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Short-handed Miami rallies to reach NIT final

Sheldon McClellan scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, and short-handed Miami rallied to beat Temple 60-57 on Tuesday to reach the NIT championship game.

Posted on 1 April 2015 @ 2:58 am

No Final Four for UConn’s Ollie because of law

UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie will not be traveling to the Final Four this week, abiding by a travel ban ordered by Connecticut’s governor because of Indiana’s new religious-objections law, the school announced Tuesday.

Posted on 1 April 2015 @ 2:26 am

Jacobson receives new 10-year deal from UNI

Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson signed a new 10-year deal, Jacobson said Tuesday night.

Posted on 1 April 2015 @ 12:43 am

AD: Oklahoma St. ‘fully committed’ to Ford

Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder refuted Tuesday that the Cowboys might fire coach Travis Ford.

Posted on 1 April 2015 @ 12:26 am

Barnes, Vols talked before firing announced

Rick Barnes had begun talking to Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart about the Volunteers’ coaching vacancy Saturday, the day before his departure from Texas was announced.

Posted on 1 April 2015 @ 12:15 am

MAC won’t hold championships in Indiana

The Mid-American Conference is the latest to take a stand against the state of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Posted on 31 March 2015 @ 10:07 pm

St. John’s names Mullin as new head coach

Chris Mullin has been named the next head coach at St. John’s, the school announced Tuesday.

Posted on 31 March 2015 @ 9:28 pm


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Short-handed Miami rallies to beat Temple 60-57 in NIT semis (Yahoo Sports)

Miami's Ja'Quan Newton (0) and Davon Reed (5) react after a dunk by teammate Sheldon McClellan during the first half of a semifinal against Temple at the NIT college basketball tournament Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in New York, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Sheldon McClellan scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, and short-handed Miami rallied to beat Temple 60-57 on Tuesday to reach the NIT championship game. Already without point guard Angel Rodriguez, the Hurricanes lost center Tonye Jekiri to a concussion early on and trailed by 11 late in the first half. The Owls’ Quenton DeCosey was off on a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer as they went 0 for 15 from beyond the arc in the second half. The Hurricanes held Temple to 22.5 percent shooting overall after halftime.


Posted on 1 April 2015 @ 1:41 am

UConn’s Ollie won’t travel to Final Four because of new law (Yahoo Sports)

UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie will not be traveling to the Final Four this week, abiding by a travel ban ordered by Connecticut’s governor because of Indiana’s new religious-objections law, the school announced Tuesday. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other critics contend the law would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs. UConn was the 2014 national champion and Ollie was to attend coaches meetings and other events surrounding this year’s championship. University President Susan Herbst issued a statement Tuesday evening in support of the governor’s ban and said neither Ollie nor any other member of the basketball staff would travel to Indianapolis.

Posted on 1 April 2015 @ 12:44 am

Tennessee hires former Texas coach Rick Barnes (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this March 12, 2015, file photo, Texas coach Rick Barnes give his team a thumbs-up during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo. A person familiar with the situation says Tennessee has reached an agreement to hire former Texas coach Rick Barnes as its next men's basketball coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday, March 31, 2015, on condition of anonymity because the hiring hasn't been announced.(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

When he gave his farewell press conference after an unwanted exit from Texas, Rick Barnes predicted he’d be coaching again ”quicker than you probably think.” It turns out Barnes already had a pretty good idea where he’d end up. Barnes had begun talking to Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart about the Volunteers’ coaching vacancy Saturday, the day before his departure from Texas was announced. His move from one shade of orange to another became official Tuesday when Barnes was introduced as Tennessee’s new men’s basketball coach. Barnes succeeds Donnie Tyndall, who was fired Friday after going 16-16 in his lone season at Tennessee amid an NCAA investigation into his two-year tenure at Southern Mississippi.


Posted on 31 March 2015 @ 11:32 pm

Big Ten shines bright with Final Four in its backyard (Yahoo Sports)

Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker, right, celebrates with teammates after beating Arizona 85-78 in a college basketball regional final in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. Wisconsin will play in the Final Four in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

After Michigan State clinched a spot in the Final Four last weekend, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker wrote something on Twitter that packed as much of a punch as one of his dunks. ”The Big Ten had a down year right?” Dekker asked. Both Big Ten squads are underdogs going into their respective games. Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan congratulated his friend and Michigan State counterpart Tom Izzo over the phone after the Spartans’ beat Louisville on Sunday.


