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Ivica Zubac’s career-best game was two seasons in the making

Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) grabs a rebound away from Indiana Pacers forward Jalen Smith. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press) Ivica Zubac is the longest tenured Clipper — and perhaps the quickest to be overlooked. The 7-footer is vital to a Clippers team with little size — yet his presence can be taken for granted. Coach Tyronn Lue ensured …

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No. 1 Houston puts new top ranking up against Norfolk State

Houston will take the court as the nation’s top-ranked team for the first time in nearly 40 years Tuesday when the Cougars host Norfolk State. Houston (6-0) ascended one spot by receiving 45 of 63 first-place votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll of national media. North Carolina (5-2), which had been No. 1 all season, dropped all the …

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No. 3 Virginia prepared for Michigan’s ‘quality’

No. 3 Virginia already has victories over a pair of ranked teams yet sees Tuesday’s road matchup against unranked Michigan as perhaps the biggest obstacle to date. The teams will square off in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Ann Arbor, Mich. “Every game will present different challenges,” Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said. “Now you’ll go in a hostile …

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ACC men’s basketball leaders through Nov. 27

With the Thanksgiving tournaments in the rear-view mirror, it’s time for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and the beginning of ACC play. Of course, we only will be getting a small taste of conference action. That will begin in earnest right before New Year’s Eve. In the meantime, here’s who’s been handling nonconference opponents the best so far: Scoring and minutes: …

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No. 6 Baylor in search of more energy vs. Marquette

No. 6 Baylor will hit the road to face Marquette on Tuesday and both teams will bring some concerns along with some momentum when they square off in a Big East/Big 12 Battle matchup at Milwaukee. The Bears (5-1) head north after an 89-60 victory at home over visiting McNeese State on Thanksgiving eve. Keyonte George scored 17 points and …

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Boston’s Marcus Smart appreciates Luke Kornet ‘putting the work in … we’re proud of him’

The deeper into the 2022-23 season the Boston Celtics get without their starting center Robert Williams III, the more it seems they may not need reinforcements in their frontcourt. Backup big man Luke Kornet has been proving a reliable option off of the bench to help the Celtics weather Timelord’s absence and after another double-digit scoring night from the 7-foot …

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Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh odds, line: 2022 college basketball picks, Nov. 28 predictions from proven model

The Pittsburgh Panthers will try to extend their three-game winning streak when they face the Northwestern Wildcats on Monday night. This will be Pittsburgh’s first true road game of the season after playing its last three games at home. Northwestern had its five-game winning streak snapped in a 43-42 loss to No. 13 Auburn on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for …

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Brandon Miller, Anthony Black are early stock risers

PORTLAND, Oregon — The college basketball season is underway and a few players are emerging as early draft stock risers after a week of Thanksgiving tournaments from Hawaii to the Bahamas. Arkansas freshman Anthony Black averaged 22.3 points over three games during the Maui Invitational. Alabama freshman Brandon Miller showed why he could potentially be a top-five draft pick after …

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College basketball rankings: Purdue keeps climbing in Top 25 And 1 after pounding Duke in Phil Knight Legacy

USATSI The two PK85 events in Portland designed to honor Nike co-founder Phil Knight featured a total of 16 schools — six of which were ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll, among them preseason No. 1 North Carolina and preseason No. 2 Gonzaga. So, naturally, two teams that were unranked in the preseason AP poll emerged as …

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Kings’ De’Aaron Fox says joining Klutch Sports isn’t about forcing a trade: ‘I love being here in Sacramento’

Sacramento Kings star De’Aaron Fox says his surprising mid-season change of representation to Klutch Sports is purely a business move and not about forcing a trade, in a new interview with Chris Haynes.  “When you’re an athlete who has any notoriety and you make a major change, it’s going to circulate and people are going to speculate. But for me, I …

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