The Weekly Sports Report

Bob Bowlsby for President. The Iowa A.D. and current head of the NCAA Selection Committee certainly has mastered the fine art of not answering questions. On consecutive NCAA tournament review shows Sunday evening, Bowlsby did a superb job of evading or ignoring specific queries from the talking heads of CBS Sports and ESPN.

Predictably, NCAA shill Dick "Dickie V" Vitale gave the committee an "A" for their work. I agree, but only if the "A" stands for ACC or asinine. Let's take a close look at the committee's handiwork.

#1 Seeds – No significant issue with the four teams, though few think St. Joseph's is as good as a number of lower seeded teams. Bowlsby's comment about Duke being "punished" for losing the ACC Championship was hilarious. The Blue Devils get to play their first two games in Raleigh and their next two in nearby Atlanta. Some punishment!

ACC – Sure they were a strong conference, but not strong enough to get five teams in the top 16 (#1 – Duke, #3s Georgia Tech & N.C. St., and #4s Wake Forest & Maryland). The integrity of the regular season is lessened when a "bubble team" like Maryland gets hot and wins the conference tournament and is rewarded with a 4 seed. In addition to favorable locations for Duke, Wake Forest is also in Raleigh for the first two games and N.C. St. only has to travel to Orlando.

Nice geography if you can get it – 4th seed Kansas somehow will play their first two rounds in nearby Kansas City. If they advance, they get another short trip to St. Louis. If you're getting the idea the NCAA plays favorites, you're correct.

Teams that didn't deserve a bid, but received one – 11th seed Air Force won the Mountain West regular season title by two games, but were bounced from the conference tournament by a sub .500 Colorado State team. The Falcons also had an atrocious RPI and strength of schedule rating. Quite simply, the Mountain West didn't deserve three bids. Utah as conference champion was automatic. BYU is a better team than Air Force. However, having a military academy team in the tournament is good publicity I suppose. Air Force even gets to start (and almost certainly finish) the tournament in nearby Denver. 13th seed UTEP is another stretch. The WAC runner-up had a terrible strength of schedule. There should only be one WAC team in The Dance. I have a hard time justifying four Atlantic 10 teams being selected. I'll admit it is difficult to separate Richmond and Dayton. The committee had the same dilemma last year with Seton Hall and Boston College from the Big East. Their resolution was to pass on both teams.

Teams left out in the cold (and into the NIT) – Utah State was in the Top 25 much of the year. They finished with a 25-3 mark and were 17-1 in the Big West (tied with Pacific). They did lose in the conference semi-finals to a sub .500 Cal. State – Northridge team. However, their overall record should have easily gotten the Aggies a bid. Colorado was 10-6 in the Big 12. While that record isn't as automatic as it used to be in power conferences (i.e. Seton Hall and Boston College last season), the Buffaloes are too good to ignore. Both LSU and Notre Dame had their chances hampered by injuries to a key player. The loss of Tiger PF Jaime Lloreda and Irish center Torin Francis probably cost both teams a bid.

We're seeded WHAT??? – Big Ten champion Wisconsin ended the year ranked 10th, but somehow was only deemed worthy of a 6 seed. To partially make things up to the Badgers, the committee was thoughtful enough to place them in Milwaukee on the opening weekend. Pittsburgh, a potential 2nd round opponent for Wisconsin, was dropped to a 3 seed after losing a hard-fought Big East championship game to Connecticut. The Panthers were a possible 1 seed had they defeated UConn. To drop them to a #3 makes no sense. To compound the felony, the committee graciously made the Panthers travel to Milwaukee where they effectively will have a road game against Wisconsin on Sunday if both advance. Clearly, Pittsburgh is not one of the NCAA's favorite children! Big Ten regular season champion Illinois ended up #13 in the A.P. Top 25 poll. They'd won 12 in a row before losing to Wisconsin in the Big Ten finals. They were seeded 5th, but should have been moved up a notch. OK, now that I've got all that off my chest, here are my predictions for the Sweet 16:

St. Louis – I'm stuck with the top 4 seeds; Kentucky, Gonzaga, Georgia Tech, & Kansas.

East Rutherford – St. Joseph's, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, & Wisconsin.

Phoenix – Wow, again the top 4 seeds; Stanford, Connecticut, N.C. State, & Maryland.

Atlanta – Duke, Mississippi St., Illinois, & North Carolina.

