NCAA Basketball Rumors: Breaking Down the Most Notable Buzz of the Season

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIDecember 4, 2012

NCAA Basketball Rumors: Breaking Down the Most Notable Buzz of the Season

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    Plenty of rumors and remarks have been floating around the college basketball world, ranging from NCAA punishments to transfers to recruiting and more.

    It's been a crazy first month in the college basketball season, and a lot has already happened.

    With more and more breaking news everyday, these are the top 20 headlines from the NCAA basketball season thus far.

Rysheed Jordan Is Making His Decision Soon

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    Rysheed Jordan recently cut his list of schools to Temple, St. John's and UCLA, and the star should be ready to make a decision soon (via Philly.com).

    Jordan is an elite point guard from the Philadelphia area and is just 10 blocks away from Temple. If staying close to home is a factor you can bet that UCLA will come off the list, but at this point each school is in the running.

    The next update we hear about Jordan is sure to be a verbal commitment.

Andrew Wiggins Visits Florida State

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    ESPN's No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2013, Andrew Wiggins, spent some time in Lexington to visit the University of Kentucky and will now head to Florida State for an official visit.

    Wiggins is a do-it-all wing whose talent makes him an elite player. He is going to be a one-and-done player, but his recruitment could be a huge one in terms of impact on the college basketball landscape.

    Wiggins is considering the Wildcats, and if he were to commit to UK, the team would be favored not only to win the NCAA tournament but to go undefeated. Kentucky already has the No. 1 point guard, No. 1 and No. 2 shooting guards and an elite power forward and is still courting Wiggins as well as ESPN's No. 3 overall recruit Julius Randle.

    If Kentucky lands either Wiggins or Randle, this could be the year of the Wildcat.

Michigan State Is Changing Its Lineup

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    It looks like Tom Izzo is ready to start tinkering with his lineup, moving Adreian Payne from the starting power forward spot to a role as the "sixth starter" (via mlive.com).

    The Spartans are 6-2 this season and are not playing as well as Izzo would like. He decided to make the change after the team lost its second game of the season to Miami in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

    Izzo's strategy worked in the first game, as the team beat Nicholls State 84-39. Now we will see if it continues to pay off for Sparty.

Is Larry Drew II the Problem at UCLA?

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    Larry Drew II came to UCLA trying to make up for his poor play at North Carolina, but he might be failing to do so.

    It's not an expert blaming him, but rather some fans are saying that it may be his fault that the team is losing.

    It's tough to pinpoint why UCLA is struggling. Is it poor coaching? Is Kyle Anderson overrated? Does the team have poor chemistry? Are the big men struggling?

    This is an alternative answer, but LD2 may be bringing the team down.

Kris Dunn Is Coming Back Soon

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    Providence freshman Kris Dunn has not played yet this season due to major shoulder surgery in the summer.

    However, the highly touted recruit may be playing soon, saying that it is possible that he plays Dec. 6 against Rhode Island, and that it is very likely that he will play Dec. 18 against Colgate.

    Dunn would be a huge boost for the team, and having him healthy for Big East play is essential.

Seth Curry Is Hurtin'

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    Duke senior Seth Curry is having a great season but has been hampered by a shin injury. Now he has another problem to worry about, as he injured his ankle against No. 3 Ohio State as the team won.

    Curry sat out against Delaware due to the injury, and the Blue Devils will need him to come back soon, as the team doesn't utilize its bench often.

    Duke doesn't play a team that is currently ranked in the Top 25 again until February but still has difficult matchups against Temple and Cornell coming up.

Jabari Parker Will Play in College

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    It's official.

    Jabari Parker will be playing college ball in the 2013-14 season, deciding not to go on a Mormon mission.

    Parker is ranked No. 2 in the ESPN Top 100 for the Class of 2013 and is deciding between Duke, Michigan State, Florida, Stanford and BYU.

Louisville Trying to Replace Gorgui Dieng

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    Gorgui Dieng is going to miss four to six weeks with a wrist injury, and Louisville needs to find a way to replace him.

    The Cardinals have already lost once without their top big man and are trying to turn to a few guys like Zach Price and Stephan Van Treese to replace him.

    These guys are nowhere near as good as Dieng, and teams should count their blessings to play Louisville in the next few weeks.

Texas Hopes to Get Myck Kabongo Back Soon

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    Texas point guard Myck Kabongo has not played a single minute this season, due to the NCAA's investigation into whether or not he received improper benefits.

    The school is expecting the punishment to be a retroactive 10-game suspension, which would make Kabongo eligible for the team's game against North Carolina on Dec. 19.

    The Longhorns have struggled without Kabongo, losing twice in the Maui Invitational to Chaminade and USC.

    Getting its point guard back would be a huge boost for Texas, and having him for Big 12 play could bring the team into the Top 25 by the end of the year.

Dai-Jon Parker Coming Back for Vanderbilt

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    Vanderbilt suspended sophomore Dai-Jon Parker before the season, and he has yet to play this year.

    The Commodores have struggled without the talented Parker, who didn't play much last season but has the potential to be great. The team sits at 2-4 on the season, ranking 296th in the country or worse in points, rebounds and assists per game.

