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Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item.

To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of The Lists we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of our previews for the month, click here.

Time to hit the links.

– Andrew and Aaron Harrison, the No.2 and No.4 recruits in the class of 2013 are headed to Kentucky. The twin guards had every reason in the book to pick Maryland, but instead chose Kentucky. Why? Rob Dauster and Jeff Borzello explain (via KSR). No word yet on the exact number of couches that were set ablaze in College Park last night. Burning couches is kinda their thing

– The general consensus is that John Calipari and #BBN are at the point where they’re virtually unstoppable on the recruiting trail. Jeff Eisenberg, Eamonn BrennanGlen Logan and Adam Zagoria offer their thoughts. Andy Glockner does too. Make sure you read his take, it’s  #ReadoftheDay material

– Another sign that Lexington, KY has become the unofficial home to college hoops: ESPN planning on shooting an all-access special at UK that will air in two weeks

– Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the “Carrier Classic” game between San Diego State vs. Syracuse is in danger of being cancelled. Much more on this to come shortly

– Taylor Bern of the Las Vegas Sun details how UNLV senior guard Justin Hawkins is raising the standards of proper twitter usage by student-athletes. This, kids, is how you do it. Big ups to Justin

– Texas Tech has named Chris Walker as the interim head coach of the Red Raiders basketball team. Walker spent last season as the associate head coach under Billy Gillispie, who resigned amid controversy last month

– Wisconsin wing Zach Bohannon called out President Obama for a game of pick-up. While the POTUS had to deny the sharpshooter’s request, the avid basketball fan took some time off from his presidential campaign to show up for a  “meet-n-greet” with the Badgers squad

– Dynamic Baylor guard Pierre Jackson was named conference preseason player of the year at Big-XII media day on Thursday

St. Joseph’s was tabbed as the favorite to win the new and improved Atlantic-10 Conference at media day in Brooklyn

– Anybody want a to know about ten of the best dunkers in the country?

– A biopsy on North Carolina head coach Roy Williams revealed that his left kidney is cancer-free

Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.

CBT Podcast: 2018 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview, Picks and Predictions

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Sam Vecenie of the Athletic and the Game Theory podcast stopped by to chat with Rob Dauster about the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament. The two went through each of the eight Sweet 16 matchups, detailing how each one of those eight games projects to play out and going over which lines — spread and over-unders — they like.

Dan Hurley will accept UConn head coaching position

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Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley will be the next head coach at UConn, replacing the 2014 national title winner, Kevin Ollie.

Hurley will be signing a six-year deal, according to multiple reports, that could be valued as much as $18 million. Hurley picked UConn over Pitt, who had also offered him a similar amount of money.

Hurley turned the Rhode Island program around during his six-year tenure, capped off with a pair of seasons where the Rams won a game in the NCAA tournament. UConn, which is one of the best jobs but has not been one of the best teams in the AAC in recent years, should be a place where he can continue to recruit talent. Under Ollie, the Huskies have been able to get players. The issue has been the performance and development of those players once they get to campus.

The Huskies finished 14-18 this past season.

Dan Hurley is the son of New Jersey high school coaching legend Bob Hurley and the brother of former Duke guard and current Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley.

VIDEOS: Villanova team bus stuck on icy roads trying to leave campus

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Villanova’s road to the Sweet 16 hit its roughest patch yet on Wednesday as the team attempted to leave campus for the team’s flight to Boston.

Since the Philadelphia area has been slammed with a snowstorm, the Wildcat team bus had issues leaving to get to the team’s chartered flight.

A struggle between team bus and ice ensued. The bus was delayed by 30 minutes before finally being able to leave.

Villanova continues its NCAA tournament journey on Friday when the No. 1 seed Wildcats play No. 5 seed West Virginia in Boston.

Wake Forest guard Keyshawn Woods to transfer or go pro after graduation

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Wake Forest will be down a key player next season as the school announced that guard Keyshawn Woods will either transfer or go pro after graduation.

The 6-foot-3 Woods was the team’s second-leading scorer this season as he put up 11.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Woods shot 43 percent from the floor and 37 percent from three-point range for the 2017-18 campaign.

Also a key member of last season’s NCAA tournament team for the Demon Deacons, Woods transferred to Wake Forest after spending his first season at Charlotte.

“I appreciate the opportunity that Coach Manning gave me to be a part of this program and to graduate from this great university,” said Woods in the release. “I am proud that I was able to help the coaches change the culture of the program and build a foundation for the future.”

The loss of Woods won’t be easy for Wake Forest, but the team is scheduled to return some talented guards like Bryant Crawford and Brandon Childress next season. Incoming freshmen like Jaime Lewis and Sharone Wright Jr. are also signed to add to the perimeter depth.

David Padgett not retained as Louisville coach

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Louisville announced on Wednesday afternoon that interim head coach David Padgett would not be retained.

Padgett, who is 32 years old, stepped in and took the program over in the wake of a scandal that cost Hall of Fame head coach Rick Pitino his job.

“We all owe a great debt of gratitude to David for his leadership and poise this season,” said U of L Interim Director of Athletics Vince Tyra. “He took over during incredible circumstances, has handled himself respectfully throughout the season and I believe he has a bright future in coaching. We expect to determine a new head coach in a short period to build upon the great basketball tradition of this university.”

Pitino was fired because an FBI complaint contained an allegation that he and his staff had arranged for a $100,000 payment to be funneled to Brian Bowen from Adidas.

In his one season with the Cardinals, Padgett went 22-14 and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT.

Louisville will now conduct a search for their next head coach, and current Xavier coach Chris Mack has long been considered the favorite to take that job.