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Syracuse basketball at North Carolina State: 10 things to watch for  syracuse.com

The Syracuse Orange travels to Raleigh, N.C., to face North Carolina State on Wednesday.

Zion Williamson and Ja Morant Lead College Basketball’s Dunking Renaissance  The New York Times

Three-pointers continue to rise, but a collection of terrific athletes are sending college basketball back above the rim.

The New York Times
College basketball rankings: Kentucky, Michigan hold serve in Top 25 and 1 despite wild losses  CBS Sports

Duke was down 23 points on the road to Louisville -- and still somehow won. LSU beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena. And Michigan lost at Penn State (after John ...

CBS Sports
Illinois Basketball: Prince Aligbe receives offer from Illini  Writing Illini

The Illinois basketball team offered a player on Monday who could help the team in the future. Price Aligbe received an offer from the Illini.

Writing Illini
John Beilein second career ejection not reason why Michigan basketball lost  Detroit Free Press

Michigan coach John Beilein was ejected for just the second time in his career at halftime of the 75-69 loss at Penn State.

Detroit Free Press
Illinois Basketball: Illini mentioned in latest Nimari Burnett interview  Writing Illini

The Illinois basketball team needs to continue recruiting great guards. Getting a player like Nimari Burnett would help the Illini tremendously.

Writing Illini
UT Vols have one of the most 'hype' arenas in college basketball — thanks to an app  Knoxville News Sentinel

A cell phone app has created a buzz this season by allowing fans to sync their flashlights with the pre-game video package before home games.

Knoxville News Sentinel
Wisconsin basketball player says she's unfazed by backlash from her anthem protest  Fox News

A senior forward who plays women's basketball for the University of Wisconsin is choosing to take a seat on the bench when the national anthem is played ...

Fox News
Parity or parody? Pac-12 basketball is mediocre, but that gives even rebuilding teams like the Utes opportunities they ordinarily wouldn't have  Salt Lake Tribune

The best part of this Pac-12 basketball season is also the conference's biggest problem. Having only two games separate the Nos. 2-10 teams in the standings ...

Salt Lake Tribune
Tennessee vs. South Carolina odds, line: College basketball picks, predictions from model on 99-67 run  CBS Sports

SportsLine's advanced computer model simulated the SEC showdown between Tennessee and South Carolina 10000 times.

CBS Sports
UIL orders Duncanville to investigate girls basketball coach Cathy Self-Morgan for potential recruiting violations  Dallas News

UIL state executive committee chair Mike Motheral has ordered Duncanville athletic director Dwight Weaver to conduct an investigation into...

Dallas News
Michigan State basketball 'found that zone' to outlast Wisconsin  Detroit Free Press

Michigan State grinded out a 67-59 win at Wisconsin, helping the Spartans back into a first-place Big Ten tie with Michigan.

Detroit Free Press
Several in-state prospects in latest Rivals basketball prospect rankings  Indianapolis Star

Trayce Jackson-Davis and Keion Brooks are considered among the nation's best players in the 2020 class.

Indianapolis Star
UB men's basketball holds off late-game charge by Akron  Buffalo News

AKRON, Ohio – With 17 seconds left in regulation, Nate Oats was in disbelief at what had just happened. The University at Buffalo men's basketball coach ...

Buffalo News
What we learned from Kentucky basketball's loss to LSU  Courier Journal

Kentucky's 10-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday. Here's what we learned.

Courier Journal
Dots: Crootin’, basketball, and all that jazz  UW Dawg Pound

Happy Wednesday, and I hope everyone's still enjoying their snow. As always, to keep up to date on Husky-related everything, follow Ryan or us on Twitter, ...

UW Dawg Pound
Women's basketball: Napheesa Collier headlines this week's Starting Five honorees  NCAA.com

The NCAA.com Starting Five honors a starting lineup of players from around the country who enjoyed standout performances for that week. Here's the starters for ...

The 25 Best College Basketball Arenas  Popular Mechanics

As rowdy student sections scream, sway, and serenade throughout college basketball games, they help create a home environment unique to their building.

Popular Mechanics
No. 24 Maryland's defensive dominance snaps No. 12 Purdue basketball's winning streak  Journal & Courier

The Boilermakers missed over 80 percent of their field goal tries in the second half en route to a 70-56 loss at Maryland.

Journal & Courier
Michigan State Basketball: Miles Bridges finally calls Dan Dakich out  Spartan Avenue

Former Michigan State basketball star Miles Bridges has always had to keep his opinion to Dan Dakich to himself, but not anymore.

