Posted April 24, 2014

Big Ten, Big 12 lead conference power rankings for 2013-14 season

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Big Ten, Big 12 top final conference power rankings for 2013-14 season

Heavyweights like Michigan and Michigan State made deep NCAA tournament runs having after impressive regular seasons. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

When it comes to determining which conferences were best in 2013-14, the four months of play from November through February were certainly very significant, but it was what happened in March that tilted the scales and wound up determining which league stood tallest this past season.

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Posted April 23, 2014

Kentucky’s Harrison twins, Michigan’s McGary among top undecided college players

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Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Kentucky Wildcats

Andrew (left) and Aaron Harrison would make Kentucky favorites to return to the Final Four if they decide to stay in Lexington. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The deadline to declare for the NBA draft is Sunday, meaning that by the end of the weekend, every one of college basketball’s stay-or-go decisions will be finalized. The time to calculate the value of another year in school versus a head start on a professional career is running preciously low.

Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Baylor’s Isaiah Austin decided to leave Tuesday. On Wednesday, Kentucky’s Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress and LSU’s Jordan Mickey officially decided to spend 2014-15 on campus. Here’s a look at some top names still in limbo, at least officially, in alphabetical order of schools:

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Posted April 22, 2014

Louisville’s first ACC schedule features two games with UNC, road date at Syracuse

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Montrezl Harrell (left) and Rick Pitino helped Louisville win a national title in 2012. Now they’ll lead the Cardinals into a new league in 2014-15. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

After a season in which it welcomed Syracuse, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh, the ACC’s delayed growth to 16 teams will finally be complete next season when Louisville joins the conference. The Cardinals will immediately be one of the top teams in their new league, bringing back forwards Montrezl Harrell and Wayne Blackshear and guards Chris Jones and Terry Rozier. While they don’t yet know when or against whom they will begin their maiden ACC voyage — the dates and order of the full schedule will not be known for a few more months — on Tuesday, the Cards and the 15 other teams at least learned a little bit about what the conference slate will look like for the next two years.

It may not have been a rude welcome for Rick Pitino’s squad, but it’s not a very hospitable one, either. Here’s a look at the challenges of Louisville’s first ACC schedule, with a peek at 2015-16 as well:

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Posted April 22, 2014

Donnie Tyndall takes over as Tennessee’s new head coach

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New Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall must prove his commitment to the program

Donnie Tyndall inherits a Tennessee program that reached the Sweet 16 this March amid discord within the fan base. (Danny Johnston/AP)

While attending the Final Four, Donnie Tyndall took a call from Tulsa and the people running its search for a head coach. He got dressed, left his two daughters and his fiancee and went downstairs to do the interview. When he returned, his kids asked for his thoughts. The then-Southern Miss coach said he didn’t think that was the right spot for Daddy. Something down the road, Tyndall told them, might be a better fit.

He said the Tennessee job, after all, might be coming open.

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Posted April 22, 2014

Top uncommitted senior Myles Turner attracts plenty of eyes with college decision

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Top uncommitted senior Myles Turner still undecided on his college basketball future

The rest of the country’s top prospects have settled their college plans, but Myles Turner (35) remains undecided. (Andrew Nelles/AP)

NEW YORK — Less than a half hour before tip-off of the Jordan Brand Classic last Friday, Myles Turner stood with his arms folded across his chest as he gazed out at the basketball court inside Barclays Center, where a group of the nation’s top high school players eased its way through various warm-up routines.

There was Jahlil Okafor, the star center from Chicago who signed with Duke, and Emmanuel Mudiay, a heralded point guard who will attend Southern Methodist. There were players set to join storied programs in different conferences, on the East Coast and in the heartland, and some considered one-and-done prospects. They had received myriad scholarship offers, whittled down their choices and, in some instances, partaken in grand announcement ceremonies inside packed high school gymnasiums. One piece of knowledge united them: They know where they are going to college. Continue Reading