NCAA WiretapMarch 2019 NCAA Wiretap

Jay Bilas: Grant Hill Is Best Player In Duke History

Mar 30, 2019 3:03 PM

While describing Zion Williamson as an unforgettable player, Jay Bilas said that Grant Hill is the greatest player in Duke basketball history.

"If you’re asking, is [Zion] the best player to ever play at Duke? I don’t think he is. I think Grant Hill is the best player to ever play at Duke. And Jay Williams would be right there with Grant Hill if he played four years and didn’t bail out early for the money," said Bilas.

Bilas also praised the contributions of Christian Laettner.

“Christian Laettner’s the most decorated and I think had accomplished the most. But for best player ever at Duke, I would go with Grant Hill. And then Zion Williamson would be in the discussion just because there’s never been anybody like him.”

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California Hire Mark Fox As New Head Coach

Mar 30, 2019 10:50 AM

Former Georgia coach Mark Fox has been named the new coach at California, replacing Wyking Jones.

"Mark Fox is a man of unparalleled integrity with a proven record of success as a head basketball coach. He is an inspiring leader, a teacher and an exceptional communicator who has displayed a strong commitment to developing the entire student-athlete on the court and off the court," said Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton.

Fox was fired by Georgia after 9 seasons in which he made 2 NCAA tournaments. He had previously lead Nevada to 4 regular season WAC titles in 5 seasons.

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Billy Lange Leaves 76ers To Become Head Coach Of St Joseph's

Mar 28, 2019 2:33 PM

Billy Lange has left his job as assistant coach of the Philadelphia 76ers to become head coach of St. Joseph's.

Lange joined the 76ers in 2013.

Lange was previously associate head coach at Villanova University under Jay Wright and, before that, the head coach at Navy.

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Nebraska Fires Tim Miles, Interested In Hiring Fred Hoiberg

Mar 26, 2019 6:07 PM

The University of Nebraska has fired Tim Miles as head coach and are interested in hiring Fred Hoiberg as his replacement.

Hoiberg has mutual interest in the job. Hoiberg has also been linked with the UCLA job.

Hoiberg was fired by the Bulls in December but has interest in returning to college basketball. 

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Jason Kidd To Be Candidate For Cal Coaching Job, Waiting For Lakers' Opening

Mar 24, 2019 9:28 PM

Jason Kidd is expected to be a candidate for the newly-opened head coaching position at California. The school fired Wyking Jones following a 8-23 season.

Kidd, who is still interested in returning to the NBA, is also expected to be a strong candidate for the Lakers job should they fire Luke Walton this offseason. 

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

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RealGM Radio: 2019 Mascot Bracket
Host Danny Leroux 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
Duke, UNC, and Virginia each received top seeds, with Duke receiving the #1 overall seed in the tournament.

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Louisville Ranked Most Valuable College Basketball Program
Louisville averaged an annual profit of $30 million per year from 2014 through 2017.

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Projected Lottery Pick Jaxon Hayes Injures Left Knee
Jaxon Hayes is a projected lottery pick in this June's draft.

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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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