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College basketball national title odds: Kentucky, Memphis look like best bets, but Duke doesn’t have much value

Michigan State returns three of its top four scorers from last season’s Final Four club, has a Hall of Fame coach in Tom Izzo and features the potential preseason favorite to win national player of the year: Cassius Winston. So it should come as no surprise that the Spartans are the favorite to win it […]

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Virginia coach Tony Bennett turns down raise, wants raises for staff and program improvements instead

After checking off career milestones for the first time this spring — a Final Four and national championship game appearance, culminating with his first-ever championship as a head coach — Virginia coach Tony Bennett found himself in line for a hefty pay raise. But when he was offered one, he declined. The university announced that […]

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50 days from opening night of college basketball: 50 things to get you ready for the 2019-20 season

It’s Monday, Sept. 16, which marks 50 days until we get to Tuesday, Nov. 5, the start of the 2019-20 college basketball season. I’m loving the impending fall and the beginning of football season, just as you may be, but the itch for college hoops is unavoidable at this point. Rosters have been largely finalized […]

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Kentucky recruiting: Five-star Terrence Clarke commits to the Wildcats over Duke and Memphis

Five-star guard Terrence Clarke made his college commitment on Saturday, picking the Kentucky Wildcats over Duke, Boston College, Memphis, Texas Tech and UCLA. Until Saturday Clarke was a Class of 2021 prospect, but he is now expected to reclassify to the Class of 2020, giving John Calipari his second top-50 commitment of the week and […]

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College Basketball Podcast: Will California’s ‘Fair Pay to Play Act’ really force the NCAA to change its rules?

California Governor Gavin Newsom is on the verge of signing into law SB 206 — which would allow student-athletes in our country’s most populated state to accept money in exchange for their name, image and likeness without fear of retribution from the universities for which they play. It’s a potential game-changer that should go into […]

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Five teams who missed the NCAA Tournament last season but could make a March Madness run in 2020

When the preseason NCAA men’s basketball top-25 comes out just prior to the season, we will inevitably see Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State and Kansas at the top, while Villanova, Florida, Virginia, Gonzaga and others who have become NCAA Tournament and Final Four regulars, right behind them.  From possession to possession, minute to minute, […]

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Ex-Arizona assistant coach reportedly says he paid $40K to change Rawle Alkins’ high school grades

A transcript of a recording related to the college basketball recruiting scandal indicates Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson claims he paid $40,000 to a high school coach to ensure Wildcats recruit-turned-signee, Rawle Alkins, qualified academically.  Yahoo Sports reported the findings on Wednesday citing a court record of a transcript that had not been previously […]

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NCAA sends letter to California governor, urging him to veto bill that would allow college athletes to be paid

The 72-0 sweep vote Monday evening by California’s State Assembly on a bill that would give protection — and liberation — to student-athletes in that state to earn money off their name, image and likeness has prompted a pressing response from the NCAA to California Gov. Gavin Newsom. On Wednesday morning the NCAA publicly released […]

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The recruitment of 5-star Cade Cunningham should be over, but Kentucky and UNC aren’t giving up yet

When Mike Boynton added Cannen Cunningham as a full-time assistant coach to his Oklahoma State staff in June, the prevailing theory in college basketball was that the recruitment of 5-star guard Cade Cunningham, Cannen’s younger brother, was a wrap. Nobody knew if it would be a matter of days or weeks or months. But basically […]

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College basketball scandal: Ex-Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola avoids prison sentence after cooperating with investigation

Former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola, a central figure in the federal investigation into bribery and corruption in the realm of college basketball, avoided prison time at his sentencing on Tuesday. He faces a one-year supervised release, two months of home confinement and electronic monitoring, along with a $100 fine, according to ESPN. Gassnola was a […]