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.

  • Five prep prospects named after Kobe

    As the first wave of boys named after Kobe Bryant moves closer to graduating high school, it's already clear that college basketball should brace for a Kobe invasion in the coming years. Here's a look at five of the top high school prospects named after the Los Angeles Lakers star:

    Kobe Paras, G, Class of 2016
    High school: Cathedral (California)
    Height: 6-foot-6
    College: Signed with UCLA
    Kobi Simmons (AP)Kobi Simmons (AP)How his name was chosen: The son of a Filipino basketball star turned actor, Paras is already a celebrity in his home country. His dad named him after Bryant after watching the Los Angeles Lakers guard blossom into an impact player early in his career. "My dad was a fan of Kobe Bryant and he loved his game," Paras said. "It really is crazy that I'm named after a living legend." Paras began playing basketball in third grade and came to the U.S. for high school to face better competition. He's part of a UCLA recruiting class ranked among the five best nationally.

    Kobe King, G, Class of 2017
    High School: La

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  • Surging Oregon halts Arizona's 49-game home winning streak

    The nation's longest home winning streak wasn't all that Arizona lost Thursday night.

    The Wildcats also ceded the title of Pac-12 favorites to the team that handed them their first loss at the McKale Center in nearly three years.

    Not only did Oregon rally from an early 13-point first-half deficit to earn an 83-75 victory, the Ducks looked like the stronger, more explosive team for much of the night. They forced 19 Arizona turnovers with their trapping zone defense, they protected the ball at the other end of the floor and they also relentlessly and fearlessly attacked the rim. 

    The game's best player from start to finish was Dillon Brooks, who scored 24 points by exploiting his edge in quickness over Ryan Anderson, Mark Tollefsen or any other power forward Arizona attempted to have guard him. Forwards Dwayne Benjamin and Elgin Cook also hurt Arizona, the former mostly from behind the arc and the latter around the rim.

    It was Benjamin and Brooks who scored some of the game's biggest

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  • Michael Phelps appears in Arizona State's Curtain of Distraction

    One of college basketball's most creative traditions had some extra star power Thursday night.

    Eighteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps made an appearance in Arizona State's famed Curtain of Distraction during the Sun Devils' 86-68 victory over visiting Oregon State.

    With 13:47 to go in the second half and Oregon State freshman Stephen Thompson at the free throw line, Arizona State students parted the curtain behind the basket and revealed a shirtless Phelps with a swim cap on his head and a half dozen gold medals around his neck. Thompson tried to maintain his composure as Phelps pantomimed a freestyle stroke, but the 67.7 percent foul shooter had his first attempt rim out. 

    Phelps was again behind the curtain when it parted a second time, but this time he wore nothing but his swim cap, a bow tie and a Speedo. Thompson again missed his free throw as a smiling Phelps clapped his hands and encouraged the roaring crowd to get louder.

    "I don't think you could have written it

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  • Maryland finally gets the marquee win it had been lacking

    After a trio of narrow road losses against the three best teams its faces this season, Maryland finally nabbed the marquee win it had been lacking.

    Forward Robert Carter and wing Rasheed Sulaimon both scored 17 points as the eighth-ranked Terps edged third-ranked Iowa 74-68 on Thursday night in College Park.

    Defeating a top 10 opponent is a big step toward fixing the major hole in Maryland's resume so far this year. The Terps had not beaten a KenPom top 50 team prior to Thursday night, falling at North Carolina, Michigan and Michigan State by a total of 20 points.

    Maryland also remains in striking distance in the Big Ten title chase with the victory. Instead of falling an insurmountable three games behind first-place Iowa in the loss column, the Terps are now just a single game behind both the Hawkeyes and Indiana.

    Ice-cold 3-point shooting prevented Maryland (18-3, 7-2) from ever opening up a double-digit lead, but the Terps maintained a slim advantage most of the game as a result of

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  • Louisville's Jaylen Johnson misses free throw by three feet

    The best performance of Jaylen Johnson's career included a jaw-dropping dunk, a frightening fall and a hilariously off-target free throw.

    With just over two minutes left in Louisville's 91-83 victory at Virginia Tech on Thursday night, Johnson dove for a loose ball, crashed into Hokies forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. and bent his right arm back at an awkward angle. The way Johnson clutched his arm as he writhed on the ground in pain, Louisville coach Rick Pitino feared he may have broken it.

    "He had a miraculous recovery," Pitino told reporters after the game "I think he was just trying to scare the [expletive] out of me."

    Indeed a mere 34 seconds later, Johnson returned to the game with a flourish, catching a long inbound pass from Damion Lee, throwing down a one-handed breakaway dunk with his injured right arm and drawing a foul in the process. The arm didn't seem to be bothering him on the dunk, but the free throw was a different story.