Yes, those aren't all that daring but that's what I think. If you're looking for some live longshots, how about the following:

St. Louis – Michigan State and Utah. The way Washington's been playing, it would not be a total shock if they beat Kentucky in the 2nd round.

East Rutherford – The winner of the Texas Tech – Charlotte game could upset St. Joesph's.

Phoenix – Maybe Syracuse could beat Maryland if the Terps wore themselves out in the ACC tournament. No other lower seeds appear a threat.

Atlanta - #7 Xavier is red-hot. If they can get past ice-cold Louisville, they could surprise Mississippi St.

Good luck with your pools!


Tuesday
South – Louisiana-Lafayette defeated New Orleans 67-58 to capture the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The Ragin' Cajuns featured a well balanced attack, with Antoine Landry leading the way with 16 points while Brad Boyd and Cedric Williams each chipped in with 15.

Midwest – In the Horizon League final, Illinois-Chicago edged Wisconsin-Milwaukee 65-62. Four Flames scored in double figures led by Cedrick Banks with 14 points. Star forward Dylan Page tallied a game-high 20 for Wisconsin-Milwaukee… Valparaiso scored a 75-70 upset win over IUPUI to take the Mid-Continent Conference championship. The Crusaders trailed 35-29 at the half and quickly fell behind by twelve points before rallying for the win. Joaquim Gomes scored 23 points for Valparaiso while tournament MVP Odell Bradley had a game-high 26 for IUPUI.


Wednesday
East – The opening round of the Big East tournament began with Virginia Tech posting a mild upset win over Rutgers 61-58. The Scarlet Knights led 35-27 at the half but the Hokies took over in the final twenty minutes. Rutgers had a final chance to send the game to overtime, but sophomore guard Calvin Wooten tossed up an air ball from the right corner just before the buzzer. Freshman forward Coleman Collins led Virginia Tech with 12 points. Freshman PG Marquis Webb had a career-high 19 points for Rutgers… Boston College stayed on a roll with a 68-57 win over Georgetown. The Eagles ran their winning streak to six games. Sophomore PF Craig Smith scored 16 points and added 14 rebounds for B.C… In evening action, Notre Dame barely kept their NCAA hopes alive with a dramatic 65-64 win over West Virginia. Freshman reserve SG Colin Falls hit a three pointer from the left corner with 15.8 seconds remaining to put the Irish ahead. On the Mountaineers' final possession, they were unable to penetrate and had to settle for a long three point attempt by sophomore SG Joe Herber which was off the mark. Junior guard Chris Thomas scored 19 to lead Notre Dame… In the nightcap, #11 seed Villanova shocked #6 seed Seton Hall 61-60. The Pirates trailed for much of the game but took the lead 60-59 on a basket by junior SF Andre Sweet with 2:12 left. Both teams misfired in the next two minutes, with senior forward Marcus Toney-El missing two free throws with under 20 seconds remaining. The second miss was an air ball. Villanova rebounded and sophomore PG Randy Foye hit a fadeaway jumper to give the Wildcats the lead. Senior PG Andre Barrett missed a desperation three pointer at the buzzer. Sophomore SG Allen Ray led the Wildcats with 15 points while Foye and sophomore forward Curtis Sumpter each added 13. Sophomore center Kelly Whitney tallied a game-high 20 points for the Pirates.

In the Northeast Conference championship game, Monmouth toppled Central Connecticut 67-55 behind a career-high 19 points from sophomore guard Tyler Azzarelli.

Midwest - In the first round of the Atlantic Ten tournament, Xavier trounced St. Bonaventure 90-64, Richmond pounded Fordham 67-47, Rhode Island topped La Salle 55-42, and Duquesne edged Massachusetts 79-76.

In first round action in the CUSA tournament, Charlotte crushed Tulane 78-48, Louisville got by East Carolina 61-54, TCU upset Marquette 64-62, and St. Louis topped Southern Mississippi 52-46.

West – Playing on their home court, Eastern Washington defeated Northern Arizona to win the Big Sky tournament. The Eagles will be making their first ever NCAA tournament appearance after losing the Big Sky championship game the previous three years. SG Brendon Merritt led Eastern Washington with 22 points and junior forward Marc Axton added 18.


