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Theo Pinson declares for 2017 NBA Draft with option to return to UNC men's basketball
(Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:31:00 GMT)
Ready or not, here comes Theo Pinson. The junior wing declared for the 2017 NBA Draft on Sunday, joining teammates Joel Berry and Tony Bradley as the three Tar Heels to enter their names in June's draft without signing an agent. All could return to UNC before May 24 after competing in the upcoming

NCAA punishes Pacific men's basketball for violations
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:16:46 GMT)
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) The men's basketball team at Pacific has been punished by the NCAA for academic and recruiting violations under former coach Ron Verlin. The NCAA said Wednesday that Verlin failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance when he violated academic misconduct and recruiting rules

KU's Self unsure he'll coach past age 60
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:19:35 GMT)
Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer Close Covers college basketball Joined ESPN.com in 2011 Graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato Follow on Twitter LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas coach Bill Self said he's not sure he'll coach past age 60. Self, 54, said he does not want to match his peers who

Mohamed Bamba and Wendell Carter's Eyes on Academics Aren't for Show
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:57:33 GMT)
The one-and-done path to the NBA continues to grow in popularity. In 2008 just five of ESPN’s top ten recruits from the ’07 high school class entered the NBA draft; this spring, all but one of ESPN’s top 10 recruits from the ’16 class left their names in, with Michigan State’s Miles Bridges the lone

Peterson: There's no problem with this pipeline — between Wisconsin and Iowa State basketball
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:35:54 GMT)
AMES, Ia. — This state of Wisconsin-to-Iowa State men's basketball recruiting hookup is crazy. Since Mike Taylor of Milwaukee walked through Hilton Coliseum's doors in 2006, there have been more scholarship Wisconsin guys play hoops for the Cyclones than Iowans. At least it's seemed that

Lonzo dunks and has a dance party
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:16:44 GMT)
Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball throws down a dunk during a late-night workout and celebrates with some signature moves.

Florida Gators think streak weighs heavier on Kentucky
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:44:14 GMT)
Greg Nord was there the last time the Kentucky Wildcats beat the Florida Gators. Nord, who played tight end and long snapper at Kentucky from 1974-78, returned to his alma mater in 1980 as a graduate assistant. He moved on to coach running backs from 1982-89. He was on the sideline that in Lexington

NIT announces two new committee members for 2017-18
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 GMT)
Gary Walters, a former men's basketball coach and director of athletics, and Dave Odom, a former men's basketball coach, will start four-year terms on the National Invitation Tournament Committee beginning with the 2017-18 season. The point guard on Princeton's 1965 Final Four team, Walters

Blue Ribbon release college basketball preseason top 25, all-american teams
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:44:46 GMT)
Blue Ribbon, the college basketball bible, has released their top 25 and preseason all-american awards, the first publication to do so as far as I know. Their top five — Arizona, Michigan State, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky — contains the same teams as my top five will, only in a different order. The only

First Look at Dunkin' Donuts Center Court Re-Design for the 2017-18 Season
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:34:45 GMT)
The Providence Friars official men's basketball Twitter account tweeted out this picture last week of the floor being prepped for a re-design and we now have our first look at the new Dunkin' Donuts Center court via the Dunkin' Donuts Center's Snapchat account. The most notable changes

Dickinson State men's hoops coach leaving for another job
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:31:55 GMT)
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Dickinson State University men's basketball coach Justin Wetzel is leaving for another job. The university said Wetzel has accepted a coaching position with another organization, but didn't name it. Wetzel coached DSU for three seasons. The Blue Hawks last season won their

Seven Things You Didn't Notice in the UCLA-Memphis Game
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:05:00 GMT)
We took an in-depth look at the UCLA-Memphis game film, tracking player participation stats and many more advanced metrics...

CyCast: Steve Prohm
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT)
Iowa State head men's basketball coach Steve Prohm joins John Walters to talk about the past, present and future of Cyclone hoops in CyCast Episode 54.