Spartan Avenue
Area basketball roundup: Hanson's Slaba hits record 11 3-pointers...  Daily Republic

AVON—Reggie Slaba set a new Hanson school record on Tuesday as he nailed 11 3-pointers, sending the Beavers past Avon, 85-56, in boys basketball action.

Daily Republic
Why IU still has a chance to make the NCAA Tournament  Indianapolis Star

IU basketball needs to win five of its last seven games to even have a chance to make the NCAA Tournament.

Indianapolis Star
Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Scottie Barnes trims list; UK, Duke and Kansas make cut  A Sea Of Blue

Scottie Barnes is a consensus top-five basketball recruit in the 2020 class, ranked as high as No. 3 by many recruiting outlets. He is also a priority on Kentucky's ...

A Sea Of Blue
Five college basketball players poised to rise as March Madness stars  USA TODAY

You know the name Zion Williamson. But here's a look at some lesser-known college hoops stars who could be big-time players in March Madness.

UCLA Basketball: Bartow Has Few Answers For Bruins’ Woes  Bruins Nation

If you have any remaining doubt that Murry Bartow cannot be named the permanent head coach of the UCLA Bruins, yesterday's press conference should ...

Bruins Nation
Boys Basketball: Summer Creek eyes run to state after undefeated district title  Chron.com

Dylan Phillip wanted his senior season to be memorable. So, the Summer Creek senior guard and the rest of the Bulldogs made sure to listen to first year head ...

POTB 265: Jordan Hulls on his pro basketball career and IU's struggles  Inside the Hall

In this edition of the show, Morris and Bozich are joined by Jordan Hulls to discuss his professional basketball career, IU's tumultuous season and fighting ...

Inside the Hall
Couch chat replay: Redshirt for Josh Langford? Nick Ward returning? Winston or Valentine?  Lansing State Journal

Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch answered readers' Michigan State basketball and football questions during his weekly live chat. Topics ...

Lansing State Journal
With 10 minutes left, Louisville had a 99.2% chance to win. And then ...  Courier Journal

The sting of Tuesday night's collapse by Louisville against perennial power Duke is still *fresh*. After all, moving on from something like that — a loss after leading ...

Courier Journal
FAMU men's basketball team, three other teams banned from postseason play  WTXL ABC 27

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Four men's athletic teams at Florida A&M University, including the basketball team, have been banned from postseason play due ...

The latest schedule and scores from the Maine high school basketball tournament  Bangor Daily News

Keep up with the latest schedule and scores from the 2019 Maine high school basketball tournament.. Maine news, sports, politics, election results, and ...

Bangor Daily News
BYU men's basketball: BYU to visit San Diego, a team that's at full-strength, tough to beat  Deseret News

PROVO — It's mid-February and late in the season, but there's one team that BYU has yet to play in the West Coast Conference: San Diego. The Cougars and ...

Deseret News
South vs. North boys basketball: Rebels play with heavy hearts in win over archrival Rangers  News-Herald.com

South played with heavy hearts when it hosted crosstown rival North on Feb. 12.

Harford County enforces basketball hoop regulation, angering some residents whose hoops were removed  Baltimore Sun

Rich Szumlanski's grandsons played basketball in the court of his Amyclae neighborhood in Bel Air all the time. So did other neighborhood children — until ...

Baltimore Sun
Power Rankings: Duke stuns Louisville with wild late comeback  ESPN

Duke had 36 points in the first 30½ minutes of Tuesday's game against Louisville. With just over nine minutes left, the Cardinals led by 23. Nine-plus minutes of ...

'Papa John' Schnatter spotted behind UK's bench at basketball game  Courier Journal

Former University of Louisville trustee "Papa" John Schnatter attended Tuesday night's Kentucky-LSU basketball game at Rupp Arena.

Courier Journal
Former UAB basketball star scores on 'The Price Is Right'  AL.com

Norman Anchrum Jr. of Birmingham won a prize package worth more than $6400 on the CBS game show.

Kansas fears formal NCAA investigation stemming from FBI case involving college basketball  CBSSports.com

A reinstatement ruiling involving Silvio De Sousa may have opened a door for the NCAA into the Jayhawks.

Tri-Valley League basketball playoffs cancelled  PennLive

Halifax's Nate Blasick reaches for a loose ball against Millersburg during the District 3 Class 2A boys basketball title game at Giant Center. Sean Simmers ...

WV MetroNews High school boys basketball Power Index: Feb. 13  West Virginia MetroNews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The undefeated Martinsburg Bulldogs have extended their margin atop this week's MetroNews high school boys basketball power ...

