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Maryland closes their ACC tenure with OT win over No. 5 Virginia

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Seth Allen finished with 20 points and Dez Wells added 18 as Maryland knocked off No. 5 Virginia in College Park in their last regular season ACC game ever, 75-69, in overtime.

The Terps, who are headed to the Big Ten after the season, are probably out of bubble contention at this point. They are now 17-14 on the season and just 9-9 in the conference, but they have played much better in the last month. This was the first time they were able to get over the hump to land a marquee win, however. Close losses to the likes of Duke, Syracuse and Pitt cost them a shot at a tournament bid, but finally landing a win should help with their confidence as they head to Greensboro for the ACC tournament next week.

Winning in overtime is not an easy thing to do when you blow a late lead in regulation, but that’s precisely what Maryland was able to do. Kudos.

The bigger story, however, is Virginia.

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The Cavs entered Sunday with an outside shot of playing their way into the final No. 1 seed, although in order to do so they were going to have to win out — meaning beating Maryland and winning the ACC tournament — and, clearly, that didn’t happen. With an ACC tournament title, the ‘Hoos ceiling is probably a No. 2 seed.

Should we be concerned about them?

This group was riding as high as they have since the days of Ralph Sampson entering the weekend, as they were coming off of a massive win over Syracuse eight days ago and had locked up an outright ACC regular season title. But a by-product of that title is that Virginia was only playing for NCAA tournament seeding, and that will only give a team so much motivation.


They’re an improved team playing their final home game of the season — and of their ACC tenure — that still has a sliver of hope of playing their way into the NCAA tournament. Desperation can do wonders for a basketball team.

So no, I’m not worried about Virginia, but that’s mainly because I thought that this team was being slightly overvalued. They only have two losses in ACC play, but they didn’t have to play at Syracuse and they didn’t have to play at North Carolina. In terms of talent level, Virginia is closer to being a No. 3 seed than they are a No. 1 seed.

Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.


AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.