Gophers' Isaiah Washington listed as one of Big Ten's top incoming freshmen
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT)
Richard Pitino returns nearly everyone from a 24-win NCAA tournament team, including several players who received All-Big Ten honors. But freshman Isaiah Washington is arguably the most talked about player for the fifth-year Gophers men's basketball coach – and he hasn't even made his debut yet

Good news for UK in Zion Williamson recruitment; bad news on Simi Shittu
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Entering the fall recruiting period, Kentucky is still the team to beat for Zion Williamson. The elite wing is on pace to decide in the early signing period. Despite a strong push from Kansas, Kentucky still looks like the favorite heading into his official visit to Lexington this week. Ben Roberts of

4-star center commits to Purdue
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:18:27 GMT)
With Vince Edwards and Isaac Haas entering their senior seasons, adding front court options in the 2018 class was something that Purdue needed to do.

Josh Jackson: The Future Of Virginia Tech
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:11:18 GMT)
Virginia Tech QB Josh Jackson is showing Hokies fans that the future is now in Blacksburg. In this profile brought to you by XFINITY, find out why the redshirt freshman has VT set up for success in 2017 and beyond.

Josh Jackson: The Future Of Virginia Tech
(Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:06:15 GMT)
Virginia Tech QB Josh Jackson is showing Hokies fans that the future is now in Blacksburg. In this profile brought to you by XFINITY, find out why the redshirt freshman has VT set up for success in 2017 and beyond.

Top five conference games in each major college basketball league this season
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:58:00 GMT)
Every major conference has released its in-league schedule, which mans much of college basketball's slate has now been established for the 2017-18 season. We're getting close! A new set of storylines awaits. So let's look at the Major 7 conferences (ACC, AAC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac

Self against the idea of 'free agency' as NCAA explores changes to transfer rules
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:32:53 GMT)
As the Kansas men's basketball team prepares to jump into a season during which three Jayhawks will sit out and two others finally will play after transferring in, landing athletes via the transfer route appears to be on the brink of becoming easier. That's the general feeling around college

Top five conference games in each major college basketball league this season
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:27:34 GMT)
Every major conference has released its in-league schedule, which mans much of college basketball's slate has now been established for the 2017-18 season. We're getting close! A new set of storylines awaits. So let's look at the Major 7 conferences (ACC, AAC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac

Providence's Culture of Winning Drives Recruiting Success
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:28:27 GMT)
The Providence Friars have become a constant fixture in the NCAA Tournament. Ed Cooley has taken a program that hadn't been to the Big Dance since 2004 to a school-record four straight NCAA Tournaments. He also has a roster that is poised for a fifth consecutive appearance in 2017-18, though college

Virginia Tech QB Josh Jackson: The Phenomenal Freshman
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:20:12 GMT)
Virginia Tech QB Josh Jackson: Hokies freshman quarterback Josh Jackson is beginning to make a name for himself in Blacksburg. Tied for the ACC lead in touchdown passes and 5th in total yards per game, Jackson has been a nightmare for opponents. Virginia Tech's newest star also is an excellent game

Virginia Tech QB Josh Jackson: The Phenomenal Freshman
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:18:16 GMT)
Virginia Tech QB Josh Jackson: Hokies freshman quarterback Josh Jackson is beginning to make a name for himself in Blacksburg. Tied for the ACC lead in touchdown passes and 5th in total yards per game, Jackson has been a nightmare for opponents. Virginia Tech's newest star also is an excellent game

The Pac-12 is foolish for scheduling Arizona-UCLA once during the regular season
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:16:46 GMT)
Arizona and UCLA will only play at Arizona this year.

