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Vanderbilt expected to hire Bryce Drew

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Vanderbilt is expected to name Bryce Drew as their next head coach.

SI.com reported earlier that a deal should be in place within the next two days.

Drew has long been considered one of the best young coaching prospects, as he helped build Valparaiso into a power in the Horizon League. They’ve won four of the last five regular season conference titles and, in 2013 and 2015, reached the NCAA tournament via the Horizon League tournament title.

Drew, who is 41 years old, has had other offers to coach high major programs, but the timing and circumstance was right for him to leave. Valpo is losing a talented senior class while Vandy is a private school with rich donors, a decent basketball pedigree and membership in a league where there is no second-best program behind Kentucky.

One thing to keep an eye on: Alec Peters, a junior at Valpo who averaged better than 18 points and eight boards this season, may be able to graduate early.

Drew, whose brother Scott coaches at Baylor, is best known for this buzzer-beater that he made when he was playing for Valpo. He was also the 16th pick of the 1998 NBA Draft.

Wright State hires South Dakota State basketball coach

South Dakota State coach Scott Nagy reacts after a call during his team's NCAA college basketball game against Utah State, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Logan, Utah. (AP Photo/Herald Journal, John Zsiray)
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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Wright State has hired South Dakota State’s Scott Nagy as its basketball coach.

The Ohio school said Monday he will succeed Billy Donlon, a former Horizon Conference coach of the year who was fired after six seasons.

Nagy has led South Dakota State to the NCAA Tournament three of the last five seasons. This season he led the Jackrabbits to a 26-8 record and a Summit League Tournament championship.

South Dakota State lost to Maryland 79-74 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In 21 seasons at South Dakota State he had a record of 410-240.

Wright State reached its conference’s tournament title game three of the past four years but lost each time. The team went 22-13 this season.

Duke’s Brandon Ingram declares for NBA Draft after 1 season

Duke guard Brandon Ingram (14) shoots the ball over the reach of Boston College forward A.J. Turner (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Boston. Duke beat Boston College 81-64. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Brandon Ingram has made it official – he’s the latest one-and-done player to come through Duke.

The freshman announced his decision Monday in a first-person story posted on The Players’ Tribune website. Duke spokesman Cory Walton said Ingram is hiring an agent and is staying in the draft.

The Kinston, North Carolina, native is the seventh Duke freshman since 2011 to head to the NBA, a run that started with eventual NBA rookie of the year Kyrie Irving and continued last year when three freshmen made the jump after winning the program’s fifth national title.

Ingram averaged 17.3 points, matching the third-highest average by a Duke freshman in school history.

Ingram says in the story he has “done a lot of growing, and growing up” during his time at Duke.

NEW PODCAST: Talking semifinals and previewing the title game

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Our latest podcast is up, and we recap the boredom that was Saturday night’s games and preview Monday’s title games.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast on either iTunes or Stitcher, and there’s also a link to listen to this podcast below. Thanks for listening.

Duke: Coach K recovering from knee replacement surgery

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2016, file photo, Duke head men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, second from right,  reacts to a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils have lost three straight games entering Saturday’s game at North Carolina State followed by Monday’s game at No. 15 Miami. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown, File)
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is recovering from knee replacement surgery.

Krzyzewski had surgery at Duke University Hospital on Sunday morning. The school said in a news release that the 69-year-old coach could be released within three days and will begin a rehabilitation program.

Dr. Michael P. Bolognesi, the joint replacement orthopedic surgeon who performed the procedure, said in a statement that Krzyzewski can put “as much weight as he tolerates on the implant right away.”

Krzyzewski has won a Division I men’s record 1,043 games, with 970 of those coming at Duke along with five NCAA titles with the Blue Devils. Krzyzewski will also coach the U.S. men’s national team this summer in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

National Title Game Preview: Everything you need to know about Villanova vs. North Carolina

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WHEN: Monday, 9:19 p.m. ET on TBS

MAJOR STORYLINES: The question that everyone wants an answer to is whether or not this is going to be the last time that we see Roy Williams on a college sideline, and if there is anything that Ol’ Roy has made clear this week, it’s that this is not going to be the end of his tenure with the Tar Heels. What it may be, however, is his third national title, which will put him on par with some of the legends of the coaching profession: the only other coaches that have at least three national titles are John Wooden, Adolph Rupp, Bobby Knight, Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Calhoun.