    After the team scored just 33 points against Marist it was clear that this is going to be a long season for Vandy.

    However, Parker may help out a bit, as it looks like he will be eligible for the team's game on Dec. 17 against Cornell.

    He won't save the team, but Vandy fans should be happy that he will have time to develop for next year.

Michael Dixon Jr. Is Going, Going...Gone

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    Michael Dixon Jr. was Missouri's top returning scorer, but after being suspended for academics and then rape charges, he decided to leave the Tigers.

    Dixon Jr. is likely going to be the biggest name on the transfer market, and losing him is tough for Missouri.

    The Tigers are moving on without him, however, and are 7-1 with that sole loss coming against No. 2 Louisville in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

    There are no schools that have been mentioned among Dixon Jr.'s favorites just yet.

UNLV's Frontcourt Is Having Some Problems

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    Don't let the title of this slide fool you—UNLV's frontcourt is still elite. However, Mike Moser recently suffered a groin injury, and Khem Birch has yet to become eligible.

    Freshman Anthony Bennett is still killing it for the Rebels, but for now the three-headed monster that will be UNLV's frontcourt in a few weeks has to wait.

    Once we see these guys play together, this team could become a title contender.

Point Guard U Is Having a Point Guard Problem

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    Arizona is having a bit of a problem at the point guard position. Xavier transfer Mark Lyons is trying to convert o a point guard role but is still a score-first guy who is not dishing out many assists.

    According to the Arizona Daily Star, head coach Sean Miller is not so happy with his senior point guard right now.

    I am concerned, and we're addressing it. But he also brings things to the table that are very evident. He can score. I thought his baskets in the first half in particular set the tone for the game.

    The team needs a facilitator to get the ball into the hands of its many weapons, but Lyons is proving ineffective in doing so.

Tyler Lamb Has a List and He's Checking It Twice

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    UCLA transfer Tyler Lamb has given a list of schools that he is considering right now.

    According to Mike Grimala of RunRebs.com, Lamb enjoyed his visit to UNLV and is also looking at UConn and Gonzaga.

    I'm told UCLA transfer Tyler Lamb had a "good visit" at UNLV this weekend. He's also drawing interest from Gonzaga and UConn, among others

    — Mike Grimala (@MikeGrimala) December 3, 2012

    Lamb is a skilled player with a lot to offer, and his choice could really help one of these teams.

Jim Calhoun's Secret Surgery

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    Jim Calhoun is out at UConn, and nobody can blame him for that. That fact becomes even more true after hearing that he had surgery for cancer in May.

    "It was cancer-related, yes," he told The Associated Press. "I’m not going to talk about it. I was out for a day and a half. I’m completely healthy now."

    Calhoun had three other bouts with cancer, and this leads many fans to believe that perhaps he should have retired earlier.

Massachusetts' Center Is Under Arrest

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    Massachusetts center Cady Lalanne was arrested on Saturday night in the school's student union on charges of disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest (according to ESPN).

    Lalanne has been suspended from the team, and the 3-3 Minutemen will miss their starting center.

Marcus Paige's X-Rays Were Negative

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    North Carolina's highly touted freshman point guard, Marcus Paige, suffered a shoulder injury recently, but luckily for the team his X-Rays were negative.

    Head coach Roy Williams seemed optimistic about his point guard.

    It feels better today; they determined he's got inflammation or irritation of the bursa sack in the elbow. They took X-rays today; X-rays were negative, so they feel good about their diagnosis of what it is.

    He did have better range of motion today than he did yesterday, and it was better yesterday than it was Saturday. I’m hopeful that by Wednesday he’ll be able to practice and he’ll be able to play this weekend.

    Paige has been a bit of a disappointment this season after he was supposed to be the next in a long line of successful point guards for the Tar Heels, but the team will certainly welcome him back with open arms.

Bob Knight Is Selling His Rings

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    Bob Knight has decided that he is going to sell his championship rings, citing that he wants the money to use for his grandchildren's college funds.

    Knight can surely make a ton of money with his three rings, but one still has to wonder why he is deciding to sell. Surely he made enough to already put his great-great-grandchildren through college, right?

Rick Majerus Will Live on

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    On Sunday we learned that former college basketball head coach Rick Majerus had died, leaving the college basketball world without one of its greats.

    However, he will live on, as the University of Utah has decided to hang a replica of his trademark white sweater in the rafters of its stadium.

    Majerus was a great coach and was revered by all, and now he will live on in spirit.

Karl Towns Jr. Is a Wildcat

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    Karl Towns Jr. is a 6'11" center with a ton of potential at the next level, and he will be donning the blue and white of Kentucky.

    The most recent commit to Big Blue Nation also reclassified from the Class of 2015 to the Class of 2014.

    The first thing I have to say is that I'm going to reclassify to the year 2014. The second decision I have to make is my university. The university I've decided to play for in the year 2014 is the University of Kentucky.

    Towns Jr. is going to be yet another in a long line of elite players under coach John Calipari, and you can bet that he will be a huge success in the NBA after a year under Coach Cal.

    He did it again.