The Pac-12 is foolish for scheduling Arizona-UCLA once during the regular season
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:01:38 GMT)
Last month, I wrote about one of the more troubling trends in college basketball: Teams steering away from playing the games that fans are going to care about the most. It was the result of Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing stating publicly that he was “not thinking about Maryland” after the rivalry

UVU men's basketball releases 2017-18 schedule
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:25:00 GMT)
Online Schedule 17 18 Mbb Schedule Poster OREM, Utah—Utah Valley University head coach Mark Pope has released the 2017-18 men's basketball schedule, which features matchups at national powers Kentucky and Duke, along with a first-ever matchup at home against in-state rival BYU. "Our goal is

Arizona Basketball Announces Complete 2017-18 Schedule
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT)
TUCSON, Ariz. – The 2017-18 Arizona Basketball schedule has been announced following the Pac-12 Conference's league-wide release of all dates, times and television information. UA's regular season dates include a dozen games on the ESPN family of networks, three dates on Fox Sports 1, national

2017-18 Big East nonconference schedule analysis: Butler Bulldogs
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Butler was well-prepped for the rigors of Big East play, thanks to a pretty tough non-conference schedule last season. According to KenPom, the Bulldogs had the 40th toughest out-of-conference slate last season, the second-highest ranking of all Big East teams. The Bulldogs did well, finishing that portion

Buzz about Drake at Kentucky vs Florida is Building
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
There have been rumors buzzing this week that there will be something or someone special at Kroger Field on Saturday night when the Kentucky Wildcats welcome in the Florida Gators. The popular theory right now is that Canadian rapper Drake will be on the premises. If you go and type in “Drake UK” into

Recruiting updates: #LutherWatch, Marquette and Villanova vie for top guards
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
This week in recruiting, #LutherWatch (not a real hashtag that we have used) continues, with Luther Muhammad packing another weekend with a visit to a high-end basketball program that loves to play defense - this weekend, it's West Virginia. But in the meantime, 247Sports adds a “Crystal Ball” prediction

This whole Mitchell Robinson thing sucks.
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
I'm bummed about Mitchell Robinson. I'm bummed about so many things about Mitchell Robinson. First and foremost, I'm bummed about what a ridiculous mess this whole thing has metastasized in to. I understand why a player might not want to play college basketball for a year. You don't want

Indiana Hoosiers basketball: Are comparisons to Nebraska football valid?
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Nebraska football is 1-2 this season. Last weekend, the Huskers lost 21-17 at home to Northern Illinois, a middling MAC team that's quite a few years removed from the Jordan Lynch-led team that made the Orange Bowl. Indiana basketball traveled to Fort Wayne last year, in their fourth game of the

Americans don't want to pay college athletes
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
One of the hottest topics in sports for decades is whether or not student athletes should paid because of the massive amounts of money being made by the schools that they play for. The University of Kentucky once again led the nation in attendance at college basketball games with an average of 23,361

ESPN makes predictions for 3 UK basketball recruits
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
As we get into the fall recruiting period, ESPN's Jeff Borzello has released a new Insider Hot Board. The Hot Board features discussion about this weekend's big visits, including R.J. Barrett's visit to Duke and Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson visiting Kentucky. Borzello predicts Barrett

Scout's Take: ESPN 100 SF Isaiah Mucius commits to Wake Forest
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:35:56 GMT)
ESPN 100 forward Isaiah Mucius committed to Wake Forest on Sunday night at the tail end of his official visit before announcing his decision on Monday night. Here's a look at what he'll bring to Winston-Salem.

Mitchell Robinson withdraws from WKU — again — to prep for NBA Draft
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:02:12 GMT)
The top center in the class of 2017 says he'll focus on training in Dallas this basketball season ahead of the 2018 NBA Draft.

