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Kentucky, Arizona 1-2 in AP preseason poll

Kentucky, last season’s national runner-up, is No. 1 in the AP preseason Top 25 for the second straight season.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 4:07 pm

Source: Brandon resigning Michigan AD post

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is resigning and will not return next school year, a source told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 3:57 pm

Sources: Refs disciplined for improper access

Several college basketball referees, including one prominent Big Ten official, have been disciplined for accessing unauthorized information on a refereeing software web site, sources told ESPN.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 1:13 am

Coach K expects one-and-done rule to stay

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski expects the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association to continue the one-and-done draft rule because he isn’t convinced the players’ union would be in favor of moving the draft rule to two years out of high school whe

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 1:04 pm

Golden Gophers dismiss junior guard Lofton

Minnesota junior Zach Lofton, a transfer from Illinois State, was dismissed by the program for “failing to meet the expectations and obligations of the team.”

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 1:47 am

Monson, Long Beach St. agree to extension

Long Beach State basketball coach Dan Monson has agreed to a five-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 1:35 am

UNC’s Williams ‘worried sick’ about probe

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Wednesday that he is “worried sick” about the pending NCAA investigation into the school’s academic scandal, and included in his worries are concerns about his own reputation.

Posted on 29 October 2014 @ 10:49 pm

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Kentucky earns No. 1 nod in AP preseason poll (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Kentucky head coach John Calipari speaks to reporters during the team's NCAA college basketball media day in Lexington, Ky. The surprising returns of several starters from last year's NCAA runners-up has given Kentucky a 12-deep roster and created expectations of winning the national title. (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)

The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship. The Wildcats changed the script this season: This year, the fabulous freshmen will be surrounded by other former McDonald’s All-Americans who played for the NCAA title just seven months ago – a team so deep and talented that coach John Calipari is considering a platoon system. Kentucky was the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 released Friday, becoming the fourth program to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. ”At the end of the day, you’ve got to play the games and figure it out.” Kentucky earned 52 first-place votes from the 65-member panel in landing its fourth preseason No. 1.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 3:15 pm

Kentucky set to start season with platoon system (Yahoo Sports)

The Blue squads Trey Lyles, middle, shoots between teammate Karl-Anthony Towns (12) and the White squads Alex Poythress during Kentucky's intrasquad NCAA college basketball scrimmage, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

This year’s Kentucky roster is unusually deep even for a program used to having an abundance of talent. Coach John Calipari has been cautious on projections, noting that his newcomers haven’t played a game and he’s not used to having so many players back for their second and third seasons. Then it becomes, OK, you’ve got to compete at a higher level.” Kentucky’s returnees say they are ready to take that next step. Their decisions make the Wildcats legitimate title contenders, especially with forwards Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee and 7-footer Dakari Johnson also back.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 3:07 pm

Vols have undergone major makeover since Sweet 16 (Yahoo Sports)

Just seven months after playing in the NCAA regional semifinals, Tennessee is being picked to finish near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference. Rarely has a team coming off a Sweet 16 appearance been held in such low regard. Then again, this Tennessee team bears only a passing resemblance to the squad that made that postseason run. Tennessee returns only four scholarship players from the team that went 24-13 last season.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 11:38 pm

Beilein says Michigan still has plenty of leaders (Yahoo Sports)

Michigan guard Caris Levert (23), Derrick Walton Jr., (10) and Zak Irvin (21) pose during the men's NCAA college basketball media day in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

When John Beilein first took over at Michigan, he envisioned a roster with plenty of continuity from year to year. We were going to maybe recruit under-the-radar guys who were going to stay for four years, and we’d have these great Senior Nights,” Beilein said Thursday at media day. It’s worked well, but I don’t want to tell you that was my plan – to get top-100 guys and they’d be in the pros (after) two years, but it’s worked well for everybody.” Now in his eighth season as Michigan’s coach, Beilein is becoming accustomed to early departures. This year, he’ll have to replace Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III, and Mitch McGary, all of whom left Michigan for the NBA after their sophomore seasons.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 10:53 pm

