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Duke, Michigan State Ranked First And Second In Preseason Poll

Duke is No. 1 and Michigan State is No. 2 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches preseason basketball poll released Thursday.

Duke was ranked ninth in last year's preseason poll and went on to win the National Championship.

North Carolina in 2008 was the most recent team to win the National Champion after being ranked as the preseason No. 1.

Kansas State, Pittsburgh and Ohio State round out the top-five.

Via Detroit Free-Press

Purdue's Hummel Tears ACL Again

Robbie Hummel will miss the 2010-11 season after tearing the same ACL that sidelined him for much of last season.

Hummel suffered the right-knee injury in practice.

"This is obviously disappointing for Robbie, as well as our team, since he worked so hard to return from the tear he suffered in February," Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "As he begins his rehab and recovery, we'll persevere together and provide Robbie with all the support possible. I have no doubt he'll continue to play a pivotal role this season as a leader of our team."


Lavin Adds Keady To St. John's Staff

St. John's coach Steve Lavin has added former Purdue coach Gene Keady to his staff.

Lavin told ESPN.com Thursday that Keady, 74, will serve as the executive assistant or advisor to the head coach. Lavin said Keady will stay with St. John's from October to April and then make cameo appearances in the offseason as necessary.

St. John's was expected to make the announcement official Friday.

Via ESPN.com

Sullinger Brings Different Game To Ohio State Than Oden

While Jared Sullinger doesn't come to Ohio State with the kind of hype that surrounded Greg Oden, he is still a freshman prominent on the national stage.

"That's not who Jared is," Thad Matta said of the Oden comparisons. "But he's productive in a lot of other ways of getting numbers."

"Physically, he's already like a college senior," OSU assistant coach Jeff Boals said Thursday. "Jared has always had a great feel for the game. He's one of those guys that sees stuff happening before it happens."

Via Cleveland Plain Dealer

LaceDarius Dunn Allowed To Practice During Investigation

LaceDarius Dunn will be allowed to practice but remains suspended while facing allegations that he broke his girlfriend's jaw in a domestic dispute.

Head coach Scott Drew made the announcement Thursday, a day before Baylor begins practice.


Baylor's Dunn Suspended Indefinitely After Arrest

LaceDarius Dunn was suspended indefinitely from the team after being arrested in Waco, Texas.

CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish reports that Waco police said Dunn has been charged with aggravated assault after an incident with his girlfriend. The crime is considered a felony.

Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com talked with Edwards' father, who said the whole incident was just an accident.

Via USA Today

Record Number Of Canadians Playing Division I Basketball

For the 10-11 NCAA Division I season, there will be a new record of 40 Canadian players.

Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson are amongst the most prominent Canadians and will attend Texas together.

Via Toronto Observer

Kentucky's Kanter To Sit While NCAA Investigates

Enes Kanter practiced with his Kentucky teammates on Thursday and the school is hoping he will be allowed to practice next week.

To do that, Kanter will need to get another waiver from the NCAA while his amateur status is being investigated, Kentucky spokesperson DeWayne Peevy told ESPN.com Friday.

Calipari said he fully believes Kanter is an amateur.

The NCAA is reviewing the 6-foot-11 center's eligibility based on whether he received expenses beyond what is considered necessary while playing for a club team in Turkey in 2008-09 prior to his year in an American high school.

Kentucky has contended that Kanter chose not to play for the Turkish national team and turn down a separate professional contract.


Knight Embraces Comparisons To Calipari's Former Players

Over the past three seasons, John Calipari has coached Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and John Wall during their freshman seasons. Rose and Evans went on to win the Rookie of the Year award and Wall is considered the prohibitive favorite in 10-11.

Calipari's new elite freshman is Brandon Knight, who has embraced comparisons to those players.

?I've been getting (the comparisons) already, and I kind of embrace them,? Knight said. ?Being compared to them, to me, is a positive. Those are guys who are doing great things at the next level right now.?

Via Courirer-Journal
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