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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

Top-25 guard trims list to six

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One of the top points guards in the Class of 2017 has trimmed his list of potential collegiate destinations to six.

Trae Young, a consensus top-25 recruit, listed Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington, Oklahoma State and Kentucky as the schools he is considering as he readies to begin his senior year of high school.

The list of the 6-foot-2 point guard is largely provincial as it includes Oklahoma, whose campus is just minutes away from Young’s Norman North High School, and fellow in-state school Oklahoma. Another pair of Big 12 schools make the list in powerhouse Kansas and the Red Raiders, whose first-year coach, Chris Beard, has spent the bulk of his career working in Texas. Texas Tech is also Young’s father’s alma mater. Washington has been on a role sending its players to the pros and recently received the commitment of top-five 2017 recruit Michael Porter, Jr.

Kentucky, of course, needs no explanation as to its attractiveness to high-level players.

Top-100 guard commits to Xavier

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Xavier has added a top-100 prospect into its 2017 recruiting class Wednesday.

Elias Harden, a shooting guard from Georgia, pledged to the Musketeers via social media to become the second member of Chris Mack’s next class.

“The recruiting process was not EASY AT ALL,” Harden wrote on Twitter. “I wanna thank all the coaches that took time to recruit me.

“WIth that being said I will continue my academic and athletic career at Xavier University.”

The 6-foot-6 guard is ranked 92nd overall by 247Sports and had offers from Auburn, Maryland, Texas Tech and Ole Miss. He joins Jared Ridder, a Missouri guard, as part of the 2017 Xavier class.

The Musketeers return the bulk of last year’s 28-6 team that narrowly missed out on the Sweet 16.

Clemson recruit to enroll early

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Clemson will get a four-star recruit on campus a year earlier than it expected, though his on-court debut for the Tigers will remain on schedule.

A.J. Oliver, a guard from South Carolina, will enroll early at Clemson and redshirt this upcoming season, he announced via social media Wednesday.

“I woke up this morning and realized that the greatest opportunity for me is to enroll early into Clemson,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will redshirt a year & start my college career early.”

Oliver, whose mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson, was a consensus top-100 player in the class of 2017 who committed to the Tigers last December. Texas Tech and the College of Charleston were involved before his commitment.

A three-star shooting guard, Scott Spencer of Virginia, was previously the only member coach Brad Brownell’s 2016 class. While Oliver’s decision to redshirt will keep him off the court for the 2016-17 season, he’ll have spent a full season in the Tiger program before making his debut in 2017

The cupboard isn’t bare in 2017 for the Tigers due to Oliver’s reclassification because Clemson received a commitment from power forward Malik Williams, a consensus top-150 player, earlier Wednesday.

Kentucky used Calipari-Chaney fight in media training

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Kentucky held some media training sessions yesterday, and one of the topics that head coach John Calipari used to make a point was … his blow-up with John Chaney. The moment was captured on SnapChat by a trio of Kentucky newcomers.

You remember that incident. Chaney, then the head coach at Temple, and Cal, who was coaching Atlantic 10 rival UMass at the time, nearly came to blows over the way that Cal handled officials during the game. Before the video below picks up, the two shared this exchange:

“Could I say this to you, please?” Chaney said, before the video above picks up. “You’ve got a good ball club. But what you did with the officials out there is wrong, and I don’t want to be a party to that. You understand?”

Cal responded: “You weren’t out there, Coach. You don’t have any idea.”

Chaney fired back: “You got a game given to you by officials right here with G.W. on three bad calls, O.K.? Then you send your kids out there pushing and shoving. You had the best officiating you could ever get here. And for you to ride them, I don’t want to be a party to that.”

And that led to “I’ll kill you”:

(h/t KSR)

VIDEO: Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, with monster dunk in Vegas

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Shareef O’Neal is a top 50 prospect in the Class of 2018. In Vegas this past weekend, he threw down a monster put-back dunk.