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Reports: Ben Howland, Kim Anderson candidates for Missouri job

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It has been 10 days since Frank Haith left for Tulsa after three seasons at Missouri. The Tigers are still without a head coach, though, according to several reports a decision could come soon.

Former UCLA head coach Ben Howland and Central Missouri head coach Kim Anderson, who led the Mules to the 2014 Division II National Title, are believed to have emerged as two candidates for the vacancy, according to reports from both Steve Walentik of the Columbia Tribune and Gary Parrish of CBS Sports.

The pool of candidates dwindled on Sunday afternoon, as Jeff Borzello, also of CBS Sports, reported that Louisiana Tech’s Michael White has removed his name from consideration. White was also being viewed as a potential replacement for Cuonzo Martin at Tennessee.

According to Walentik and Parrish, the University of Missouri Board of Curators is scheduled to meet on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. The feeling is the committee is meeting to approve a new head coach.

Howland has been to three Final Fours (all with UCLA) and 10 NCAA tournaments in all as the head coach of the Bruins, Pittsburgh and Northern Arizona. Anderson, the former Mizzou player and assistant coach (two different stints), has amassed 274 wins in 12 seasons at Central Missouri.

Whether it’s Howland, Anderson or another candidate who quickly emerges, they will take over a program that missed the 2014 NCAA Tournament, and lost its two top scorers — Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson — this spring to early entrees for the 2014 NBA Draft. Earnest Ross, the Tigers’ third-leading scorer, has exhausted his eligibility.

Despite the departures of Brown, Clarkson and Ross, Mizzou welcomes in power forward Jakeenan Gant and shooting guard Namon Wright, both four-star recruits, according to Rivals. Transfers Deuce Bello (Baylor) and Cam Biedscheid (Notre Dame) will be eligible. Beidscheid can resume his college career after the fall semester.

With the dismal of center Zach Price from the team, Missouri will have three scholarships available for the 2014-2015 season.

BUBBLE BANTER: Key Atlantic 10, Big East bubble games

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This post will be updated throughout the night.

Butler (KenPom: 41, RPI; 67) at Seton Hall (KenPom: 31, RPI: 37), 6:30 p.m.
LSU (KenPom: 53, RPI: 76) at South Carolina (KenPom: 45, RPI: 28), 7:00 p.m.
Nebraska at Wisconsin (KenPom: 51, RPI: 62), 7:00 p.m.
Saint Joseph’s (KenPom: 48, RPI: 30) at George Washington (KenPom: 71, RPI: 34), 7:00 p.m.
Missouri at Vanderbilt (KenPom: 35, RPI: 58), 9:00 p.m.
No. 14 Iowa State at Texas Tech (KenPom: 59, RPI: 51), 9:00 p.m.
Michigan (KenPom: 46, RPI: 56) at Minnesota, 9:00 p.m.
Washington (KenPom: 80, RPI: 57) at Utah (KenPom: 44, RPI: 16), 9:00 p.m.
San Diego State (KenPom: 65, RPI: 47) at Fresno State, 11:00 p.m.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Ben Simmons, LSU get tested at South Carolina; more important bubble matchups

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2015, file photo, LSU forward Ben Simmons (25) drives downcourt as teammate Antonio Blakeney (2) follows in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State in New York. For all of his gaudy numbers, Simmons is still trying to figure out the best way to put the Tigers in position to win. And now the schedule gets harder, starting with Tuesday night's, Dec. 29, 2015, tilt against Wake Forest, followed by the opening of Southeastern Conference play against Vanderbilt and No. 10 Kentucky. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
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GAME OF THE NIGHT: LSU at South Carolina, 7:00 p.m.

LSU attempts to stay atop the SEC standings when they travel on the road to face South Carolina. The Gamecocks have been very tough at home this season and they’re trying to form a potential four-way tie in the conference standings if they’re able to win this one (and Texas A&M wins tonight). It will be intriguing to see how Ben Simmons fares against South Carolina’s stingy defense.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: Saint Joseph’s at George Washington, 7:00 p.m.

An important game in the Atlantic 10 as Saint Joseph’s heads to the Smith Center to play surging George Washington. The Colonels have won three straight games as they try to stay with VCU and Dayton and make a move to tie the Hawks in the league standings. CBT’s Rob Dauster will be in the building for this one, so make sure to follow him on Twitter for updates.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. No. 21 Baylor will have a tough one in the Big 12 when they go on the road at Kansas State. The Wildcats just knocked off Oklahoma and the Octagon of Doom is a very tough place to play, even if Kansas State is struggling in the standings.
  2. No. 16 SMU will try to stay in the lead in the American as they host Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane could really use a road win like this for its postseason chances.
  3. An intriguing Pac-12 contest tips as Washington heads to Utah. The Pac-12 standings are a mess right now, but these two teams still have a chance to make one final move for the regular season title if they start building momentum now.
  4. In the SEC, Alabama hosts No. 15 Texas A&M, a team that has lost three of its last four games. The Aggies will be favored in this road contest, but this one could be interesting because of Avery Johnson’s unique connection to Texas A&M. Avery Johnson Jr., a transfer guard sitting out this season at Alabama, played for the Aggies last season, so he could have some useful tips for his dad on slowing down Texas A&M’s potent offense.
  5. No. 20 Providence will be looking for revenge when they head to Milwaukee to face Marquette. The Golden Eagles currently sit eighth in the Big East standings, but they did win on the road by a point over the Friars earlier this season.