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College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from October, 2018

October 4

Dick Vitale's All-Solid Gold teams: FIRST TEAM -- Luke Maye (North Carolina Tar Heels), Caleb Martin (Nevada Wolf Pack), Grant Williams (Tennessee Volunteers), Carsen Edwards (Purdue Boilermakers), Tyus Battle (Syracuse Orange). SECOND TEAM -- Kyle Guy (Virginia Cavaliers) Ethan Happ (Wisconsin Badgers), Rui Hachimura, (Gonzaga Bulldogs), Mike Daum (South Dakota State Jackrabbits), Shamorie Ponds (St. John's Red Storm). -- ESPN.com

October 1

In a brutal blow for New Mexico, the school announced Sunday night that guard JaQuan Lyle is expected to miss the entire 2018–19 season with an Achilles injury. Lyle sat out last season after transferring from Ohio State, where he averaged 11.3 points through two seasons. He was expected to play a major role for a Lobos team that seemed poised to make noise near the top of the Mountain West and have a shot at an at-large NCAA tournament bid, expectations that are now far less clear. -- SI.com

Lyle averaged 11.3 points in two seasons for the Buckeyes, starting 54 of the 66 games in which he appeared. The 6-foot-5 guard had been set to play a key role for the Lobos, who are expected to be one of the better teams in the Mountain West Conference. -- ESPN.com

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from September, 2018

September 28

UCLA freshman forward Shareef O'Neal, son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, will redshirt the 2018-19 season due to a heart condition that will require surgery, he told TMZ Sports. O'Neal, 18, was having a routine checkup when UCLA doctors found "a medical issue" dealing with his heart. Specifics of his condition were not discussed. -- SI.com

September 6

Tennessee extended men's basketball coach Rick Barnes' contract through the 2023-24 season on Thursday... Barnes was named the SEC Coach of the Year last season after leading the Volunteers to the conference's regular-season title in his third year at the school. -- ESPN.com

September 5

Rick Pitino left no doubt on Wednesday, saying "I'm finished coaching" during an appearance on ESPN's "Get Up." The former Louisville coach is making the rounds promoting his new book, "Pitino: My Story." He had written in the book that his "coaching career is possibly finished." It's been nearly a year since an FBI investigation into college basketball led to his termination at Louisville. He maintained Wednesday that he was unaware that Adidas allegedly paid $100,000 to the family of five-star prospect Brian Bowen to steer him to Louisville. -- ESPN.com

September 2

This month, Duke played 237 possessions of basketball during a three-game exhibition swing in Canada, and Kentucky did the Blue Devils one better with a four-game slate of friendly competition in the Bahamas that clocked in at 310 total possessions. That's enough basketball to sink our teeth into, and, besides, this is Duke and Kentucky we're talking about. So what have Mike Krzyzewski and John Calipari seen so far from their teams? They've seen their talent post a collective 7-0 record with an average margin of victory of 31 points against so-so competition. -- ESPN.com

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from August, 2018

August 23

Duke: Tre Jones is the first of four five-star, top-25 recruits for coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils that are being featured in our series. Coming in with Jones (No. 13 in the RSCI rankings) in the 2018 class are three potential lottery picks in R.J. Barrett (No. 1), Cameron Reddish (No. 2), Zion Williamson (No. 4) and four-star small forward Joey Baker (No. 37). The five top-50 recruits are the reason behind Duke’s No. 1 ranking for this class, and all should see serious minutes for the Blue Devils. -- SI.com

August 17

Duke, ranked third, boasts the top recruiting class in America. Two key players in that group, Tre Jones and Cam Reddish, will miss the games in Canada because of a hip injury and strained groin, respectively. Zion Williamson (29 points), the viral phenom who dunked from the free throw line in a practice this week, and R.J. Barrett (34 points), the No. 1 player in the 2018 class, led the Blue Devils to an 86-67 win over Ryerson University on Wednesday. -- ESPN.com

