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Justin Robinson, Monmouth knock off No. 17 Notre Dame

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Less than two weeks after they opened their season with an upset win at UCLA, Monmouth picked up its first-ever win over a team ranked in the AP Top 25.

Two Justin Robinson free throws with 3.6 seconds remaining proved to be the difference as King Rice’s Hawks upset No. 17 Notre Dame at the Advocare Invitational in Orlando, and the diminutive point guard was a problem for the Fighting Irish all night.

Robinson scored 22 points, with 14 of them coming from the foul line as Notre Dame’s guards struggled to keep the quick guard contained off the dribble. He was one of three Hawks to score in double figures, and their combination of depth and athleticism proved problematic for Mike Brey’s team. All five Notre Dame starters scored in double figures, with Demetrius Jackson’s 20 leading the way, but the lack of depth proved problematic as the game wore on.

Notre Dame didn’t get a single point from its bench, with Matt Farrell and Matt Ryan combining to play 28 minutes. That lack of depth not only cost Notre Dame Thursday night, but it’s something they’ll have to figure out if they’re to be a contender in the ACC. Jackson and Steve Vasturia ran into foul trouble against Monmouth, and the lack of a bench option capable of picking up the slack led to Monmouth building up a ten-point lead in the second half.

Notre Dame tried to account for that by slowing down the tempo, but in doing so they struggled to find quality looks against the Monmouth defense. And given the players at Rice’s disposal, it’s tough to slow the game down against a team that can get after you on both ends of the floor.

Monmouth entered this season with expectations of contending for a MAAC title alongside the likes of perennial favorites Iona and Manhattan, and their start to the season backs up that belief. With two players in Robinson and Deon Jones who have earned all-conference honors during their careers and a host of contributors that includes guards Je’lon Hornbeak and Micah Seaborn, this is a group to keep an eye on as the season wears on.

Because if they can earn a bid, Monmouth’s non-conference schedule will have them prepared for the NCAA tournament.

NBA MVP Stephen Curry sends personalized invites for his SC30 camp (VIDEOS)

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For the second summer in a row, Stephen Curry will be hosting a camp for some of the nation’s best high school guards. This year, he sent out personalized invitations for SC30 Select Camp to each and every one of the kids that were invited.

This season, in addition to the high school guards that will be in attendance, Under Armor is inviting college guards to come back and work as counselors at the event in addition to being able to workout with the NBA MVP himself.

Maryland’s Melo Trimble, Notre Dame’s Demetrius Jackson, Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead and Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh are the four college counselors that have been invited, and here is what Steph sent them:

Is there a more likeable star in any sport right now than Steph Curry?

Looking Forward: Potential Breakout Stars in 2015-16

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With the early entry process over and with just about every elite recruit having picked a school, we now have a pretty good idea of what college basketball will look like in 2015-16. Over the next three weeks, we’ll be taking an early look at next season.

Today, we’re Looking Forward at potential breakout stars:

Grayson Allen, Duke: The argument could be make that Allen has already broken out. That’s what happens when a freshman goes from struggling to get off of Duke’s bench to being arguably their most important player in a come-from-behind win in the national title game. Allen is going to once again have his work cut out for him getting playing time — that’s what happens when three five-star perimeter players join the program — but he should be Coach K’s best slasher next season.

Malik Pope, San Diego State: Pope’s tools are off the charts. He’s a 6-foot-9 wing with length, athleticism and three-point range. He finally got healthy midway through his freshman season, and proceeded to put together a handful of dominant performances for the Aztecs last season. If he adds some strength, improves his consistency and — most importantly — stays healthy, we could be looking at a lottery pick.

Isaac Copeland, Georgetown: Copeland is such a skilled forward. In addition to being 6-foot-8 and athletic, Copeland is the kind of versatile offensive talent that usually thrives under John Thompson III. With the Hoyas losing Josh Smith and Mikael Hopkins, there are going to be front court minutes for the taking.

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Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame: Jackson flashed some of his ability during last year’s NCAA tournament, but the fact of the matter is that the talented and athletic point guard was the fourth-best player on the Irish as a sophomore. Don’t be surprised to see him become an all-american as a junior as he takes over Jerian Grant’s role.

