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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.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.

VIDEO: Seton Hall players have their 80s hip hop knowledge tested

Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead, left, sits next to head coach Kevin Willard during the first half of an NCAA basketball game against Creighton, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Newark, N.J. Creighton won 81-65. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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If you grew up during the 1980’s, get ready to feel old.

Seton Hall, which has won it’s last three games, hosts Georgetown Saturday on what is also “80’s Night.” Of course we’re at the point where athletes playing in these games were born after that decade passed, which makes quizzing them on the 80’s that much more entertaining.

Friday John Fanta of the Pirate Sports Network quizzed Isaiah Whitehead, Derrick Gordon, Khadeen Carrington and Ish Sanogo on their knowledge of 80’s hip hop, and outside of a couple correct guesses it did not go too well. Best part of the video: Whitehead asking “is this Run DMC?” after each song.

It’s just a matter of time until we’re old enough to watch college basketball players struggle to identify some of the songs of the 1990’s.