August 16

We move to the No. 20 and No. 6 overall recruits, Oregon's Louis King and Bol Bol, respectively: Bol Bol, the top-ranked center in the class of 2018 and a near consensus lottery pick for 2019, is Oregon’s highest-rated recruit in history. Bol gives the Ducks' third-ranked recruiting class a tremendous boost with his No. 6 overall ranking, as does 6’8” standout small forward Louis King (No. 20 in the RSCI rankings). King, a New Jersey native, and Bol, a Sudanese seven-footer, add needed depth to the Ducks' frontcourt. The two-five start recruits will be joined by three four-star players in shooting guard Will Richardson (No. 40), center Francis Okoro and power forward Miles Norris (No. 66). Bol alone is an impressive get for Oregon, but the complement of King, a skilled wing and another potential 2019 NBA prospect, and Norris, gives the Ducks tons of talent down low. -- SI.com

August 13

The season started early for Kentucky men's basketball, which finished 4-0 against a collection of teams during an exhibition trip to the Bahamas that concluded Sunday. The Wildcats played four games in five days and showcased the talent and promise that elevated the program to the No. 1 slot in ESPN.com's Way Too Early Top-25 poll after Stanford grad transfer Reid Travis joined the squad over the summer. On Wednesday, the Wildcats defeated the Bahamas select team 85-61 before recording a 91-68 victory over San Lorenzo, an Argentinian professional squad, the next day. Then they beat Mega Bemax, a professional team from Serbia, 100-64 on Saturday before ending the exhibition trip Sunday with a 93-60 win over Team Toronto, a squad full of Canadian talent. -- ESPN.com

August 9

NBA and USA Basketball officials were caught off guard by the NCAA announcement regarding prospects who are seeking to play professional basketball, reports ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski. After the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation started looking into the college basketball and arresting some former assistant coaches in a corruption scheme last year, the NCAA announced they were forming a commission that could address the future of the sport. The commission sought to give USA Basketball the job of choosing which prospects would be deemed elite so those players could hire agents. But according to the ESPN report, USA Basketball wants NBA make those decisions, because the league is already in charge of combine process that happens after the college basketball season. -- SI.com

In a landmark declaration, the NCAA announced on Wednesday that, among other rule changes, (1) college basketball players can hire an agent so long as the player requests an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee (which consists of NBA team executives who provide candid advice to college players on their draft prospects); (2) assuming the NBA and National Basketball Players’ Association (NBPA) consent to the following arrangement, high school basketball players who have been identified as an “elite senior prospect” by USA basketball can also be represented by an agent beginning July 1 before their senior year in high school; and (3) agents must be certified by the NCAA in order to work with high school and college athletes (however, until Aug. 1, 2020, NBPA-certified agents will be automatically considered NCAA certified and family members or those who act solely on behalf of a pro team aren’t required to be certified at all). -- SI.com

August 7

Former McDonald's All-American and Louisville commit Brian Bowen has signed a professional contract with the Sydney Kings in Australia. Bowen, the No. 14-ranked recruit in ESPN's Top 100 in 2017, is the first player signed to the NBL's Next Stars program, which was launched in March in an effort to provide alternative pathways for NBA prospects who are unable or decide not to play college basketball. -- ESPN.com

Shareef O'Neal is officially a UCLA Bruin. The school announced Monday that O'Neal, a son of NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, will enroll in school this month and join the men's basketball program as a freshman in September. O'Neal committed to UCLA in February, but he did not sign a National Letter of Intent in the spring period, reportedly because of academic reasons... As a senior, he led Crossroads School (of Santa Monica) to a California Division III state title, scoring 27 points per game. -- ESPN.com

August 5

The North Carolina Tar Heels will name the court at the Dean E. Smith Center after head coach Roy Williams, the school announced Thursday. It will officially become Roy Williams Court in August 24. "It's very hard to believe; it's just so flattering," Williams said in a release. -- ESPN.com

August 1

The NCAA is expected to announce new legislation next week. Reported proposals would prevent college coaches from attending any grassroots events in July, including any Nike, Adidas or Under Armour event. Instead, the NCAA, in conjunction with USA basketball and the NBPA, would run regional camps with up to 2,500 players, and there would be two weekends in June where college coaches could go to high school team camps. Recently, however, there have been reports of allowing one event run by the shoe companies at the start of the month and then running the regional camps later in July, while also still keeping the high school team camps. We should know specifics soon, but it appears that July will be very different next year. -- ESPN.com

