Northern Iowa guard Paul Jesperson (4) celebrates in the first half of a first-round men's college basketball game against Texas in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 18, 2016, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
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VIDEO: No. 11 Northern Iowa upsets No. 6 Texas on Paul Jesperson halfcourt buzzer-beater

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Northern Iowa’s Paul Jesperson made a half-court, buzzer-beater to put the No. 11 seed Panthers past No. 6 seed Texas, 75-72 in the West Region on Friday night.

Jesperson buried the shot after Isaiah Taylor of the Longhorns tied it up with 2.7 seconds left.

Here’s a better angle of Jesperson’s shot, which came from someone sitting in the stands.

You can really get a feel for just how far that ball traveled in the air:

And this angle may be even better:

The Panthers (23-12) continued their streak of big shots at the end of games as senior guard Wes Washpun made a buzzer-beater in the Missouri Valley conference tournament to help get Northern Iowa into the tournament.

Jesperson finished with 14 points while Washpun led the Panthers with 17 points. A balanced offensive effort was one of the keys for Northern Iowa as they also had 16 points from Jeremy Morgan, Klint Carlson had 11 points and Matt Bohannon had 10 points.

Texas (20-13) lost in unlucky fashion after Taylor did such a great job tying the game. Finishing with 22 points, six assists and four rebounds, Taylor was tremendous for Texas. Eric Davis chipped in 13 points while Javan Felix had 12 points. This one will no doubt sting, but the Longhorns have a lot to be happy about after their first season with Shaka Smart.

Northern Iowa has now picked up a NCAA tournament win in three straight trips spanning back to 2010. The Panthers just seem to have a knack for coming up with big plays and upsets in the tournament the last few years as head coach Ben Jacobson picks up another big win. The Panthers will face No. 3 seed Texas A&M on Sunday in a West Region contest in Oklahoma City.

Listen to the radio call of the Northern Iowa game, including the announcer dropping the line, “Longhorns, trying to make them the Shorthorns”:

Family of former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt ‘preparing for the worst’

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Legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt is “struggling”, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, and the family is “preparing for the worst”.

Summitt has been battling early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, since 2011, retiring after the 2011-12 season. She coached at Tennessee for 38 years, winning 1,098 games and eight national titles. The court at Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena is named “The Summitt”.

Summitt’s family released a statement on Sunday:

“We acknowledge the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ progresses. She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and, during this time, we ask for prayers for Pat and her family and friends, as well as your utmost respect and privacy. Thank you.”

8-team GCI Great Alaska Shootout field announced

Weber State's Jeremy Senglin breaks through a pack of Northern Colorado players during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Ogden, Utah. Weber State defeated Northern Colorado 85-68. (Benjamin Zack/Standard-Examiner via AP)
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Friday afternoon another in-season tournament released its completed bracket for its event, with the GCI Great Alaska Shootout revealing the eight teams that will make the trek to Anchorage in November. The field includes two teams that reached the 2016 NCAA tournament in Iona and Weber State, and another team in Nevada that has the look of a contender in the Mountain West in 2016-17.

Joining those three teams in the GCI Great Alaska Shootout will be hosts Alaska-Anchorage, Buffalo, Oakland, UC Davis and Drake. The Shootout begins Wednesday, November 23, with the championship game scheduled for Saturday, November 26.

The match-ups in the top half of the bracket are Buffalo vs. Alaska-Anchorage and Oakland vs. Nevada, with those games scheduled for Wednesday night. On Thursday, UC Davis will take on Weber State and Iona matches up with Drake in the other quarterfinal contests. Each team will play three games in Anchorage, and there are also three on-campus games as part of the event.

While Buffalo and Oakland will host non-Division I opponents prior to their trip to Anchorage, Nevada will host Iona November 20 in Reno.