Posted on 31 March 2015 @ 10:52 pm

Kentucky’s platoon system gives way to traditional rotation (Yahoo Sports)

Kentucky coach John Calipari signals to his team during the first half of a college basketball game against Notre Dame in the NCAA men's tournament regional finals, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

John Calipari’s platoon system has given way to a nine-man rotation that gives the Kentucky coach plenty of combinations. The egos that were checked early have remained on the shelf during the NCAA Tournament as Calipari has let the flow of the game dictate his substitution strategy. ”That’s what makes him such a good coach,” reserve 7-footer Dakari Johnson said Tuesday of Calipari. He’s going to put the guys in there that are going to battle and just compete.” The challenge for Wisconsin at this weekend’s Final Four in Indianapolis is figuring out which combination they’ll face from Kentucky, which can play small, in half-court sets or up-tempo.


Posted on 31 March 2015 @ 10:47 pm

St. John’s confirms Chris Mullin will be new coach (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this March 19, 2012, file photo, former Golden State Warriors player Chris Mullin laughs while speaking at a news conference before an NBA basketball game between the Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves in Oakland, Calif. Chris Mullin is coming home to St. John's. The Red Storm announced Tuesday, March 31, 2015 that their career scoring leader and the player who led them to the 1985 Final Four is returning as coach. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Chris Mullin is coming home to St. John’s. The Red Storm confirmed Tuesday that their career scoring leader and the player who led them to the 1985 Final Four is returning as coach. ”There are so many people who have had a great influence on me to reach this point, especially my parents, Coach (Lou) Carnesecca and my former teammates.” He succeeds Steve Lavin, who agreed to leave last week. Lavin took the Red Storm to the NCAA Tournament twice in five seasons. Iowa State assistant Matt Abdelmassih will join Mullin as an assistant coach.


Posted on 31 March 2015 @ 10:28 pm

LSU’s sophomore Jordan Mickey says he’ll enter NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)

LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey, who led the nation with 3.65 blocks per game this season, has decided to forego his final two year with the Tigers and enter the NBA draft. ”This was a tough decision because I hate to leave my teammates and LSU family. ” Mickey said in a statement released by LSU on Tuesday. ”After discussing my options with my family, I believe it is my time to move on and accept new challenges at the next level.” The 6-foot-8 Mickey blocked 113 shots this season, with 107 blocks in 30 regular season games and six more in LSU’s opening-round NCAA tournament loss to North Carolina State.

Posted on 31 March 2015 @ 8:31 pm

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RB James dislocates elbow in Oregon win

LaMichael James ran for 239 yards and a touchdown before he was carted off the field with a dislocated elbow, dampening No. 9 Oregons 43-15 victory over California on Thursday night. The nations leading rusher went down early in the fourth quarter and trainers stabilized his arm in a sleeve as fans chanted his name.

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RB James injures right arm in Oregon win

LaMichael James ran for 239 yards and a touchdown before he was carted off the field after injuring his right arm, dampening No. 9 Oregons 43-15 victory over California on Thursday night. The nations leading rusher went down early in the fourth quarter and trainers stabilized his arm in a sleeve as fans chanted his name.

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Lavin undergoes prostate cancer surgery

St. Johns coach Steve Lavin has had successful surgery to treat prostate cancer. The 47-year-old Lavin underwent the surgery Thursday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. According to Lavins physicians, the surgery went as planned and there were no complications. Lavin is expected to return to his full-time coaching responsibilities after a recovery period.

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Calhoun: UConn talent better for 2011-12

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun says he has more talent this season than he had on the team that won the national championship in April. Calhoun made the comment before a dinner at which the 2010-11 Huskies received their national championship rings. The coach said having a more talented team doesnt mean they are going to win another title, but he thinks they can.

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Duke set to visit MSG twice this season

Mike Krzyzewski is bringing Duke to Madison Square Garden twice this upcoming season, according to the schedule announced Thursday. The Blue Devils will face Michigan State, and Kentucky will play Kansas in the second game of the Champions Classic on Nov. 15. Duke will return to take on Washington on Dec.

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Colorado suspends 5 defensive players

Colorado coach Jon Embree has suspended five defensive players indefinitely for violating unspecified team rules. The suspended players include defensive backs Josh Moten, Ayodeji Olatoye, Parker Orms and Paul Vigo, along with linebacker Liloa Nobriga. Orms was the only starter among the group, but didnt play last weekend due to a leg injury.

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Big 12 moves to add Big East-bound TCU

Leaders of the Big 12 Conference cleared the way Thursday to add TCU, a move that would bring in a rising program and potentially shore up a league that seemed ready to fall apart just a few weeks ago. The Big 12s presidents and chancellors voted unanimously to authorize negotiations with the Horned Frogs, who play in Fort Worth, Texas, and boast the defending Rose Bowl champion.

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