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Shabazz Muhammad, Nerlens Noel highlight Parade All-Americans

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Parade Magazine released its 2012 All-America Team on Sunday, and many familiar faces are on the list with the top two players in the class of 2012 leading the way.

Kentucky signee Nerlens Noel and UCLA signee Shabazz Muhammad are both on the list, as are forward Kyle Anderson (UCLA) , guard Gary Harris (Michigan State) and center Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona).

In all the list has forty players, with Arizona, Kentucky and UCLA leading the way with three commits each.

By conference, the Pac-12 led the way with nine players making the list with the Big Ten following with six. The Ivy League even had a future player make the team (guard Tony Hicks), as did the Atlantic Sun (forward John Ross Glover).

Just two players on the team have yet to commit: Davonta Pollard and Savon Goodman. According to multiple outlets Goodman, who hails from Philadelphia, took an official visit to SMU over the weekend.

Adolphus Washington Taft Cincinnati, Ohio 6’5″ F Ohio State
Alex Poythress Northeast Clarksville, Tenn. 6’8″ F Kentucky
Archie Goodwin Sylvan Hills High Sherwood, Ark. 6’4″ G Kentucky
Brandon Ashley Findlay Prep Henderson, Nev. 6’8″ F Arizona
Brice Johnson Edisto Cordova, S.C. 6’9″ F North Carolina
Bruce Marshall Fayette Fayette, Mo. 6’10” C Missouri State
Cameron Biedscheid Cardinal Ritter St. Louis, Mo. 6’8″ F Notre Dame
Deandre Burnett Carol City Miami Gardens, Fla. 6’1″ G Miami
Devonta Pollard Kemper County High De Kalb, Miss. 6’7″ F undecided
Dewayne Russell Peoria Peoria, Ariz. 5’10” G USC
Gary Harris Hamilton Southeastern Fishers, Ind. 6’4″ G Michigan State
Grant Jerrett Lutheran La Verne, Calif. 6’10” F Arizona
Isaiah Cousins Mount Vernon Mount Vernon, N.Y. 6’4″ G Oklahoma
Javion Watson San Ysidro San Diego, Calif. 6’2″ G Long Beach State
Joe McDonald Landon School Bethesda, Md. 6’1″ G George Wash.
John Ross Glover Univ. School of Jackson Jackson, Tenn. 6’4″ F Lipscomb
John Simons Cadillac Cadillac, Mich. 6’8″ F Central Michigan
Jordan Loveridge West Jordan West Jordan, Utah 6’6″ F Utah
Josh Scott Lewis-Palmer Monument, Colo. 6’9″ C Colorado
Kaleb Tarczewski St. Mark’s Southborough, Mass. 7’0″ C Arizona
Kenneth Gaines Whitefield Academy Mableton, Ga. 6’4″ G Georgia
Kris Dunn New London New London, Conn. 6’4″ G Providence
Kyle Anderson St. Anthony Jersey City, N.J. 6’8″ F UCLA
Marcus Paige Linn-Mar High Marion, Iowa 6’2″ G North Carolina
Matt Costello Bay City Western Auburn, Mich. 6’10” F Michigan State
Maurice Watson Boys Latin Charter School Philadelphia, Penn. 5’10” G Boston U.
Mike Gesell South Sioux City South Sioux City, Neb. 6’2″ G Iowa
Mitch McGary Brewster Academy Wolfeboro, N.H. 6’10” F Michigan
Nerlens Noel Tilton School Tilton, N.H. 6’10” C Kentucky
Omar Calhoun Christ the King High Middle Village, N.Y. 6’4″ G UConn
Perry Ellis Heights Wichita, Kan. 6’8″ F Kansas
Rasheed Sulaimon Strake Jesuit Houston, Texas 6’4″ G Duke
Rodney Purvis Upper Room Christian Raleigh, N.C. 6’4″ G N.C. State
Sam Dekker Sheboygan Area Lutheran Sheboygan, Wis. 6’8″ F Wisconsin
Savon Goodman Constitution Philadelphia, Penn. 6’6″ F undecided
Shabazz Muhammad Bishop Gorman Las Vegas, Nev. 6’6″ G UCLA
Stefan Moody Poinciana Kissimmee, Fla. 5’10” G Florida Atlantic
Tony Hicks St. Rita Chicago, Ill. 6’2″ G Pennsylvania
Tony Parker Miller Grove Lithonia, Ga. 6’9″ C UCLA
Twymond Howard Pearl High Pearl, Miss. 6’6″ F UTEP

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Alabama upsets No. 15 Texas A&M as Aggies continue recent freefall

Alabama guard Retin Obasohan (32) scores against Texas A&M during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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Alabama played inspired ball on both ends of the floor and held on to upset No. 15 Texas A&M 63-62 in an SEC thriller on Wednesday night. Trailing by one point with less than three seconds left, Texas A&M had a chance to tie or take the lead with senior Anthony Collins at the line for two free throws. But Collins, one of the nation’s best free-throw shooters at 92 percent on the season, missed both free throws in a heartbreaking loss for the Aggies.

