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  1. Despite NCAA rift, Rick Pitino, staff visit Louisville women’s team

    Apr 9, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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    There had been some controversy whether the NCAA would allow the Louisville men’s team to fly to New Orleans on Tuesday to support the school’s women’s team  in their shot making it two national titles in two days for the athletic department. Coach Rick Pitino told the media they were denied a chance to go…

  2. Report: Marquette forward Chris Otule will be back for sixth year

    Apr 9, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Chris Otule will reportedly be back for a sixth year at Marquette. The 6-11, 275-pound center will come back to campus for a fourth full season with the Golden Eagles, according to CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman. Otule has missed most of two seasons with the program. As a freshman in 2008-09, he missed all but nine…

  3. Ben McLemore will leave Kansas, enter NBA Draft

    Apr 9, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

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    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) Add Ben McLemore to the growing list of players declaring for the NBA Draft today. The Kansas redshirt freshman will forgo his final three seasons of eligibility and enter the draft, making the announcement at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. The…

  4. LIU-Brooklyn’s Julian Boyd granted sixth year of eligibility

    Apr 9, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

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    Julian Boyd will be back at LIU-Brooklyn next season after the NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility. The school released a statement Tuesday afternoon confirming the news. “I am thrilled with the news of Julian being awarded a sixth year of eligibility,” head men’s basketball coach Jack Perri said in the release. “He…

  5. Providence’s Ricky Ledo declares for NBA Draft

    Apr 9, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

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    (CLICK HERE to follow along with who is turning pro and who is returning to school.) Providence’s Ricardo Ledo is headed to the NBA Draft, forgoing all four years of eligibility he’d have with the Friars. Ledo, a Providence native, announced he was headed to the draft through the school’s athletic website. The 6-7, 195-pounder swingman was…

  6. Spike Albrecht’s first half performance isn’t shocking to those that know him

    Apr 9, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

    Michigan Wolverines' Albrecht reacts after a three point basket against the Louisville Cardinals during the first half of their NCAA men's Final Four championship basketball game in Atlanta

    Luke Hancock captivated the Final Four with his 3-point shooting and the heartwarming story he carried with him to at Atlanta. But for the first 2o minute of Monday night’s national championship game, it was all about Michael “Spike” Albrecht. He entered the game after player of the year Trey Burke was hit with his…

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

    Apr 9, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Apr 9, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. 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 CBSSports.com, he’ll be entering the NBA Draft. Indiana’s Victor Oladipo will announce he is leaving for the NBA…

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

    Apr 9, 2013, 12:36 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Apr 9, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

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    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…

  12. Louisville-Michigan classic gave NCAA tournament the game it needed

    Apr 9, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Louisville’s 82-76 win against Michigan on Monday shot into one of March Madness’ legendary games thanks to the hot hands of Luke Hancock and Spike Albrecht, amazing dunks and incredible pace. Add it all up and it allowed the NCAA tournament to end on a note that will leave a memorable impression on fans’ minds…

  13. 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 SI.com that his son Russ will…

  14. 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…

  15. One Shining Moment: 2013 NCAA Tournament edition

    Apr 9, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

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    Another NCAA Tournament in the books. Another month full of last-second shots, upsets, historic runs and, eventually, the crowning of a national champion. This season, it’s the Louisville Cardinals. For your enjoyment, it’s this year’s version of the iconic “One Shining Moment” by Luther Vandross. As always, it’s full of the best moments of the…

  16. The Morning Mix

    Apr 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    What a game. What a season. The 2012-2013 college basketball season is officially in the books and we were sent off into the sunset with arguably the best game of the season. Last night’s National Championship game between Louisville and Michigan was better than anything we could have asked for. Let’s hit the links. Read…

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

    Apr 9, 2013, 6:15 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Apr 9, 2013, 5:15 AM EDT

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    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…