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  1. UCLA out-numbered at Wooden Classic

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Cal State Northridge v UCLA

    It’s no secret that UCLA is facing some tough times. After last seasons’ debacle and this season beginning with Shabazz Muhammad’s eligibility dispute, a loss at home to Cal Poly and Tyler Lamb, THEN Josh Smith leaving the program, it’s safe to say that even with a top-rated recruiting class, the Bruins have essentially picked…

  2. CBT Monthly Awards: Duke is Team of the Month, UCLA disappoints

    Dec 1, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    mason plumlee

    With November in the books, we have a pretty good sample size to make snap judgments about what we’ve seen. The College Basketball Talk staff got together to share their thoughts on the first month of the college hoops season. Enjoy.   Team of the Month: David Harten: Duke – You can’t argue with a…

  3. Weekend Preview: Top storylines to follow

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    John Calipari

    The Weekend’s Top Storyline: Who bounces back on Saturday, No. 8 Kentucky or Baylor? If you were paying attention, Kentucky’s loss in South Bend to the Fighting Irish shouldn’t have come as a surprise to you. The Wildcats are the youngest team in the country and were playing their first game on the road this…

  4. Departed center Joshua Smith graced the cover of UCLA’s game program last night

    Nov 29, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Legends Classic - UCLA v Georgia

    With the departure of junior center Joshua Smith, UCLA is down to eight scholarship players. But the news of Smith deciding to leave the program came too late for the people in charge of selecting a cover photo for the game program for Wednesday’s game against Cal State Northridge. Smith graced the cover of the…

  5. The Morning Mix

    Nov 29, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    There were a ton of great games last night. Thanks to a big night from the ACC, the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge ended in a 6-6 draw. Up next is the Big East/SEC Challenge which begins tonight. But let’s not rush to the couch just yet, we have a lot to cover before 7:00 p.m.…

  6. Report: Joshua Smith to leave the UCLA program

    Nov 28, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    Joshua Smith, Brian Bennett, Chris O'Brien

    According to a report from Tracy Pierson of BruinReportOnline, Joshua Smith has left the UCLA program. Smith didn’t show up to practice Tuesday, and Wednesday indicated to the UCLA coaches he intended to leave the program. The coaching staff then tried to convince him to stay, but many sources are telling us Smith has decided…

  7. Second half collapse highlights concerns regarding No. 11 UCLA

    Nov 26, 2012, 2:01 AM EDT

    Ben Howland

    It was over. The game was over. After a pair of Shabazz Muhammad free throws with just over 12 minutes remaining UCLA held a 51-33 lead on Cal Poly. And given the deliberate style of play that the Mustangs prefer, there surely was no way that the Bruins could lose. But they did. Joe Callero’s…

  8. Delaware’s trip to MSG: Great experiences, missed opportunities

    Nov 22, 2012, 5:31 AM EDT

    NIT Season Tip-Off

    NEW YORK, N.Y. – It wouldn’t be fair to say that Delaware caught a break that this happened to be the season they took part in the Preseason NIT. They won the games that they had to win to get to Madison Square Garden and the semifinals of the country’s only true preseason tournament. They…

  9. Unfair to rush to any judgement on UCLA after Shabazz’s first game

    Nov 20, 2012, 12:18 AM EDT

    Legends Classic - UCLA v Georgetown

    BROOKLYN – All things considered, Shabazz Muhammad didn’t play too badly in his first game as a collegian. He finished with 15 points on 5-10 shooting in 25 minutes of action, although a couple of those buckets came in the final minute with the outcome, a 78-70 loss to Georgetown in the semifinals of the…

  10. How much will Shabazz Muhammad affect UCLA this year?

    Nov 16, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

    Indiana State v UCLA

    I had UCLA ranked 25th in the preseason. That was well below where everyone else had them. My thinking? The pieces didn’t fit for the Bruins. Their point guard play was reliant up a 6-foot-9 freshman, Kyle Anderson, nicknamed ‘slo-mo’ and a guy that flamed out at North Carolina, Larry Drew II, in about as…

