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VIDEO: Rupp Arena’s new video board arrives

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Rupp Arena is getting a makeover. Take a peak as the new video board arrives and is put together:

Five-star freshman ruled ineligible to play for Villanova this season

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Omari Spellman will not be eligible to play for Villanova this season, the school announced on Friday morning.

“We are extremely disappointed for Omari,” stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “While we don’t agree with the NCAA’s decision, we are members of the association and respect it. We understand why the NCAA felt it had to rule this way.”

“We will make a positive out of this for Omari. He will concentrate on his academics and individual development this season. In the long run Omari will be a better student and player for this experience.”

Spellman is a top 20 recruit that played for St. Thomas More this past season. At 6-foot-9, 260 pounds, Spellman was going to be counted on to play a major role in replacing Daniel Ochefu, the 6-foot-11 center that graduated this past spring. Without Spellman, Villanova will have to rely on inconsistent senior Darryl Reynolds to man their front line.

It is worth noting, however, that Reynolds did average 9.0 points and 10.6 boards in three games Ochefu missed last year. That was the first time in his career that he was given consistent minutes.

Spellman will be allowed to continue to practice with Villanova as he takes an academic redshirt.

VIDEO: Markelle Fultz with a dunk contest worthy slam

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There are a lot of reasons that Markelle Fultz is projected by many to be the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. One of them is because he’s athletic enough to do things like this:

Shout out to whoever did the video work here. Excellent use of the iPhone’s slo-mo function.

Wisconsin star Nigel Hayes takes strong stand against racial inequality in America

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28:  Nigel Hayes #10 of the Wisconsin Badgers cuts the net after the Badgers 85-78 victory against the Arizona Wildcats during the West Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Wisconsin basketball program certainly isn’t shying away from political activism and speaking out on the social justice issues of the day.

Earlier this week, I wrote about point guard Bronson Koenig and how he has shouldered the burden of helping the Standing Rock Sioux fight against a pipeline that would cut across their sacred lands even though his Native American blood is Ho-Chunk, a totally different tribe.

On Wednesday night and all day Thursday, it was Nigel Hayes — who has lashed out against the NCAA and amateurism publicly — speaking out on racial inequality and police brutality, the same cause that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is protesting the anthem over. In the last week, an unarmed black man with his hands up was shot and killed by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a black man, whose family says he was armed only with a book, was shot and killed by police officers in Charlotte. The latter sparked a protest that turned violent on Wednesday night.

With Hayes, this all started with this tweet on Wednesday night … :

… and as his twitter mentions began to pile up, Hayes began to fire back. Regardless of your opinion on the matter, it doesn’t take long to figure out that Hayes is not only incredibly passionate about the subject, but he has the knowledge and facts to support his opinion. That shouldn’t be surprising, considering that the header photo on his twitter page is from the ‘Ali Summit’ in 1967, when Jim Brown, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joined Ali to support his take on the Vietnam War and the U.S. government.

I strongly suggest reading through his page, particularly if you’re inclined to disagree with the Black Lives Matter movement.

It is going to be interesting to see where Hayes — and the Badgers — go from here. Will he continue to voice his opinion? Will this manifest itself in a protest like Kaepernick? Will there be other college players that stand up with him?

Hayes has a chance to be the Big Ten Player of the Year, meaning he has a platform. Throw in that he’s a bright kid that clearly isn’t afraid to voice his opinion publicly, and he’s a pretty good choice to lead this push in the college basketball ranks.

South Carolina won’t bid for North Carolina NCAA games

COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 15: Athletic Director Ray Tanner, shakes hands with Hall of Fame inductee Paul Dietzel of the South Carolina Gamecock during  their NCAA college football game against UAB on September 15, 2012 at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Mary Ann Chastain/Getty Images)
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said the school won’t bid for NCAA Tournament men’s basketball games removed from North Carolina because of its law limiting protections for LGBT people.

Tanner said Wednesday the area did not have enough full service hotels available for the dates the games would be played next March. The regional was supposed to be played in Greensboro, North Carolina, but the NCAA removed that and several other championship events from the state last week.

The NCAA had set a deadline of Sept. 27 for submitting bids to host the displaced contests.

Tanner said the university and the Columbia Regional Sports Council have bid for NCAA Tournament games from 2019 through 2022.

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Indiana’s Hartman injures left knee during non-contact drill

Indiana's Collin Hartman (30) and Yogi Ferrell (11) celebrate late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 85-78. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana forward Collin Hartman injured his left during a non-contact workout.

Coach Tom Crean said Wednesday that the injury was still being evaluated.

Hartman, a 6-foot-7 senior from Indianapolis, has played a key role for the Hoosiers each of the past two seasons, especially on defense.

Last season, he started 24 times in 35 appearances and averaged 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds on a team that reached the Sweet 16. As a sophomore, Hartman started 12 of 32 games and shot 50 percent from the field and 47.5 percent from 3-point range as he averaged 4.8 points and 3.1 rebounds.

Hartman tore the ACL in his right knee after his freshman season, in 2013-14, but returned to the court at the start of his sophomore year.