Ole Miss 2016 commitment ruled ineligible by SEC, back on the market

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 12:  Billy Kennedy the head coach of the Texas A&M Aggies gives instructions to his team in the game against the LSU Tigers during the semifinals of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Ole Miss lost a junior college big man to a ruling by the SEC as Tyrek Coger will no longer be heading to another school.

A Class of 2016 recruit who averaged 12.2 points and 7.0 rebounds last season for Cape Fear Community College can’t go to Ole Miss due to an SEC rule that makes juco transfers be enrolled at their previous schools for at least three semesters as a full-time student. Coger only had a full course load for two semesters, as he maintains that family issues prevented him from being full-time before.

From Eric Detweiler of the Star News Daily.

Ole Miss expected to be able to get a waiver for the Raleigh native because he was dealing with two deaths in the family around the time of his transfer to CFCC from Eastern Florida State College. That appeal was officially denied by the conference Monday.

Detweiler’s story goes on to note that Coger is down to Charlotte, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Rutgers.

Overall, not a great ruling for Ole Miss, especially in the middle of June, because it will be tough for them to find an adequate replacement for Coger at this point before the season. It’ll be interesting to see where Coger ends up, because he could be a solid rotation big man and good depth for the team getting him.

Coach K has had four surgeries this offseason before USA Basketball commitments

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: United States coach Mike Krzyzewski speaks to players during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match against Nigeria on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is getting ready to coach in the Olympics of the third and final time this offseason as he’s dealing with a depleted roster that is banged up or scared of Zika.

Coach K has also been through a lot with his own health this offseason, as a report from Luke Decock of The News and Observer says that the Hall of Famer is recovering from four separate offseason surgeries. After planned surgeries for a double knee replacement and a hernia operation, Coach K had two unplanned surgeries on his left ankle in a 16-day span within the last two weeks. The Duke coach is still in a walking boot and expects to be fully recovered by the time the Olympics begin in August.

“It’s been a good spring to get better,” Krzyzewski said in the report. “My knee replacement has gone unbelievably well. My rehab could not be better. My hernia surgery, unbelievable. Never pain. The ankle has had some complications. I didn’t know I was going to have to do that but it needed to be done. … That was fairly intense. But it’s worked.”

Coach K also has plenty to say about the state of the American team entering the 2016 Olympics in Brazil including his thoughts on LeBron James choosing to sit out this summer.

For a 69-year-old coach to recover this quickly during an offseason for a commitment like this shows how much it means to Krzyzewski, especially in his final Olympics before he hands it over to Gregg Popovich. The final roster for USA Basketball is going to look very different than the core group of the last few trips, but they’ll still be favored for gold this summer.

USA Basketball moves to 2-0 in FIBA U17 World Championship with win over Turkey

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The USA Basketball U17 team is trying to win another gold in the FIBA World Championships this summer and the group earned another blowout win with a 84-66 final score over Turkey in group play.

Class of 2017 guard Collin Sexton led a balanced American effort in Spain with 20 points while Marquette incoming freshman guard Markus Howard had 12 points. Class of 2018 big man Cart’Are Gordon had 12 points while Class of 2017 guard Gary Trent Jr. also added 10 points. Five-star 2017 forward Wendell Carter had nine points and 14 rebounds for the Americans. Turkey falls to 1-1 after defeating Egypt in its opener.

The Americans beat Taiwan, 119-45, on Thursday as Kevin Knox led seven double-figure scorers with 15 points.

Next, the Americans play Egypt on June 26 in the final game of group play before the Round of 16 begins on June 28.

This is a very solid start for the Americans in group play as they’ll be heavily favored again on Thursday against Egypt. With a lot of different scoring options, the American attack has been very tough to stop as they’ve been way more athletic and talented than every team they’ve faced so far. The Americans will really be tested once they get out of group play and into the elimination round, where things will become more difficult.

Shooting 30 percent from three-point range shows that the team still has one weakness to work on before the tournament begins. But so far, the USA team is off to a good start in Spain.