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– The Carrier Classic will be back next year, it just won’t be in San Diego. That’s a shame, because the climate and beautiful  dusk sunset provided for a fantastic and unique environment

– I don’t usually read bubble breakdowns, but when I do, I read Andy Glockner’s

– Marquette-transfer Jerron Maymon has become the most consistent play for the Tennessee Volunteers. Cuonzo Martin’s squad is progressing very nicely in year one, and should be much improved come next year

– Baylor has been written off as being one of the elite teams. That being said, they will be an interesting team to keep track of over the course of the next few weeks

– The importance of Xavier’s Kenny Frease is often swept under the door. When he plays aggressive and assertive, as he did much of last season, the Musketeers are a significantly better team

– John Calipari takes to his personal website in order to dispel the “Great Myth of Kentucky”

– Are you opinionated? Rush The Court certainly is. They break down what they love and what they hate from this past week in college hoops

– Butler began it’s march towards a third straight National Championship appearance with a victory over Wright State. Prior to the game, Ronald Nored was named as the Horizon League’s Defensive Player of the Year. He became the first player in conference history to win the award twice

– Maize’n’Brew provides some fantastic statistical analysis of the Wolverines’ 3-point dependency

– Oregon’s Garrett Sim is embracing his role as “the bad guy”. The senior guard got caught in a slight altercation with Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham, and Beaver fans didn’t hold back

– The reigning and defending National Champions are now firmly entrenched on the bubble after losing to Providence last night

Jeff Eisenberg makes a side-by-side comparison of the two leading candidates for the national PoY award

– George Dohrmann, the author of “Play Their Hearts Out” and a key contributor to the Ohio State scandal reports, is working on an expose on UCLA basketball. This is not good news for the Bruins. Not good news at all.

– Miami continues to make headlines. Reggie Johnson was reinstated by the NCAA after being ruled ineligible last Sunday, and head coach Jim Larranaga questioned the resumes of some mid-major bubble teams

– Ken Pomeroy is keeping a running tab of the teams that still have a chance at winning a regular season championship

– Only a Northwestern blog would keep a running list of teams still in play to make the NCAA Tournament for the very first time

– This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, but attendance numbers are way down in the ACC this season.

– Big Apple Buckets provides a prediction for the America East Tournament

– Ryan Divish put together a great article on the top candidates for the Pac-12 Coach of the Year award

– If you want a “one-stop-shop” for tournament primers, you should read Myron Medcalf’s work

– More Myron Medcalf awesomeness: Ten of the best game-changing seniors

A team-by-team preview of the West Coast Conference Tournament

– Ten years ago (and close to 100lbs ago) Michael Sweetney was an All-American power forward at Georgetown.  This is not what former-All-Americans are supposed to look like

Some great video from the Kansas locker room following the Jayhawks’  championship-clinching win over Oklahoma State

The funniest .gif you’ll see all day, featuring Tyshawn Taylor’s mom

Washington’s Thybulle returning for senior season

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Matisse Thybulle will return to Washington for his senior season after contemplating declaring for the NBA draft following a junior campaign in which he was named the Pac-12 defensive player of the year.

“The NBA is really enticing and it was definitely something that I seriously considered when the season was over,” Thybulle told the Seattle Times. “I talked it over with my family and we came to the conclusion that it would be in my best interest to stay and get my degree (in communications) and grow as a basketball player and take this last year to mature and fine tune everything so I can be fully prepared to take that next step when it’s time.”

The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 11.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game last season. He shot 44.5 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from 3-point range.

“I talked to coach (Mike Hopkins) and he gave me some good advice that was honestly something that helped in the grand scheme of things,” Thybulle said. “He told me that if I do it (enter the draft), then I should be all in because that’s what I’m going to be up against is a whole bunch of guys fighting for their lives. He thought it would be a better idea for me to stay in school until I’m at that point.”

