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This take from Pat Forde on conference expansion is just brilliant

– Have you ever heard of the COIA? Me neither. But apparently they aren’t too fond of John Calipari’s scheduling tactics

– Rush The Court provides a pretty cool read on what home court advantage meant to each team in the SEC

Reeves Nelson is suing Sports Illustrated because they published an article in which he was portrayed as a maniacal, borderline psychotic “jerk”. Newsflash: It’s the truth. Drew Gordon, who was also depicted in the article, is handling this issue much more adult-like

– So it looks like the Big East Tournament will expand to 18 teams. An eighteen team tournament is roughly a fourth of the size of the NCAA Tournament. No thank you

– Mike Huguenin takes a look at the JuCo transfer that will provide instant impacts at their new schools next year

– Myron Metcalf previews the nation’s best shot-blockers. Is Nerlens Noel No.1? Not if Jeff Withey has anything to say about it

– The Mountain-West might be labeled a “mid-major” but it’s full of high-major talent that transferred out of power-6 conference schools

– New Kansas State assistant Chester Frazier wanted to start his new job ASAP. Unfortunately, ASAP meant leaving his German basketball team in the middle of their playoff run

– I certainly didn’t get a free iPad when I was a student athlete. Then again, I didn’t go to THE Ohio State University

– Thomas Robinson is a phenomenal player, but he’s just not going to be the No.1 pick this year

– More on the possible formation of the SEC Network

Danny Manning and Tulsa picked up a key transfer in the form of Northeastern forward Kauri Black

– A solid list of the ten best sleeper recruits in the last decade of Pac-12 hoops

Cincinnati will start a home-and-home series with New Mexico. I like this. Not many are going to want to venture into The Pit when the Lobos are in the top-25, which they will be next year

– Idaho wanted to join the Sun Belt Conference, but unfortunately the Sun Belt just didn’t feel the same way. But they did have feelings for UT-Arlington, which will officially join the conference today

– New Jersey high school freshman Karl Towns will be a member of the Dominican National basketball team. No, not the U-19 or U-17 team, the actual national team. The D.R. has yet to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, but this is still kinda wild