That’s mighty fine company to be in, particularly for a head coach like Williams, who has dealt with his fair share of criticism throughout the years. Where as the others on that list tend to be guys that are giants in the profession, Williams is never thought out as or mentioned in the same breath with the best of all-time. This would be his third time in the last 12 years. Would that be enough to make him considered one of the very best ever?

Jay Wright is in a different situation. He’s looking for that first national title, for that piece of evidence that he’s one of the greats — a guy that will deserve a look from the Hall of Fame — as opposed to just another really good coach that sustained a program for a long, long time. Beating the Heels in the title game would be quite the feather in his cap.

But it would also make him one of the most unique national title winners, as he’s not doing it with a team that is loaded with future NBA stars. Josh Hart will probably play in the NBA, and I would bet that Mikal Bridges will end up there as well. I’m not sure either of them are destined to be stars at that level, however, and I don’t think that there is another pro on the roster. It’s not often that teams without an abundance of NBA talent win the whole thing, and while that probably says something about the year in which Villanova is winning the title, it should also tell you a thing or two about the guy that is coaching them along the way.

KEY MATCHUP: Kris Jenkins and whoever the Tar Heels decide they are going to use to try and slow him down. Jenkins has gone from a recruiting afterthought to an undersized, under-athletic gunner … to the guy that has been the most dangerous offensive weapon for the Wildcats. Perhaps more relevantly, he’s become the matchup problem for Villanova. He’s a skilled scorer with a lethal three-point stroke and the best pump fake in college basketball. He draws more fouls on three-point shots than anyone in the country.

He’s also now able to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim, which creates a bit of an issue: Who’s checking Jenkins? Will they put the slower-footed Meeks on him and allow Brice Johnson to act as a rim protector or will they do the opposite and let the stronger Meeks try to battle Ochefu in the post?

And just as important: How will Jenkins handle post defense and defensive rebounding against the Tar Heel big men?

X-FACTOR: Who will guard Daniel Ochefu, who has suddenly turned into arguably the most irreplaceable offensive piece for the Wildcats. Ochefu is a 6-foot-11 center who developed into one of the most consistent and reliable post scorers in the country this season. That’s relevant because he is going to get quite a few chances to go one-on-one against UNC’s big men on Monday night. The Wildcats put four shooters on the floor, making it really difficult for opponents to double-team any post touch. If Ochefu can find a way to be effective on the block, it would for the Tar Heels to make a change on the defensive end.

POINT SPREAD: North Carolina -2.5

THREE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Can North Carolina run offense against Villanova? The Wildcats do not get the credit they should for how good they’ve been defensively. They don’t have many great individual defenders — Mikal Bridges is a problem, and Josh Hart did the heaviest-lifting in slowing down Buddy Hield — but this is a team that plays tough, physical and, most importantly, disciplined team defense while constantly changing the looks that they use on that end of the floor. It’s tough to execute against, and we saw that in full effect on Saturday night. Will UNC have an easier time of it than Oklahoma did?
  2. Which Josh Hart shows up on Monday night, and just how physical will UNC wings be willing to be with him. Hart is a nightmare to play against. He’s annoying to play against, and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. He’s a junkyard dog in every sense of the word, and UNC hasn’t always dealt with guys like that in an effective manner.
  3. What position does Theo Pinson play? Personally I think that he is going to play a big role on Monday night just because he matches up well with Villanova’s personal. UNC needs him to play the majority of his minutes at the three, which will mean that their size is effective. If he’s playing at the four, it means that Jenkins won the battle of the bigs and UNC had to adjust.

CBT PREDICTION: Villanova wins the National Title and Josh Hart gets named Final Four MOP.