Jeff Eisenberg

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Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of the Dagger. Prior to joining Yahoo! Sports in Feb. 2010, Eisenberg worked for 4 1/2 years at The Press-Enterprise covering everything from UCLA basketball, to USC football, to the Los Angeles Lakers. If he's not watching basketball, you'll usually find Eisenberg enjoying the California sunshine, sampling craft brews or cooking on the grill.

  • Buzz Williams finds a clever way to honor Frank Beamer

    Buzz Williams found a clever way to honor Frank Beamer hours after the revered Virginia Tech football coach was carried off the field by his players after his final home game.

    Williams wore a long-sleeved T-shirt with Beamer's likeness on it during the second half of the Hokies' 76-52 victory over VMI on Saturday evening.   

    The tribute from Williams was touching considering he and Beamer haven't been Virginia Tech colleagues for very long. Whereas Williams is only just beginning his second season in Blacksburg, Beamer served as head coach at his alma mater since 1987 and led his alma mater to seven conference championships.

    Virginia Tech fans stayed en masse at Lane Stadium after the Hokies' overtime loss to North Carolina on Saturday to listen to Beamer address the crowd one final time. Many Hokies fans also praised Williams on social media for his touching

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  • Top-ranked North Carolina squanders big lead in loss at Northern Iowa

    The homecoming game North Carolina coach Roy Williams scheduled for Marcus Paige did not go as either of them planned.

    Not only did a broken finger prevent Paige from playing, the Tar Heels also floundered down the stretch in the Iowa native's absence.

    Having built a 16-point lead at Northern Iowa three minutes into the second half, top-ranked North Carolina failed to deliver a knockout blow. The Panthers instead made the Tar Heels pay for lackadaisical perimeter defense, careless ball handling and poor shot selection, erasing that deficit with a blistering seven-minute surge and then emerging with a 71-67 upset victory. 

    Northern Iowa wasn't expected to match the success of last year's 31-win NCAA tournament team without graduated star Seth Tuttle, but a new go-to threat emerged for the Panthers late in Saturday's game. Senior point guard Wes Washpun scorched the Tar Heels off the dribble, scoring the majority of his 21 points via forays to the rim and also dishing out eight assists. 

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  • Wisconsin's offense remains a mess in loss to Georgetown

    Michigan State dropped Kansas on Tuesday night. Iowa and Indiana routed Big East opponents two nights later. Maryland, Michigan and Purdue each are also unbeaten and ranked in the AP Top 25.

    At a time when the Big Ten is performing exceedingly well in non-conference play, one of the few exceptions is the reigning league champions.

    A dropoff was inevitable for Wisconsin after losing five of its top seven players from a team that appeared in back-to-back Final Fours, but the way the Badgers have started the new season suggests that fall could be sharper than anticipated. Wisconsin lost for the second time in four games in Friday's first Legends Classic semifinal, falling 71-61 to a Georgetown team that entered the tournament still searching for its first win.

    Whereas Sam Dekker, Frank Kaminsky and the rest of last year's Badgers formed one of the nation's most potent offenses, this year's group appears to be lacking weapons. Leading returning scorer Nigel Hayes had 22 points to keep

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  • Kansas suspends key reserve Brannen Greene for six games

    Brannen Greene (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Brannen Greene (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)When Kansas boards its flight to Maui on Friday, an ineligible player will be part of the Jayhawks' traveling party and an eligible one will remain at home.

    Joining the rest of the team will be highly touted freshman center Cheick Diallo, who the NCAA has cleared to travel with Kansas but not yet to play for the Jayhawks. Staying in Lawrence will be key reserve Brannen Greene, who coach Bill Self has suspended six games for "conduct detrimental to the team."

    A sharpshooting 6-foot-7 wing who hit more than 40 percent of his threes last season, Greene is one of two Kansas guards who sees extensive playing time off the bench. He averaged 12.0 points the first two games of the season and has yet to miss a shot from the field.

    The timing of Greene's suspension isn't ideal since depth is key at the Maui Invitational, where Kansas will play three games in three days beginning Monday against Division II Chaminade. The Jayhawks will face either UCLA or UNLV on day two in Maui, while Top 25 foes

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  • Ben Simmons' seven most impressive opening-week highlights

    Some of the most jaw-dropping moments of the opening week of the college basketball season have come when Ben Simmons had the ball in his hands in the open floor.

    The 6-foot-9 LSU freshman makes plays other players his size can't even fathom attempting, from no-look bounce passes, to behind-the-back dribbles, to pin-point lobs.

    In three victories over Kennesaw State, McNeese State and South Alabama, Simmons has averaged 18.7 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Even more impressive, everything Simmons has done appears to be virtually effortless, as though the favorite to be selected No. 1 overall next June is coasting until he faces better competition.

