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POSTERIZED: VCU’s Deriante Jenkins with a Dunk of the Year nominee

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VCU has a fight on their hands with Princeton making the trip I-95 down to Richmond – the Rams were down double-digits in the first half – but they made a run.

Part of the reason they made that run?

Freshman De’riante Jenkins lighting up a poor Princeton defender with this vicious poster.

Here’s another angle of it (we’ll update this with better video when it comes available):

Iowa’s second-leading scorer fractures finger

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Iowa freshman Tyler Cook will miss the next three weeks after suffering a fractured finger.

He underwent surgery on the finger on Tuesday.

“After discussions with Tyler and the medical staff, it was determined that surgery was the best treatment for Tyler in terms of proper healing and recovery time,” said McCaffery. “We expect Tyler to make a full recovery and look forward to him rejoining his teammates on the court soon.”

Cook was averaging 13.7 points and 5.3 boards this season. He started the first six games of his college career.

Nevada’s starting center suspended after arrest for domestic battery

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 11: Head coach Eric Musselman of the Nevada Wolf Pack walks back to the bench against the San Diego State Aztecs during a semifinal game of the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center on March 11, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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Nevada’s starting center, Elijah Foster, was suspended indefinitely from the program following an arrest on Monday morning, the school announced.

Foster was charged with first-degree domestic battery and contempt of court. According to a police report obtained by the Reno Gazette-Journal, was arrested following a domestic disturbance at 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning. On a call with dispatch, according to the report, Foster was heard telling his girlfriend, who reportedly had a freshm scratch under her eye, “shut up or I’ll hit you again.”

Nevada plays Pacific on Tuesday night. The Wolf Pack were a trendy sleeper pick in the Mountain West prior to the start of the season.

Foster, who stands 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds, is averaging 12.0 points and 7.4 boards.

Player of the Year Power Rankings: Frank Mason III still tops the list

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Frank Mason III #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks in action against the Duke Blue Devils in the second half during the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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1. Frank Mason III, Kansas: Mason had a relatively quiet week, as the Jayhawks were able to cruise past Georgia in the CBE Classic title game and pick up a win over UNC Asheville over the weekend. On the season, the Kansas point guard is averaging 21.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.3 boards while shooting 54.9 percent from the floor and 48.0 percent from three.

2. Josh Hart, Villanova: Like Mason, Hart has had a quiet week, with his only game since the last time we checked in coming against Charleston. He’s still the leading scorer for the Wildcats and he’s still the most important player in Jay Wright’s ‘positionless’ attack. There was some talk during the offseason that Hart would be this year’s Buddy Hield or Denzel Valentine, the senior that made massive strides heading into his final season, and while Hart’s numbers aren’t all that much improved from where they were a year ago, he’s turned into a more well-rounded player.

He’s hitting 44.4 percent of his threes while shooting a career-high 4.5 threes per game while, according to Synergy, 29.5 percent of his offensive possessions come through ball-screen actions, where he’s scoring at a 1.185 PPP clip. Last season, just 12.5 percent of his offensive possessions were in ball-screens, and he scored just 0.875 PPP. His raw numbers haven’t made the same leap that Hield’s or Valentine’s did, but rest assured, Hart is a much-improved basketball player.

3. Lonzo Ball, UCLA: The Bruins passed their first real test of the season, as they took home the title in the Wooden Legacy with wins over Nebraska and Texas A&M. Lonzo Ball was the star of the show for the Bruins, as he’s been all season long. He’s averaging 16.0 points, 9.1 assists, 5.3 boards and 1.3 steals while shooting 57.4 percent from the floor and 48.6 percent from three. He’s been nothing short of phenomenal this season, and it’s going to be a thrill to see him square off with Kentucky and their star guards on Saturday afternoon in Rupp Arena.

4. De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky: Last week, Isaiah Briscoe was the Kentucky guard that we had on this list. This week, it’s Fox, and while it’s hard to differentiate who in that group is the most important and the most valuable, I’m leaning Fox here because I think he’s the engine to Kentucky’s attack.

According to Synergy’s logs, 27.1 percent of Kentucky’s offensive possession come in transition. Better than 37 percent of the possessions that Fox uses are in transition. This is a team that’s built around perimeter pressure defensively creating those opportunities in transition, and Fox could be the best perimeter defender in all of college basketball. More than anyone, he is the player that makes this team go.

