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  1. California native, 2013 guard Kendall Smith commits to UNLV

    Jan 5, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

    Mountain West Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals Wyoming v UNLV

    UNLV coach Dave Rice secured his third commitment from the Class of 2013 Friday, as California combo guard Kendall Smith pledged his name to the UNLV program. The announcement came in a message posted on Smith’s Twitter page. Smith, a 6-2 guard, chose UNLV over UCLA and Connecticut. His recruitment had picked up in recent…

  2. Late Night Snacks: Memphis Tigers win rivalry game for the last time

    Jan 5, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

    Memphis Tennessee

    Games of the Day Memphis 85, Tennessee 80: Even if this game were a blowout it would still probably be the game of the day because as many of you know by now this could be the last time these two in-state rivals play their annual game in a while. The contract is up at…

  3. Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin enjoying the Big East while it lasts

    Jan 5, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin reacts during the first half of the men's NCAA East Regional basketball game against the Ohio State Buckeyes in Boston

    It has to be a bittersweet season for Mick Cronin and his Cincinnati Bearcats. Cincinnati started off the season with 12 straight wins, before a tough home loss to New Mexico. The Bearcats bounced back to beat No. 24 Pitt on the road to open Big East conference play. Along with Louisville, Syracuse, and Georgetown,…

  4. Texas lands 2013 point guard Isaiah Taylor

    Jan 4, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

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    One of two point guards to announce a commitment Friday night, Isaiah Taylor (The Village School/Houston, TX) will stay in state for his college career, as he committed to Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns. “I just committed,” Taylor told Orangebloods.com. “I called the coaches a couple of hours ago to tell them.” “I was the…

  5. Memphis ends Tennessee rivalry with a win, Tigers AD takes blame

    Jan 4, 2013, 11:21 PM EDT

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    Memphis, for the third consecutive time – and possibily the last time – beat in-state rival Tennessee 85-80 on Friday night in Knoxville. Behind the strong play of guard Joe Jackson, who finished with 20 points and seven assists, the Tigers continued to get easy shots against a good defensive team, as they connected on…

  6. Wake Forest lands 2014 point guard Shelton Mitchell

    Jan 4, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    ACC Basketball Tournament - Wake Forest v Maryland

    Late Friday night, 2014 point guard, Shelton Mitchell (Cuthbertson High/Waxhaw, N.C.) came off the recruiting board, as he announced he would attend Wake Forest. Mitchell broke the news by announcing it through his personal Twitter account, which is protected. Regardless, word spread quickly, as Justin Byerly of CarolinaPreps.com, along with others confirmed it. The 6-foot-3 Mitchell,…

  7. Maryland will use ‘tag team’ defense to slow down Virginia Tech’s Erick Green

    Jan 4, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Since falling to Kentucky on opening night in Brooklyn, Maryland has rallied off 12 consecutive wins heading into conference play. However the best wins of those dozens were a 20-point blowout against Northwestern and a single-digit win against a pretty good Stony Brook team. The Terrapins will have a chance to go for lucky No.…

  8. Garrett Jefferson’s buzzer beater lifts Hawaii past Cal State Fullerton (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2013, 8:53 PM EDT

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    Hawaii junior guard, Garrett Jefferson only played nine minutes and scored his only two points of the night at the buzzer. In a night when one buzzer beater out west was waved off, Jefferson, the reserve guard, went coast to coast hitting a floater in the lane to beat Cal State Fullerton 90-88 Thursday night…

  9. Canisius women beat Siena on buzzer beater, forcing announcer to reference pro wrestling (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

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    With three seconds to go, Siena’s Kanika Cummings converted on a layup to tie the game up at 62, on the road against Canisius. Freshman Tiahana Mills to the inbound pass for Canisius and took four dribbles, before she heaved a half court shot, banking it in at the buzzer to beat Siena, 65-62 Friday…

  10. North Carolina’s Reggie Bullock expected to return Sunday

    Jan 4, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

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    North Carolina is coming off the biggest win of the year defeating UNLV 79-73 win at home on Saturday. To start the New Year, the Tar Heels received some more good news. Junior, Reggie Bullock, the team’s second-leading scorer, returned to full practice on Friday and is expected to play in North Carolina’s conference opener…

  11. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson wants to play college basketball

    Jan 4, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    On Monday the college football season ends, with either Notre Dame or Alabama adding another national championship to their storied programs. Friday morning, Notre Dame redshirt freshman quarterback, Everett Golson – who led the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 season to this point – told the media that he would like to hit the hardwood,…

  12. Catholic 7 retain legal counsel following New York meeting Friday

    Jan 4, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

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    The seven Catholic schools met in New York on Friday, as the non-FBS, Big East schools continue to plan their future. According to the Associated Press, the Catholic 7 announced they have retained Proskauer Rose LLP and Pilson Communications, Inc., following Friday’s meeting. Presidents from St. John’s, Georgetown, Marquette, DePaul, Seton Hall, Providence and Villanova met Friday…

  13. Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein won’t keep Dakari Johnson from Kentucky

    Jan 4, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

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    Montverde Academy (Fla.) 2013 center, Dakari Johnson is one of the best remaining seniors out there entering the New Year. The nation’s top center is following in the footsteps of last year’s highly-touted big man, Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel. Towards the end of December, days before Christmas, Johnson – like Noel had done the previous year…

  14. Proposed transfer model could cause drastic shake-up in college athletics

    Jan 4, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

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    With the number of transfers in college basketball reaching 500 this past offseason and the awarding of immediate eligibility waivers lacking consistency, it’s clear that some steps needed to be taken to address the situation. According to John Infante of The Bylaw Blog the NCAA is looking to do so, and if passed the new…

  15. Pregame Shootaround 1.4.13: Memphis visits Knoxville in a game both teams need

    Jan 4, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

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    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:…

  16. Colorado’s late-game execution left door open for last night’s ‘heist’

    Jan 4, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

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    Cheated. Jobbed. Robbed. Swindled. And some profane words that can’t be used here. Those were some of the things being said by Colorado (and even neutral) fans in regards to the end of regulation in the Buffaloes’ 92-83 overtime loss at No. 3 Arizona on Thursday night. But regardless of where one’s allegiances may lie…

  17. Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins won’t play hoops this season

    Jan 4, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT

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    After playing in 17 games as a freshman last season, Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has decided that he won’t be playing basketball for the Huskies this season. Seferian-Jenkins finished the 2012 football season with 69 receptions for 852 yards and seven touchdowns. “I just need to focus on school and get (rested). I don’t…

  18. Conference Catch-ups: Memphis likely Conference USA’s only NCAA tournament team

    Jan 4, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    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 12 Conference Catchup: Favorite: Memphis Despite the fact that so many jumped off the Memphis bandwagon after the Tigers’ performance…

  19. Supporters of Jerry Tarkanian hold out hope for Hall of Fame induction

    Jan 4, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

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    Jerry Tarkanian was one of the most successful head coaches in the history of college basketball, as he won 729 games in his 31 seasons and won 78.4% of his games. But he was also a controversial figure, as his battle with the NCAA went years and cost millions of dollars in legal fees. The…

  20. Weekend Preview: Storylines to follow

    Jan 4, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    The drama surrounding the continuation of the Memphis-Tennessee series: If you’ve missed the latest, here’s a quick catchup: Josh Pastner has never wanted to play Tennessee. He doesn’t want to help the Vols recruit in the city of Memphis by allowing them to play there once every other year. The old Memphis athletic director overruled…