NBC Sports Network announces 45 college basketball games to be aired

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On Wednesday, the NBC Sports Network released the schedule of college basketball games that they will be broadcasting during the 2014-2015 season.

The network will once again be broadcasting games from the Atlantic 10 and the CAA during league play. There will be 25 Atlantic 10 games shown with all 14 members of the conference making at least one appearance, while seven CAA games will be shown. In addition to the regular season games, NBCSN will also be airing the second round and quarterfinals of the A-10 tournament as well as the semifinals and finals of the CAA tournament.

NBCSN will kick off the season by broadcasting all four games of the Barclays Center Classic, which features Rutgers, Virginia, La Salle and Vanderbilt, at the end of November.

Here is the full schedule of games being shown on the network:

November 28-29, Barclays Center Classic, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
December 13, Northern Iowa at VCU, 7 p.m.
December 20, Iona at GMU, 7 p.m.
December 28, Richmond at Wake Forest, 4 p.m.
January 3, Duquesne at Dayton, 1 p.m.
January 3, Rhode Island at Saint Louis, 3 p.m.
January 3, Richmond at Davidson, 5 p.m.
January 8, George Mason at Richmond, 7 p.m.
January 10, George Washington at La Salle, 12:30 p.m.
January 17, Saint Louis at Dayton, 12:30 p.m.
January 17, Rhode Island at UMass, 2:30 p.m.
January 17, George Mason at George Washington, 4:30 p.m.
January 18, Saint Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure, 2:30 p.m.
January 22, George Washington at Fordham, 7 p.m.
January 24, Charleston at Drexel, Noon
January 24, Northeastern at William & Mary, 2 p.m.
January 31, Davidson at Saint Joseph’s, 12:30 p.m.
February 5, Richmond at La Salle, 6:30 p.m.
February 7, VCU at St. Bonaventure, 2 p.m.
February 7, Saint Louis at Fordham, 4 p.m.
February 8, Rhode Island at Richmond, 2:30 p.m.
February 12, Northeastern at Hofstra, 7 p.m.
February 14, St. Bonaventure at Dayton, 12:30 p.m.
February 14, Delaware at William & Mary, 2:30 p.m.
February 15, Towson at Charleston, 12:30 p.m.
February 15, Saint Joseph’s at Fordham, 2:30 p.m.
February 21, Dayton at Duquesne, 2 p.m.
February 21, Drexel at Northeastern, 4 p.m.
February 22, La Salle at Saint Louis, 2:30 p.m.
February 22, William & Mary at Hofstra, 4:30 p.m.
February 28, Rhode Island at La Salle, 12:30 p.m.
March 7, UMass at George Washington, 3:30 p.m.
March 7, George Mason at VCU, 5:30 p.m.
March 8, CAA Semifinals: 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
March 9, CAA Finals: 7 p.m.
March 12, A-10 Championship Second Round: Noon, 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
March 13, A-10 Championship Quarterfinals: Noon, 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson throws down a vicious putback

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Zion Williamson made another highlight-reel play on Saturday outside of Atlanta as he threw down a vicious putback dunk at the Best of the South.

The five-star prospect has returned from a minor knee injury this spring to look like his old self in July as he’s entertained packed gyms of fans and college coaches the last two weeks.

The Class of 2018 star is currently regarded as the No. 3 overall prospect in the latest Rivals.com national rankings.

(h/t: Courtside Films)

Five-star 2018 point guard Darius Garland cuts list to six schools

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Five-star Class of 2018 point guard Darius Garland revealed the final six schools that he’s considering on Friday.

The N0. 12 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to Rivals, the 6-foot-0 Garland is one of the top floor generals in the nation as he is still considering Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and Vanderbilt.

A native of Nashville, Garland is a potentially elite perimeter threat at the college level as he’s one of the more deadly three-point marksmen in the nation.

Garland spent this spring and summer playing with Bradley Beal Elite in the Nike EYBL as he averaged 16.8 points and 4.8 assists per game in the league this spring.

VIDEO: Kentucky’s John Calipari participates in the #DriveByDunkChallenge

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The #DriveByDunkChallenge is sweeping the nation on social media this summer.

Rules to participate are pretty simple:

  1. Drive around in your vehicle.
  2. Find a basketball hoop (or a basketball ring if you’re Ted Cruz) on a random driveway.
  3. Run out of your car and dunk on that random hoop while a friend films.
  4. Run back to your car and drive away.

Let Anthony Davis show you how it works:

Pretty simple, right?

The #DriveByDunkChallenge isn’t raising money or awareness for ALS like the #IceBucketChallenge did three years ago, but it’s something harmless and fun to do to pass the time during the dog days of summer.

Sensing an opportunity to join an Internet craze, while also following in the footsteps of his former player Kentucky star, Wildcats head coach John Calipari got involved with his own dunk late Friday night.

And his video is much funnier than I thought it would be.

While most #DriveByDunkChallenge videos are done by healthy and spry teenagers who are cruising neighborhoods during the day, Calipari, and his hip replacement, got in on the fun with a late-night dunk.

I love that Calipari ditched the ball behind his back while running back to the car after the dunk.

Most people who participate in the challenge usually have their own ball and keep it with them through completion. But Calipari either picked up a random ball in the driveway or just he lost the handle with his own ball and had a turnover.

The next time Calipari goes hard on one of his point guards for losing control and playing too fast, remember this moment.

Creighton’s Khyri Thomas posterizes defender

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Creighton rising junior wing Khyri Thomas, like several of his teammates, are taking part in the Omaha Summer League this offseason.

On Thursday night, the 6-foot-3, 205-lb. Thomas eviscerated a defender with a one-handed posterization.

Thomas is coming off a breakout sophomore campaign for the Bluejays. He started all 35 games, averaging 12.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Aside from the increase in offensive production, Thomas served as one of the top defenders in the Big East. He shared the Big East Defensive Player of the Year Award with Villanova’s Josh Hart and Mikal Bridges.

Zion Williamson throws down 360 windmill dunk

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Zion Williamson added another jaw-dropping dunk in the layup lines on the first night of the second live evaluation period.

Williamson and his SC Supreme team took on Each 1 Teach 1 at the Hoopseen Best of the South at the LakePoint Sporting Community in greater Atlanta.

The 6-foot-7 power forward threw down a 360 windmill dunk during his pregame routines.

Each 1 Teach 1 would pick up a 70-67 victory over SC Supreme. Williamson would end with a monster stat line of 37 points and seven rebounds.