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Freshman tracker: Will this class make a huge impact?

OK, there's LSU's Ben Simmons, easily the best player in the country. And Marquette's Henry Ellenson looked solid. But is this class that good? It's time to look at the top 15.

Ben Simmons' highlight reel (1:06)
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Brown: LSU's Ben Simmons could stand to be more selfish

Ben Simmons had another double-double in LSU's overtime loss to NC State. But with only four points, it's clear the star freshman hasn't quite figured out how to balance looking for his shot with setting up his teammates.

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College Hoops Power Rankings: Kentucky ... again

Kentucky is at it again, opening a season by flexing its muscle and reminding our voters that the top spot should belong to the Wildcats until further notice.

Simmons goes coast-to-coast with emphatic slam (0:14)
Bill Walton and Fran Fraschilla drop the beat (0:27)
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Bilas: The new rules are helping foster upsets

The accepted thought was that college hoops' new rules would only help the big programs, make the rich richer. It's actually worked the other way, setting up more upsets by the little guys.

Grayson Allen the difference for Duke (1:16)
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On the Quad: 5-foot-9 and standing tall

College basketball is not being dominated by the big guys. All you need to do is take a look at this list of little guys. Don't underestimate them.

Sonic Journey to the Tourney: Duke vs Georgetown (2:07)
Purdue's size will face-off against Florida's speed in Tip-Off Championship game (1:32)
Bilas on Simmons-LeBron comparison: 'This guy is the real thing' (4:35)


Ben Simmons' highlight reel

He may only be a freshman, and the season may be less than a month old, but the LSU phenom has easily made enough great plays to star in his own highlight reel.


Bahamas: Beautiful locale, ugly hoops

This missed dunk by Gonzaga started a sloppy sequence that featured a couple missed layups and an air ball. The coaches won't be putting this tape into a time capsule. The Zags lead Washington by 17 at the half on ESPN2.


What's the juicier Atlantis treat?

Our experts debate whether the renewal of the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry appeals more to them than Gonzaga-Washington during Wednesday's opening day of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Daily Word

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Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Gonzaga wants to host UW next season in start of four-year series because of its schedule. Arizona game at Staples (new deal, H/H follows), Tennessee in Nashville and in Orlando tourney. Washington wants to start at home too. Impasse.

Gonzaga offense rolling vs. Washington

Domantas Sabonis, who's 6-foot-11, showed the same skills that made his dad Arvydas famous on this assist. The Zags lead Washington in the Battle 4 Atlantis on ESPN2.


Bilas: It's ridiculous how good Simmons is

Jay Bilas says, sure, the LSU freshman could score more often, but 6-10 point guards don't come around often "and he's only going to get better."


Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

NCAA rules on some of Syracuse appeals of sanctions today (Boeheim 9 game suspension still pending appeal): Got back one scholarship per year over next 4. So total loss is now 8, not 12. Also got reduction of financial penalty by $1.23 million.

Missed dunk shatters backboard

Dontavious Smith went NBA Jam on this backboard at UMass Lowell. The proof that he wasn't actually a character that was "on fire"? He missed.


Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Syracuse's NCAA appeal has resulted in gaining back one scholarship per year. Instead of being penalized three scholarships over each of the next four years, they will lose two scholarships over each the next four years. What this means for Syracuse's recruiting is the Orange now have one scholarship remaining for the 2016 class. They had slowed their recruiting after reeling in ESPN 100 prospects Tyus Battle and Matt Moyer, but are considered the leader for ESPN 100 big man Taurean Thompson.

Watch: Rivalry renewed in paradise

Gonzaga and Washington meet in the opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. The last time the rivals met was in December 2006. Preseason All-American Kyle Wiltjer (17.5 PPG) will be worth the watch. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Bitter rivalry renewed at Atlantis

Today at noon ET on ESPN2, Gonzaga and Washington will meet for the first time in almost a decade. Andy Katz says it may kick start a renewal of the in-state series beginning next season.


Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Official Darron George is here working the Gonzaga-Washington game. He's the same official who called the Pitt-Zag game in Okinawa at halftime due to unsafe floor conditions. He just told me, "I owe Gonzaga 20 minutes."

Freshmen Tracker: More than just Simmons

You probably know about LSU's Ben Simmons -- but what about his classmates? Top 15 (Insider)

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Ben Simmons finds other ways to help

LSU's Ben Simmons scored just 4 points in a loss to NC State, but he had 14 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks, including this swat to set up a Tigers bucket.


Here's the alley, there's the oop

Kentucky's Isaiah Briscoe caught Boston University napping with this alley-oop from near halfcourt to Skal Labissiere.


Mullin, Richmond square off in H.O.R.S.E.

It's been a while since Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin played competitively, but at the Maui Invitational they got in some H.O.R.S.E.


Bill Walton goes fishing in Maui

"This is much more than a boat ... this is a spaceship," according to Walton. So get on board for "an exploration."


Late surge propels UNC past Kansas State

Justin Jackson scored 22 points and No. 9 North Carolina closed on a 21-3 run to beat Kansas State 80-70 in the CBE title game in Kansas City.


Kansas cruises by UCLA in Maui

Wayne Selden and Perry Ellis power Kansas by UCLA and into the Maui Invitational championship game.


Meeks steal-and-slam part of UNC rally

Kennedy Meeks stepped in for the steal and an easy breakaway dunk as No. 9 North Carolina pulled away from Kansas State late to win the CBE Hall of Fame Classic 80-70.