    LSU won't face a Top 25 opponent until SEC play begins in January, but the Tigers will at least square off against two major-conference opponents next week when they face Marquette and either Arizona State or NC State at the Legends Classic in Brooklyn. In the meantime, here are Simmons' seven most memorable highlights from his first

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  • Arkansas' dreadful day includes losses on and off the floor

    Arkansas freshman Jimmy Whitt (AP Photo/Samantha Baker)Arkansas freshman Jimmy Whitt (AP Photo/Samantha Baker)A dreadful day for Arkansas basketball began Wednesday morning when a coveted in-state shooting guard coach Mike Anderson had pursued for years announced he was committing to Kentucky.

    Things only got worse by Wednesday night when an awful performance from the Razorbacks only validated Malik Monk's decision not to attend his hometown school.

    Arkansas lost 88-80 at home against a shorthanded Akron team that shot 51 percent from the field despite not even having its full complement of depth as a result of injuries. The Razorbacks never led and trailed by as many as 14 points midway through the second half.

    The upset loss highlighted how far Arkansas (1-1) has fallen between the end of last season and the start of this one. A Razorbacks team that won 27 games and reached the NCAA tournament last season lost all five starters and 78 percent of its scoring.

    SEC player of the year Bobby Portis and second-team all-league guard Michael Qualls both entered the NBA draft. Fellow starters Ky

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  • Missed dunk in closing seconds costs Illinois a potential win

    Michael Finke may have a hard time sleeping tonight.

    The Illinois forward missed a tip dunk in the closing seconds Wednesday night that almost certainly would have given his team a quality road win at Providence. 

    With the Illini trailing by a point and just a few ticks left on the clock, Malcolm Hill attacked off the dribble but missed a contested layup in heavy traffic. Finke blew by a flat-footed Ben Bentil and crashed the glass for a put-back slam, but his two-handed attempt caromed hard off the back iron, dooming Illinois to a 60-59 loss that will be especially hard to swallow. 

    It's cruel that Wednesday's game will be remembered for Finke's botched dunk attempt because the redshirt freshman had actually played very well. Finke scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had a pair of assists, earning crunch-time minutes after playing sparingly in both of Illinois' first two games.

    Among the other silver linings for Illinois was the performance of promising freshman guard Jalen

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  • West Coast Bias: Why Andrew Andrews didn't flee Washington

    Before Washington's season ended in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament last March, Dony Wilcher's phone was already buzzing.

    1. Gonzaga (0-0): Opener against Pitt halted early when court become a slip and slide.
    2. Arizona (2-0): Freshman Alonzo Trier's greatest skill is an ability to draw fouls.
    3. Cal (2-0): Freshmen have shown promise, but Tyrone Wallace is the early MVP.
    4. Oregon (2-0): No Ennis or Bell? No problem. Chris Boucher has been a revalation.
    5. Utah (2-0): Edged formidable San Diego State behind 21 from Jordan Loveridge
    6. San Diego State (1-1): Dakarai Allen, Winston Shepard bright spots of Utah loss.
    7. Oregon State (2-0): Freshmen bring scoring punch to a team that needed it.
    8. UCLA (1-1): Season-opening loss to Monmouth did not inspire confidence. 
    9. Colorado State (1-0): Quality road win at Northern Iowa was a promising start.
    10. Colorado (1-1): Encouraging for the Buffs: George King's unlikely
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  • Denzel Valentine does it all in Michigan State's comeback win

    The formula Michigan State used to upset fourth-ranked Kansas on Tuesday night isn't one the Spartans can possibly hope to duplicate too frequently this season. 

    Not even an All-American candidate like Denzel Valentine can shoulder this heavy a load very often.

    Michigan State rallied for a 79-73 victory because Valentine refused to accept defeat. The senior guard had a hand in all but five points the Spartans scored after Kansas expanded its lead to 11 points midway through the second half.

    There was the corner 3-pointer Valentine drilled with a hand in his face to give Michigan State its first lead since the opening minutes. There was this pinpoint feed to Matt McQuaid for a go-ahead 3-pointer on the Spartans' next possession. And there was his leaning jumper in the lane with 90 seconds to go that put his team in front for good.

    Valentine became the fourth Michigan State player ever to record a triple-double, finishing with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Of the 79 points the

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  • Kentucky too quick, too fast and too good for Duke

    Five minutes into the second half of the showcase game of this year's Champions Classic, Kentucky ran a play seldom seen at any level of basketball.

    The 5-on-1 fast break.

    The possession, which ended with an uncontested Marcus Lee put-back, exemplified why second-ranked Kentucky was able to keep fifth-ranked Duke at arm's length for much of their battle between two of college basketball's most tradition-rich programs. The quicker, faster Wildcats won 74-63 because they generated many more easy baskets off the dribble and in transition than the Blue Devils did.

    Kentucky was at its most dangerous in the open floor when the ball was in the hands of its trio of talented guards. Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe attacked relentlessly, creating scoring chances off the dribble in half-court sets and seemingly turning every Duke turnover or long rebound into a fast-break layup or dunk. 

    Of the 30 baskets Kentucky scored, Ulis, Murray or Briscoe either scored or assisted on all but

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