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Cincinnati announces non-conference schedule

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Fresh off a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014, Cincinnati is re-loading with a younger group that will have to move on without Sean Kilpatrick.

But that doesn’t mean Mick Cronin’s team is scheduling any easier. The Bearcats play a tough non-conference slate in 2014-15 that includes a lot of good opponents with NCAA Tournament résumés of their own, according to a release from the school.

Besides the crosstown rivalry game with Xavier in February, which will be a cool non-conference game in the heart of conference season, Cincinnati has some good matchups against either Creighton or Ole Miss on a neutral court, home games against San Diego State and VCU and road games against Nebraska and NC State.

That doesn’t even include the AAC portion of the schedule, which will include some talented teams like defending champion UConn and SMU.

Here is the Cincinnati non-conference schedule:

Fri. Nov. 14: St. Francis [Pa.]

Wed. Nov. 19: Morehead State

Sun. Nov. 23: Eastern Illinois

Tues. Nov. 25: North Carolina Central

Fri. Nov. 28: vs. Middle Tennessee, Niceville, Fla.

Sat. Nov. 29: vs. Creighton or Ole Miss, Niceville, Fla.

Tues. Dec. 2: Stony Brook

Sat. Dec. 13: at Nebraska

Wed. Dec. 17: San Diego State, 9 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 20: VCU, Noon

Tues. Dec. 23: Wagner

Tues. Dec. 30: at NC State, 4 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 18: Xavier, 7 p.m.

Nevada coach to honor his father, Flip Saunders with unique warmup routine

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Nevada will be honoring Flip Saunders and Bill Musselman with a pregame warm-up routine they’ve been practicing for the past couple of weeks.

Bill is the father of Eric Musselman, Nevada’s head coach. He was coaching the Minnesota Golden Gophers that included Flip as a player when they used this warmup routine in the 1970s.

“We start almost every practice with this pregame routine,” Eric Musselman said. “It takes some time to get it down and we will perform it live for the first time before the Portland State home game at Lawlor Events Center on Nov. 25.”

The routine, which Eric found in a diagram after his father passed away, is similar to something you’d see the Harlem Globetrotters do.

CBT PODCAST: Indiana, UCLA, Ben Simmons and Thanksgiving sides

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New podcast!

In today’s episode, we talk quite a bit about Ben Simmons. How good of a prospect is he? Why do people insist on calling him overrated? Does LSU actually have a shot at missing the NCAA tournament?

[MORE: Why scouts are down on Simmons]

[MORE: Will Simmons be relevant in March?]

We also talk about Indiana’s disappointing showing in Maui, just how good Vanderbilt and Kansas have looked, Marquette’s ability to bounce back and whether or not we should be concerned about North Carolina and Maryland.

Oh, and Thanksgiving sides.

Do people really call stuffing ‘dressing’?

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here.