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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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UConn-Syracuse rivalry game brings back memories of the best of the Big East

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05:  Rodney Purvis #15 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after hitting a three pointer against the Syracuse Orange during the Tire Pros Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 5, 2016 in New York City. Connecticut defeated Syracuse 52-50  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The cliché ‘here, it just means more’ has never rang more true than it did on Monday night in Madison Square Garden.

A bad Syracuse team and a worse UConn team got together in New York City to play an awful basketball game, one where the two teams didn’t crack 100 points combined until there were 2.2 seconds left; where UConn won 52-50 despite shooting 31.4 percent from the floor because the Orange made just 25.9 percent of their field goals; where UConn did everything they could in the final minute to give the game to the Orange, including missing five free throws.

In a game between two teams that entered with a combined 8-6 record, Syracuse and UConn fans packed the Garden and created an environment that was just as rowdy, raucous and bi-partisan as a Big East tournament quarterfinal game that goes to six overtimes.

Businessmen in $5,000 suits were court side, going just as crazy as the UConn fans that packed their student section. Day-traders showed up in Orange t-shirts over their shirt and ties.

It didn’t matter that the Orange entered the game on a two-game losing streak. It didn’t matter UConn, a young team that has already lost two starters to season-ending injury, looks like a team that will be lucky to earn an invite to the NIT.

It never matters when these two former Big East rivals get together in the Basketball Mecca.

“It may be a slap in the face,” said Larry Avitabile, a Connecticut native that now calls Manhattan home, “but I hope UConn shows up as a bad loss when they show Syracuse’s NCAA tournament résumé.”


The rivalry between UConn and Syracuse is unlike any other rivalry in college basketball because of their proximity to New York City and Madison Square Garden, where the Big East has held their conference tournament since 1983.

Both fanbases claim the Big Apple as their own. Both schools consider themselves New York City’s college basketball team. None of the schools that left the Big East and none of the programs still in the conference traveled to the Garden the way that UConn and Syracuse travel to the Garden.

And the result is what you saw on Monday night.

Half of the Garden was blue.

The other half was Orange.

It simply does not get better than that.

Every season, one of the biggest talking points this time of the year is how neutral site games sterilize what makes college basketball special: the energy that comes with playing a game in front of a home crowd. The product on the court is never going to be as good as the product on the floor of any NBA game. That’s a fact of life when the best players at this level are 19 year olds a couple of years away from being able to impact an NBA game or 22 year olds that weren’t quite good enough to be able to make the jump to the pros.

And basketball at any level is never going to be a more popular than the NFL or college football. Unless you live in places like Lexington or Lawrence, college basketball probably isn’t even as important as the MLB or the NHL.

But those big, on-campus games are unparalleled in any sport at any level in this country. The experience of watching, say, UCLA’s visit to Rupp Arena on Saturday or North Carolina’s trip to Assembly Hall last week comes through on the television broadcasts.

When UConn and Syracuse square off in the Garden, it’s like two teams are playing a home game in the building.

“It’s New York City, it’s one of the best venues to play basketball in, it’s on everybody’s bucket list,” said Syracuse guard Andrew White. “Then, given the teams that were here, and the location, you’re dipping into history. This venue and this game is one of the tops all-time.”

White is a fifth-year senior that spent the last four seasons playing for Kansas in the Big 12 and Nebraska in the Big Ten. He’s seen it all. He’s played in the most electric college gyms. He knows what constitutes a great place to play a basketball game.

“I knew what to expect,” said White, who hails from southern Virginia. “I knew what I was getting into coming into this game. It’s Syracuse and UConn at the Garden. Say no more.”

College basketball needs all the games like this that it can get. It’s why those two programs would be doing a disservice to the sport if they decide to discontinue the series after the 2017 Jimmy V Classic, when they will play in the Garden for the second straight season.

Because UConn has too much talent and Kevin Ollie recruits at too high of a level to be down for that long. The Orange are just a year removed from getting to the Final Four and have plenty of young talent of their own on the roster.

Those programs will return to their rightful spots in the top 25 sooner rather than later.

