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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

More transfer talk at the NCAA convention. South Dakota State AD Justin Sell, the chair of the transfer working group, faced some hard questions at the DI issues forum about the one-time transfer exception -- which is not yet part of any proposal. NC State AD Debbie Yow suggested that tampering would be rampant if transfers were granted immediate eligibility and estimated that the number of transfers across DI would more than double. She described the scenario as "a free for all, something that we've never seen before." Sell urged patience and promised that his group would use caution as it works to devise a proposal next month.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Joel Embiid. Two-sport star? From today after shootaround here in Boston.

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Tom Hart ESPN College Football 

For the last 16 seasons either Gonzaga or St. Mary's has won the WCC. The Kennel will be the toughest ticket in college basketball when they meet tonight. I spoke with St. Mary's sharpshooter Calvin Hermanson about rivalries, Aussies, and the Little League World Series. 9:00 ET. ESPN.

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting topic for future NCAA legislation raised by former Duke distance runner Madison Granger, who expressed concerns over the amount of personal data on student-athletes collected by college programs. Granger cited a wearable product called Whoop, which markets to college programs as a fitness and sleep tracking device (similar to Fitbit). "Where we draw the line in terms of the privacy that student-athletes are entitled to?" Granger said, addressing autonomy group of Power 5 leadership. Minnesota President Eric Kaler chair of the DI Board of Directors, embraced Granger's concerns as a worthwhile issue for future discussion.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

On the autonomy voting agenda for Friday, the SEC seeks to increase the increase the funds available to a student host for an official recruiting visit from $40 to $75. The Big 12 introduced a similar proposal, requesting a per-visit increase from $40 to $50.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

NCAA president Mark Emmert, speaking to the autonomy group at the NCAA convention, addressed the ongoing federal investigation into men's basketball. Emmert updated the group on the work of the Rice Commission, formed to study the problems that plague the sport. Emmert said the commision continues to speak to a wide range of experts inside and outside of college athletics and "seek answers to the problems that have bedeviled college basketball." The commission will make a report and issue recommendations to NCAA leadership in April. "It's up to us to take up that mantle," Emmert said. "We've all made a commitment to have meaningful change -- not trivial change -- in place by tipoff 2018."

Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics 

How much did Alabama's win over Auburn help it's résumé? Before the game the Tide were 59th in Strength of Record (SOR) and BPI gave them 41 percent chance to make the NCAA tournament. After the win they are 47th in SOR and have a 57 percent chance to go dancing.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama ends Auburn's 14-game winning streak — without Collin Sexton. Crimson Tide playing themselves back into NCAA Tournament discussion. Three straight wins to move to 4-2 in the SEC.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Arkansas has now lost four of its last five, after a 15-point defeat at Florida. Razorbacks now 2-4 in the SEC. Also winless in true road games this season.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

That's a monster win for SMU (and the AAC's hopes of getting more than two bids). Mustangs now have two huge wins on their profile: Arizona and Wichita State. And both were away from home.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama will be without star guard Colin Sexton vs. Auburn tonight as he deals with an abdominal injury. The freshman is averaging 19.3 points per game.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

The Division I Council approved legislation Wednesday at the NCAA convention that adjusts the start of practice for football and the first game for basketball, pending approval this spring from the Division I Board of Directors. In football, this measure corrects the problem created last year when two-a-days were eliminated. Under the change, football teams may open practice 29 days before their first games. Basketball teams may play their first games on the Tuesday before the second Friday of November — three days earlier than the current date.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

TCU guard Jaylen Fisher is out indefinitely with a right knee injury, the school announced. The injury occurred during practice on Tuesday. Fisher was averaging 12.3 points and 5.4 assists.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Some movement today at the NCAA convention on the discussion about reforming transfer rules. The Division I Council has asked the board of directors to grant a more flexible timeline for legislation, which could potentially allow a proposal to pass this year outside of the normally exhaustive cycle. Implementation remains unlikely in 2018. The proposal would likely increase penalties for tampering and eliminate the tying of scholarships to transfer eligibility. As for the much-debated, one-time undergraduate exception -- removing the requirement for players to sit one year -- it's far from a done deal. The transfer working group will meet again in February to devise a plan. "Our job now," said South Dakota State AD Justin Sell, chair of the group, "is to get people to lessen the anxiety and take a deep breath." Here's Miami AD Blake James, chair of the DI Council, on the possibility of major change:

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Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics 

After another dominating win, BPI now views Purdue as the best team going forward and the favorite to win the NCAA tournament at 21 percent. Villanova, Virginia, Duke, and Michigan State round out BPI's current top five.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

The NCAA convention is underway here in Indianapolis. The Division I Council will hear a report today on plans to adjust the rules for transfers. One concept under consideration would eliminate the year that undergraduate football and basketball players are required to sit out after a transfer. It is not yet a formal proposal and will not be up for vote here, but the idea already faces strong opposition in the coaching community. " It's about balance," said Penn State AD Sandy Barbour, who sits on the Football Oversight Committee. "It's about giving students appropriate freedom and appropriate flexibility -- and yet at the same time, [asks], 'What are students' obligations to the institutions?'" More to come after the council session this afternoon.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

I asked DeMarcus Cousins yesterday whether he thought his former college coach John Calipari would ever coach in the NBA again: "I don't think so. He's in a position to walk into the sunset. He's in the perfect place." But Cousins added that he thinks, partially due to coaching all the one-and-dones, that Cal would be much better equipped now than the first time around. "He was young. You live and learn. He's dealt with all types of personnel, future pros -- and that's prepared himself to deal with pros."

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Five-star forward Taeshon Cherry tells ESPN he has committed to Arizona State. Former USC commit.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Trae Young has eight points (on 3-of-10 shooting) to go along with four assists and eight turnovers, as Oklahoma trails Kansas State 38-33 at the half in Manhattan. The freshman has turned in some big second halves, and the Sooners could use one of those.

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Clemson falls to 0-59 all-time in Chapel Hill, the longest road losing streak against a single opponent in Division I history.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

North Carolina's multi-decade streak of home-court perfection against Clemson remains intact. In a series dating to 1926, the Tigers have never won a game in Chapel Hill. Clemson is now 0-59 at UNC after tonight's 87-79 loss to the Tar Heels at the Dean Dome. One of the weirdest and most incredible streaks in sports continues.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Clemson hasn't won a game in Chapel Hill since 1926 (yes, you're reading that correctly), but the Tigers are making things interesting tonight. After trailing by as many as 18, Brad Brownell's team has stormed back and made this a two-possession game with less than eight minutes remaining.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

UCF leads Cincinnati 19-15 at the half in Orlando, putting the Knights and the Bearcats within shouting distance of the record for fewest combined points in a D-I game since 1986 (62). We knew coming into the game that these were two of the best defenses in the country. We were right.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Purdue's living up to its No. 3 ranking and rolling over Wisconsin 39-22 at the half in West Lafayette. Carsen Edwards has led the Boilermakers with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Whether it's the Boilers, Ohio State or Michigan State, the highest NCAA tournament seed from the Big Ten could be a very tough out in March.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

There might not be a more pivotal game than Georgia@LSU tonight. @ESPNU Both teams are within 4-5 spots of the at-large cut line and will meet a second time on Feb. 24. Significant if either can sweep the other, so pressure is on LSU to hold serve at home.