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from July, 2018

July 26

Virginia, Florida and Wisconsin will headline a solid field in this year's Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, officials announced Tuesday. The tournament, which runs from Nov. 21 to 23 in the Bahamas, will also include Butler, Oklahoma, Middle Tennessee State, Stanford and Dayton. Both Butler and Oklahoma, then led by the since drafted Trae Young, reached the NCAA tournament last year. -- ESPN.com

July 23

With his father now in Los Angeles, LeBron James Jr. headed to the East Coast on Monday and took a tour of Duke's basketball facilities with his AAU team, the North Coast Blue Chips, according to 247Sports. The team was in the area for a tournament in Charlotte. -- SI.com

July 19

Considered a recent "hot-seat" candidate, Clemson's Brad Brownell has the chance to become the longest-serving men's basketball coach in Tiger history. Brownell received a new six-year contract on Thursday that will pay him $15 million through 2024. He's spent eight seasons at Clemson, and his previous contract was through 2021. -- ESPN.com/AP

July 5

In what could be a major addition in Gonzaga’s pursuit of its first NCAA basketball championship, the Zags picked up graduate transfer point guard Geno Crandall from North Dakota to add significant depth and flexibility to their backcourt. Crandall averaged 16.6 points and 3.6 assists for the Fighting Hawks last season who struggled to a 12-20 record and eighth place finish in the Big Sky Conference. He improved dramatically as a junior in terms of 3-point shooting, connecting on 41.7 percent of his attempts and making a career-best 50 3s. -- SportingNews.com

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from June, 2018

June 28

John Calipari won't rely on one star as he chases his second national championship with a stacked Kentucky men's basketball team led by P.J. Washington, Stanford transfer Reid Travis and the what ESPN ranked as the No. 2 recruiting class in the country. "I said I'd like to have six or seven guys in double figures in scoring," Calipari said on an SEC teleconference call Thursday. "There is no one that's going to average 25 [points per game]. ... And this isn't communism. If you don't deserve to play, you won't play." -- ESPN.com

June 22

Fresno State has hired Terry Tumey as athletic director... Tumey replaces Jim Bartko, who resigned in November. -- AP

June 21

Reid Travis, an All-Pac-12 player last season at Stanford and the most coveted graduate transfer on the market, announced Wednesday that he's transferring to Kentucky, where he'll be eligible to compete in the 2018-19 season. Travis, a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 19.5 PPG and 8.7 RPG last season, graduated from Stanford on Sunday and visited Kentucky on Monday and Tuesday. -- ESPN.com

June 19

Former Chicago Bulls point guard Chris Duhon has joined the staff of Illinois State University as an assistant men's basketball coach. -- AP

June 13

Former NBA Coach of the Year Sam Mitchell is joining Anfernee Hardaway's first coaching staff at the University of Memphis. -- ESPN.com

Former Duke guard Greg Paulus has been hired as an assistant basketball coach at George Washington. -- ESPN.com/AP

June 11

Dick Vitale: "I was not surprised that John Beilein chose to remain as head coach at Michigan. The Wolverines are a better job than the Detroit Pistons right now. He has a solid recruiting class coming in and Wolverine fans can expect more success. If I was Beilein's agent, I would want a big contract extension... Utah Valley men's basketball coach Mark Pope received a new six-year deal that will keep him with the Wolverines through the 2023-24 season." -- ESPN.com

June 7

The vast majority of the intrigue that surrounds college basketball’s offseason is over. NBA draft decisions are in, most transfer destinations have been determined and the top uncommitted recruits have chosen schools. There’s still a few moving parts out there (such as Stanford grad transfer Reid Travis) and we could always see a summer surprise (hello, Marvin Bagley’s reclassification last year), but for the most part, teams now know what their rosters will look like come October. All of that means it’s time to revise our post-national title game Way-Too-Early Top 25, taking into account what’s unfolded over the last two months: 1) Kansas, 2) Duke, 3) Kentucky, 4) Gonzaga, 5) North Carolina, 6) Virginia, 7) Nevada. -- SI.com

June 4

If you thought Auburn might extend the contract of coach Bruce Pearl without telling anyone, or maybe while whispering the news to its most ardent supporters and coveted recruits — or maybe that it wouldn’t extend Pearl at all — you probably were surprised by the news that arrived Monday morning and the pride with which it was released. “It was a historic season for Auburn basketball and one that was matched by excellence in the classroom as well,” athletic director Allen Greene said in statement that revealed Pearl’s contract term would run through the 2022-23 season. -- SportingNews.com

