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The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

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Arizona’s Sean Miller is one of the best bargains in college basketball (Forbes)
The game’s best coaches tend to be well-compensated, and this is certainly the case for Arizona head coach Sean Miller. According to Forbes the leader of the nation’s top-ranked team will earn $2.3 million, a figure that’s low when compared to some of the other top coaches in college basketball. And with the increased revenues being generated by the program, Miller may be one of the best bargains in college basketball.

Appalachian State athlete starts shoe drive for Nigerian children (The Appalachian)
Appalachian State forward Michael Obacha is using his position as a member of the basketball team to help others in need, as he’s started a shoe drive with the proceeds to benefit children in his native Nigeria. Obacha, whose shoe drive will begin on Tuesday night when the Mountaineers host UNCG, also has the support for former Davidson forward and fellow Nigerian Andrew Lovedale.

Top 10 Most Hated College Basketball Teams Ever (Lost Lettermen)
This is an interesting slide show of the ten most hated college basketball teams ever, according to the folks over at Lost Lettermen. To say the least it’s an interesting look at some teams that, in addition to inviting fan vitriol, also accomplished some good things on the court.

After drama, Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane writes happy ending (USA Today)
Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane has been one of the nation’s best transfers this season, leading the way for an Iowa State team that currently has a 14-2 record on the season. Kane’s college career has been an eventful one as well, with personal struggles and the loss of his father very nearly resulting in Kane deciding to give up basketball for good.

Unexpected basketball struggles may leave empty NCAA seats (Raleigh News & Observer)
With the PNC Arena in Raleigh slated to host NCAA tournament games this spring, many Duke and North Carolina fans purchased tickets with the belief that their team would be able to do enough to be placed in that subregional for the first weekend of the Big Dance. However the recent struggles of the Blue Devils and Tar Heels has some concerned that the teams could end up being sent elsewhere. But there’s a lot of basketball still to be played.

Fewer fouls since fallout of basketball rule changes make Larry Eustachy a happy coach (The Coloradoan)
Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy was none too thrilled with the rules changes made to increase offensive players’ freedom of movement, and he certainly made his opinions on the matter known. But as the season’s worn on things have evened out somewhat, resulting in a happier head coach.

UC Irvine center Mamadou Ndiaye creates altering reality for opponents (Los Angeles Times)
7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye is certainly a sight to behold when he’s on the floor for the preseason favorites to win the Big West, as his size makes scoring in the paint incredible difficult for opponents. But even if he isn’t racking up the blocked shots, Ndiaye’s mere presence changes many shots on a consistent basis.

Utes searching for answers to offensive woes (Deseret News)
Utah’s trip to Washington this past weekend was a difficult one, with the Utes falling to both Washington and Washington State. Against the Cougars Larry Krystkowiak’s team scored just 46 points, and with their recent offensive struggles in mind Utah’s in search of answers with the Los Angeles schools visiting this week.

After latest blowout, Terps “just got to stay positive” (Washington Post)
On Sunday night Maryland took an absolute beating at Florida State, with the game being the second straight defeat by at least 20 points for the Terrapins. But given how tough ACC play can be, there’s no time for Mark Turgeon’s team to sulk and feel sorry for itself.

Kennedy Meeks to return to North Carolina

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North Carolina center Kennedy Meeks announced on Wednesday that he would be withdrawing his name from NBA Draft consideration.

“I’m thankful I had the chance to explore my draft options, but I’m excited about the opportunity to rejoin my teammates and work toward having another outstanding season at UNC,” says Meeks. “I appreciate the support my coaches and teammates gave me during this process as we gathered information about my professional opportunities at this time. The feedback on what I have to work on so that I can have a great senior year, help my team have a great season and be ready to take that next step is invaluable.”

Meeks did not get an invitation to the NBA Draft combine, which is a pretty clear indication that he did not have a real chance to get drafted this year. But the new rule allows him to gather feedback on what he needs to do to improve and get himself into a position where he can land a professional contract after he graduates next season.

