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Alabama head coach Anthony Grant receives a raise and a contract extension

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Trustees of the University of Alabama system approved a pay raise men’s basketball head coach Anthony Grant on Thursday morning according to Don Kausler Jr. of al.com.

Grant was one of seven head coaches who had their contracts addressed by the trustees, who also approved a 5.4% salary raise for athletic director Mal Moore.

Grant, who led Alabama to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2006 last season, will receive a $100,000 raise and have his contract extended to the end of the 2019 season.

Also changing in Grant’s contract are the terms of his buyout clause, which now states that he would owe the school $1.25 million if he were to leave for another job before March 31, 2013.

The amount of money Grant would owe decreases by $250,000 in each of the next three years: $1 million in 2014, $750,000 in 2015 and $500,000 in 2016 (the cost remains at $500,000 for the final four years of the deal).

In three seasons at Alabama Grant has posted a record of 63-39 (27-21 SEC), and despite losing forward JaMychal Green the Crimson Tide should once again be in the running for an NCAA berth.

Alabama has experience on the perimeter led by junior Trevor Releford (12.0 ppg), sophomore Trevor Lacey (7.3 ppg) and redshirt senior Andrew Steele (6.6 ppg).

Whether or not Alabama can return to the NCAA tournament will likely rest on what their front court players can provide, with sophomore Nick Jacobs (6.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg) being their most productive returnee.

The addition of freshman forward Devonta Pollard should help matters inside, and Alabama will also need more from seven-footers Carl Engstrom and Moussa Gueye (averaged eight minutes apiece last year).

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

VIDEO: Monmouth hits a game-winner, Bench Mob member tries to disrobe

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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.

The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:

No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.