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Crean's Hoosiers Win, Hot Seat Cools

Gary Parrish, CBS Sports

Okafor 1-and-Done Run Likely a Marathon

Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News

Derrick Gordon's Odyssey

David Gardner, Sports Illustrated

I was asked early Thursday to identify the college coach most on the so-called hot seat already, and, without hesitation, live on the CBS Sports Network, I answered Tom Crean. My c...(full article)

DALLAS – Much of the talk surrounding Larry Brown’s Southern Methodist Mustangs leading into this season has involved the guys who won’t be playing for him – instead of the...(full article)

When you sit courtside and watch what I sat courtside and watched late Tuesday, you're compelled to yell everybody not-named-Kentucky is playing for second, and it might even be tr...(full article)

This is your one look at center Jahlil Okafor in a Duke uniform. No, not specifically Tuesday night, but during the course of the 2014-15 college basketball season. That will be ...(full article)

AMHERST, Mass. -- In arenas across the country, he has fixed his eyes on this photo. He’s wrapped it in a towel, slid it into a special compartment in his backpack and carried it...(full article)

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