Jakob Poeltl, Utah: Poeltl could have been a lottery pick had he decided to go to the NBA this spring. Instead, Larry Krystkowiak will have a chance to work his magic with the Austrian big man for an entire offseason. Poeltl’s potential is very high, and while he was inconsistent as a freshman, Poeltl was fantastic in the month of March.

Marcus Lee, Kentucky: Will Marcus Lee finally get his chance this season? The former top 30 recruit has proven to be effective in the limited minutes that he has played the last two season, but his minutes have been understandably limited during his time in Lexington. He may not be Willie Cauley-Stein or Karl Towns, but Lee should be an excellent sidekick to Skal Labissiere in Kentucky’s front court.

Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin: Koenig was brilliant when he got the chance to replace the injured Traevon Jackson as Bo Ryan’s primary point guard midway through the season. With the Badgers losing so much this offseason, Koenig and Nigel Hayes will be tasked with keeping the Badgers in the Big Ten’s top four.

Josh Hart, Villanova: Hart is the typical power wing that Jay Wright has been so successsful with over the years. He’s a better scorer than he gets credit for and is a terrific defender and offensive rebounder. Hart should end up being an all-Big East player this season.

Dillon Brooks, Oregon: Brooks reclassified in the spring and enrolled at Oregon a year earlier than initially expected, and it ended up being fantastic for Dana Altman, as Brooks was, at times, Oregon’s best player. Expect more of the same from him as a sophomore.

Jonathan Motley, Baylor: Motley was just a three-star recruit when he arrived in Waco, but the athletic, 6-foot-10 center had some truly dominating performances during the year. Motley, teaming with Rico Gathers and Taurean Prince, will give the Bears one of the nation’s best front lines.

Ben Bentil, Providence: Bentil was fantastic for the Friars for stretches late in the season, and with LaDontae Henton graduating, there will shots and rebounds available for Bentil to collect.

Demetrius Jackson will return to Notre Dame for junior year

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Demetrius Jackson is headed back to Notre Dame for his junior season, he told

Jackson averaged 12.4 points, 3.6 boards and 3.1 assists and shot a team-high 42.9 percent from three this past season while playing the role of Jerian Grant’s sidekick in the back court of the Fighting Irish.

Jackson has the potential to be a first round pick, and there were some that believed he could sneak into the guaranteed-money portion of the draft this year. But with another season under his belt, one where he will carry the full weight of Mike Brey’s offensive attack, he’s got a chance to be drafted in the lottery in 2016. Draft Express currently projects Jackson as the No. 11 pick in next year’s draft.

The 5-foot-11 athletic dynamo is going to find himself all over Breakout Star lists as we head into 2015-16. He had a terrific postseason, one where he showcased his ability to beat defenders off the dribble and just how good of a scorer he can be. During Notre Dame’s run to the Elite 8, he scored 20 points in a win over Wichita State and had nine points and eight assists against Northeastern.

Losing Grant and Pat Connaughton is going to hurt the Irish, but with Jackson back in the fold along with Zach Auguste, Steve Vasturia, V.J. Beachem and Bonzie Colson.

Bonzie Colson continues hot streak as No. 12 Notre Dame wins at No. 16 Louisville

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With four players averaging at least 12.2 points per game and a fifth in Steve Vasturia adding 9.2, No. 12 Notre Dame isn’t lacking in the scoring department. However what this team lacked entering the season was interior depth, with Zach Auguste manning the middle and their best rebounder being 6-foot-5 senior guard/forward Pat Connaughton.

With Connaughton being a three who’s used to force mismatches offensively against bigger forwards, Mike Brey needed another interior player to step forward if the Fighting Irish are to be a major factor in the NCAA tournament. Freshman forward Bonzie Colson has emerged as that player, and he’s currently playing his best basketball of the season at just the right time for Notre Dame.

Wednesday night Colson supplied 17 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes of action, picking up the slack for a foul-plagued Auguste in Notre Dame’s 71-59 win over No. 16 Louisville. Colson was at his best in the second half against the Cardinals, scoring 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field (3-for-5 FT) and grabbing six rebounds.

