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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Mar 27, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Jim Boeheim: ‘I’m coaching next year’

    Mar 27, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

    Jim Boeheim

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jim Boeheim simply cannot escape it. Regardless of where he goes or what he does, the topic of his job status at Syracuse is always going to come up. When you’re 68 years old, your program is facing an NCAA investigation and the league that you helped to build is crumbling in…

  7. How will Reggie Johnson’s injury affect Miami?

    Mar 27, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT

    Illinois v Miami

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The biggest news coming out of the East Regional has less to do with the players that will be taking the court on Thursday night and more to do with the guy that didn’t make the trip to Washington DC. Reggie Johnson, Miami’s starting center  and a constant double-double threat, injured his…

  8. 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…

  9. Top 50 recruit Dwayne Morgan picks UNLV over Georgetown, Maryland

    Mar 27, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Dwayne Morgan, a top 50 forward in the Class of 2014 from Baltimore, announced that he has committed to UNLV on Wednesday afternoon. Morgan picked the Runnin’ Rebels over Georgetown and Maryland. Morgan, who stands 6-foot-7, is UNLV’s first recruit in the Class of 2014, but when he finally reaches the Las Vegas campus, he’ll add…

  10. Oklahoma’s Amath M’Baye will declare for the draft

    Mar 27, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

    Oklahoma v San Diego State

    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) Oklahoma junior forward Amath M’Baye will declare for the NBA draft, the school announced. “My time at OU has been great,” M’Baye, a native of Bordeaux, France, said in a statement. “I’m 23 years old. My goal when I came…

  11. Maryland beats Alabama, first team to reach the semifinals of the NIT

    Mar 27, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    Alex Len, Rodney Cooper, Nick Jacobs

    Alex Len had 15 points and 13 boards, but it was his defense that made the difference for Maryland on Tuesday night. The seven-foot Ukranian finished with five blocks, none bigger than the one he had on a Rodney Cooper layup attempt with three seconds left. Len swatted Cooper’s shot into the third row, and…

  12. Virginia Tech’s Robert Brown to transfer closer to home

    Mar 27, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

    Robert Brown, Tyler Thornton, Josh Hairston

    James Johnson’s rebuilding job at Virginia Tech got that much harder on Tuesday after, as sophomore Robert Brown announced his intentions to transfer to a program closer to his Florida home. “Robert wants to be closer to home, and over the course of the year, that was something we were really talking about,” Brown’s father…

  13. Report: Northwestern has hired Chris Collins as their head coach

    Mar 27, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

    Presbyterian v Duke

    To follow along with the 2013 Coaching Carousel, click here. Yesterday, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago was reporting that Northwestern was set to hire Duke assistant coach Chris Collins. Today, Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com is reporting that it’s a done deal; Collins has been hired and an announcement will come later on Wednesday. That report confirms…

  14. The Morning Mix

    Mar 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Illinois v Miami

    Good news everyone. We’re only 36 hours away from another installment of meaningful postseason basketball. There’s some half-decent N.I.T. games tonight if you’re really scratching at the itch tonight. Let’s hit the links.     Read of the Day: Here’s an interesting stat: Arizona’s Kaleb Tarczewski is the only top-10 recruit in this season’s freshman…

  15. Britney Griner drops 33 and 22 on Florida State

    Mar 26, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

    Brittney Griner, Natasha Howard, Alexis Prince

    We’ve really come to expect this from Baylor phenom Britney Griner. But every time we see it, it still should impress you. The senior all-everything center for the Bears finished with 33 points and 22 rebounds — and was pulled with 6:06 left to play — and Baylor advanced to another Sweet 16 with a…

  16. Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel talks Shaka Smart, FGCU (VIDEO)

    Mar 26, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    VCU Rams head coach Smart talks with guard Johnson during the final seconds of their third round NCAA tournament basketball game against Michigan in Auburn Hills

    SI’s Pete Thamel visits the set of CSN Washington and talks about Shaka Smart likely staying at VCU, as well as the success of Florida Gulf Coast University. Follow David_Harten on Twitter at @David_Harten

  17. Report: Tulsa to join the (old) Big East, East Carolina to join as full member

    Mar 26, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Danny Manning

    The carousel of conference realignment spins on. According to a report from ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy, Tulsa will be the latest school to switch conferences, joining the Big East later this year, with East Carolina joining as a full member in 2014. Both programs will be leaving Conference USA as a result. East Carolina had initially…