The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

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Flint explains Drexel’s scheduling difficulty (PhilaHoops)
The fight for respect has been a difficult one for Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint in regards to his program’s relationship with the other five Division I schools in Philadelphia. And in no area has that been more apparent than in scheduling, with the Dragons finding it increasingly difficult to schedule home game against solid competition. And it seems as if Flint’s had enough of making concessions in regards to home-and-home series.

Cal’s Richard Solomon brings his karate agility to the court (Sports Illustrated)
Cal was without the services of senior big man Richard Solomon for their Maui Invitational semifinal against Syracuse on Tuesday, as Solomon suffered an eye injury against Arkansas. But beyond this tournament the growth of Solomon is a key factor for the Golden Bears as they look to return to the NCAA tournament and enjoy more success once there.

Purvis can’t play this year, but UConn uses his talent (Hartford Courant)
N.C. State transfer Rodney Purvis isn’t eligible to take the court for the UConn Huskies this season, but his year in residency is something that can benefit both the player and the program. With that in mind, UConn has used Purvis on the scout team as the opposition’s best perimeter player. So when there was a need to imitate a Yogi Ferrell (Indiana) or Dez Wells (Maryland), it was Purvis who was entrusted to do so.

VanDerveer remains student of the game (ESPN)
Stanford women’s head coach tara VanDerveer moved one win closer to the 900-win plateau on Tuesday night as the Cardinal beat Purdue by the final score of 86-69. Stanford will look to give VanDerveer the 900th victory of her career on Wednesday against FGCU, and a win would make the great coach the fifth in the history of women’s college basketball to reach the 900-win mark.

Missouri AD Alden ejects Antlers student fan group (Associated Press)
For the second time in as many games The Antlers, a group of college students who attend Missouri basketball games, were ejected from Mizzou Arena for inappropriate chants. The group, which is not the officially sanctioned student section (the Zou Crew is), was established in 1976 and has been known to push the envelope with some of its chants. Apparently, enough is enough in the eyes of the athletic department.

College athlete may not be able to keep $20,000 he won for hitting half-court shot (Think Progress)
23-year old Carlos Rodriguez, who hit a half-court shot to win $20,000 at an Oklahoma City Thunder game, should be thinking of ways in which to spend in his recently earned money. Instead, thanks to his being a member of the basketball team at Southwestern College in Kansas, Rodriguez may not be able to keep the money if he’s to remain eligible.

Charlotte 49ers basketball team shows potential to be special (Charlotte Observer)
One of the big winners this weekend was Charlotte, which beat Michigan in the game’s final second to win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title. And the early success experienced by Alan Major’s squad has some thinking that the 49ers could be in line for a special season in the first season of their second run in Conference USA.

Ole Miss closes loan on new basketball arena (Ole Miss Athletics)
Monday was a big day in the history of Ole Miss basketball, as the school closed the loan that will finance a new basketball arena. The Rebels’ current home, Tad Smith Coliseum, opened in 1966 and despite multiple renovation projects the facility lagged behind others in the SEC. The hope is to have the new arena ready to go by January 2016, and it’s something head coach Andy Kennedy and his staff will be able to sell to recruits.

Richmond’s Mooney returns to happy basketball memories at Clune Arena (Colorado Springs Gazette)
On Wednesday night the Richmond Spiders take on the Air Force Falcons in Colorado Springs, and the game marks the first time that Richmond head coach Chris Mooney has been in Clune Arena since 2005. Mooney spent four seasons as an assistant on Joe Scott’s staff at Air Force, winning a Mountain West regular season title in 2004, before taking over as head coach for one season in 2004-05.

2017 NCAA Tournament Final Four schedule, tip times, and announcer pairings

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National Semifinals– Saturday, April 1

6:09 p.m. EST, CBS, Glendale
No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 1 Gonzaga (Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson)

Approximately 40 minutes after conclusion of first game, CBS, Glendale
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 3 Oregon (Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson)

VIDEO: The insane final 10 seconds of North Carolina’s win over Kentucky

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North Carolina and Kentucky ended in legendary fashion on Sunday.

After freshman Malik Monk buried a heavily-contested three-pointer to tie the game at 73-all for Kentucky with under 10 seconds left the Tar Heels didn’t use a timeout as Theo Pinson found forward Luke Maye for the game-winning jumper.

These 10 seconds will go down as one of the greatest finishes in NCAA Tournament history.

No. 1 seed North Carolina outlasts No. 2 seed Kentucky to advance to the Final Four

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North Carolina advanced to the Final Four for the second consecutive season and 20th time overall as the No. 1 seed Tar Heels outlasted No. 2 seed Kentucky, 75-73, during Sunday’s South Regional final in Memphis.

Reserve forward Luke Maye knocked in the game-winning jumper for the Tar Heels with 0.3 seconds left to break a 73-all tie after Kentucky’s Malik Monk tied the game with a three-pointer on the previous possession.

The Tar Heels (31-7) overcame an ankle issue from junior point guard Joel Berry as North Carolina was led by Justin Jackson’s 19 points.

Maye also stepped up with a big game for North Carolina as he continued his strong March with 17 points. Berry added 11 points, as he went to the locker room during the first half to get his ankle looked at before returning to play later in the half.

Kentucky (32-6) won the regular-season matchup of these teams, 103-100, in Las Vegas in December as their freshmen guards struggled to perform on Sunday. After De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk combined for 71 points in that previous win over the Tar Heels, the two freshmen studs couldn’t get going.

Both of them dealt with first-half foul trouble as Fox finished with 13 points while Monk was held to 12 points. Also battling foul trouble in the first half, freshman Bam Adebayo added 13 points for the Wildcats.

With Fox and Monk struggling to generate consistent offense, the Wildcats were able to stay in the game thanks to great performances from reserves like Isaac Humphries (career-high 12 points) and senior Dominique Hawkins (10 points.

North Carolina advances to face No. 3 seed Oregon in next weekend’s Final Four.

VIDEO: South Carolina celebrates Final Four trip by dousing Frank Martin in water

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South Carolina earned its first trip to the Final Four with its win over SEC-rival Florida on Sunday.

The Gamecocks made sure to celebrate properly when head coach Frank Martin hit the locker room after the game by dousing him in water before Martin gave another speech.

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VIDEO: Darius Rucker tears up as South Carolina advances to the Final Four

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Darius Rucker, the former front man of Hootie and the Blowfish and a current star in the country music world, is a lifelong South Carolina Gamecocks fan.

This isn’t really a secret.

Hell, on Friday night at a concert he was playing, Rucker set up TVs so that he would be able to watch South Carolina take on Baylor:

You probably didn’t realize just how big of a fan he actually is until you saw him, sitting second row at the regional final in New York City on Sunday afternoon, tearing up as the Gamecocks advanced to the Final Four:

Let ’em cry, Darius, if the tears fall down like rain.