Thursday
East - The afternoon session of the Big East tournament quarterfinals began with #6 Pittsburgh getting past Virginia Tech 74-61. The Panthers opened up a ten point lead at the half, but the Hokies only trailed 63-57 with 2:26 remaining. Pitt then scored nine of the next eleven points to ice the win. Senior SF Jaron Brown scored a game-high 20 points for the Panthers. Brown also contributed 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. Senior SF Bryant Matthews had 14 for Virginia Tech despite fouling out with over 7 minutes left… In the second game, Boston College upset #19 Syracuse 57-54. The Eagles prevailed despite going 0-9 on three point shots. However, they were consistently able to get the ball inside against the Orangemen's 2-3 zone, allowing sophomore PF Craig Smith to score a game-high 22 points along with 10 rebounds. The rest of the Eagles' starting frontcourt also scored in double figures. Freshman SF Jared Dudley and senior center Uka Agbai each had 13 points. Boston College trailed for most of the game until a three point play by junior SG Jermaine Watson tied the score at 51 with 2:51 remaining. Sophomore PG Gerry McNamara put Syracuse back on top 54-51 with a three pointer. Dudley then hit four consecutive free throws, the last two with 37 seconds left, to regain the lead for B.C. at 55-54. Junior PF Hakim Warrick missed shots on Syracuse's next two possessions. Smith missed both free throws after rebounding Warrick's first miss, but connected on both free throws following Warrick's second errant shot. A desperation three pointer by McNamara missed at the buzzer. McNamara led the Orangemen with 15 points. Boston College dominated inside, outrebounding Syracuse 41-27… The evening session began with #9 Connecticut outlasting Notre Dame 66-58. The Huskies were without their star, junior center Emeka Okafor, who was sidelined with a small stress fracture in his back. Junior SG Ben Gordon more than took up the slack, scoring a game-high 29 points. Okafor's replacement, freshman Charlie Villanueva, added 16 points and 13 rebounds while fellow freshman PF Josh Boone added 8 points and 16 rebounds… In the final game of the day, Villanova pulled off their second upset in as many days. The Wildcats topped #20 Providence 69-66. Sophomore PG Randy Foye, who hit the winning basket last night against Seton Hall, once again came through in crunch time. Foye tallied 12 of his 15 points in the final 3:25 to rally Villanova from a four point deficit. Sophomore PG Donnie McGrath hit a three pointer to put the Friars ahead 58-54 before the Wildcats ran off ten straight points to secure the win.

South – In the first round of the ACC tournament, Virginia moved on by edging Clemson 83-79 in overtime.

In the opening round of the SEC tournament, Georgia bested Auburn 73-59, South Carolina defeated Arkansas 91-81, Vanderbilt trounced Mississippi 70-50, and Alabama utterly destroyed Tennessee 84-49.

Midwest – In the CUSA tournament quarterfinals, DePaul crushed TCU 89-65, UAB topped Charlotte 77-66, #13 Cincinnati edged Louisville 64-62 as senior PF Jason Maxiell tallied 15 points, and St Louis upset # 23 Memphis 72-61 behind 18 points from junior SG Reggie Bryant.

In the first round of the Big Ten tournament, Indiana beat Ohio State 83-69, Minnesota upset Purdue 63-52, and Northwestern got past Penn State. 57-52.

The quarterfinals of the Atlantic Ten tournament produced the day's biggest shock. Undefeated and top-ranked St. Joesph's was routed by Xavier 87-67. The issue was never in doubt as the unranked Musketeers led by as many as 37 points over the stunned Hawks. The 20 point margin of victory was the worst loss ever by a #1 team against an unranked opponent. Senior SG Romain Sato led Xavier with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow seniors PG Lionel Chalmers and PF Anthony Myles contributed 23 and 19 points respectively. St. Joseph's shot a season-worst 35.4% from the field. Their backcourt duo of Jameer Nelson and Delonte West each tallied 16 points… In the other three games, Dayton topped Duquesne 69-56, George Washington destroyed Rhode Island 79-50, and Richmond pasted Temple 64-49.

Southwest – In the opening round of the Big Twelve tournament, Iowa State got past Kansas State 78-64, Oklahoma edged Nebraska 63-59, and Missouri toppled hapless Texas A&M 74-68.

West – In first round action in the PAC Ten tournament, Oregon topped California 87-82 and Washington got past UCLA 91-83… #21 Arizona edged USC 79-76 behind freshman guard Mustafa Shakur's 16 points, and #2 Stanford throttled Washington State 68-47 as junior SF Josh Childress led the way with 17 points. The Cardinal was further boosted by the return of starting PF Justin Davis. He scored 7 points and added 4 rebounds in 14 minutes in his first game back from a knee injury suffered in January.


