NEW PODCAST: Court storming, Villanova/Xavier and a weekend preview

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It’s Friday, which means time for another edition of the NBC Sports College Basketball Talk podcast. Today’s episode touches on a number of topics from the last couple of days in college basketball, beginning with Duke’s Grayson Allen and the events within the Blue Devils’ win over Florida State Thursday night.

Was the trip intentional? How’s he dealing with the attention that comes with being a player of his caliber at a school like Duke? Rob Dauster, Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips all provide their thoughts on this situation.

Also discussed in the podcast are Sean Miller’s comments on court storming following No. 9 Arizona’s loss at Colorado Wednesday night, the Big East “Game of the Year” between No. 1 Villanova and No. 5 Xavier, the controversial finish between Washington and Oregon State, and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast on either iTunes or Stitcher. Or if you prefer, just click “play” in the embedded player below. Thanks for listening!

Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings will not be suspended

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Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings berated freshman guard Wade Baldwin IV on Thursday night for an unsportsmanlike act in the closing seconds of the Commodores’ 73-65 win over Tennessee.

Stallings was caught on camera saying, “I’ll f***ing kill you.” Stallings was quick to apologize to Baldwin following the incident.

On Friday afternoon, the university decided it would not suspend its head basketball coach, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

“After the game, an incident occurred in which I need to apologize for,” Stallings said on Thursday night following the incident. “One of our players acted inappropriately and violated what we believe is good sportsmanship following the game,” Stallings said following the game.

“In my haste to resolve the situation, I made a very inappropriate comment. While obviously it was not meant literally, it was still inappropriate. I apologized to the player immediately following the game, although displaying good sportsmanship is of the highest priority in our program.”

Baldwin was seen clapping in Amani Moore’s face as Moore was walking to the Tennessee bench. Irritated by the gesture, a Tennessee assistant coach alerted Stallings in the postgame handshake line to what had transpired moments earlier.

“Wade’s got some things to learn, some growing up to do if he’s going to play in this program,” Stallings said via David Cobb of Knoxville News Sentinel. One of their assistants said he went and clapped in one of their players faces after the game. We will not do that, not get by with that. We believe in sportsmanship, and that’s not part of who we are, who we’re going to be. He better understand that’s his one and it better never happen again.”

Baldwin posted on Twitter that he took no offense from the incident.

Vanderbilt hosts Alabama on Saturday evening.

Kevin Stallings calls Tennessee fans who want Cuonzo Martin out ‘idiots’

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Through two-plus seasons in Knoxville, Cuonzo Martin has compiled a 56-39 record with the Volunteers. Tennessee is 17-11 (8-7 SEC) this year, currently sitting sixth in the conference standings.

Lately, some have speculated that Martin is on the hot seat. To make matters worse, former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl, now an analyst with ESPN, is eligible to coach again beginning in 2014-2015. Despite being fired by the Volunteers three years ago, the Tennessee fan base still shows love for its charismatic ex-head coach.

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings, Martin’s opponent on Saturday, is in his corner, saying it’s “absurd” his job status is being questioned.

“He’s in his third year and that is ridiculous. He’s doing a good job with their team,” Stallings told Jeff Lockridge of the Tennessean before practice on Thursday afternoon. “I think they’re getting ready to make the NCAA tournament. It takes some time when you go in there and you have to change some things and change the way things are done.

“Hopefully, the powers that be over at Tennessee will tune those idiots out and give (Martin) the kind of time he deserves to do the job he needs to do.”

Tennessee was picked to finish third in the SEC back in October — receiving one first-place vote — behind Kentucky and Florida. Although, the Volunteers are still squarely on the bubble heading into that last three games of the regular season. At the moment, Tennessee is listed as the First Five Teams Out in College Basketball Talk’s latest edition of Bracketology while SEC opponents Missouri and Arkansas are in the Last Five Teams In.

Tennessee hosts Vanderbilt on Saturday, with the tip scheduled for noon.

Texas holds on to beat Vanderbilt; young Longhorns now 7-1

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It wasn’t pretty, but the Texas Longhorns pulled off another win on Monday night, earning a 70-64 win over Vanderbilt at home to move to 7-1 on the season.

Texas head coach Rick Barnes’ hot seat is cooling a bit as the wins keep mounting and the Longhorns had to really hold on to earn this one.

