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  1. Kamari Murphy’s week in Orlando stands to be a key development for Oklahoma State

    Nov 29, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

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    The finish to the Old Spice Classic semifinal between No. 5 Oklahoma State and Butler was not a work of art to say the least. The two teams combined to shoot 0-for-6 from the field and 1-for-7 from the foul line down the stretch, with Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart accounting for three of the misses…

  2. Louisville forward Chane Behanan cleared of any wrongdoing in Final Four ring auction

    Nov 29, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

    University of Louisville's Chane Behanan celebrates his team's win over North Carolina A&T after winning their second round NCAA basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington

    It’s been an eventful 2013-14 season for Louisville junior forward and we’re not even done with the month of November. There was the indefinite suspension that lasted for one game despite having the appearance of something far more severe when originally announced, and in recent days there’s been the 2012 Final Four ring controversy. Behanan’s…

  3. Friday’s Pregame Shootaround: Top 10 showdown highlights ‘Black Friday’ slate

    Nov 29, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

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    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 6 Duke (6:00 p.m., ESPN)  This one’s an easy choice, as two teams with hopes of winning a national title face off at Madison Square Garden. One thing to watch: how both teams defend on the perimeter. Duke’s issues have been well-publicized to this point in…

  4. Physical altercation led to San Francisco PG Cody Doolin’s departure

    Nov 29, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

    USF Athletics

    If there’s one thing that the West Coast Conference can boast about it’s good guard play, with a number of teams being led by outstanding perimeter players. One of those programs was San Francisco, with senior point guard Cody Doolin being one of the league’s most experienced players. On the heels of a season in…

  5. The Secondary Break: Friday’s Links

    Nov 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Marcus Paige, Chris Jones

    Paige lighting it up for North Carolina – at off-guard (Cedar Rapids Gazette) One of the biggest keys in North Carolina’s improvement since their loss to Belmont has been the play of sophomore guard Marcus Paige. A highly regarded point guard out of high school, Paige has done the majority of his damage off the…

  6. Late Night Snacks: Thanksgiving leftovers are the best

    Nov 29, 2013, 2:53 AM EDT

    Roy Devyn Marble, Justin Martin, Jalen Reynolds

    GAME OF THE DAY: George Washington 71, Miami (FL) 63 OT George Washington blew a lead in the second half, but Joe McDonald’s driving layup tied the game and forced overtime. McDonald hit a big three and had a nice assist to Isaiah Armwood for a dunk in overtime to spark a 10-0 run that…

  7. Tim Floyd tees off on Andy Enfield: ‘We’re not going to take it in the shorts’

    Nov 29, 2013, 2:21 AM EDT

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    The feud between USC head coach Andy Enfield and UTEP head coach Tim Floyd just keeps getting better. Here’s a quick recap: Floyd was a candidate for the USC job — a job that he left four years ago in the wake of O.J. Mayo’s “career” — but Enfield got the job over him. A…

  8. No. 20 Creighton gets 27 from Doug McDermott, stifles Jahii Carson in blowout

    Nov 29, 2013, 2:04 AM EDT

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    Doug McDermott went for 27 points and No. 20 Creighton’s defense held Jahii Carson to 15 points and four assists while forcing him into five turnovers as the Bluejays worked over the Sun Devils, 88-60. The Bluejays shot 53.4% from the floor and 12-for-25 from three, meaning that, on the season, Creighton is knocking down…

  9. UTEP successfully befuddles Tennessee on both ends of the floor (VIDEO)

    Nov 29, 2013, 1:27 AM EDT

    Tim Floyd

    While much of the chatter regarding UTEP head coach Tim Floyd at this week’s Battle 4 Atlantis is focused on his ongoing feud with USC head coach Andy Enfield, the fact of the matter is that the man’s pretty good when it comes to basketball strategy. And that ability, along with the skill of his…