The Crimson Tide controlled the glass most of the game by outrebounding the Aggies 36-29 and also forced 13 Texas A&M turnovers. The loss for Texas A&M means they’ve lost four of their last five games and four straight games in the SEC.

Retin Obasahon led Alabama (14-9, 5-6) with 16 points as he made a lot of big plays in the second half to put the team on his back. The win means the Crimson Tide have won three consecutive games and defeated four ranked opponents during the season. Riley Norris added 11 points for the Crimson Tide while Shannon Hale was also in double-figures with 10 points.

Although Texas A&M (18-6, 7-4) did better with their recent shaky 3-point defense, holding Alabama to 8-for-25 (32 percent) from distance, they were outhustled on the glass for much of the game and couldn’t overcome a slow start. Senior Jalen Jones finished with 21 points and seven rebounds while Danuel House had 12 points and Collins finished with 11.

This loss is absolutely killer for Texas A&M, as they continue to slide down the SEC standings. The recent road woes for the Aggies also continued as they’ve lost three straight away from home. The schedule doesn’t get much easier for the Aggies the next few games, either, as they travel to LSU and then host Ole Miss and Kentucky. Texas A&M is in a potential freefall right now and they went from a major contender in the SEC to a team that just needs to get back on track.

As for Alabama, this is another solid win for head coach Avery Johnson in his first season. It’s hard to say if Johnson got some scouting advice from his son Avery Johnson Jr., a redshirt guard for the Crimson Tide who played for the Aggies last season, but they’ll certainly take this tight win. Alabama is now 5-1 in one-possession games this season and there’s something to be said for that mark.

BUBBLE BANTER: Key Atlantic 10, Big East bubble games

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — This is the win that Saint Joseph’s (KenPom: 48, RPI: 30) needed.

Entering Wednesday night, the Hawks were a paper tiger, a team with terrific computers numbers despite the fact that they hadn’t actually accomplished much of anything this season.

Well, that’s not exactly true. They are now 20-4 on the season and 10-2 in the Atlantic 10. They haven’t lost to anyone ranked outside the RPI top 50, and while that seems like it should be a simple thing to do, upsets happen all the time in college basketball. Not losing to anyone that stinks is one of the marks of a good team.

The problem, however, is that prior to their trip to Foggy Bottom on Wednesday, the best win that St. Joe’s had on the season … Princeton? At Temple? They were without an RPI top 50 win and, if you factor in Buffalo, the Hawks and three top 100 wins on their résumé.

That’s not exactly the stuff of at-large bids.

And then Wednesday happened, and the Hawks went into the Smith Center and hammered a good George Washington team by 18 points, the same GW team that went into Richmond on Saturday and handed VCU their first loss of the conference season.

It looks like nothing more than a top 50 road win on their profile, but for at least one person that was in attendance (Hi!), it was something of a statement win. I had my doubts about the group, and while the eye-test is totally subjective and probably the worst way to gauge whether or not a team is a tournament team, they certainly passed my eye-test today.

WINNERS

  • Butler (KenPom: 41, RPI; 67): The Bulldogs landed a critical win on Wednesday night, as they went into Newark and knocked off a Seton Hall team that is probably better than you realize. That’s an RPI top 50 win on the road that’s getting added to a résumé that, entering the night, had just a single top 50 win. Period. The Bulldogs still have plenty of work to do, but with their only two bad losses coming on the road against league competition and five wins against the top 100 with four coming away from Hinkle Fieldhouse, Chris Holtmann’s club has positioned themselves nicely to not only get a bid but get a solid seed as well.

LOSERS

  • Seton Hall (KenPom: 31, RPI: 37): Losing to Butler certainly doesn’t help Seton Hall’s cause, but this isn’t a bad loss. The Pirates are still without a sub-100 loss, although this does drop them to 6-7 against the RPI top 100 with a pair top 50 wins. They’re still in the tournament as of today, and probably with some room to spare.
  • George Washington (KenPom: 71, RPI: 34): There are two positives to take out of GW’s loss to Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday night: 1) The Hawks may end up being an RPI top 25 team once the numbers are crunched overnight, so this is anything but a bad loss, and 2) This 18-point drubbing will look exactly the same as a one-point loss at the buzzer in the eyes of the selection committee.

LSU (KenPom: 53, RPI: 76) at South Carolina (KenPom: 45, RPI: 28), 7:00 p.m.
Nebraska at Wisconsin (KenPom: 51, RPI: 62), 7:00 p.m.
Missouri at Vanderbilt (KenPom: 35, RPI: 58), 9:00 p.m.
No. 14 Iowa State at Texas Tech (KenPom: 59, RPI: 51), 9:00 p.m.
Michigan (KenPom: 46, RPI: 56) at Minnesota, 9:00 p.m.
Washington (KenPom: 80, RPI: 57) at Utah (KenPom: 44, RPI: 16), 9:00 p.m.
San Diego State (KenPom: 65, RPI: 47) at Fresno State, 11:00 p.m.