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– With so much going on this weekend thanks to Midnight Madness festivities  College Basketball Talk decided to gather all the best videos and news from season tip-off festivities

– College Basketball Talk released it’s highly anticipated “All-Name Team” selections for 2012-13 on Friday.Eric Angevine and Troy Machir are college basketball’s foremost experts in etymology, surnames and general nomenclature and have combined forces to provide a definitive list of who’s who in 2012-13. Be on the look out for part-II later today.

– With the season now officially started, the guys behind the big eyeball at CBS Sports released their annual list of “The 68 Things to watch this season

– There are not many people more critical of John Calipari and Kentucky than coaching legend Bob Knight. Despite repeatedly criticizing Calipari in public, and refusing to mention the university’s name, Knight will be part of a broadcast team for two Kentucky games this season

– Jeff Eisenberg has ten intriguing questions we should think about as the season starts to progress

– Two-time Super Bowl champion head coach Bill Parcells stopped by Siena’s practice on Saturday morning to meet with O.D. Anosike, who Parcells met this past summer

Pat Forde previews the upcoming season for the Indiana Hoosiers, who enters the season as the top team in the nation and will look to win their first national championship since 1987

– Steve Massiello has done great things in his short time at Manhattan. The Jaspers have a bunch of experienced players who have the ability to carry the program back to the NCAA tournament

– UNLV has decided to take a flyer on oft-troubled Jelan Kendrick. You may remember his story. As a freshman at Memphis in 2010, he was suspended twice and kicked off the team before the season began.  He spent 2011 at Ole Miss, but was removed from the program following the end of the season. During a game in March, Kendrick removed himself from the court during warm-ups and left the arena with his girlfriend, only to return to a spot on the bench where he did not move from until the end of the contest

– Highly touted recruit Xavier Rathan-Myles committed to Florida State over the weekend, raising the Seminole’s chance of bagging top recruit Andrew Wiggins, who is very close with Rathan-Myles

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

Utah State denies transfer David Collette a release

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Utah State has denied former forward David Collette a release, saying that his decision to leave the program two days before the start of the season left them without an adequate way to replace last season’s second-leading scorer and was unduly influenced by tampering from other coaching staffs.

“I think there were a lot of factors in play that, unfortunately, have become a trend in college basketball of schools poaching other schools’ players,” head coach Tim Duryea said in a Nov. 11th release announcing the transfer. “I don’t feel good and don’t like how things transpired.”

But that’s not how Collette, who averaged 12.8 points as a redshirt freshman, said things went down. He says he left the team because he and Duryea did not get along. Duryea was a longtime assistant for former head coach Stew Morrill.

The allegations Collette has made range from worrisome to embarrassingly petty. He told Yahoo! Sports and ESPN that the team was told not to tell anyone about a fight in practice, that the school immediately pulled all his athletic aid and that they went as far as to change his measurements on the team site from 6-foot-10, 235 pounds to 6-foot-8, 220 pounds.

Now trying to keep a practice fight off the media’s radar isn’t a huge issue; they happen more than you think and are a bigger deal as a headline than in the locker room. And if Collette is no longer on the team, he is no longer doing the work required to get that aid. Nothing wrong with that, either.

But changing what he’s listed at on the team site? Refusing to release, which prohibits him from being recruited by other coaching staffs and will force him to pay his own way at his new school for two semesters?

Bitter, petty and unnecessary.

This story is now a headline on three of the biggest sports websites. Pretty soon Jay Bilas will be railing against it on twitter, and probably on a broadcast, too; Utah State plays Duke next.

This is going to be a wave of negative publicity for a Utah State program that A) doesn’t make many national headlines, and B) Might actually be pretty good this year.

Is that really worth getting revenge on some college sophomore that doesn’t like playing for you?

Labissiere scores 16 as top-ranked Kentucky beats BU 82-62

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Freshman center Skal Labissiere scored 16 points to lead top-ranked Kentucky past Boston University 82-62 on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (5-0) used a big second half to overcome Boston U. in their season debut at No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. One day after taking over the top spot, Kentucky struggled to put away the Terriers early but outscored them 42-29 in the second half.

Labissiere finished 7 of 13 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Tyler Ulis added 15 points, and Alex Poythress had 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for his second straight double-double.

Jamal Murray scored 12 points and Isaiah Briscoe had 11. Kentucky, which spent all of last season ranked No. 1, scored 58 points in the paint and closed with a 22-9 run.

Boston University (2-3) got 15 points from John Papale. Nathan Dieudonne and Kyle Foreman scored 11 apiece.

The Wildcats raced out to a 10-0 lead 3 minutes into the game, but Boston University settled down after making its first basket and kept the score close in the first half by hitting five shots from long range.

The Terriers led 34-33 with 2 minutes remaining in the first half, but the Wildcats scored the last six points of the period to regain the lead.

Labissiere paced the Wildcats with 11 points in the first half, followed by Murray with 10.


Kentucky: The Wildcats improved to 216-28 as the top-ranked team in the country and have won 61 of their last 64 games while holding the top spot. Under coach John Calipari, Kentucky is 63-5 as the top-ranked team in the AP poll.

Boston University: The Terriers fell to 0-5 against Kentucky. … Boston University missed its first four shots and didn’t score its first basket until the 16:55 mark of the first half. … Dieudonne, a graduate of Louisville Trinity, was Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 2012.


Kentucky plays Friday against South Florida at the Hoophall Miami Invitational.

Boston University plays Saturday at Binghamton.