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– Conference expansion just won’t go away. Word on the street is that Boise State is going to stay put in the Mountain West Conference  for  the 2012 season and Temple will join the Big East in their place. The Owl’s move makes sense, at least for college basketball

– Could college basketball benefit from a playoff format similar to the UEFA Champions League? John Infante does a phenomenal job explaining how the CBBL and NCAA Cup would work. Whether or not casual fans would understand or accept it is a totally different story

– The broadcast teams for the NCAA Tournament have been announced. Another year, another NCAA Tournament without Gus Johnson. This needs to change

– San Fransico 49er’s head coach Jim Harbaugh served as a student manager for Indiana’s game against North Carolina Central last night. Harbaugh’s sister Joani is married to Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean, and with the NFL combine in Indianapolis, Harbaugh decided to help fill up his brother-in-law’s water bottle

– There’s no doubt that Syracuse has one of the most  loyal and passionate fan-bases in the country. Here’s what happens when Orange fandom meets interior design

– Delaware AD Bernard Muir and Michigan State AD Mark Hollis have been selected to join the NCAA Division-I men’s basketball committee

Another great-read on Southern Miss head coach Larry Eustachy, who is making the most out of his second chance

– Jim Calhoun will undergo back surgery and is expected to miss at least two more games. The UConn head coach has already missed nine games this season. He sat out the first three Big East games of the season due to NCAA sanctions, and has missed the last six games with spinal stenosis

– There are many reasons why Gregg Doyel is awesome. But one of the main reasons why is that he’ll say what we’re all thinking, and he’ll do it in entertaining fashion: His take on Jim Calhoun

– Big-XII Commissioner Chuck Neinas plans on leaving his post on July 1st. Neinas was named commissioner after Dan Beebe was forced out during the first wave of conference expansion

– Make sure you get a chance to read this brilliant piece from Shane Ryan of Grantland. He explains all the terrible truths about Kentucky basketball

Glen Logan details all the factual inaccuracies in Thayer Evans’ article about John Calipari

– Really? I though this Twany Beckham/Rick Stansbury beef would simmer when the game ended

– Despite the blessings from both head coaches, Maryland and Georgetown will not be playing each other any time soon. David Elfin says what we’re all thinking

Rush The Court takes a stab at this “16-best college basketball teams of a all-time” idea that CBS Eye on CBball is rolling with

– Jack Blankenship, the “Alabama weird-face guy” is now officially a D-list celebrity

– Despite a 6-21 season plagued by injuries, USC head coach Kevin O’Neil is confident he’ll be back in SoCal next season

– Jeff Goodman explains why the Crosstown Brawl was only the beginning of Xavier’s problems

Jalen Coleman-Lands cleared to practice

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Jarrod Uthoff #20 of the Iowa Hawkeyes defends against Jalen Coleman-Lands #5 of the Illinois Fighting Illini in the second round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 10, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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When Illinois takes on Southeast Missouri State in the opener of the 2016-17 season, the Fighting Illini should have it’s starting backcourt out on the floor.

According to Jon Rothstein, Jalen Coleman-Lands has been cleared for all basketball activities. The sophomore two-guard has been recovering from a broken bone in his right hand.

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.

Coleman-Lands will team up with Tracy Abrams, a point guard who was granted a sixth year of eligibility after missing the past two seasons due to injuries.

This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.

The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.

NBC Sports projected Illinois to finish eighth in the Big Ten this season.

Curtis Jones jumps over Tom Crean

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Indiana held its annual Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday night.

One of the highlights from the team’s dunk contest was when freshman guard Curtis Jones jumped over Indiana head coach Tom Crean.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a newcomer us his coach as a dunk contest prop. Last week, Rawle Alkins cleared Arizona head coach Sean Miller en route to a reverse jam.

Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.

WATCH: Edmond Sumner take off from the foul line

CINCINNATI, OH - FEBRUARY 03:  Edmond Sumner #4 of the Xavier Musketeers dunks the ball during the game against the St. John's Red Storm at Cintas Center on February 3, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Edmond Sumner is a big reason why Xavier is likely going to be a preseason top-10 team.

On Saturday night, during Musketeer Madness, Sumner won the team’s dunk contest when he took off from the foul line.

Sumner defeated freshmen Tyrique Jones and Quentin Goodin. J.P. Macura, the reigning Big East Sixth Man of the Year, took home the honors last year.

The 6-foot-6 redshirt sophomore is coming off a debut season in which he averaged 11.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

WATCH: Duke goes crazy for Chase Jeter’s bottle flip

PROVIDENCE, RI - MARCH 17:  Chase Jeter #2 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on in the second half against the North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 17, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The bottle flip has become an international sensation in recent months.

It’s as simple as it sounds: flipping a water bottle in the air, attempting to have it land upright.

Duke sophomore forward Chase Jeter, in front of 9,300-plus fans, successfully pulled off the bottle flip on Saturday night at Duke’s Craziness.

Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.

Auburn to honor Charles Barkley with a statue

HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 04:  Former NBA player and commentator Charles Barkley looks on prior to the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game between the Villanova Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.

The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.

“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”

Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.

His number 34 is retired at Auburn.