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Louisville Stripper Journals Laid Bare

E. Crawford & R. Bozich, WDRB.com

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Seth Davis, Sports Illustrated

Pious Pitino Tries to Dodge Blame

Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati Enquirer

Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college basketball (tickets to the SMU-Louisville Asterisk Invitational sold separately): CAN WE TRUST YOU? The major conferen...(full article)

Whistleblower Katina Powell said in a radio interview Tuesday that she regrets that her book's allegations about the Louisville basketball program led to the university's self-impo...(full article)

Goodness, what we wouldn’t have given to do this a few months ago. On Monday afternoon, Rick Bozich and I were invited to look, at long last, at Katina Powell’s journals, those...(full article)

During his four-plus decades as a college and NBA coach, Rick Pitino has experienced his fair share of ups and downs. Yet, he has never experienced a week like last week. On Monday...(full article)

When it comes to motivational speech-ifying, nobody’s better than Rick Pitino. He’s so good at it, he has written best-selling books on the art of success. If you liste...(full article)

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Iowa Rates Slight Edge for No. 1 Ranking

With top-ranked Oklahoma and second-ranked North Carolina both losing on Saturday night, it's likely that college basketball will have a new No. 1 team on Monday. The question is w...

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Louisville Still Has Hammer Over Its Head

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The 2 Louisville Players Who Got Shafted

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Louisville Does Right; Now Heads Should Roll

After the University of Louisville basketball program confirmed the Cardinals will not make a single post-season jumper, Rick Pitino asked University of Louisville basketball fan...

Louisville Buckles, Bans Itself From NCAAs

In a stunning development, the University of Louisville will announce Friday that it is self-imposing a postseason ban for the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament as a result of al...

March Madness Swerves Toward Insanity

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Longhorns Already Playing Smart Basketball

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Roy WIlliams Rips ESPN

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Tough Times for Mullin at St. John's

There’s nothing in Chris Mullin’s DNA that suggests losing is acceptable. Not when you’re one of the most decorated college and NBA players in the history of basketball. So y...

This Ref Called for Traveling

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Jayhawks Finally Looking Mortal in Big 12

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Rule Changes Improve College Basketball

There was a lot of lamentation about the quality and vitality of college hoops in the last couple of years, and in 2015 the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee took action to d...

Why Duke Isn't Playing Like Champions

Nine months removed from cutting down nets in Indianapolis, Duke doesn’t look like the Duke that America is used to seeing. The Blue Devils have lost four of their last five ...

Iowa Hawkeyes Are Wonderfully Weird

Dom Uhl wasn't a highly recruited player, and still isn't a starter, but he's a key cog for No. 3 Iowa, thanks to a very odd skill set for his position. In fact, that's what has th...

'Pearl' Another Tarnished NCAA Gem

On one hand, it’s a sad, touching story. Syracuse University alumni and friends of basketball are being urged, through a GoFundMe campaign, to contribute money to cover the medi...

Parity or Mediocrity on College Hardwood?

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As Snow Piles Up, So Does Goodwill

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Tar Heels Have Championship Look

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Somehow, SMU Players Are Losers

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Joined By Hoops, Not at Hip

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Big Programs' Big Problem: Big Men

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For-Profit School Making Basketball Waves

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Young Talent Not Producing for Jayhawks

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Trip an Aberration or Something Else?

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Pitino-to-UNLV Rumor Sexy But Silly

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Harvard-Howard Not Just a Ballgame

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Missouri Pulverized as Haith Walks Free

Suddenly it's a lot clearer why former Missouri coach Frank Haith made the unusual decision to leave for lower-profile Tulsa almost two years ago. Haith bolted immediately after le...

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Calipari Shouldn't Settle for Nets

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Reality TV Key Part of Boeheim Ban

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Dad's Death Knocks Izzo Off Moorings

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LSU Shows It's More Than Just Simmons

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SMU: Undefeated and Nowhere to Go

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