to the nation’s best point guard. Of the 20 finalists two are freshmen, Arizona State’s Jahii Carson and Oklahoma State’s Marcus…

  2. NC State walk-on guard Staats Battle charged with driving while impaired

    Jan 10, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT


    In the early hours of New Year’s Day, NC State walk-on guard Staats Battle was arrested on a charge of driving while impaired, as reported by WRAL television in Raleigh. Battle, who did not dress for games against Boston College and Georgia Tech, has played in just seven games this season and played a total…

  3. Breaking Down: Iowa State’s upset bid, a clinic on neutralizing shotblockers

    Jan 10, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

    Iowa State v Kansas

    All that anyone is talking about here on Thursday — other than, of course, this ridiculous dunk that Jamaal Franklin managed to pull off — is Ben McLemore. Deservedly so. The freshman had 33 points on 10-12 shooting in an overtime win over Iowa State. He also just so happened to bank-in the game-tying three…

  4. College basketball’s 7th-leading scorer to get knee surgery

    Jan 10, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

    Darren White, Titus Rubles

    Campbell suffered a big blow on Thursday as it was announced that Darren White will have surgery on Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. White was averaging 21.8 points, good for seventh in the country, and 7.2 boards this season of the Camels, who were picked to win the Big South’s North…

  5. The Player of the Year strawpoll says: Plumlee, Burke, McDermott

    Jan 10, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

    Mason Plumlee, Elliott Eliason, Andre Hollins

    One of my favorite things that ESPN rolls out during college basketball season is their Player of the Year straw poll, which is conducted by Michigan beat-writer Mike Rothstein. Essentially, what he does is reach out to the hordes of media members he knows and gets them to submit their top three, in order. The…

  6. Pregame Shootaround 1.10.2013: Gonzaga and St. Mary’s square off

    Jan 10, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Kelly Olynyk

    Game of the Day: 11:00 p.m.: St. Mary’s at No. 10 Gonzaga (ESPN2) The WCC will consistently be one of the nation’s best mid-major conferences, and it’s not just because Mark Few has turned Gonzaga into a national power. While the addition of BYU made this perennially a three-bid league, it’s the growth of the…

  7. Jim Boeheim on the ACC: “I’m sure there’s a couple of Denny’s down there”

    Jan 10, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Eastern Michigan v Syracuse

    No. 7 Syracuse visited Providence last night, beating the Friars 72-66 in a game that saw 23 points and 11 boards from CJ Fair, a homecoming of sorts for Michael Carter-Williams and the kind of en fuego shooting start from Bryce Cotton that would make Dan Patrick envious. But that wasn’t the story of this…

  8. Towson, Jerrelle Benimon off to hot start in CAA play

    Jan 10, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Jerrelle Benimon, Nate Lubick

    If you are a Georgetown fan, please, stop reading this now. Just turn off your laptop and put away your iPhone. Trust me on this. Because after watching your Hoyas struggle to score 50 points for what seems like the 10th consecutive game in a 73-45 loss at home to Pitt, you probably don’t want…

  9. 10 tidbits to know: Cuse FT struggles, Bama’s youth movement

    Jan 10, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Jim Boeheim

    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. As impressive as the Syracuse Orange are, free throw shooting is a major flaw with Jim Boeheim’s team.  At 64% they are one of the worst from the charity stripe…

  10. Cleanthony Early: 39 in comeback win. Gregg Marshall: Coach of the Year?

    Jan 10, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

    Southern Illinois Wichita St Basketball

    You see that picture to the right? The one right next to this text? It’s Cleanthony Early, and that’s a picture of him not giving a good gull dern about Wichita State’s injury issues. The Shockers are missing three starters — that includes their best perimeter shooter, Ron Baker, and Carl Hall, who, at the…

  11. Eastern Kentucky blows out Murray State on road, moves to 3-0 in OVC

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT


    Heading into the season, we knew that the Ohio Valley was going to be one of the tougher conferences in the country. You may have missed it in all the other realignment news, but Belmont, one of the nation’s strongest mid-major programs, jumped from the Atlantic Sun to the OVC. That league already included Tennessee…

