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  1. Nonprofit group sues NCAA over rule barring of felons from coaching AAU teams

    Feb 14, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

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    In recent years the NCAA has attempted to take some steps in cleaning up grassroots basketball (at least on its end). Prohibiting college coaches from attending spring and summer events that aren’t sanctioned by the NCAA during open recruiting periods, and requiring participating teams to be registered with the NCAA in order to compete in…

  2. Pregame Shootaround 2.14.13: WCC rivals headline slate diehard hoops fans will love

    Feb 14, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Kelly Olynyk

    Game of the Night: No. 5 Gonzaga at Saint Mary’s (11:00 p.m.; ESPN2) With BYU’s recent struggles the WCC has the look of a two-bid league with the Bulldogs and Gaels being the teams headed to the Big Dance. A Saint Mary’s win would not only go a long way towards making sure that is…

  3. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse open to playing UConn in the future

    Feb 14, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jim Boeheim

    HARTFORD, Conn. — For the final time as Big East opponents, Syracuse and UConn shared the floor on Wednesday night in the XL Center in Hartford. The Huskies upset the sixth-ranked Orange, 66-58 to end the series for now. However, following the loss Jim Boeheim — after one of the more bizarre press conference moments…

  4. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim blasts reporter following loss at Connecticut (UPDATED)

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams, Jim Boeheim

    Much was made about Wednesday’s meeting between No. 6 Syracuse and Connecticut being the last one between the two schools for the foreseeable future with the Orange headed to the ACC at the end of this academic year. But in the aftermath of the Huskies’ 66-58 win the biggest story was neither the end of…

  5. Deep rotation, defense spark Louisiana Tech’s 12-0 WAC start

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    J.L. Lewis, Brandon Gibson, Cordarius Johnson, Marcel Davis

    With seven members slated to leave the Western Athletic Conference at the end of this academic year, much of the press surrounding the conference has focused on realignment and the next step. However the WAC is also the home (at least for one more season) of one of just eight teams in college basketball that…

  6. Two important happenings result in Texas knocking off Iowa State

    Feb 14, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Sheldon McClellan

    Wednesday night marked the season debut for Texas sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo, who was suspended for 23 games by the NCAA for not being up front from the start in regards to how expenses for a weekend of workouts in Ohio were handled. But given the Longhorns’ lack of success this season (and the…

  7. St. John’s without head coach Steve Lavin for tonight’s game at No. 12 Louisville

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Steve Lavin, D'Angelo Harrison

    St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin will not be on the sidelines tonight when the Red Storm visit No. 12 Louisville, as he’s with family in northern California making funeral arrangements following the passing of his father, Cap. Assistant coach Rico Hines, who led the Red Storm on Sunday at No. 6 Syracuse, takes the…

  8. The Morning Mix

    Feb 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    From ABC-11 WTVD

    Thursday’s Rivalry Week selection provides an interesting sampling of big time showdowns and compelling mid-major match-ups. Arizona-Colorado has some good story lines and Gonzaga-Saint Mary’s writes itself. But Davidson-Charleston is the premier game on the SoCon schedule. The same goes for The Summit League’s Western Illinois-North Dakota State tilt and the Big Sky’s Montana-Weber State…

  9. Late Night Snacks: UConn brings the energy, Mountain West brings the excitement

    Feb 14, 2013, 1:27 AM EDT

    Colorado State

    Game of the Day: No. 24 Colorado State 66, San Diego State 60 The key to beating San Diego State is often shutting down the heart of that team’s offensive attack, Jamaal Franklin. Colorado State was able to do that in the second half. Dorian Green had 16 points, including a big but controversial layup,…

  10. Colorado State keeps pace atop the Mountain West

    Feb 14, 2013, 1:22 AM EDT

    Greg Smith, James Johnson

    No. 24 Colorado State entered Wednesday’s matchup with San Diego State as the ranked team. They came in tied for first in the conference in the loss column, a game in front of the Aztecs. They were playing at home in Moby Arena, a place they haven’t lost in their last 27 games. They were…