West Virginia MetroNews
WPIAL releases basketball playoff pairings  Tribune-Review

The Pine-Richland boys basketball team has reached the WPIAL championship game in the largest classification the past three seasons. The Rams have ...

Watch: UGA 5-star football signee throwing down on basketball court  Atlanta Journal Constitution

The University of Georgia signed multiple 5-star football prospects in the class of 2019.

Atlanta Journal Constitution
College Basketball Rankings: Kansas wins at TCU, remains No. 13 and is the top Big 12 team in the Top 25 And 1  CBS Sports

The Jayhawks needed overtime, but picked up a big road victory vs. the Horned Frogs.

CBS Sports
Winter weather wreaking havoc on high school basketball season  MLive.com

From Lake Michigan to the Detroit River, the high school basketball season has been a wintry mess.

Carolinas Classic All-Star basketball rosters announced. Which Triangle players made it?  Charlotte Observer

Several local basketball players will represent their schools in the Carolinas Classic All-Star games on March 23, 2019.

Charlotte Observer
Carr's 22 points lead Regis Jesuit boys basketball over Highlands Ranch  CHSAA Now

Daniel Carr's 22 points paced Class 5A No. 9 Regis Jesuit boys basketball to a 57-52 win over Highlands Ranch.

Girls basketball rankings: New No. 1 is here as league playoffs arrive  lehighvalleylive.com

The Colonial League and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs in girls basketball are here. A new No. 1 team has emerged as the league tournaments ...

UConn women’s basketball team considering Polish recruit - Hartford Courant  Hartford Courant

With just one incoming recruit next season, the Huskies may look to an international player for help.

Hartford Courant
High School Basketball Highlights - February 12th  KELOLAND TV

Click the video player to view high school basketball highlights, including the Brandon Valley/Harrisburg and Bridgewater-Emery/Irene-Wakonda boys and ...

2nd Fairfax accuser says she was raped by former Duke basketball player Corey Maggette  CNN

Meredith Watson was raped during her sophomore year at Duke University, her attorney says.

Look for former UAB basketball star on 'The Price Is Right'  AL.com

Norman Anchrum Jr., a standout center for the team in the 1980s, will be featured on the CBS game show during the Feb. 13, 2019, episode.

Derek Redd: WVU basketball dismissals the best move for a team in turmoil  Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia University made the most prudent move it could in regard to the 2018-19 men's basketball season.

Charleston Gazette-Mail
Men’s Basketball Postgame Thread: MSU 67 Wisconsin 59  The Only Colors

Go Team! Great road win vs a very solid team. Held Happ in check 20 points on 20 shots. Winston was outstanding, Henry with a huge second half. KG with ...

The Only Colors
Peterson: There's no shame in not being a starter. Ask Monte Morris and Lindell Wigginton.  Des Moines Register

Lindell Wigginton and Monte Morris are starring on their respective teams,while playing the same off-the-bench role. There's more to life than starting on a ...

Des Moines Register
Dimond's Pili makes high school basketball history  KTUU.com

Dimond High Schools Alissa Pili broke the 4A Girls Basketball scoring record Tuesday night against West.

BIIF boys basketball playoffs: Hilo's rivals to collide in D-I final  Hawaii Tribune-Herald (subscription)

RICK OGATA photo. Waiakea's Peter Suiaunoa grabs a rebound against Kamehameha. Waiakea rolled in the BIIF D-I boys basketball semifinal, 73-47.

Hawaii Tribune-Herald (subscription)
Highlands Ranch girls basketball grabs a big win over Regis Jesuit  CHSAA Now

A 12-point lead after the first quarter set the tone for Class 5A No. 1 Highlands Ranch in its 65-49 win over No. 2 Regis Jesuit.

NC State Basketball Rearview (UNC/Pitt pt. 2)  Backing The Pack

North Carolina, L 113-96. Top Performers. Braxton Beverly- 17 pts (5-7 FG, 4-5 3PT, 3-4 FT), 2 ast. C.J. Bryce- 15 pts (6-12 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-3 FT), 2 reb, 3 ast.

Backing The Pack
Michigan high school boys and girls basketball scores for Feb. 12  MLive.com

Here are the results and the cancellations for boys and girls basketball games from Tuesday, Feb. 13, around the state via The Associated Press and MLive staff ...

Muskegon-area basketball: Trio helps Big Reds girls cruise past Reeths-Puffer  MLive.com

MUSKEGON – It was tough sledding through the wet, heavy snow in the Muskegon area, but several girls and boys basketball teams were able to get games in ...

Twins Sarah, Emmaly Miller use differences to lead Birch Run girls basketball  MLive.com

The twins bring different skills and abilities to the Birch Run team.

