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  1. Shane Rector decommits from from Rutgers

    Apr 10, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT


    The star of former head coach Mike Rice’s recruiting class at Rutgers, Shane Rector, has decommitted from the program. It shouldn’t be a surprise. The head coach that recruited him there is gone and the program looks like it’s destined to be a disaster for the next few years. Rector is a talented enough recruit…

  2. Phil Pressey enters the NBA Draft, signs with an agent

    Apr 10, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

    Phil Pressey

    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) On Wednesday afternoon, Missouri announced that Phil Pressey will be entering the NBA Draft. He’s signed with the CAA sports agency. “Many college basketball players dream of this day, but when I had to finally make this decision it was difficult…

  3. Report: Marist to hire … an NBA GM?

    Apr 10, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT


    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. A former general manager and coach for the New Orleans Hornets, Jeff Bower, has reached an agreement on a contract with Marist. Bower was an associate head coach with the Red Foxes for five years in the early ’90s, but has spent parts of the past…

  4. Dominique Hawkins commits to Kentucky

    Apr 10, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

    Dominique Hawkins, Dontez Byrd

    Dominique Hawkins, a 6-foot-1 guard from Madison Central in Kentucky, has committed to the Wildcats. Hawkins isn’t a typical Kentucky basketball recruit. In fact, he’ll likely never see much playing time at the point guard spot. The schools that he picked Kentucky over? Appalachian State, Western Kentucky and Morehead State. Coach Cal didn’t bring him…

  5. Cody Zeller declares for the NBA Draft (UPDATED)

    Apr 10, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

    Indiana Hoosiers Zeller shoots over Syracuse Orange Keita during the first half in their East Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Washington

    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) Cody Zeller is heading to the NBA. Indiana’s star center will made his intentions known this afternoon in a press conference. Draft Express projects him as the No. 6 pick in this year’s draft, one slot behind teammate Victor Oladipo, who…

  6. Poor officiating puts a black-eye on a thrilling, memorable Final Four

    Apr 9, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    NCAA Final Four Michigan Louisville Basketball

    ATLANTA — This year’s Final Four was as good of a Final Four as you will ever see. All three games were thrilling, capped off by one of the most entertaining basketball games that I’ve watched in a long, long time. And frankly, it was a perfect way to end this season, one that reinvigorated…

  7. Report: Mike Rice used gay slurs directed at players while at Robert Morris

    Apr 9, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT


    According to a report from the AP, Rice used gay slurs directed at player and threw basketballs at them during practice. And frankly, that isn’t all that much of a surprise. If he was doing those kind of things at Rutgers, it was a pretty safe bet he was doing them before he got to…

  8. Report: Victor Oladipo to enter the NBA Draft

    Apr 9, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

    Temple v Indiana

    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) Victor Oladipo will be holding a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, the school announced, and according to a report from Jeff Goodman of, he’ll be entering the NBA Draft. Indiana’s Victor Oladipo will announce he is leaving for the NBA…

  9. It’s official: Tarik Black is transferring from Memphis

    Apr 9, 2013, 12:36 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Saint Louis v Memphis

    The rumors and reports started leaking out last week, but it didn’t become official until today. Tarik Black, who was once thought to be a potential Conference USA today Player of the Year, will be leaving Memphis. He’s graduating a year early, which means that he will be able to transfer without having to sit…

  10. Is Spike Albrecht’s new-found fame enough to land him Kate Upton?

    Apr 9, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT


    Spike Albrecht was a sensation for 20 minutes last night. The 5-foot-11 freshman point guard whose task this season was to spell Trey Burke and make sure that the game didn’t get out of hand when Burke has to go to the bench failed in that regard on Monday night. The title game got out…

  11. Report: Russ Smith to turn pro

    Apr 9, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

    University of Louisville's Smith fights to get shot off under pressure from Colorado State's defense NCAA basketball game in Lexington

    Louisville’s national title was barely an hour old when the fan base suffered a major blow on Monday night. As it turns out, Russdiculous is headed to the league: On the court after Monday’s national championship game, as the Louisville Cardinals cut down a net, Russ Smith Sr. told that his son Russ will…

  12. The Way Too Early Preseason Top 25

    Apr 9, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

    John Calipari

    The 2012-2013 college basketball season is over. Done. Kaput. That means it’s time to start looking forward to the 2013-2014 season. So here is our top 25. IMPORTANT NOTE!!!: There are still going to be players entering the NBA Draft. We do our best to predict who is staying and who is leaving. We also…

