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Kentucky's Orton To Test NBA Waters

Daniel Orton, Kentucky's freshman center, will test the NBA Draft waters, but will not sign with an agent, leaving open the possibility that he could return for his sophomore season.

Larry Orton, the player?s father, confirmed the move Wednesday night.

Orton, a 6-foot-10, 255-pound center, did not start a game this season for the Wildcats. He averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in 13.2 minutes, primarily as the backup to starter DeMarcus Cousins.

But Orton?s size and skill might make him attractive to NBA teams.

?We had some teams say there was interest,? Larry Orton said. ?They?re saying he could go anywhere from 1-20.?

Via The Courier-Journal

Pitt Gives Dixon Contract Extension

Pittsburgh is awarding men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon with a contract extension.

Dixon just completed his seventh season with the school.

Oregon made a hard push for Dixon recently, but he decided to remain with the Panthers.

He has averaged nearly 27 wins per season with the Panthers.


Big Ten Commish: Tournament Expansion 'Probable'

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany used the word "probable" when asked about the potential expansion of the NCAA Tournament.

There has been much debate about the tournament expanding to 96 teams beginning in 2011.

Delany is not currently involved in the NCAA decision-making process, but is a former chairman of the NCAA men's basketball committee.


Source: Pitino, Louisville Near Extension

Louisville is expected to announce a four-year contract extension for coach Rick Pitino on Wednesday, a source told ESPN's Pat Forde.

Pitino has three years remaining on a contract that paid him $2.25 million this season.

His nine-year run with the Cardinals is the longest of his coaching career.


Huggins: Bryant Doubtful Against Duke

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins told ESPN's Rachel Nichols that it is "very doubtful" that point guard Darryl "Truck" Bryant will play Saturday against Duke.

Bryant told reporters before the team's win over Kentucky in the Elite Eight that, despite breaking a bone in his right foot just a week before, he'd been medically cleared to play in the Final Four.

Huggins didn't completely rule out Bryant's return, but said that, "if he can't practice, he's not going to play."

"We're not going to throw him out there without knowing what he's going to do," Huggins said. "I think it's a whole lot different walking, or jogging on a treadmill, than it is coming out here and cutting and doing the kind of things we have to do out here."


Boston College Fires Al Skinner

Al Skinner has been fired, according to sources at Boston College.

BC officials will start a search for a successor immediately, and have already asked for permission to talk to Richmond coach Chris Mooney and Cornell coach Steve Donahue.

Other possibilities could be Harvard coach Tommy Amaker and Northeastern coach Billy Coen.

Via Boston Globe

Wall, Cousins, Turner, Johnson On All-America Team

Kentucky's John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were named to the All-America team, announced Monday.

Ohio State junior Evan Turner, who received all but one first-team vote, Syracuse junior Wes Johnson and Villanova senior Scottie Reynolds were also named to the first team.

"This means a lot to both of us. I'm surprised and glad we both made it," said the 6-foot-4 Wall, who averaged 16.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists after arriving as one of the most highly touted high school recruits. "We had to learn a lot as freshmen and we were able to help our teammates along the way. This means a lot to both of us."

James Anderson of Oklahoma State was sixth in the balloting with 27 votes and was joined on the second team by Sherron Collins of Kansas, Greivis Vasquez of Maryland, Jon Scheyer of Duke and Da'Sean Butler of West Virginia.

The third team was Greg Monroe of Georgetown, Cole Aldrich of Kansas, Damion James of Texas, Luke Harangody of Notre Dame and Darington Hobson of New Mexico.

Via AP

Aldrich Will Leave Kansas For NBA

Cole Aldrich is expected to announce he's leaving Kansas for the NBA draft at a news conference on Monday afternoon, a source close to Aldrich and Kansas told ESPN.com.

Aldrich, a projected lottery pick, averaged 11.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per season in three years at Kansas.


Sources: Lavin To Meet With St. John's On Monday

Former UCLA coach and current ESPN analyst Steve Lavin will meet with St. John's AD Chris Monasch Monday in New York after a lengthy conversation Sunday night, multiple sources told ESPN.com Sunday.

Lavin has been an analyst for ESPN the past six seasons. He coached UCLA for seven seasons from 1996 to 2003, leading the Bruins to the Elite Eight once and the Sweet 16 five times.

Via ESPN.com

Duke Only Top Seed To Reach Indy

Duke defeated Baylor 78-71 on Sunday night, becoming the only No. 1 seed to make it to this year's Final Four.

The school hasn't advanced to the Final Four since 2004.

Nolan Smith led Duke with 29 points on 9-for-17 shooting. Kyle Singler struggled through an 0-for-10 outing.

Also reaching the Final Four are Butler, West Virginia and Michigan State.


Iowa Hires Siena's McCaffery As Coach

Fran McCaffery led the Saints to three straight tournament appearances.

Michigan State Reaches Final Four Again

Michigan State will battle Butler on Saturday night.

Lucas Not Sure On NBA Future Despite Injury

Kalin Lucas is still undecided on whether to leave Michigan State and enter the NBA Draft.

Source: Paul Hewitt Turns Down St. John's

An AP source said Thursday that Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt has turned down an offer from St. John's because of family matters.

Hewitt Declines St. John's Opportunity

Paul Hewitt, head coach of Georgia Tech, has turned down an offer to become St. John's head coach.

Wright Hopes He Doesn't Get NBA Offer

Jay Wright has no plans to leave Villanova.

Sources: Hewitt The Front Runner At St. John's

Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt has emerged as the front runner at St. John's.

USF's Jones Declares For Draft

South Florida junior guard Dominique Jones has submitted a letter to the NBA expressing his interest in entering the NBA Draft.

Oklahoma State's Anderson Declares For Draft

James Anderson, the Big 12 player of the year, has decided to skip his senior season at Oklahoma State and enter his name in the NBA draft.

Favors '50-50' On Entering Draft

Derrick Favors is undecided regarding his basketball future.

Report: Houston Coach Penders Plans To Resign

According to local media reports, U. of Houston coach Tom Penders plans to resign on Monday.

Northern Iowa Knocks Off Kansas

Northern Iowa has defeated the top ranked Kansas Jawhawks in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by a final score of 69-67.

Kobe Prefers Turner To Wall

Kobe Bryant watched Ohio State's double-overtime win over Illinois in the Big 10 tournament and came away convinced of Evan Turner's abilities.

St. John's Fires Norm Roberts

St. John's has fired Norm Roberts as head coach.

Monroe Will Return To Georgetown For Junior Season

Greg Monroe told the media that he will return to Georgetown for his junior season, bypassing the 2010 NBA Draft where he is assured of being a first round pick.

Boise State Targeting Blazers' Assistant

Boise State's newly formed search committee apparently has Trail Blazers coach Dean Demopoulos on its radar.

Villanova Brings Reynolds, Fisher Off Bench

Villanova topped Robert Morris 73-70 in overtime.

Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse Earn Top Seeds

Kansas is the top overall seed.

'Jellybean' Bryant Applying For Hawaii Head Coaching Job

Joe "Jellybean" Bryant told KHON2 that he plans on submitting his application for the University of Hawaii head coaching position.

Calhoun Announces He'll Sign Four-Year Extension

Jim Calhoun will return to Connecticut for his 25th season.
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