Mar 31, 2012 8:33 PM EDT
Kentucky defeated Louisville by a final score of 69-61 to advance to the 2012 NCAA Championship Game on Monday where they will face Kansas.
Anthony Davis led Kentucky with 18 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, while Darius Miller had a critical 13 points.
Peyton Siva led Louisville with 11 points, while Gorgui Dieng had seven points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.
Mar 31, 2012 1:09 PM EDT
BJ Young has submitted his name for consideration for the 2012 NBA Draft, but has not hired an agent.
Young is a freshman guard out of Arkansas that led all SEC freshmen in scoring at 15.3 points per game.
“I love being a Razorback and I see this as an opportunity to receive valuable feedback from the NBA advisory committee on my draft potential,” Young said in a news release from the university. “I want to make sure that I have all the information possible before I choose what is best for me and my family. Once I am able to look over all the facts, I will have a discussion with my family and coaches and decide what is best.”
Mar 31, 2012 1:05 PM EDT
Kenny Payne, assistant coach of Kentucky, met with Mississippi State on Friday about their head coaching vacancy.
Payne has no head coaching experience and is closely tied to William Wesley.
Wesley helped Payne secure an assistant job at Oregon and then joined John Calipari at Kentucky two years ago.
Mar 31, 2012 1:01 PM EDT
Bruce Weber will become the next head coach at Kansas State.
Weber was fired by Illinois after nine seasons and a trip to the 2005 NCAA championship game.
Weber's deal is for five years.
Mar 30, 2012 10:30 PM EDT
Austin Rivers is intrigued by the prospect of playing for his father, Celtics coach Doc Rivers.
"If that was to happen, I would love to," Rivers said Friday." "I would love to play for any organization in the NBA. That's my dream. It would be great. It would be different. It would be an interesting aspect just to play for my dad."
Rivers said that if he were to be drafted by the Celtics, he'd want to be treated like any other player.
"If I'm messing up, I want him to be hard on me. If I'm doing good, I want him to pat me on the back. That's the way he coaches," Rivers said during the radio interview. "However he coaches(Rajon) Rondo or Kevin Garnett or Avery Bradleyor any other player on that team, I want him to coach me. I don't want anything handed to me. I never have my whole life. I would have to mature and accept that responsibility. That's one of the things you look forward to when you decide to go pro."
Mar 30, 2012 10:27 PM EDT
Jared Sullinger reflected on his decision to return to Ohio State for his sophomore season.
“I wanted to make a statement that not everybody is using college basketball as a pit stop to go to the next level, that there’s more than money and endorsements," Sullinger said. “There are championships that you’ve got to win at every level. That’s what I pride myself on. I’ve won a championship all the way from elementary to now, and now I’m trying to look towards the bigger trophy in the national championship. I pride myself on winning. That’s why I came back."
Thad Matta believes Sullinger has made his mark at Ohio State.
“He’s going to be known as one of the all-time greatest players ever to wear the scarlet-and-gray," Matta said. “I think that’s something that is important to him. He’s won at the highest level."
Mar 30, 2012 10:11 AM EDT
BeeJay Anya is considering 16 schools, including Final Four members Ohio State, Kansas, Louisville.
“I’m just trying to take it one step at a time right now,” Anya said.
The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Anya is also looking at Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Rutgers, Memphis, UCLA, Arizona, Indiana, Notre Dame, Seton Hall and DePaul.
He is considered a top-20 prospect in the class of 2013.
Mar 30, 2012 10:06 AM EDT
Louisville coach Rick Pitino failed to gain entry into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, per a source.
"He was very disappointed," the source said. "He thought his chances were good."
The class of 2012 includes Reggie Miller, Bernard King and Don Nelson.
Mar 30, 2012 10:05 AM EDT
Alex Oriakhi’s transfer options may be limited by the bylaws of various conferences throughout the country, such as the Southeastern Conference.
Oriakhi completed three years of eligibility at UConn. The SEC requires prospective transfers to have more than one year of eligibility remaining.
SEC schools Florida, Kentucky and Missouri had been mentioned as possible destinations.
Mar 30, 2012 10:00 AM EDT
Jared Sullinger has been bothered by foul trouble during the NCAA tournament.
Sullinger said unfamiliarity with the referees -- officials from different conferences are assigned to NCAA Tournament games -- can hinder a player early because of the uncertainty about how a game will be called.
“You have to adjust your game,” Sullinger said. “It can take away from your aggressiveness if you let it. You see referees you don’t know, and in the first four minutes you think, ‘Should I do this or that?’
“You start thinking and then you miss shots you shouldn’t miss or miss defensive assignments. You’ve got to stay focused and play aggressively.”
Bill Self is concerned about how KU will defend Deshaun Thomas and Jared Sullinger.
Mar 29, 2012 | Gainesville Sun
Bradley Beal has until April 10 to decide whether to enter his name into the 2012 draft.
Arnett Moultrie intends to hire an agent.
Mar 29, 2012 | Sporting News
Anthony Davis sat out some drills in practice this week.
Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall will leave North Carolina early for the NBA Draft.
Danny Manning will replace Doug Wojcik at the University of Tulsa.
Mar 29, 2012 | ESPNChicago.com
John Groce, who lead Ohio to the Sweet 16 this season, will coach Illinois.
Shabazz Muhammad is now looking at UCLA, Kentucky and Duke to make his final decision.
Kentucky played together for the first time during open gym games with NBA players.
Mar 28, 2012 | Tulsa World
Isaiah Cousins chose the Sooners over Rhode Island, Dayton, Xavier and Virginia Tech.
Larry Brown has often indicated he would like to coach at the college level again.
James McAdoo has until April 10 to declare for the draft.
C.J. McCollum was the country's fifth leading scorer at 21.9 points per game.
Bill Self pointed to team chemistry to explain KU's success.
Alex Oriakhi averaged a career-low 21.5 minutes and 4.8 rebounds per game as a junior.
Jeremy Lamb is projected as a possible lottery pick.
Austin Rivers announced his plans to jump to the NBA on Monday.
Patson Siame was recently named to the World Select Team roster and will take part in his first Nike Hoop Summit.
Mar 28, 2012 | Washington Post
Hollis Thompson will forgo his senior year at Georgetown.
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Mar 27, 2012 | Andy Katz/ESPN
John Groce, who led Ohio to the Sweet 16 last week, is in negotiations to become the next head coach of Illinois.
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