Florida unlikely to repeat last year’s feats (Yahoo Sports)

Florida’s record-setting run through the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA tournament last season will be difficult, maybe even impossible, to top. The Gators won a program-best 30 consecutive games, set another mark with 32 straight home wins, became the first team to go 18-0 in the SEC’s regular season, swept the league tournament and earned the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament for the second time. Then again, coach Billy Donovan has one of his more athletic teams, with point guard Kasey Hill, sharp-shooter Michael Frazier II, forward Dorian Finney-Smith and big man Chris Walker returning in bigger roles. How everyone around them progresses might be the key to Florida putting together another successful season.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 3:50 pm

Auburn’s Pearl aims to bring in wins not just fans (Yahoo Sports)

Bruce Pearl has hobnobbed with the students, courted fans and generally been selling Auburn’s basketball program to anyone who would listen. Now comes the real challenge for the Tigers’ new coach: Winning. ”I’m not going to be having any fun if we don’t win,” Pearl said. He’s won over some Auburn fans, helping the Tigers more than double season ticket sales from last season.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 3:18 pm

Duke picked as ACC preseason favorite (Yahoo Sports)

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino answers a question at the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Armed with a talented freshman class, Duke is the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference. Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils received 41 of 65 first-place votes from media members at Wednesday’s league media day, outdistancing North Carolina, ACC newcomer Louisville and reigning champion Virginia atop the standings. Duke returns upperclassmen Quinn Cook, Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon while adding a stellar recruiting class led by big man Jahlil Okafor, the preseason pick for rookie of the year.

Posted on 29 October 2014 @ 10:10 pm

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RB James dislocates elbow in Oregon win

LaMichael James ran for 239 yards and a touchdown before he was carted off the field with a dislocated elbow, dampening No. 9 Oregons 43-15 victory over California on Thursday night. The nations leading rusher went down early in the fourth quarter and trainers stabilized his arm in a sleeve as fans chanted his name.

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RB James injures right arm in Oregon win

LaMichael James ran for 239 yards and a touchdown before he was carted off the field after injuring his right arm, dampening No. 9 Oregons 43-15 victory over California on Thursday night. The nations leading rusher went down early in the fourth quarter and trainers stabilized his arm in a sleeve as fans chanted his name.

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Lavin undergoes prostate cancer surgery

St. Johns coach Steve Lavin has had successful surgery to treat prostate cancer. The 47-year-old Lavin underwent the surgery Thursday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. According to Lavins physicians, the surgery went as planned and there were no complications. Lavin is expected to return to his full-time coaching responsibilities after a recovery period.

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Calhoun: UConn talent better for 2011-12

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun says he has more talent this season than he had on the team that won the national championship in April. Calhoun made the comment before a dinner at which the 2010-11 Huskies received their national championship rings. The coach said having a more talented team doesnt mean they are going to win another title, but he thinks they can.

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Duke set to visit MSG twice this season

Mike Krzyzewski is bringing Duke to Madison Square Garden twice this upcoming season, according to the schedule announced Thursday. The Blue Devils will face Michigan State, and Kentucky will play Kansas in the second game of the Champions Classic on Nov. 15. Duke will return to take on Washington on Dec.

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Colorado suspends 5 defensive players

Colorado coach Jon Embree has suspended five defensive players indefinitely for violating unspecified team rules. The suspended players include defensive backs Josh Moten, Ayodeji Olatoye, Parker Orms and Paul Vigo, along with linebacker Liloa Nobriga. Orms was the only starter among the group, but didnt play last weekend due to a leg injury.

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Big 12 moves to add Big East-bound TCU

Leaders of the Big 12 Conference cleared the way Thursday to add TCU, a move that would bring in a rising program and potentially shore up a league that seemed ready to fall apart just a few weeks ago. The Big 12s presidents and chancellors voted unanimously to authorize negotiations with the Horned Frogs, who play in Fort Worth, Texas, and boast the defending Rose Bowl champion.

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