Despite leading the entire game after trailing 2-0 and holding a 13-point second-half lead, Texas nearly blew the game on multiple occasions but their young team rallied and held strong.

Sophomore guard Isaiah Taylor is going to be one to watch for the Longhorns as the season progresses. Rick Barnes can usually find some solid interior play from the combination of Cameron Ridley, Jonathan Holmes, Kendal Yancy and Connor Lammert, but Taylor had 14 points and eight assists and only two turnovers and uses those big men well on ball screens to slip into the lane for the floater or find an open teammate.

Couple Taylor with decent minutes on-the-ball with fellow sophomore guard Javan Felix and Texas is a decent offensive team as long as those guys are steady with the ball.

The Texas defense also held Vanderbilt to 37 percent from the floor and 23 percent from three-point range and was generally aggressive in going for strips and closing out.

Although the Longhorns had some mental breakdowns in the final minutes — including a missed boxout on a Vanderbilt missed free throw that led to Rod Odom’s putback with 1:02 left to make it 62-58 — they eventually made free throws down the stretch, another area Texas will need to improve.

Vanderbilt had a chance to tie with the ball under 30 seconds left, and trailing by three, but Odom tripped and fell as a pass from Austin-native Eric McClellan (22 points) sailed over his head.

Texas capitalized with a Taylor three-point play on the ensuing well-run inbounds play to close the game out.

Demarcus Holland was another sophomore to play well for Texas, going for 12 points and acting as a solid glue guy, and as long as this young group of Longhorns continue to mesh and their guard play is steady, Texas might surprise some people in the Big 12.

Kris Dunn sparks second half comeback in Providence’s win over Vanderbilt

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On Friday night, Michigan wasn’t the only team to overcome a 16-point deficit.

Led by its sophomore point guard Kris Dunn — the former McDonald’s All-American — Providence rallied off 17 straight points to erase Vanderbilt’s 16-point lead, en route to the Friars’ 67-60 win over the Commodores in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam quarterfinal.

Vanderbilt led 56-40 with under 10 minutes to play, when Providence made its game-changing run. Providence slowly chipped away at the lead, but with 7:30 to play the Friars took complete control with Dunn scoring four points, grabbing three rebounds, dishing out five assists and coming away with two steals during that stretch. Providence overcame the deficit and took the lead with just over three minutes to play when Dunn handed off to Bryce Cotton for the jumper.

On the other end, Vanderbilt struggled to get anything to drop, going scoreless for almost eight minutes. A 3-pointer from Rod Odom gave Vandy a brief lead as PC rallied off six straight buckets.

On Nov. 2, Dunn left an exhibition game with a shoulder injury, the same shoulder injury that pushed back his collegiate debut until December last season. Dunn being sidelined put up huge concerns for Providence, though the Friars still managed to knock off Boston College on opening night, followed by games against Brown and Marist.

Dunn was rated as the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2012 coming out of New London High (Conn.) and has the potential to be a breakout player this season. With Dunn back in the lineup and more importantly healthy, Providence has a talented back court with him and Cotton.

That back court gets a test on Sunday against La Salle in the semifinals.

While Providence remains undefeated, Vanderbilt suffers its second heart-breaking loss this week. On Tuesday, the Commodores forced overtime against Butler only to come up short inside Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Vanderbilt gets commitment from 2014 guard Riley LaChance

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On Monday night, Brookfield Central High (Wisc.) Riley LaChance became the the third Vanderbilt commit in the last month. He announced his decision via Twitter:

The 6-foot-2 point guard picked the Commodores over Creighton, Minnesota and Iowa, who last week landed a commitment from his Ray Allen Select teammate, Brady Ellingson. This past season at Brookfield Central, he averaged 20.9 points, three assists and two steals per game

“I couldn’t be more excited and happy to play for a guy like coach (Kevin) Stallings,” LaChance told Mark Stewart of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday night. “I feel extremely honored to get this opportunity. I couldn’t be more excited. I’m almost speechless right now.”

He joins a pair of four-start commits in Vanderbilt’s Class of 2014. St. Joseph High (N.J.) shooting guard Wade Baldwin became the first on Sept. 1, followed by Charlotte Christian School (N.C.) guard Matthew Fisher-Davis. LaChance is a three-star point guard, ranked No. 147 overall in the Class of 2014 by Rivals.