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– According to Pat Forde and Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the Syracuse basketball program repeatedly violated internal drug policy. It seemed like a big issue at the time, but is it really that big of a deal? But finally, somebody (and that somebody is Dana O’Neil) tackles the “so what if it’s a big deal” angle

– Jason King put together the best end-of-year awards list I’ve ever seen. Seriously, if you don’t read this, you are doing yourself a disservice

Luke Winn was at the CAA finals, and details the emergence of a new back-court leader for Virginia Commonwealth

– Long Beach State has been dealt a huge blow, as versatile forward Larry Anderson will be held out of the Big West Tournament due to injury. The 49ers have struggled in the past two Big West Tournaments and are do not want to wind up on the wrong side of the bubble come Selection Sunday

Dana O’Neil provides a must-read on the changes taking place at (well, after) the Big East Tournament this week. According to the New York Times, the Big East is paying the price for not embracing football

– Immediately following his team’s 60-53 loss to Toledo, Miami (OH) head coach Charlie Coles announced his retirement. He will leave as the school’s all-time leader in wins, amassing a total record of 263-224.

– This is really the only week you should be concerned with bubble talk. Debating bubble statuses in late-January is pretty unnecessary. But since it’s time to debate the bubble, I suggest you read this

– How much merit do we actually give to Coaches Polls? Dennis Dodd thinks it’s time we get rid of them, and I have a hard time disagreeing with  him

– The Loyola Greyhounds are in the Big Dance for the first time in 18 years. Their coach, Jimmy Patsos doesn’t get nearly the recognition he deserves, not only as a great coach and motivator, but as a great interview

– The Mavericks of UT-Arlington are looking to make their second consecutive NCAA Tournament. They went the entire regular season without a loss until the season finale. But a strong tournament run will make up for the heartbreak

Four storylines to keep track of in the Southeastern Conference Tournament

– Some new uniforms could be on the horizon for the Baylor Bears

– For those of you content-junkies who are tired of reading about bubble teams, may I suggest this fantastic rundown of the current family connections in college hoops?

– Don’t you just love it when an internet meme actually works?

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.