  13. Title game loss shouldn’t cloud Trey Burke’s amazing college career

    Apr 9, 2013, 6:15 AM EDT


    ATLANTA — Trey Burke is leaving Atlanta with plenty of hardware. The uber-talented Michigan point guard won every Player of the Year award that you can win, receiving trophy after trophy, posing for photo-opp after photo-opp, going from press conference to press conference to talk about the season that he had over the last five…

  14. Luke Hancock, not Kevin Ware, was most touching story from Final Four

    Apr 9, 2013, 5:15 AM EDT

    Getty Images

    ATLANTA — With all due respect to Kevin Ware, he was not most heart-warming story from this Final Four. And don’t get me wrong here. What he went through — and the way that his Louisville teammates responded — was incredible. The horrific injury, the tears on the court, the message of inspiration from a…

  15. Rick Pitino caps ‘unbelievable week’ with a national title

    Apr 9, 2013, 3:50 AM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    ATLANTA — Think about where Rick Pitino was four years ago, as Karen Sypher dragged him through what was likely the most embarrassing scandal in the history of college athletics. Then think about where he was just two years later, as he lost his second straight opening round NCAA tournament game while watching arch-nemesis John…

  16. Rick Pitino’s reward for winning the national title? A tattoo

    Apr 9, 2013, 1:38 AM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    ATLANTA — Rick Pitino made a promise to his team. He told them that if they win the National Championship, that he would get a tattoo. They won the National Championship. So is he getting a tattoo? “Hell yes,” Pitino said. ” I told him he needs to get it on his lower back,” Peyton Siva…

  17. Cardinal rule: Peyton Siva leads Louisville past Michigan for national title

    Apr 8, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT


    ATLANTA — Louisville’s 82-76 win over Michigan in the 2013 National Title game turned into a classic, one of the best finals that we’ve seen in a long time. But it started out as a sideshow, chock-full of the kind of performance that you should always expect to see in a national title game simply…

  18. Top eight storylines of the national title game

    Apr 8, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT


    The college basketball season comes to a close tonight as Louisville and Michigan square off at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. In case you’ve been living under a rock — or on the off chance you took the demise of your bracket too hard — here are the storylines you need to know. Kevin Ware:…

  19. It’s about time Jerry Tarkanian was elected into the Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

    Jerry Tarkanian

    Jerry Tarkanian officially was invited to join the Naismith Hall of Fame on Monday afternoon at a ceremony in Atlanta. He’ll become an actual member in September at an induction ceremony in September. This honor was a long-time coming. ‘Tark the Shark’ won 729 games in his 34 year career, with 706 of those coming…

  20. Some NCAA tourney title-game tickets going for $1,000

    Apr 8, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Previews

    ATLANTA — I spent the afternoon wandering around downtown Atlanta, buying overpriced knick-knacks and souvenirs to bring home, because it’s not a Final Four if you don’t purchase a pint glass and a t-shirt specifically for the memory of spending an unnecessary $50. While wandering, I got to asking about ticket prices on the street,…

  21. Previewing the National Title game: Louisville vs. Michigan

    Apr 8, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

    Gorgui Dieng

    The last day of the college basketball season. Hard to believe it’s been five months already. And I couldn’t be more excited about the national title game. Key Player: Gorgui Dieng, Louisville Mitch McGary has played the best basketball of his career during this tournament. He’s averaging 16.0 points and 11.6 boards in these five…

  22. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect National Title game

    Apr 7, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    Louisville Cardinals head coach Pitino sits with Michigan Wolverines head coach Beilein ahead of the NCAA men's Final Four basketball championship in Atlanta

    ATLANTA — On Monday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Michigan will be taking on Louisville for the right to call themselves the 2013 national champions. All things considered, the way that the NCAA tournament and the Final Four has played out could not have been more perfect, because this national title game should…

  23. Michigan needs Trey Burke to break out of his shooting funk on Monday night

    Apr 7, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

    Michigan v Syracuse

    ATLANTA — Trey Burke was phenomenal for a three minute stretch against Kansas in the Sweet 16. He scored eight points in the final minute and a half of regulation, including a 30 foot step-back three that tied the game and forced overtime. Then Burke hit the first two shots of the overtime period for…

  24. Why Russdiculousness is a good thing for Louisville

    Apr 7, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    Russ Smith

    ATLANTA — On Saturday night, we got a glimpse of Russ Smith in all his glory. His dizzyingly-talented, frustratingly inconsistent glory. He shot 6-17 from the floor. He was 5-12 from the free throw line, missing the first four free throws of the game and two of six in the final minute, which left the…

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