Pac 12 Basketball Tournament - First Round

Eric Musselman promoted to associate head coach at Arizona State

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Assistant coach Eric Musselman has been promoted to associate head coach at Arizona State under head coach Herb Sendek.

Musselman has been on staff since the beginning of last season after being named the NBA D-League Coach of the Year with the Los Angeles D-fenders. He also spent two seasons as head coach of the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings and has coached in the USBL and CBA.

Recently, Musselman was the head coach of the Venezuelan National Team in 2012. His job with the Sun Devils is his first in the collegiate ranks.

Musselman made a meteoric rise in the coaching ranks in the pros and there’s been a lot of talk that he’d fit in well with the college style. Musselman is partially responsible for the development of Jahii Carson and the surprise run Arizona State had this past season — going 22-13 after a 10-21 year in 2011-12 and making their first postseason appearance since 2009 with an NIT bid.

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Pitino: Mathiang won’t return this season after foot injury

Louisville's Mangok Mathiang dunks the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Connecticut, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino says he won’t bring back injured junior forward Mangok Mathiang now that the No. 13 Cardinals are out of postseason following a self-imposed ban.

The 6-foot-10 Mathiang broke his left foot Dec. 19 against Western Kentucky and was expected to miss six to eight weeks after surgery. He had been working out and Pitino said Friday he considered playing him in the postseason.

But Louisville announced the one-year ban last Friday from all postseason tournaments after its investigation into an escort’s allegations that a former staffer hired her and other dancers for sex parties revealed that violations did occur.

Pitino says it’s in Mathiang’s best interest not to return this season and heal, adding, “I think he’s very much OK with it.”

Mountain West admits official error, won’t change result of Boise State-Colorado State

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After reviewing video for a second straight day, the Mountain West has determined that Boise State should have beaten Colorado State on Wednesday night, but that due to an NCAA rule the outcome of the game cannot be changed.

Boise State’s James Webb III hit a one-handed, banked-in three at the end of overtime in Colorado State’s Moby Arena, breaking an 84-all tie, but after officials reviewed the play on the video monitor, they waived off the basket. Webb got the shot off in time, but the clock operator did not start the clock on time. After using stopwatch technology embedded in the video monitor, the referees determined that it took 1.3 seconds from the time that Webb caught the pass until the time that he got the shot off.

There were 0.8 seconds left when Boise State took the ball out of bounds.

On Thursday, the league announced that the referees followed the correct protocol to make the call.

They released a video that the referees used to make the decision, but upon further analysis — and amid a push on social media — it was determined that there was a difference between the “rate at which the embedded digital stopwatch advanced and the rate at which the game clock regressed during the instant replay review.”

In other words, the referees made the correct call with the evidence they had available, but the conference provided them with flawed evidence.

Boise State lost 97-93 in double-overtime.

The loss came four days after officials botched a call at the end of San Diego State’s win over New Mexico.