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– Matt Norlander provides a whimsical recap of his first visit to the Palestra. If you are a fan of fantastic game atmospheres and historic venues, this is a must-read

– I don’t always read bubble watches, but when I do, I read Andy Glockner’s

– The MWC and C-USA are going to merge. Which side will reap the benefits on the hardwood? Ryan Greene provides the answer

– Some great expansionocalypse candidate ideas for the new MWC/C-USA alliance

– The good people at Kentucky Sports Radio provide a rather-hilarious rendition of “An Idiots Guide to College Basketball”

– A good-read on Wisconsin’s Ryan Evans. Primarily a defensive-stopper, the senior guard is starting to put it all together during his final season

– A must-read study on home court advantages in he Atlantic Coast Conference

– If you’re itching to watch some college basketball during the work day, ESPNU will be airing a live stream of Kentucky’s afternoon practice today

– Shannon Russell wrote a marvelous article about Xaiver’s Andre Walker. (Make sure you take the time to read this)

– WAC Commissioner Karl Benson is set to step down from his post in order to take the same job in the Sun Belt Conference

– Of course the Big-XII isn’t worried about the Mizzou/Texas A&M departures. Why worry at all when you get to welcome in TCU’s juggernaut hoops program?

– Speaking of TCU, senior guard Hank Thorns dropped a career-high 32 points last night as the Frogs knocked off UNLV 102-97

– It’s quite possible that Pittsburgh and Syracuse join the ACC before the ’12-’13 season

– An interesting-read on the best bench players in the Big-Ten and The ACC. Sure, these guys don’t raise a lot of eyebrows now, but were Jeff Withey and Henry Sims doing that last season?

– Jon Templon provides some fun facts about the NEC

– Florida forward Will Yeguete could sit out for another week due to a concussion he received from a nasty fall during the Tennessee game over the weekend

– Villanova guard Maalik Wayns is still questionable for tonight’s game at South Florida due to a sprained MCL

– Andy Bottoms tries to break down the CAA standings. After last night’s dandy between George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth, the race is anybody’s to win

– Speaking of the CAA, what can we really expect from the new NBC Sports television deal?

– ESPN’s Robbie Pickeral provides some great knowledge about Miami’s massive center Reggie Johnson

– UConn big-man Tyler Olander is the latest Husky to lash out at fans using social media

– If I was a fan of a Pac-12 team, I’d be looking towards next season too

– Starting next season, the Big Sky will hold a 7-team conference tournament that will be held at regular season champion’s home arena

Iowa State, Miami part of 2016 AdvoCare Invitational field

Jim Larranaga
Associated Press
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Friday afternoon the field for the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando was announced, with Puerto Rico Tip-Off champion Miami being one of the eight teams involved.

Joining Jim Larrañaga’s Hurricanes in Orlando will be Florida, Gonzaga, Indiana State, Iowa State, Quinnipiac, Seton Hall and Stanford. Gonzaga has won the event in each of its prior two appearances, doing so in 2008 and 2012.

Each of the other seven teams will be making their first appearance at the AdvoCare Invitational.

Field for 2016 DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced

Steve Alford
Associated Press
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Another in-season tournament field for next season was revealed, as the DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced the eight teams that will make the trip to Fullerton, California.

UCLA, which was led to ten national titles by the event’s namesake, will take part as well CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. Six of the eight teams have made prior appearances in the event, with Dayton and Nebraska being the two programs who will make their DirecTV Wooden Legacy debuts next season.

Portland and Virginia Tech reached the title game in their prior appearances, with the Pilots losing to West Virginia in 2009 and the Hokies falling to UNLV in 2010.