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The InsideHoops.com college basketball page is a complete daily roundup of NCAA basketball news, including college basketball recruiting, transfers and signings from around the country. All quotes credited to college hoops media source listed at paragraph's end. Click link to read the full article. We'll also preview the college hoops season, expand our coverage, present exclusive player interviews, rankings, March Madness NCAA Tournament coverage and more. Go Inside Hoops every day.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The ACC’s preeminence as college basketball’s standard bearer has been established for some time now. Four of the last five NCAA championship games have featured at least one ACC program, with three of those schools (Louisville’s now-in-jeopardy 2013 banner notwithstanding) winning it all. That’s in addition to setting the record last season for most NCAA tournament bids by one conference with nine. Then factor in that 10 ACC players went in the first round, the most of any league in draft history, and it’s clear which conference still rules college basketball. -- SI.com

Still, other conferences are doing their best to maintain relevancy in the college game, none more so than the Pac-12. Fourteen selections Thursday night, the same as the ACC, tied a conference record for drafted players. The question will be whether or not those Pac-12 schools can replenish themselves and still compete on a season-to-season basis (hey, Oregon), or whether all those drafted players are leaving behind an empty cupboard. -- SI.com

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kansas State has added graduate transfer Mawdo Sallah from Mount St. Mary's to provide some front-court depth following the dismissal of Isaiah Maurice from the men's basketball program. Wildcats coach Bruce Weber said Tuesday that Sallah, a 6-foot-9 forward, had signed a financial aid agreement. He will be eligible to play immediately and have two seasons with Kansas State. -- ESPN.com/AP

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann has persuaded a top prospect to follow him from Butler to the Buckeyes. The school said Monday that 6-foot-8 forward Kyle Young has signed to play for the Buckeyes next season. Young, a three-time Associated Press All-Ohio performer from Massillon, was recruited by Holtmann and previously had committed to him at Butler. -- ESPN.com

Friday, June 16, 2017

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo contemplated playing a scrimmage against another Big Ten foe. Purdue's Matt Painter thought about holding a nonconference game to help alleviate fears of rust from what could be a lengthy layoff. There has also been consideration from coaches in the league of bringing in a Division II cupcake just prior to the NCAA tournament. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany knows it was a risky decision, moving the conference tournament up a week in order to get it in New York, and specifically, Madison Square Garden. But after recently adding Rutgers and Maryland to the league, Delany wanted to make sure he expanded the league's footprint in the Northeast corridor. -- ESPN.com

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The NCAA suspended University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino for the first five Atlantic Coast Conference games next season following an investigation into the program's basketball escorts case. Pitino's suspension is just one penalty levied against the program, which was put on probation. Former staffer Andre McGee was hit with a 10-year show cause penalty after the NCAA said Pitino failed to monitor McGee, a former director of basketball operations at Louisville. -- SI.com

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

It’s awfully hard to win a national championship and not say goodbye to key players the following season. North Carolina knew it was losing seniors Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Nate Britt, and it was all but certain junior Justin Jackson would move on, as well. Jackson made that official shortly after the Tar Heels cut down the nets at the Final Four, but freshman big man Tony Bradley waited until late May to reveal he would remain in the NBA draft. Jackson, Meeks and Hicks accounted for 42.6 points and 19.7 rebounds per game last season. Remember, the Tar Heels’ greatest offensive strength was the glass, where they cleaned up 41.3% of their own misses. Coupled with Jackson’s singular talent, the Tar Heels ranked ninth in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency, according to kenpom.com. This, of course, is a program that can reload on the fly, and Joel Berry’s decision to return for his senior year was a boon, but Roy Williams will have quite the task replacing Jackson, Meeks, Hicks, Bradley and Britt. -- SI.com

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

If college basketball’s power conferences each adopt 20-game league schedules, the change would come at a price. Expanded league slates would surely mean fewer quality non-conference matchups each November and December. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told ESPN on Monday that there have been ongoing discussions about moving to a 20-game league schedule. Delany’s comments come less than a year after the ACC announced it will adopt a 20-game conference slate beginning with the 2019-20 season, the same year the league’s TV network is scheduled to launch. -- Yahoo Sports

Monday, June 12, 2017

It took Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith three days to hire the ideal men’s basketball coach. Not fast enough, obviously. Because during that short time, from about 3 p.m. Monday until he sat down in Dayton on Thursday with candidate Chris Holtmann and was able to declare to associates afterward “We got our guy,” Smith’s competence routinely was questioned in public forums. Can you imagine that? You don’t even get three days now to do something as intricate as hiring an employee to whom you might eventually pay $25 million, whether or not he’s a success. -- Sporting News

Friday, June 9, 2017

Chris Holtmann has left Butler to become the next men's basketball coach at Ohio State, it was announced Friday. He agreed to an eight-year deal with the Buckeyes and will receive $3 million per season, sources confirmed to ESPN on Friday. -- ESPN.com

