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  1. NCAA hires Dan Gavitt to head men’s basketball tournament

    Jun 28, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

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    Dan Gavitt, the son of late Big East founder Dave Gavitt, has been hired by the NCAA to become the vice president in charge of the annual men’s basketball tournament, ESPN.com is reporting. Gavitt has spent the past seven years as the associate commissioner for men’s basketball at the Big East conference. “It is great…

  2. Big East unveils 2012-13 conference schedule matchups

    Jun 28, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

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    On Thursday, the Big East conference announced its conference schedule and locations for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Syracuse and Pittsburgh will soon departing for the ACC, and both drew Villanova as a home-and-home opponent. The Orange also drew Georgetown, Louisville, and Providence twice. USF, coming off a strong showing in the 2011-12 season, will have…

  3. Former Cincinnati All-American Pat Cummings dies at age 55

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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    Former Cincinnati Bearcat, All-American, and NBA forward Pat Cummings has died. According to a report, the girlfriend of the 55-year-old Cummings found him unconscious in a friend’s apartment in New York City Tuesday and he was later pronounced dead at the scene. Indications are that there was no criminal activity involved in his death, but…

  4. Kentucky and North Carolina could make NBA draft history Thursday night

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:22 AM EDT

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    Kentucky and North Carolina are poised to make history at Thursday night’s NBA draft. Both teams will likely see four players selected in the first round, marking the first time since the NBA debuted its two-round format in 1989 that two teams have accounted for eight of the total picks in the first round. The…

  5. Terrence Jones buys full dental makeover for Kentucky fan

    Jun 27, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

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    The “good guy” side of Terrence Jones makes another appearance, this time at a local dentists’ office. Jones, the soon-to-be NBA first round pick, bought a full dental makeover for a Kentucky fan and footed the entire bill, leaving 22-year-old William Bolden with a smile and not even a co-pay to worry about. Bolden has…

  6. Jared Cunningham looks to break Oregon State’s 14-year NBA draft drought

    Jun 27, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

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    Oregon State carries the unfortunate title of being the major-conference team that has gone the longest without a player getting drafted by and NBA team. But after 14 long years, it looks like guard Jared Cunningham will break that streak on Thursday night. The 6-5 guard from Oakland, Calif. is projected to be selected in…

  7. Fraud trial cancelled for former college standout Dirk Minniefield

    Jun 27, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

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    Dirk Minniefield, a standout player at Kentucky in the late 1970s and early 1980s, will enroll in a federal diversion program to avoid a fraud trial in Texas, the Associated Press is reporting. The trial stems from an alleged $10 million mortgage scheme that now has Minniefield, 51, facing one count of conspiracy to commit…

  8. Scoop Jardine breaks foot during NBA workout, will miss 6-8 weeks after surgery

    Jun 27, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

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    Former Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine needed everything to fall his way to sneak into the second round of Thursday’s NBA draft, but his hopes were dealt a blow last Friday. During a workout with the Utah Jazz, Jardine broke a bone in his right foot after coming down awkwardly and landed on former Mississippi State…

  9. Stephan Van Treese reportedly not transferring, will remain with Louisville

    Jun 26, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

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    Just when it looked like Stephan Van Treese was one of three Louisville players to be transferring, the news has changed. Van Treese will not be leaving the Cardinals’ program, despite the fact that he was granted a release earlier this month, multiple outlets are reporting. “I said, ‘Stephen, that’s not what this whole thing…

  10. Providence freshman guard Kris Dunn to undergo shoulder surgery, could miss entire season

    Jun 26, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

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    Ed Cooley has done a lot in a short time to put Providence back on the road to the NCAA tournament, but his plan took a step back Tuesday morning. According to multiple reports, star freshman guard Kris Dunn will undergo shoulder surgery and will miss up to five months, which would keep him on…

  11. Michigan State to meet UConn in November for game at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany

    Jun 26, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

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    The 2012-13 season already features three games on aircraft carriers, and now college basketball moves to a foreign country. Andy Katz of ESPN.com is reporting that Michigan State and Connecticut will play overseas at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany on Nov. 9, three days before Veteran’s Day. Ramstein houses the US Air Forces in…

  12. In savvy business move, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis trademarks “Fear the Brow”

    Jun 26, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

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    People might now “Fear the Brow” because they’ll have to pay royalties to use it. Soon-to-be No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis has made it official, filing paperwork to trademark two phrases that have helped to shape his on-court persona at Kentucky, Darren Rovell of CNBC is reporting. “I don’t want anyone to try to…

