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The Naismith Trophy list is down to just 30 players

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The 30 members the Citizen Naismith Trophy late season team have been announced.

For the NBC Sports ranking of the Player of the Year candidates, see here.

Here is the full list:

Deandre Ayton

Fr.

F

Arizona

Marvin Bagley III

Fr.

F

Duke

Mohamed Bamba

Fr.

F

Texas

Keita Bates-Diop

Jr.

F

Ohio State

Joel Berry II

Sr.

G

North Carolina

Trevon Bluiett

Sr.

G

Xavier

Mikal Bridges

Jr.

G/F

Villanova

Miles Bridges

So.

G/F

Michigan State

Bryce Brown

Jr.

G

Auburn

Jalen Brunson

Jr.

G

Villanova

Jevon Carter

Sr.

G

West Virginia

Gary Clark

Sr.

F

Cincinnati

Mike Daum

Jr.

F

South Dakota State

Angel Delgado

Sr.

C

Seton Hall

Carsen Edwards

So.

G

Purdue

Vince Edwards

Sr.

F

Purdue

Keenan Evans

Sr.

G

Texas Tech

Marcus Foster

Sr.

G

Creighton

Devonte’ Graham

Sr.

G

Kansas

Kyle Guy

So.

G

Virginia

Tra Holder

Sr.

G

Arizona State

Chandler Hutchison

    Sr.

G

Boise State

Kevin Knox

Fr.

F

Kentucky

Jock Landale

Sr.

C

St. Mary’s

Caleb Martin

Jr.

F

Nevada

Luke Maye

Jr.

F

North Carolina

Collin Sexton

Fr.

G

Alabama

Landry Shamet

So.

G

Wichita State

Allonzo Trier

Jr.

G

Arizona

Trae Young

Fr.

G

Oklahoma

 

VIDEO: Andy Kennedy gives brutally honest criticism of Ole Miss team

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Andy Kennedy lost his first game as the lame duck Ole Miss head coach on Tuesday night, and after the game he didn’t hold back when discussing what is wrong with his team.

In summation, they don’t play with pride.

Give it a listen:

“This was about Ole Miss. Obviously, yesterday I tried to take about as big of ownership as you could take. I’m the man here. I’m culpable for this,” Kennedy would go on to say. “After watching our performance Saturday, I thought, ‘Man, this is as bad as I’ve seen it in my 400 games.’ Until tonight. I apologize. I certainly did not want to go out like this.”

“But as I said yesterday, my words are ringing hollow. I can’t get ’em, I can’t reach ’em.”

This is what happens when a team is out of tournament contention, particularly when the decision is made with games remaining to announce the end of that coach’s tenure — that is not normal. It’s exacerbated season-long issues for the Rebels, which, for many, justifies the decision to change leadership in the basketball program.

And considering what Kennedy has done for that program and hoops at that school, it’s sad to see it come to an end like this.

CBT Podcast: Why Your Team Sucks: The third annual college hoops hatefest with Brian Snow

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The best podcast of the season! Rob Dauster was joined by Brian Snow for a special Wednesday podcast. Why Your Favorite Team Sucks. The premise is simple: The 16 best teams in the country are broken down and analyzed, with an emphasis on the things they do not do well and the reasons they are going to lose early in March. It is, of course, because we hate them.

The teams we discussed: Xavier, Villanova, Cincinnati, Virginia, Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Auburn, Tennessee, Gonzaga, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Arizona. In that order.

Jahvon Quinerly commits to Villanova after link to FBI investigation

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Jahvon Quinerly announced on Wednesday morning that he has committed to Villanova.

Quinerly is a five-star point guard prospect from New Jersey. He was originally committed to Arizona, but he decommitted from the program after getting caught up in the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball.

Quinerly was not specifically named in the complaint, but he was recruited by Emanuel ‘Book’ Richardson, who was one of the four assistant coaches arrested in the probe. The complaint named Player-5, who was alleged to have received $15,000 and committed to Arizona “on or around August 9th, 2017”. Quinerly committed on August 8th.

Villanova accepted Quinerly’s commitment with the hope that he will be eligible to play this season, but to date, four players that were caught up in the FBI’s probe — USC’s De’Anthony Melton, South Carolina’s Brian Bowen and Auburn’s Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy — have not played this season.