Friday
East – In the Big East tournament semi-finals, #6 Pittsburgh began the night with a hard-fought 62-53 win over Boston College. The Eagles once again were dismal from outside, shooting 1-10 from three point range. They also turned the ball over 15 times. Despite the Eagles' woes, they held a 26-22 halftime lead before the Panthers' physical play took its toll in the final twenty minutes. Boston College managed to close to within two points at 52-50 before Pittsburgh pulled away in the final 2:39. Sophomore PG Carl Krauser led the Panthers with 18 points. Sophomore PF Craig Smith tallied a game-high 20 points along with 12 rebounds for the Eagles. The Panthers will be facing Connecticut in the finals for the 3rd straight year... The Huskies ran away from Villanova 84-67 despite the continued absence of center Emeka Okafor. Junior SG Ben Gordon lit up the Wildcats with 29 points on 10-15 shooting. UConn also got huge contributions from freshman PF Josh Boone (11 points, 15 rebounds, and 6 blocks) and sophomore SG Rashad Anderson (19 points). Sophomore PG Randy Foye scored 20 to lead Villanova.

South – The SEC tournament quarterfinals were highlighted by Vanderbilt's 74-70 upset of #4 Mississippi State in overtime. Sophomore SF Julian Terrell and junior SG Corey Smith each hit two free throws late in the extra period to give the Commodores the win. Five Vanderbilt players scored in double figures, led by sophomore PG Mario Moore. Senior PG Cliff Hawkins scored 23 points to lead #8 Kentucky past Georgia 69-60… In the other two games, South Carolina crushed LSU 85-64 and Florida needed overtime to beat Alabama 75-73.

In the ACC quarterfinals, #5 Duke topped Virginia 84-74 behind a career-high 27 points and 8 rebounds from sophomore center Shelden Williams. Junior SG Daniel Ewing added 26 points for the Blue Devils. #17 North Carolina St. defeated Florida St. 78-71. Senior SG Julius Hodge led the Wolfpack with 19 points and senior PF Marcus Melvin chipped in 16 along with 8 rebounds. #14 Georgia Tech nipped #16 North Carolina 83-82. The Yellow Jackets blew an 11 point lead in the final 8:15 before sophomore guard Jarrett Jack hit a 15 foot jumper with just 1.4 seconds remaining. Jack had 17 points for Georgia Tech while sophomore center Scott May scored a game-high 27 for the Tar Heels… Maryland upset #15 Wake Forest 87-86. Sophomore PG John Gilchrist and sophomore PF Travis Garrison each scored 16 points for the Terps. Maryland had to overcome a sensational performance by freshman guard Chris Paul, who scored 30 points and added 9 assists for the Demon Deacons.

Midwest – In the CUSA semi-finals, DePaul edged UAB 75-74. Senior forward Delonte Holland made two free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining to win the game for the Blue Demons… #13 Cincinnati whipped St. Louis 66-46 as senior SG Tony Bobbitt led the way with 12 points.

In the Big Ten quarterfinals, #10 Wisconsin took care of Minnesota 66-52. Junior PF Mike Wilkinson scored 22 points and junior SG Devin Harris added 21 for the Badgers… #12 Illinois defeated Indiana 71-59 as junior SG Luther Head poured in 29 points and sophomore guard Deron Williams added 20… In the final two games, Michigan topped Iowa 79-70 and Michigan State beat Northwestern 68-55.

In the Atlantic Ten semi-finals, senior PG Lionel Chalmers scored 26 points to lead red-hot Xavier past George Washington 70-47. The Musketeers will meet Dayton in the finals. The Flyers edged Richmond 58-56. In the MAC Conference semi-finals, Kent State defeated Miami (Ohio) 66-56 and Western Michigan topped Toledo 87-77.

Southwest - #7 Oklahoma State put on a late spurt to overcome Iowa St. 83-75. Junior SF Joey Graham led the Cowboys with 25 points and 9 rebounds. .#11 Texas edged Oklahoma 66-63. Senior SG Brandon Mouton scored five points in the final 26.8 seconds to cap the Longhorns' comeback. Freshman SF P.J. Tucker scored 16 points and added 12 rebounds for Texas… # 18 Kansas drubbed Missouri 94-69 as junior PF Wayne Siemien dominated with 31 points and 11 rebounds… In the final game, Texas Tech got past Colorado 79-69.

