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College basketball’s closest connection to Super Bowl XLVII

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It’s ironic that on the day that President Obama gets inaugurated for his second term, Craig Robinson — Michelle Obama’s brother — becomes the second-most relevant brother-in-law in college hoops.

That’s what happens when you’re Tom Crean and you happen to be married to the sister of Jim and John Harbaugh, the two brothers squaring off in Super Bowl XLVII on February 3rd.

Imagine that.

You’re a Final Four head coach and at the helm of the Indiana basketball program in the year that they’ve finally returned to national relevancy as a title favorite, and you’re the third most-famous and most-accomplished coach at the table during Thanksgiving dinner.

The Super Bowl comes one day after Indiana squares off with Michigan for the first time this season, which just so happens to be a 9:00 p.m. tip. But you better believe that he’ll be at the game:

Does this actually surprise anyone? When you’re provided with free tickets to the Super Bowl, you don’t turn them down. I don’t care what your job is.

For what it’s worth, Crean said the following on twitter after the Ravens beat New England last night, clinching the “Harbowl”:

We can’t put into words what it means to see John and Jim achieve this incredible milestone. We talked to Jim b4 his team plane left. All he wanted to know was how was John doing? How were they playing? One incredible family who puts the care, well being and love for each other at the forefront like most families do. Again, we are very proud of them. Going to be exciting to watch it unfold.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

Texas lands commitment from top 100 center

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James Banks announced on Thursday that he has committed to Texas, joining Jacob Young in Shaka Smart’s first recruiting class as the head coach of the Longhorns.

Banks is an interesting prospect. A 6-foot-10 center from Georgia, Banks is a still-developing prospect that was recruited more on his potential than his immediate ability.

“James Banks emerged as a good low post prospect this spring and summer,” NBC Recruiting Analyst Scott Phillips said. “With a good set of hands, some offensive potential and a frame that can add weight, Banks is a nice upside grab for Texas.”

He’s probably a few years away from having a major impact in the Big 12, but he may not have that much time to develop. Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Conner Lamert all graduate after this season, meaning that Banks is going to have to contribute immediately when he sets foot on the Austin campus for the 2016-17 season.

Texas has three commitments in the Class of 2015. Smart convinced Kerwin Roach and Eric Davis to remain committed to the program when he took over for Rick Barnes while he landed a commitment from Tevin Mack, who pledged to Smart when he was at VCU.

Memphis guard could miss season with shoulder injury

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Memphis just cannot catch a break.


It’s to the point where I almost feel bad for Josh Pastner.

Today, reported that Kedren Johnson, a 6-foot-4 point guard that was on track towards being an all-SEC point guard at Vanderbilt, could end up missing the season due to a shoulder injury. If he can handle the pain he can avoid surgery and play with the injury, but at the very least, Johnson is going to be less than his best.

Johnson averaged 6.7 points and 2.7 assists last season for the Tigers. He sat out 2013-14 after leaving Vanderbilt and entered last season incredibly out of shape. There was hope that he would be able to make a bigger impact this season and help fill the void at the point guard spot.

This news comes on the heels of Memphis finding out that Jaylen Fisher is heading to UNLV. Who’s Jaylen Fisher? Well, he’s a point guard and top 40 recruit from Memphis that was Pastner’s No. 1 recruiting target that opted to leave the city for his college hoops instead of play for the Tigers.

That’s a bad sign, but not quite as bad as Memphis losing star center Austin Nichols — another local kid — to a transfer over the summer. Nichols transferred to Virginia.