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Syracuse guard Kaleb Joseph (14) grabs a loose ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
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Reports: Kaleb Joseph to transfer to Creighton

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Syracuse transfer Kaleb Joseph has committed to Creighton, according to multiple reports.

Joseph played in just 17 games as a sophomore with the Orange, a significant reduction in his role after he started 30 games as a freshman. The combination of Michael Gbinije taking over the starting point guard role and Franklin Howard emerging as the primary back-up meant that Joseph lost his confidence and his minutes.

As a freshman, Joseph averaged 5.9 points and 3.8 assists. He averaged less than six minutes as a sophomore.

Joseph was a top 75 recruit coming out of Cushing Academy, but he was thrust into a starting role his first season after Tyler Ennis left for the NBA after one year.

At Creighton, he’ll sit out the 2016-17 season before taking over starting point guard duties from Mo Watson the following season. Joseph will pair with Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster in the back court for a season. was the first to report the news.

Cincinnati lands commitment from Cane Broome

Sacred Heart guard Cane Broome (1) is defended by Northwestern center Alex Olah (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Evanston Ill. (AP Photo/David Banks)
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Cincinnati has landed a commitment from Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome.

Broome announced the news on his twitter page on Monday morning.

“I have officially committed to spend my next three years at the University of Cincinnati,” Broome wrote.

Broome was the Northeast Conference Player of the Year, averaging 23.1 points for the Pioneers as a sophomore, which ranked him eighth nationally in scoring. When he becomes eligible, Broome will provide the Bearcats with some much-needed back court scoring pop.

The Connecticut native will have to sit out the 2016-17 season, but he’ll have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Derryck Thornton to transfer from Duke

Duke's Derryck Thornton reacts following Duke's 74-73 win over North Carolina in an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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Derryck Thornton is transferring out of the Duke program, sources told

Thornton averaged 7.1 points and 2.6 assists while starting 20 games for the Blue Devils this past season. A former top 25 recruit, Thornton graduated high school early in order to enroll at Duke last season. He was initially a member of the Class of 2016, but when Tyus Jones jumped to the NBA after one season, the Blue Devils were left without a point guard on the roster.

“I have loved my time at Duke, but I want to pursue the opportunity to play college basketball closer to home,” Thornton said. “I want to thank my teammates and coaches for their support this year. The relationships I have with them will always be special to me.”

Thornton’s impending transfer has been rumored for some time now, as Duke went out and recruited another point guard — Frank Jackson, a top ten recruit in the Class of 2016 — over him. With Grayson Allen and Luke Kennard returning and Jayson Tatum joining the program as well, Duke’s perimeter suddenly looked quite crowded.

So on paper, losing Thornton doesn’t appear to hurt Duke all that much. In fact, it may actually be beneficial, as it opens up a scholarship for Marques Bolden.

But this may hurt Duke more than people realize, as Jackson is still stuck in the midst of a transition from pure scoring guard to point guard. If Thornton had returned, Duke could have used a lot of three-guard and small-ball looks, playing Allen at the three and Tatum at the four with a back court of Thornton and Jackson. As it stands, Duke’s top four perimeter players all need the ball in their hands to be effective. In other words, Jackson, Allen, Kennard and Tatum are all scorers first.

Given how talented they are, that’s a good problem for Coach K and his staff to have. But the point is that there was a role for Thornton to play next season, and that losing him does hurt.

NCAA slams former Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall with record-long show-cause

Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marquette in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)
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The NCAA has dropped a hammer on former Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall, handing him a 10-year show-cause penalty for violations that were committed during his two-year tenure at Southern Miss.

And not only did Tyndall get a 10-year show-cause, but if he were to be hired by a school to coach during that time frame, he would be required to be suspended for the duration of the show-cause and the first half of year 11. In other words, there is zero possibility of seeing Tyndall on an NCAA sideline for a decade and a half. Yeesh.

Tyndall wasn’t the only one to get punished. Three members of his staff at USM — two grad assistants and a former associate head coach — got 21 years of show-cause penalties combined, and a prep school coach that Tyndall recruited these players from was given a two-year show-cause. USM was also given a retroactive two-year postseason ban (which has already been served) and the NCAA accepted their self-imposed recruiting restrictions and lost scholarships.

So what were those violations that got him in trouble?

I’m just going to go ahead and block-quote the column I wrote when the Notice of Allegations dropped:

How about with the fact that the NCAA alleges that Tyndall’s staffers did the coursework for seven recruits that he was targeting, five of whom eventually enrolled at Southern Miss? That’s a Level I violation. Or how about this: One of Tyndall’s former assistants told the NCAA that Tyndall specifically hired two staff members just to be able to commit this academic fraud, and that the cheating was so well thought-out that they would send those staffers on trips to the towns the recruits were living in order for the correct IP addresses to be on record.

There’s more there — like, for example, allegedly spending $8,500 to pay for room and board of two recruits that didn’t get cleared — but what likely did him in was lying to the NCAA about all of this, going as far as to forge a document that said the school had OK’d his system of paying those players.

We know how the NCAA feels about getting lied to.

And lying about what Tyndall lied about is essentially the worst thing you can do in the NCAA’s.

Which is why he was given a 10-year show-cause penalty.

The only other person to receive a 10-year show-cause penalty? Former Baylor head coach Dave Bliss, who asked his players to lie about a teammate that had been murdered, to paint him as a drug dealer, in order to cover up the cash he had been playing the player.

Tyndall is currently an associate athletic director at Tennessee Wesleyan College. Bliss is the head coach at Southwestern Christian University, an NAIA program in Oklahoma.

Monte’ Morris to return to Iowa State

Steve Prohm and Monte Morris (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
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Monte’ Morris announced on Friday morning that he will be returning to school for his senior season.

“Ultimately, it came down to wanting to accomplish a number of things, with earning my degree and continuing my development as a basketball player my top priorities,” Morris said in the release. “I want to get stronger and become the best basketball player I can before becoming a professional, and I feel another year at Iowa State can help me do that.”

As a junior, Morris averaged 13.9 points, 6.9 assists and 4.0 boards playing for a Cyclone team that reached the Sweet 16. With Georges Niang, Abdel Nader and Jameel McKay graduating, Morris will have to shoulder the majority of the load next season.

It’s parade day in Philadelphia for NCAA champion Villanova

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PHILADELPHIA — After a seven-year drought, Philadelphia is getting another chance to celebrate a championship season.

The city is throwing a parade and hosting a rally Friday for the Wildcats of Villanova University.

The parade route will take the winners of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the school band and cheerleaders along five downtown blocks before ending at City Hall.

Villanova’s suburban campus is closed and all classes are canceled so anyone who works or attends the Roman Catholic university can take part.

A three-point buzzer-beater gave the Wildcats the win Monday against North Carolina.

Philadelphia sports fans have been yearning for a chance to celebrate. The city’s big four pro teams have had some mediocre or worse seasons of late, and the Phillies were the last to win a title and have a parade – in 2008.