Matt Derenbecker

Matt Derenbecker headed back to Louisiana, transferring to New Orleans

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Matt Derenbecker is headed home. Again

The former LSU and Dayton forward will reportedly transfer to New Orleans, weeks after announcing he was leaving the Flyers’ program. He will apply for a waiver to be eligible immediately.

Derenbecker’s college career has logged him a lot of miles. The Metairie, La. native started 16 games as a freshman at LSU and averaged 6.5 points and 2.1 rebounds before deciding to leave the program, spending some time away from basketball to “address some personal matters” . That decision ultimately took him to Dayton, where after sitting out a season, the 6-7, 185-pounder averaged 4.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game in 2012-13.

Though his one season in a Dayton uniform will mainly be remembered for this.

Now, he’s had a change of heart, again, and Derenbecker now wishes to be closer to home. So he’s signing with the Privateers, his third team in three eligible seasons.

“Either way, we’re excited to have Matt join our program,” New Orleans coach Mark Slessinger told The Baton Rouge Advocate. “He fills a need for us and I know he’s going to be happy to be playing close to home again.”

In a way, Derenbecker and the Privateers are a perfect fit. The Privateers, like Derenbecker, have had a whirlwind few years, initially electing to make the move from Division I to Division III after the school was decimated financially by Hurricane Katrina. That never happened, as the school is now back on its feet and has been an independent for the last few years. New Orleans will enter their first season in the Southland Conference in 2013-14.

If he gets the waiver, Derenbecker will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. If not, he’ll sit out the 2013-14 season, losing his redshirt junior year, and be eligible as a fifth-year senior in 2014-15.

New Orleans went 8-18 in their first season back as a Division I team, spending one season as a mercenary with the nomadic Great West Conference, in 2012-13. The Privateers lost only two seniors off last year’s squad, but they were their top-two scorers in Rarlensee Nelson and Lovell Cook. The Privateers return the likes of Cory Dixon (8.7 points, 5.1 rebounds per game) next season.

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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.