NCAA WiretapMarch 2019 NCAA Wiretap

Avery Johnson Negotiating Buyout With Alabama

Mar 22, 2019 9:39 AM

Avery Johnson and Alabama are negotiating a contract buyout.

Johnson took over the Crimson Tide in 2015, replacing Anthony Grant after six seasons. He has only been to one NCAA tournament during his four seasons.

Johnson received a two-year contract extension in 2017, keeping him under contract through 2023. He makes around $3 million per year.

Johnson's name emerged as a potential candidate for the Cleveland Cavaliers' vacancy in November after Tyronn Lue was fired.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Alabama Crimson Tide, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bol Bol Still In Walking Boot But No Longer On Crutches

Mar 22, 2019 9:32 AM

Bol Bol remains in a walking boot on his left foot but is no longer using a scooter or crutches.

Bol underwent surgery in January to repair a non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot.

“I was bummed out that I couldn’t play,” said Bol. “It just took me like three weeks to get over it.”

Bol was expected to be a high lottery pick before his injury.

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Tags: Bol Bol, Oregon Ducks, NCAA, NBA, NBA Injury

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Ja Morant Records First Triple-Double In NCAA Tournament Since Draymond Green

Mar 21, 2019 10:55 PM

Ja Morant recorded the first triple-double since Draymond Green in 2012 in Murray State's 83-64 win over Marquette.

Morant finished with 17 points, 16 assists, and 11 rebounds. It was Morant's third triple-double of the season.

"It was a lot of fun, just being able to go out with these guys and get a win in the NCAA tournament," added Morant. 

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John Calipari Tweets He Plans To Remain With Kentucky Until Retirement

Mar 21, 2019 10:08 AM

John Calipari tweeted that he has no plans to leave Kentucky.

Calipari has been linked with the job at UCLA.

"Before I go to bed, let me just say this: I'm coaching at the Univ. of Kentucky," he wrote in a Twitter post. "In my opinion, there is no better job in the world to coach basketball. My plan and my desire is to retire at Kentucky. I think the university feels the same as I do and we've talked openly about it."

UCLA is searching for a replacement for Steve Alford and also have interest in Tony Bennett of Virginia.

Calipari has also been linked with various NBA jobs over the years.

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Tags: UCLA Bruins, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA

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Duke Is Heaviest Tourney Favorite Since 2014-15 Kentucky

Mar 21, 2019 12:26 AM

At 2-1 odds, the Duke Blue Devils enter the NCAA tournament as the heaviest favorites since the Kentucky Wildcats in 2014-15. The Wildcats lost in the Final Four after going undefeated throughout that season.

More money was bet on Duke to win the title this season than any other team in the country.

At 12-1, Virginia winning the title represents the worst case scenario for casinos.

"Virginia is really the only bomb we're facing," said MGM vice president of risk Jay Rood.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The NCAA Tournament

Mar 20, 2019 4:07 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) preview the NCAA Tournament, focusing on 2019 NBA Draft prospects.

They discuss Zion Williamson’s return from injury, Ja Morant making March Madness, players who can affect their draft stock and much more.

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RealGM Radio: 2019 Mascot Bracket

Mar 20, 2019 3:41 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and his biologist sister continue a family tradition by going through the full NCAA Tournament bracket as if the schools’ mascots were fighting.

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ACC Receives 3 #1 Seeds In NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

Mar 17, 2019 10:58 PM

The ACC received 3 #1 seeds in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, with Duke, Virginia, and North Carolina topping their respective regions. Gonzaga received the 4th #1 seed. 

Duke was ranked the #1 overall team for the tournament. 

"They earned their right to be there,'' said Stanford AD Bernard Muir, who chaired the selection committee, of the ACC teams. 

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Louisville Ranked Most Valuable College Basketball Program

Mar 16, 2019 6:46 PM

Louisville was ranked as the most valuable college basketball program despite recent off-court issues, according to a study conducted by Forbes.

In a 3-year span between 2014 and 2017, Louisville averaged an annual revenue of $52 million and a profit of $30 million. Between the KFC Yum! Center and their adidas jersey deal, Louisville lead college basketball in revenue from royalties and sponsorships.

Kentucky, Indiana, Duke, and Kansas round out the study's top 5.

Chris Smith/Forbes

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Projected Lottery Pick Jaxon Hayes Injures Left Knee

Mar 15, 2019 8:39 AM

Jaxon Hayes of the University of Texas suffered a left knee injury during Thursday's loss in the Big 12 Conference Tournament against Kansas.

"Hopefully it's not extremely serious," Shaka Smart said. "But he was in some pain."

Hayes is a projected lottery pick in this June's draft as a 6'11 forward.

Hayes was the Big 12 Freman of the Year.

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Tags: Jaxson Hayes, Texas Longhorns, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Zion Williamson Tallies 29 Points, 14 Rebounds In Return
Williamson wore a pair of Kyrie 4's in his first game back from injury.

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Zion Williamson Cleared To Return To Game Action
Zion Williamson has been cleared to return from his sprained ankle in Thursday's ACC Tournament game against Syracuse.

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Ja Morant Leads Murray State To NCAA Tournament With 36 Points
Morant averaged 24.2 points and 10.3 assists on the season.

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Ja Morant Hits Game-Winner In Front Of Suns, Cavs, And Lakers Executives
Magic Johnson, Koby Altman, Robert Sarver, and James Jones were in attendance.

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