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Melo Trimble will return to Maryland for sophomore season

Star freshman Melo Trimble will return to Maryland for his sophomore season, the program announced Wednesday. AP Photo/Tony Dejak Trimble, who averaged 16.2 points and 3.0 assists for the Terrapins and earned first team All-Big Ten honors, was projected to be a second-round pick if he declared for the NBA Draft, although there was a chance he could sneak into the first round...
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Josh Cunningham, Xzavier Taylor transferring from Bradley

In the wake of a disappointing season and head coaching change, Bradley lost two players to transfers Wednesday, Dave Reynolds of the Peoria Journal Star reported. Photo: Bradley Athletics Star freshman Josh Cunningham and sophomore reserve Xzavier Taylor are leaving the program. Cunningham, a former top-100 recruit and Chicago native, averaged 7.9 points and 7.5 rebounds for...
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Duke vs. Michigan State: Can’t Decide Who’ll Win? Munch On This

I don’t think I’ve ever had clammier hands in my life. At halftime I had to shut off the television because I didn’t want to hear Charles Barkley and friends drone on about their predictions and what minute playing-detail stood out to them. That’s not to say I wouldn’t have watched the halftime report if the Spartans been up eight on Louisville–but they weren’t. The...
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Coach K, John Calipari, Bo Ryan, Tom Izzo release joint statement on Indiana Religious Freedom Act

Early today, the National Association of Basketball Coaches facilitated a conference call between the four coaches playing this week in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis to discuss concerns expressed regarding the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. On the call, the four coaches – John Calipari of the University of Kentucky, Tom Izzo of Michigan […]
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
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Should You Actually Be Considered A Kentucky Fan?

Kentucky is returning to the Final Four for the fourth time in six season under John Calipari, and everyone is aboard the Wildcats bandwagon. Kentucky faces off against Wisconsin on Saturday night for a chance to play the winner of Duke and Michigan State for the National Championship on Monday. With two more wins, Calipari’s team will also clinch immortality, as the first team...
Via College Spun
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Geno Auriemma blasts men’s college basketball: ‘I think the game is a joke’

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has spent 30 years at the university and built a dynasty during his tenure. He seems to be quite comfortable where he is, and hasn’t expressed interest in switching over and coaching men’s basketball. But he’s never ripped the state of men’s basketball—until now. Auriemma was asked about it during the women’s Final...
Via The Sports Daily
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Texas Longhorns set to hire Shaka Smart

The Texas Longhorns are reportedly set to hire VCU’s Shaka Smart. Texas is  finalizing terms with Smart to be the next head basketball coach after Rick Barnes was let go last week, according to HornsDigest.com. Smart, who’s been at VCU since 2009 and led the Rams to the 2011 Final Four, has had past opportunities to […]
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
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Xavier, head coach Mack agree to extension through 2020-21 season

CINCINNATI -- Xavier coach Chris Mack got a one-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season on Wednesday after leading the Musketeers to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in his six years. The Musketeers are 134-71 under Mack, the third-most wins by a Xavier coach. They reached the Big East Tournament title game this season and the round of 16, where they...
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Christmas Wraps up Syracuse Career With Some Hardware

The 2014-2015 season will be remembered as one of controversy, disappointment, and headlines. What people may not remember five years down the road is the year that senior Rakeem Christmas put together despite all of the off-court distractions and team struggles. The Associated Press named Christmas a Third-Team All American earlier in the week, the second straight year an Orange...
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Washington assistant Otzelberger returns to Iowa State

AMES, Iowa (AP) Washington assistant T.J. Otzelberger is returning to Iowa State after two seasons in Seattle. The Cyclones announced Wednesday that Otzelberger, who coached in Ames from 2006-13, will fill the void left when Matt Abdelmassih joined Chris Mullin's staff at St. John's. Otzelberger first served under Greg McDermott at Iowa State and stayed on when current coach Fred...
Via AP on Fox
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Melo Trimble Returning to Maryland Was ‘Best’ Decision

View image | gettyimages.com In the era of one-and-done players, Maryland freshman guard Melo Trimble made a decision that will benefit him long-term with his NBA aspirations by returning to school for his sophomore season. Head coach Mark Turgeon made the announcement Wednesday. Trimble had a sensational freshman season, earning him second team All-Big Ten honors. He led the...
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Xavier gives coach Mack 1-year extension through 2020-21

CINCINNATI (AP) Xavier coach Chris Mack got a one-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season on Wednesday after leading the Musketeers to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in his six years. The Musketeers are 134-71 under Mack, the third-most wins by a Xavier coach. They reached the Big East Tournament title game this season and the round of 16, where...
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Shaqquan Aaron Will Return To Louisville

