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  1. Top 100 guard Kendal Yancy-Harris commits to Texas

    Mar 31, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

    Rick Barnes

    Texas native Kendal Yancy-Harris will play college basketball in his home state, committing Saturday to coach Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns, he announced via his Twitter page. Yancy-Harris is a 6-4 guard who committed to Southern California but rescinded his pledge after the Trojans fired coach Kevin O’Neill. He is regarded as a Top…

  2. For as good as the Big Ten was, Michigan is its last Final Four hopeful

    Mar 31, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

    Michigan v Indiana

    For as dominant as the Big Ten appeared to be throughout the conference schedule, generous in giving us marquee matchups every week, how could we have ended up here on the verge of a Final Four that doesn’t include a single team from the conference? We began with the possibility of three or maybe even…

  3. Tubby Smith reportedly in consideration for Texas Tech coaching vacancy

    Mar 31, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

    Tubby Smith

    After dealing with the allegations of player mistreatment that surrounded former coach Billy Gillispie and enduring a 3-15 Big 12 finish this season, it appears Texas Tech might be going in another direction. According to the Associated Press, Texas Tech is in talks with former Minnesota coach Tubby Smith to possibly bring him on board…

  4. FGCU’s Andy Enfield reportedly candidate for USC head coaching job

    Mar 30, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

    Andy Enfield

    Andy Enfield led Florida Gulf Coast on a surprise run in this 2013 NCAA tournament and is now visible on the national radar for schools looking to fill a coaching vacancy. Southern California, having fired head coach Kevin O’Neill during the season, is reportedly looking at Enfield, according to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports. But…

  5. Western Kentucky will reportedly join Conference USA in 2014

    Mar 30, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Western Kentucky mascot Big Red

    Western Kentucky will no longer be a member of the Sun Belt Conference and will instead move to Conference USA in 2014, Jeremy Fowler of is reporting. The Hilltoppers will reportedly take the place of Tulsa, which is reportedly set to move to the soon-to-be-renamed Big East. The addition of Western Kentucky adds to…

  6. Craig Neal named interim head coach to replace Steve Alford

    Mar 30, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Craig Neal

    New Mexico associate head coach Craig Neal has been named the interim head coach after the departure of Steve Alford to UCLA, multiple outlets are now reporting as having been made official. Neal has coached alongside Alford at New Mexico since 2007. Prior to that, he was also on the bench with Alford during his…

  7. Dedrique Taylor reportedly hired as head coach at Cal State Fullerton

    Mar 30, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

    Dedrique Taylor

    Cal State Fullerton will hire Arizona State associate head coach Dedrique Taylor the next head of its program, Andy Katz of is reporting. Taylor has served on the Arizona State staff under head coach Herb Sendek since Sendek took over the job in 2006. He previously served on staff at Nevada from 2004-06. He has…

  8. Steve Alford reportedly hired as next coach at UCLA

    Mar 30, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    Steve Alford

    UCLA has reportedly found its replacement for former coach Ben Howland. According to Jeff Goodman of, the Bruins have come to an agreement with New Mexico coach Steve Alford on a seven-year contract worth $2.6 million per year. Alford led New Mexico to both a Mountain West regular season and conference tournament title in…

  9. As the last Cinderella, can Cleanthony Early and Wichita State reach the Final Four?

    Mar 30, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Wichita State

    Three mid-majors advanced to the Sweet 16, but now only one remains. Wichita State beat La Salle to earn a spot in the Elite Eight, set to play Ohio State on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four. But can the Shockers shock the college basketball world and beat one of the Big Ten’s…

  10. Couch fires reported after Michigan State’s loss to Duke

    Mar 30, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

    Michigan State fire

    Michigan State’s season ended Friday night with a loss to Duke, and anger from some of East Lansing’s residents spurred police action in its wake. According to coverage from that developed over the course of several hours, there were at least seven couch fires reported in East Lansing last night. This was reportedly not the…

  11. Baylor beats Providence to round out NIT Final Four

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

    Pierre Jackson

    The NIT Final Four is set. Behind 23 points and 13 assists from senior guard Pierre Jackson, Baylor beat Providence, 79-68, to advance to the semifinals of the NIT and round out the tournament’s Final Four that will advance to New York City. Baylor was efficient with the basketball Wednesday, turning the ball over just…

  12. BYU beats Southern Miss, advances to NIT semifinal

    Mar 27, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Brandon Davies

    Memphis dominated Conference USA this season and was the conference’s only team to make the NCAA tournament. The conference’s second-best team, Southern Miss, has been making a solid run in the NIT. That run came to an end Wednesday night, though, as the Golden Eagles fell to BYU. BYU brought an 11-point lead into the…

  13. Return to Verizon Center special for Miami’s Jim Larranaga (VIDEO)

    Mar 27, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Jim Larranaga

    Miami coach Jim Larranaga has fond memories of the Verizon Center. It was the place that he notched wins in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight during George Mason’s magical run to the Final Four in 2006. He now returns with a Hurricanes team that is looking to do the same. “Coming into this building…

