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The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

Dec 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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Maryland’s Dez Wells goes up against his mentor, N.C. Central head coach Levelle Moton (Washington Post)
In their final non-conference game of the year Maryland takes on North Carolina Central on Tuesday afternoon, and junior wing Dez Wells will see a familiar face as a result. N.C. Central head coach Levelle Moton served as a mentor to Wells while the Terrapin was growing up in Durham, N.C., and he remains an important figure in Wells’ life.

BU’s Watson emerging as a sophomore star (City of Basketball Love)
Boston University guard Maurice Watson has been one of the Patriot League’s best players thus far, and he’s one reason why the Terriers are expected to win the league in their first season as a member.

Piracy: sports leagues’ biggest problem? (San Diego Union-Tribune)
This story focuses on the proliferation of streaming websites and their impact on professional sports, but there’s also been a impact on college sports as well. It’s an interesting read to say the least.

Cal, Stanford hurt by injuries in backcourt (San Jose Mercury News)
California and Stanford open Pac-12 play on Thursday night, when they meet in Palo Alto. And both teams have had some injury issues to deal with on the perimeter, with Cal missing both Jabari Bird and Ricky Kreklow and Stanford losing Aaron Bright for the season.

For Michigan’s Mitch McGary, college basketball giveth and taketh away (MLive.com)
After enjoying a highly productive NCAA tournament, Michigan forward Mitch McGary could have struck while the iron was hot and made the move to the next level. But instead of being a possible first round selection McGary returned to Ann Arbor, and now he’s out indefinitely with a lower back injury that requires surgery.

Big East, Ackerman taking long-term approach (Fox Sports)
On Tuesday the first conference season of the new Big East gets underway, with all ten teams playing throughout the course of the day. But even with questions about television deals and ratings, the conference and its commissioner Val Ackerman chooses to approach things with a long-term view.

Parting ways with Chane Behanan probably best (Louisville Courier-Journal)
On Monday Louisville head coach Rick Pitino announced that junior forward Chane Behanan was dismissed from the program, with their being no way for him to earn his way back after multiple transgressions. And while this is an important personnel loss for the reigning national champions, it’s one that may be best for the program moving forward.

Bill Self questions improvement of KU defense (Lawrence Journal World)
Kansas picked up a tough win on Monday night as they beat Toledo 93-83, handing the Rockets their first loss of the season. But there’s always room for improvement, and following the game head coach Bill Self wasn’t too thrilled with his team’s performance on the defensive end.