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An absolute must-read from Inside Milwaukee magazine. It’s a fantastic article about Marquette’s Buzz Williams, who is by far the most interesting coach in college basketball

Seth Davis’ Hoop Thoughts, a weekly must-read

– The suspension of Alabama forward Tony Mitchell will last until the end of the season

– Depending on where you get your information from, Jim Calhoun may or may not be on the sidelines for the Huskie’s game against Syracuse on Saturday

– A Cincinnati football recruit was ejected from a high school playoff game in Pennsylvania for throwing a punch at an opposing player

– After a come-from-behind victory against Villanova on Saturday, Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey had this to say about his team “Collectively, we’re kind of a Jeremy Lamb”

– It was reported on Sunday that Maryland is going to refuse to schedule all future athletic events with Georgetown until the Hoyas agree to play in basketball. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon supports the idea of playing Georgetown

– Gary Parrish’s Poll Attacks. Eamonn Brennan’s Poll Thoughts

Raphielle Johnson provides a good-read on the success of Cal State-Fullerton. The Titans have relied heavily on transfers this season and have won eight out of their last nine games

– Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury took a shot at Kentucky’s Twany Beckham, a former-bulldog.  But Stansbury then said that his comments were taken out of context and even called Beckham to explain his remarks. Regardless, this is rather  poor timing. Mississippi State has dropped three in a row and hosts the No. 1 Wildcats tonight and the Bulldogs may be without Renardo Sidney

– Dave Hess does a great job explaining the battle between stat geeks and the media when discussing the tournament selection process

– Referee Karl Hess has been reprimanded by the ACC for ejecting former-North Carolina State stars Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani from Saturday’s game. What is a “reprimand” you ask? Nothing more than a public scolding. This is simply not enough

– Illinois head coach Bruce Weber has insisted that his team isn’t going to feel sorry for themselves anymore. That probably means we won’t see Meyers Leonard crying from on the sidelines anymore

– Speaking of Illinois, Joe Lunardi doesn’t think they will, or should, make the NCAA Tournament (Insiders Only)

North Florida’s Parker Smith went off last night for 46 points on 13-20 shooting including 11-17 from behind the arc

– Considering the amount of turnover this year in Knoxville, is an NIT bid for the Volunteers really that bad?

– Mike Krzyzewski got a chance to meet his hockey counter-part, Boston College head coach Jerry York, who just won the 900th game of his career in the Beanpot over Boston U

– Rush The Court published a series of “Mount Rushmore” posts for Pac-12,ACC,  and college basketball in general

– Florida guard Mike Rosario is expected to return to action on Tuesday against Auburn. The Rutgers-transfer has missed the past three games due to a hip-pointer

– Highly touted recruit Nerlens Noel has not been officially reclassified yet, but the announcement should be coming shortly

– If UCLA has any desire to make a late-season run and win the Pac-12 Tournament, they will need Lazeric Jones to get going

– In case you weren’t already aware, the Summit League is home to five of the top scorers in the country

– All Bo Ryan does is win. But how “sexy” would an “All-Bo Ryan Team” be?

– I think the headline speaks for itself – “Three reasons why Sean Miller would make a good president

This is hilarious. Washington State’s Reggie Moore is a world-class starer

– Now this is what I call dedication

– Denard Robinson should never ever quit his day job

– I’m offended that somebody found this offensive

Former Michigan State star arrested for third time in four months

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For the third time since May, former Michigan State star Keith Appling has been arrested in an incident involving a loaded gun.

According to police, Appling was the driver of a car that was pulled over on Sunday night in Detroit. After an officer detected the scent of marijuana and requested Appling’s license, Appling rolled up his window sped off. He was stopped a short time later, but officers noticed that a Gucci bag that was in the back seat his car was missing. As they went over the route of the pursuit, they found the bag, which contained a loaded handgun and paperwork with Appling’s name on it.

In June, Appling was arrested when, during a traffic stop, he was in the back seat of a car where a handgun was found in the floorboard. That happened a month after he was arrested in the parking lot of a Dearborn, Michigan, strip club when a handgun and a loaded AK-47 were found in his car.

