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  1. Rick Pitino regrets leaving Kentucky for Boston Celtics, all based on getting Tim Duncan

    Feb 22, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT

    NCAA Final Four Kentucky Louisville Basketball

    Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has had his greatest success as a college coach, despite two different stints in the NBA. He’s the first coach in NCAA history to take three teams to the Final Four. He captured a national title for Kentucky in 1996. After the next year he took another shot at the…

  2. Saint Louis ends statement week with road win against Butler

    Feb 22, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Jim Crews

    Saint Louis left Hinkle Fieldhouse, handing Butler its fourth conference loss — two of them are to the Billikens — taking down the fifteenth-ranked Bulldogs 65-61 on Friday night to stay in first place in Atlantic 10 standings. The Billikens, behind hot shooting, started the second half with a 15-4 run, erasing a five-point halftime…

  3. Michael Carter-Williams says Syracuse has been, will be better than Georgetown

    Feb 22, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

    Long Beach State v Syracuse

    For the last time as members of the Big East, No. 11 Georgetown will roll in to upstate New York and take on rival No. 8 Syracuse. Michael Carter-Williams didn’t wait until the 4 p.m. tip to add to the rivalry. During the latest installment of The Mike and CJ Show — aired on Syracuse.com — the…

  4. Shabazz Napier thinks UConn could make a ‘crazy run’ if allowed in the NCAA Tournament

    Feb 22, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Shabazz Napier

    Following Thursday night’s 73-66 overtime win against Cincinnati, UConn improved to 8-5 in Big East Conference play. The Huskies are only two games out of first place. However, a postseason ban for 2013 strands the Huskies in Storrs once the Madness begins. In two weeks, UConn’s season ends in a regular season finale against Providence.…

  5. Report: Gazelle Group announces three of four hosts for next year’s 2K Sports Classic

    Feb 22, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Shabazz Napier, Kevin Ollie

    We’re not even in the month of March and things are happening in regards to the 2013-14 season. Three of the four host schools for November’s 2K Sports Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer are Boston College, Connecticut and Washington. Those schools will play in the semifinals and finals of the event, which are scheduled to…

  6. Coach K, Duke expect Ryan Kelly to return

    Feb 22, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Ryan Kelly

    Duke has played 15 games with Ryan Kelly and 11 without him. Following an 88-56 win at Virginia Tech on Thursday, the sixth-ranked Blue Devils are now 8-3 with Kelly in street clothes. Even though Kelly has been sidelined with a right foot injury since Jan. 9, and is still seen in a walking boot,…

  7. Julius Randle on Kansas: ‘That was a great visit’

    Feb 22, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

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    One of the nation’s top remaining recruits wrapped up his official visits this past weekend in Lawrence. Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian/Plano, Texas) was inside Allen Fieldhouse for the Jayhawks’ 73-47 win over Texas as former KU stars were in attendance. Being inside one of the best college basketball environments was more than enough for the…

  8. Charlotte dismisses leading scorer DeMario Mayfield from program

    Feb 22, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    DeMario Mayfield, Jeff Short

    Charlotte announced on Friday that junior guard DeMario Mayfield has been dismissed from the program. Mayfield, who began his college career at Georgia, has not played since being suspended indefinitely for a violation of athletic department policy on January 30. In 18 games this season Mayfield averaged 11.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, scoring…

  9. Pregame Shootaround 2.22.13: Saint Louis visits No. 15 Butler in critical A-10 battle

    Feb 22, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

    Troy Daniels, Jordair Jett

    Game of the Night: Saint Louis at No. 15 Butler (7:00 p.m.; ESPNU)  Friday’s schedule may be light, but the battle between the Billikens and Bulldogs more than makes up for it. Jim Crews’ team currently leads the Atlantic 10 and is coming off of an impressive beating of VCU earlier this week. Forward Dwayne…

  10. Former Miami assistants file motion with NCAA to get infractions cases dismissed

    Feb 22, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

    Jake Morton

    With the NCAA finally sending a notice of infractions to the University of Miami earlier this week, the school and those charged in the report have a limited amount of time in which to respond to the allegations. Three former assistant coaches at the school, two of them being former basketball assistants Jake Morton and…