His play, along with that of sophomore guard Demetrius Jackson (11 second-half points, 21 for the game), helped Notre Dame withstand a furious Louisville rally to start the second half. The Cardinals went on an 11-0 run to erase a double-digit halftime deficit, tying the score at 42-all with 16:42 remaining. Some teams would wilt in the face of the Louisville pressure, especially if their best scoring option was struggling as much as Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant was.

To Notre Dame’s credit that did not happen, as the Fighting Irish regained their composure and the tandem of Jackson and Colson stepped forward offensively. Notre Dame made its last seven field goal attempts, shooting 53.5 percent from the field of the game. With Jackson being one of the four players averaging double figures, his scoring output won’t come as a surprise.

But for Colson, who entered Wednesday averaging just over five points per contest, Wednesday’s showing is yet another step in the right direction. Colson’s averaging 16.3 points and 6.7 rebounds over the last three games for Notre Dame, which wrapped up third place and a double-bye in next week’s ACC tournament with the win.

Given Notre Dame’s offensive options there isn’t pressure on Colson to become a prolific scorer. But the Fighting Irish will need him this month, and Colson’s recent play is a positive sign for them as they move forward.

The 22 best dunks from college basketball in 2014

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1. Nevada’s Deonte Burton dunks on Boise State — March 6

Deonte Burton spoiled college basketball fans over the years, and this one from March 6 might have been his best. Seriously, look where he takes off from.

2. James Young, Kentucky vs. UConn in the 2014 national championship game — Apr. 7

The national championship game ended with UConn winning its second title in four years, but James Young left his mark midway through the second half. Amida Brimah gets a lot of his arm, and the 6-foot-7 Young was still able to finish.

3. Michael Qualls’ buzzer-beating dunk in Arkansas’ overtime win over Kentucky — Jan. 14

The Razorbacks has two wins over ranked opponents during the 2013-14 season, both of which came against Kentucky. Arkansas left Michael Qualls alone on the baseline with time winding down in overtime. When you don’t box out one of the best dunkers in the country, this is what happens.

4. Buffalo’s Justin Moss slams over 7-foot Willie Cauley-Stein — Nov. 16

Apologies, Big Blue Nation. Kentucky is one the wrong end of another memorable dunk. Willie Cauley-Stein is arguably the best defensive player in the country. Buffalo’s Justin Moss didn’t care. The Bulls gave the Wildcats a scare before top-ranked Kentucky ran away with a 19-point win.

5. Demetrius Jackson dunks over Purdue big man a foot taller than him — Dec. 20

Notre Dame guard Demetrius Jackson is 6-foot-1. Purdue freshman center Isaac Haas is 7-feet tall. David prevailed over Goliath with a one-handed jam in a blowout win for the Fighting Irish.

6. High Point’s John Brown throws down reverse alley-oop with ease — Jan. 26

If you are unfamiliar with John Brown, go ahead and look him up on the site. He’s been a stable part of our “Posterization” series. What makes this dunk so impressive is how easy it looks for Brown.

7. Tekele Cotton’s perfect posterization in Wichita State’s perfect regular season — Jan. 22

Wichita State’s big three was Cleanthony Early, Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet during last season’s 34-0 regular season. Tekele Cotton could not be forgotten, especially with plays like this.

8. Aaron Gordon defies gravity with a baseline out-of-bounds dunk — Feb. 24

For second there, I really thought Aaron Gordon wasn’t going to come down.

9. Bernard Thompson proves why it’s called Dunk City — March 9

Florida Gulf Coast was branded “Dunk City” during its Sweet 16 run in 2013. That carried over to the following season thanks to Bernard Thompson. This was one of two dunks in a week-span for the star shooting guard. He had this tip slam against Northern Kentucky earlier that week.

10. Dunk Champ Marcus Lewis slams on Kansas in NCAA tournament — March 22

What’s a list of 2014 dunks without college basketball dunk champ Marcus Lewis? Also, this is a pretty good list if this barely cracks the top 10.

A dozen more of the best dunks from 2014: