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Old Dominion, George Mason agree to home-and-home deal

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The realignment of the old Colonial Athletic Association made a number of college basketball fanatics die a little bit on the inside.

The recent memories of George Mason and VCU’s brilliant runs to the Final Four made for fond recollections when press releases started rolling out that certain schools were leaving the conference.

Well, at least now, we get a bit of the old times back.

George Mason and Old Dominion will renew their rivalry, in a non-conference fashion, this time.

George Mason enters their first season in the Atlantic 10 Conference next season, while Old Dominion takes their programs to Conference USA. The schools, while not bound by conference anymore, are bound by their home state of Virginia, so it’ll be good to see some intrastate rivalry between to teams with solid basketball tradition in VA.

Though as of now, the programs are going in different directions. The Patriots finished 2012-13 at 22-16, falling to Santa Clara in the finals of the College Basketball Invitational. The Monarchs just hired American’s Jeff Jones to replace a fired Blaine Taylor, who was fired mid-season. Old Dominion finished the year 5-26.

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR POWER RANKINGS: Buddy Hield isn’t going anywhere

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) drives to the basket as LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.

And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.

The rest of the top 10?

They can be found here, at the CBT FaceBook page. Follow that page for the countdown:

POSTERIZED: Texas A&M-CC with an off-the-backboard dunk

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This is pretty nice from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who has made a habit out of getting themselves on the highlight reel.

Here’s another angle of the dunk: