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Not easy for Grinnell gunner to score 100-plus, until his coach makes it so (CBS Sports)
It’s safe to say that the offensive exploits of one Jack Taylor have been quite controversial. While he does have two games of 100-plus points to his credit, there are the issues that many have not only with Grinnell’s system but also the caliber of teams these records are being set against.

Rutgers’ Jerome Seagears a driving force (Bergen Record)
Given the tumultuous offseason that the Rutgers basketball program (and athletic department in general) experienced, it’s obvious that stable leadership will be critical as the team looks to adjust to life under Eddie Jordan. One of the players expected to lead the way is junior guard Jerome Seagears, who originally made the decision to transfer to Auburn.

Buffaloes get bloody to prepare for breakout season (Sports Illustrated)
Adjusting to a new environment can be difficult for college basketball players, especially when that environment includes playing more than a mile above sea level. Thanks to some research done by doctors at Anschutz Medical in Denver, regarding blood analysis and athletic performance, the Colorado athletic department was able to observe the impact that altitude has on its players. And in the case of two unnamed basketball players, that research proved to be vitally important.

Xavier, Mack may have perfect marriage (Fox Sports)
The Xavier Musketeers are playing their first season in the Big East, and in Chris Mack the program has a head coach more than capable of leading them in the new league. Mack’s built his program on relationships and a love for basketball. Simply put, if a recruit doesn’t love the game it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be a Musketeer.

ACC not close to backing up Swofford’s “strongest” boast (Sporting News)
With Maryland and North Carolina falling on Sunday, more than a few people began to question whether or not the ACC would be as good as expected. But despite a less than optimal week it’s still November, meaning that the conference has plenty of time to pick up quality non-conference victories.

Xavier, Cincinnati to find home for hoops rivalry (Associated Press)
With the second of two neutral-site meetings on the horizon, the powers that be at Cincinnati and Xavier are in the process of figuring out where future contests will be played. While Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin liked the atmosphere that last year’s neutral-site contest provided, Xavier’s Chris Mack would like to see the game move back to the respective campuses at some point.

Donahue has been educated by fans about BC/UConn rivalry (New London Day)
On Thursday evening Boston College and UConn will meet for the first time since 2005, which happened to be the Eagles’ final season as a member of the ACC. With that being the case there’s been more talk about the shared history, and BC fans have helped head coach Steve Donahue understand what the game means.

POSTERIZED: Kentucky’s Derek Willis drops a hammer on Florida

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It’s worth noting here that Derek Willis is not left-handed, yet he dunks this with his left hand.

UNC clinches share of ACC title in one of the top coaching jobs of Williams’ career

CHAPEL HILL, NC - JANUARY 16:  Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates after his 800th career victory with a 85-68 win over the Syracuse Orange at the Dean Smith Center on January 16, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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No. 8 North Carolina knocked off Pitt on the road on Saturday afternoon, picking up an 85-67 win that clinched at least a share of the ACC regular season title for the Tar Heels this season.

It’s the second straight season and the eighth time in the 14 years that Roy Williams has been the head coach of the Tar Heels that they can make such a claim. For comparison’s sake, Mike Krzyzewski and Duke have won just three ACC regular season titles in those 14 years and they haven’t won one since 2010.

So this is a pretty good run that Roy Williams is on, and that’s before you consider the two national titles — plus a third national title game — that he’s won during that stretch.

And this year may be as impressive as any job that he’s done during his career.

This UNC team is different than past UNC teams in the sense that it’s the first time that one of his great teams doesn’t have a front line anchored by a future first round pick that is a killer on the block and a stallion running the floor in transition. There’s no Brice Johnson or Tyler Zeller or Tyler Hansbrough or Sean May. Joel Berry II is a really good college guard, but he’s not Kendall Marshall or Ray Felton or Ty Lawson, and his inconsistency is one of UNC’s bigger question marks heading into the tournament. Justin Jackson has turned into a killer this season, which is not something we would have said about Justin Jackson in any other year.

Put another way, this team is not a team that you can look at and know will be a title contender.

But they are.

They hold a two-game lead over an ACC that might get 10 teams into the NCAA tournament with two games left. If they win at Virginia next week, they will be playing for pride and for seeding when they take on Duke in the season finale.

I’d go as far as to say that the Tar Heels are as good, or better, than anyone in college basketball this season. They’ll probably end up as the No. 1 seed in the south and could very well make another run to the Final Four this season.

Considering just how good Williams has been throughout his career, and particularly during his tenure in Chapel Hill, you can understand what it means to say that this may very well be the best coaching job of his career.

Grayson Allen out for Duke against Miami

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts against the Florida Gators in the first half during the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Duke will be without star junior guard Grayson Allen on Saturday.

According to a report from Greg Gumbel of CBS Sports, Allen will miss the Blue Devils’ road game at Miami with an ankle injury.

The 6-foot-5 Allen is averaging 15.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game this season as he’s battled a few different injuries as well as getting suspended for another tripping incident. Duke is used to playing without Allen and the Blue Devils should still have enough to stay in this one against Miami but it is going to be a tough game to win on the road.

Duke is coming off of a road loss to Syracuse earlier this week as the No. 10 Blue Devils are trying to finish out a tough regular-season schedule these next three games.

VIDEO: Parents fly from Denmark to surprise Drake’s Jacob Enevold on Senior Day

DES MOINES, IA - DECEMBER 19: Center Jacob Enevold #11 of the Drake Bulldogs grabs a rebound in the first half away from forward Dom Uhl #25 of the Iowa Hawkeyes on December 19, 2015 during the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic at Wells Fargo Arena, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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Drake senior center Jacob Enevold received a special surprise on Saturday afternoon as his parents flew all the way from Denmark to surprise him for Senior Day.

The 7-foot-1 Enevold appeared perfectly content to take part in the Senior Day celebrations when his parents appeared on the floor and he ran to greet them.

De’Aaron Fox out for Kentucky against Florida

LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 21:  De'Aaron Fox #0 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at KFC YUM! Center on December 21, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Starting freshman guard De’Aaron Fox will be out for Kentucky on Saturday as the Wildcats host Florida in an important SEC showdown.

The 6-foot-3 Fox has a knee contusion, and without him, the Wildcats will start senior Mychael Mulder. Fox is averaging 15.5 points, 5.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game as he’s been one of the country’s best two-way freshmen this season.

Kentucky and Florida both enter Saturday’s game at 13-2 in SEC play but the Gators took the first matchup by 22 points between these two teams in Gainesville on Feb. 4.