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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

Five-star 2017 guard Lonnie Walker cuts list to five schools

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Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker is coming off of a very good summer as he trimmed his list to five schools on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-4 native of Reading, Pennsylvania is still considering Arizona, Kentucky, Miami, Syracuse and Villanova, he announced on Twitter.

Regarded as the No. 26 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, Walker played with Team Final in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer as he averaged 16.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Walker shot 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and 72 percent from the free-throw line.

An efficient scorer who is learning to drive with both hands, Walker is very talented and the type of guard who might also be able to handle a bit as well.

VIDEO: Jim Boeheim makes TV appearance to talk Carmelo Anthony

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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has drawn attention for some recent comments about former Orange star Carmelo Anthony.

After Anthony captured his record third gold medal with USA Basketball, his former college coach told Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard that Anthony didn’t have a great chance at winning an NBA title.

“He’s unlikely to win an NBA title,” Boeheim said of Anthony. “He’s never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title.”

Boeheim maintains that he was speaking of Melo’s legacy being about more than an NBA title and that he’s one of the game’s greats thanks to other accomplishments like the Syracuse title and gold medals. On SportsCenter, Boeheim made sure to stress where those comments were coming from, while also making sure his kids would stop being mad at him.

It’s much easier to understand where Boeheim is coming from in this instance and it clears up something that will probably go away now.

Big Ten releases conference schedule

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 22:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts against the Virginia Cavaliers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 22, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The Big Ten released its 2016-17 conference schedule on Thursday as the conference season begins on Dec. 27 with a four-game set.

Conference play will conclude on March 5th before the 20th annual Big Ten Tournament is played at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. from March 8-12.

Some notable games include Penn State hosting Michigan State at the Palestra on Jan. 7.

You can view the full Big Ten schedule here.

Arizona’s Talbott Denny injures knee, out for season

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona senior forward Talbott Denny will miss the season after tearing the ACL and medial meniscus in his left knee.

The school said Wednesday that the 6-foot-5 graduate transfer from Lipscomb will have surgery.

Denny, from Tucson’s Salpointe Catholic High School, missed all of last season at Lipscomb because of a shoulder injury.

Roy Williams: ‘There’s no question’ more ACC games equal no Kentucky in non-conference

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 23: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the Iowa State Cyclones at the AT&T Center on March 23, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Back in June, when the ACC officially announced that they would be expanding the league schedule to 20 games in 2019, I tried to warn you that it was going to put a dent into the non-conference schedule and the amount of quality, on-campus games that we’ll get prior to January.

Roy Williams essentially confirmed this as fact this week.

The North Carolina head coach hopped on a podcast with ESPN and more or less said that the bigger league schedule is going to lead to an end of some of UNC’s marquee home-and-home series.

“My feeling right now, and it could change by ’19, heck I could be fired by ’19, but my feeling right now is to play our conference schedule, play one exempt event where you have really good teams, and other than that play home games to help out your revenue and help out your budget,” Williams said. “We have the ACC/Big Ten and that’s not going to go away. So it’s 21 games already scheduled.”

When asked specifically if this would put an end to UNC’s series with Kentucky, Williams said, “Oh yeah, there’s no question. Why would I need to do that?”

There’s two reasons this makes sense. On the one hand, North Carolina needs to fill their home arena a certain number of times to help with the bottom line of the athletic department. They make enough off of ticket sales, merchandise sales, parking fees and food and beverage that they can afford to pay out more than $50,000 to bring a smaller opponent into their arena. More than that, playing a series of weaklings early in the year allows players to gain confidence, it allows Williams to figure out what his rotation will be and who can handle playing at this level, and it gives newcomers a chance to assimilate into his team against players that just aren’t that good.

And when a larger ACC schedule severely limits the number of non-conference games that UNC will be able to play, what’s going to get cut are the contracts that require the Tar Heels to play on the road when they don’t have to.

So buh-bye, Kentucky, it is.