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Super Tuesday schedules released Wednesday

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Traditionally Super Tuesday involves games from the Big Ten and SEC, and that will once again be the case during the 2014-15 season. Wednesday afternoon the schedule for Super Tuesday, which begins on January 6, was released and some of college basketball’s traditional powers will be featured on many occasions. There will be nine doubleheaders, with Wisconsin leading the Big Ten teams with four appearances and both Florida and Kentucky of the SEC having four appearances as well.

Of Wisconsin’s four Super Tuesday appearances two will be at home (Iowa and Indiana), with the road games coming against Nebraska and league newcomer Maryland. Michigan, which won the Big Ten regular season title last season, will make three appearances with Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State each making two appearances apiece.

Things aren’t as balanced in the SEC portion of the schedule, with Arkansas’ game at Georgia on January 6 being the only game that doesn’t include Florida or Kentucky. Georgia, LSU and Missouri will make two appearances apiece, with Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt getting one game apiece.

Below is the full schedule, with dates and times.

Date Time (ET) Game
January 6 7 p.m. Arkansas at Georgia
  9 p.m. Ohio State at Minnesota
January 13 7 p.m. No. 24 Michigan at Ohio State
  9 p.m. Missouri at No. 1 Kentucky
January 20 7 p.m. LSU at No. 9 Florida
  9 p.m. No. 25 Iowa at No. 4 Wisconsin
January 27 7 p.m. Nebraska at No. 24 Michigan
  9 p.m. No. 9 Florida at Alabama
February 3 7 p.m. Indiana at No. 4 Wisconsin
  9 p.m. No. 9 Florida at Vanderbilt
February 10 7 p.m. No. 1 Kentucky at LSU
  9 p.m. No. 4 Wisconsin at Nebraska
February 17 7 p.m. No. 1 Kentucky at Tennessee
  9 p.m. No. 18 Michigan State at No. 24 Michigan
February 24 7 p.m. No. 4 Wisconsin at Maryland
  9 p.m. No. 9 Florida at Missouri
March 3 7 p.m. No. 25 Iowa at Indiana
  9 p.m. No. 1 Kentucky at Georgia


Syracuse receives mixed news on sanctions appeals

Jim Boeheim
Associated Press
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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

Chris Mullin
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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?