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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

Tom Izzo’s point is valid, but he’s wrong about the new fouling rules

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On Sunday night, after No. 3 Michigan State knocked off No. 23 Providence in the final of the Wooden Legacy, Spartans head coach Tom Izzo made sure to make his feelings known about the new college basketball officiating mandates.

He doesn’t like them.

At all.

“I just think we’re taking the flow of the game away,” Izzo said. “Maybe it’ll change. We’ll play by the same rules everybody else does. But I think I can voice my opinion to say that I don’t agree with it.”

Part of what frustrated Izzo was that, in a matchup between the two best players in college basketball, both Denzel Valentine and Kris Dunn were sent to the bench with foul trouble.

“I didn’t like it either way,” Izzo said. “I didn’t like having Denzel on the bench, and I didn’t even like watching Dunn on the bench.”

“Don’t tweet this now and leave out the officials,” he added, according to CBSSports.com. “It’s not their fault. Because that’s the way they’re mandated to call them. So I am really either blaming the rules committee, which ends up on the coaches somewhat. So I’m looking in the mirror and blaming myself because I should have argued it more maybe. I just don’t think it’s fun to have these guys sitting.”

This is nothing new for Izzo. This was calculated. He basically said the same thing after Michigan State, then No. 1 in the country, beat Oklahoma in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic two seasons ago, when the rules committee tried to implement these same rules. It was his pushback that started the campaign to get rid of the freedom of movement rules.

But here’s the thing: we all knew this was going to happen. We knew there was going to be an adjustment period, for coaches and players and referees alike. In the long run, freedom of movement is good for basketball. It’s part of the reason the NBA is so much fun to watch these days, as their emphasis on the freedom of movement got us out of the days where the Detroit Pistons were winning titles without scoring 80 points.

Physicality is ingrained in college basketball. Coaches teach defense a certain way. Players play defense a certain way. The guys in the NBA are stronger, but the style of play is much more physical in the college game than the pro game. That doesn’t change overnight.

It changes when those rules are enforced and those fouls are called, and, as a result, the players and coaches learn to adjust to them.

Kennesaw State blows eight-point lead in 16 seconds, loses to Elon

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Kennesaw State entered Monday night at 1-6 on the season, but with 19 seconds left, it looked like the Owls have their second of the season locked up. Kendrick Ray made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to put KSU up 89-81, and all they had to do was avoid a complete meltdown to get out with a win.

They couldn’t.

A Luke Eddy layup with 16 seconds left cut the lead to six, and after KSU’s Nigel Pruitt missed two free throws, Dainan Swoope his a three with seven seconds left to make the score 89-86.

On the ensuing inbounds, Kennesaw State threw the ball away … and then proceeded to foul Eddy when he was shooting a three. This is what that disaster looked like:

Eddy would hit all three threes before, shockingly, KSU turned the ball over again. Elon could not capitalize this time, sending the game to overtime, where the Phoenix outscored the Owls 14-4.

Elon won 104-94.

Here’s what the comeback looked like on the play-by-play:

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