Michigan v Syracuse

Trey Burke could declare for the NBA Draft or stay on Sunday

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National player of the year Trey Burke is still unsure whether he will stay in Ann Arbor for his junior season or leave for the NBA Draft. The Michigan point guard believes he could make that decision on Sunday.

“It’s still up in the air,” Burke said Friday on ESPN’s SportsCenter.  “It’s a decision I’ll definitely be announcing here in the next couple days.”

Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com posted some of Burke’s answers from his appearance on ESPN Radio 710 AM in Los Angeles from Friday.

“I think that will be the day (Sunday) that I decide,” Burke the hosts of  Mason and Ireland. “I think it’s time to make a decision so I can move forward and kind of get the (national title loss) in the past so I can move forward.”

He is in the process of talking everything over with his parents and Michigan head coach John Beilein while they are all out in Los Angeles as Burke receives the 2013 Wooden Award. Burke is unsure of where he will end up in the draft. He could be a top-10 pick or fall out of the lottery.

“I’ve been hearing different things, top 10 pick, mid first-round, things like that,” Burke said. “I really won’t know until the draft, really, there’s a lot that goes into this process. That’s why I feel like I need to take my time.

“A decision like this, you don’t want to make too quick of a decision. You want to make the right one and do what’s best for you and your future.”

This is one of many key decisions a Michigan Wolverine will make in the coming weeks. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III may also jump to the draft, following their fathers’ footsteps. The emergence of Mitch McGary in the NCAA tournament, also makes him a candidate to declare. The 6-foot-10 McGary has already backed off his statement that he would return for a sophomore year.

DraftExpress.com currently has Burke going No. 7 overall, making him the second point guard taken behind Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

How did Gary Clark catch that alley-oop?

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 24:  Gary Clark #11 of the Cincinnati Bearcats shoots the ball against the Tulane Green Wave at Fifth Third Arena on January 24, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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No. 15 Cincinnati pounced on Memphis from the start, taking a 51-32 lead into halftime.

Then, Gary Clark decided to add insult to injury to start the second half. Seriously, how did he catch that?

Mick Cronin’s team is much better offensively than in previous seasons. I’m sure fans in the Fifth Third Arena can get used to seeing more plays like this.

Cassius Winston ends half with half-court 3-pointer

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans talks with Cassius Winston #5 in the second half during the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Michigan State freshman guard Cassius Winston had just one field goal in the first half. And it was a half-court buzzer-beater as the Spartans capped a sizable run to take a 49-31 lead over Nebraska going into the break.

The Spartans ended the half on a 21-5 run.

Winston provided a serious boost off the bench during that stanza. Moments earlier, he helped the Breslin Center erupt when he lobbed a pass off the backboard to teammate Miles Bridges.

Michigan State opened the day projected as one of the final at-large bids in the NCAA Tournament. The margin for error is thing and it appears the Spartans are playing with a sense of urgency.

 

CBT Podcast: Mark Titus recaps Wednesday’s games

LAWRENCE, KS - FEBRUARY 22: Frank Mason III #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks lays the ball up against JD Miller #15 and Jaylen Fisher #0 of the TCU Horned Frogs in the first half at Allen Fieldhouse on February 22, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Wednesday’s slate of games had several wild results.

Former Ohio State walk-on turned blogger turned author Mark Titus, who is currently writing for The Ringer, joined Rob Dauster on the latest episode of the CBT Podcast to go over last night’s games. The two also discussed who is the best team in the nation at the moment, as well Frank Mason III’s rap single from several years ago #BIFM

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Roy Williams apologizes to Rick Pitino, hopes that never happens at UNC again

CHAPEL HILL, NC - JANUARY 16:  Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates after his 800th career victory with a 85-68 win over the Syracuse Orange at the Dean Smith Center on January 16, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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North Carolina’s Roy Williams called fellow Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino to apologize for a fan’s behavior during Wednesday night’s game in Chapel Hill.

While leaving the floor at halftime, Pitino had to be restrained by members of the Louisville coaching staff and he and a UNC fan exchanged words as he made his way to the locker rom. There’s video of Pitino pointing and shouting at a fan, who reportedly said, “Pitino, you suck!”

“I don’t like that,” Williams said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “I mean we’re in North Carolina. We don’t have to be like everybody else. We can raise Cain. You can boo, but you don’t have to say the stuff that we as coaches have to put up with.”

“I hope that never happens at North Carolina ever again.”

No. 8 North Carolina defeated No. 7 Louisville, 74-63.

Bubble Banter: It’s a quiet night on the bubble

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Miles Bridges #22 reacts after being taken out of the game by head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half during the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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STILL TO PLAY

Georgia at Alabama (RPI: 68, KenPom: 61, next four teams), 7:00 p.m.

Nebraska at Michigan State (RPI: 43, KenPom: 55, No. 10 seed), 7:00 p.m.

Towson at UNC Wilmington (RPI: 41, KenPom: 57, No. 12 seed), 7:00 p.m.