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NBCSports.com 2012-2013 All-Conference Teams

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BIG TEN

Player of the Year: Trey Burke (Michigan)
Coach of the Year: Tom Crean (Indiana)
All-Conference Team:

  • Trey Burke (Michigan)
  • Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan)
  • Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State)
  • Cody Zeller (Indiana)

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BIG 12

Player of the Year: Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
Coach of the Year: Bruce Weber (Kansas State)
All-Conference Team:

  • Pierre Jackson (Baylor)
  • Ben McLemore (Kansas)
  • Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
  • Romero Osby (Oklahoma)
  • Jeff Withey (Kansas)

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BIG EAST

Player of the Year: Otto Porter (Georgetown)
Coach of the Year: Buzz Williams (Marquette)
All-Conference Team:

  • Russ Smith (Louisville)
  • Shabazz Napier (Connecticut)
  • Otto Porter (Georgetown)
  • Jack Cooley (Notre Dame)
  • Gorgui Dieng (Louisville)

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ACC

Player of the Year: Shane Larkin (Miami)
Coach of the Year: Jim Larranaga (Miami)
All-Conference Team:

  • Shane Larkin (Miami)
  • Erick Green (Virginia Tech)
  • Joe Harris (Virginia)
  • Richard Howell (NC State)
  • Mason Plumlee (Duke)

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Mountain West

Player of the Year: Colton Iverson (Colorado State)
Coach of the Year: Steve Alford (New Mexico)
All-Conference Team:

  • Kendall Williams (New Mexico)
  • Michael Lyons (Air Force)
  • Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State)
  • Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
  • Colton Iverson (Colorado State)

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ATLANTIC 10

Player of the Year: Khalif Wyatt (Temple)
Coach of the Year: Jim Crews (St. Louis)
All-Conference Team:

  • Khalif Wyatt (Temple)
  • Ramon Galloway (La Salle)
  • Rotnei Clarke (Butler)
  • Dwayne Evans (St. Louis)
  • Juvonte Reddic (VCU)

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PAC-12

Player of the Year: Allen Crabbe (California)
Coach of the Year: Ben Howland (UCLA)
All-Conference Team:

  • Jahii Carson (Arizona State)
  • Allen Crabbe (California)
  • Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA)
  • Solomon Hill (Arizona)
  • Andre Roberson (Colorado)

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SEC

Player of the Year: Jordan McRae (Tennessee)
Coach of the Year: Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss)
All-Conference Team:

  • Phil Pressey (Missouri)
  • Marshall Henderson (Ole Miss)
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia)
  • Jordan McRae (Tennessee)
  • Nerlens Noel (Kentucky)

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MISSOURI VALLEY

Player of the Year: Doug McDermott (Creighton)
Coach of the Year: Gregg Marshall (Wichita State)
All-Conference Team:

  • Jake Odum (Indiana State)
  • Colt Ryan (Evansville)
  • Doug McDermott (Creighton)
  • Cleanthony Early (Wichita State)
  • Jackie Carmichael (Illinois State)

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CONFERENCE USA

Player of the Year: Keith Clanton (UCF)
Coach of the Year: Donnie Tyndall (Southern Miss)
All-Conference Team:

  • Geron Johnson (Memphis)
  • Joe Jackson (Memphis)
  • Joseph Young (Houston)
  • Dwayne Davis (Southern Miss)
  • Keith Clanton (UCF)

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WCC

Player of the Year: Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga)
Coach of the Year: Mark Few (Gonzaga)
All-Conference Team:

  • Matthew Dellavedova (St. Mary’s)
  • Anthony Ireland (Loyola Marymount)
  • Tyler Haws (BYU)
  • Brandon Davies (BYU)
  • Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga)

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WAC

Player of the Year: Kyle Barone (Idaho)
Coach of the Year: Michael White (Louisiana Tech)
All-Conference Team:

  • Raheem Appleby (Louisiana Tech)
  • Daniel Mullings (New Mexico State)
  • Joel Wright (Texas State)
  • Chris Udofia (Denver)
  • Kyle Barone (Idaho)

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OHIO VALLEY

Player of the Year: Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)
Coach of the Year: Rick Byrd (Belmont)
All-Conference Team:

  • Ian Clark (Belmont)
  • Patrick Miller (Tennessee State)
  • Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)
  • Jud Dillard (Tennessee Tech)
  • Ed Daniel (Murray State)

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MAC

Player of the Year: D.J. Cooper, Ohio
Coach of the Year: Keith Dambrot, Akron
All-Conference Team:

  • D.J. Cooper (Ohio)
  • Rian Pearson (Toledo)
  • Kyle Randall (Central Michigan)
  • Javon McCrea (Buffalo)
  • Chris Evans (Kent State)

