Some College Basketball Teams Begin With a New Feeling of Emptiness

The case — near others that contain Nike team sneakers and signed basketballs, among other memorabilia — has room for a trophy but only a small white platform inside, with a team photo on one side and the slogan “Unfinished Business” on another with a summary of the season. Ionescu, who was selected first over all by the Liberty in the W.N.B.A. draft, used the motto before the start of her senior season and it took on new meaning once the tournament was canceled, which the summary said ended “possibly the greatest season in program history.”

Said Graves: “It’s something that we will keep blank until one day we are fortunate enough to win a national championship.”

That feeling of missed opportunity is an undercurrent for some teams as college basketball returns for a new season, a beginning that is already rife with problems that have led to coaches openly

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2021 Rose Bowl, a College Football Playoff semifinal host, to be played without fans due to COVID-19 protocols


The Rose Bowl will hold one of the two College Football Playoff national semifinals on Jan. 1, 2021, but not many people will be in the building to see it. The bowl announced Thursday that the event will be held without spectators due to COVID-19 restrictions set forth by the state of California, Los Angeles County and the city of Pasadena.

“While we are disappointed that the Rose Bowl Game will not be played in front of spectators, we are pleased that we are still able to hold the game this year, continuing the 100-year plus tradition of ‘The Granddaddy of Them All,'” said David Eads, Executive Director and CEO of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. “We continue to work closely with health department officials and the Rose Bowl Stadium to provide the safest possible environment for our game participants.”

The bowl requested an exemption to allow a limited

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Iowa vs. Western Illinois odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec 3. predictions from proven model

The third-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will take on the Western Illinois Leathernecks at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is 2-0, while Western Illinois is playing its first game of the season. The Hawkeyes are 10-2-2 against the spread in their last 14 games as home favorites. The Leathernecks are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games.

The Hawkeyes are favored by 31.5 points in the latest Iowa vs. Western Illinois odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 153. Before making any Western Illinois vs. Iowa picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread.

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USA TODAY Sports college football staff picks for Week 14

On a weekend that was supposed to be the final one of the college football season, the schedule looks more like one you would see in September. There’s some quality games, but nothing that would appear to have much influence on the top teams. 

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The biggest test for the College Football Playoff contenders sees No. 6 Texas A&M travel to Auburn. The Aggies need an impressive win to bolster their case with  the committee, but they struggled last week to put away LSU. The Tigers have the ability to making things difficult, especially if quarterback Bo Nix can put together four consistent quarters.

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Auburn wide receiver Seth Williams (18) is tackled by Texas A&M defensive back Demani Richardson during their 2019 game at Kyle Field.

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College basketball conference schedules loaded with quirks and strange formats amid COVID-19 pandemic

Just a few months ago, the Pac-12 was on track to be the last of the major conferences to allow its teams to begin playing basketball of any sort, let alone league games. The conference had announced a moratorium on all sports competition until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic at a time when no other power conference had announced such a drastic move.

Fast forward to Nov. 25 at Gill Coliseum on the Oregon State campus, and not only was a Pac-12 program playing basketball, but it was playing a league game. Oregon State took on Cal in the first in-conference basketball game played in any league during the 2020-21 season.

The league continued with its early start this week as Washington State bested Oregon State 59-55 on Wednesday, with two more league games scheduled for Thursday. A year ago, the Pac-12 did not begin league play until the

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NCAA without major college football? Knight Commission backs change


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An influential leadership group has proposed sweeping changes to the Division I model that would distinguish the Football Bowl Subdivision from the NCAA, transforming the highest level of competition in the sport into a separate entity responsible for its own governance and revenue distribution.

The suggestions offered by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, which is composed of current and former leaders in education and athletics, include the formation of the National College Football Association, a new governing body outside of the NCAA umbrella.

“Our commission recognizes that far-reaching governance reform will not take place overnight,” said commission co-chair Arne Duncan, the former U.S. Secretary of Education. “At the same time, it believes that discussion on a new governance structure for Division I can, should and must begin immediately.”

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College basketball coronavirus updates: Pitino tweets about ‘mess’


Published 9:53 a.m. MT Dec. 3, 2020 | Updated 12:35 p.m. MT Dec. 3, 2020


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Iona men’s basketball fans learned Thursday morning that their team’s first home game had been canceled. The news came from a pretty reliable source: Rick Pitino.

The Gaels’ new coach broke the news on his Twitter account, @RealPitino, when he revealed that opponent Merrimack had a positive COVID-19 test within its program.

“Game tonight cancelled due to a positive in Merrimack’s program. What a mess. Hopefully, we’ll someday celebrate our freedom from this virus. Stay safe,” Pitino said.

Iona Gaels head coach Rick Pitino points during the second half against the Seton Hall Pirates at Prudential Center on Nov. 30, 2020 in Newark, N.J. (Photo: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

The Hall-of-Fame coach has been a proponent for months that the NCAA should delay

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College basketball rankings: Gonzaga, Baylor pass tests to set up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown Saturday

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Gonzaga had a positive COVID-19 test in its program last week. Baylor’s coach tested positive for COVID-19 last week. So there was no guarantee both teams would be healthy enough to play each other this weekend — and, even if they were, who knew if they would still be undefeated and ranked No. 1 and No. 2? 

Such is basketball in 2020.

But Gonzaga spent Wednesday beating West Virginia 87-82. And Baylor spent Wednesday beating Illinois 82-69. So the Zags and Bears are both healthy and undefeated. And as long as there’s no outbreak in the next 48 hours, the schools ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in Thursday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings — not to mention the Associated Press Top 25 poll, and KenPom — will play each other Saturday at 1 p.m. ET in Indianapolis on CBS.


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How Ohio State could impact the Big Ten and College Football Playoff debate

Welcome to Before The Snap, For The Win’s college football show where we’ll break down the sport’s trending storylines, examine each week’s biggest matchups and track the College Football Playoff and Heisman Trophy races.

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Going into Week 14 of this strange college football season, the top-4 teams in the country remain clear: Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. But whether or not those four teams actually make it to the College Football Playoff is a bit more complicated this year because the season is carrying on through the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of Thursday morning, Ohio State has the second-best chance to make the College Football Playoff, according to ESPN’s Playoff Predictor, at 77.4 percent — behind only Alabama with 96.4 percent.

However, the Buckeyes are 4-0 and have had two games this season canceled already, and they have two games remaining on their

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