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Can’t get into college hoops because players leave early? Man, that’s lazy

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I feel bad for Jeff Miller. The Orange County Register columnist can’t get into college hoops. The player turnover — the best ones usually end up in the NBA after one or two seasons, he writes — robs the game of its stars and makes it tough to root or even follow a team. The [more]

Overstating Hummel's loss? No way

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What to do with Purdue? No one seems to know. Robbie Hummel’s season-ending injury created a dilemma for anyone dumb enough (like me) doing a preseason Top 25. It’s hard enough to rank teams without seeing them play any games. It’s harder still when a team loses its best all-around player and shooter. Purdue’s adjusting, [more]

Let's be realistic about Duquesne

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Who knew Duquesne fans could be so demanding? The Dukes followed up their feel-good 21-13 season that included a trip to the A-10 tournament title game with an uneven 16-16 mark. That wasn’t good enough. “Sometimes everyone, our fans included, look at all the negatives and not the positives,” Duquesne coach Ron Everhart told the [more]

When NCAA eligibility dramas aren't equal

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Two of college basketball’s premier programs are dealing with freshmen eligibility questions. But you’d never know it. Everyone’s atwitter (pun intended) about Kentucky recruit Enes Kanter. Did he receive more than $100,000 in salary and expenses from his Turkish club, Fenerbahce Ulker? Or is the team merely staging a prolonged shakedown for a payment or [more]

Preseason Wooden Award list always imperfect

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Brian Snyder/Reuters The preseason Top 50 for the Wooden Award will always be an imperfect list. Anything that precludes certain players – freshmen, transfers and medical redshirts aren’t eligible for the preseason 50, but can be added later – is destined to be mocked. That automatically excluded two of last year’s five finalists – John [more]

How much cheating are we willing to tolerate?

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New NCAA president Mark Emmert supports tougher penalties for schools who break the rules. It’s sure to be a popular statement among fans and pundits, who’ve watched as the summer months turned into a bit of a dramatic mess. Forget the notable arrests and just focus on the NCAA issues: UConn and Tennessee self-imposed penalties [more]