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  1. Wisconsin’s Vitto Brown sings national anthem at Red/White Scrimmage (VIDEO)

    Oct 27, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Wisconsin Athletics

    With the loss of Jared Berggren, Mike Bruesewitz, Ryan Evans from last season’s 23-win squad, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan will rely on returnees such as guards Ben Brust and Josh Gasser and wing Sam Dekker to lead the way in 2013-14. Also of importance for Wisconsin is the arrival of a talented five-man freshman…

  2. Latest BYU lip-sync video features Matt Carlino and a classic Skee-Lo tune (VIDEO)

    Oct 27, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    NIT Washington BYU Basketball

    Just a few days ago a video featuring BYU’s Tyler Haws, Luke Worthington and Skyler Halford lip-syncing Chicago’s “You’re the Inspiration” hit the internet, with the Cougars using such videos to have some fun while also promoting upcoming contests. The latest submission comes from junior guard Matt Carlino, who lip-syncs the classic tune “I Wish”…

  3. 2014 combo guard Tre Harris commits to Kansas State

    Oct 27, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    La Salle v Kansas State

    With Will Spradling, Omari Lawrence and Shane Southwell all being seniors this season, the Kansas State Wildcats can use some additional backcourt depth in 2014. On Saturday night the program received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-5 combo guard Tre Harris, a native of Edwardsville, Ill. who currently attends Fishburne Military Academy in Virginia. Harris is…

  4. P.J. Hairston gets loudest ovation, shines at North Carolina’s Late Night with Roy (VIDEO)

    Oct 27, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    P.J. Hairston

    P.J. Hairston’s offseason was well-documented, as the North Carolina junior guard couldn’t stay out of trouble. Even though it is unclear when Hairston will take the floor this season, he did appear in front of the Tar Heel faithful in uniform on Friday night for the program’s annual Late Night with Roy. Despite his off-the-court…

  5. Kent State coach Rob Senderoff dresses as Jackie Moon during Hoops ‘n’ Halloween (PHOTO)

    Oct 27, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    Rob Senderoff

    Hope you all enjoyed Hoops ‘n’ Halloween!!! We had a great turnout and Jackie Moon joined us as guest coach. — KentStMBB (@KentStMBB) October 27, 2013 Will Ferrell is a popular actor among college basketball coaches. Earlier this preseason at Kansas’ Late Night at the Phog, head coach Bill Self reenacted Ferrell’s iconic role as Ron…

  6. Michigan’s Mitch McGary has no timetable for return

    Oct 27, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

    VCU v Michigan

    Mitch McGary enters as one of the best big men in the country, though he has been sidelined with a lower back condition since September. The Michigan Wolverines open the season on Nov. 8 against UMass Lowell. However, it’s unclear if McGary will play, as no timetable has been set for a return. “I really don’t…

  7. San Diego State lands commitment from four-star small forward Zylan Cheatham

    Oct 27, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT


    Steve Fisher landed his fourth commit, continuing to add to the success he’s had on the recruiting trail for his program’s Class of 2014. South Mountain High (Ariz.) small forward Zylan Cheatham, ranked No. 73 overall in the Class of 2014 by Rivals, committed to San Diego State during a press conference at the Arizona…

  8. POSTERIZED: Duke’s Semi Ojeleye throws down insane one-handed dunk at practice (VIDEO)

    Oct 27, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Semi Ojeleye, Joel Clemmons

    Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood are the two most talked about newcomers to the Duke program this season, and rightfully so. But during this preseason, freshman forward Semi Ojeleye is doing everything to remind the Cameron Crazies that he was a four-start prospect coming out of Ottawa High (Kan.). Last week at Duke’s midnight madness,…

  9. Duke debuts faster pace in preseason victory

    Oct 26, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT


    This year’s Duke team is younger than what we usually see in Durham. That’s tough, because everyone’s still learning how to play the right way. It’s also a great opportunity, because everyone’s still learning how to play the right way. That means a clever coach can introduce a new style of play without as much…

  10. Assigned reading: St. John’s grew up this summer

    Oct 26, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    photo courtesy St. John's Sports Information

