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  1. Jeronne Maymon is ready to get back to the grind at Tennessee

    Nov 8, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

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    This will be an interesting season for Jeronne Maymon. NCAA rule changes have made defense something of a dirty word this year, and the Tennessee big man happens to play for Cuonzo Martin. That presents a bit of a dilemma. “It’s definitely very hard to please him on defense,” Maymon told NBCSports via phone. “He…

  2. Kentucky needs super glue to avoid another letdown

    Nov 8, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

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    He doesn’t stand on tables and make speeches. He’s no lock to make a start or even see much in the way of minutes on an uber-talented roster, but Jarrod Polson will be a crucial part of Kentucky’s projected success this season. How does a former walk-on matter so much to a team full of…

  3. 2013-14 SEC Preview: Can anyone catch Kentucky?

    Nov 8, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of our previews…

  4. Can Tubby Smith save Texas Tech?

    Nov 5, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

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    I couldn’t get anyone to say anything interesting about Tubby Smith. I thought this might hinder my efforts to write a feature about his first season at Texas Tech, until I realized something important.. Tubby Smith isn’t in the business of being interesting. That’s part of what made him an ill fit at Kentucky, where…

  5. Andrew Wiggins won’t be The One at Kansas this season

    Nov 5, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. In The Matrix, Neo might have been The One, but he needed Morpheus, Trinity and Tank to show him the way and watch his back while he learned Kung Fu. Andrew Wiggins will have…

  6. 2013-14 Big 12 Preview: Wiggin’ out? Smart money’s on KU and OSU for a battle royale

    Nov 5, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Smart will battle for Big 12 (and possibly national) POY honors this season. (AP)

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of our previews…

  7. Mathieu likely to claim Gophers’ point guard spot

    Nov 2, 2013, 10:00 PM EST

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    If you were looking forward to a backcourt of Hollins & Hollins at Minnesota this season, it’s starting to look unlikely. According to Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 5-foot-9 juco transfer Deandre Mathieu has claimed a starting slot for the Gophers. “Deandre Mathieu should be the Gophers’ starting point guard,” Rayno wrote. “After a…

  8. UConn’s Daniels is prepping for a breakout season

    Nov 2, 2013, 8:30 PM EST

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    It’s easy to imagine that all athletes are extroverts who enjoy the limelight, but it’s not always a fair assumption. Take UConn’s DeAndre Daniels, for instance. According to a recent article in the Hartford Courant, the junior forward’s struggle to assert himself on the court mirrors his reluctance to stand out in his personal life.…

  9. Hey, Linus! Marcus Lee is the Great Pumpkin! (PHOTO)

    Nov 2, 2013, 6:00 PM EST

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    Halloween is over, but I’m not quite ready to let go yet. The Sporting News published some awesome photos of current DI players in their childhood Halloween costumes this week, and one in particular tickled my funny bone for some reason. There were photos of young Sam Dekker as a cowboy, Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble…

  10. Rhody’s Hurley: “I don’t know what a foul is” under new rules

    Nov 2, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

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    When a veteran coach like Dan Hurley doesn’t know how to adapt to a rule change, you can bet we’re in for a bumpy ride as the season opens. Randy Peterson of USA Today put it succinctly when he wrote “College basketball officials are supposed to call hand-checking a foul as they transition the sport…

  11. Duke debuts faster pace in preseason victory

    Oct 26, 2013, 6:50 PM EST

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    This year’s Duke team is younger than what we usually see in Durham. That’s tough, because everyone’s still learning how to play the right way. It’s also a great opportunity, because everyone’s still learning how to play the right way. That means a clever coach can introduce a new style of play without as much…

  12. Assigned reading: St. John’s grew up this summer

    Oct 26, 2013, 5:30 PM EST

    photo courtesy St. John's Sports Information

    It’s always helpful to remember that famous people are human. That goes double for college athletes, who are, after all, college kids. Every time I read a tut-tutting expose about a college basketball player’s off-court indiscretions, one thought runs through my mind: thank god nobody was watching me that closely when I was 19. That’s what…

  13. Nicki Minaj appeared at Villanova’s Hoops Mania (PHOTO)

    Oct 26, 2013, 4:10 PM EST

    Nicki Minaj performed at Villanova's Hoops Mania

    Sometimes a big hoops budget buys meat-and-potatoes type stuff like weight rooms, new uniforms and charter flights. Sometimes, it buys you a visit from Nicki Minaj for your preseason basketball event, as it did with Villanova’s Hoops Mania. VUHoops.com had the full story, such as it was: After a week that included rumours involving Kendrick…