Luke Maye, the UNC forward who sent the Tar Heels to the Final Four with a game-winning shot over Kentucky in March, flipped his car several times but emerged uninjured from a car accident Thursday, according to The Charlotte Observer. "He did run into an 18-wheeler and spun his car around, landing on a bank beside the road,” Luke's father, Mark Maye, told the Observer in a text message. “Damaged the car pretty bad, but he (Luke) said he feels perfectly fine.” -- SI.com

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cam Johnson is betting on Pittsburgh failing in its needless attempt to keep him off the floor next season. The prized graduate transfer announced Tuesday that he’ll transfer to North Carolina even though it remains uncertain whether he’ll be able to play right away for the Tar Heels. Having graduated from Pittsburgh in three years but only played for the Panthers in two of those seasons, Johnson is the rare graduate transfer with two years of eligibility remaining. -- Yahoo Sports

Monday, June 5, 2017

Thad Matta will no longer be the men's basketball coach at Ohio State, effective immediately, the university announced Monday. Athletic director Gene Smith said a conversation between him and Matta led to the determination that a change was needed... One source told ESPN that Matta wanted to keep coaching. At a news conference Monday, Matta said "never say never" to the possibility of him returning to the sideline. -- ESPN.com

Saturday, May 27, 2017

UNC Wilmington transfer C.J. Bryce told ESPN he will follow his former college coach Kevin Keatts to NC State. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound guard averaged 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists last season for Keatts at UNCW. He was the CAA tournament MVP. Bryce will sit out this season and have two left in Raleigh. -- ESPN.com

Friday, May 26, 2017

Kentucky freshman Hamidou Diallo has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to the Wildcats... Diallo attended the NBA draft combine in Chicago earlier this month, posting the highest vertical leap in the class -- the second highest in draft combine history -- and also tested well in the three-quarters-court sprint and wingspan portions. A five-star prospect in the 2017 class, Diallo graduated from high school early and enrolled at Kentucky in January. He didn't play in any games, though, and redshirted the spring semester. -- ESPN.com

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Illinois landed Wright State graduate transfer Mark Alstork on Wednesday. Alstork, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Ohio, chose the Fighting Illini over finalists Pittsburgh, LSU and South Carolina. He visited all four of those schools, as well as Georgetown and Louisville. -- ESPN.com

Monday, May 22, 2017

Texas guard Andrew Jones will return for his sophomore season after announcing his withdrawal from the NBA draft via Twitter on Monday. "I've matured and learned a lot through this process," Jones wrote on Twitter two days before the NCAA's withdrawal deadline for players who haven't hired agents. "I enjoyed the experience and opportunity that I had to be able to participate in the [NBA combine] and team workouts." -- ESPN.com

Seton Hall big man Angel Delgado announced he will return to school for his senior season after speculation surfaced that he would remain in the NBA draft and sign with an agent. Delgado announced he will withdraw from the NBA draft process via Twitter. The deadline is Wednesday to withdraw and maintain college eligibility. -- ESPN.com

Tennessee has landed the nation's leading scorer from the 2015-16 season. James Daniel, who averaged 27.1 points per game two seasons ago at Howard, told ESPN on Monday that he will spend his final season in Knoxville playing for Rick Barnes and the Volunteers. -- ESPN.com

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Arizona's Rawle Alkins has announced that he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to the Wildcats for his sophomore season. "Still have some unfinished business to take care of," Alkins posted Sunday on Twitter. "Declaring for the NBA Draft has taught me more than I could have imagined and has been an incredible experience. I can't wait to help the Wildcats win a national championship next year with a great team, great coach, and the most amazing fans in the world behind us," he posted. -- ESPN.com

Friday, May 19, 2017

Florida center John Egbunu is returning for his final year of eligibility, a big boost for a team that made the Elite Eight last season. Egbunu graduated from Florida this spring with a sociology degree, and even though he's recovering from a left knee injury suffered in mid-February, he decided to explore his professional options. Unable to work out for NBA teams, he decided Friday to play another season for the Gators. He is expected to return in mid-January. -- ESPN.com

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The top uncommitted prospect in the 2017 class won’t be playing for one of college basketball’s blue bloods next season. Mohamed Bamba instead will forge his own path, spurning offers from Duke and Kentucky in favor of a program coming off a 22-loss campaign. In an essay published by the Player’s Tribune on Thursday morning, Bamba announced he will attend Texas. The 6-foot-11 center cited Texas’ business school and strength and conditioning program as big factors in his decision, but the main he reason he chose the Longhorns was the strong bond he forged with coach Shaka Smart last summer in Chile when he played for him on the U.S. U-18 team. Yahoo Sports / The Dagger



