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Connecticut AD doesn’t have ‘any doubt’ that Jim Calhoun will return to Huskies in 12-13

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There may have been a mass exodus of players and a heavy-handed strike from the NCAA in recent months at Connecticut, but a more stabilizing bit of news came from the university Sunday.

According to the Hartford Courant, UConn athletic director Warde Manuel doesn’t have “any doubts” that head coach Jim Calhoun, 70, will return to the sidelines to coach the Huskies next season.

“All indications to me, in conversations, yeah,” he told the paper, reaffirming the idea. “I haven’t worried about that based on our conversations.”

But he did leave the door open, if even slightly.

“On a principle level, I want to have the opportunity to figure out what’s best for us,” Manuel said. “To make sure we are not shutting ourselves off to a broad-based search for what’s in our best interest. That doesn’t mean I don’t have the right to change my mind.”

“Jim and I have had great conversations,” he continued. “I’ve gotten to know his staff. I could very well change my mind about it. But philosophically, it’s just one of those positions I have not gotten comfortable with, cutting off the options. It’s not anything more than that. It’s not that I’ve made a decision on anybody on the staff. I love the staff. I’ve grown to love Jim, in getting to know him.”

The Huskies finished last season with an overall record of 20-14, including 8-10 in the Big East. They lost to Iowa State in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament.

In addition to losing cornerstones Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond to the NBA draft, Connecticut lost Roscoe Smith, Alex Oriakhi, and Michael Bradley to transfer.

The NCAA has banned the school from the 2012-13 postseason as punishment for a low Academic Progress Rate.

Connecticut will be bringing in three recruits from the Class of 2012: Omar Calhoun, Phil Nolan, and Leon Tolksdorf.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Michigan gets Caris LeVert back in a win over No. 18 Purdue

Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan (50) tries to steal the ball from Michigan guard Caris LeVert (23) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
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Zak Irvin scored 22 points and Michigan’s outmanned front line held Purdue’s redwoods to just seven offensive boards, six second chance points and just 22 points in the paint as the Wolverines landed a critical, 61-56, win over the No. 18 Boilermakers.

Depending on who you listen to, Michigan entered the day, at worst, on the bubble and at best, in headed for the 8-9 game.

And they picked up a top 25 win.

So yes, this win was big for them moving forward.

But more important than the win itself was that Wolverine fans got a glimpse of all-american guard Caris LeVert. He played just 11 points and didn’t return in the second half, he didn’t score and he missed the only shot that he took, but LeVert took the court for the first time since Dec. 30th. That day, LeVert rolled his left ankle and most likely reinjured a foot that had had a broken bone surgically repaired twice in the last 20 months. Michigan never confirmed what the actual injury was and never gave a timetable for when he would be back in the lineup, which is what made his brief appearance so important.

LeVert isn’t done for the season.

And since the Wolverines managed to post a 9-4 Big Ten record with LeVert acting as little more than a spectator, they have a chance to make a run in the Big Ten tournament and get into the NCAA tournament.

That will happen with LeVert in the rotation and, if all goes according to plan, the starting lineup.

So even with a loss against Purdue, the Wolverines had a good day. Bolstering their NCAA tournament profile was an added bonus.

VIDEO: Memphis’ Shaq Goodwin gets technical foul for copying famous Vince Carter dunk

Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin (2) shoots over Cincinnati forward Quadri Moore (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
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Memphis senior forward Shaq Goodwin picked up one of the dumbest technical fouls of the season on Saturday with the Tigers on the road against Tulane. Goodwin attempted to copy Vince Carter’s famous arm-in-the-rim dunk from the 2000 NBA dunk contest. This would have been okay during pregame warmups, but Goodwin tried to pull this off on a breakaway near the end of the first half. He was quickly hit with the T for hanging on the rim.

Goodwin has good timing when it comes to current events, as the NBA’s dunk contest airs on Saturday night, but the timing of pulling this off in the first half of a tight conference game is not so great.

For past reference, here’s Carter’s original arm-in-the-rim dunk from 2000, which had everyone astonished since it had never been done before.

(H/T: The Cauldron)