  10. No. 23 Iowa manages to come back, beating Xavier in overtime (VIDEO)

    Nov 28, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    mccaffery

    Most of the teams participating in this weekend’s Battle 4 Atlantis left cold environments for The Bahamas, and while the change in climate is definitely a bonus it can also affect the players in a negative manner. That was the case for the two best players on the floor during the quarterfinal matchup between Xavier…

  11. Reserves make the difference as No. 2 Kansas holds off Wake Forest

    Nov 28, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

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    There’s no doubt that No. 2 Kansas doesn’t lack for talent, as one of the nation’s best freshman classes combines with some solid returnees to form the rotation that many expect to make a run at yet another Big 12 title and possibly a national title as well. Of course there’s Andrew Wiggins, and classmates…

  12. No. 5 Oklahoma State’s win over Purdue exemplifies issues with new foul rules

    Nov 28, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    Marcus Smart is building a nice little reputation for himself as the best first half player … ever? Smart scored 24 of his 30 points in the first half of No. 5 Oklahoma State’s 97-87 win over Purdue, hitting 4-for-6 from three and adding four rebounds and four assists. The Pokes led by more than…

  13. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Turkey Day Tourneys!

    Nov 28, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Jahii Carson

    GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 20 Creighton vs. Arizona State, 11:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2) You like scoring? You like stars? You like two teams that can get up and down the floor? Well then have I got a game for you. The Bluejays look like they could end up being the best team in the…

  14. No. 6 Duke vs. No. 4 Arizona is more than just a matchup of freshmen

    Nov 28, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — No. 6 Duke got the win they were supposed to get and they did it the way they were supposed to do it. Freshman…

  15. Late Night Snacks: Kentucky, Duke, Arizona and Syracuse all win

    Nov 28, 2013, 3:09 AM EDT

    State Farm Champions Classic - Michigan State v Kentucky

    GAME OF THE DAY: No. 4 Arizona 66, Drexel 62 Arizona erased a deficit that reached 19 points at the seven minute mark of the first half, using a 25-4 run to regain the lead and a late surge to take control down the stretch. Drexel got terrific play from their back court of Chris…

  16. No. 8 Syracuse provides answers to key questions in Maui Invitational title run

    Nov 28, 2013, 12:56 AM EDT

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    While No. 8 Syracuse was immediately considered to be a contender for the ACC title in their first season in the league, with the coaches picking them to finish second behind Duke in the preseason poll, there were still some questions for Jim Boeheim’s team to answer. How would they account for the loss of…

  17. Impressive finale caps productive Maui trip for Dayton

    Nov 27, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

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    If performances in these early-season events are any indication of what to expect when conference play rolls around in January, the Atlantic 10 is in for a fun regular season race. UMass won the Charleston Classic on Sunday (despite two losses in San Juan, VCU will be fine), and Dayton capped a good three days…

  18. No. 4 Arizona overcomes 19 point deficit, proves defense is how they’ll win games

    Nov 27, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

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    From Nov. 20th thru Dec. 1st, I’ll be on the road, hitting 21 games in 11 days. To follow along and read my stories from the road, click here. NEW YORK — No. 4 Arizona came out like they were more concerned with where they were going to eat Thanksgiving dinner than the Drexel Dragons…

  19. USC, UTEP coaching staffs get into heated discussion at Battle 4 Atlantis reception

    Nov 27, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    UTEP Southern Miss Basketball

    “Tim Floyd shows up every day at work and realizes he lives in El Paso, Texas. And he’s pissed off that he didn’t get the USC job two months ago. I told him, ‘Tim, if I could have all this power to somehow convince a family to do this, why the heck didn’t the kid…

  20. Oregon’s Dana Altman receives contract extension through 2019-20 season

    Nov 27, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

    Oregon Ducks coach Altman yells out to his team against Louisville during their Midwest Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Indianapolis

    Dana Altman’s enjoyed a nice run of success during his three-plus seasons at Oregon, leading the Ducks to their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2007 last season and getting off to a 4-0 start in 2013-14. During his time in Eugene Altman’s racked up a record of 77-37, and for that he’s been rewarded with…