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James Madison unveils new court design

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After making the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance in nearly two decades, the James Madison Dukes will be playing on a new court in 2013-14.

During the spring the James Madison athletic department asked fans to submit their ideas for a new court design, resulting in some 65 submissions. From there the athletic department cut the list down to ten, giving fans the opportunity to provide feedback on the final submissions. On Saturday the school announced its decision, choosing a design that features the school’s secondary logo.

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“Several months of planning and tweaking have culminated in a layout that will be uniquely JMU while instilling heightened spirit and pride,” James Madison AD Jeff Bourne said in the release. “I’d like to commend our folks for their hard work to identify a bolder, more distinctive appearance while also thanking the many fans who participated in our social media design campaign.”

In addition to the two images of Duke Dog, James Madison’s signature and the CAA logo are on the court. Now that the design of the court has been determined, head coach Matt Brady can go about his business in earning a second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament.

Sophomore Andre Nation returns after averaging 9.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game as a freshman, and he’ll be asked to lead the way for a team that has to replace its top three scorers from a season ago. JMU adds six freshmen to the program with five being front court players. With Rayshawn Goins (12.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and A.J. Davis (12.2, 3.6) out of eligibility, the Dukes will need their young big men to hit the ground running.

Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.