Auburn got a real boost as three players decided to pull out of the NBA draft and return to school -- Austin Wiley, Jared Harper and Bryce Brown. The Tigers did lose guard Mustapha Heron, who also pulled out of the draft. He decided to transfer closer to home, going to St. John's. -- ESPN.com

June 2

College players who entered the NBA draft without hiring an agent had until Wednesday night to finalize their decision if they wanted to retain their eligibility... Here is an updated Way-Too-Early Top 25 after the NBA draft early-entry deadline. 1. Kansas. 2. Duke. 3. Kentucky. 4. Gonzaga. 5. Tennessee. 6. Nevada. 7. Virginia. -- ESPN.com

On Kansas: Bill Self will boast one of the nation's most potent frontcourts in 2018-19 with Udoka Azubuike and Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson (19.2 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.1 BPG in 2016-17) in his starting rotation. Self has been successful at Kansas when he has multiple big, talented bodies around the rim, dating back to the Jayhawks' national championship team in 2008 which featured Darrell Arthur and Darnell Jackson alongside guards Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers. -- ESPN.com

On North Carolina: The Tar Heels’ loaded incoming recruiting class—a three-member haul highlighted by Orlando Christian (Fla.) Prep small forward Nassir Little, who’s ranked No. 3 in the 247Sports Composite—would have lessened the blow of forward Luke Maye staying in the draft. Instead, after a stellar junior season that saw him evolve from a one-shot hero into a legitimate star, Maye opted to return to the Tar Heels. That decision ensured head coach Roy Williams would have the undersized five (6'8", 240 pounds) he needs to power potent small-ball lineups and positioned North Carolina to enter the season alongside Virginia as Duke’s main competition for the ACC title. -- SI.com

Jimmer Fredette, the former BYU star and first-round NBA draft pick, will compete in this year's edition of The Basketball Tournament with one goal in mind -- earn another spot in the NBA. "I would always love to get another chance in the NBA," Fredette told ESPN.com. "I've gotten better in China and improved every year. ... You hope somebody takes notice." The Basketball Tournament is a $2 million winner-take-all event that will air on ESPN this summer. -- ESPN.com

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from May, 2018

May 28

Former Maryland basketball player Cliff Tucker was killed Monday morning in a car accident in Texas. Tucker was 29. Tucker played for Maryland from 2007-2011, appearing in 131 career games. He led the Terrapins in three-point makes as a senior in 2011. -- SI.com

May 24

A matchup of potential top-five programs Kansas and Kentucky will serve as the centerpiece of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 26... The schedule will feature six first-time Challenge matchups: Alabama at Baylor, Iowa State at Ole Miss, Kansas State at Texas A&M, Vanderbilt at Oklahoma, Florida at TCU and West Virginia at Tennessee. -- ESPN.com

May 22

South Carolina's leading scorer and rebounder Chris Silva is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to the Gamecocks for his senior year. -- AP

From the moment he arrived at Kentucky as head coach in April 2009, John Calipari has been a master of one-and-done-era recruiting. Then, by 2013, Mike Krzyzewski had adopted that same approach wholeheartedly, with the result that Duke and Kentucky have now produced the top two recruiting classes nationally in each of the past five seasons. For 349 other programs, however, recruiting is a far different matter. None of these "other" programs has been able to attain and hold onto the luxurious position of signing multiple one-and-done stars year in and year out. Programs such as Kansas, North Carolina and UCLA have done so at times; but at the end of the day, the duopoly maintained by the Blue Devils and the Wildcats is still standing. -- ESPN.com

May 20

Trae Young believes he's not just the best scorer in the NBA draft this year, he's the best player. Asked Friday whether he felt he was the best scorer in this year's class of potential picks, the Oklahoma guard felt he needed to add a little more to the description. "I think I'm the best overall player in this draft," Young said. "My main focus isn't necessarily to be the best player in this draft. My focus is to be the best player in the NBA. That's what I'm focusing on each and every day." -- ESPN.com

Missouri's Michael Porter Jr., who says he is "100 percent" after rehabbing from back surgery most of the year, also said Thursday he feels he is "the best player in this draft." -- ESPN.com