USM basketball climbs C-USA standings  WDAM

Southern Miss has won four straight games and seven of its last nine.The Golden Eagles (15-9) sit in fifth place in the Conference USA standings at 7-5.However ...

Too tall for basketball? South Korea scraps lampooned height limit  Channel NewsAsia

SEOUL: South Korea's basketball league has scrapped a controversial height limit that kept its tallest foreign players off the court, less than a ...

Channel NewsAsia
Rick Barnes' No. 1 UT Vols — the tonic for what ails Tennessee fans, AD Phillip Fulmer  The Tennessean

Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer says of past great scenes in Thompson-Boling Arena: "Nothing like this"

The Tennessean
See schedule for AHSAA's 4 regional basketball tournaments  AL.com

The 2019 AHSAA regional basketball tournaments begin Thursday, continuing the state basketball tournament for all seven classifications for boys and girls.

What Anthony Edwards’ decision means for FSU basketball  Tomahawk Nation

As you may have heard, Florida State missed on what would have been its highest rated recruit in over 25 years when Anthony Edwards decided to stay close to ...

Tomahawk Nation
FAMU dismisses women's basketball coach LeDawn Gibson  Tallahassee.com

Struggling through a three-win season and in the midst of three consecutive losing seasons, Florida A&M fired veteran women's basketball head coach LeDawn ...

Alabama at Mississippi State basketball live updates  AL.com

Alabama is in Starkville with a shot at sweeping the regular-season series with Mississippi State on Tuesday evening. The Tide is on a two-game winning streak ...

Auburn basketball opponent preview: Ole Miss  AL.com

Auburn welcomes Ole Miss to Auburn Arena on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. It is the second time these teams have faced off this season.

Georgia football and basketball have a shot at unprecedented recruiting feat  DawgNation

Welcome to Good Day, UGA, your one-stop shop for Georgia football news and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know ...

Fantasy basketball forecaster - Feb. 11-24  ESPN

Here is everything you need to prepare your fantasy hoops rosters for the week ahead -- including matchup previews, schedule analysis and more.

Tennessee basketball: Vols No.1 seed in the South region in the latest bracketology  FanSided

The Tennessee basketball team still on the top seed lines in the latest bracketology from Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm.

Louisville buckles up for Duke and 'one of a kind' Zion Williamson  Courier Journal

Duke's Zion Williamson, one of the nation's most electrifying college basketball players, is coming to town. How will Louisville handle him?

Courier Journal
Illinois Basketball: Illini offer 2021 big man Chet Holmgren  Writing Illini

The Illinois basketball team made a move for another big man on Monday. The Illini offered 2021 big man Chet Holmgren for the future.

Writing Illini
IU basketball freshman Jerome Hunter has slow recovery from injury  Indianapolis Star

Coach Archie Miller has an update on the freshman is redshirting this season.

Indianapolis Star
College basketball rankings: Tennessee, Duke hold top spots, Kansas State makes big leap in Andy Katz's Power 36  NCAA.com

Tennessee is playing the best basketball in the country and Duke's NCAA tournament resume is second to none. That's how Andy Katz sees it in his ...

See Tuesday's AHSAA boys sub-regional basketball scores  AL.com

The 2019 AHSAA regional basketball tournaments are set. Boys sub-regional games were played Tuesday night, with winners advancing to one of the four ...

Jeep Store Tuesday Boys Basketball SCT Scoreboard, 2/12/19  shoresportsnetwork.com

Results from the opening round of the boys basketball Shore Conference Tournament.

Michigan Basketball Bracketology Update: Feb. 12  Maize n Brew

Michigan remains solidly on the two line in ESPN's most recent update.

Maize n Brew
Pitt Basketball Targets Justin and Julian Champagnie to visit Pitt this weekend, reclassify per report  Cardiac Hill

After picking up a big commit last night in Gerald Drumgoole for the 2019 class, Pitt will host New York City twins Justin and Julian Champagnie for official visits ...

Cardiac Hill
PFW puts women's basketball coach on administrative leave  WANE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Purdue Fort Wayne has placed head women's basketball coach Niecee Nelson on administrative leave for a "pending personnel ...

From 0-12 to MAAC leaders, how Monmouth basketball turned around its season  NCAA.com

Monmouth basketball started 0-12, not winning its first game until December 31. Now the Hawks are in first place in the MAAC.

See Monday's AHSAA girls sub-regional basketball scores  AL.com

All of the seven reigning AHSAA girls basketball state champs remain alive in the 2019 tournament. Six of those defending champs -- Hazel Green (6A), Charles ...