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SUN BELT

Player of the Year: Augustine Rubit (South Alabama)
Coach of the Year: Kermit Davis (Middle Tennessee State)
All-Conference Team:

  • Greg Gantt (Florida Atlantic)
  • Marcos Knight (Middle Tennessee State)
  • Elfrid Payton (Louisiana-Lafayette)
  • Tymell Murphy (Florida International)
  • Augustine Rubit (South Alabama)

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ATLANTIC SUN

Player of the Year: Torrey Craig (USC Upstate)
Coach of the Year: Bob Hoffman (Mercer)
All-Conference Team:

  • Parker Smith (North Florida)
  • Eshaunte Jones (Northern Kentucky)
  • Sherwood Brown (FGCU)
  • Adam Pegg (Stetson)
  • Torrey Craig (USC Upstate)

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HORIZON

Player of the Year: Ray McCallum (Detroit)
Coach of the Year: Billy Donlon (Wright State)
All-Conference Team:

  • Ray McCallum (Detroit)
  • Kendrick Perry (Youngstown State)
  • Keifer Sykes (Green Bay)
  • Ryan Broekhoff (Valparaiso)
  • Nick Minnerath (Detroit)

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MAAC

Player of the Year: Lamont Jones (Iona)
Coach of the Year: Joe Mihalich (Niagara)
All-Conference Team:

  • Lamont Jones (Iona)
  • Billy Baron (Canisius)
  • Juan’ya Green (Niagara)
  • Erik Etherly (Loyola)
  • Rhamel Brown (Manhattan)

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CAA

Player of the Year: Jerrelle Benimon (Towson)
Coach of the Year: Bill Coen (Northeastern)
All-Conference Team:

  • R.J. Hunter (Georgia State)
  • Joel Smith (Northeastern)
  • Damion Lee (Drexel)
  • Jerrelle Benimon (Towson)
  • Keith Rendleman (UNCW)

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PATRIOT

Player of the Year: Mike Muscala (Bucknell)
Coach of the Year: Fran O’Hanlon (Lafayette)
All-Conference Team:

  • Tony Johnson (Lafayette)
  • Cameron Ayers (Bucknell)
  • Ella Ellis (Army)
  • Holden Greiner (Lehigh)
  • Mike Muscala (Bucknell)

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SUMMIT

Player of the Year: Nate Wolters (South Dakota State)
Coach of the Year: Jim Molinari (Western Illinois)
All-Conference Team:

  • Travis Bader (Oakland)
  • Nate Wolters (South Dakota State)
  • Frank Gaines (Fort Wayne)
  • Marshall Bjorklund (North Dakota State)
  • Terell Parks (Western Illinois)

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BIG SKY

Player of the Year: Kareem Jamar (Montana)
Coach of the Year: Randy Rahe (Weber State)
All-Conference Team:

  • Scott Bamforth (Weber State)
  • Kareem Jamar (Montana)
  • Gabe Rogers (Northern Arizona)
  • Davion Berry (Weber State)
  • Mathias Ward (Montana)

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BIG WEST

Player of the Year: Alan Williams (UC-Santa Barbara)
Coach of the Year: Bob Thomason (Pacific)
All-Conference Team:

  • Corey Hawkins (UC-Davis)
  • Kwame Vaughn (Cal State Fullerton)
  • DJ Seeley (Cal State Fullerton)
  • Alan Williams (UC-Santa Barbara)
  • James Ennis (Long Beach State)

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SOUTHERN

Player of the Year: Jake Cohen (Davidson)
Coach of the Year: Bob McKillop (Davidson)
All-Conference Team:

  • Andrew Lawrence (Charleston)
  • Trevis Simpson (UNC-Greensboro)
  • De’Mon Brooks (Davidson)
  • Jake Cohen (Davidson)
  • Nathan Healy (Appalachian State)

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IVY

Player of the Year: Ian Hummer (Princeton)
Coach of the Year: Tommy Amaker (Harvard)
All-Conference Team:

  • Siyani Chambers (Harvard)
  • Wesley Saunders (Harvard)
  • Shonn Miller (Cornell)
  • Miles Cartwright (Penn)
  • Ian Hummer (Princeton)

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AMERICA EAST

Player of the Year: Tommy Brenton (Stony Brook)
Coach of the Year: Steve Pikiell (Stony Brook)
All-Conference Team:

  • DJ Irving (Boston U.)
  • Brian Voelkel (Vermont)
  • Mark Nwakamma (Hartford)
  • Justin Edwards (Maine)
  • Tommy Brenton (Stony Brook)