And for good measure, he’s averaging 15.3 points, 7.6 assists, 5.7 boards and 2.0 steals.

5. Luke Kennard, Duke: Kennard was just OK in Duke’s wins over William & Mary and Appalachian State this week, but that doesn’t change the fact that he has been Duke’s best player this season and the star of the two biggest games the Blue Devils have played this season. Their head is still above water this year with Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles III and Marques Bolden still out – and Grayson Allen dealing with a toe injury – because of how good Kennard has been.

6. Joel Berry II, North Carolina: Roy Williams’ best teams are when he has a star point guard on the roster, and Berry looks like he is very much filling that role this season. He’s averaging 17.1 points, 4.3 boards and 4.3 assists with shooting splits of 55.1/47/1/93.3, and if the Tar Heels can win at Indiana on Wednesday night, I think it’s fair to say that Berry will be the best player on the team with the most impressive résumé in the country this season.

North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) drives to the basket against Long Beach State's Gabe Levin (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
North Carolina’s Joel Berry II (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

7. Markelle Fultz, Washington: Fultz has been magnificent through the first three weeks of the season – 23.0 points, 6.7 assists, 5.5 boards, 2.2 steals, 1.5 blocks, 55.3% FG, 43.5% 3PT. But there’s valid concern to the idea that Fultz will be the second straight No. 1 pick to miss out on the NCAA tournament. The Huskies have already lost to Yale at home and to TCU in Las Vegas.

8. Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State: The same thing can be said about Evans, who entered the season with no where near the same amount of hype as Fultz. He’s averaging 24.3 points, 5.3 assists and 2.8 steals right now, but the Cowboys one game against elite competition resulted in a 35-point loss at the hands of Oklahoma State.

9. Caleb Swanigan, Purdue: We knew that Swanigan was going to be a monster on the block and on the glass, but what’s made him such a dangerous weapon this season – and what’s made Purdue so ruthless offensively – is his ability to space the floor. He’s making threes (5-of-8 on the year, but the threat of his jumper keeps defenses honest) and he’s become a terrific passer in high-low actions, which is part of the reason Isaac Haas has looked like Shaquille O’Neal at times this year.

10. Mo Watson, Creighton: Like Kentucky, there are a couple of players from Creighton that deserve consideration for this list, but we’ll got with Watson for now, who is the floor general for one of the nation’s most potent offensive attacks. He’s averaging 11.2 points and 8.5 assists, although his turnovers have been a bit higher than Greg McDermott would like.

JUST MISSED THE CUT

Melo Trimble, Maryland
Malik Monk, Kentucky
Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky
James Blackmon Jr., Indiana
Deandre Burnett, Ole Miss
Monte’ Morris, Iowa State
Yante Maten, Georgia
Johnathan Motley, Baylor
Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s

South Carolina’s Frank Martin on Fidel Castro: ‘My grandmother can rest in peace’

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03:  South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Frank Martin shouts instructions to his team against the Iowa State Cyclones during their game at the Barclays Center on January 3, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin, the son of Cuban immigrants who fled the regime of Fidel Castro, said the leader’s death this weekend was not a source of peace or justification for him.

He did say that members of his family directly affected by Castro’s actions might have another view. He said Monday “now, my grandmother can rest in peace.”

Martin’s parents met after coming to the United States and the Gamecocks coach never lived under the Castro presidency.

Martin, 50, said people of his generation did not spend as much time thinking of Castro the way older Cuban Americans did.

South Carolina, which defeated ranked opponents Michigan and Syracuse last week, entered the latest rankings at No. 20, its first appearance in the poll since last February.

CBT Podcast: UCLA, Baylor and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Lonzo Ball #2 of the UCLA Bruins lifts the Championship Trophy after the UCLA Bruins defeated the Texas A&M Aggies during the championship game of the Wooden Legacy at Honda Center on November 27, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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The latest College Basketball Talk podcast is now live.

We go over everything that has happened in the last week in college hoops, from Oregon and Arizona struggling to UCLA’s impressive wins to Baylor’s performance in the Battle 4 Atlantis. We also go through the biggest matchups in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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