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Ten-year disassociation ends for three former Michigan players

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The tie that has bound former Michigan players Chris Webber, Louis Bullock and Maurice Taylor for the last ten years wasn’t a good one, as the school disassociated itself from the three due to NCAA rules violations involving late Michigan booster Ed Martin.

On Wednesday the ten-year period, which was one of the school’s self-imposed sanctions, came to an end. In a story by the Larry Lage of the Associated Press both Bullock and Taylor expressed their desire to reconnect with the Michigan program.

“This morning, I felt really good about the dissociation being over and having the opportunity to reunite with the University of Michigan,” Taylor told the Associated Press. “I’m excited to talk to [UM athletic director Dave] Brandon and coach (John) Beilein. While I had some success in the NBA, there was a void in my life because of the circumstances.

“I had three of the best years of my life there and I love that school and all that it stands for.”

While Bullock and Taylor’s desire to reconnect is certainly a positive, it is Webber who will be the focus of this development due to his role in the program reaching the NCAA title game in both 1992 and 1993.

As a result of his role in the scandal the school took down the Final Four banners associated with those seasons, leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of the players who were not found to have broken rules. What will it take for the school to honor the Fab Five now that Michigan can once again associate itself with Webber?

But, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon has said Webber must first apologize for his role in the scandal before the university would make any overtures toward recognizing the group.

“I don’t see much movement and I don’t see the sense of urgency at all,” Jalen Rose told the Detroit Free Press. “I see a line in the sand that was drawn basically saying if Chris doesn’t apologize, they’re going to punish everybody else.”

Will Webber make the move to apologize to the school? And what happens if he doesn’t apologize? Does that mean the other members of the program at that time will be made to pay the consequences as well?

What the answers to those questions are remain to be seen. But at the very least the school and Webber can now actively discuss them, and that should be seen as a positive.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”:

Wayne Selden stars as Kansas wins the title in Maui

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The last time we wrote about Wayne Selden in this space, it was my colleague Scott Phillips who questioned, after a poor performance in the Champions Classic, whether or not Selden is capable of bring a primary scorer for a team with NCAA title aspirations.

At the time, it wasn’t an unfair question to ask.

Selden is a former top 15 recruit. He is a guy who was expected to go one-and-done that played poorly in the first big game of his third year on campus. But after three days it Maui, it appears that the old Wayne Selden is gone.

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He capped an MVP performance in the Maui Invitational with 25 points and seven boards on 8-for-11 shooting as the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks knocked off No. 19 Vanderbilt, 70-63, in the title game. Selden was terrific for the entire weekend, averaging 21.5 points in the two games against Division I competition and shooting 12-for-17 from beyond the arc in the three game tournament.

It was the best that we’ve seen Selden play during his Jayhawk career, and it came in a game the Jayhawks desperately needed it. Vanderbilt is a damn good team. They’re ranked 19th, which may actually be too low, and they seem to clearly be the biggest challenger to Kentucky in the SEC. They jumped out to a double-digit lead on Kansas in the first half as the Jayhawks seemed to be sleep-walking early in the game.

Enter Selden. He drilled three threes in the first half and scored 13 of the 26 Jayhawk points to keep them close. In other words, he played like a star on a night Kansas desperately needed someone to step up and play like a star. Remember: this is a dude that had enough talent and potential in high school to be considered a McDonald’s All-American and a potential lottery pick. The ability is there:

(That move is filthy.)

The question has always been whether or not he is capable of putting it all together, of being the guy that can be relied upon to make the big play in the big moment, to carry a team with title aspirations.

And to be fair, the jury is still out in that regard. Are we just going to ignore those four free throws he clanged down the stretch?

But seeing Selden have this kind of performance in a game like this against a team that is this good is unquestionably a positive for Kansas moving forward.