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.

  • Strong defense — yes, defense — helps Creighton dismantle Butler

    Creighton led double figures over Butler the entire second half (Getty Images)
    Creighton led double figures over Butler the entire second half (Getty Images)

    In the final seconds of his team’s 75-64 victory over Butler on Wednesday night, Creighton point guard Maurice Watson gave the home crowd a scare.

    Watson clutched his left knee and writhed on the floor after a collision with Butler forward Kelan Martin. Only after he theatrically popped back to his feet with a grin on his face could the crowd at the CenturyLink Center collectively exhale.

    “I was guessing he just wanted a little more attention,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott told FS1’s studio crew after the game. “I was hoping like heck he wasn’t hurt.”

    Those were about the only scary moments for Creighton on a night when the eighth-ranked Bluejays dominated a fellow upper-echelon Big East team from start to finish. Creighton led by double digits after 10 minutes, by 20 at halftime and by as many as 25 early in the second half en route to one of its most impressive victories of the season.

    Pounding No. 12

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  • O.G. Anunoby's soaring dunk can't save struggling Indiana

    O.G. Anunoby struck again on Tuesday night at Maryland (Getty Images).
    O.G. Anunoby struck again on Tuesday night at Maryland (Getty Images).

    On a night when Indiana lost for the fourth time in five games to fall further back in the Big Ten standings, O.G. Anunoby at least provided the Hoosiers reason to briefly celebrate.

    The sophomore forward shook his defender, attacked the rim and threw down a soaring one-handed dunk over Maryland’s Damonte Dodd during the final minute of Indiana’s 75-72 loss to the Terps.

    The only way Anunoby’s dunk could have been better is if it had come with Indiana down two instead of three. Melo Trimble hit a pair of free throws at the other end of the floor with 8.2 seconds left, and then Ronald Johnson’s potential game-tying 3-pointer clanked off the rim harmlessly as time expired.

    With losses to Nebraska, Wisconsin and Maryland so far in Big Ten

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  • Turnovers doom Baylor to an ugly loss in its first-ever game as No. 1

    Baylor's first game as No. 1 was a challenging one at West Virginia (AP).
    Baylor’s first game as No. 1 was a one-sided loss at West Virginia (AP).

    Baylor’s first-ever No. 1 ranking will only last a week.

    Just one day after ascending to the top of the polls for the first time in program history, the Bears didn’t look the part in suffering their first loss of the season.

    A failure to take care of the ball was Baylor’s downfall Tuesday night against 10th-ranked West Virginia’s smothering, disruptive full-court press. In the Bears’ one-sided 89-68 loss in Morgantown, they matched their season high of 16 turnovers by halftime and finished with 29 by the end of the night.

    How Baylor handled West Virginia’s press was always going to be the determining factor in this matchup between the two teams most likely to challenge Kansas for the Big 12 crown. The Bears have been slightly above average in taking care of the ball so far this season, but they hadn’t seen anything like a Mountaineers defense that forces turnovers on a national-best 32.2 percent of its defensive

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  • A closer look at Tuesday night's trio of marquee top 15 showdowns

    Baylor's first-ever No. 1 ranking could be short-lived (Getty Images).
    Baylor’s first-ever No. 1 ranking may be short-lived (Getty Images).

    One night after the college football season ended with an thrilling instant classic of a title game, college basketball has a chance to seize the spotlight.

    In a stroke of dumb luck for the sport, Tuesday’s slate features a trio of top 15 matchups, two of which few would have predicted would loom this large before the season began.

    Baylor puts its newly minted No. 1 ranking on the line at fellow Big 12 contender West Virginia. Villanova seeks to extend its Big East dominance against top challenger Xavier. And Duke and Florida State clash in a meeting between the preseason ACC favorite and a challenger also capable of capturing the league title.

    Below is a deeper look at what’s at stake in all three of Tuesday night’s marquee games and some keys to determining the winners:

    No. 1 BAYLOR (15-0, 3-0) at No. 10 WEST VIRGINIA (13-2, 2-1) (7 p.m. EST)

    Key players: Johnathan Motley, F, Baylor; Jevon Carter, G, West Virginia

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  • Amile Jefferson to miss Tuesday's Florida State game with bone bruise

    Amile Jefferson received good news when his foot injury was diagnosed as a bone bruise. (Getty Images)
    Amile Jefferson received good news when his foot injury was diagnosed as a bone bruise. (Getty Images)

    The right foot injury that Amile Jefferson suffered Saturday is nowhere near as serious as the fracture that sidelined him the final 27 games of last season.

    Tests revealed that the senior forward merely sustained a bone bruise, Duke interim coach Jeff Capel said on the ACC teleconference Monday afternoon. Jefferson will miss Tuesday’s road game at ninth-ranked Florida State, but Capel did not rule out the possibility that he could play as soon as Saturday’s game at 14th-ranked Louisville.

    The injury occurred when Jefferson landed awkwardly on a first-half shot attempt during Duke’s 93-82 victory over Boston College on Saturday afternoon. Jefferson limped to the locker room with about seven minutes left before halftime and did not return to the bench until about 10 minutes remained in the game.