    It’s always helpful to remember that famous people are human. That goes double for college athletes, who are, after all, college kids. Every time I read a tut-tutting expose about a college basketball player’s off-court indiscretions, one thought runs through my mind: thank god nobody was watching me that closely when I was 19. That’s what…

  11. Nicki Minaj appeared at Villanova’s Hoops Mania (PHOTO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    Nicki Minaj performed at Villanova's Hoops Mania

    Sometimes a big hoops budget buys meat-and-potatoes type stuff like weight rooms, new uniforms and charter flights. Sometimes, it buys you a visit from Nicki Minaj for your preseason basketball event, as it did with Villanova’s Hoops Mania. had the full story, such as it was: After a week that included rumours involving Kendrick…

  12. POSTERIZED: Basil Smothers, man (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT


    Purdue hosted their black and gold scrimmage on Friday night, and Basil Smotherman proved that he’s more than just the No. 17 player in our All-Name Power Rankings. (MORE: Watch all of this year’s #POSTERIZED’s here)

  13. Kansas State remakes ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ intro (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    La Salle v Kansas State

    This is simply fantastic. Kansas State held their Midnight Madness on Friday night, and as an intro, the team remade the opening of one of the greatest television shows of any era: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Shane Southwell does a valiant job playing the role of Will Smith, and the result is more or less…

  14. POSTERIZED: Providence guard Brandon Austin shuts down Midnight Madness (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT


    Providence freshman Brandon Austin made his way to campus from Philly this summer amid much fanfare. When you’re a 6-foot-7 point guard with a penchant for spectacular aerial antics, that tends to happen. Austin certainly energized the Friar fanbase on Friday night, as he channeled his inner Vince Carter by going between his legs on…

  15. Chris Mack is The Real Slim Shady (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Chris Mack

    Chris Mack entered Xavier’s Midnight Madness last night to Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady, which is fitting for Mack, who looks like Marshall Mathers got stretched out a foot. Too bad he didn’t step onto the floor rapping. The Xavier Musketeers unofficially kicked off their season with the 2013-14 Skyline Chili Musketeer Madness celebration last…

  16. Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard loses hot dog eating contest to Kobayashi (VIDEO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Willard

    While we’ve gone over the many different ways that America’s elite college basketball programs entice fans to Midnight Madness-style celebrations, one of the more original ideas in recent years was Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard — and a few Seton Hall students — taking on hot dog eating champion Kobayashi as they did last…

  17. Mizzou honors ’93-94 team at Hearnes Center during exhibition opener

    Oct 26, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

    (Ryan Henriksen/Columbia Daily Tribune)

    Honoring the great 1993-94 Missouri team that went 14-0 in Big Eight play, the current Tigers opened their exhibition season in the 41-year-old Hearnes Center for perhaps the final time with a 73-48 victory over Oklahoma City University on Friday night. The Tigers and 9,222 of their home faithful honored Norm Stewart’s acclaimed group of players…

  18. Minnesota lands a point guard as Nate Mason verbally commits

    Oct 25, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2013 Class Announcement

    With three of their expected perimeter contributors entering the 2013-14 season being seniors, the Minnesota Golden Gophers were in need of a point guard as head coach Richard Pitino looks to begin a successful run in the Twin Cities. While many held out hope that the program would be able to reel in highly regarded…

  19. 2014 forward Ray Kasongo verbally commits to attend Oregon

    Oct 25, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT


    Early this month 2014 combo forward Ray Kasongo reportedly decided that he would attend Oregon, picking the Ducks over UConn. But within hours of making that decision Kasongo had a change of heart, announcing that he needed more time to make his decision. On Friday Kasongo made that decision, re-committing to Oregon via his Twitter…

  20. St. John’s sophomore center Chris Obekpa suspended for both exhibition games

    Oct 25, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Russ Smith, Chris Obekpa

    When St. John’s took the court for their Red Storm Tip-Off tonight they were without an important piece. Earlier Friday the school announced that sophomore center Chris Obekpa has been suspended for two games due to a violation of university policy. The two games will be the Red Storm’s exhibitions against San Francisco State and…