Biggest early concerns for college basketball’s top 10

After just two weeks of college basketball, we can’t make grand assessments of what we’ve witnessed thus far. It’s too early. Well, it might not be too early to pick Kentucky apart after its upset loss to Evansville last week. But overall, we need more film. We’re still allowed to highlight flaws that some of the best teams in the […]

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Sixers flip script on tired Phoenix

Petrol tickets. They’re the most valuable commodity in hoops. South East Melbourne Phoenix spent them all keeping pace in their heartbreaking one-point loss to Melbourne United in Throwdown 3 on Saturday. And, save for a huge third quarter burst, they just didn’t have the legs to run with an Adelaide side that enjoyed an extra day’s break. The Sixers set […]

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United to back young guns to fill Pledger void

Melbourne United will look to emerging big men Jo Lual-Acuil and Tohi Smith-Milner to fill the big shoes of centre Alex Pledger while he is out injured. The New Zealand Tall Blacks centre had surgery on his right ankle on Monday to remove a bone spur which was slowing him down. Alex Pledger has been sidelined with injury.Credit:Getty Images The […]

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Baynes rising from the NBA ashes with Phoenix

Aron Baynes the NBA All-Star? How about Aron Baynes the NBA's most-improved player award winner? Or Aron Baynes the $10 million ($A14.7m) plus per season man? A month ago all of the above would seem like fantasy for the Australian big man but his sensational form with the Phoenix Suns has been one of the surprises of the NBA. Aron […]

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NBA wrap: Mills shines but Spurs still slump

Evan Fournier landed two late three-pointers as his 26-point haul led the Orlando Magic to a 111-109 NBA win over the San Antonio Spurs. Australian guard Patty Mills' 13 points in 19 minutes could not save the Spurs, who led by 16 in the first half before Orlando regrouped. The contest was tied at 104 apiece after a DeMar DeRozan […]

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For 3: Duke’s Tre Jones keeps thriving

There were no marquee top-25 matchups in college basketball Friday, but several premiere programs were in action. Duquesne and Lipscomb had a historically bad night shooting from the perimeter; Monmouth’s George Papas taunted Kansas players despite a 53-point deficit; BYU won at the buzzer when TJ Haws’ shot hit the front rim and bounced in; and Auburn point guard J’Von […]

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James Wiseman’s eligibility: Explaining the NCAA questions on Penny Hardaway, Memphis basketball star

James Wiseman entered the University of Memphis this year as the Tigers’ highest-rated basketball recruit since Derrick Rose a dozen years earlier — and as the heart of a promised revival of the school’s once-great program. Before he could even take the court for the Tigers, though, Wiseman became tangled in an eligibility case that could have lasting repercussions for the […]

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