What the 'secret'? Only college teams know

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Most college basketball teams hold “secret” scrimmages to prepare for the season. Yes, it sounds like something out of the “Weekly World News,” but there’s a difference. These things are real. There was a massive list from Jeff Goodman last week on which schools were playing and where. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much else (stupid secrets!) [more]

A Beyond the Arc programming note

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Monday, Nov. 1 marks two things: The start of my paternity leave (until Dec. 1) and the reintroduction of Rob Dauster as Beyond the Arc blogger. Rob’s been here before. His stuff during the 2010 NCAA tournament was invaluable and I’m pleased to have him back aboard, this time for an entire season. Hoopheads already [more]

Naismith's original rules may fetch $2 million

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When James Naismith write down the 13 original rules for basketball 119 years ago, “it wasn’t worth a dime,” as his grandson, Ian, told the N.Y. Times. When the document is auctioned in Dec., it could fetch $2 million. Who would’ve guessed two worn, typewritten pages could be so valuable? It could push Mark McGwire [more]

'Don't be bringing that USC gear around here!'

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I’m forever grateful for Lester Speight‘s influence on American culture. Who’s Lester Speight? You may know him better as Terry Tate, office linebacker. And he’s the impetus behind yet another funny video of people hitting other people as a means of motivation. This time it’s from Loyola-Marymount, which won’t tolerate student wearing gear from other [more]

Pullen's beard rounding into form for season

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Love Jacob Pullen’s game. Love the defense, the shooting range, the drive and the intangibles. It’s all why the Kansas State senior’s among the national player of the year candidates. But mostly? I love the beard. I’m not alone in this regard. Jacob Pullen’s Beard has 1,225 Facebook fans. Fans wore beard replicas for the [more]

Pepperdine guard defies laws of physics


Pepperdine’s Keion Bell doesn’t care for Sir Isaac Newton. Gravity? Who needs it? The guard stands just 6-foot-3, yet is known as one of college basketball high-flyers, capable of throwing down nasty dunks and jaw-dropping moves at any moment. (He also can play a little; Bell’s 18.5 points per game led the Waves last season.) He [more]