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Doc Sadler joins Fred Hoiberg’s staff at Iowa State

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With T.J. Otzelberger’s decision to join Lorenzo Romar’s staff at Washington, Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg had a position that needed to be filled.

On Friday it was announced by the school that Hoiberg has filled the vacancy, with the experienced Doc Sadler being the choice. Iowa State’s announcement came on the heels of a report from Jason King of earlier Friday that the hire was complete.

Sadler, who last season served as director of basketball operations on Bill Self’s staff at Kansas, has eight seasons of head coach experience at UTEP and Nebraska.

Sadler has a career head coaching record of 149-107 (at the Division I level), and with his experience at both Nebraska (the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011) and Kansas he’s certainly familiar with the Big 12.

“I am thrilled that Coach Sadler will be joining the Iowa State family,” Hoiberg said in the statement announced the hire. “Doc brings a wealth of experience to our staff and is respected in the profession. His Big 12 coaching experience and extensive recruiting background will help on the road and make him a very valuable member of our staff.”

Sadler joins Matt Abdelmassih and Cornell Mann on Hoiberg’s staff.

In other staff news at Iowa State, Hoiberg announced the promotion of Charlie Henry to director of player development. As a graduate assistant last season Henry was in charge of all video editing.

“Charlie is very talented and his video editing knowledge has been beneficial for our program,” Hoiberg said in the release. “He will continue to do a lot of video work and we will expand his job duties as well. We are excited to be able to keep him on our staff.”

It’s been a busy week in Ames, as it was reported late Thursday that former Marshall guard DeAndre Kane will transfer to Iowa State.

With Kane joining forwards Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang, Cyclone fans are hopeful that “The Mayor” can lead his alma mater to a third straight NCAA tournament appearance despite heavy personnel losses from last year’s team.

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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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Rick Pitino: Louisville ‘just ignored’ in top 25 due of scandal

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Louisville beatdown Saint Louis at the Barclays Center on Sunday night, a 77-57 win that was much closer at halftime than the final score might indicate.

The win moved the Cardinals to 5-0 on the season, and that, in turn, got Louisville into the back end of both top 25 polls.

They’re 24th in the AP Poll and 22nd in the Coaches Poll, but that happened on Monday morning. On Sunday night, Pitino made sure to get a rant in about how this team is viewed and why pundits and voters should overlook the scandal currently plaguing his program.

“I think people are looking at that and they’re not really studying the team,” he said, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, adding that he thinks the team is “just ignored” because of the accusations leveled by self-described madam Katina Powell in the book she published back in October.

And here’s the thing: he is 100 percent correct. Louisville was overlooked in the preseason because the scandal, when combined with the fact that the Cardinals are integrating so many new pieces into their rotation, made it tough to see how they would be able to compete at a level that we’ve come to expect out of Louisville teams.

I know that because it’s why my colleagues at, against my wishes, refused to allow me to rank Louisville in the preseason top 25. In other words, I’ve had first-hand interactions with the haters. But if we’re going to be honest here, scandal or no scandal, Louisville probably wasn’t going to find their way into the preseason top 25, not when they had to replace Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell.

And scandal or no scandal, no team from outside the top 25 is going to play their way into the top 25 by beating the likes of North Florida and St. Francis (NY) without some shenanigans — like Fred VanVleet getting hurt, like Indiana collapsing, like Arizona and Cal and Notre Dame playing their way out of the top 20 — happening around the country.

So Pitino is right: the scandal probably did have an impact on how his team was viewed in the preseason.

But Pitino the scandal isn’t what kept them out of the top 25 until Monday.

That weak non-conference schedule and roster turnover was why.

And if we’re going to be honest here, it probably should have kept them out for another week.