Texas-San Antonio defeated Stephen F. Austin 74-70 to win the Southland Confererce title as LeRoy Hurd scored 23 points for the Roadrunners.

West - In the PAC Ten semi-finals, #2 Stanford overcame Oregon 70-63. The Cardinals will meet the only team to defeat them this season in the finals. Stanford trailed 24-23 at the half before rallying in the final twenty minutes as junior SF Josh Childress led the way with 18 points… Washington stayed on fire, upsetting #21 Arizona 90-85. Sophomore Nate Robinson paced the Huskies with 20 points. Arizona sophomore SG Hassan Adams had a huge game in defeat. He scored 30 points and added 9 rebounds.

In the WAC semi-finals, Nevada defeated Rice 67-59 and UTEP overcame Boise St. 85-73.

In the Mountain West semi-finals, Utah struggled past arch-rival BYU 54-51 and UNLV upended Colorado State 80-73.

In the semi-finals of the Big West tournament, Cal. State-Northridge pulled off a shocking 63-62 upset over #22 Utah St. and Pacific got by Idaho 67-61.

Saturday
East – #9 Connecticut rallied in the 2nd half to overtake #6 Pittsburgh 61-58 to capture the Big East championship. The Huskies were bolstered by the return to action of junior center Emeka Okafor, who had missed the first two tournament games with a small stress fracture in his back. UConn really needed Okafor, since freshman forward Charlie Villanueva was forced to miss the game with a sprained ankle suffered the day before against Villanova. After their typical slow start, the Panthers went on a spurt to take a 34-25 lead at the half. Freshman reserve guard Antonio Graves extended Pitt's lead to eleven points at 51-40 when he connected on a three point shot with 8:22 remaining. The Huskies then went on a tear, outscoring Pittsburgh 21-7 led by junior SG Ben Gordon and sophomore SF Rashad Anderson. Gordon, the tournament's MVP, finished with 23 points including the game-winning basket with 30 seconds remaining. Pittsburgh missed two game winning attempts on their final possession before Gordon was fouled with .5 seconds remaining. He sank both free throws. That gave Gordon the Big East tournament record for total points with 81, breaking the old mark of 79 held by Georgetown star Allen Iverson in 1996. Anderson scored 14 for the Huskies while Okafor contributed 11 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with 2:19 left. Freshman center Chris Taft and junior reserve SF Mark McCarroll each tallied 11 to lead Pittsburgh.

Vermont won the America East tournament by drilling Maine 72-53. In his first game back after suffering a broken wrist on February 15th, Catamount forward Taylor Coppenrath poured in 43 points.

South – Maryland continued their surprising march through the ACC tournament by upsetting #17 North Carolina St. 85-82. Sophomore PG John Gilchrist put on quite a show, scoring 30 points on 11-13 shooting to help Maryland overcome a 19 point deficit at the half. Senior SG Julius Hodge scored a game-high 31 for the Wolfpack, who totally lost their poise when Maryland came out strong in the 2nd half. #5 Duke is in the ACC finals once again after an impressive 85-71 victory over #14 Georgia Tech. The Blue Devils were led by sophomore center Shelden Williams' 20 points and 18 rebounds. Freshman forward Luol Deng added 19 points.

In the SEC semi-finals, #8 Kentucky easily disposed of South Carolina 78-63. Senior SG Gerald Fitch paced the Wildcats with 24 points and senior center Erik Daniels chipped in with 21. The Wildcats will meet Florida in the finals. The Gators drubbed Vanderbilt 91-69. Sophomore guard Anthony Roberson scored a career-high 35 points for Florida.

In the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference final, Florida A&M got a career-high 20 points from guard Tony Tate to defeat Coppin St. 58-51.

In the final of the Southwest Conference tournament, Alabama St. got past Alabama A&M 63-58.

Midwest – In the CUSA championship game, #13 Cincinnati struggled past DePaul 55-50 in a game that closely resembled a WWF steel cage match. Senior SG Tony Bobbitt scored 17 points to lead the Bearcats despite taking a "low blow" from Blue Demon's junior guard LeVar Seals with 8:22 remaining. Seals was ejected and will have to sit out DePaul's opening NCAA tournament game. Senior SF Delonte Holland led DePaul with 17 points.

Western Michigan captured the MAC title with a 77-66 win over Kent State. Senior SF Mike Williams led the Broncos with 28 points.