  13. Purdue’s DJ Byrd working back from stress fracture in foot

    Jun 26, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

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    DJ Byrd is taxed with being one of just two seniors on Matt Painter’s 2012-13 Boilermaker team, so the earlier he can return from injury, the better. The 6-5, 234-pound Indiana native has been sidelined with a mild stress fracture in his foot for the past two weeks, but he could return soon. “We were…

  14. UConn transfer Michael Bradley denied waiver by NCAA, cannot play immediately at Western Kentucky

    Jun 24, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

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    The process of handing out hardship waivers has become, to put it nicely, less than predictable. Western Kentucky center Michael Bradley, who transferred from Connecticut early last month, is the latest case, denied a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately for the Hilltoppers, Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com is reporting. According to reports at the…

  15. NC State guard Lorenzo Brown to undergo exploratory surgery on injured knee Tuesday

    Jun 24, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    NC State rising junior Lorenzo Brown will have exploratory knee surgery Tuesday, but the severity of the injury is unknown, multiple outlets have reported. Brown, who averaged 12.7 points, 6.4 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game in 2011-12, is a key returning starter for a Wolfpack team that advanced to the Sweet 16 this past…

  16. In wake of Sandusky verdict, Coach K weighs in on Penn State situation

    Jun 24, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

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    Few coaches are able to become such icons at a university, so engrained in the very fiber of an athletic program’s identity, as coach Mike Krzyzewski is at Duke. Considering his admittance into that rarified realm of collegiate sports, many have looked to Krzyzewski for comment on a situation that concerns another person in that…

  17. Former Top 100 center Michael Chandler signs with junior college Northwest Florida State (Fla.)

    Jun 24, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

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    Former Top 100 center Michael Chandler has signed with Northwest Florida State, a junior college in Niceville, Fla., the school announced Saturday. Chandler, who was originally a member of the Class of 2011, did not enroll in school during the 2011-12 year and will now spend two years at NWF. Qualifying academically has been the…

  18. Kim English makes bold prediction, thinks Missouri Tigers will win 2013 NCAA title

    Jun 24, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

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    Kim English was a key piece to Missouri’s 30-5 team this past season, though the Tigers fell short of expectations and lost in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament to underdog Norfolk State. English has now moved on, looking forward to forging a path as a professional, which begins with workouts that lead…

  19. Rick and Richard Pitino to face off in Louisville-FIU three-game series, beginning in December

    Jun 23, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    It’s the age-old story. Father and son part ways, son returns to defeat his father. Well, maybe it’s not that medieval or that epic, considering Rick Pitino and his son, Richard, still maintain a strong relationship, but when Louisville and Florida International meet on Dec. 19, a new storyline will emerge. The two men, both…

  20. Juwan Howard is first member of Michigan’s “Fab Five” to win NBA title

    Jun 23, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

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    It took Juwan Howard 18 years, but he finally won an NBA title. Not only is it the first title for him, but it’s the first title for the famed “Fab Five” of Michigan in the early 1990s. Of those five (Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson, and Howard) three had lengthy NBA…

  21. College players looking to make Olympic teams in other countries

    Jun 23, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

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    It was reported yesterday that St. Mary’s (Calif.) guard Matthew Dellavedova would be suiting up for the Australian National Team, and he won’t be the only one trying to help their national squad advance to the Olympics. Three more teams can clinch a spot in London in the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela…

  22. Kevin Jones has reportedly been given a 1st round guarantee in NBA draft

    Jun 23, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

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    After four years at West Virginia, Kevin Jones’ future in the NBA looks bright, according to a report by Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv. Zagoria quotes Jones’ agent as saying he has received a commitment from one NBA that he will be drated in the first round of Thursday’s draft. “A team in the first round…

  23. Bill Self to take part in charity softball game during MLB All-Star Weekend

    Jun 21, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

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    Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self will be among the celebrities taking part in the 2012 Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrities Softball Game, which will take place during MLB All-Star Weekend July 8 in Kansas City. Self’s Jayhawks finished as the national runners-up this past season, losing to Kentucky in the title game, but…

  24. Rakeem Buckles will transfer from Louisville, join Richard Pitino at FIU

    Jun 21, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

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    A trend is developing at Louisville, and it’s not one with which Rick Pitino may want his name associated. Rakeem Buckles, a 6-7, 215-pound forward who will miss the 2012-13 season with a torn ACL, is transferring from the Cardinal program and will join head coach Richard Pitino, a former Louisville assistant, at Florida International.…

  25. Julius Randle’s double-double leads USA Basketball U-18 to win gold at FIBA Americas

    Jun 21, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

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    The United States came into the tournament as favorites and left as champions. Facing little resistance throughout the tournament, the USA Basketball U18 team took care of Brazil, 81-56, in the title game to win gold at the 2012 FIBA Americas. “I told our guys after that they’re the ones that made it all possible,”…

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