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.

CBT Podcast: 2018 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview, Picks and Predictions

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Sam Vecenie of the Athletic and the Game Theory podcast stopped by to chat with Rob Dauster about the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament. The two went through each of the eight Sweet 16 matchups, detailing how each one of those eight games projects to play out and going over which lines — spread and over-unders — they like.

Dan Hurley will accept UConn head coaching position

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Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley will be the next head coach at UConn, replacing the 2014 national title winner, Kevin Ollie.

Hurley will be signing a six-year deal, according to multiple reports, that could be valued as much as $18 million. Hurley picked UConn over Pitt, who had also offered him a similar amount of money.

Hurley turned the Rhode Island program around during his six-year tenure, capped off with a pair of seasons where the Rams won a game in the NCAA tournament. UConn, which is one of the best jobs but has not been one of the best teams in the AAC in recent years, should be a place where he can continue to recruit talent. Under Ollie, the Huskies have been able to get players. The issue has been the performance and development of those players once they get to campus.

The Huskies finished 14-18 this past season.

Dan Hurley is the son of New Jersey high school coaching legend Bob Hurley and the brother of former Duke guard and current Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley.

VIDEOS: Villanova team bus stuck on icy roads trying to leave campus

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Villanova’s road to the Sweet 16 hit its roughest patch yet on Wednesday as the team attempted to leave campus for the team’s flight to Boston.

Since the Philadelphia area has been slammed with a snowstorm, the Wildcat team bus had issues leaving to get to the team’s chartered flight.

A struggle between team bus and ice ensued. The bus was delayed by 30 minutes before finally being able to leave.

Villanova continues its NCAA tournament journey on Friday when the No. 1 seed Wildcats play No. 5 seed West Virginia in Boston.

Wake Forest guard Keyshawn Woods to transfer or go pro after graduation

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Wake Forest will be down a key player next season as the school announced that guard Keyshawn Woods will either transfer or go pro after graduation.

The 6-foot-3 Woods was the team’s second-leading scorer this season as he put up 11.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Woods shot 43 percent from the floor and 37 percent from three-point range for the 2017-18 campaign.

Also a key member of last season’s NCAA tournament team for the Demon Deacons, Woods transferred to Wake Forest after spending his first season at Charlotte.

“I appreciate the opportunity that Coach Manning gave me to be a part of this program and to graduate from this great university,” said Woods in the release. “I am proud that I was able to help the coaches change the culture of the program and build a foundation for the future.”

The loss of Woods won’t be easy for Wake Forest, but the team is scheduled to return some talented guards like Bryant Crawford and Brandon Childress next season. Incoming freshmen like Jaime Lewis and Sharone Wright Jr. are also signed to add to the perimeter depth.

David Padgett not retained as Louisville coach

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Louisville announced on Wednesday afternoon that interim head coach David Padgett would not be retained.

Padgett, who is 32 years old, stepped in and took the program over in the wake of a scandal that cost Hall of Fame head coach Rick Pitino his job.

“We all owe a great debt of gratitude to David for his leadership and poise this season,” said U of L Interim Director of Athletics Vince Tyra. “He took over during incredible circumstances, has handled himself respectfully throughout the season and I believe he has a bright future in coaching. We expect to determine a new head coach in a short period to build upon the great basketball tradition of this university.”

Pitino was fired because an FBI complaint contained an allegation that he and his staff had arranged for a $100,000 payment to be funneled to Brian Bowen from Adidas.

In his one season with the Cardinals, Padgett went 22-14 and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT.

Louisville will now conduct a search for their next head coach, and current Xavier coach Chris Mack has long been considered the favorite to take that job.