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– Andy GlocknerBrendan PruntyDan Wolken and Eamonn Brennan provide the bubble watches for us today

– Kentucky is clearly a favorite to win the National Championship. But what about New Mexico? What about Michigan? What about Wichita State? All three of those teams are part of Luke Winn’s “Magical Eight”

Dana O’Neil tells us about the teams that “answered the bell” last night

– Filling your monthly quota of “College Basketball Music Videos” in one day: Bellarmine – We’re Back (Virtual Linsanity)  Kansas – Runner Up (Awful, just awful), Syracuse – We need a new rap song (You might, but we don’t)

Can anybody make sense of the South Florida Bulls? Are they a tournament team? Conventional wisdom says “no”, but conventional wisdom is so 2006

– John Gasaway details the life and times of the RPI

A solid cheat sheet if your are behind schedule on the bubble

– Yahoo Sports’ Mike Huguenin is All About The Big Ten

A historical look at the rivalry between Temple and LaSalle

– Did you know that South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters leads the country in points-per-steal?

– This seems like a bizarre time to debate about the top-16 teams in NCAA basketball history

Jason King searches for “the next Butler”. After Creighton, Long Beach State and Murray State, who ya got?

The dangers of auto-pilot: America East-leading Vermont lost to winless-Binghamton last night

– Florida forward Will Yeguete is out indefinitely after breaking his left foot in the Gators’ Tuesday night victory over Auburn. Pat Forde believes that the injury to Yeguete will hurt Florida’s chances at sustaining a long March run

– North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried blasted referee Karl Hess for his egregious ejection of two NC-State alums on Saturday. Those same alums,  Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani were back at the RBC Arena last night as part of the school’s honorary recognition of the 1989 Wolfpack team. In the game itself, NC-State lost to North Carolina 86-74

A good-read from the New York Times on Siena’s O.D. Anosike, who leads the country in rebounding

– The critics are wondering if maybe Syracuse should switch from zone to man-to-man defense. Do we really need to ask you what you think Jim Boeheim’s response is going to be?

– The Loyola Greyhounds are going to be a dangerous assignment for any team when the MAAC Tournament rolls around

– Is Pittsburgh the most disappointing team of the 2011-2012 season?

– Speaking of Pitt, it’s time we show them some love. This article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tray Woodall is a must-read

– Hey, Missouri/Kansas, are you listening? Xavier and Cincinnati plan on keeping their rivalry afloat, and they actually came to blows. Why are you guys calling it quits again?

– St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin plans on returning to the sidelines next season after battling prostate cancer for much of 2011-2012

– After watching Oregon and Maryland screw up uniforms forever, it should become abundantly clear why college basketball teams are going with “platinum jerseys”

– The reason Notre Dame’s Jack Cooley has emerged as such a viable low-post threat? Cutting back in the video games

– Finally, Norfolk State’s Kyle O’Quinn receives some recognition from the media

– Former-George Mason coach Jim Larranaga puts the CAA “on blast”

– I guess “Spoon” is Kentuckian for “People I don’t like”

– In case you didn’t know, Iona’s Scott Machado became the MAAC’s all-time leader in assists over the weekend

– You don’t know anything about the Great West Conference. No worries. That’s why we keep John Templon around

– Central Florida has announced it’s self-imposed sanctions stemming from the Ken Caldwell fiasco

– File this under the “You Just Hate To See That Happen” category: Broadcaster falls off his stool before Xavier/Dayton game

– Colorado State’s court-storming might have been questionable, but their execution wasn’t. Seton Hall’s execution, on the other hand, was well, non-existent

– Speaking of Seton Hall, not very many teams outside the top-5 were going to beat Jordan Theodore & Co last night

–  A look at Hinkle Fieldhouse through the eyes of Butler’s Blue II

– Speaking of Butlerm former-bulldogs coach Todd Lickliter wants to be a head coach again

Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

Chris Jans, Gregg Marshall
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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.


AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.