  11. North Carolina loses to Duke, but it’s not all bad news for the Tar Heels

    Feb 13, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

    North Carolina v Duke

    North Carolina fans aren’t accustomed to seeing their team rack up moral victories, and rightfully so. When you’re one of the nation’s most storied basketball programs, a team that has sent countless players to the NBA and has won two of the last seven national titles, looking for the bright side of a loss isn’t…

  12. Fundamentals are difference in No. 2 Duke’s win over rival North Carolina

    Feb 13, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

    Mason Plumlee Duke

    This won’t go down as one of the gems of the Duke-North Carolina rivalry. It featured 30 total turnovers, 41 percent shooting from the floor, and nearly the entire Duke starting lineup in foul trouble. Despite all of that, the No. 2 Blue Devils erased a 10-point first-half deficit to outlast North Carolina, 73-68, Wednesday…

  13. Creighton loses 3rd straight, tough Missouri Valley could hurt chances of multiple NCAA tournament bids

    Feb 13, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Creighton

    Creighton lost to Northern Iowa, 61-54, on the road Wednesday night for its third straight loss and dropping the Bluejays into a tie for second place in the Missouri Valley. We’ve seen every contender at the top of the MVC go through its own struggles. Wichita State lost three in a row before bouncing back…

  14. Should Syracuse be concerned after loss to UConn?

    Feb 13, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    Ryan Boatright, Brandon Triche

    HARTFORD, Conn. — Getting James Southerland back was suppose to be a lift for the No. 6 Syracuse Orange. He did with 4-for-9 shooting from behind the arc for 14 points. However the rest of the Orange shot a 0-for-14 from three, en route to 35 percent shooting night from the field. In the last…

  15. Ole Miss sees tourney profile take a hit with loss at Texas A&M

    Feb 13, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Andy Kennedy, Marshall Henderson, Terry Brutus

    Ole Miss couldn’t afford a loss on Wednesday night. The Rebels can barely afford any loss at this point in the season. Halfway through February, the Fighting Marshall Hendersons have a profile that looks like it’s straight out of Conference USA. After dropping a 69-67 decision in College Station — thanks to 37 points on…

  16. UConn upsets Syracuse, showing season-long toughness

    Feb 13, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    Ryan Boatright

    HARTFORD, Conn. — UConn entered the season with nothing to play for. The Huskies took on the role as spoilers, which was clear in a season-opening win against No. 14 Michigan State. Months later, UConn has continued to fight in a season where so much has gone wrong. The prime example of UConn’s resiliency occurred on Wednesday…

  17. Late Rotnei Clarke push comes up short, No. 11 Butler upset by Charlotte

    Feb 13, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Rotnei Clarke

    Butler superhero transfer Rotnei Clarke showed up a little too late to save the Bulldogs Wednesday night. Despite scoring 15 points in the final 3:24 of regulation, the Bulldogs couldn’t stop a physical interior-minded Charlotte team and fell, 71-67, at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. This isn’t a Butler team we’re used to seeing, though.…

  18. Tennessee self-reports three violations committed by men’s basketball program

    Feb 13, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    Tennessee Volunteers head coach Martin instructs his team as they take on the Ole Miss Rebels during the SEC men's NCAA basketball tournament in New Orleans

    The University of Tennessee has self-reported 10 violations within its athletic department, three of which occurred within the men’s basketball program. The description of the violations comes from the Associated Press: One of the men’s basketball violations involved holding open individual skill instruction before a football game. During that session, recruits making official visits were…

  19. Monroe College’s Stephane Manga throws down a Dunk of the Year nominee (VIDEO)

    Feb 13, 2013, 7:06 PM EDT

    Monroe College

    We’ve seen a steady influx of Dunk of the Year nominees. But Monroe College’s Stephane Manga has made his case to at least be in the conversation. Monroe ended up losing to ASA College, 73-65, on Tuesday, but this dunk is worth a couple viewings: From CollegeBasketballTalk’s resident dunk connoisseur, Troy Machir: “Heckuva dunk. Not great…

  20. UMass Lowell will reportedly join Division I, become member of America East

    Feb 13, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    UMass Lowell logo

    UMass Lowell will join the ranks of Division I in all sports beginning in the 2013-14 school year, the Lowell Sun is reporting. According to the report, the school will announce its intent to become a member of the America East in a press conference Thursday. The America East recently lost Boston University to the Patriot…