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The Secondary Break: Friday’s Links

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There’s more about the man behind the Skip Prosser Classic (CBS Sports)
On Saturday Xavier hosts Wake Forest in the fourth edition of the Skip Prosser Classic, a game that brings together the last two programs coached by the late Skip Prosser. But the game is about more than Prosser’s impact on the college game, and Prosser himself was about more than just basketball.

Tyler, Dylan Ennis drop brotherly love for one day (City of Basketball Love)
The matchup of Top 10 teams at the Carrier Dome on Saturday will also be a matchup of siblings, as older brother Dylan (Villanova) takes on younger brother Tyler (Syracuse). Both have been successful in their first season on the court for their respective programs, with Dylan eligible at Villanova after beginning his career at Rice.

Haith talks about Tigers’ upcoming trip to N.C. State (Columbia Daily Tribune)
One of the bigger games of the weekend is Missouri’s trip to Raleigh, where they’ll take on an N.C. State team that seems to be finding its stride. And sophomore forward T.J. Warren represents a major challenge for Frank Haith’s team, and the high-scorer was one of the topics that the head coach discussed on Thursday.

Mayes trying to stay positive as role shrinks (Arizona Daily Star)
No. 1 Arizona essentially has a seven-man rotation when healthy, with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Gabe York being the two reserves seeing action. That means senior guard Jordin Mayes is an odd man out so to speak, and he’s doing his best to remain positive (and prepared) despite a lack of playing time.

All-Bay Area men’s college basketball so far? Argue away (San Francisco Chronicle)
With teams diving into conference play this weekend, Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle made his picks for his All-Bay Area team through the non-conference portion of the schedule.

For big hoops programs like Washington, a check can yield an easy win (Seattle Times)
Washington has paid $420,000 for five of their home games this season, and thus far the Huskies have won three of those games. This weekend Lorenzo Romar’s program will play Mississippi Valley State, which will collect an $80,000 check for agreeing to the game. And it isn’t as if Washington’s doing something rare, as such games have been commonplace in college basketball for years.

Louisville-Kentucky trumps Duke-North Carolina in rivalry debate (WDRB)
With the two Bluegrass State rivals meeting on Saturday in Lexington, the winner will enjoy bragging rights for the next year. And while more than a few have placed the Duke/North Carolina rival atop college basketball, that feeling isn’t shared by those who have experienced Louisville/Kentucky.

Lobo standouts adjust their games (Albuquerque Journal)
New Mexico’s “big three” of guard Kendall Williams, forward Cameron Bairstow and center Alex Kirk have done much of the heavy lifting offensively, and that will continue to be the case. But if the Lobos are to win another Mountain West title that trio will need help, and in recent games Cullen Neal and Deshawn Delaney have stepped up. With this being the case, the stars have needed to adjust some.

Five-star 2017 guard Lonnie Walker cuts list to five schools

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Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker is coming off of a very good summer as he trimmed his list to five schools on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-4 native of Reading, Pennsylvania is still considering Arizona, Kentucky, Miami, Syracuse and Villanova, he announced on Twitter.

Regarded as the No. 26 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, Walker played with Team Final in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer as he averaged 16.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Walker shot 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and 72 percent from the free-throw line.

An efficient scorer who is learning to drive with both hands, Walker is very talented and the type of guard who might also be able to handle a bit as well.

VIDEO: Jim Boeheim makes TV appearance to talk Carmelo Anthony

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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has drawn attention for some recent comments about former Orange star Carmelo Anthony.

After Anthony captured his record third gold medal with USA Basketball, his former college coach told Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard that Anthony didn’t have a great chance at winning an NBA title.

“He’s unlikely to win an NBA title,” Boeheim said of Anthony. “He’s never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title.”

Boeheim maintains that he was speaking of Melo’s legacy being about more than an NBA title and that he’s one of the game’s greats thanks to other accomplishments like the Syracuse title and gold medals. On SportsCenter, Boeheim made sure to stress where those comments were coming from, while also making sure his kids would stop being mad at him.

It’s much easier to understand where Boeheim is coming from in this instance and it clears up something that will probably go away now.

Big Ten releases conference schedule

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 22:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts against the Virginia Cavaliers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 22, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The Big Ten released its 2016-17 conference schedule on Thursday as the conference season begins on Dec. 27 with a four-game set.

Conference play will conclude on March 5th before the 20th annual Big Ten Tournament is played at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. from March 8-12.

Some notable games include Penn State hosting Michigan State at the Palestra on Jan. 7.

You can view the full Big Ten schedule here.

Arizona’s Talbott Denny injures knee, out for season

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona senior forward Talbott Denny will miss the season after tearing the ACL and medial meniscus in his left knee.

The school said Wednesday that the 6-foot-5 graduate transfer from Lipscomb will have surgery.

Denny, from Tucson’s Salpointe Catholic High School, missed all of last season at Lipscomb because of a shoulder injury.

Roy Williams: ‘There’s no question’ more ACC games equal no Kentucky in non-conference

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 23: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the Iowa State Cyclones at the AT&T Center on March 23, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Back in June, when the ACC officially announced that they would be expanding the league schedule to 20 games in 2019, I tried to warn you that it was going to put a dent into the non-conference schedule and the amount of quality, on-campus games that we’ll get prior to January.

Roy Williams essentially confirmed this as fact this week.

The North Carolina head coach hopped on a podcast with ESPN and more or less said that the bigger league schedule is going to lead to an end of some of UNC’s marquee home-and-home series.

“My feeling right now, and it could change by ’19, heck I could be fired by ’19, but my feeling right now is to play our conference schedule, play one exempt event where you have really good teams, and other than that play home games to help out your revenue and help out your budget,” Williams said. “We have the ACC/Big Ten and that’s not going to go away. So it’s 21 games already scheduled.”

When asked specifically if this would put an end to UNC’s series with Kentucky, Williams said, “Oh yeah, there’s no question. Why would I need to do that?”

There’s two reasons this makes sense. On the one hand, North Carolina needs to fill their home arena a certain number of times to help with the bottom line of the athletic department. They make enough off of ticket sales, merchandise sales, parking fees and food and beverage that they can afford to pay out more than $50,000 to bring a smaller opponent into their arena. More than that, playing a series of weaklings early in the year allows players to gain confidence, it allows Williams to figure out what his rotation will be and who can handle playing at this level, and it gives newcomers a chance to assimilate into his team against players that just aren’t that good.

And when a larger ACC schedule severely limits the number of non-conference games that UNC will be able to play, what’s going to get cut are the contracts that require the Tar Heels to play on the road when they don’t have to.

So buh-bye, Kentucky, it is.