In the Big Ten semi-finals, #10 Wisconsin just slipped past Michigan St. 68-66. Junior SG Devin Harris scored 21 points to lead the Badgers. Michigan St. had a chance to tie the game, but sophomore guard Maurice Ager missed a runner in the lane at the buzzer. Top seeded Illinois had a somewhat easier time, defeating Michigan 74-60. The Wolverines came back from a 15 point second half deficit to cut Illinois' lead to two before the Illini pulled away in the final ten minutes. Sophomore PG Dee Brown scored 21 for the Illinois.

Southwest - #7 Oklahoma State advanced to the finals of the Big Twelve tournament with an 82-77 win over Texas Tech. The Cowboys will meet #11 Texas in the finals. The Longhorns came from behind to defeat #18 Kansas 64-60. Senior SG James Mouton scored 18 points for Texas, including 10 straight late in the game. Junior center Jason Klotz added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Senior center Jeff Graves and junior SG Keith Langford each had 14 for the Jayhawks.

West - #2 Stanford captured the PAC Ten championship with a 77-66 win over Washington, the team that cost the Cardinal an undefeated season the previous Saturday. Senior SG Matt Lottich led Stanford with 20 points. He also had 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Sophomore PG Nate Robinson led the Huskies with 16 points.

In the Western Athletic Conference final, Nevada defeated UTEP 66-60. Junior center Kevinn Pinkney scored 15 points for the Wolf Pack.

Utah captured the Mountain West title by edging UNLV 73-70. Senior SF Nick Jacobson hit the winning 3 point shot in the final seconds for the Utes. Freshman PF Andrew Bogut led Utah with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Junior SF Odartey Blankson had 23 points and 9 rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels.

Pacific edged Cal. St.- Northridge 75-73 to take the Big West title. The Tigers have won 15 straight games.


Sunday
East – Lehigh won the Patriot League tournament by edging American 59-57. Freshman guard Jose Olivero broke a 57 all tie with a short jump shot with just 3.9 seconds remaining. American lost in the championship game for the third consecutive year.

South – #5 Duke failed in their bid to win a record 6th straight ACC title. The Blue Devils fell to the amazing Maryland Terrapins 95-87 in overtime. Maryland, the 6th seed in the tournament, completed a magical run of three wins in three days against the top three seeded teams. Maryland overcame a 12 point deficit with just under five minutes to play to force overtime. Sophomore PG John Gilchrist, the tournament MVP, led Maryland with 26 points.

#8 Kentucky ripped Florida 89-73 to win the SEC championship. Junior PF Chuck Hayes led the Wildcats with 23 points.

Midwest - #10 Wisconsin used a tough defense and 29 points from junior SG Devin Harris to crush #12 Illinois 70-53 in the Big Ten championship game. The loss snapped the Illini's 12 game winning streak.

Southwest - #7 Oklahoma St. defeated #11 Texas 65-49 to capture their first ever Big Twelve title. The Cowboys relentless defense virtually shut down the Longhorns in the final 15 minutes. Senior SG Tony Allen led Oklahoma St. with 21 points.

College Basketball News & Notes
There was plenty of news on the coaching front. Akron fired Dan Hipsher. San Francisco dismissed Phil Mathews. Melvin Watkins resigned after 6 years at Texas A&M. The Aggies went 0-16 in the Big 12 this season. Tom Sullivan resigned as coach at UMBC. Eastern Michigan extended coach Jim Boone's contract through next season. Steve Lappas will return for another season at Massachusetts, but under a restructured contract. UNLV named Lon Kruger their new coach.

Mike Jarvis is still rumored to be at the top of the list for the vacancy at Miami. Why is a very good question. Jarvis could not recruit in the talent-laden NYC area, and the program had more than its share of problems during his tenure. Why would the decision makers at Miami think he'd succeed there?

Sophomore forward Ike Diogu announced he will return to Arizona St. next season. He was the leading scorer in the PAC Ten this season with a 22.8 ppg average.

The status of two starters on Murray State remains undecided. Point guard Adam Chiles and leading rebounder Kelvion Brown were arrested on Monday on drug possession charges. They were later released on bail. The school's only comment was that they are "looking into the charges." Murray St. is the 12th seed in the Atlanta Bracket of the NCAA tournament and will face 5th seeded Illinois on Friday afternoon.

Football News & Notes
David Berst, the NCAA's task force chief, informed Congress that the organization will do more to police recruiting policies. Berst did not provide the lawmakers with any specifics, though.

Rocky Hager was named the new head coach at Northeastern.


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