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NCAA staffers confirm suspicions about punishment for Jurkin, Perea

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I think we can all agree that, based on the facts at large, Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea got a raw deal from the NCAA.

In case you missed, a series of $30 payments between 1986 and 1992 made by the ex-wife of the AAU coach — and, in Perea’s case, the legal guardian — of the two players to Indiana for bumper stickers has cost them nine games each this season. Why? Because those payments made Adams, forever and always, an Indiana booster, so any benefits that he provided Jurkin and Perea, that would have been fine under normal circumstances, were illegal.

So Jurkin and Perea get punished.

For something that happened before they were born.

That makes such little sense that the consensus has become that the NCAA is simply taking a swing at Indiana because they can’t find a way to punish the Hoosiers for their questionable, in the NCAA’s eyes, relationship with Mark Adams, the AAU coach.

Innocent bystanders be damned.

I’m not exactly sure that is how the NCAA, an organization has massive credibility issues as is, wants to portray themselves, but it’s a theory that gained traction thanks to tweets from NCAA staffers Dana Thomas and Ronnie Ramos:

That was actually the second time that Ramos retweeted what Thomas had to say, which can easily be interpreted as him saying, “Seriously, guys, this is important.” That’s at least the case when I retweet something twice.

The bottom line is this: a pair of people that work for the NCAA essentially confirmed that the punishments handed down to Jurkin and Perea were so severe because they were looking for a way to punish Indiana and Adams for things they couldn’t otherwise prove.

The good news?

Jurkin and Perea will be back in uniform for the NCAA tournament, which provides the NCAA with more than three-quarters of their annual revenue.

That about sums it up.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

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.