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.

  • Bubble breakdown: Texas may tumble from the top 10 to the NIT

    With less than a month remaining until Selection Sunday, the NCAA tournament bubble is beginning to take shape. Bubble Breakdown is the Dagger's daily look at the results that impact who's in and who's out.

    A Texas team that spent most of November and December in the top 10 in the polls could somehow find itself in the NIT this March if it doesn't engineer a strong finish to the regular season.

    The Longhorns lost for the sixth time in their last nine games on Saturday in Austin, falling 85-77 to Iowa State despite a combined 52 points from starting guards Kendal Yancy and Isaiah Taylor.

    Texas' latest loss drops the Longhorns to 17-10 overall and 6-8 in the rugged Big 12, and a closer look at their profile reveals their situation is even more dire than their record suggests. They only have four wins all season against RPI top 100 opponents — a marquee victory at home against West Virginia, a solid win over Iowa and victories over middling Cal and UConn.

    Of Texas' six Big 12 wins, five

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  • Roy Williams to North Carolina fans: 'We need some dadgum help.'

    They found a fitting way to honor Dean Smith by running his trademark four corners offense to score on the game's opening possession. They built on that momentum by stomping struggling Georgia Tech 89-60 to put Wednesday's Duke loss behind them. 

    North Carolina accomplished everything Roy Williams could have hoped Saturday, yet the Tar Heels coach had a complaint after the game.

    When a reporter in Chapel Hill asked about the four corners tribute, Williams didn't get far into his response before launching into an impassioned plea for increased fan support. An announced crowd of 20,779 fans attended Saturday's game at the Dean Dome, but Williams wasn't pleased with the amount of noise they generated or their lack of recognition of the four corners tribute as it took place.

    "I was a little disappointed more of our crowd didn't have more savvy, but I felt they were asleep most of the day anyway, so it's alright," Williams said. It's not intended to be criticism but it's criticism. We need

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  • Dunk of the year nominee: Jarell Martin goes through-the-legs

    Not many players are capable of pulling off the through-the-legs dunk LSU's Jarell Martin unleashed on Saturday against Florida. 

    Even fewer would be daring enough to attempt it with the score tied early in an important game. Martin poked away a lazy pass by the Gators late in the first half, corralled the loose ball and found himself alone in the open floor.

    It was then that the sophomore forward decided to go through-the-legs, a risky choice that couldn't have thrilled his coach considering LSU (19-8, 8-6) is on the NCAA tournament bubble and can't afford to let anymore winnable games slip away.

    Credit Martin for converting a dunk that will surely land him on SportsCenter — and for tallying 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Tigers to an important 70-63 victory — but I must admit I don't think the risk Martin took was worthwhile under the circumstances.

    For LSU to shed its label as an underachiever, it needs its stars to put the team first and that sometimes means making the

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  • North Carolina honors Dean Smith by opening in four corners

    When Dean Smith would have his North Carolina teams run the four corners offense to protect a late lead, the stall tactic would often inspire groans and complaints from opposing fans.

    The reception was much different Saturday when the Tar Heels ran Smith's trademark offensive set in their first home game since the legendary coach's death two weeks ago. 

    Everyone on the North Carolina bench raised four fingers in the air before the team's opening possession against Georgia Tech and the five Tar Heels on the floor responded by getting into position. Point guard Marcus Paige then finished the tribute in the ideal way, finding a cutting Brice Johnson for a layup to open the scoring 23 seconds into the Tar Heels' 89-60 rout.

    Opening with the four corners set was the most memorable of several tributes North Carolina planned in Smith's honor. The game began with a moment of silence for Smith and the Tar Heels also wore throwback jerseys from the early 1980s.  

    [Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick

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  • What to watch this weekend: Big games out West take center stage

    The spotlight moves out West this weekend for some marquee games in the Pac-12 and WCC. Here's a look at what to watch this weekend, highlighted by a matchups between rivals Gonzaga and Saint Mary's and storied UCLA and Arizona.

    1. Gonzaga at Saint Mary's (Saturday, 10 p.m. EST): Saint Mary's may be the WCC's second best team, but the gap between the Zags and the Gaels is larger this season than it has been in the past. That was very evident in Gonzaga's 68-47 victory in Spokane when the Zags shot over 50 percent from the field, held Brad Waldow in check in the paint and smothered the Saint Mary's backcourt. It will probably be a closer game in Moraga and Saint Mary's probably won't shoot 2 of 15 again from behind the arc at home, but close isn't good enough for the Gaels (20-6, 12-3, No. 50 RPI). A split with BYU is their only victory in five tries against an RPI top 100 opponent this season, so they unequivocally will not make the NCAA tournament without upsetting Gonzaga at least

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  • Bubble breakdown: Purdue continues surge with first big road win

    With less than a month remaining until Selection Sunday, the NCAA tournament bubble is beginning to take shape. Bubble Breakdown is the Dagger's daily look at the results that impact who's in and who's out.