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NEC

Player of the Year: Jamal Olasewere (LIU-Brooklyn)
Coach of the Year: Tim O’Shea (Bryant)
All-Conference Team:

  • Kyle Vinales (Central Connecticut State)
  • Shane Gibson (Sacred Heart)
  • Ike Azotam (Quinnipiac)
  • Jamal Olasewere (LIU-Brooklyn)
  • Alex Francis (Bryant)

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MEAC

Player of the Year: Pendarvis Williams (Norfolk State)
Coach of the Year: LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central)
All-Conference Team:

  • Jamie Adams (Florida A&M)
  • Adrien Coleman (Bethune-Cookman)
  • Michael Murray (Coppin State)
  • Austin Witter (North Carolina A&T)
  • Pendarvis Williams (Norfolk State)

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SOUTHLAND

Player of the Year: Taylor Smith (Stephen F. Austin)
Coach of the Year: Danny Kaspar (Stephen F. Austin)
All-Conference Team:

  • Kevin Hardy (McNeese State)
  • LaQuentin Miles (Central Arkansas)
  • DeQuan Hicks (Northwestern State)
  • Fred Hunter (Nicholls State)
  • Damen Bell-Holter (Oral Roberts)

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SWAC

Player of the Year: Omar Strong (Texas Southern)
Coach of the Year: Mike Davis (Texas Southern)
All-Conference Team:

  • Omar Strong (Texas Southern)
  • Derick Beltran (Southern)
  • Davon Usher (Mississippi Valley State)
  • Fred Sturdivant (Texas Southern)
  • Malcolm Miller (Southern)

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Before he won an Academy Award, Mahershala Ali played at Saint Mary’s

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Actor Mahershala Ali accepts Best Supporting Actor for 'Moonlight' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Mahershala Ali won an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in the film ‘Moonlight’ on Sunday night.

How does that tie into college basketball?

It’s simple: Ali played college basketball for four years at Saint Mary’s, from 1992-1996.

Now, this was before Saint Mary’s turned into the Saint Mary’s that Randy Bennett has built. At the time, Ernie Kent was the program’s head coach, and the teams that Ali — whose used his given last name of Gilmore at the time, although he was already using the shortened version of his first name, Mahershalalhashbaz — played on weren’t really all that good. They finished under .500 in the WCC three of the four season, finding a way to finish in a tie for second place in his junior year.

As a senior, Ali averaged 7.0 points for the Gaels.

This would probably make Ali the most famous player that Kent has ever coached. He’s more famous than Aaron Brooks, who had about two good NBA seasons, and he’s definitely more famous than Luke Ridnour, who is best known either for getting traded four times in a week or being name-dropped in a song by the rapper Wale, who bragged about being able to turn ‘Ducks into Bucks [like] Luke Ridnour.’

 

VIDEO: Tom Izzo’s touching senior day tribute to Eron Harris

EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 26: Eron Harris #14 of the Michigan State Spartans kisses the midcourt logo on senior day during the second half of the college basketball game against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Breslin Center on February 26, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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Eron Harris suffered a career-ending knee injury in a game at Purdue earlier this month, meaning that he would not be able to take the floor for his Senior Day.

Tom Izzo made sure to rectify that, as he called a timeout with just 12 seconds left in Michigan State’s win over No. 16 Wisconsin on Sunday, giving Harris a chance to go out to the center of the court, get a standing ovation and give the Spartan logo a smooch.

He was also greeted by the Wisconsin team. All around great moment:

Nick Ward-led Michigan State beats No. 16 Wisconsin 84-74

EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 26: Nick Ward #44 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers in the second half at the Breslin Center on February 26, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Nick Ward had 22 points and nine rebounds, Miles Bridges had 17 points and Matt McQuaid added a season-high 15 to help Michigan State beat No. 16 Wisconsin 84-74 on Sunday.

The Spartans (18-11, 10-6 Big Ten) have won six of their last eight games, moving them into a third-place tie in the conference and perhaps sealing their spot in a 20th straight NCAA Tournament.

The Badgers (22-7, 11-5) have lost four of five and lost a chance to pull into a first-place tie with No. 14 Purdue.

Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes scored 22 points, Bronson Koenig had 17 and Zak Showalter added 15. Ethan Happ fouled out with eight points, more than six points below his average for the Badgers.

Michigan State went on an 11-1 run midway through the second half, building a 12-point lead that it was able to maintain unlike a big lead in the first half.

In the first half, the Spartans led 36-23 only to allow the Badgers to come back with a 15-4 run to pull within a point at halftime.

Michigan State’s Cassius Winston had 10 points and eight assists and Joshua Langford had nine points.

