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Weekend lookahead: Tennessee and the SEC look (surprisingly?) tough

At 7-1 and ranked 20th, Rick Barnes' Volunteers have plenty of conference company in the rankings as they welcome No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday.

Ex-N. Colorado coach gets 6-year show-cause

Northern Colorado has been placed on probation and former coach B.J. Hill has a six-year show-cause order following an NCAA investigation into academic fraud and recruiting violations.

Baylor center reunites with parents from Sudan

Baylor senior center Jo Lual-Acuil Jr.'s parents arrived from the South Sudan on Thursday, 45 minutes before tipoff, and got to watch their son play for the first time ever against Texas-Southern.

Huskies to retire Thomas' jersey in February

The Washington Huskies will retire Isaiah Thomas' No. 2 jersey on Feb. 15 when the Huskies host Utah. Thomas will join Brandon Roy and Bob Houbregs as the only players to have their numbers retired by the school.

Oklahoma St. casts off guards Dillard, Dawson

Oklahoma State guards Davon Dillard and Zack Dawson have been dismissed from the program for violating team rules. A source told ESPN the dismissals are unrelated to the FBI investigation of a former assistant coach.

Ex-NBA All-Star Price fired as Charlotte coach

Charlotte has fired former NBA standout Mark Price after he went 30-42 in two-plus seasons at the school.

Louisville files counterclaim to Pitino lawsuit

Louisville has filed a counterclaim to former basketball coach Rick Pitino's lawsuit and is seeking monetary damages from vacated games and bonuses.

Ball brothers agree to deal with Lithuanian club

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have signed professional basketball deals with Lithuanian club Prienu Vytautas, the team's coach/GM Virginijus Seskus and Ball family agent Harrison Gaines told ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

Behind the bracket: Little cheer for Arizona, Florida

The Wildcats and Gators started the nonconference season as high seeds, but both teams are moving in the wrong direction. Cincinnati, the Pac-12 and Atlantic 10 are also on the wrong side of Joe Lunardi's list.

Mike Daum is the star you haven't heard of that everybody wants

Mike Daum has made a name for himself at South Dakota State, an honorable mention All-American who is drawing NBA attention. But he has a choice to make: Will he finish his career at the place that made him or make a grad-transfer move to a Power 5?

The most exciting players in college basketball

The argument about the best player in college basketball will go on all season. But it's already clear which players are the most exciting. We go through the list, starting, of course, with Deandre Ayton and Collin Sexton.

What's wrong with Duke's defense?

The Blue Devils' defensive issues were glaring in their loss at Boston College. They're still scoring at a torrid pace, but why do they have such problems stopping 3-pointers and controlling the paint?

Student manager who recovered from brain tumor earns his Kentucky degree

Given 24 hours to live as a 16-year-old in 2010, Kevin Massey recovered and became a part of John Calipari's program at Kentucky.

Transition game: NBA experience doesn't guarantee college coaching success

Mark Price was an All-Star in the NBA, but that success didn't translate into his time as a college coach with Charlotte. How have other schools fared with coaches who have NBA connections?