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Could we see Christian Laettner on a college sideline one day soon?

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That’s definitely a possibility based on what Laettner had to say while a guest on Sirius/XM Radio’s “Beyond the Brink” show with John Feinstein and Bruce Murray.

Laettner, one of the greatest players in the history of college basketball, worked with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League this past season.

And in regards to 2012-13 the Blue Devil legend is hopeful that he’ll land a coaching position somewhere.

“I absolutely loved it.  Basketball is my profession.  Basketball is my passion.  So it’s the thing that comes easiest to me, it’s the thing that I enjoy doing the most.

While I have some other careers and businesses and things going on, I have to rely on other people, other experts, other professionals for all those other fields that I’m doing.”

It’s safe to say that Laettner didn’t have an issue like that when it came to basketball, and that’s something that could be of use to a program.

“But in terms of basketball, and on the court, most of the time you feel like you don’t need anyone’s help or anyone’s expertise [or] advice, besides maybe Coach K who I can get in touch with very easy.  So the fact that it’s my profession, my field, my passion just made it really easy, very very enjoyable.

“When you play basketball for 25 years of your life you start missing it so to get back on the court and working in the game and teaching kids – and they all respected me so much, or at least they fooled me enough to make me think that – I had a blast and absolutely loved it, even though I was away from my family and my wife for three months.  And that was tough.”

Feinstein went on to ask Laettner about what he was hoping to do next season, and while there wasn’t a definitive answer as to where he’ll be coaching Laettner does want to pursue a career in coaching.

“I want to pursue a coaching career, sure,” Laettner said. “I would like to get in the big league or maybe somewhere in college and if nothing like that happens for me hopefully I can go back to the D League next fall.”

Laettner back in the college game certainly would be interesting, especially with the amount of success that he enjoyed as a player.

Photo credit: Manny Millian/Sports Illustrated

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Iowa State’s starting center Jameel McKay remains suspended

Iowa State forward Jameel McKay celebrates on the court at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 82-77. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.

“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”

McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.

“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.

AP POLL: Villanova climbs to No. 1 in the country.

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Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.

And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.

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The biggest shock to me?

The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.

They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.

Can we get Fran McCaffery the love they deserve?

Here is the rest of the AP Poll:

1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)

DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas