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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

Five-star 2017 point guard Trevon Duval down to 10 schools

CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 9: Trevon Duval during the 2015  Under Armour All-America Basketball Camp on July 9, 2015 at Queens College in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Under Armour)
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Five-star point guard Trevon Duval is the most electrifying lead guard in the Class of 2017. The native of Delaware dominated the Under Armour circuit this spring and is currently regarded by many as a top-five player in the class by most recruiting services.

Now he’s down to 10 schools as his recruiting is starting to become more of a focus. The 6-foot-2 Duval is down to Arizona, Cal, Kansas, Maryland, Oregon, St. John’s, Seton Hall, UCLA, USC and Villanova.

Things are still early in the process for Duval and it will be interesting to see if he schedules any official visits soon.

Ohio State gaining recruiting momentum with two 2018 commitments

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 24: Head coach Thad Matta of the Ohio State Buckeyes claps on the sideline in the first half against the Iowa State Cyclones during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 24, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Ohio State has lost quite a few transfers and hasn’t had a lot go their way with regards to recent recruiting, but things could be changing after a good weekend.

The Class of 2018 is starting to look really good for the Buckeyes as they landed commitments from wings Darius Bazley and Justin Ahrens this weekend. The two in-state products are grassroots teammates together on King James and they give Ohio State three commitments in that class.

Bazley is considered a four-star prospect on Rivals while Ahrens checks in as a three-star. They join another Ohio native, guard Dane Goodwin, in the class as this could be the group that helps bring Ohio State back in regular Big Ten contention.

Butler lands commitment from four-star 2017 forward Kyle Young

Atlanta, GA - SUNDAY, MAY 29: Nike EYBL. Kyle Young #34 of King James Session 4. (Photo by Jon Lopez)
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Butler picked up an important commitment on Monday as four-star forward Kyle Young committed to the Bulldogs.

A Class of 2017 stretch forward who can hit jumpers and has an improving skill set, the 6-foot-7 Young comes from Massillon, Ohio and he’s regarded as the No. 109 overall prospect.

Young was impressive in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer with King James as he averaged 15.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as he shot 48 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range.

This is a nice grab for Butler as Young is the type of versatile perimeter shooter that they like to utilize and he should be able to help a bit on the glass as well.

Young joins a class that includes guards Cooper Neese and Jerald Butler.

VIDEO: Collin Sexton with a trick shot for the ages

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Earlier this summer, we told you the story of Collin Sexton, how the 6-foot-2 Georgia native went from being a mid-major recruit to a five-star prospect being courted by the likes of Kansas, Arizona, North Carolina and Villanova.

It’s because he’s a bucket-getter.

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He averaged 31 points in the Nike EYBL circuit, nine points better than Michael Porter, who finished second in the league in scoring. No one puts points on the board like he does, so it’s only fitting that he was the guy that made a shot from the balcony during ‘The Trip’, Nike’s effort to keep kids associated with their brand from Elite 24:

Lonzo Ball struggled on UCLA’s Australian tour

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UCLA capped their three-game trip to Australia on Sunday night with a 94-91 win over the Brisbane Bullets, a game in which sophomore point guard Aaron Holiday finished with a team-high 17 points. Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton both added 16 points and freshman Ike Anigbogu finished with 13 points and 10 boards.

This win came just two days after the Bruins lost to Melbourne United, 89-84, when Hamilton — 18 points and five assists — and Holiday — 16 points — were both once again impressive. Alford also added 18 points in Friday’s loss.

It’s not surprising that the Bruins had some up and down performances abroad. Everyone does. It’s what happens when a team of college kids, with three freshmen playing key roles, heads to the other side of the world to square off against teams made up of professionals. Don’t go hanging the ‘Fire Steve Alford’ banners on anymore airplanes just yet.

There are, however, two interesting things to consider from this trip:

– Lonzo Ball, UCLA’s star freshman, was, at best, their fourth-best perimeter player. Seniors Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford and sophomore Aaron Holiday all played well and posted impressive numbers on the three-game trip. Ball? He didn’t shoot well. At all. In UCLA’s 47-point opening win, he was 3-for-9 from the floor and 1-for-3 from three, putting together was was by far his best shooting performance of the trip. In the three games, he shot a total of 25 percent (9-36) from the field and 19 percent (4-21) from three. He did average 5.0 assists and, in one game, notched 13 boards, but Ball’s ability to shoot will be something to keep an eye on.

– And then there’s this, from Bryce Alford:

UCLA needs to travel with more towels.