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The reign of terror ends for the Bradley Center Bat

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Breath easier, Marquette fans. It’s safe to go back into the Bradley Center.

The infamous bat that terrorized fans, players, officials and coaches on Saturday in the Golden Eagles’ win over Providence, has been captured and released into the wild. The epic feat of heroism occurred on Monday morning, prior to Marquette’s game against South Florida tonight.

You have nothing to fear now, either, Bulls fans who made the trip to Milwaukee.

Marquette Deputy Athletic Director Mike Broeker broke the news via Twitter. Setting tons of hearts at rest.

You couldn’t get away with it forever, Bradley Center Bat — which  also has it’s own Twitter account . And now you’ve been thwarted.

Chalk one up for the good guys.

I’m not going to lie though, I was laughing so hard at Ed Cooley hiding behind an assistant to get away from that thing.

David Harten is the founder of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.

Iowa State, Miami part of 2016 AdvoCare Invitational field

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Friday afternoon the field for the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando was announced, with Puerto Rico Tip-Off champion Miami being one of the eight teams involved.

Joining Jim Larrañaga’s Hurricanes in Orlando will be Florida, Gonzaga, Indiana State, Iowa State, Quinnipiac, Seton Hall and Stanford. Gonzaga has won the event in each of its prior two appearances, doing so in 2008 and 2012.

Each of the other seven teams will be making their first appearance at the AdvoCare Invitational.

Field for 2016 DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced

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Another in-season tournament field for next season was revealed, as the DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced the eight teams that will make the trip to Fullerton, California.

UCLA, which was led to ten national titles by the event’s namesake, will take part as well CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. Six of the eight teams have made prior appearances in the event, with Dayton and Nebraska being the two programs who will make their DirecTV Wooden Legacy debuts next season.

Portland and Virginia Tech reached the title game in their prior appearances, with the Pilots losing to West Virginia in 2009 and the Hokies falling to UNLV in 2010.