  14. Northern lights shine brightly for new-look CAA

    Oct 21, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

    Jerrelle Benimon, Nate Lubick

    If you want to know which way the wind blows in the Colonial Athletic Association these days, open your ears. The league that rode Virginia-based schools like George Mason, Virginia Commonwealth and Old Dominion to attention-grabbing Big Dance victories sounds very different these days. For starters, Northeastern University pahked their cah in the yahd by…

  15. 2013-2014 CAA Preview: Drexel keeps draggin’ us back in

    Oct 21, 2013, 11:59 AM EST

    Frantz Massenat, Stephen Holt

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of…

  16. Team Geno beats Team Kevin in UConn’s coed “First Night” scrimmage

    Oct 19, 2013, 8:56 PM EST

    Shabazz Napier, Breanna Stewart

    UConn has been a powerhouse in both men’s and women’s college basketball for decades now. Both teams enjoy massive popularity in Storrs, but they have sometimes rumored to be at odds with one another – especially when Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma were vying for the spotlight at the same time. Under Kevin Ollie, however,…

  17. Watch Brian Greene, Jr’s #DunkCity After Dark highlights (VIDEO)

    Oct 19, 2013, 7:30 PM EST

    Photo: FGCU Athletics

    There are only two dunks on this highlight reel from Florida Gulf Coast’s midnight madness event, but they are pretty impressive. In case you miss the degree of difficulty on the first run-through, a helpful editor has slowed them down on the second and third passes. The dunker in question is Brian Greene, Jr., a…

  18. Spurned by GW, Akil Mitchell is standing tall at UVA

    Oct 19, 2013, 6:00 PM EST

    Akil Mitchell

    When Anthony Mitchell thinks his son needs a little push, he whispers a name in his ear. “Karl Hobbs” This might seem strange, since Hobbs is currently the Director of Basketball Operations at UConn, and Akil Mitchell is a senior forward for Tony Bennett at Virginia, but there’s a story behind it all. A story…

  19. Calipari to Big Blue Madness crowd: “We are college basketball” (VIDEO)

    Oct 19, 2013, 4:30 PM EST

    John Calipari

    In case it wasn’t obvious already, John Calipari knows how to tell people what they like to hear. If you’re a top-ten basketball talent and you want someone to tell you you’ll be a lottery pick with the right coaching, he can do that. If your stud forward wants to meet Jay-Z or Drake, he…

  20. Wichita State’s Lufile hopes to think less, play more

    Oct 12, 2013, 8:20 PM EST

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    Coaching is a tricky business. Striking the proper balance between training players’ bodies and minds is crucial, and difficult to quantify. And, even when focusing just on the mental aspects of the game, there’s still more nuance. Chadrack Lufile found that out recently, when he asked Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall to give him…

  21. Hardcore hill training gets Badgers ready for a long season

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:00 PM EST

    Big Ten Basketball Tournament - Championship - Wisconsin v Ohio State

    Bo Ryan has been head coach at Wisconsin since 2001. His Badgers haven’t missed the NCAA tournament once during that time. They’ve never finished lower than fourth in the exceptionally loaded Big Ten. Think on that, and consider the persistence and consistency Ryan imparts to a team that changes in makeup every season. The grit…

  22. Senior McKissic wows Sun Devils in scrimmage

    Oct 12, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

    Herb Sendek

    My man Rob Dauster laid out the case for Arizona State as a potential Top 25 team earlier this month, while stopping just short of actually assigning them one of the coveted preseason numbers. It’s a reasonable precaution – we’ve seen Herb Sendek do more with less and less with more and we’re all waiting…

  23. Golden Eagles look for giant-killing mojo in the Southland

    Oct 8, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. During a three-year run atop the Summit League, Scott Sutton racked up some pretty impressive wins. He’s not about to let anyone, least of all his young Oral Roberts basketball squad, forget about it.…

  24. 2013-14 Southland Preview: Realignment brings plenty of unfamiliar faces

    Oct 8, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of…

  25. Frosh Peters making a push for Terps point guard spot

    Oct 5, 2013, 7:21 PM EST

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    There was a time in college basketball when a coach wouldn’t dream of entrusting his team to a freshman point guard. That time has passed, and we’re in the era of the one-and-done player who tends to get his playing time right away. Maryland freshman Roddy Peters may not be the second coming of John…