Louisville Basketball: Cards split two Top 25 match-ups  Big Red Louie

A look back at the week of the top 25 ranked mens Louisville Basketball team after they went on the road to both Virginia Tech and Florida State.

Big Red Louie
Louisville basketball takes on Duke in big ACC matchup  Courier Journal

The Cardinals and the Blue Devils faced off in a top 20 matchup at the KFC Yum Center on Tuesday night.

Courier Journal
Auburn Basketball to Play in Legends Classic  College and Magnolia

We've known for awhile that Auburn was going to play in the 2019 Legends Classic, but now we know who will join Auburn there. The Wisconsin Badgers were ...

College and Magnolia
Senior guard dismissed from Hampden Academy boys basketball team  Bangor Daily News

Kory Winch, a starting senior guard for the Hampden Academy boys basketball team, has been dismissed from the squad for posting a photo on social media ...

Bangor Daily News
EPC announces girls basketball all-stars, MVP  lehighvalleylive.com

By Josh Folck | For lehighvalleylive.com | Posted February 12, 2019 at 02:44 PM | Updated February 12, 2019 at 03:02 PM. Comment. The Eastern ...

Iowa basketball drops spot in AP rankings, for some reason  Black Heart Gold Pants

Despite winning both its games this week (one of which was a Q1 road win), and despite several other teams ranked ahead of the then-No. 20 Hawkeyes losing ...

Black Heart Gold Pants
Doyel: With NBA lurking, IU basketball in danger of wasting Romeo Langford  Indianapolis Star

In IU's 55-52 loss to Ohio State, Romeo Langford had flashes of brilliance that make him a top NBA prospect, but at times a puzzling college player.

Indianapolis Star
As a former BG player hopes for a 'miracle,' a basketball community rallies  Toledo Blade

The last time we saw Jasmine Matthews, she was the picture of athletic grace, a sweet-shooting guard for the Bowling Green women's basketball team. Nobody .

Toledo Blade
The Longhorn Republic starts to feel optimistic about basketball  Burnt Orange Nation

With key contributors stepping up, Texas basketball is starting to feel like a tournament team.

Burnt Orange Nation
Vote for Hollis Wright Huntsville Region Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 4-9  AL.com

Decatur Heritage's Noah Boler in action against Riverdale (Tenn.) at the Huntsville City Classic, Dec 29, 2018 at Huntsville High in Huntsville, Ala. (Shedrick ...

UK's skid with No. 1 basketball recruits likely to continue  Lexington Herald Leader

Anthony Edwards became the latest basketball recruit with a No. 1 ranking to pick against the Kentucky Wildcats with his commitment to Georgia on Monday.

Lexington Herald Leader
Drew Lowder joins 1000-point club to highlight MLive's Mr. Basketball watch list  MLive.com

Lowder reached the career milestone with a big performance.

Fantasy Basketball: Week 18/19 lineup advice based on schedule  Yahoo Sports

The fantasy basketball schedule is split into two short weeks starting on Monday, due to the All-Star break. Our schedule breakdown will help fantasy gamers ...

Yahoo Sports

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Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball (approximately 9.4 inches (24 cm) in diameter) through the defender's hoop (a basket 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter mounted 10 feet (3.048 m) high to a backboard at each end of the court) while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.Players advance the ball by bouncing it while walking or running (dribbling) or by passing it to a teammate, both of which require considerable skill. On offense, players may use a variety of shots—the lay-up, the jump shot, or a dunk; on defense, they may steal the ball from a dribbler, intercept passes, or block shots; either offense or defense may collect a rebound, that is, a missed shot that bounces from rim or backboard. It is a violation to lift or drag one's pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands then resume dribbling.The five players on each side at a time fall into five positions player positions: the tallest player is usually the center, the tallest and strongest is the power forward, a slightly shorter but more agile big man is the small forward, and the shortest players or the best ball handlers are the shooting guard and the point guard, who implements the coach's game plan by managing the execution of offensive and defensive plays (player positioning). Informally, players may play three-on-three, two-on-two, and one-on-one.Invented in 1891 by Canadian-American gym teacher James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, basketball has evolved to become one of the world's most popular and widely viewed sports. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the most significant professional basketball league in the world in terms of popularity, salaries, talent, and level of competition. Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague and FIBA Americas League. The FIBA Basketball World Cup and Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament are the major international events of the sport and attract top national teams from around the world. Each continent hosts regional competitions for national teams, like EuroBasket and FIBA AmeriCup.The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament feature top national teams from continental championships. The main North American league is the WNBA (NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship is also popular), whereas strongest European clubs participate in the EuroLeague Women.