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Watch live: Good start for Illinois State against No. 1 Kentucky

Watch the action as Illinois State plays Kentucky live on ESPN2/WatchESPN.


ESPNU CBB: Boeheim, Williams, Feast Recap

Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg recap Feast Week, look ahead to the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and chat with Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and North Carolina's Roy Williams.

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Weekend Predictions: Texas A&M's rise continues

The Battle 4 Atlantis final features an ACC squad (Syracuse) getting a lot from a handful of players and an SEC squad (Texas A&M) that looks like a serious contender.

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#Top10Thursday: Hey, a little help?

Even though the players on this list are talented, they need some help if their teams are going to reach their potential.

What's wrong with the Hoosiers? (2:14)
Kansas wins Maui Invitational (0:55)
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)
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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.


Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois big man Mike Thorne Jr. underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee and is out indefinitely, the school announced. Thorne suffered the injury against Iowa State on Saturday. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds so far this season.

Redbirds' teamwork makes the dream work

Illinois State G Tony Wills poked the ball away from No. 1 Kentucky, and when he missed the breakaway layup, DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell showed up with the putback dunk on ESPN2.


Illinois St. (3-4) at No. 1 Kentucky (6-0)

The top-ranked Wildcats put a 24-game winning streak at Rupp Arena on the line in its first meeting with the Redbirds, although they will be without Tyler Ulis, who injured his elbow over the weekend. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Kara Lawson @karalawson20

#1 Kentucky set to tip on ESPN2 at 7pm w/out Tyler Ulis, their most important player. Illinois State likes to bring pressure, should be fun!

Wake-Rutgers opens Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge opens with 4-2 Wake Forest, which has beaten Indiana and UCLA this season, traveling to Rutgers, which finished last in the conference last season. The Big Ten won last year's challenge 8-6. Live on ESPNU, WatchESPN


Monmouth has best bench in basketball

It's hard to pick the best celebration. The Human Scissors? The Katniss Everdeen? The OMG? The Human Hoop? All of them are too good!


C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said senior guard Marcus Paige's return to the starting lineup would "more than likely" knock sophomore Theo Pinson from the starting lineup depending on practice today. That would mean sophomore Joel Berry starting at point and Paige would play off the ball. Paige's first full practice after returning from a right hand injury was Saturday. Williams said had it been NCAA tournament time Paige could have played last week.

Kentucky hoops still No. 1 in AP top 25

The Wildcats received 59 first-place votes to remain in the top spot. Maryland and Michigan State check in at No. 2 and 3, respectively. They were the only others schools to receive first-place votes with the Terps getting four and the Spartans two. Complete rankings

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After missing the first six games of the season, PG Marcus Paige will play Tuesday when the Tar Heels meet No. 2 Maryland, coach Roy Williams told ESPN's Andy Katz. ??: Getty Images

UNC's Paige to make season debut Tuesday

After missing the first six games of the season, PG Marcus Paige will play Tuesday when the Tar Heels meet No. 2 Maryland, coach Roy Williams told ESPN's Andy Katz. UNC is 5-1 without Paige (14.1 points per game last year).

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Monmouth bench dances through upset

The Hawks had plenty to celebrate during their win over USC, and the bench broke out all the moves for the occasion.


Monmouth's Jones posterizes defender

Deon Jones right went over a USC player to throw down a vicious one-handed dunk.


Michigan St. hands Providence first loss

Denzel Valentine scores 17 points to lead Michigan State past Providence 77-64.


Pollard throws down in-bounds alley-oop

Dayton struggled against No. 23 Xavier, but Kendall Pollard knows how to throw down alley-oops.


UC Irvine's 7-foot-6 center throws it down

Mamadou Ndiaye didn't really even need to leave the floor to dunk over an Evansville defender.


Michigan St. takes down Providence

MSU's Bryn Forbes carried Sparty with 18 points while Denzel Valentine added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists as No. 3 Michigan St. won the Wooden Legacy tournament.


Dunn powering Providence vs. Sparty

Kris Dunn found a way to sneak this pass into Rodney Bullock for the lay-in. Providence is holding a slight lead over No. 3 Michigan State in the 2nd half on ESPN2.


No. 3 Spartans hold 34-32 lead at half

Denzel Valentine isn't the only star in this game as Providence's Kris Dunn showed a pretty move with a finish (Live on ESPN2).


Valentine and No. 3 Spartans in a battle

Denzel Valentine has been ridiculous in this tournament, first recording a triple-double, then scoring 32 points. But No. 3 Michigan State in a tight one against Providence (Live on ESPN2).


Davis finishes alley-oop for Spartans

Deyonta Davis showed off his length, putting down this alley-oop from Eron Harris for No. 3 Michigan State (Live on ESPN2).


Magic: Denzel best guard in the country

After Denzel Valentine's incredible showings early this season, Magic Johnson believes he's the best guard in college basketball right now.


Valentine connecting from distance again

MSU's Denzel Valentine has been hot all tournament and he's starting to cook again as No. 3 Michigan St. has an early lead on Providence on ESPN2.


Cameron goes crazy after Allen slam

The Blue Devils turned offense into defense after Marshall Plumlee's block led to Grayson Allen's soaring dunk.