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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.

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

Wayne Selden Jr., Jeff Roberson
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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.