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Five things to know for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball

Sports.yahoo.com  -  This week, the best basketball nations in the world are heading to Spain for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. The tournament — known until recently as the world championships — lacks the overwhelming attention of the Olympics in the United States, but for many other countries it is considered to be nearly as prestigious. As usual, Team USA enters the competition as the favorite, although that po 3 days

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The Greatest Concern for the Top 20 College Basketball Teams in 2014-15

Bleacherreport.com  -  No team is perfect. Each one has a weakness, something that can be better than the current state.This is the case for every one of the 350-ish college basketball teams as we slowly inch toward the 2014-15 season, even those that will begin the year atop polls and best-of lists. There's something of a concern for each, something that like a loose thread on a sweater could cause everything to unrav 3 days

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Michigan State Basketball: Why Alvin Ellis Will Be MSU's Unsung Hero in 2014-15

Bleacherreport.com  -  Alvin Ellis III averaged all of 7.9 minutes and 1.9 points per game during his freshman year at Michigan State. Today, he's preparing for his sophomore year with the Spartans, who will absolutely need every bit the 6'4", 195-pound shooter out of Chicagoland has to offer. Here's a hint: It's much more than a shade under eight and two per outing. Coach Tom Izzo is known for makeovers. He 3 days

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UNC Basketball: Biggest Takeaways from Tar Heels' Bahamas Trip

Bleacherreport.com  -  UNC basketball got all the competition it wanted—and then some—during its August exhibition trip to the Bahamas. The Tar Heels split a pair of games at the Summer of Thunder tournament, falling to the Providence (Bahamas) Storm on a late three-pointer before pummeling a team of Bahamian All-Stars by a 109-52 margin.Exhibition games rarely, if ever, provide a clear picture of the seaso 3 days

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Michigan Basketball: Ranking U-M's Most Important Role Players in 2014-15

Bleacherreport.com  -  Heading into the 2014-15 season, we know by now that the Michigan basketball program will be led by its core of Caris LeVert, Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton Jr.; but they cant carry the team alone and that's where the importance of role players comes in.The Wolverines lost a lot of manpower from last season and will now have to make up for the loss of Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary, 3 days

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Duke Basketball: Will Forgotten Man Semi Ojeleye Crack 2014-15 Rotation?

Bleacherreport.com  -  There may not be many finer athletes in all of college basketball than Duke forward Semi Ojeleye. The Kansas native is an explosive leaper, lightning-fast on the break and boasts a 6'7", 230-pound frame that's already NBA-ready.Now, if only he could find some game action to prove all of this.The forgotten man in Duke's Jabari Parker-led 2013 recruiting class, Ojeleye seemingly struggled with the 4 days

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College Basketball Coaches with the Most to Prove in 2014-15

Bleacherreport.com  -  Maybe last season didn't go as well as planned, or maybe that's been the case for a few years. Perhaps the 2013-14 results were so unexpected—but in a good way—there's concern whether they can be replicated. Or despite being given a fresh start, the pressure to perform right away makes for tension right from the get-go.Whatever the case, several college basketball coaches head into th 4 days

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Kentucky Basketball: Biggest Question Marks in 2014-15

Bleacherreport.com  -  Despite having a talented and deep roster, the 2014-15 version of Kentucky basketball has plenty of question marks heading into the season.With a plethora of big guys and only a set amount of minutes in each game, there is a logjam in the post position. On the flip side, will Kentucky head coach John Calipari be able to find minutes for point guards Tyler Ulis and Andrew Harrison to keep them hap 4 days

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