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Weekday predictions: Big Ten/ACC Challenge

No. 2 Maryland faces No. 9 North Carolina on Tuesday in one of several intriguing matchups in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Which conference will win this year? C.L. Brown takes it game by game.

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Monmouth bench becomes a star attraction

The bench mob known as The Hawks' Nest has gained notice for their celebrations. Just cheering won't do; how about fishermen with a photo op?

Kentucky survives scare from Illinois State (1:11)

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.

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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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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.


Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

From Arizona: Senior forward Kaleb Tarczewski has a stress reaction and strained muscle in his left foot and will be out 4-6 weeks. Injury happened against Santa Clara on Nov. 26 in Wooden Legacy. He missed Providence (loss) and Boise State (win) games. Arizona is at Gonzaga Saturday.

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Bill Self said Cheick Diallo will come off the bench tonight in his college debut. Also hoping to play the frosh in excess of 15 minutes.

Rasheed Wallace shows ball don't lie

Former NBA player Rasheed Wallace can still hoop. Don't believe him? He drains two jumpers -- simultaneously.


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!


Michigan State rising in Power Rankings

It was a big week for the Spartans, as Tom Izzo won his 500th game and Denzel Valentine carried the team to the title at the Wooden Legacy. That performance moved them up to No. 2, just behind Kentucky. Week 4 Power Rankings

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College of Charleston stuns LSU

Despite a double-double of 15 points and 18 rebounds from Ben Simmons, LSU suffers its third-straight loss, falling to College of Charleston 70-58.


Kentucky stays unbeaten with 7th win

Tied at the half, No. 1 Kentucky outscored Illinois State 44-32 in the second half en route to a 75-63 win.


Murphy pulls off swinging, putback jam

Minnesota's Dupree McBrayer missed the 3-pointer, but Jordan Murphy was there to grab the rebound and slam it down with authority.


Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Simmons was criticized for being too timid last week. Tonight, he goes 4-for-15 and forces things. Still finished with 15 points and 18 rebounds but LSU couldn't overcome a 41-17 deficit in the first half of their loss to College of Charleston. The Tigers might have the most explosive and versatile offensive player outside the NBA, but bad defense will leave them at the bottom of the SEC. Need Keith Hornsby and Craig Victor like yesterday.

Kentucky improves to 7-0

Guard Isaiah Briscoe led the No. 1 team in the nation to a 75-63 win over Illinois State thanks to 18 points and 7 boards. Marcus Lee contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds off the bench in the win. Box score

Clemson-Minnesota in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Minnesota's Williams Arena is the home for the second game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, as the 4-2 Golden Gophers welcome the 4-1 Tigers. Minnesota is coming off a 3-point win against Nebraska-Omaha, while Clemson is fresh off beating another Big Ten team in Rutgers. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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College of Charleston upsets LSU

Top recruit Ben Simmons lost one game in the past three seasons. This season at LSU he's lost three games -- the latest being an upset by College of Charleston tonight.


Alex Poythress throws it down

The Kentucky F showed there were no ill effects from his ACL injury with this slam against Illinois State. The No. 1 Wildcats lead by double digits with less than 2 minutes to play on ESPN2.


Jamal Murray angered after hard foul

The Kentucky G drew a big foul against Illinois State, and after looking like some words would be exchanged, he just walked away. The No. 1 Wildcats have a double-digit lead on ESPN2.


Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Nasty collision for Jamal Murray against Illinois State. Got up quick, looked like he wanted to fight before guys pulled him away. So talented but he's going to get hit like that all season, even more frequently in SEC play. Has to maintain his poise. Has already drawn a few technicals this season for losing by his cool.

Isaiah Briscoe scores off inbounds pass

The Kentucky G drove to the lane, caught the inbounds pass and scored a layup to build the No. 1. Wildcats' lead over Illinois State on ESPN2.


Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Looking down the box score, it's fairly easy to identify the two culprits in Kentucky's 31-31 tie with Illinois State: free throws (8-of-17) and offensive rebounds (of which UK has just one). Kentucky entered Monday grabbing 43.6 percent of its available misses, fifth-best in the country. If the second half includes a few more makes at the free throw line, and a few more extended possessions -- even as a bare minimum -- John Calipari's team should be fine.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

In games like this, Kentucky usually comes back in second half with a 50-0 run or something like that. But what kind of motor can Cats generate without Ulis?

Kentucky-Illinois State tied 31-31 at half

The No. 1 team is looking to improve to 7-0, and steals and buckets like this can help get the Wildcats there. But first they have to get through the Redbirds, who are keeping up on ESPN2.


Kentucky making plays at home

No. 1 Kentucky's Marcus Lee slammed one home off a nice pass from Isaiah Briscoe in the first half vs. Illinois State. The Wildcats have a small lead on ESPN2.


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.