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  1. The Mountain West is a two-team race, in everything

    Oct 22, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - North Carolina State v San Diego State

    The Mountain West Conference released a preseason media poll of their own on Monday. In all honesty, it was a formality. Only two teams truly matter in the conference race. San Diego State was picked to finish first, receiving 10 first place votes, with UNLV getting the other eight. San Diego State squeaked out the…

  2. Kentucky picked to win SEC, Phil Pressey tabbed preseason POY

    Oct 22, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Norfolk St v Missouri

    Ah, the glorious days that are the preseason, where everyone fawns over media and coaches polls. Preseason all-conference teams and players of the year. Today, the Southeastern Conference released their preseason media poll. And in the biggest non-shocker of the day, Kentucky was tabbed to repeat as regular season champions. The Wildcats received 17 of…

  3. Geno Auriemma wants the rims lowered in women’s college hoops

    Oct 22, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Geno Auriemma, Kelly Faris, Brianna Banks

    Geno Auriemma has never been short on opinions. We all remember the famous press conference after his UConn women’s team passed the UCLA men’s teams of the 70s for the consecutive wins title. This time, the seven-time national champion head coach spoke out in an article by the Hartford Courant about rules changes. The one…

  4. Reggie Johnson, three-point threat?

    Oct 22, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Jim Larranaga

    Apparently, Miami’s big man has been getting up some shots in the offseason for Jim Larranaga’s Hurricane squad. The info comes from this story by The Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan who wrote about how Larranaga’s message of continuity has spread, and it may be one of the keys that determines where Miami finishes this season…

  5. Memphis hopes ‘cutthroat rebounding’ improves prowess on boards

    Oct 22, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Memphis v Georgetown

    Anytime you hear the word ‘cutthroat’, chances are the meaning attached isn’t pretty. That applies to Memphis’ new rebounding drill. An article by Jason Smith of the Memphis Commercial Appeal details the Tigers’ new practice ritual for developing a killer instinct for hitting the boards. It’s ‘Cutthroat Rebounding.’ An assistant fires a shot from the…

  6. Isaiah Canaan thinks he’s the best player in the nation

    Oct 22, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette

    ….And honestly, he’s got a pretty good case for it. The Murray State senior point guard told USAToday’s Scott Gleeson that he believes he’s the best, based on a lot of things. One of those being that he’s “got a lot of wins under [his] belt.” “I don’t like to toot my own horn, but…

  7. Conference Preview: ACC topped by Tobacco Road triumvirate

    Oct 22, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Rodney Purvis, Lorenzo Brown

    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of the Top 25, click here. For a…

  8. Assigned Reading: Luke Winn’s ‘The Lost Art of Scoring’

    Oct 22, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

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    We don’t do this much around here, but every once in a while a story arises that doesn’t need to be summarized or interpreted. It doesn’t need any analysis or context, and it certainly doesn’t need another blogger chipping in with his two cents. It only needs to be read. Luke Winn provided just that…

  9. Utah PG Glen Dean underwent brain surgery last December

    Oct 22, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Larry Krystkowiak

    Glen Dean could very well end up being the starting point guard for Larry Krystkowiak’s when Utah’s season begins next month. And while that is a special moment for any player, it means for for Dean. while redshirting last season after transferring into the program from Eastern Washington, Dean nearly had his career — and…

  10. Delaware embraces standing as the hunted in the CAA

    Oct 22, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Men's Basketball Team 2007

    ARLINGTON, Va – Recruiting is a fickle science. As much as any coach or recruiting pundit wants to claim that they can watch an AAU game and pick out who will be the best collegiate players, so much of a program’s recruiting success can come down to dumb luck. Were you in the gym on…

  11. Comments by Shabazz Muhammad’s lawyer are not a good sign

    Oct 22, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Shabazz Muhammad

    It sounds like Shabazz Muhammad might be in trouble when it comes to his NCAA eligibility. Let’s ignore what we already know for a second. Let’s forget about the fact that he wasn’t cleared to go on a trip to China with the rest of his UCLA team and that his sister is sponsored by…

  12. Top 25 Countdown: No. 10 Baylor Bears

    Oct 22, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Baylor Bears' Jackson and Heslip sit on the bench during the second half of their men's NCAA South Regional basketball game against the Kentucky Wildcats in Atlanta

    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of the Top 25, click here.…

  13. The Morning Mix

    Oct 22, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    - Utah’s basketball team may not be very good. But that doesn’t mean the Utes can’t inspire.  In your #ReadoftheDay, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune details the remarkible journeyUtes’ guard Glen Dean went through last December when he was forced to undergo emergency brain surgery. Dean will be back on the court when…

  14. No set timeline for the NCAA investigation of Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson

    Oct 22, 2012, 1:23 AM EDT

    Kyle Anderson Shabazz Muhammad

    It’s one of the biggest questions hanging over college basketball as we rapidly approach the beginning of the season: when will the NCAA decide the fate of UCLA freshmen Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad? Both have yet to be cleared by the NCAA and they’ve begun their 40-day windows that allow them to practice with…

  15. Mum’s the word for Louisville forward Chane Behanan this semester

    Oct 22, 2012, 12:04 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Louisville v Michigan State

    There have been questions and speculation amongst Louisville fans in regards to the silence of sophomore forward Chane Behanan. And after Louisville’s second intra-squad scrimmage, which was won 85-74 by the Red team, on Sunday head coach Rick Pitino addressed the situation. Behanan has been given a gag order of sorts, as he has been…

  16. Injury bug bites UCLA as forward David Wear suffers a sprained ankle in practice

    Oct 21, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

    David Wear

    Less than two weeks after Tyler Lamb underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery another UCLA Bruin is injured, as the Associated Press reported that senior forward David Wear sprained his right ankle in practice on Sunday. Wear, who averaged 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season, will undergo X-rays on his ankle on Monday…

  17. Dayton wants to show its desire to keep the First Four with a sellout

    Oct 21, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Be it the three-year old First Four of the Opening Round Game before that, Dayton has been the “first stop” on college basketball’s journey to the Final Four for the last 13 years. And with the NCAA in the process of deciding between 2-year and 10-year proposals by the city to keep the First Four…

  18. Minnesota assistant Saul Smith placed on unpaid leave following DUI charge

    Oct 21, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

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    The last thing that Minnesota needed in the aftermath of power forward Trevor Mbakwe getting two more years of probation was to have someone else get in trouble. And more trouble came in the form of assistant coach Saul Smith being arrested on a charge of suspicion of driving under the influence early Saturday morning.…

  19. Report: 6-8 power forward Torren Jones verbally commits to Missouri

    Oct 21, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

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    Just days after 2013 power forward Johnathan Williams III Missouri landed another 2013 power forward, as 6-8 Torren Jones verbally committed to the SEC program. The news was first reported by Josh Paunil of National Recruiting Spotlight. Jones, who is Missouri’s fourth 2013 verbal commitment, transferred from Dobson (Mesa, AZ) High to La Lumiere Prep…

  20. Report: Boston College lands its first 2013 prospect as guard Garland Owens commits

    Oct 21, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    It’s been a tough couple of years for Steve Donahue at Boston College but the Eagles do have some young talent, most notably guard Patrick Heckmann and forwards Ryan Anderson and Dennis Clifford. And on Sunday BC picked up its first verbal commitment in the 2013 class as shooting guard Garland Owens chose Boston College…

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