    Jefferson has averaged career highs of 13.8 points and 10.6 rebounds so far this season, yet

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  • Stony Brook erases late 19-point deficit with 21-0 game-ending run

    At shootaround on Sunday morning, Stony Brook coach Jeff Boals asked his players if any of them had watched Nevada storm back from a 14-point deficit with just over a minute to go at New Mexico the previous night.

    To Boals, that comeback was a teaching tool, a way of reminding his team to never quit no matter how far it fell behind.

    Stony Brook put that lesson to good use only a few hours later when facing a seemingly insurmountable deficit of its own with just under six minutes to play. In a comeback nearly as unfathomable as Nevada’s, the Sea Wolves scored the game’s final 21 points against Albany to erase a 19-point deficit and emerge with a stunning 72-70 victory.

    “During the under-8-minute timeout, I told them, ‘Hey boys, this is our Nevada time right now,'” Boals said. “It’s kind of surreal how it worked out.”

    It was guard Lucas Woodhouse and forward Tyrell Sturdivant who combined to make sure Stony Brook would not require overtime the way Nevada did. Sturdivant capped the rally

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  • Nevada stages historic comeback from 25 down to stun New Mexico

    As Nevada staged one of the most improbable comebacks in college basketball history at New Mexico late Saturday night, Eric Musselman’s sons were at home playing video games.

    Michael and Matthew Musselman had turned the game off midway through the second half with their dad’s team hopelessly behind.

    “Some of their friends started texting them after we tied it up,” Eric Musselman said by phone Sunday morning. “All of a sudden their phones went pop-pop-pop, and they turned it back on with three minutes left in overtime.”

    What Musselman’s sons missed was a rally so unfathomable that many of the fans at WisePies Arena had already left their seats by the time it began. The Wolf Pack won 105-104 in overtime despite trailing by 25 with 11 minutes left in regulation, by 19 with four minutes to go and by 14 with just over a minute remaining.

    Sophomore forward Jordan Caroline sank a go-ahead pull-up 3-pointer from the left wing with 2.9 seconds left in overtime to ensure Nevada’s furious

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  • Baylor poised to reach No. 1 for the first time in program history

    Baylor's Scott Drew is among the midseason favorites for coach of the year (AP).
    Baylor’s Scott Drew is among the midseason favorites for coach of the year (AP).

    As Baylor closed out a 61-57 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday night, an unfamiliar chant erupted from the student section.

    “No. 1, No. 1,” the students chanted.

    For the first time in school history, Baylor is poised to ascend to No. 1 when the new AP Top 25 is released Monday morning. After top-ranked Villanova stumbled at Butler earlier this week, the second-ranked Bears took advantage by edging Iowa State and Oklahoma State at home to improve to 15-0 this season.

    If Baylor reaches No. 1, it will be another milestone in one of the most impressive turnarounds in college basketball history. Hired 14 years ago to revive a long-struggling program rocked by Patrick Dennehy’s murder, Baylor coach Scott Drew inherited a stripped-bare roster, a postseason ban and a flurry of other NCAA sanctions.

    All Drew has done since is breathe life into the program and take the Bears to the NCAA tournament in six of the

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  • Did Grayson Allen attempt to trip another opposing player?

    Grayson Allen threw down an impressive dunk at UNLV on Saturday (AP)
    Grayson Allen remains a magnet for controversy. (AP)

    If any other other player did what Grayson Allen did against Boston College on Saturday, it would have gone unnoticed.

    Only because of Allen’s reputation for tripping opponents has this video clip landed the Duke star in the crosshairs once more.

    As Allen guarded Boston College’s Jerome Robinson during Duke’s 93-82 victory, Eagles forward Connar Nava comes over to set a top-of-the-key ball screen. Allen stumbled forward and his left leg popped up in a manner vaguely reminiscent of his three prior tripping incidents.

    Referees did not call a foul on Allen after the play, nor did ESPN’s broadcast crew even make note of it during the game. It only became a story hours later when the video clip began spreading across social media and when Nava himself commented on the play in a since-deleted tweet.

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  • Xavier reinstates guard Myles Davis after a 15-game suspension

    Xavier reinstated Myles Davis after a 15-game suspension. (Getty Images)
    Xavier reinstated Myles Davis after a 15-game suspension. (Getty Images)

    A key midseason addition could make Xavier a bigger threat to reigning champ Villanova in the Big East race.

    The Musketeers get back one of their best guards after a suspension that lasted 129 days and 15 games.

    Xavier coach Chris Mack announced after Saturday’s 97-82 victory over St. John’s that he will reinstate senior Myles Davis on Sunday. Davis’ suspension stems from an August incident in which he allegedly smashed his ex-girlfriend’s phone on the sidewalk and struck and dented the door of her car.

    Davis originally faced two misdemeanor criminal damaging charges. In November, he pleaded guilty to one reduced charge of disorderly conduct.

    “I think he learned some valuable lessons from his mistakes, his 15-game long suspension and his reinstatement,” Xavier coach Chris Mack said in a statement he read to reporters after the game.

    “I think he needs to continue to make good choices in order to keep his standing

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