Herb Sendek

Report: Arizona State poised to complete its coaching staff

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After seeing two of his assistant coaches leave Tempe for other schools, Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek is on the verge of filling those vacancies.

As reported by Doug Haller of the Arizona Repbulic on Friday and by Andy Katz of ESPN.com earlier Sunday, Larry Greer and Eric Musselman are expected to join Sendek’s staff.

Both have NBA backgrounds, as Greer was one of Nate McMillan’s assistants in Portland last season (after spending the past four years as an advance scout in the organization) and Musselman was a head coach at both Golden State (2002-04) and Sacramento (2006-07).

Last season Musselman served as head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers’ NBA D-League affiliate, and he also coached the Venezuelan national team.

Greer and Musselman join the program in what’s an important season for the Sun Devil program, as they look to bounce back from a 10-21 campaign.

Point guard Jahii Carson is eligible, as is Liberty transfer Evan Gordon, but with three of the top four scorers from last season no longer in the program there’s a lot of work to be done.

And with the Pac-12 receiving a sold boost in talent, this could be a tough season for Arizona State to bounce back and improve their standing within the conference.

“We have some new faces and could have a lot of changes in what we do, both subtle and obvious, and the schedule is appropriate for this team right now,” noted Sendek in a school release announcing their 2012-13 schedule.

“We had some good momentum towards the latter part of last season with Carrick (Felix), Jordan (Bachynski), Jon (Gilling), Chris (Colvin) and Ruslan (Pateev) playing well and making big improvements in their game.

“We also are counting on three players to make an impact who only could practice last year, as well as getting three freshman adjusted.”

Given their NBA experience the hope is that the additions of Greer and Musselman can help from a skill development standpoint.

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

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.

[NEW PODCAST]

[LATEST BRACKETOLOGY]

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

COACHES POLL: Villanova is the new No. 1 team in the country

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Just as we expected, there is absolutely no consensus when it comes to the No. 1 team in college basketball.

In the new Coaches Poll released today, Villanova slots in as No. 1 overall, but Maryland received the same number of first place votes as the Wildcats and seven teams — seven! — received at least one first place vote, including No. 8 North Carolina and No. 9 Michigan State.

[NEW PODCAST]

[LATEST BRACKETOLOGY]

The biggest shock to me?

The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just three first place votes and is ranked fifth by the coaches.

I think the coaches need to pay better attention.

Or they hate Fran McCaffery.

One or the other.

Anyway, here’s the full poll:

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

DROPPED OUT: No. 18 Louisville, No. 25 Saint Mary’s
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 25 Texas