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Bruce Pearl, good samaritan, earned himself some free coffee today

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Bruce Pearl is a noted recruiter and program-builder, the most recent evidence of which was the commitment of Mustapha Heron, a five-star wing from Connecticut that announced on Sunday that he’s bound for Auburn.

Nice work, coach.

Apparently he’s also quite the good samaritan:

That act has earned Pearl some free coffee, although I’m not sure that Pearl, who had a knack for showing up places unannounced, really needs anymore caffeine in his diet.

Northern Kentucky gets a new court … with a boat? (VIDEO)

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Northern Kentucky released pictures today of what their new basketball court looks like, and they’ve followed the trend by putting together a design that is influenced by their mascot.

The Norse will now play on a ship:

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Reports: Jamal Murray ‘not expected’ to play for Team Canada this fall

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It’s looking less and less likely that incoming Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray will have a chance to play for his country at the FIBA Americas tourament. quoted a source close to Team Canada as saying that the likelihood of Murray’s participation is ‘not looking good‘, while TSN’s Toronto Raptors beat writer tweeted that Murray is ‘not expected’ to be a part of the team.

The issue at hand is a drop-dead date that head coach John Calipari has referred to regarding Murray. He has to be on campus an in class by that date — which has not been specified — in order to attend Kentucky for the first semester. Team Canada’s training camp is this week, but the tournament itself won’t take place for another two weeks, as it will be held from Aug. 31-Sep. 12 in Mexico City.

The first day of classes at the University of Kentucky is Aug. 26th, and the final day to add a class is on Sept. 1st, which also happens to be the last day that students are allowed to withdraw and still receive a refund.

If Murray does manage to find his way onto the Team Canada roster, it’s unlikely that he’ll start at the point guard spot; that honor is expected to go to Cory Joseph. But after the performance he had for Canada at the Pan-Am Games, it’s understandable that the team would be trying to get him involved in the program as much as possible.