  14. Iowa advances to NIT semifinal after beating Virginia

    Mar 27, 2013, 9:04 PM EDT

    Iowa Virginia

    Down the stretch of the regular season, Iowa was in the conversation as an NCAA bubble team. The Hawkeyes missed out on the Big Dance, but they’re now headed to New York City in pursuit of an NIT championship. Iowa overcame the pace and defense of a tough Virginia team Wednesday to win, 75-64, on…

  15. Shaka Smart reportedly turns down UCLA, will stay at VCU after contract extension

    Mar 27, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT

    Shaka Smart

    Shaka Smart’s services are off the market. The 35-year-old Virginia Commonwealth head coach will remain with the Rams after signing a contract extension that will keep him in Richmond through the year 2023, Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated is reporting. According to the report, Smart will get a $300,000 raise and now make $1.5 million…

  16. One thing is clear about FGCU: They simply have fun

    Mar 27, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT

    Chase Fieler

    Much can be said about Florida Gulf Coast, the No. 15 seed that has shocked the college basketball world by beating Georgetown and San Diego State to advance to the Sweet 16. One could talk about its coach, Andy Enfield, a former investor with a supermodel wife who has high-major abuzz as a possibility to…

  17. UConn agrees to 5-year contract with women’s coach Geno Auriemma

    Mar 27, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT


    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Connecticut has signed long-time head women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma to a five-year contract that is expected to keep him in Storrs through the 2017-18 season, the school announced Wednesday. The total compensation due to Auriemma in the contract is $10.86 million, giving him $1.95 million…

  18. La Salle sophomore Steve Zack cleared to play in Sweet 16 vs. Wichita St.

    Mar 27, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

    Steve Zack

    La Salle center Steve Zack has been cleared to play for the Explorers in their Sweet 16 matchup with Wichita State on Thursday, almost four weeks after spraining his left foot in a win over Duquesne on March 2. “If he can make a play here and there, can make a difference, it could help…

  19. Junior guard Demetrius Walker leaving New Mexico

    Mar 27, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Demetrius Walker

    New Mexico junior guard Demetrius Walker is leaving the program for an unspecified reason, coach Steve Alford announced at a press conference Wednesday. Walker was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules prior to the Mountain West tournament and did not play for the remainder of the year. Speculation had picked up recently that…

  20. Top 100 BYU commit Nick Emery to begin 2-year mission

    Mar 27, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    Nick Emery

    BYU coach Dave Rose was set to bring in a recruiting class of five players for the 2013-14, headlined by sharpshooting guard Nick Emery. But Emery’s career will be put on hold, the Associated Press is reporting, as he prepares to begin a two-year Mormon mission to Germany. Emery is a 6-2, 180-pound guard who…

  21. USC, UCLA out of luck as Josh Pastner reportedly agrees to extension with Memphis

    Mar 26, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT


    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. It appears that Memphis coach Josh Pastner will not fill either of the job vacancies at USC or UCLA, as the 35-year-old coach has reportedly agreed in principle a contract extension with the Tigers. Pastner led Memphis to a 31-5 season and undefeated mark in the C-USA.…

  22. NC State duo C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown will reportedly declare for NBA draft

    Mar 26, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

    CJ Leslie Lorenzo Brown

    With two back-to-back decisions, NC State coach Mark Gottfried lost 35 percent of his overall offensive output on Tuesday. According to multiple reports, forward C.J. Leslie and point guard Lorenzo Brown will both forego their senior year of college and declare early for the 2013 NBA draft. Leslie and Brown were two of the major…

  23. CSN Chicago: Duke’s Chris Collins could be hired by Northwestern within 36 hours

    Mar 26, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Chris Collins

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Close to two weeks after firing head coach Bill Carmody, Northwestern has “zeroed in” on Duke associate head coach Chris Collins and could hire him within 36 hours, David Kaplan of is reporting. According to the report, Northwestern has conducted a handful of interviews and…

  24. Victor Oladipo once sang Usher song at Indiana talent show (VIDEO)

    Mar 26, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo Indiana

    Indiana’s Victor Oladipo is one of the nation’s best defenders and a breakout star on a Hoosier team that could be bound for the Final Four. He also happened to hit the game-clinching shot against Temple on Sunday to send Indiana to the Sweet 16. So what else can the junior swingman do? Sing. A…

  25. Soon-to-be-renamed Big East signs basketball rights deal with CBS Sports

    Mar 26, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

    Mike Aresco

    The soon-to-be-renamed Big East, smaller by seven schools after the defection of the Catholic 7, has signed a media rights deal with CBS Sports to carry conference games through the 2019-20 season, the league announced in a release Tuesday. The deal allows for up to 12 games to be broadcast by CBS annually. Of those…