  11. Creighton/Saint Mary’s headlines Ramada Bracketbusters event

    Feb 22, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    Saint Mary's College takes on Brigham Young University in Moraga

    The Ramada Bracketbusters event is one that’s had its fair share of detractors in recent years, and this will be the final season of the event. While the event did help mid-major programs from a scheduling standpoint there was also the feeling that Bracketbusters became a bit too bloated, and the games tended to serve…

  12. William Carey cheerleader sinks improbable half-court shot (VIDEO)

    Feb 22, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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    William Carey University junior Ashlee Arnau’s half-court shot during halftime of the men’s basketball team’s game against Auburn-Montgomery may be the best that we see all season. But this wasn’t your standard half-court shot. Arnau, who is also a member of the school’s soccer and track teams, pulled off the front-flip throw that’s seen more…

  13. Top 10 tidbits: Indiana, Jim Larranaga and more

    Feb 22, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Indiana v Michigan State

    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. Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller, Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls, Will Sheehey, …etc.  No more needs to be said.  In this wild season of college hoops, it’s taken us until the third…

  14. Can anyone make or break their NCAA tournament bid this weekend?

    Feb 22, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Darrun Hilliard

    Six bubble games to keep an eye on this weekend: No. 17 Marquette at Villanova (6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN): The Wildcats put themselves into really good position to earn an at-large bid when they won at UConn last Saturday. But Villanova’s work is far from down, as an 18 point loss to Columbia weighs down…

  15. Miami, Marquette and Pitt among the teams on Upset Alert this weekend

    Feb 22, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

    Shane Larkin

    Who’s Getting Upset?: No. 2 Miami at Wake Forest (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2) I know this sounds silly, but hear me out. Miami has struggled their last two games. They needed a three-pointer from Kenny Kadji with 17 seconds left to beat Clemson on Sunday. On Tuesday, it was Shane Larkin finding Reggie Johnson by himself…

  16. Games of the Weekend: Join 35,000 in watching Georgetown-Syracuse

    Feb 22, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

    Otto Porter Jr.

    Game of the Weekend: No. 11 Georgetown at No. 8 Syracuse (Sat., 4 p.m. ET, CBS) The best rivalry in the prestigious history of the Big East will come to a close this season, as Syracuse is headed to the ACC while Georgetown will, eventually, become a member of the new Catholic 7 conference, whatever form…

  17. The Morning Mix

    Feb 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Not too much heavy lifting last night. Cal beat Oregon thanks to a Justin Cobbs buzzer-beater. Delaware beat Drexel in double overtime on a controversial no call, and if you get to the bottom, you’ll be rewarded with a hilarious story about a radio broadcaster who doesn’t take no flack from no referee. Enjoy. Let’s…

  18. BYU’s tournament hopes hinge on three March nights in Las Vegas

    Feb 22, 2013, 2:32 AM EDT

    Saint Mary's College takes on Brigham Young University in Moraga

    With their three Top 100 victories coming at the expense of Tennessee State and Santa Clara (twice), BYU’s visit to Saint Mary’s was an important one in regards to their NCAA tournament hopes. BYU lost the game 64-57, and a look at their overall body of work underlines the fact that a win wasn’t going…

  19. Late Night Snacks: Saint Mary’s, California improve respective resumes

    Feb 22, 2013, 1:38 AM EDT

    Matthew Dellavedova, Randy Bennett

    Game of the Night: Saint Mary’s 64, BYU 57 The Gaels, in the first of two games that will have a significant impact on their NCAA tournament hopes, did enough late to hold off the Cougars in Moraga. Matthew Dellavedova scored 20 points and Beau Levesque added 17 for the Gaels, who host Creighton on…

  20. NCAA tournament berth, Pac-12 regular season crown well within California’s reach (VIDEO)

    Feb 21, 2013, 11:52 PM EDT

    Justin Cobbs, E.J. Singler

    Just over a month ago California dropped a 69-59 decision at rival Stanford, falling to 2-3 in Pac-12 play and not looking anything like an NCAA tournament team. Mike Montgomery’s Golden Bears have gone 7-2 since that loss, which includes their current streak of six wins in their last seven games, and at this rate…