As a junior, Meeks battled injury but still managed to average 9.2 points and 5.9 boards.

Louisville students’ lawsuit against escort is dismissed

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A Louisville judge has dismissed a lawsuit by University of Louisville students filed against Katina Powell that said the escort’s book allegations of sex parties at the men’s basketball players’ dormitory had devalued their education.

Kyle Hornback and three other students sued Powell last fall, saying her book damaged the school’s reputation. Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry denied their argument in Friday’s decision but allowed others who joined the suit after being named in the book to file amended complaints that they were falsely accused and defamed.

Powell has said that former Cardinals basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to entertain recruits and players. Several investigations are ongoing including one by Louisville, which self-imposed a postseason ban and reduced scholarships and recruiting opportunities.

Report: Wichita State approaches Mountain West

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A year ago, Wichita State president John Bardo called for the school to study the feasibility of bringing football back to the athletic program.

Apparently the Shockers administration has even grander designs.

Wichita State has approached the Mountain West Conference about membership, according to a report from CBSSports.com.

The Missouri Valley Conference, which has been the Shockers’ home since 1946, is aware of Wichita State’s interest in switching conference affiliation, the report states. The Mountain West would makes sense for the Shockers as the conference currently has an odd-number hoops membership of 11 and would provide them with higher-profile opponents than the Valley. Just twice in conference history has the MWC been a one-bid NCAA tournament team, with last year being the first since 2001 for it to occur. The Shockers are also reportedly eyeing other leagues, like the AAC and Conference USA.

MWC commissioner Craig Thompson told CBS Sports that if Wichita State were to leave the Valley, “it ain’t going to be to us.”

Wichita State, which dropped football in 1986, has seen its basketball profile skyrocket in recent years under Gregg Marshall, who led the Shockers to a Final Four and a 35-0 start to the season in back-to-back years before reaching the Sweet 16 in 2015 and the Round of 32 last year. Marshall now makes more than $3 million per season.

Losing Wichita State would be a considerable blow to the Valley, which already lost perennial power Creighton to the Big East in the last round of realignment. Loyola Chicago, formerly of the Horizon League, filled the Bluejays’ spot.

Michigan’s Chatman transferring

Michigan  guard/forward Kameron Chatman (3) passes against Northwestern during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
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Kameron Chatman is leaving the Michigan program after two seasons, the school announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 forward will transfer following a sophomore season in which his minutes were halved from his freshman campaign.

“I am incredibly grateful for my two years at Michigan,” Chatman said in a statement released by Michigan. “I would like to thank coach (John) Beilein and his entire staff for taking a chance on a small town kid out of Portland. I know my experience has inspired others as I will take all of my lessons learned to continue my pursuit of becoming the best man and player I can.”

Chatman is now the fourth Wolverine to transfer this spring, as Spike Albrecht (Purdue), Aubrey Dawkins (Central Florida) and Ricky Doyle have already departed. The Wolverines, who still have not announced replacements for assistant coaches LaVall Jordan (Milwaukee) and Bacari Alexander (Detroit), have been active in graduate transfer market as they look to rebuild much of their depth on the perimeter.

Chatman, who was a top-50 recruit out of high school, averaged 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds per game for Michigan. He made 15 starts as a freshman, but only two as a sophomore.

Gilmore leaving VCU

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Sophomore forward Michael Gilmore is transferring from VCU, the school announced Tuesday.

Gilmore started 18 games and appeared in 55 total for the Rams, but never carved out more than a marginal role, averaging 11.5 minutes per game as a sophomore after 6.3 his freshman season. He averaged 3.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game this past year as he saw his role dwindle down the stretch for the Rams.

His departure will take away some interior depth for VCU, but coach Will Wade will still be returning the bulk of the team that tested eventual Final Four participant Oklahoma in the Round of 32 a month ago.

For Gilmore, he’ll likely have plenty of suitors despite the pedestrian numbers he posted over the last two years as 6-foot-10 forwards who have shown the ability to space the floor don’t hit the transfer market with great regularity.He was a consensus four-star recruit in the Class of 2014.