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Brown: NC State's Cat Barber taking on bigger role with Wolfpack

Speedy Cat Barber is making a name for himself as he becomes the confident leader of the NC State Wolfpack.

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ESPNU CBB Podcast: Kris Dunn is back!

Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg weigh in on cases of academic impropriety at both SMU and UNC. Plus, Providence PG Kris Dunn and Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall join the show.

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Scout's Take: Top-25 prospect Gabriel picks Kentucky

Wenyen Gabriel, who announced his decision on ESPN.com Thursday, should be an immediate impact defender for John Calipari's program. His skill set is similar to that of NBA forward Luol Deng.

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5dJohn Gasaway

Gasaway: Hey you, stop shooting so much!

Some players approach the game with a shoot-first, pass-second approach. Here's five guys who might want to consider making the extra pass a little more often.

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6dDana O'Neil

Is the 15-year Big Ten title drought about to end?

The Big Ten hasn't won a national title since Mateen Cleaves and Michigan State won it all in 2000. Is this the year the conference's drought ends?

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11dSam Strong

Watch: LSU's Ben Simmons pushes a truck

LSU freshman star Ben Simmons is getting ready for the season using a unique training regimen. Watch as he and teammate Keith Hornsby push a truck.

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Coaches: As you get ready for season, remember what Bob Knight said, "iIn order to win, you must eliminate the things that go into losing."

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Good week ahead: going to see Incarnate Word & old friend, Ken Burmeister. Then trips to UT, A&M &, possibly, Baylor. Next week: UK & Vandy.