  12. Four Boise State players, including top scorer Derrick Marks, suspended

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:03 AM EDT

    Derrick Marks, Gregory Echenique

    Last night, we wrote about Boise State’s impressive road win at previously-undefeated Wyoming. Jeff Elorriaga his a buzzer-beating three to cap a thrilling final three minutes for the Broncos. But what made the performance all the more impressive is that Boise State was able to do it while playing without four members of their rotation,…

  13. The Morning Mix

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brandon Paul, Trevor Mbakwe

    Last night was fun, wasn’t it? What’s that? You didn’t watch college hoops all night like I did? You totally missed out. But fear not, because The Morning Mix is here to get you caught up to speed on all the happenings. But I’m warning you, last night was crazy. Or as the kids say…

  14. Late Night Snacks: Wednesday proves why conference play is unmatched

    Jan 10, 2013, 1:59 AM EDT


    Games of the Night No. 6 Kansas 97, Iowa State 89 (OT) Kansas trailed by six points with close to four minutes remaining, but freshman Ben McLemore hit a clutch bank three-pointer with one second remaining to tie the game at 79-79. The Jayhawks controlled overtime and got the victory. McLemore finished with 33 points…

  15. Words cannot describe Jamaal Franklin’s dunk against Fresno State (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2013, 1:55 AM EDT

    Jamaal Franklin

    What you are about to see is the most ballsy display of posterization the world has ever seen. And I’m not just throwing out crazy words to make this an entertaining post. What San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin did against Fresno State on Wednesday night is not taught by any coach, counselor or instructor. There…

  16. No. 8 Minnesota rolls through No. 12 Illinois, 84-67

    Jan 10, 2013, 1:10 AM EDT

    Minnesota v Illinois

    For the past week, ever since Minnesota kicked off Big Ten play with a win over Michigan State in The Barn, I’ve said that the team that wins big games on the road will win the Big Ten, and that until that road win comes, keep the hype in check. Well, Gopher fans, it is…

  17. No. 25 New Mexico holds off No. 24 UNLV in tough Mountain West opener

    Jan 10, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT

    New Mexico UNLV

    The Mountain West is going to be the most exciting conference west of the Mississippi this season. Not convinced? Enter “Exhibit A,” UNLV-New Mexico Wednesday night. Behind 23 points and eight rebounds from big man Alex Kirk, No. 25 New Mexico fought off a late push from No. 24 UNLV to win, 65-60, at The…

  18. Boise State hands Wyoming their first loss on a buzzer-beater

    Jan 10, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

    Jeff Elorriaga

    We’re used to Boise State playing spoiler to perfect seasons, but it’s usually on the gridiron, not the basketball court. But for the second time this year, the Broncos handed a top 25 team their first loss of the season. On Wednesday night, Leon Rice’s club went into Laramie and knocked off Wyoming, 63-61, on…

  19. Brandon Paul dunks, fouls and gets the bucket (VIDEO)

    Jan 9, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Brandon Paul, Aaron Craft

    Illinois’ Brandon Paul is a dynamic high-octane scorer. He dropped 35 points against Gonzaga earlier this season and who can forget his 43-point performance against Ohio State a year ago. But lost in all the hype of his scoring ability is his underrated dunking acumen. We haven’t seen the 6-foot-4 senior go off on somebody…

  20. Ben McLemore saves Kansas in thrilling overtime win against Iowa State

    Jan 9, 2013, 9:29 PM EDT

    Ben McLemore

    Kansas needed a hero Wednesday night, locked in a tough conference opener against Iowa State. The hero they got is a precocious 6-5 freshman who, judging by his performance against the Cyclones, has no reservations about stepping up in high-pressure situations on national television. McLemore scored 33 points on an efficient 10-of-12 shooting, including 6-of-6…