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Harrison twins will return to Kentucky for sophomore seasons

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While most of Kentucky’s roster for the 2014-15 season has been known, the decisions of twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison with regards to the NBA Draft had yet to be made. Both played better basketball during the NCAA tournament, which impacted the thought processes of both players as they debated whether to turn pro or return to Lexington for another season.

And on Friday afternoon it was reported by Adrian Wojnarowski that the twins have decided to return to school for their sophomore seasons, giving Kentucky a major personnel boost in the backcourt.

The twins formally announced their decisions shortly after the news broke, confirming the news that they will be back in Lexington next season.

Andrew averaged 10.8 points and 4.0 assists per game as a freshman, with Aaron accounting for 13.7 points and 3.0 rebounds. Both struggled during the latter portion of the regular season, but once tournament (both SEC and NCAA) play began the tandem played much better basketball. And with more strides to be made for both, the Harrison twins should be even better in 2014-15.

As for Kentucky’s perimeter rotation, the returns are important for a group that would have been very young had the Harrisons decided to turn pro. Head coach John Calipari added Tyler Ulis and Devon Booker on the recruiting trail, and Dominique Hawkins will be a sophomore.

There’s been a great deal of discussion about Kentucky’s front court depth (and talent) and rightfully so, but the guard play will be just as important if the Wildcats are to win the program’s ninth national title next season. And with the Harrisons deciding that they want to take another shot at winning it all, Kentucky becomes the early favorite to cut down the nets in Indianapolis next April.

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew: