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– For those of you who haven’t been keeping track on your calendars, Memphis’s Derrick Rose-related three-year probation sentence ended on Sunday

Pete Thamel published an interesting story about Dan Dakich’s brief yet interesting tenure as head coach of West Virginia. In 2002, the current-ESPN analyst stepped down as head coach of WVU after just eight days as head coach

– Andy Glockner provides some insight on the best early season match-ups to look out for

– Bill Self does not think he will be considered as a candidate for the Team USA head coaching position for the 2016 Olympics

– An awesome list from College Hoopedia on all the schools that have reneged on conference affiliation promises

– In an ironic twist, highly touted Seton Hall freshman Aquille “Crimestopper” Carr was arrested over the weekend in Baltimore for allegedly assaulting the mother of his daughter. It looks like Mr. Carr will be in the market for a new nickname. Any ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

– This isn’t going to make Kentucky fans happy: Nerlens Noel is the most overrated prospect in the country

– Speaking of Nerlens, he officially arrived in Lexington over the weekend and can now spend the next eight months getting treated like a king

– Did you know there was a thirds Gasol brother? I certainly didn’t. Well it turns out that Adria, the younger brother of Pau and Marc, will attend UCLA as a walk-on player

– Indiana’s Assembly Hall is already sold out of student tickets for the upcoming season. But before the 2012-2013 campaign begins, Assembly hall is going to get some much-needed renovation

– It’s pretty clear that it would be “worst case scenario” if Rodney Purvis were to be declared ineligible to play for North Carolina State

– After a full week of speculation, it looks like Washington assistant coach Raphael Chillious will leave in order to take the assistant position at Villanova. The position became available after Doug Martin resigned after it was revealed that he doctored his resume

– Central Florida senior Keith Clanton has decided to stay in Orlando despite the program’s upcoming postseason ban. According to Jeff Goodman,  Marcus Jordan will not return to the basketball program, along with two other member of the Golden Knights. But the program should remain somewhat competitive with the return of Clanton

– A solid-read on talented Oklahoma junior Cameron Clark, who is hoping to rebound from his “sophomore slump”

– Instead of picking between North Carolina and Kentucky, top-50 recruit Troy Williams will attend Oak Hill Academy for a postgraduate year before heading to college

– Jabari Parker, the nation’s top recruit in the class of 2013, is still recovering from foot surgery and hasn’t made any clear-cut order of potential suitors

– South Carolina recruit Michael Carrera has been ruled eligible to participate and is allowed to enroll at the university

– Incoming Wichita State freshman Deontae Hawkins will spend the year at prep school instead of enrolling at the University due to eligibility concerns

– Kansas freshman Milton Doyle is leaving the school after just a few months on campus. After attending summer school in Lawrence and playing with the team on their recent exhibition trip to Europe, Doyle has decided to leave despite not having any issues with the coaches or school or anything. Well, that’s kind of weird

– Georgia coach Mark Fox landed a solid commitment from talented shooting guard Juwan Parker over the weekend

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Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown:

Niang, Morris lead No. 14 Iowa State past No. 24 Texas

Iowa State forward Georges Niang drives past Texas guard Tevin Mack, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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After falling at Texas Tech for the second straight season midweek, No. 14 Iowa State needed to bounce back with No. 24 Texas visiting Hilton Coliseum. The return of Jameel McKay, who was suspended for two games, certainly helped the Cyclones and the play of Georges Niang and Monte Morris was key as well. But the biggest difference on this night was the fact that Iowa State was able to limit the effectiveness of Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor.

 

Taylor scored just nine points on 3-for-14 shooting from the field, and with Morris and Niang scoring 24 points apiece the Cyclones won by the final score of 85-75.

Taylor had multiple opportunities to make plays around the basket thanks to his ability to beat defenders off the bounce, but he struggled to finish. Add in a 0-for-4 night from three, and Texas’ most dangerous offensive option was unable to duplicate his performance in the first meeting between the two teams. In Texas’ 94-91 overtime win over the Cyclones January 12, Taylor scored 28 points and dished out six assists with just one turnover, shooting 11-for-17 from the field.

Four Longhorns finished in double figures, with Tevin Mack and Javan Felix scoring 18 apiece, but with Morris decisively winning the point guard matchup Texas was unable to pick up the win on the road.

For Iowa State the aforementioned tandem of Morris and Niang performed as they did in the first meeting, which should come as no surprise. What helped them, especially when it came to Texas attacking the basket, was the presence of McKay. McKay finished the game with eight points, seven rebounds and four blocks in 22 minutes of action, and to have their best interior defender back on the floor certainly helped the Cyclones on this night.

With their lack of depth Iowa State’s margin for error is small, especially when it comes to foul trouble, injuries and disciplinary reasons. Even with Texas’ size advantage Iowa State outscored them in the paint 48-34, and McKay’s defensive ability factored into that. The Cyclones can put points on the board with the best of them, but at some point they’ll need to string together stops as the games get even bigger.

Iowa State managed to do that down the stretch, with Morris and Niang running the show offensively. And that’s a good formula to be able to rely upon as the season approaches its most important month.