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The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

Jan 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Arizona’s Sean Miller is one of the best bargains in college basketball (Forbes)
The game’s best coaches tend to be well-compensated, and this is certainly the case for Arizona head coach Sean Miller. According to Forbes the leader of the nation’s top-ranked team will earn $2.3 million, a figure that’s low when compared to some of the other top coaches in college basketball. And with the increased revenues being generated by the program, Miller may be one of the best bargains in college basketball.

Appalachian State athlete starts shoe drive for Nigerian children (The Appalachian)
Appalachian State forward Michael Obacha is using his position as a member of the basketball team to help others in need, as he’s started a shoe drive with the proceeds to benefit children in his native Nigeria. Obacha, whose shoe drive will begin on Tuesday night when the Mountaineers host UNCG, also has the support for former Davidson forward and fellow Nigerian Andrew Lovedale.

Top 10 Most Hated College Basketball Teams Ever (Lost Lettermen)
This is an interesting slide show of the ten most hated college basketball teams ever, according to the folks over at Lost Lettermen. To say the least it’s an interesting look at some teams that, in addition to inviting fan vitriol, also accomplished some good things on the court.

After drama, Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane writes happy ending (USA Today)
Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane has been one of the nation’s best transfers this season, leading the way for an Iowa State team that currently has a 14-2 record on the season. Kane’s college career has been an eventful one as well, with personal struggles and the loss of his father very nearly resulting in Kane deciding to give up basketball for good.

Unexpected basketball struggles may leave empty NCAA seats (Raleigh News & Observer)
With the PNC Arena in Raleigh slated to host NCAA tournament games this spring, many Duke and North Carolina fans purchased tickets with the belief that their team would be able to do enough to be placed in that subregional for the first weekend of the Big Dance. However the recent struggles of the Blue Devils and Tar Heels has some concerned that the teams could end up being sent elsewhere. But there’s a lot of basketball still to be played.

Fewer fouls since fallout of basketball rule changes make Larry Eustachy a happy coach (The Coloradoan)
Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy was none too thrilled with the rules changes made to increase offensive players’ freedom of movement, and he certainly made his opinions on the matter known. But as the season’s worn on things have evened out somewhat, resulting in a happier head coach.

UC Irvine center Mamadou Ndiaye creates altering reality for opponents (Los Angeles Times)
7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye is certainly a sight to behold when he’s on the floor for the preseason favorites to win the Big West, as his size makes scoring in the paint incredible difficult for opponents. But even if he isn’t racking up the blocked shots, Ndiaye’s mere presence changes many shots on a consistent basis.

Utes searching for answers to offensive woes (Deseret News)
Utah’s trip to Washington this past weekend was a difficult one, with the Utes falling to both Washington and Washington State. Against the Cougars Larry Krystkowiak’s team scored just 46 points, and with their recent offensive struggles in mind Utah’s in search of answers with the Los Angeles schools visiting this week.

After latest blowout, Terps “just got to stay positive” (Washington Post)
On Sunday night Maryland took an absolute beating at Florida State, with the game being the second straight defeat by at least 20 points for the Terrapins. But given how tough ACC play can be, there’s no time for Mark Turgeon’s team to sulk and feel sorry for itself.

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