    The most glaring flaw in Purdue's rapidly improving resume no longer is an issue.

    The Boilermakers beat a quality opponent on the road for the first time this season when they completed a season sweep of in-state rival Indiana on Thursday night with a 67-63 victory in Bloomington. 

    Until Thursday, Purdue's only road wins this season came against Big Ten lightweights Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers. The Boilermakers added a win at Indiana by taking advantage of their size and strength advantage in the paint, getting 20 points on 8-for-9 shooting from starting center A.J. Hammons and 12 from backup Isaac Haas.

    Purdue's victory keeps the Boilermakers (18-9, 10-4) in a second-place tie with Maryland in the Big Ten race, three games behind first-place Wisconsin. Second place in the

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  • Bob Knight shouts at fans for blocking his view live on air

    The most cringe-inducing moment of Bob Knight's tenure as an ESPN analyst had been the time he couldn't decipher the difference between the shot clock and the game clock two years ago.

    Hard as it may be to believe, Knight may have topped that Thursday night.

    Midway through the second half of 21st-ranked SMU's 67-58 victory over Temple, Knight began screaming live on the air at someone standing in front of him to quit blocking his view. Veteran play-by-play man Mike Patrick tried to divert attention by continuing to call the game, but Knight just shouted over him.

    "Hey, either take my seat and let me sit there or sit down," Knight, 74, said gruffly. "We've got to see what's going on."

    The bizarre on-air outburst from Knight is further proof that he probably isn't cut out for broadcasting. The legendary former Indiana coach seldom appears to have done enough research to be knowledgeable about the teams he's analyzing, nor does he excel in a studio role. 

    Knight previously has served as

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  • Reviving freshman ineligibility is as illogical as it is unlikely

    At the end of his lone season at Duke last spring, Jabari Parker reflected on his college experience in a long essay published by Sports Illustrated.  

    The NBA-bound forward admitted he'd grown "pretty attached to college life," expressed gratitude to those at the school who helped him mature and insisted his days as a Duke student were not over even though he was declaring for the draft. 

    "I intend to graduate from Duke while I'm in the NBA," Parker wrote. "I was an honor student when I arrived at Duke, and I'd like to graduate as one.

    Parker's experience reflects how beneficial even one year of exposure to university life can be for top prospects, which is why it's baffling that college administrators seem to be working so hard to invent ways to keep elite players like him out of college basketball. Several prominent conference commissioners have gone so far as to suggest making freshmen ineligible for competition the way they were prior to 1972, a radical idea that would force

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  • Richmond had to be rescued after a snow drift ensnared its bus

    Richmond's team bus got stuck in a snow drift on Wednesday night (via Richmond Basketball)Richmond's team bus got stuck in a snow drift on Wednesday night (via Richmond Basketball)

    Securing only its second road win of the season Wednesday night at St. Bonaventure wasn't Richmond's greatest challenge of the evening.

    That was a distant second to making it home from snow-covered Western New York.

    The bus driver who was taking the Spiders to the airport after their 71-56 victory missed a turn and tried to make an ill-fated u-turn. That proved to be a very poor choice as the bus got stuck in a snow drift for about two hours until a tow truck came along to pull it out.

    While Richmond's misadventure was routine compared to the 24-hour ordeal endured earlier this winter by the Niagara women's basketball team, the Spiders still made light of their situation on social media as they waited to be rescued. The best of the #URStuck hashtag is below:

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  • Las Vegas Strip goes dark as a tribute to Jerry Tarkanian

    In the past 52 years, the Las Vegas Strip has gone dark to honor the legacies of two U.S. presidents, singers Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, and several other prominent entertainers.

    Jerry Tarkanian joined that illustrious list Wednesday night.

    Fans hold up signs and pictures in memory of former UNLV head basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Fans hold up signs and pictures in memory of former UNLV head basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Every major Las Vegas Strip casino-hotel and several off-Strip and downtown properties went dark for three minutes at 10:30 p.m in honor of the beloved former UNLV coach. The timing coincided with the end of UNLV's first basketball game since Tarkanian's death, which tipped off Wednesday night at 8 p.m. just down the road from the Strip at the Thomas & Mack Center.

    Tarkanian's wife Lois, son Danny and daughter-in-law Amy watched the lights go dark together along with the rest of their family from an undisclosed location above the Strip. Dozens of UNLV fans also gathered on the steps of the Thomas & Mack center to view the rare sight.   

    The #DimLights4Tark movement took off last week when two UNLV alums started a social media campaign  on

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