At Harvard, education through athletics (and vice-versa)
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:35:14 GMT)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — When Harvard sophomore Seth Towns awoke in his riverside dorm room Wednesday morning, he had options. He could work out at the gym to prepare for the upcoming Ivy League basketball season. He could slog downstairs for another dining hall breakfast with his roommates. Or he could

College basketball: Harvard pushes education through athletics
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:26:05 GMT)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — When Harvard sophomore Seth Towns awoke in his riverside dorm room Wednesday morning, he had options. He could work out at the gym to prepare for the upcoming Ivy League basketball season. He could slog downstairs for another dining hall breakfast with his roommates. Or he could head

Monday Friar Mailbag: David Duke Recruitment, 2017-18 Lineups & More
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:11:44 GMT)
Each Monday I'll do my best to answer some of your questions. The below are actual e-mails and tweets from readers. In some cases I have cleaned up the questions for grammar and clarity. I got lots of questions about Providence native and top 2018 recruiting target David Duke. Let's start there

March Madness: 8 of the best individual NCAA tournament runs ever
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:56:44 GMT)
We've seen plenty of dominant team performances in the NCAA tournament over the years. But in any single-elimination tournament, individual heroes are bound to emerge. Sometimes, they're the "win with" guys, those normally quiet players who fill an integral, if not necessarily starring

What ACC basketball schedules can tell you about the strengths, weaknesses of your favorite team
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:26:00 GMT)
A handful of leaves have fallen or given up on green. Hummingbirds still dash about the yard chittering like playful children. Daytime temperatures ratify the calendar's insistence summer isn't entirely gone. Yet the release of ACC men's basketball schedules earlier this month had some minds

Free Basketball Tipoff Breakfast Set For Oct. 4
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:00:00 GMT)
The University of Northern Iowa basketball programs are cordially inviting the public to the Panther Basketball Tipoff Breakfast presented by Lincoln Savings Bank on Wed., Oct. 4, in the McLeod Center. The free breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., with a program to follow that is set to begin at 7:45

Quickley and Johnson visit with Kentucky was a success
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Two big-time recruits were on Kentucky's campus this past weekend. Five-star guards Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson visited Kentucky over the weekend and had a good visit, according to the director of Quickley's AAU team, Jide Sodipo. “They definitely hung out together,” Jide Sodipo said

How big of an underdog is Rutgers vs. Nebraska as it tries to break Big Ten losing streak?
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
PISCATAWAY -- Rutgers ended one long skid last week. It will face another head-on this week. After snapping a nation-long 11-game losing streak Saturday with its first win in 364 days by beating Morgan State, Rutgers will be in search for its first Big Ten win since Oct. 17, 2015 when it visits Nebraska

Hey, a Villanova Basketball preview emerges!
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! You're not going to believe this but we have a Villanova Wildcats basketball preview! It's from the beginning of the month so I apologize if you've seen it, but I had not. It's a fair preview at that. We know what we have, but can players like Donte DiVincenzo

The case for Middle Tennessee as the next mid-major power
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
This article first appeared in our newsletter last Friday. To receive exclusive content like this, subscribe to the newsletter here. Every couple of years, a new mid-major appears to jump into the upper echelon of college basketball programs outside of the Power 5. There was Gonzaga early at the turn

How big of an underdog is Rutgers vs. Nebraska as it tries to break Big Ten losing streak?
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
PISCATAWAY -- Rutgers ended one long skid last week. It will face another head-on this week. After snapping a nation-long 11-game losing streak Saturday with its first win in 364 days by beating Morgan State, Rutgers will be in search for its first Big Ten win since Oct. 17, 2015 when it visits Nebraska

5-star freshman Mitchell Robinson will skip college to prepare for 2018 NBA draft
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
The incredibly strange recruiting saga between Western Kentucky and five-star center Mitchell Robinson had one more twist before finally reaching its conclusion. Robinson has announced he will again forgo his commitment to the Hilltoppers to start training for the NBA draft, effective immediately. He

It could finally be time for Louisiana Tech to have its moment
(Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:13:01 GMT)
The Bulldogs are long past due. When Florida tipped off against East Tennessee State last March, it was the first time Mike White had stood on the sidelines of an NCAA Tournament game as a head coach. If life were fair or conference tournaments not as fickle White wouldve been in the March spotlight

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