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Iowa State gives head coach Fred Hoiberg $600,000 raise

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After leading his alma mater to 28 wins and its first Big 12 tournament title since 2000, Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg has been rewarded with a $600,000 raise as reported by the school. Hoiberg, whose team also made the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 2000, will now receive an annual salary of $2.2 million with the new deal going into effect on May 1. With Hoiberg’s original deal averaging $2 million per year, that average is now up to $2.6 million per year.

“We are pleased to come to terms on a revised contact with Coach Hoiberg and his agent so quickly,” Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard said in the release. “We hope our commitment to him will keep him at Iowa State University for the rest of his career.”

There were no other changes to Hoiberg’s contract, which is of particular interest to those who may be concerned that at some point an NBA franchise could come calling. According to Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune, Hoiberg would have to pay the school $500,000 if he were to leave Iowa State for a head coaching job in the NBA. Hoiberg’s buyout to move to another school, by comparison, is $2 million.

Hoiberg and his staff lose DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim from this year’s team, which fell to eventual national champion UConn in the Sweet 16. But they do return forwards Georges Niang and Dustin Hogue, along with backcourt contributors such as Monte Morris, Naz Long and Matt Thomas.

BUBBLE BANTER: All of the action on the fringe of the NCAA tournament

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Tonight’s bubble action. This post will be updated as the games are completed.

Cincinnati at UCF, 7:00 p.m.
Pitt at No. 12 Miami, 7:00 p.m.
No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.
Ole Miss at Florida, 9:00 p.m.
Georgia at No. 22 Kentucky, 9:00 p.m.
Arkansas at Mississippi State, 9:00 p.m.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.