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Super Tuesday schedules released Wednesday

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Traditionally Super Tuesday involves games from the Big Ten and SEC, and that will once again be the case during the 2014-15 season. Wednesday afternoon the schedule for Super Tuesday, which begins on January 6, was released and some of college basketball’s traditional powers will be featured on many occasions. There will be nine doubleheaders, with Wisconsin leading the Big Ten teams with four appearances and both Florida and Kentucky of the SEC having four appearances as well.

Of Wisconsin’s four Super Tuesday appearances two will be at home (Iowa and Indiana), with the road games coming against Nebraska and league newcomer Maryland. Michigan, which won the Big Ten regular season title last season, will make three appearances with Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State each making two appearances apiece.

Things aren’t as balanced in the SEC portion of the schedule, with Arkansas’ game at Georgia on January 6 being the only game that doesn’t include Florida or Kentucky. Georgia, LSU and Missouri will make two appearances apiece, with Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt getting one game apiece.

Below is the full schedule, with dates and times.

Date Time (ET) Game
January 6 7 p.m. Arkansas at Georgia
  9 p.m. Ohio State at Minnesota
January 13 7 p.m. No. 24 Michigan at Ohio State
  9 p.m. Missouri at No. 1 Kentucky
January 20 7 p.m. LSU at No. 9 Florida
  9 p.m. No. 25 Iowa at No. 4 Wisconsin
January 27 7 p.m. Nebraska at No. 24 Michigan
  9 p.m. No. 9 Florida at Alabama
February 3 7 p.m. Indiana at No. 4 Wisconsin
  9 p.m. No. 9 Florida at Vanderbilt
February 10 7 p.m. No. 1 Kentucky at LSU
  9 p.m. No. 4 Wisconsin at Nebraska
February 17 7 p.m. No. 1 Kentucky at Tennessee
  9 p.m. No. 18 Michigan State at No. 24 Michigan
February 24 7 p.m. No. 4 Wisconsin at Maryland
  9 p.m. No. 9 Florida at Missouri
March 3 7 p.m. No. 25 Iowa at Indiana
  9 p.m. No. 1 Kentucky at Georgia


Creighton lands 2016 combo guard

Greg McDermott
Associated Press
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Sunday evening Creighton got on the board in the Class of 2016, as 6-foor-4 combo guard Davion Mintz made his pledge to Greg McDermott’s program. Mintz made the decision on the tail end of his official visit to Creighton, picking the Bluejays over Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Tulsa and Wichita State.

News of Mintz’s commitment was first reported by Rick Lewis of the Phenom Hoop Report, with Mintz confirming the news via Twitter shortly thereafter.

Creighton has just two seniors on its current roster in guard Jams Milliken and forward Geoffrey Groselle, but that doesn’t mean they lack for experience. Among the guards on the roster who will be around when Mintz arrives on campus are redshirt juniors Maurice Watson Jr., Malik Albert, and Isaiah Zierden, and Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster will be eligible in 2016-17.

Mintz, who attends North Mecklenberg HS just outside of Charlotte, can play either on or off the basketball. Creighton’s veteran guards should help Mintz with his transition to the college game when he arrives in Omaha in 2016. Mintz played for the Charlotte Nets grassroots program this summer.

Three-star power forward commits to WVU

Bob Huggins
Associated Press
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Three days after landing one power forward in Sagaba Konate, West Virginia received a verbal commitment from another big man Sunday evening.

6-foot-11 Mountain Mission School (Gurndy, Virginia) power forward Maciej Bender became the Mountaineers’ fourth commitment in the Class of 2016 on Sunday, with the Mountain Mission program announcing the news via Twitter. Bender is a native of Poland, and in addition to Konate he joins guards Brandon Knapper and Chase Harler in West Virginia’s 2016 recruiting class.

West Virginia will lose two forwards in TyQuane Goard and Jonathan Holton at the end of the 2015-16 season, and the additions of Konate and Bender will help the Mountaineers account for those departures from a depth standpoint. Bender can score around the basket, but he’s also capable of facing up and scoring in pick-and-pop situations out beyond the three-point line.

Bender officially visited West Virginia last weekend, and he was a player the WVU coaching staff wanted to get in the fold. Other programs to offer Bender included Arizona State (teammate Jethro Tshisumpa is an ASU commit), Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Providence. Bender played his grassroots basketball for the West Virginia Wildcats program this summer.