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  1. No. 8 Cincinnati comes back to beat No. 24 Pitt

    Dec 31, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Cincinnati v Pittsburgh

    Big East play kicked off at noon on New Years Eve, and while midnight may bring us a new year, it looks like some things haven’t changed in Pittsburgh. The No. 24 Panthers lost to No. 8 Cincinnati 70-61 at the Peterson Events Center, as Mick Cronin’s club got 47 combined points from Cashmere Wright,…

  2. Robert Covington to miss 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

    Dec 31, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Tennessee St BYU Basketball

    Tennessee State knocked off Eastern Illinois in their OVC opener over the weekend, but it came at the same time as the Tigers released some bad news: star forward and NBA prospect Robert Covington will miss 4-6 weeks after having surgery on his knee to repair a torn meniscus. Covington underwent the surgery on Friday,…

  3. It’s a good thing the SEC has football …

    Dec 31, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Billy Donovan

    The SEC had another awful, awful day on Sunday. Alabama lost at home to Tulane 53-50. That’s the same Tulane that became the scapegoat for the breakup of the Big East after the Catholic 7 made it clear they weren’t happy about the addition of such a … “notable” basketball program. But that wasn’t the…

  4. College Hoops Week in Review: Five Thoughts

    Dec 31, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Alabama VCU Basketball

    VCU’s ridiculously ‘havocy’ this season: VCU may not be sitting atop the Top 25 this season, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is the best team that Shaka Smart has had in his tenure in Richmond. Let’s look past the fact that, you know, this group has the kind of talent that you…

  5. Pregame Shootaround 12.31.12: Loaded slate for New Year’s Eve

    Dec 31, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Keith Appling, Julien Lewis

    Game of the Day: 2:00 p.m.: No. 19 Michigan State at No. 11 Minnesota (ESPN2) How good are the Gophers this year? Well, they’re ranked in the top 15. And they’re 12-1 on the season. And they’ve beaten … Memphis? Stanford? Florida State? South Dakota State without Nate Wolters? You can only play who is…

  6. College Hoops Team of the Week: UCLA Bruins

    Dec 31, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Cal State Northridge v UCLA

    Team of the Week: UCLA UCLA struggled through the early parts of the season. There was the loss to Cal Poly. There were the struggles in their marquee matchups. There was out of shape Shabazz Muhammad. There were the transfers and the freshmen wanting more playing. There were the massive question marks on the defensive…

  7. Tom Crean, good samaritan

    Dec 31, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Indiana  v Kentucky

    Sometimes, when we’re watching them and writing about them and cheering for them, it’s tough to remember that college basketball coaches and players are people, too. They root for their hometown NFL team. They get excited about their mom’s homemade cookies. They look forward to Christmas with their family. And if they see you stuck…

  8. College Hoops Player of the Week: Tyler Haws, BYU

    Dec 31, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Tyler Haws, Robert Brown

    Player of the Week: Tyler Haws, BYU Haws has played well all season for the Cougars, embracing the role as Dave Rose’s go-to guy, but I’m not sure many people expected the Jimmeresque performance that Haws put on in BYU’s 97-71 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday. Haws finished with 42 points on 14-25 shooting,…

  9. The Morning Mix

    Dec 31, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Photo from University of Louisville Athletics

    It’s the last day of 2012. Heckuva year it was too. Luckily for us, college hoops is going out on a high note, finishing 2012 with a full slate of games. Plus we still have to get to what happened this weekend. Before you start prepping for your New Years Eve parties, get caught up…

  10. Late Night Snacks: The road to Arch Madness begins

    Dec 30, 2012, 11:44 PM EDT

    Illinois St Indiana St Basketball

    Game of the Night Indiana State 77, Illinois State 75: A couple of the Missouri Valley’s legit contenders squared off in a league game tonight, and the result was pleasingly close. With :07 left in the game, Justin Gant kept things interesting, missing his second of two free throws for Indiana State, leaving the Sycamores…