Photo: Pete CautilliDuring Monday’s season ending press conference, Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino put somewhat of a scare into the fan base. When talking about the program moving forward, Pitino said he expects that some players will transfer. He didn’t mention anyone specifically, but Pitino stated that he knew one player would be moving on and that the Cards...
Via The Cardinal Connect
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Tyler Harvey Leaves Eastern Washington For NBA Draft

Tyler Harvey will declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, leaving Eastern Washington after his junior season. Harvey led the nation in scoring in 2014-15, averaging 23.1 points per game. He shot 46.9 percent from the field overall and 43.1 percent on 3-pointers, leading the country in made 3-pointers. Harvey is expected to be drafted in the 25-40 range.
Via RealGM
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Men’s Basketball: Long to be released from hospital following surgery

Naz Long’s hip surgery is complete and he is expected to be released from the hospital later today. Iowa State announced the news in a press release on Wednesday afternoon.
Via Ames Tribune - ISU Cyclones
4 hours ago

Oklahoma sophomore Booker to transfer closer to home

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma guard Frank Booker has decided to transfer, the school said Wednesday. Booker averaged 5.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 14.3 minutes per game as a sophomore this past season. Over the final 12 games, he averaged 6.8 points and shot 35.7 percent from 3-point range. He scored a career-high 17 points in a Feb. 21 win at Texas Tech, 14 points in a...
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Traevon Jackson's journey ends at Final Four for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Traevon Jackson lost his starting job at Wisconsin. But the senior is grateful to get a chance to return to the Final Four with the Badgers. A right foot injury in January derailed what been a solid season for coach Bo Ryan's trusted point guard. While Jackson focused on rehab, sophomore Bronson Koenig stepped in as the starter. Koenig has played well, and Jackson...
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Awesome ESPN piece on Karl-Anthony Towns (video)

Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns talks with ESPN about his excitement to be part of March Madness with his Wildcat brothers. .. ESPN’s Ian O’Connor also did a nice piece on Towns’ evolution from a high school phenom to a possible No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft, all while being as a good of a […]
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
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The Girlfriend Of Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker Is A Michigan Student

Sam Dekker has earned himself some $$ playing as well as he has during the Badgers’ Final Four run. Dekker, a junior out of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is apparently dating Michigan student Bailey Scheich. Although the two – Dekker and Scheich – apparently celebrate each Wisconsin wins by going out to eat at Fat Burger, it certainly wouldn’t appear […] The post The Girlfriend...
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Kevon Looney Closes Agent Decision With Plan To Declare For NBA Draft

UCLA freshman forward Kevon Looney has plans to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft and is closing a representation agreement, sources told RealGM. An active athlete at 6-foot-9, Looney, 19, had been considering several top representation firms and will be in strong contention to become a lottery pick in June. UCLA's coaching staff admitted to reporters on Tuesday that the NBA could be...
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Final Four fact or fiction

Unblemished Kentucky. Top-seeded Wisconsin and Duke. Tom Izzo’s upstart Michigan State squad. This year’s storied Final Foursome has had a whole season to build a bevy of pre-conceived outside notions and elicit a variety of opinions on the winding road to Indy. Now, with the national semifinals only days away, it’s time to separate the fact from fiction. In piloting Duke...
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Kentucky Fans Respond To Former Wisconsin Player’s Guaranteed Win

Former Wisconsin player, Ben Brust, who currently plays professional ball in Lithuania, made quite the statement when he tweeted this warning to the Kentucky Wildcats regarding Saturday’s Final Four matchup. Back to back Final Four's. Hate us cause you ain't us… Call me Daxter Miles Jr. Kentucky will be 38-1. Book it. — Ben Brust (@BenBrust) March […] The post Kentucky...
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Former Cleveland State guard Bryn Forbes on the big stage with Michigan State: NCAA Tournament 2015

Bryn Forbes, who began his college basketball career at Cleveland State, is now a key component in Michigan State's run to the Final Four in Indianapolis.
Via The Plain Dealer
5 hours ago

John Calipari is more than a great salesman -- he's a great coach

There’s a simple and lazy narrative that is often applied to Kentucky’s John Calipari: that he’s the villain, the one-and-done guy, the college coach who most exemplifies everything that’s wrong with college basketball. This season, though, as Calipari heads to his fourth Final Four in five years with a shot to become the first 40-0 coach in college basketball history, a...
Via Fox Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Mismatches Work Both Ways In Kentucky-Wisconsin

With the Final Four quickly approaching, people are looking for different ways to talk about each national semifinal on Saturday. Duke playing Michigan State has that tried-and-true angle: Coach K and Tom Izzo. Kentucky-Wisconsin is being viewed by many in a different way, one which — unfortunately — ignores a season’s worth of evidence in favor of a less educated viewpoint...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss
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