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Tuesday was a rather light night of college hoops. But starting today business is going to pick up. The high-major conferences begin their postseason tournaments, and all the chaos and entertainment we saw during the regular season is likely to replicate itself during the next five days.

Let’s hit the links.

Read of the Day:
A great-read on what parents and family mean to Temple’s Carl Jones. Read it. (Philahoops.com)
 
 
Top Stories:
VIDEO: ‘The Crossover’ tells you what to expect in the NCAA tournament: Some good debate here from our pals over at ‘The Crossover”. NCAA tournament talk and NBA draft discussion are whats on the docket.

JT III is great, but Buzz Williams should be Big East Coach of the Year: JT III has done a great job at Georgetown, but people are overlooking what Buzz did with Marquette this season.

Bob McKillop, John Beilein, Frank Martin tabbed to coach Team USA in University Games: Davidson’s Bob McKillop has been chosen to serve as the head coach of Team USA in the 2013 World University Games Team, which will take place July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia. McKillop’s Davidson squad punched their ticket to the Big Dance on Monday night in the SoCon championship game.
 
 
NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheets:
Valparaiso returns to the NCAA tournament led by head coach Bryce Drew, who etched his name into tournament lore with his buzzer-beating shot agains Ole Miss in 1998.

South Dakota State and sharpshooting superstar Nate Wolters return to the Big Dance for the second time in a row.

LIU-Brooklyn is the first NEC team to win back-to-back-to-back tournament titles and will be dancing for the third straight year.
 
 
Observations & Insight:
– A breakdown of Vegas odds for the Pac-12 tournament, which is being held in, where else, but Vegas of course. (Coug Center)

– LIU-Brooklyn’s victory over Mt. St. Mary’s in the NEC title game last night gave the Blackbirds the first ever NEC championship three-pear. (Catch and Shoot)

– Louisville’s Russ Smith missed out on winning the Big East player of the year, and probably won’t be named National Player of the Year. But he’s still in the hunt for KenPom Player of the Year. (Card Chronicle)

– MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas has been satisfied with ticket sales at the early round MEAC tournament games despite the appearance of an empty arena. (HamptonRoads.com)

– The Big-XII tournament is going to be full of possibilities and opportunities. It should make for a very entertaining conclusion. (Ames Tribune)

– Have you ever wondered what types of free swag college basketball players got for participating in postseason tournaments? The total value of NCAA tournament gifts this year is $320,000. (Sports Business Daily)
 
 
Hoops Housekeeping:
– Highly touted Seton Hall commit Aquille “Crimestopper” Carr has decided to forgo college and will instead play in Europe for a season. This isn’t actually all that shocking. (Sporting News)

– Colorado forward Andre Roberson will return from his bout with mono in time for the Pac-12 Tournament. (Sporting News)
 
 
Video(s) of the Day:
Championship edition of the Harlem Shake. Why not.

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VIDEO: UConn’s Kwintin Williams would win the NBA dunk contest

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Think that’s too strong?

Look at this dunk:

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He also did this over the summer:

Williams is a 6-foot-7, 215 pound JuCo transfer that should provide UConn with some minutes in the frontcourt this season.

LSU officially announces addition of Kavell Bigby-Williams

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LSU has announced the addition of Oregon transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams, a 6-foot-11 junior that was the National Junior College Player of the Year as a sophomore.

Bigby-Williams, who is a native of London, averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 boards last season as the Ducks reached the Final Four, but he played the majority of the season while under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that occurred while he was at Gillette College in Wyoming.

The local County Attorney declined to charge Bigby-Williams with a crime, and Gillette College police consider the case closed.

“The university conducted a responsible and comprehensive review before approving the transfer,” a release posted on LSU’s Athletics site read, “including close coordination with Title IX officials, multiple discussions with Gillette and Oregon officials and a thorough examination of available public records.”

LSU head coach Will Wade was quoted in that release as well: “This is an issue we all take seriously and we made absolutely sure we did our due diligence before considering moving forward. Kavell understands that and has made clear to me that he’s going to repay our confidence by representing LSU with his very best on and off the court.”

Report: Four-star Mamaou Doucoure has reclassified, enrolled at Rutgers

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Rutgers has made a potentially significant addition to their 2017 recruiting class, as four-star big man Mamadou Doucoure appears to have reclassified.

According to the Asbury Park Press, Doucoure has already enrolled in classes at Rutgers, citing a search of the university’s online database. The 6-foot-9 Doucoure was initially a member of the Class of 2017 before reclassifying to 2018, although there have been rumors that he has been trying to enroll this year.

It’s not yet clear if Doucoure will be eligible to play this season — he has not even been added to Rutgers’ roster online — but if he’s eligible, he should be able to provide rotation minutes for the Scarlet Knights.

Even if he’s not cleared to play this season, his addition matters. He’ll be able to workout with and develop in a Big Ten locker room before getting cleared to play alongside a massive 2018 recruiting class that already includes four-stars Mac McClung and Montez Mathis along with three-star prospect Ron Harper Jr.

Options drying up for top ten prospect Mitchell Robinson

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It’s looking less and less likely that we’ll see Mitchell Robinson on a college campus this season.

Robinson, if you’ve forgotten, committed to and signed with Western Kentucky, enrolling at the school and practicing with the team over the summer. But he left Bowling Green after two weeks and has received a release to transfer out of the program.

And that’s where the difficultly here lies.

He’s a transfer, which means that, as a top ten prospect and a likely one-and-done player, he will be redshirting the only year that he is on campus unless the NCAA would provide him with a waiver, which is unlikely. After Robinson left WKU, three schools have emerged as potential landing spots: LSU, Kansas and New Orleans. LSU ended their recruitment two weeks ago. Over the weekend, Kansas head coach essentially confirmed that Robinson will not be a Jayhawks.

“I would think that we probably won’t sign anybody,” Self told the Kansas City Star.

That leaves New Orleans, his hometown school, or overseas, which is a rumor that has followed Robinson since the spring. The other option? Sitting out and training for a year, which FanRag Sports reported on Sunday is a possibility.

However you slice it, Robinson’s one-and-done year has turned into a mess. He’s still likely to end up as a first round pick — seven-footers that can do the things he does defensively don’t grow on trees — but I can’t imagine that teams are going to be clamoring to use a lottery pick on a player that just spent a year sitting out.

VIDEO: Texas freshman Jericho Sims catches nasty alley-oop

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Texas is in Australia for their team’s summer trip, and Jericho Sims gave Longhorn fans a glimpse of why they may not miss Jarrett Allen’s athleticism all that much this season.