And if those two fanbases can turn one of the ugliest games of the season into what we experienced in the arena on Monday night, imagine what it will be like in that building when those two teams are actually good.

 

Eastern Kentucky basketball player charged with rape

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RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) Authorities say an Eastern Kentucky basketball player has been arrested on a rape charge.

Records at Kentucky’s Madison County Detention Center show 23-year-old Jaylen Babb-Harrison was arrested Sunday in Richmond and charged with first-degree rape.

A statement from Eastern Kentucky says Babb-Harrison, a redshirt senior guard, has been suspended from the team. It says the school is cooperating with police.

Local media organizations cited an arrest citation in reporting that police were called to a Richmond hospital when a female reported she was at Babb-Harrison’s home and that he had sex with her against her will.

WKYT-TV reports Babb-Harrison declined to be interviewed at a jail. His first court appearance is set for Wednesday.

Online jail records didn’t list an attorney for the player.

Judge dismisses sex charges against ex-Michigan State star

3 Apr 2000: Mateen Cleaves #12 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates on the floor as he holds up the trophy after winning the NCAA Men''s Finals Four Game against the Florida Gators at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Spartans defeated the Gators 89-76.
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FLINT, Mich. (AP) A judge has dismissed all charges against former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman after a charity golf event.

Judge Cathy Dowd in Flint, Michigan, said Monday there wasn’t enough evidence to send Cleaves to trial. Prosecutors can appeal.

A woman said she twice tried to get away from Cleaves but was pulled back into a motel room and sexually assaulted in September 2015. A witness confirmed that she saw the woman try to escape a room at the Knights Inn near Flint.

But a police officer said the woman never indicated that she was assaulted. Cleaves pleaded not guilty.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t name people who say they were sexually assaulted. Cleaves led Michigan State to the 2000 national championship.

Coaches Poll: Villanova takes the top spot

VILLANOVA, PA - DECEMBER 03: Kris Jenkins #2 of the Villanova Wildcats yells to his team in the first half against the Saint Joseph's Hawks at The Pavilion on December 3, 2016 in Villanova, Pennsylvania. The Villanova Wildcats defeated the Saint Joseph's Hawks 88-57. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Villanova has overtaken Kentucky as the new No. 1 in the Coaches Poll on Monday.

The defending champions also took No. 1 in the new AP poll thanks to an 8-0 start while UCLA beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena this weekend. The Bruins finished at No. 2 while Kansas and Duke are right behind them.

RANKINGS: AP Poll | NBC Sports Top 25

  1. Villanova (28)
  2. UCLA (1)
  3. Kansas (1)
  4. Duke (2)
  5. North Carolina
  6. Baylor
  7. Kentucky
  8. Gonzaga
  9. Indiana
  10. Creighton
  11. Saint Mary’s
  12. Virginia
  13. Louisville
  14. Xavier
  15. Butler
  16. West Virginia
  17. Wisconsin
  18. South Carolina
  19. Purdue
  20. Arizona
  21. Florida
  22. Notre Dame
  23. Cincinnati
  24. Oregon
  25. Iowa State

AP Poll: Defending champion Villanova is the new No. 1

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 26:  Josh Hart #3 of the Villanova Wildcats reacts in the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at KFC YUM! Center on March 26, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Josh Hart
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The defending national champs are back at No. 1.

Villanova is atop the latest Associated Press top 25 poll this week as the 8-0 Wildcats are off to a hot start. With Kentucky’s loss to UCLA and North Carolina’s loss at Indiana there were some major shakeups in the polls this week.

  1. Villanova (57 first-place votes)
  2. UCLA (2)
  3. Kansas
  4. Baylor
  5. Duke
  6. Kentucky
  7. North Carolina
  8. Gonzaga
  9. Indiana
  10. Creighton
  11. Louisville
  12. Saint Mary’s
  13. Xavier
  14. Virginia
  15. West Virginia
  16. Butler
  17. Purdue
  18. Wisconsin
  19. South Carolina
  20. Arizona
  21. Florida
  22. Cincinnati
  23. Notre Dame
  24. Oregon
  25. Iowa State