Selection show reactions from across the country (VIDEO)

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One of the more entertaining aspects of Selection Sunday is to watch the reaction of programs seeing their name come up on the television screen. While making the tournament can be the minimal expectation for some teams, for others those few seconds on TV mean a little bit more.

Here are a few reactions from Sunday:

Cal Poly, which entered the Big West tournament with an 10-19 record before winning three straight to take the conference’s automatic bid, will be making the school’s first-ever Division I NCAA tournament appearance. And as expected the Mustangs are off to Dayton, needing a win over Texas Southern to earn a shot at Midwest Region top-seed Wichita State. (Video credit: SLO Tribune)

Harvard’s making its third consecutive appearance, and they’ll take on five-seed Cincinnati in an East Region matchup in Spokane on Thursday. Having been down the road before, the Crimson went with a more subdued reaction to seeing their name on the screen. (Video credit: Harvard Athletics)

Also among the more subdued reactions was that of Colorado, which is making its fourth consecutive appearance under head coach Tad Boyle. The Buffaloes didn’t have to wait long to hear their name called either, as they’ll play nine-seed Pittsburgh in a South Region matchup. (Video credit: Boulder Daily Camera)

Milwaukee held a viewing party for its team, and the Horizon League tournament champions will be headed to Buffalo for their NCAA tournament opener. The 15-seed in the East, Rob Jeter’s Panthers will play two-seed Villanova on Thursday.

Mercer is making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1985, and they’ll play three-seed Duke in a Midwest region matchup in Raleigh. The fans in attendance even broke out the “I Believe” chant after learning of their team’s next game. (Video credit: Mid-Georgia Telegraph)

And lastly there are the Arizona managers, who decided to have a little fun after finding out (officially) that their team would be the one-seed in the West:

Other reactions: Nebraska, N.C. State.

Syracuse receives mixed news on sanctions appeals

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Wednesday the NCAA made its ruling on two appeals of sanctions made by Syracuse University, with the news being mixed for the men’s basketball program.

On the positive side the NCAA ruled that Syracuse will be docked two scholarships per season for the next four years, as opposed to the original ruling of three. As a result Jim Boeheim’s program only has to account for the loss of eight total scholarships, meaning that they’ll have 11 to fill in each of the next four seasons as opposed to ten.

One scholarship may not seem like a big deal, but in a sport where you only get 13 (when not dealing with sanctions) getting that grant-in-aid back really helps from a recruiting standpoint.

As for the negatives, they both concern Boeheim. Not only has there yet to be a ruling on Boeheim’s appeal of his nine-game suspension that goes into effect when ACC play begins in January (that appeal is being heard separately), but the appeal to reinstate the wins that were vacated as part of the sanctions was denied. As a result Boeheim officially has 868 wins instead of 969 (not counting today’s game against Charlotte).

And with Mike Hopkins set to take over as head coach in 2018, the denial means that college basketball will have to wait quite some time before anyone threatens to join Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski in the 1,000 wins club.

While not having the wins officially reinstated does hurt, getting a scholarship back for each of the next four seasons is a bigger deal when it comes to the long-term health of the Syracuse program. Also of great importance will be the ruling regarding Boeheim’s suspension, as a suspended coach is not allowed to have any contact with his players or coaching staff while serving the penalty.

And with the original ruling due to take up half of Syracuse’s league slate, not having Boeheim (or the chance to speak with him) is a big deal when it comes to this current team.

St. John’s forward Kassoum Yakwe cleared by NCAA

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St. John’s forward Kassoum Yakwe has been cleared by the NCAA to play this season and will be eligible immediately, the school announced on Wednesday.

Yakwe is a 6-foot-8 forward that reclassified and enrolled at St. John’s this fall. He attended the same high school as Kansas forward Cheick Diallo, who was also cleared by the NCAA to play today.

St. John’s played in the Maui Invitational this week, and Yakwe did not take part. His first game with the Johnnies will be on Dec. 2nd against Fordham if the program plans to play his this season.

The question that must be asked, however, is whether or not he will suit up or simply redshirt. The Johnnies are in the midst of a serious rebuild and will be without their other elite recruit this season, Marcus Lovett. Lovett was ruled a partial qualifier. Would it make sense to burn a year of eligibility on what make amount to a wasted season, or will head coach Chris Mullin opt to save that year for down the road?