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Jon Rothstein

Shabazz Napier (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Shabazz, Indiana & More

I said after I saw UConn practice in October that Napier was the best guard in college basketball. And after the first few weeks of the season, it’s hard to waver from that proclamation.

11/25/2013

Shabazz Napier (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; UConn, UCLA & More

The Huskies showed signs of brilliance in Friday night’s 78-77 win over Maryland at the Barclays Center, and even though they only beat the Terps by a single point, there was more than enough reasons to believe that Kevin Ollie’s squad will be a top 15-20 team all season.

11/11/2013

Travis Wear #24 of the UCLA Bruins and Arsalan Kazemi #14 of the Oregon Ducks fight for a rebound in the second half during the Pac-12 Championship game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2013. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Wear’s Return & More

UCLA’s Travis Wear could return for the Bruins’ third game of the year on November 18 against Sacramento State, according to UCLA coach Steve Alford.

11/07/2013

Gary Browne (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Browne’s Hot Hand & More

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins told me on Tuesday in Morgantown that junior guard Gary Browne has been the Mountaineers’ best shooter so far in preseason practice.

10/31/2013

JayVaughn Pinkston (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Pinkston’s Time & More

The 6-5 Pinkston is undersized but plays bigger than his height. After averaging 13.3 points and 5.0 rebounds last year as a sophomore, it’s time for Pinkston to emerge as one of the better players in the Big East as a junior.

10/24/2013

Fran McCaffery (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Iowa’s Depth, Underrated Opener & More

The Hawkeyes may not have a first-team All-Big Ten player but there are 11 capable pieces on Iowa’s roster that can all impact a game.

10/17/2013

Marshall Henderson (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Eyes On Henderson & More

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy told me on Monday that the amount of games that Marshall Henderson will miss this season has still yet to be determined.

10/10/2013

John Calipari (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: This And That Around College Basketball

Kentucky coach John Calipari said he feels like he has seven starters with Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Alex Poythress, Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson and Willie Cauley-Stein.

10/03/2013

Rick Pitino, Russ Smith  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rothstein: 5 Questions Entering The 2013-14 College Basketball Season

Can Louisville repeat? Without question. The Cardinals lost Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng, but there’s still more than enough left over to cut down the nets in Dallas next April.

09/27/2013

Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Seton Hall Lands Whitehead & More

You’ve got to give Kevin Willard credit. The Seton Hall coach knew after last season he desperately needed to upgrade the talent on his roster, and he did just that again on Thursday by nabbing a commitment from Lincoln shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead.

09/20/2013

Tennessee Volunteers coach Cuonzo Martin (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Vols’ Late-Game Duo & More

Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin told me this week there’s a strong chance that both Antonio Barton and freshman Darius Thompson could be on the floor in end of game situations.

09/13/2013

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Jon Rothstein’s CAA Offseason Notebook

How will Towson handle expectations? It’s a completely new dynamic for the Tigers, but it’s one they should relish.

09/09/2013

Memphis head coach Josh Pastner (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Memphis’ Chemistry & More

The NCAA’s decision to grant Missouri transfer Michael Dixon a waiver to play immediately without sitting out a season instantly makes Memphis better — on paper.

09/06/2013

Killian, the mascot for the Iona Gaels. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Jon Rothstein’s MAAC Offseason Notebook

The Iona Gaels won’t have an alpha dog like they did in past years but this team could still very well lead the nation in scoring.

09/03/2013

Jeronne Maymon (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Maymon On The Mend & More

Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon told reporters this week that he’ll be 100 percent by the time games start in November. Maymon didn’t play last season due to a knee injury, but should instantly become one of the better big men in the SEC.

08/30/2013

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