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NBC Sports Network announces 2013-14 college basketball schedule

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With the start of the season just over a week away, the NBC Sports Network released its broadcast schedule for the 2013-14 campaign. The schedule tips off on November 14 when Temple visits CAA preseason favorite Towson, and the first month of the season will be headlined by the Battle 4 Atlantis event.

Teams taking part in that tournament (November 28-30) include Iowa, Kansas, Tennessee, Villanova and Xavier. Also of note that weekend is the Barclays Classic, with NBCSN broadcasting the semifinal between Ole Miss and Georgia Tech on the 29th and both the consolation and championship game on the 30th. Also playing in the event are Penn State and St. John’s.

NBCSN will also broadcast conference games from the Atlantic 10, CAA and Ivy League, with an A-10 doubleheader kicking off that portion of the slate on Sunday, January 5. George Washington visits Saint Joseph’s at 1:00 p.m. EST, followed by Dayton visiting Saint Louis.

To wrap up the schedule NBCSN will broadcast the CAA tournament semifinals and title game (March 9-10), and all four quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament on March 14.

NBCSN’S 2013-14 COLLEGE BASKETBALL TELECAST SCHEDULE

DATE GAME
Thu., November 14 Temple at Towson (7:30 p.m.)
Thu., November 28 Xavier at Iowa – Round 1 (Battle 4 Atlantis; 7 p.m.)
Thu., November 28 Tennessee at UTEP – Round 1 (Battle 4 Atlantis; 9:30 p.m.)
Fri., November 29 Ole Miss at Georgia Tech (Barclays Classic; 4:30 p.m.)
Fri., November 29 TBD – Round 2 (Battle 4 Atlantis; 7 p.m.)
Fri., November 29 TBD – Round 2 (Battle 4 Atlantis; 9:30 p.m.)
Sat., November 30 Consolation Game (Barclays Classic; 2 p.m.)
Sat., November 30 Championship Game (Barclays Classic; 4:30 p.m.)
Sat., November 30 Consolation Game (Battle 4 Atlantis; 7 p.m.)
Sat., November 30 Championship Game (Battle 4 Atlantis; 9:30 p.m.)
Sat., December 14 Northern Illinois at UMass (3 p.m.)
Thu., December 19 Iona at Dayton (7 p.m.)
Sat., December 21 James Madison at Hampton (3 p.m.)
Sat., December 21 Virginia Tech at VCU (5:30 p.m.)
Sat., December 28 Old Dominion at Richmond (6:30 p.m.)
Thu., January 2 Penn at George Mason (7:30 p.m.)
Sat., January 4 Cornell at St. Bonaventure (2 p.m.)
Sat., January 4 Yale at Saint Louis (5:30 p.m.)
Sun., January 5 George Washington at Saint Joseph’s** (1 p.m.)
Sun., January 5 Dayton at Saint Louis** (3 p.m.)
Thu., January 9 George Washington at La Salle (8 p.m.)
Sat., January 11 St. Bonaventure at UMass (12:30 p.m.)
Sat., January 11 Rhode Island at George Washington (2:30 p.m.)
Sat., January 11 Princeton at Penn (6 p.m.)
Sun., January 12 La Salle at Duquesne (2:30 p.m.)
Mon., January 13 College of Charleston at Northeastern (7 p.m.)
Sat., January 18 George Mason at Rhode Island (12:30 p.m.)
Sat., January 18 Fordham at Saint Louis (2:30 p.m.)
Sun., January 19 Towson at College of Charleston (3:30 p.m.)
Mon., January 20 Delaware at Drexel (7 p.m.)
Sat., January 25 George Washington at George Mason (12 p.m.)
Sat., January 25 Saint Joseph’s at Richmond (4 p.m.)
Sun., January 26 Fordham at UMass (12 p.m.)
Sun., January 26 Harvard at Dartmouth (4 p.m.)
Sun., January 26 Dayton at Saint Joseph’s** (6 p.m.)
Sat., February 1 George Washington at Dayton (12:30 p.m.)
Sat., February 1 George Mason at Saint Louis (2:30 p.m.)
Sat., February 1 Drexel at Towson (4:30 p.m.)
Sat., February 1 Penn at Harvard (9 p.m.)
Sun., February 2 William and Mary at James Madison (2:30 p.m.)
Wed., February 12 George Washington at VCU (7 p.m.)
Thu., February 13 Drexel at College of Charleston (7 p.m)
Mon., February 17 Delaware at Towson (7 p.m.)
Tues., February 18 George Washington at Richmond (7 p.m.)
Wed., February 19 Saint Louis at George Mason (7 p.m.)
Sat., February 22 Brown at Cornell (8 p.m.)
Sun., February 23 Yale at Columbia (1:30 p.m.)
Thu., February 27 Duquesne at Saint Louis (8 p.m.)
Fri., February 28 Brown at Penn (7:30 p.m.)
Sat., March 1 Saint Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure (3 p.m.)
Sat., March 1 La Salle at Fordham (5 p.m.)
Sun., March 2 George Mason at George Washington (1 p.m.)
Thu., March 6 George Mason at La Salle (8 p.m.)
Fri., March 7 Harvard at Yale (7:30 p.m.)
Sun., March 9 CAA Tournament Semifinals (2:30 p.m.)
Sun., March 9 CAA Tournament Semifinals (5 p.m.)
Mon., March 10 CAA Championship Game (7 p.m.)
Fri., March 14 A-10 Championship Quarterfinals (12 p.m.)
Fri., March 14 A-10 Championship Quarterfinals (2:30 p.m.)
Fri., March 14 A-10 Championship Quarterfinals (6:30 p.m.)
Fri., March 14 A-10 Championship Quarterfinals (9 p.m.)

