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Eastern Illinois announces the addition of well-traveled guard Reggie Smith

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The current climate of college basketball when it comes to transfers isn’t the most stable one, as more than 400 players have decided to switch schools.

One of those is Reggie Smith, who originally began his college career at Marquette before moving on to UNLV.

After sitting out one year in Las Vegas and playing 20 games last season, the Chicago native decided that UNLV wasn’t the best place for him.

Smith will now attend Eastern Illinois, where he will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2012-13 campaign.

“Reggie has played at the highest level of college basketball,” said head coach Jay Spoonhour in a statement released by the school.

“He is an explosive player who will give our team some real speed and athleticism at the guard.”

In 20 games for UNLV last season Smith averaged six minutes and 2.5 points per game, shooting 40.5% from the field and 47.1% from beyond the arc.

An all-state selection in both his junior and senior seasons of high school basketball, Smith hasn’t been able to find consistent playing time at either of his first two stops.

That shouldn’t be an issue at EIU, where Spoonhour is beginning his first season at the helm after spending the last three seasons as head coach at Moberly Area Community College.

EIU finished 12-17 last season, winning just five games in OVC play and finishing tenth in the conference standings.

With the addition of Belmont and the OVC going to divisional play (EIU is in the West, which also includes Austin Peay, Murray State, SIU-Edwardsville, Southeast Missouri State and Tennessee-Martin), Eastern Illinois needed talent especially with two of their top three scorers leaving the program.

If Smith can remain satisfied with his role the Panthers should be able to reap the benefits in 2013-14.

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

Ellis, Lucas lead No. 6 Kansas past No. 10 West Virginia

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) blocks a shot by West Virginia guard Tarik Phillip (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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In the first meeting between No. 10 West Virginia and No. 6 Kansas, the Mountaineers dominated in their 74-63 win in Morgantown. Bob Huggins’ “Press Virginia” attack forced 22 Kansas turnovers, with the Jayhawks playing far too fast and loose with the basketball while also getting out-toughed by the Mountaineers. In the rematch Kansas (20-4, 8-3 Big 12) looked far better equipped to deal with West Virginia in both of those areas, winning by the final score of 75-65.

Kansas committed 15 turnovers, with Devonte’ Graham responsible for five of them, but they did not allow West Virginia (19-4, 8-3) to use those chances to kickstart their offense. The Mountaineers scored 13 points (one fewer than Kansas, which took advantage of ten WVU miscues) off of those turnovers and did not register a single fast break points. Having to play in the half-court more than they would have liked, West Virginia could not execute at the level they did in beating Baylor Saturday.

As a result Bob Huggins’ team shot 37.3 percent from the field and 5-for-20 from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers have shown signs of being able to win games in which they don’t force a high turnover count, but that wasn’t the case at Allen Fieldhouse.

If not for West Virginia grabbing better than 34 percent of their misses and scoring 14 second-chance points, the margin is likely even greater than the ten-point outcome due to the contract in offensive execution. Kansas pushed the ball early, getting out to an 8-0 lead, and as the game wore on the Jayhawks were much better in finding quality shot opportunities. Bill Self’s team shot 56.1 percent from the field with Perry Ellis scoring 21 points to lead five Jayhawks in double figures.

The tandem of Ellis and Landen Lucas, who grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds, won the battle against a WVU front court missing the suspended Jonathan Holton. Devin Williams, who went for 17 and 12 in the first meeting, finished the rematch with a respectable 14-point, nine-rebound effort but he didn’t get much help in the post from the likes of Elijah Macon and Nathan Adrian.

After having Self question their toughness in a home win over Kansas State six days ago, the Jayhawks have responded with wins over TCU and West Virginia. Obviously it’s tough to read too much into beating the Horned Frogs, because even with that game being in Fort Worth it’s one Kansas was expected to handle with ease. The Mountaineers posed a different, and far more rigorous test, and Kansas got the job done.

As a result the Jayhawks have brought West Virginia back to the pack in the Big 12 title race, making Saturday’s game at No. 3 Oklahoma even bigger than it already was.

VIDEO: North Carolina head coach Roy Williams collapses on sideline

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North Carolina head coach Roy Williams collapsed during the second half of No. 2 North Carolina’s visit to Boston College on Tuesday night:

Roy Williams has dealt with vertigo in the past; it’s not abnormal for him to collapse on the sideline during games, and given that his team is currently losing to Boston College, it’s understandable that he may have screamed himself dizzy.

He had to be helped off the floor:

It does appear that this isn’t something serious, according to a North Carolina release, that said Williams is “doing OK”.