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Monday, February 27

Kansas moves to No. 1 in AP poll, Villanova 2nd, UCLA 3rd: Kansas could have rested easy after clinching a share of its 13th straight Big 12 title. Instead, the Jayhawks hit the road to beat Texas on Saturday, clinching the outright championship with two games left in the regular season. And when top-ranked Gonzaga and second-ranked Villanova dropped games last week, it meant the Jayhawks ascended to the top of The Associated Press poll. So much for taking it easy. The Jayhawks (26-3) moved up two places to the top spot, receiving 58 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel . They spent five weeks at No. 1 last season, including the final three polls, but became the sixth No. 1 this season by moving to the top spot for the first time. -- AP

Texas gives suspended swingman Mack his release: Texas coach Shaka Smart says Tevin Mack has been released his scholarship. Mack was the Longhorns' leading scorer when he was suspended in January for the second time this season. He was also benched for the season opener. Smart said Monday that Mack was given his release to transfer. -- AP

Young Vols slumping as their postseason hopes fade: The underclassmen who dominate Tennessee's roster are learning some hard lessons about how the intensity level changes as March approaches. After outperforming preseason expectations for much of the season, Tennessee (15-14, 7-9 SEC) has dropped four of its last five games to fall out of contention for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. In their last two games, the Volunteers lost 67-56 to Vanderbilt and 82-55 at South Carolina . -- AP

Sunday, February 26

UCLA within striking distance of a No. 1 seed: Watching from his couch (ESPN still believes differently) in Los Angeles, LaVar Ball probably announced to anyone willing to listen his son, Lonzo, will soon earn the Imperial Medal of Bravery for his galactic performance in Tuscon. Ball and cohorts were indeed brilliant. They racked an explosive 1.22 points per possession against a steadfast Arizona defense. More outstandingly, they out-rebounded the Wildcats and defended sufficiently. Yes, you read that correctly. If their 3-2 zone employment continues to frustrate, the sky’s the limit. They are, after all, the most electric offense in the country. Ball, T.J. Leaf, Thomas Welsh, Bryce Alford, Aaron Holiday and Isaac Hamilton are insanely efficient. As a group, they net over 41 percent from beyond the arc and over 60 percent inside it. -- The Dagger

Lonzo Ball's father says son will 'only play for the Lakers,' later clarifies statement: UCLA’s Lonzo Ball is still in college but his father, LaVar, already knows where his son is going to be playing after college: The Los Angeles Lakers. “My son will only play for the Lakers,” LaVar Ball said on The Kevin and Mike Show, a local Arizona sports radio show. LaVar later cleared up the comments, telling ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, “All I said was that my boy is going to play for the Lakers, and I’m going to speak it into existence. I want him to be a Laker, but I wasn’t saying he’s only going to play for the Lakers. I’m not trying to say he won’t play for a different team.” -- The Dagger

Friday, February 24

Locker room fight over music volume results in a University of Maine player breaking his jaw: A request to “turn the music down” escalated quickly in the Maine locker room on Feb. 14. What started as a request, ended up sending a player to the hospital with a broken jaw. His jaw had to be wired shut for six to eight weeks. A public safety officer from the University of Maine came to the locker room after an ambulance transported senior guard Marko Pirovic to the hospital where he had to have surgery on two bilateral fractures in his jaw. Initially, players told the coaching staff and the officer that Pirovic slipped in the shower and injured himself. However, in the officer’s report, it was noted that Pirovic’s hair was dry. -- The Dagger

Thursday, February 23

Rick Pitino restrained after verbal exchange with UNC fan: Lousiville head coach Rick Pitino had to be restrained from going after a North Carolina as he worked off the court for halftime during the Top 10 matchup on Wednesday. Video shows Pitino walked toward the locker rooms at the Smith Center when he turns around and starts shouting at someone in the stands. Team personnel and staff held him back and ushered him toward the locker room. A North Carolina team spokesman said that fan was ejected from the arena after the incident. -- SI Wire

Saturday, February 18

Mick Cronin's 300th win seems a perfect number after what he has been through at Cincinnati: There have been only 22 defeats in the 27 months since Mick Cronin was reminded he had so much more to lose than a basketball game. So maybe that’s why he handles the losses better now. Perspective helps, but success helps more. He’ll still have his moments where photographers or television catch him shouting an instruction, or perhaps some friendly advice to a referee, and he’ll look a shade maniacal. After games, though, you almost never will see him celebrate a victory or grieve a defeat. You won’t find YouTubes of his press conferences that become instantly legendary through Twitter or Facebook sharing. He picks through the Cincinnati Bearcats’ rare defeats with the calm demeanor of, say, a doctor trying to explain precisely what’s gone wrong in a patient’s brain. Cronin did not immediately smile when he won the 300th college basketball game of his career Saturday, but no doubt he was proud. -- Sporting News

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