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Another busy news day. Here’s what you need to know: The entire Kentucky Wildcats basketball program is going pro, and if you have thought about transferring, Don’t. Why? Because your school won’t let you transfer anywhere except Trans-American Conference and Big-Eight schools.

All five starters from Kentucky’s National Championship team are turning pro. Along with senior Darius Miller, who was the team’s sixth man, there is a decent possibility that six Wildcats get taken in the first round of the NBA draft.  Just how much is UK losing. As we know now, the one-and-done works, and we shouldn’t blame Kentucky.  Regardless of your opinions about Coach Calipari, this team was really easy to like, and we probably won’t see another like it in a long time. As you would expect, the 2013 ‘Cats will have a completely different look

– Myron Medcalf  provides a must-read re-ranking of the Coach of the Year Awards

– Wisconsin-transfer Jarrod Uthoff isn’t allowed to transfer to any Big-Ten school, any ACC school, Marquette or Iowa State. Does anybody else have a problem with that?

– Speaking of transfer-blocking, South Carolina refuses to budge on the decision to block Demontre Harris’ transfer to North Carolina State

– Danny Manning’s job at Tulsa just got a lot more difficult: Jordan Clarkson, a high major talent, has decided to transfer. And sticking with our theme of the day, the school has allowed him to talk with just three other schools

– Gabe Moton has been granted his release from Boston College. If everything goes according to plan, he won’t be allowed to transfer to any school within the 13 original colonies

– Hey, remember when we thought the C-USA and the MWC were going to merge? Yeah, it’s turning in to a mess

– according to sources, Bob Huggins was drunk as a skunk during a speech he gave at a Nike clinic over the weekend. Is anybody else shocked by these claims? Didn’t think so

– SMU has officially hired 71 year-old Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown. But is it really as bad as people are making it out to be? Well, yeah. It’s about as big of a gamble as a school can make. Even if I were a gambler, I still wouldn’t touch this bet. Kentucky assistant “Hot” Rod Strickland will join Brown’s staff. Illinois State head coach Tim Jankovich will also join as the “coach in waiting” and Illinois assistant Jerrance Howard will come a board as well

– To have an Ivy League Tournament or not to have, that is the question

– Mike Huguenin expects big things from these sophomores

– Mike Krzyzewski would like to see the NBA take rule over the NCAA, so to speak

– It looks like the 2013 Big East Tournament could see some slight changes

– The NCAA is once against tackling academic reform in the wake of heated debate regarding the APR ranking. But could there be negative side effects caused by theses changes? Absolutely. JuCos, take note of this

– Indiana head coach Tom Crean offered a scholarship to an eighth grader. But it wasn’t just any eighth grader, it was Eron Gordon, the younger brother of former-Hoosier and current-Hornet Eric Gordon

– UT-Arlington and Florida Atlantic have given their head coaches contract extensions

– Florida head coach Billy Donovan will coach the United States U-18 team this summer at the 2012 FIBA Americas Championship in Brazil. VCU’s Shaka Smart will serve as an assistant coach

– Virginia Tech is on the verge of rekindling an interesting rivalry with West Virginia

POSTERIZED: Jaylen Brown throws down hard in transition

Albert Almanza, Jaylen Brown, Jalin Barnes
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Jaylen Brown is a top five player in the Class of 2015 and a kid projected as a top ten pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.


Because he does things like this:

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LATE NIGHT SNACKS: Denzel Valentine, the nation’s best player?

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(This will be updated throughout the day.)

GAME OF THE DAY: Syracuse 74, No. 25 Texas A&M 67

The Orange got 20 points from Michael Gbinije and 15 points and five assists from Trevor Cooney as they won the Battle 4 Atlantis title on Friday afternoon. We wrote on this game earlier. Are the Orange for real this year?


Denzel Valentine, Michigan State: 32 points, nine boards, six assists

No. 3 Michigan State beat Boise State 77-67 in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy out in California, but the result of that game is less important than the result of Valentine’s night. A night after notching his second triple-double of the season, Valentine took over another way on Friday, hitting five straight threes in the span of about five minutes to put the Spartans up double-figures in a game they were struggling to take control of.

In three games against high-major competition, Valentine is now averaging 30.0 points, 10.7 boards and 9.3 assists. He has been, unequivocally, the best player in college basketball this season.

No. 10 Gonzaga 73, No. 17 UConn 70: Eric McClellan and Kyle Dranginis made some big plays down the stretch as the Bulldogs held on to win a game they led by as much as 21 in the second half. Kyle Wiltjer scored a team-best 17 points for Gonzaga, which finished third at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Rob Dauster wrote more about the Bulldogs and their second-half performance here.

Alabama 64, No. 20 Wichita State 60: While the Shockers’ losses to USC and Alabama don’t help them from an NCAA tournament standpoint, the bigger issue is the team’s health.

No. 17 Notre Dame 68, Iowa 62: The Fighting Irish blew a 15-point second half lead, but the comeback gassed the Hawkeyes, as Notre Dame was able to pull away down the stretch. V.J. Beachem led the way with 16 points.


Quincy Ford, Northeastern: Not only did he score 24 points in the upset win over No. 15 Miami, but he hit the game-winning jumper, too. Video here.

Cat Barber, N.C. State: Barber notched a career-high 37 points to go along with eight assists as the Wolfpack fought off a scrappy Winthrop team, 87-79. He wasn’t the best scorer on the floor, though …

Jimmy Gavin, Winthrop: Gavin finished with 38 points. Off the bench. The most incredible part? He was 5-foot-4, 90 pounds as a sophomore due to Crohn’s Disease.

John Egbunu, Florida: Egbunu finished with 17 points, 11 boards and four blocks as the Gators knocked off FGCU, 70-50. Dorian Finney-Smith added 23 points for Florida.


Wichita State’s bigs: Five of them (Anton Grady, Zach Brown, Rashard Kelly, Bush Wakumota, Eric Hamilton) finished a combined 3-for-21 from the floor with 14 points and 14 fouls. Wakumota shot one of the worst threes you’ll ever see with Wichita State down 62-60 with 10 seconds left.

Grady suffered a scary neck injury late in the game, but early reports sound positive.


  • Jamal Murray went for 21 points and three assists without a turnover at No. 1 Kentucky rolled over South Florida. The big question: How bad is Tyler Ulis’ elbow injury?
  • Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart both had 13 points as No. 8 Villanova knocked off Georgia Tech to win the Preseason NIT, 69-52.
  • No. 23 Xavier raced out of the gates against USC and led by as much as 32, going on to win 87-77 in Orlando. Trevon Bluiett led four Musketeers in double figures with 16 points and James Farr added 12 to go along with nine rebounds off the bench.
  • Troy Caupain had 17 points and Octavious Ellis added 12 points and nine boards (seven offensive) as No. 24 Cincinnati outlasted Nebraska, 65-61, at the Barclays Center.


  • Stanford finished third at the Preseason NIT with a 69-66 win over Arkansas, closing the game on a stunning 21-1 run. Rosco Allen scored eight of his career-high 25 points during that run, and Marcus Allen’s goal-tended layup with 2.6 seconds remaining gave the Cardinal the lead for good.
  • Taurean Waller-Prince had 25 points to lead Baylor to a win over Arkansas State.
  • Joey King’s 18 points paced five players in double-figures for Minnesota as they knocked off Omaha, 93-90.
  • Caris LeVert had 19 points and Derrick Walton added 13 points and seven assists as the Wolverines beat Texas in the fifth-place game in the Battle 4 Atlantis.