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.

  • Malik Monk delivers one of the season's most impressive assists

    Kentucky guard Malik Monk (Getty Images)
    Kentucky guard Malik Monk (Getty Images)

    On a night when Kentucky produced numerous YouTube-worthy highlights, one sequence still stood out among the rest.

    It was a ridiculous assist from Malik Monk midway through the second half of the Wildcats’ 115-69 rout of Arizona State in the Bahamas.

    Falling out of bounds in an effort to grab an errant outlet pass, Monk caught the ball one-handed and flung it to a wide-open Wenyen Gabriel all in one motion. Gabriel then finished the play with an uncontested reverse dunk, two more fast-break points in a night full of easy buckets for the Wildcats.

    Here’s one video of the play:

    Here’s a second angle:

    If Kentucky has been the most impressive team in

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  • Bryant freshman loses track of the score at worst possible time

    Bryant's Ikenna Ndugba lost track of the score at the worst possible time (AP)
    Bryant freshman Ikenna Ndugba (AP)

    As the final seconds melted away in Bryant’s matchup with Brown on Monday night, Bulldogs freshman Ikenna Ndugba dribbled out the clock, tossed the ball high in the air and raised his arms in celebration.

    It was a perfectly normal sequence except for one slight problem: Ndugba’s team trailed by one at the time.

    Ndugba’s ill-timed brain cramp doomed Bryant to a heartbreaking road loss and made a hero of Brown senior point guard Tavon Blackmon. It was Blackmon whose driving layup with 3.8 seconds left had given the Bears a 91-90 lead on the previous possession.

    Had Ndugba known the score of the game, he had plenty of time to get a shot off. The 3.8 seconds left on the clock was enough for him to try to go coast-to-coast or at least dribble past mid-court and

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  • West Coast Bias: Why the WCC has become a career killer for coaches

    Santa Clara's Herb Sendek is one of four new coaches in the WCC this season. (AP)
    Santa Clara’s Herb Sendek is one of four new coaches in the WCC this season. (AP)

    In addition to his winning track record, ties to the West Coast and history of breathing life into struggling programs, San Francisco coach Kyle Smith possesses one other quality that makes him an ideal fit for his new job.

    He isn’t afraid to come to a league notorious for chewing up and spitting out promising head coaches.

    The allure of moving closer to friends and family in California was only part of the reason Smith left Columbia last spring after six years as the Ivy League school’s head coach. Smith also truly believes he can bust up the West Coast Conference’s long-established power structure and elevate San Francisco into a contender just like he once helped Randy Bennett do at Saint Mary’s.

    When Smith joined Bennett’s staff as an assistant in 2001, they inherited a 2-27 team whose players seldom wore their school-issued gear on campus out of fear of ridicule. Only a few short years later, Bennett

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  • Impressive freshman Lonzo Ball has unbeaten UCLA off to a fast start

    Lonzo Ball led UCLA to the Wooden Legacy tournament title (AP)
    Heralded freshman Lonzo Ball led UCLA to the Wooden Legacy tournament title (AP)

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Only one third of the Honda Center’s lower bowl was full on Sunday night when UCLA faced its first big test of the new college basketball season.

    Those fans who refused to brave Southern California’s traffic-clogged highways missed another memorable performance from the Bruins’ star freshman.

    On a night when his jumper was initially off target and his passes were occasionally too casual, Lonzo Ball was still easily the best player on either team. Ball scored 16 points, dished out 10 assists and blocked three shots to lead UCLA to a 74-67 victory over Texas A&M in the title game of the Wooden Legacy Tournament.

    While Ball started 1-for-7 from the field and failed to draw iron on a pair of first-half jump shots, his shooting touch returned to him at the best possible time. The 6-foot-6 McDonald’s All-American buried a step-back 3-pointer from behind the NBA line after Texas A&M rallied to

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  • Surprising South Carolina beats second Top 25 opponent in four days

    South Carolina is one of two unbeaten SEC teams along with Kentucky (Getty Images)
    South Carolina is one of two unbeaten SEC teams along with Kentucky (Getty Images)

    Snubbed on Selection Sunday despite 25 wins last March, South Carolina is determined not to leave any doubt about its NCAA tournament worthiness this season.

    The Gamecocks took a big step toward that goal this week with back-to-back victories over Top 25 opponents.

    On Wednesday, they shut down 25th-ranked Michigan’s high-powered offense and emerged with a 61-46 upset in Columbia. On Saturday, they followed that up with another strong defensive effort in a 64-50 neutral-court victory over 18th-ranked Syracuse.

    South Carolina’s victories make it the only SEC team besides Kentucky not to have suffered a loss yet so far this season. The Gamecocks (6-0) should enter the AP Top 25 this week and could stay for awhile since they don’t face another major-conference opponent until Seton Hall on Dec. 12.