Quinerly is the third player to commit to the Wildcats, along with four-star prospects Brandon Slater and Cole Swider.

Williams helps No. 18 Tennessee outlast South Carolina 70-67

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grant Williams scored 22 points and made a big basket in the closing seconds Tuesday as No. 18 Tennessee edged South Carolina 70-67 to hand the Gamecocks their sixth consecutive loss.

Tennessee (19-6, 9-4 SEC) has won seven of its last eight and 10 of its last 12. The Volunteers got back on track three nights after losing 78-50 at Alabama for their most lopsided defeat of the season.

South Carolina (13-13, 4-9) continued its slide as the Gamecocks have spent the last three weeks falling out of NCAA Tournament contention one season after their first Final Four appearance.

The Gamecocks made this one interesting, though.

After trailing 68-59 with 2 ½ minutes left, South Carolina scored eight straight points and got to within one on Chris Booker’s driving basket with 36 seconds remaining.

Tennessee answered on its next possession as Williams made a move around Chris Silva and scored with 11 seconds left.

After calling a timeout with 8.6 seconds remaining, South Carolina worked toward a potential game-tying 3-pointer. But Justin Minaya’s attempt from beyond the arc fell short of the front rim as the buzzer sounded.

Booker scored 19 points to lead South Carolina, while Silva and Hassani Gravett added 12 points each. Jordan Bowden scored 14 and Admiral Schofield added 13 for Tennessee.

The game was physical from the start, as the two teams combined for more fouls (25) than baskets (21) in the first half. South Carolina’s Maik Kotsar and Felipe Haase already had picked up three fouls each by halftime.

South Carolina tied the game 40-all on an Evan Hinson jumper with 18:29 left, but Tennessee answered with six straight points. After South Carolina got back to within 48-45, Tennessee went on a 10-0 run. Lamonte’ Tuner capped that spurt with a 3-pointer that extended Tennessee’s lead to 58-45 with 11:05 remaining.

But the Gamecocks refused to go away and managed to stay in the game all the way up to the final shot.

THE TAKEAWAY

South Carolina: Although the Gamecocks lost again, they deserve credit for staying close most of the way despite dealing with foul trouble. South Carolina had lost by an average margin of 21 points in the three games leading up to this one. The Gamecocks were much more competitive this time.

Tennessee: While the Vols did a nice job of recovering from their poor performance at Alabama, their inability to put away an inferior opponent at home offers some cause for concern. Tennessee seemed to have the game in hand before struggling in the final three minutes, though the Vols did respond by getting the ball to Williams when the lead had dropped to one and the game was on the line.

New No. 1 Virginia beats Miami 59-50

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — New No. 1 Virginia looked the part Tuesday, never trailing and holding Miami to 38 percent shooting to win 59-50.

Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter scored 22 points, including a four-point play. But defense was the difference for the Cavaliers, who limited an opponent to 50 points or less for the 12th time.

The Cavaliers (24-2, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won in their first game since 1982 as the No. 1 team. They bounced back from an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech that ended a 15-game winning streak.

The Hurricanes (18-7, 7-6) lost their second in a row, and lost at home for only the second time.

The Cavaliers climbed atop the poll this week and played as the top-ranked team for the first time since their memorable upset loss to Chaminade some 35 years ago. They mixed man-to-man and zone, and the Hurricanes had trouble making a shot against either defense, often settling for attempts from long range.

The Hurricanes threw up four airballs, and another clanked off the underside of the rim. Virginia shut down the Hurricanes’ transition game, and they managed only four fast-break points.

Kyle Guy scored 13 points for the Cavaliers, who shot 46 percent. Ty Jerome had seven assists — one more than the Hurricanes.

Miami missed 10 consecutive shots during a 13-0 run by the Cavaliers that put them ahead 26-12. At halftime Miami was shooting 21 percent and trailing 27-16.

An 8-0 run by the Hurricanes cut their deficit to 29-26, but they got no closer. An 11-2 spurt by the Cavaliers put them ahead 49-36, and Hunter’s four-point play with three minutes left sealed the win.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers improved to 2-7 against Miami, with their only other win three years ago. They improved to 7-0 on the road in the ACC this season.

Miami: The Hurricanes shot under 40 percent for the seventh time.