May 18

The University of Louisville has reached a $4.5 million settlement with former athletic director Tom Jurich, who was fired in the wake of a national federal corruption investigation of college basketball. -- AP

May 17

Center Ikechukwu Obiagu is transferring from Florida State to Seton Hall, he announced Thursday on Twitter. -- ESPN.com

May 15

Villanova will host Michigan in a rematch of the 2018 NCAA tournament final on Nov. 14 as part of the fourth annual Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Gavitt Tipoff Games is an early-season series matching Big East programs against Big Ten schools. The event is named in honor of Big East founder Dave Gavitt. -- AP

May 10

Last week, five-star prospect Joey Baker announced that he was reclassifying to join the 2018 recruiting class and would enroll at Duke in the fall. Baker's decision means Mike Krzyzewski will enter 2018-19 with no fewer than five freshmen ranked in the top 40 of the 2018 ESPN 100. R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, Tre Jones and Baker will form the nucleus of a Blue Devils roster that has lost its entire starting five from last season. -- ESPN.com



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College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from February, 2018

February 4, 2018

Mike Krzyzewski didn't want to use inexperience or looking past a below-.500 opponent as an excuse for Duke's 81-77 upset loss to St. John's at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The Duke coach didn't mince words in his criticism. "We didn't play basketball the first 32 minutes worthy of our program," Krzyzewski said. "It was disgusting, really." -- ESPN.com

For one there is the matter of the Blue Devils’ defense, decent in the scheme of things but lacking for a team with title hopes, ranking 69th nationally in efficiency and on Saturday allowing St. John’s to have its best per-possession offensive showing since a Dec. 2 win over Sacred Heart, which currently sits ninth in the 10-team Northeast Conference. The occasional deployment of a 2-3 zone has provided temporary remedy at times this season, but against the Red Storm it did little to stem the tide, and by the time Duke clamped back down in man, it was trading punches while already backed against the ropes. -- SI.com

Ohio State guard Kam Williams has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. -- ESPN.com/AP

Georgia sophomore guard Jordan Harris has been suspended indefinitely by the team. -- ESPN.com

As the pile of celebrating bodies grew, Washington's Dominic Green started to get uneasy. He'd never been in the situation of celebrating a game-winning basket like this, let alone where he was the one hitting the shot. "I was really nervous," Green said. "Just because something like that had never happened, so it gave me the butterflies." Green was at the center of Washington's raucous celebration on Saturday night after his 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Huskies a 78-75 upset of No. 9 Arizona. -- ESPN.com/AP

College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories from January, 2018

January 21, 2018

Zion Williamson, the most-hyped recruit from the class of 2018, committed to Duke, he announced Saturday at his Spartanburg High School. The five-star power forward from South Carolina chose the Blue Devils over Clemson, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and more. -- SI.com

Krzyzewski pulled the proverbial rabbit out of a hat, landing Williamson -- and securing the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 prospects in the 2018 class, something that’s never been done since the ESPN recruiting database started in 2007. Williamson joins a class that already had No. 1 prospect R.J. Barrett and No. 3 Cameron Reddish, as well as No. 1 point guard Tre Jones, the No. 10 overall player in 2018. -- ESPN.com

Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young scored a career–high 48 points in the Sooners' loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday. Young, who leads the nation in points per game and assists, went 14-39 from the floor, including 8-20 from 3-point range. -- SI.com

Clemson senior forward Donte Grantham will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL during Saturday's game, the team announced. Grantham suffered the injury in the second half of a 67-58 win over Notre Dame. His right knee buckled after he was fouled from behind. -- ESPN.com

January 20, 2018

TCU point guard Jaylen Fisher had surgery Thursday to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season for the No. 24 Horned Frogs. -- ESPN.com/AP

January 19, 2018

An unimpressive start to the season for much of the Big Ten has made it hard for some of the league's emerging talent to stand out. That might not be the case for much longer. Michigan State's Miles Bridges is one of two players from the Big Ten to make the 25-player midseason Wooden Award watch list, released last week. The Spartans have been prohibitive favorites to win the conference since the preseason, but after a rough week in which they lost two of three games, other teams have made it clear that there are legitimate threats to contend for the title. It's time to give the players who are leading that charge their due. -- ESPN.com



