– The NBA early entry deadline has passed, and the official list has been published. 49 underclassmen have left school in hopes of hearing their name called in June. Rob Dauster breaks down the five smartest decisions of the early entry period. Raphielle Johnson breaks down the five worst decisions. Who were the five winners and five losers? Only four of the 66 total early entrants hail from the Pac-12
– What’s this? An off-season edition of Luke Winn’s Power Ranking? Yes please
– Despite putting on two memorable games in 2011-2012, Indiana and Kentucky will not play each other next year. Both coaches seem to think the other team did not want to play them. But Lipscomb and Belmont will despite conference expansion. “The Battle of the Boulevard” is arguably the most underappreciated rivalry in the country. But despite being unheralded, the two schools found a way to keep it alive.
– A solid-read from Eamonn Brennan on rethinking the game using advanced statistics. Seriously, make sure you read it, even if you’re not in to all those silly numbers. You will enjoy this
– As we mentioned yesterday, Oakland would be the perfect addition for the Horizon League. The move would benefit both the league and the university
– If Old Dominion leaves the CAA for C-USA, there could be some unintended consequences to follow
– A professor at SMU thinks that the school will not benefit from joining the Big East. At least it’s good to know that the people teaching at the school make good decisions, because…..Larry Brown, are you serious?
– Myron Medcalf ranks the best coaching hires of the off-season
– Illinois-bound Sam Maclarin, a Coastal Carolina transfer, announced his decision in arguably the most hilarious way possible
– UConn’s Michael Bradley, the player who gave up his scholarship for Andre Drummond, is transferring to Western Kentucky. Speaking of UConn, the Huskies got a commitment from 6-10 Milwaukee-native Phillip Nolan