Tennessee football to honor Pat Summitt with helmet sticker

KNOXVILLE, TN - JULY 14:  Flower wreaths line the wall at Pat Summitt Plaza before the start of a ceremony to celebrate the life of former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at the Thompson-Boling Arena on July 14, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Summitt died June 28 at the age of 64, five years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. (Photo by Craig Bisacre/Tennessee Athletics - Pool/Getty Images)
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Tennessee’s football team will be wearing a commemorative sticker on their helmet this season to honor the late Pat Summitt.

Summitt coached the Lady Vols for nearly four decades, building the women’s basketball program into a goliath in the sport and simultaneously doing more than just about anyone to advance women’s athletics in this country while becoming the winningest Division I college coach of all-time.

“We’re excited about wearing a commemorative sticker on the back of our helmet to honor the late Pat Summitt,” football coach Butch Jones said. “We know everything she stands for. I think it’s very fitting that Tennessee football and Team 120 recognize her and everything she means to the University of Tennessee and state of Tennessee.”

The stickers will look like this:

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Villanova beats Duke, Kansas, Indiana for Jermaine Samuels

Atlanta, GA - MAY 27: Nike EYBL. Session 4. Jermaine Samuels, Jr. #23 of Expressions Elite dunks. (Photo by Jon Lopez)
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Villanova landed a commitment from top 50 prospect Jermaine Samuels on Saturday.

Samuels is a tough and athletic 6-foot-5 wing that will remind many Wildcat fans of Josh Hart. He’s got the same kind of versatility and nose for the ball that will let him guard perimeter players as well as work in as a small-ball four. Players like this are a specialty of Jay Wright.

Samuels picked up an offer from Duke recently and also had Indiana, Kansas and Georgetown in his top five. Beating out blue-bloods for a prospect like this is quite the statement for Villanova, one that should tell you the reigning national champs are here to stay as a national power.

Syracuse lands critical piece in Andrew White

LINCOLN, NE - FEBRUARY 3: Andrew White #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers shoots the ball over Rasheed Sulaimon #0 of the Maryland Terrapins during their game at Pinnacle Bank Arena on February 3, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Syracuse has found their replacement for Malachi Richardson.

On Sunday, Nebraska transfer Andrew White committed to the Orange, picking Syracuse, in the end, over VCU. White is a graduate transfer who spent last season with Nebraska, where he averaged 16.2 points while shooting 41.2 percent from three. A top 50 prospect out of Virginia back in the Class of 2012, White played a limited role for Kansas his first two seasons in college.

This is a significant pickup for the Orange, one that legitimately puts them into the conversation as a Final Four contender and a threat to finish at or near the top of the ACC. Jim Boeheim has put together a roster full of talented, long and athletic front court players, but after Richardson declared for the NBA Draft as a one-and-done freshman, he was left with just two back court players on his roster.

Earlier this offseason, Cuse landed Colorado State grad transfer John Gillon, a 6-foot-1 combo-guard, to reinforce their back court. The addition of White gives them a lights-out shooter and a big-time scorer on the wing, something that would have been a major void on their roster.

With Paschal Chukwu getting eligible at the center spot and Tyler Lydon likely landing on every breakout player list this preseason, the Orange should be a markedly better team than the one that made their way to the Final Four last season.

Arizona lands first commitment in 2017 class

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Arizona landed their first commitment in the Class of 2017 on Friday night as point guard Alex Barcello pledged to Sean Miller and the Wildcats.

Barcello is a 6-foot-2 point guard from Tempe who plays his high school ball for Corona del Sol. He committed to the Wildcats on an official visit to the Tucson campus.

Barcello is a borderline top 100 prospect who sits at No. 123 in the Rivals top 150. He’s known for his ability to shoot, and he’s more of a combo-guard — i.e. shoot-first — than a point guard at times, but he’s a nice pickup and projects as a solid four-year player for the Wildcats.

Virginia, Indiana, Stanford and Butler were the other four schools on Barcello’s list.