  11. The Morning Mix

    Nov 14, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    I hope you all enjoyed the Tip-Off Marathon. Today is a “Rest & Recovery” day. But here’s what’s going on in today’s Morning Mix: Wednesday’s Top Games: 7:00 p.m. – St. Bonaventure’s @ Cornell (NBC Sports Network) 7:00 p.m. – No.22 Wisconsin @ No.10 Florida 8:00 p.m. – Santa Clara @ Saint Louis 8:00 p.m.…

  12. Late night snacks: Crashing after the marathon

    Nov 14, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT

    State Farm Champions Classic - Duke v Kentucky

    It took 24 hours and countless games, but the unofficial beginning to the college basketball season came and went with an overwhelming bang. Let’s recap, shall we? Games of the Night 1.) Duke 75, Kentucky 68 – The classic matchup didn’t disappoint. Seth Curry dominated. Alex Poythress was a monster. John Calipari and Mike Krzyzewski…

  13. Jordan Adams, Wear twins lead UCLA in a win over Indiana State

    Nov 10, 2012, 2:17 AM EDT

    Howland

    When No. 13 UCLA opened the renovated Pauley Pavilion – after 18-months and spending $132 million – the star freshman performance was expected to be from shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad Instead, Muhammad was ruled ineligible before the game. Luckily, freshman guard Jordan Adams came off the bench to drop a game-high 21 points off 7-of-12…

  14. Weekend Preview: The most important story lines as CBB kicks off

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    John Calipari

    So about this new Kentucky team… There are a myriad of intriguing and important story lines surrounding the headline game of the Barclays Center Classic between No. 3 Kentucky and Maryland. It’s the first college basketball game to be played in Jay-Z’s new arena. (I don’t care if it’s not ‘technically’ Jay-Z’s arena.) It’s the…

  15. Introducing #NBCtheLeague

    Nov 8, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    nbctheleague

    If you’re like the most of us, your fantasy football team eliminated itself from the playoffs three weeks ago. So with just a few hours left until the start of college hoops season, the writers here at College Basketball Talk decided to test their fantasy wits and put bragging rights on the line the fir…

  16. Burning Questions: What top 25 team misses the NCAA tournament?

    Nov 5, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ben Howland

    Real, live college basketball games start on Friday, and with all of our glorious preseason content finally finished, this week we will be providing you with water cooler fodder as we roll through a series of Burning Question. You can read them all right here. Next up: What team in the AP Top 25 is…

  17. Position Rankings: The Top 20 Centers

    Nov 2, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Indiana  v Kentucky

    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 Lists we’ve published, click here. For…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. Pac-12 preview: Influx of talent should result in an improved product

    Oct 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    spt-120108-stanford

    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 Conference Previews we’ve published, click here.…

  22. UCLA still waiting to hear on Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson’s eligibility

    Oct 12, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

    Howland

    Tonight marks the official beginning of the college basketball season. However, the UCLA Bruins are still scrambling to find out what they’re team will look like when the first game takes place next month. UCLA had one of the best recruiting classes this season, yet the program’s best two recruits – Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle…

  23. Virginia guard Jontel Evans out six weeks after stress fracture surgery

    Oct 3, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

    Jontel Evans

    Virginia guard Jontel Evans will be out for six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, the school announced Wednesday. Evans has started 70 games for the Cavaliers in his three seasons with the team, averaging 7.3 points and 3.9 assists per game last season. “Jontel, obviously, he’s got…

  24. The Morning Mix

    Oct 3, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    - On Thursday, the most highly anticipated college announcement of the Fall will take place when Aaron and Andrew Harrison will decide between Kentucky, Maryland and SMU. The recruitment of the Harrison twins has been played out in public for what feels like the past 36 months. But thankfully, the saga will all be over…

  25. Top 25 Countdown: No. 25 UCLA Bruins

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

    UCLA v Arizona - Quarterfinals

    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.…