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  • Rutgers commits this season's most embarrassing turnover

    Two-thirds of the way through a miserable, injury-plagued season, Rutgers somehow found a way to sink to a new low.

    The Scarlet Knights committed maybe the season's most embarrassing turnover in the final minute of their 68-57 loss at Michigan on Wednesday night.

    When Michigan's Zak Irvin missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with his team up eight and 45 seconds to play, none of the three Rutgers players lined up along the lane appeared to realize that it was a live ball. Senior forward Greg Lewis handed the ball back to the referee as though it were a two-shot foul, resulting in a turnover that had Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan shaking his head in disgust.

    The brain cramp from the Scarlet Knights is a fitting part of a season that has not gone well even by Rutgers standards.

    They're 6-15 overall and 0-8 in the Big

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  • Texas A&M's first league loss adds suspense to the SEC race

    Maybe they got caught looking ahead to Saturday's marquee clash with Iowa State. Maybe they overlooked an Arkansas team they beat by 23 points three weeks ago. Maybe they let their frustration with the officiating affect their performance. 

    There are all sorts of excuses for Texas A&M's 74-71 loss in Fayetteville on Wednesday night, but none of them erase the fact that this was a damaging outcome for the fifth-ranked Aggies.

    With a cushion of two or more games in the loss column over every other team in the SEC entering play on Wednesday night, Texas A&M appeared to be firmly in control of the league title chase. Not only is that lead now cut in half, the Aggies also still have games left on the schedule against fellow contenders Kentucky, LSU and South Carolina.

    That Texas A&M's first SEC loss came at the hands of Arkansas has to be especially frustrating to coach Billy Kennedy and his staff. The Razorbacks are tough to beat at home and nearly won at Dayton, LSU and Georgia earlier

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  • John Thompson makes memorable cameo to rip Big East refs

    At the end of John Thompson III's news conference after his team's comeback victory over Creighton on Tuesday night, a reporter delicately asked the Georgetown coach about the "adversity" the Hoyas had overcome during the game. 

    Before Thompson could answer the thinly veiled question about the officiating, his father intervened with his own candid, expletive-riddled take.

    "Let your father comment on that,” Big John said so his son would not risk a fine. “They’re not blind, they saw what happened. … The last two games have been terrible, and you can tell the [bleeping] commissioner and everybody else in the Big East that I said that.”

    Thompson was just a bit more diplomatic with his response to the question.

    "During the course of a game, we have to adjust to the officiating," the Georgetown coach said. "We have to make adjustments to how they are calling the game. Some times are more difficult than others to adjust to how they are calling the game. Tonight was one of those nights where

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  • Xavier's J.P. Macura eschews timeout, sinks game-clinching shot

    Chris Mack is probably the nation's happiest man that coaches can no longer call live-ball timeouts.

    Had that rule change not been implemented before this season, the Xavier coach would have wiped out the 3-pointer that clinched his team's 75-68 road win at No. 10 Providence.

    After the Friars sliced a 16-point second-half deficit to three with just over one minute to play Tuesday night, Mack signaled for one of his players to call timeout. Point guard Edmond Sumner ignored Mack's request and dished to reserve guard J.P. Macura, whose deep left-wing 3-pointer extended the seventh-ranked Musketeers' lead to six with 63 seconds to go.

    The long-range shot from Macura was a gutsy play considering there was 19 seconds left on the shot clock and he's hardly a knock-down 3-point shooter. The 6-foot-5 sophomore is shooting 30.2 percent from behind the arc this season and had missed

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  • Indiana wastes chance to validate itself as a Big Ten contender

    The lingering question in the wake of Indiana's 7-0 Big Ten start was whether the Hoosiers' sparkling record was a product of a soft schedule or sustained improvement.

    Had Indiana truly become less careless on offense and more credible defensively? Or would the Hoosiers regress back to old habits as soon as they faced upper-echelon Big Ten opponents?

    An overtime road loss at longtime nemesis Wisconsin certainly doesn't make Indiana a fraud as a Big Ten contender, but the jury is still out on the Hoosiers after they fell 82-79 on Tuesday night. They wasted a brilliant 30-point performance from standout point guard Yogi Ferrell by committing 19 turnovers and allowing the Badgers to shoot 52.1 percent from the field.

    Indiana's biggest issue Tuesday night was its inability to put up any resistance at the rim to stop Wisconsin frontcourt stalwarts Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ.

    Hayes attacked off the dribble from start to finish, scoring 17 of his game-high 31 points at the foul line. Happ

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