The Secondary Break: Wednesday’s Links

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“That’s not my legacy”: 12 years after Rutgers firing, Kevin Bannon is at peace (Newark Star-Ledger)
When he first took over as head coach at Rutgers in the late-1990s, Kevin Bannon has the look of a coach capable of leading the program to greater heights. But a free throw contest in which players had to remove an article of clothing for each miss resulted in Bannon’s firing. And while Rutgers continues its quest for a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991 Bannon’s moved forward in life.

NBA projections fall for star-studded lineup (Louisville Courier-Journal)
One aspect of the one-and-done era that has taken some getting used to is the immediate analysis of the draft potential of the nation’s best freshmen. Having played just one-third of the season doesn’t stop pundits from offering their thoughts and mock drafts, and in the case of Kentucky’s crop their stock has dropped some. But in all honesty this likely isn’t (and shouldn’t) be their focus right now.

BC’s Clifford still a question mark (Boston Globe)
Boston College center Dennis Clifford is a valuable piece for the Eagles, but unfortunately for them he’s been unable to play this season after undergoing a procedure during the offseason on both of his knees. Without their big man the Eagles have struggled defensively, and a decision should be made in the next couple of weeks as to whether or not he’ll be able to play at all this season.

Marist graduate Kristina Danella leading own college basketball team (Poughkeepsie Journal)
For many college graduates the job market can be tough to navigate, with the number of immediate opportunities in their chosen field being limited. But in the case of former Marist forward Kristina Danella, she’s now in charge of her own program (interim head coach at Urbana University) less than a year removed from college.

Sylvia Hatchell doing “really good” (ESPN)
North Carolina women’s head basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell’s been on leave since being diagnosed with leukemia in October, and her hope is to be back on the sideline running her program by the end of the season.

Henderson getting help as Rebels near SEC play (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson receives most of the attention when it comes to the Rebels thanks to his shot selection and histrionics that fire up fans no matter when the game is being played. But as Ole Miss approaches the start of SEC play it should be known that he’s got some help, most notably a player in Jarvis Summers who’s much improved from a season ago.

Brandon Taylor’s heart outgrows his frame (Salt Lake Tribune)
Utah put together arguably its best performance of the season on Saturday night as they blew out rival BYU in Salt Lake City. The tandem of Jordan Loveridge and Delon Wright will receive many of the headlines but they aren’t the only key contributors at Larry Krystkowiak’s disposal. Sophomore point guard Brandon Taylor’s been key as well, and he’s becoming a vocal leader for the Utes.

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

Dan Hurley
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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.