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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.

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)
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.

Purdue's size will face-off against Florida's speed in Tip-Off Championship game (1:32)


Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Chatted with UConn's Kevin Ollie early this am in workout area here at Atlantis. He loves this team's versatility, how Rodney Purvis has come into his own and the experience Sterling Gibbs and Shonn Miller give to this group. Huskies are pumped for old Big East type game with Syracuse. Orange present many problems with 3-point shooting and Tyler Lydon's ability to shoot and board.

Waltons World: Bike ride in Maui

On his tour of the island, Bill Walton apparently was stumping for a job with the tourism board. "What a dream come true."


Michigan guard has major shoe issues

The Wolverines' Caris LeVert slipped while trying to avoid a Connecticut defender and wound up breaking his shoe.


Colorado player ejected for biting opponent

Forward Tory Miller was kicked out of the second half of Colorado's 81-70 win over Air Force when he bit the shoulder of Falcons forward Hayden Graham while fighting for the ball on the floor.


Ben Simmons' highlight reel

He may be only 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.


This guy's hat game is strong

A Florida fan brought his Thanksgiving best to the game -- and so did the woman next to him.


Turgeon, Hurley get into postgame spat

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley exchanged words late in the Terps' win over the Rams at the Cancun Challenge. A tournament official then said Hurley directed an expletive at Maryland's players in the postgame handshake line. The teams also had to be separated before the awards ceremony. Hurley said of the incident: "Heat of the moment, championship game, stuff happens."

Self: 'It was a great team win'

One lesson Kansas coach Bill Self learned in winning in the Maui Invitational: "We learn we can win when we play fast. And tonight, we learned we can win when it's ugly and don't play very fast."


Selden leads No. 5 Kansas to Maui title

Wayne Selden Jr. scored 25 points to lead No. 5 Kansas to a 70-63 victory over No. 19 Vanderbilt and capture the Maui Invitational title.


UConn uses big first half to beat Michigan

The No. 18 Huskies jumped out to a 14-point halftime lead, then held on to beat the Wolverines 74-60 at the Battle 4 Atlantis and improve to 4-0 on the season.


Trimble, Maryland improve to 5-0

Melo Trimble scores 17 points in No. 2 Maryland's 86-63 victory over Rhode Island to win the Cancun Challenge.


Hamilton's near triple-double leads UConn

Daniel Hamilton led No. 18 UConn with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists in the 74-60 win over Michigan at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. The Huskies draw former Big East foe Syracuse next. Box score


Selden on fire for Kansas

Wayne Selden Jr. is 4-for-6 from downtown for the No. 5 Jayhawks, who are trying to pull away from No. 19 Vanderbilt in the Maui Invitational final on ESPN.


Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

We've got two high-level NCAA tournament type games in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals: Gonzaga-Texas A&M at 1 and UConn-Syracuse at 3:30 pm. All four look the part of NCAA teams here in late November.

Ellis untouched along baseline for dunk

Perry Ellis looked at a 3, then blew down the baseline for an easy dunk and his first points of the game, as Kansas has grabbed the lead on Vanderbilt in the second half of the Maui Invitational final on ESPN.


(19) Vandy leads (5) Kansas at halftime

Vanderbilt holds a 30-26 lead over Kansas in the finals of the Maui Invitational on ESPN, thanks in part to this sweet baseline layup from Damian Jones.


Kornet throws it down over Kansas

After a beautiful pass from Wade Baldwin IV, Vanderbilt's Luke Kornet put down a huge dunk on ESPN. Vanderbilt leads Kansas 18-16 midway through the first half of the Maui Invitational championship.


(5) Kansas vs. (19) Vanderbilt in Maui finals

Both Kansas and Vanderbilt have cruised through their first two games at the Maui Invitational. But the Commodores have lost eight straight games against Top 25 teams. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


Duke turns away Yale

Grayson Allen recorded 14 points and five rebounds in No. 6 Duke's 80-61 win over Yale.


No. 18 UConn (3-0) vs. Michigan (2-1)

The No. 18 Huskies open play at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament against Michigan in a matchup of programs coming off down seasons. Michigan has won two of three meetings with UConn and posted a 68-63 home win in their most recent meeting on Jan. 17, 2010. Follow live

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Texas A&M went into the crowd after the Texas win. Said one Aggie staffer, "You have no idea how much this means to (the fans)." Aggies senior Alex Caruso pounded his heart and said, "this means so much." Caruso was in high school the last time the two former rivals played. The Aggie fans chanted "S-E-C" toward the end of the game. Rivalry. Keep it going. Coaches want it. Both administrations need to get on board.

Brett Edgerton @EditorEdge

The Texas and Washington hoops teams will play each other twice in the first 2 weeks... ...in China and the Bahamas. Because hey, why not.

Duke wins behind second-half surge

The No. 6 Blue Devils went into halftime with a 2-point lead and then outscored Yale 42-25 in the second half to win 80-61 and improve to 5-1. Matt Jones led Duke with 17 points, and Grayson Allen put up 14. Box score