    Such a strong start from South Carolina is a pleasant surprise considering the Gamecocks lost their top three big

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  • UCLA not fazed by Lonzo Ball's father guaranteeing a national title

    Lonzo Ball (AP)
    Lonzo Ball (AP)

    FULLERTON, Calif. — One night after his star freshman’s father guaranteed a national championship during a mid-game TV interview, UCLA coach Steve Alford insisted he’s neither surprised nor upset.

    Alford said after Friday’s 82-71 victory over Nebraska that Lavar Ball’s high standards and loud-mouthed bravado have brought out the best in eldest son Lonzo Ball and his UCLA-bound younger brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo.

    “That’s Lavar,” Alford said. “That’s what makes Lavar special. That’s what he’s demanded out of all three of his boys, and that’s excellence. At UCLA, we’re trying to achieve excellence. We may not get to that point, but we’re going to do everything we can.”

    Lavar Ball made his proclamation during the second half of UCLA’s 99-77 rout of Portland in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy tournament on Thanksgiving night. He told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that he expects to see the Bruins celebrating in Phoenix this April amidst a blizzard of confetti.

    “I’m going to

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  • Texas A&M freshman Robert Williams' stock is soaring after strong start

    Texas A&M coach BIlly Kennedy could have a hard time keeping Robert Williams out of his starting five (Getty Images)
    Texas A&M coach BIlly Kennedy could have a hard time keeping Robert Williams out of his starting five (Getty Images)

    FULLERTON, Calif. — The first time he watched incoming freshman Robert Williams this summer, Texas A&M guard Admon Gilder thought his eyes were deceiving him.

    The 6-foot-9 forward possessed physical tools no other player on the Aggies roster could come close to matching.

    “Robert can jump out of the gym,” Gilder said. “He has almost a 44-inch vertical. When he first came in, it was surprising to see that. I’d never seen somebody in this program who could jump so well.”

    The rest of college basketball is now getting a glimpse of what Gilder and his teammates already know. Williams is a genetic marvel with the wingspan, timing, foot speed and quick-twitch leaping ability to intrigue NBA scouts and to impact a game at both ends of the floor.

    Many of Williams’ attributes were on display on Friday evening in Texas A&M’s 68-65 comeback victory over Virginia Tech in the semifinals

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  • Best and Worst from the Maui Invitational

    North Carolina rolled through three easy wins in Maui (AP)
    North Carolina asserted itself as a title contender with three easy wins in Maui (AP)

    With its one-sided victory over Wisconsin on Wednesday night, North Carolina captured this year’s Maui Invitational. Below is a look at the best and worst from one of the holiday season’s most anticipated tournaments:

    TEAM THAT EXCELLED: NORTH CAROLINA

    The most loaded holiday tournament of the season was no challenge for North Carolina. The Tar Heels won three games by an average of 30 points apiece including a 71-56 throttling of 16th-ranked Wisconsin in the title game. Point guard Joel Berry was the best player in Maui, lighting up the Badgers for 22 points on only 12 shots just one day after he torched Oklahoma State for 24 on only 10 field goal attempts. North Carolina’s frontcourt also dominated the glass and held Wisconsin without an offensive rebound for the game’s first 27 minutes. Three strong games in Maui suggest that North Carolina should again be among the nation’s best teams despite the

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  • Did a Fort Wayne fan really celebrate beating Indiana by chugging bleach?

    From burning couches in the streets at West Virginia, to rolling Toomer’s Corner at Auburn, to throwing tortillas in the air at UC Santa Barbara, college sports fans have some unusual ways of celebrating big victories.

    None of them are stranger than what one court-storming Fort Wayne student did after the Mastadons stunned No. 3 Indiana on Tuesday night.

    There’s really no rational explanation for why anyone would take a swig out of a clorox bottle like it’s a jug of cheap champagne, but here’s a guess. That bottle must be a very ill-advised way of sneaking in enough whiskey or vodka to put down a bear.

    Social media suggests the Fort Wayne fan’s name is Brian Blackwell, a freshman who appears to be enjoying his newfound Internet fame.

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  • Stunning loss at Fort Wayne reveals what issues Indiana must fix

    Indiana suffered a stunning 71-68 overtime loss at Fort Wayne on Tuesday night (Getty Images)
    Indiana suffered a stunning 71-68 overtime loss at Fort Wayne on Tuesday night (Getty Images)

    It’s probably safe to assume Indiana coach Tom Crean won’t agree to schedule another road game at Fort Wayne anytime soon.

    Not after the Mastadons sprung one of the biggest upsets of the season Tuesday night at the third-ranked Hoosiers’ expense.

    Guards Bryson Scott and John Konchar scored a combined 33 points to help Fort Wayne control the game from start to finish en route to a 71-68 overtime victory. Indiana rallied from 10-point deficits in both halves to force overtime, but the Hoosiers scored only three points in the extra session.

    When Indiana’s James Blackmon drove into the teeth of the Fort Wayne defense and turned the ball over with seven seconds left in overtime, the Hoosiers had no choice but to foul to extend the game. Fort Wayne’s DeAngelo Stewart sank a pair of free throws to extend his team’s lead to three and Juwan Morgan’s subsequent inbound pass was intercepted, sending

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