  11. Conference Catchup: Michigan, Indiana headline a loaded Big Ten

    Dec 30, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT

    Cody Zeller, Trey Burke

    Conference play is right around the corner, so to help you get out of that post-holiday haze, we’ll be catching you up on all the happenings in the country’s top 12 conferences. Here’s our Big Ten Conference Catchup: Favorites: Michigan and Indiana At this point, it’s almost impossible to delineate between the Hoosiers and the…

  12. IU’s Jeremy Hollowell reinstated

    Dec 30, 2012, 7:57 PM EDT

    Michael Holyfield, Jeremy Hollowell

    Indiana freshman forward Jeremy Hollowell had missed the last three games for unspecified reasons. He dressed but didn’t play against Mount St. Mary’s and he wasn’t dressed against Florida Atlantic. On Friday, before the Hoosiers took on Jacksonville, IU released a statement saying that Hollowell was being held out “pending resolution of NCAA compliance issues“.…

  13. Report: Miami’s Reggie Johnson to miss six weeks

    Dec 30, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    Reggie Johnson

    Miami got some devastating news on Sunday afternoon as news leaked out that big man Reggie Johnson will miss the next six weeks with a broken left thumb. Johnson injured the thumb in practice the day before Miami took part in the Diamond Head Classic out in Hawaii. The Hurricanes were 1-2 out on the…

  14. Conference Catch-ups: Despite realignment, Big East will be competitive

    Dec 30, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Peyton Siva

    Conference play is right around the corner, so to help you get out of that post-holiday haze, we’ll be catching you up on all the happenings in the country’s top 12 conferences. Here’s our Missouri Valley Conference Catchup: Favorite: No. 3 Louisville Russ Smith has matured his game and is turning into a go-to scorer.…

  15. Kentucky makes nifty switch of free throw shooters in loss to Louisville [Video]

    Dec 30, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT


    Kentucky made a sly switch of free throw shooters in Saturday’s loss to Louisville, which plays out in the video below. Here’s how the scenario played out, with help from The Big Lead: Toward the end of the first half Saturday, Louisville guard Russ Smith fouled Nerlens Noel in the paint on a reach-in. Noel…

  16. Pregame Shootaround 12.30.12: Mid-majors dominate Sunday’s action

    Dec 30, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Jackie Carmichael

    Each day, CollegeBasketballTalk brings you the “Pregame Shootaround,” which will lay out a preview for the slate of games that night. We’ll take a look at some key match-ups and important games, as well as make some predictions and point out what you need to watch for. Take a look below at today’s edition: Note:…

  17. Mixed results for college hoops in the Bay Area on Saturday

    Dec 30, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

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    With four teams in action Saturday, California’s Bay Area shifted its attention away from the San Francisco 49ers and Stanford’s upcoming bowl game and over to college hoops, where fans got mixed results. Take a look at the recap below: No. 1 Duke 90, Santa Clara 77 The Broncos kept it close early, trailing by…

  18. Center J’mison Morgan dismissed from Baylor basketball team

    Dec 30, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    J'Mison Morgan

    Senior center J’mison Morgan has been dismissed from the Baylor basketball team for violating an unspecified university policy, Baylor coach Scott Drew announced Saturday night. “J’mison Morgan will definitely be missed by our team,” Drew said in a release. “He has grown during his time at Baylor and we are confident that he is going to…

  19. Late Night Snacks: Kansas fans go Wilde for Olivia’s hat

    Dec 29, 2012, 11:57 PM EDT

    American v Kansas

    Game of the Night No. 4 Louisville 80, Kentucky 77: With realignment destroying old rivalries left and right, thank goodness for the river of localized vitriol that keeps this wonderful annual matchup alive. Last time, it was an unplanned Final Four meeting, won by Kentucky on the way to a national title. This time, it…

  20. Gettin’ Jimmer with it: Haws drops 42 on Virginia Tech

    Dec 29, 2012, 11:26 PM EDT

    Tyler Haws, Robert Brown

    Obviously, there will never be another Jimmer Fredette. The BYU guard of legend dropped 47 on Utah as a senior, and finished his final season with a 28.9 points per game average even though everybody in the building knew he was getting the ball as often as possible. So, there will never be another Jimmer,…