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January 2, 2018

Michigan State was passed by Villanova for the No. 1 ranking after Duke and Kansas lost three weeks ago. The Spartans were No. 3 at the time, but voters moved the fourth-ranked Wildcats to the top spot. Look who's No. 1 now. Michigan State (14-1) moved up to No. 1 in the poll released on Monday, receiving 43 of 65 first-place votes following previously top-ranked Villanova's loss to Butler on Saturday. -- ESPN.com/AP

The Lithuanian coach who is set to welcome LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball this week told ESPN that he expects the brothers to "play a lot" once they get on the court. Virginijus Seskus, the head coach of Prienu Vytautas, said that he has watched plenty of footage of the Ball brothers -- on YouTube and also highlights sent by their agent, Harrison Gaines. -- ESPN.com

Maryland forward Ivan Bender will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Bender has a torn meniscus in his right knee, an injury that occurred Friday night in a game against Maryland-Baltimore County. -- ESPN.com

January 1, 2018

I'm writing this in the aftermath of a loss suffered by Villanova at Butler. The Bulldogs beat Jay Wright's No. 1-ranked team Saturday with a remarkable display of outside shooting, and when it was over, LaVall Jordan's men had a 101-93 victory over the previously undefeated Wildcats. The conventions of sportswriting require that I must now tut-tut sternly and say that Villanova's defense has been exposed. I should insist that the Wildcats will be vulnerable until they learn to do a better job of chasing opponents off the 3-point line. Last, I should warn Nova fans that they are in for a nervous time this season until and unless their team proves that it can buckle down on defense. I'm not going to do any of that, however, because I really don't believe any of that. Villanova will be fine. ESPN.com

December, 2017 College Basketball News, Rumors and Hot Stories

December 14, 2017

Charlotte has fired former NBA standout Mark Price after two-plus seasons, the school announced Thursday. Price had a 30-42 mark since taking over the 49ers program, including a 16-20 record in Conference USA play. Charlotte is 3-6 this season and on a four-game losing streak. -- ESPN.com

December 13, 2017

The University of Louisville has filed a counterclaim to former basketball coach Rick Pitino's lawsuit and is seeking monetary damages from vacated games and bonuses. WDRB-TV reports the university alleges that negligence and "wrongful conduct" by Pitino has tarnished the school's reputation. -- ESPN.com/AP

December 12, 2017

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have reached an agreement to sign professional basketball deals with Lithuanian club Prienu Vytautas, the team's coach/GM Virginijus Seskus and Ball family agent Harrison Gaines told ESPN's Jeff Goodman... LiAngelo and LaMelo are the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball. LiAngelo withdrew from UCLA after the basketball team suspended him indefinitely following a shoplifting incident on the Bruins' tour of China. LaVar said he would have both LiAngelo and LaMelo bypass college basketball and planned to search out pro jobs overseas. LaMelo was a junior in high school but dropped out. -- ESPN.com

December 4, 2017

The father of UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball says he plans to withdraw his son from school because of concerns related to the freshman's indefinite suspension for his participation in a shoplifting incident during the Bruins' trip to China. The younger Ball, along with freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, have been barred from all team activities as part of their suspension for shoplifting from three high-end stores last month when UCLA opened its season overseas. LaVar Ball told the Los Angeles Times and ESPN on Monday that he's going to explore other options for LiAngelo because ''I'm not going to let him sit back and not practice.'' -- AP/Yahoo Sports

There were a number of reasons then-No. 11 Cincinnati lost convincingly to No. 21 Xavier on Saturday. For one, the Musketeers are very good, especially when Trevon Bluiett is in All-America form, and they generally played very well. The Bearcats were also in hostile territory in front of a frothing crowd in a bitter rivalry game (more on that in a second), and they could hardly knock down an outside shot or find any complementary offense outside of their four primary scorers, and they got pushed around on the offensive glass. Basketball games are complicated puzzles with a lot going on. It’s rarely ever just one thing. -- SI.com

But it’s also worth noting that Xavier might have just been more ready, not from a coaching or game-study perspective but when it comes to recent experience. Coaches often describe how non-conference schedules prepare them for league play, or league play prepares them for the postseason, and so on. Looking at the teams’ previous opponents through that prism, a disparity emerges. Undefeated Cincinnati’s only remotely notable wins were against Wyoming and Buffalo in the Cayman Islands. Xavier, meanwhile, was coming off a home win against No. 16 Baylor after a neutral-site loss to surging No. 20 Arizona State, which came a week after a never-a-pleasure trip to Wisconsin. In order words, we knew Xavier’s talent and expected success could be measured within the context of similar-caliber competition. For Cincinnati—a talented team nonetheless—the same could not really be said. -- SI.com