In the last game of the season at Breslin Center, senior guard Eron Harris checked in late in the game a little more than a week after he had a season-ending knee injury. Harris, with a brace on his right knee, went to center court and kissed the Spartan logo to follow a senior tradition Shawn Respert started in 1995.

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: The Badgers have been shooting poorly and it is catching up with them. They were held to 43.1 percent shooting against Michigan State, a ninth straight game of connecting on 44 percent or fewer of their shots. They made 13 of 25 free throws at Michigan State after shooting 67 and 57 percent from the line the previous two games.

Michigan State: The Spartans are surging at the right time and are gaining confidence perhaps allowing them to position themselves for better seeding at the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.

POLL IMPLICATONS

With Wisconsin’s losses at Michigan State and Ohio State, the Badgers will likely plummet from No. 16 in The Associated Press poll on Monday.

UP NEXT

Wisconsin: The Badgers end the regular season at home, hosting Iowa on Thursday night and Minnesota on Sunday.

Michigan State: The Spartans close on the road, playing Illinois on Wednesday night and No. 24 Maryland on Saturday.

More AP college basketball at http://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Update: Creighton’s Watson turns himself into police

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 31: Injured guard Maurice Watson Jr. of the Creighton Bluejays looks on during the game against the Butler Bulldogs at Hinkle Fieldhouse on January 31, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Creighton defeated Butler 76-67. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Update: Later Sunday, Watson turned himself into the Douglas County Jail, a law enforcement official told the Omaha World-Herald. Watson’s attorney told the paper that Watson was driving back to Omaha from his native Philadelphia and was slowed by the snowstorm that hit parts of the country this week.

Law enforcement has been unable to arrest Creighton guard Maurice Watson since a warrant for his arrest on the charge first-degree sexual assault was issued last week, according to police.

“The U.S. Marshals Service and the Omaha Police Fugitive Unit continue to look for Mr. Watson,” Omaha Police said in a statement Sunday. “At this point in time, Mr. Watson is dodging law enforcement efforts to arrest him.

“Until he is located and arrested by law enforcement, or turns himself in, the entire Douglas County Court system is operating off of Mr. Watson’s time frame.

“Neither OPD nor the Douglas County Attorney’s Office is part of any specific arrangements for Mr. Watson to turn himself in.”

Watson was accused by a 19-year-old acquaintance, who reportedly is also a Creighton student, of sexual assault in the bathroom of an Omaha residence around 3 a.m. on Feb. 4. A report was filed later that day.

The point guard was in the midst of a banner season for the Bluejays before he tore his ACL in January, which ended his collegiate career. Creighton announced on Feb. 13 he was suspended from the team and not allowed to participate in senior night act due to  “alleged actions that are contrary to university policies and core values.”

The warrant for his arrest was issued Thursday.

 

Seventh-ranked Louisville dominates Syracuse

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The hint arrived early that Louisville might be no kind of matchup for Syracuse when the Cardinals jumped out to a quick 11-2 lead. The Orange, though, appeared to steady and seemed intent on delivering an interesting Sunday afternoon and a maybe another resume-changing win after beating Duke earlier in the week as the roared back to take a lead.

Everyone should have taken the early hint.

Louisville used a 21-4 first-half run to gain separation and never looked back as the Cardinals dominated Syracuse, 88-68, on Saturday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center.

The win was the fourth in five games for Louisville, which shot 56.9 percent from the floor and held the Orange to 35.7 percent shooting.

Donovan Mitchell was sensational, going for 25 points on 9 of 16 shooting, including 6 of 10 from deep, while also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. It was his third-straight game with at least 20 points.  He also had an absolutely dynamic one-handed alley-oop late that was just fantastic.

The Cardinals showed no ill effects of a hangover stemming from the loss earlier this week at North Carolina, but instead it was as dominant a performance as they’ve had in weeks.

On the losing side of the ledger are the Orange, who looked to be building some momentum after a three-game losing streak by beating Duke on Wednesday. Then, the Blue Devils went and lost to Miami and Syracuse just got smashed by another ACC contender. That doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence.

For Syracuse, it looks destined to spend another Selection Sunday sweating, though there’s certainly enough time for it to go either way. The Orange can really only hurt themselves until the ACC tournament with Georgia Tech heading to the Carrier Dome this week. That’s a game Syracuse will need to win, lest they really want the pressure ratcheted up in Brooklyn.

A big part of the issue for Syracuse pinning its hopes on the ACC tournament is its total lack of depth. Tyler Lydon and Andrew White both went at least 40 minutes for the 11- and 10-straight games, respectively. Syracuse played seven and got 28 minutes total from its bench.

With a few days typically between days, that’s pretty sustainable for the regular season, but those minutes are sure to weigh on players going on back-to-back (and maybe longer) days.