All games and times subject to change.
*Opponents will be determined based on outcome of previous games or regular-season standings
**Denotes A-10 women’s basketball games

VIDEO: Taylor University celebrates 20th anniversary of Silent Night tradition

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Taylor University celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Silent Night Game on Friday night.

The Division III school in Upland, Indiana has one of the best traditions in college sports as Taylor has its fanbase stay completely silent until the team scores its 10th point of the game. Upon scoring the team’s 10th point, the Taylor students go ballistic as they storm the court and temporarily stop the game. Dressing up in all sorts of group costumes, the Taylor students bring out some of the best ideas you’ll see from any college fanbase in the country.

As for the game, Taylor jumped out to a 37-9 lead on Lincoln Christian University and never looked back as they won 99-68. The win moves Taylor’s record to 20-0 all-time in Silent Night games.

Jake Heggeland was the game’s high scorer with 18 points for Taylor while Evan Crowe broke the Taylor silence for the second consecutive year.

Kansas forward arrested on suspicion of battery

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Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. was charged today with one count of battery.

According to a press release sent out by the Douglas County district attorney’s office, police received a call around 1 a.m. from a woman who said that “her boyfriend had struck her and pushed her down stairs during an argument.”

The DA also included a note in the statement that, essentially, said the only reason Bragg wasn’t charged with domestic violence – he was initially arrested on suspicion of domestic battery – was due to a technicality. Since the couple is only dating and not married, under Kansas law, the assault does not constitute domestic violence.

Battery is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison.

Bragg, who was still in custody until an appearance in court on Friday afternoon, was held on bond of $500. Bragg plead not guilty.

“We are still trying to gather information,” head coach Bill Self told The Star. “But it is a charge which we take very seriously.”

Bragg is a 6-foot-8 sophomore that lost his spot in the starting lineup earlier this year. He is averaging 7.8 points and 5.3 boards in 16 minutes. No. 3 Kansas hosts Nebraska on Saturday.

St. John’s to lose center to transfer

PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 13: Josh Hart #3 of the Villanova Wildcats has his shot blocked by Yankuba Sima #35 of the St. John's Red Storm at the Wells Fargo Center on February 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Villanova won 73-63. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Yankuba Sima will transfer out of the St. John’s program, the school announced on Friday.

“I want to thank the coaching staff and the administration for all of their support since I arrived at St. John’s,” said Sima. “I enjoyed my experience at St. John’s, but right now I feel it is best for me to explore options that will be a better fit for me as I work toward my goals.”

“We wish Yankuba the best of luck,” said head coach Chris Mullin. “I know this wasn’t an easy decision for him, but we respect and understand it. He’s a good basketball player and a good person with a bright future ahead.”

Sima started 26 of the 34 games he played with the Johnnies, including eight starts this season. He was averaging 6.0 points and 3.5 boards this year.

Frank Martin comments on Sindarius Thornwell suspension

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26:  Sindarius Thornwell #0 of the South Carolina Gamecocks drives to the basket defended by Tyler Lydon #20 of the Syracuse Orange in the second half during the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at Barclays Center on November 26, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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South Carolina head coach Frank Martin commented on Sindarius Thornwell’s suspension during his call-in show on Thursday.

Thornwell, who was the leading scorer for the 8-0 No. 19 Gamecocks, was suspended indefinitely last Sunday. Martin has yet to provide a reason for the suspension.

“He’s been with us at practice, he’ll travel with us, he’s excited about our team, his role on the team,” he said, according to South Carolina’s 247 site. “Sindarius is one of my favorite guys I’ve ever come across. He messed up and it is what it is. He’s like a son to me. He messed up and he’s owned up to his mess up.”

“Outside of that, I’m not going to get into anything else. He has my full support. Our job is to prepare our team to play, we don’t prepare individual players to play. It’s no different to someone rolling an ankle. We’re down because of a bad decision. We’ll be fine.”

Thornwell is averaging 18.7 points, 6.0 boards and 4.1 assists. The Gamecocks play Seton Hall in New York City on Monday night.

UCF star point guard out indefinitely with thumb injury

STORRS, CT - JANUARY 22: B.J. Taylor #1 of the Central Florida Knights carries the ball up the court in front of Ryan Boatright #11 of the Connecticut Huskies in the first half during the game at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on January 22, 2015 in Storrs, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Sophomore guard B.J. Taylor is out indefinitely after suffering a hand injury, UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins confirmed at a press conference earlier today.

According to a report from 247 Sports’ UCF site, the injury is a broken thumb, which was suffered in Saturday’s win over UMass.

Taylor is not expected to miss the rest of the season but will be out for an extended amount of time. He missed all of 2015-16 season dealing with a foot injury.

On the season, Taylor, a 6-foot-2 point guard, was having an all-AAC caliber season, averaging 17.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.3 boards.