Penny Hardaway remaining at Memphis

From Joseph Zucker of B/R: Anfernee Hardaway will be remaining at Memphis and will not take the Orlando Magic’s vacant head-coaching position, according to multiple reports. Hardaway would have represented a connection to the Magic’s golden era. Orlando reached the 1995 NBA Finals and appeared to be a budding dynasty until Shaquille O’Neal left for the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of the 1996-97 season. Following a lengthy playing career, the 49-year-old went into coaching and climbed up the ladder to return to his alma mater, Memphis, in 2018. The Tigers have gone…

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Supreme court rules against NCAA in athlete compensation dispute

Monday the Supreme Court ruled unanimously (9-0) against the NCAA in a dispute over limitations on types of compensation that athlete-student can receive. The Justice Neil Gorsuch penned decision will pave the way for athletes to finally being able to partake in the mountains of cash they generate for everyone else.

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Former Spartan b-baller Keith Appling arrested in connection to fatal shooting

Fans of Michigan State and college basketball will remember the name Keith Appling. He was a standout for the Spartans in his time with the program from 2010-14 . Things may have taken a turn for the worse in the 29-year-old’s life as he was arrested this weekend in connection to a deadly shooting in Detroit. He was taken into custody Monday by Michigan State Police , approximately 50 miles west of Detroit in Chelsea, Michigan. In the course of the arrest a firearm was recovered. Appling was named a…

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Former UK basketball star Terrence Clarke killed in car crash

From Blake Schuster of B/R: Former Kentucky men’s basketball star Terrence Clarke died following a car crash in Los Angeles on Thursday, his agent, Rich Paul, confirmed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Clarke was 19 years old. The Boston native was reportedly working out in Southern California in preparation for the 2021 NBA draft prior to the crash. After one season with the Wildcats, Clarke announced he was turning pro and signing with an agent.  News of Clarke’s death was immediately felt across both college and pro basketball with many taking to Twitter to…

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Arizona women’s hoops coach Adia Barnes has no apologies for postgame huddle

From Andrea Adelson of ESPN: Arizona Wildcats women’s basketball coach Adia Barnes said Saturday that she has nothing to apologize for after she used a middle finger and an expletive in a postgame huddle with her team in the joyous moments following a 69-59 win over UConn in the Final Four. The moment, caught on ESPN cameras, went viral immediately after the win Friday night clinched the Wildcats a spot in the national championship game for the first time in school history. In her postgame news conference, Barnes admitted “I…

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Geno Auriemma responds Lebron James comments on late game call

From Adam Wells of B/R:? Connecticut women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma responded to LeBron James about the controversial non-call late in the Huskies’ 69-67 win over Baylor in the Elite Eight on Monday. James tweeted that Connecticut should have been called for a foul on DiJonai Carrington’s last-second field-goal attempt: Auriemma told reporters James has never won a game in his career on a foul that wasn’t called “and decided to give it back because he looked at it and went, ‘That was a foul.’”

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Grand Canyon Basketball player Oscar Frayer and two others killed in car crash

From Myron Medcalf of ESPN Grand Canyon standout Oscar Frayer died in a car accident in northern California early Tuesday morning, according to a release from the school. He was 23 years old. Frayer’s older sister, Andrea Moore, and a third person in their vehicle were also killed in the crash, the school confirmed Thursday. Frayer, a 6-foot-6 senior guard/forward, started in Grand Canyon’s 86-74 loss to Iowa in the first round of the NCAA tournament last week. He finished the game with eight points, five assists, three blocks and a steal. It…

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Oregon/VCU NCAA tournament First Round declared no-contest due to COVID

From Adam Wells of B/R: The NCAA men’s basketball tournament game between Oregon and VCU has been ruled a no-contest because of COVID-19 protocols.  The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced the decision Saturday, with the Ducks advancing to the round of 32: We will follow this story as it develops and report more informations as it is revealed.

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Oklahoma State staves off Liberty’s upset bid 69-60

From Scott Polacek of B/R: The Oklahoma State Cowboys are winners in the Big Dance for the first time in 12 years. No. 4 Oklahoma State defeated the No. 13 Liberty Flames 69-60 in Friday’s first-round showdown of the 2021 NCAA men’s tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis. Avery Anderson III led the way in the Midwest Region for the victors, who won their first NCAA tournament game since the 2008-09 season. Cade Cunningham struggled throughout at 3-of-14from the field and 2-of-8from deep, but Oklahoma State’s team defense was too much for Liberty.…

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2021 College Basketball conference tourney brackets and winners

From ESPN: Which schools are in line to clinch automatic bids to the 2021 NCAA tournament? Stay tuned here for live updates of every conference tournament in men’s college basketball, listed in order of when each ticket is scheduled to be punched. Links to every conference tournament bracket will be listed in this space as they become available. Thirty-one conferences in all will crown champions, starting with the Atlantic Sun on March 5 and concluding with the Atlantic 10, SEC, Patriot League, American and Big Ten on March 14, Selection…

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