Washington is awaiting the decision of Noah Dickerson, who declared for the draft but has not hired an agent. The 6-foot-8 averaged 15.5 points and 8.4 rebounds last season.

Koby McEwen transferring to Marquette

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Steve Wojciechowski added a significant piece to his 2019-20 team over the weekend.

Koby McEwen announced his intention to transfer to Marquette from Utah State late Sunday evening.

“I would like to thank God, my family, inner circle and all the schools/coaches that recruited me during this process!” McEwen tweeted. “With that being said, I’m proud to announce that I’ll be furthering my college career at Marquette University.”

McEwen picked the Golden Eagles over fellow finalists Creighton and Grand Canyon after he decided to transfer when the Aggies announced South Dakota coach Craig Smith was taking over the program last month. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 15.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 40 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore.

After sitting out the upcoming season, McEwen will have to years of eligibility remaining. Marquette went 21-14 last season, but missed the NCAA tournament for the third time in Wojciechowski’s four years in Milwaukee.

Minnesota adds Vanderbilt transfer Payton Willis

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Minnesota has added some depth for the future.

The Golden Gophers received a pledge from Vanderbilt transfer Payton Willis over the weekend, giving him a guard with two seasons of eligibility remaining starting in 2019-20.

Willis will sit out the upcoming season under NCAA transfer rules.

The 6-foot-4 guard played a limited role in two seasons in Nashville, never averaging more than 18. 5 minutes or 5.2 points per game. He scored in double figures in three games as a sophomore.

Willis was a top-150 prospect in the Class of 2016 coming out of Fayetteville, Ark. with offers from the likes of Tulsa, Rice and Dayton. Vandy and Minnesota were his two high-major offers.

After being ranked in the top-15, Minnesota was beset by injury and suspensions last season as they limped to the finish line in a 15-17 season that featured losses in 12 of its last 13 games.

Richard Pitino still has two available scholarships for the 2018-19 campaign.

Report: Quade Green returning to Kentucky

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John Calipari just landed a critical recruit for 2018-19, and he was already on the roster.

Quade Green, who averaged 25 minutes per game last season, is returning to Kentucky for his sophomore season, his mother told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Monday.

Given that six Wildcat players have entered the draft (Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hami Diallo are signing with agents), getting the 6-foot point guard back for a second season is a massive deal for Calipari and Co. The Wildcats have always been at their best under Calipari with returning players as the cornerstones of the roster with talented one-and-dones providing the extra boost. Getting one such returner at the point guard position is even more critical.

Green, who came to Kentucky as a five-star recruit last year, averaged 9.3 points and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field and a respectable 37.1 percent from 3-point range, an area where Kentucky continually needs help.

With Green back in the fold, Kentucky will now await the decisions of PJ Washington, Wenyen Gabriel and Jarred Vanderbilt, who are all going through the pre-draft process without hiring agents, which will potentially allow them to return to school and bolster a Kentucky roster has the look of a top-five team.

CBT Podcast: NBA Draft Early Entry Deadline: Winners, losers and who has the most on the line?

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The NBA Draft Early Entry Deadline came and went on Sunday night, meaning there are now roughly 60 college players that have signed with an agent and another 100 or so that have declared for the draft while retaining their college eligibility. Who were the winners? Who were the losers? Who has the most on the line? Sam Vecenie of the Game Theory podcast joined Rob Dauster to talk through all of it. The rundown:

OPEN: What do NBA teams value in players these days?

10:00: Villanova has more on the line during this testing the water process than anyone

19:00: Just how important was De’Andre Hunter’s decision to return to Virginia

25:25: Gonzaga getting Rui and Killian Tillie back makes them a title favorite

32:10: Nevada has a top ten season on the line with the Martin twins and Jordan Caroline

36:15: #RANTALERT – The decision to turn pro is so much more complicated than “is he a first round pick”

48:30: Rapid fire: Maryland, Kansas, Syracuse, Nebraska, Purdue and Michigan. What do they have on the line?