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10 tidbits to know this week: Gophers’ balance, Friars go green and more

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Vin Parise is a former assistant college coach and the college basketball insider for NBC Sports. Look for his Top 10 Tidbits every week.  1. Kudos to Providence’s Ed Cooley.  He called his Nike rep Sunday night after watching 60 Minutes and had his team in green uniforms and green sneakers against Colgate Tuesday night [more]

Patience needed for South Carolina fans

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Vin Parise is a former assistant college coach and the college basketball insider for NBC Sports. He’ll post every week in CBT. When Frank Martin took over Kansas State in 2007, the response from friends in the coaching world was almost always the same. “People didn’t understand it,” Martin said. “Everyone was like, ‘Why would [more]

SportsTalk: Things to know as college hoops begins

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The season is here. Finally. Officially. We get to watch some college basketball. Friday’s filled with interesting games – two of which, No. 4 Ohio State vs. Marquette and Georgetown vs. No. 10 Florida – you can watch on NBC Sports Network tonight starting at 7 p.m. ET. Throw in a matchup between No. 3 [more]

CollegeBasketballTalk’s 2012-13 preseason All-Americans

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Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of The Lists we’ve published, click here. For [more]

Tennessee, Cal on the verge of huge ’13 classes

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When one looks at school recruiting class rankings, similar college basketball programs pop up every year. With that in mind, it is important to keep an eye on outliers, programs that either jump up for a year or two (an indicator of a head coach or assistant on the rise) and possibly produce a deep [more]

Non-BCS schools quietly land impact players for ’13

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It’s a common narrative in March for schools and players to come out of “nowhere” and excel on the national stage. That does happen to a certain extent, particularly given the way players develop on different schedules, but certain players choose a spot where they can develop and find success. The recent flurry of weekend [more]