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October 27

The NAIA has agreed to move its Division II men's basketball tournament from a private Missouri college because of the school's stance on the national anthem. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the College of the Ozarks asked for the tournament to be moved because the NAIA had refused its request to require players to stand during the national anthem and would not plan a forum to discuss the issue before the tournament began. -- ESPN.com/AP

October 26

George Mason has signed men's basketball coach Dave Paulsen to a one-year contract extension that runs through the 2021-22 season. Athletic director Brad Edwards announced the extension Tuesday. Edwards said that in Paulsen's two years as the coach, he has built a strong program "and a team that's been recognized as one of the most improved on the court." ESPN.com/AP

October 24

Michigan State snuck into the NCAA tournament last season as a No. 9 seed, and, historically, a spot on the No. 9 or 10 line has represented the absolute floor for how "low" (ha) this program can get under Tom Izzo. Improvement would be the safe prediction for 2017-18 even if we didn't know anything else. But what we do know about this particular group of Spartans is so striking that there's a case to be made for them as the No. 1 team in the nation. Miles Bridges is back for his sophomore season, and he'll be joined in the starting lineup by fellow returnees Cassius Winston, Joshua Langford and Nick Ward. That still leaves one spot open on the floor for Jaren Jackson, the No. 9-rated freshman in the ESPN 100. -- ESPN.com

October 23

North Carolina senior point guard Joel Berry II broke a bone in his right hand and will likely miss the start of the regular season... Berry averaged 14.7 points and 3.6 assists last season and was the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player after scoring 22 points in the win over Gonzaga in the national title game. Berry was named a Preseason First Team All-American by ESPN on Monday. -- ESPN.com

October 21

Louisville interim coach David Padgett has promoted R.J. Evans to acting assistant coach to "unofficially round out our staff." The announcement of Evans' promotion Friday comes a day after Padgett introduced Greg Paulus as an assistant coach. Evans worked under Rick Pitino, who was fired earlier this week. Evans was given on-court responsibilities after assistants Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair were placed on paid administrative leave. -- ESPN.com/AP

October 19

USA Today’s preseason coaches poll is out, and there are familiar faces all around as Duke returns to the No.1 spot for the second straight season. The Blue Devils are followed by Michigan State at No. 2, Kansas and Kentucky at Nos. 3 and 4, and Arizona in fifth. Duke brings back the mercurial Grayson Allen and has surrounded him with a number of elite freshmen recruits, including potential No. 1 NBA draft pick Marvin Bagley, big man Wendell Carter and guards Trevon Duval and Gary Trent Jr. After an early exit in last year’s tournament, the Blue Devils are positioned to bounce back as quickly as the new pieces start to jell. -- SI.com

October 11

Villanova's Jay Wright will receive the John R. Wooden Award Legends of Coaching honor. The annual award is given to college basketball coaches who exemplify the late UCLA legend's standard of coaching success and personal integrity. Wooden's daughter Nan announced the selection on Tuesday. -- ESPN.com/AP

October 9

Hopefully, college basketball fans won’t lose any sleep over this news: ESPN is abandoning its 24-Hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon for 2017. There still will be games televised by the company’s various channels on Tuesday, Nov. 14, notably the Champions Classic doubleheader in Chicago matching Michigan State vs. Duke and Kentucky vs. Kansas. But the joy of watching a team like Winthrop playing Manhattan just as the workday begins will be no more. -- Sporting News

October 6

The University of Louisville placed basketball assistant coaches Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair on paid leave Friday, the school announced, according to the Courier-Journal. It's the latest development for Louisville in the FBI's investigation into a college basketball corruption scheme that has already effectively cost head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich their jobs. Federals investigators allege that Pitino helped a top-rated prospect take a $100,000 bribe to join the the school, facilitated by Adidas. -- SI.com

October 4

Josh Pastner has signed a one-year contract extension to remain Georgia Tech's coach through the 2022-23 season after exceeding expectations in his debut season. -- ESPN.com/AP

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