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Coaches on the move

Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart talks with Bradford

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It’s been a rough season for coaches as 30 have already been fired or have stepped down. The big jobs are UCLA, USC and Minnesota. VCU’s Shaka Smart reportedly turned down UCLA and Minnesota already. It’s an understandable decision on his part, especially spurning UCLA. Despite the lore and tradition of the program, the Bruins family can be hard on its coaches. Just ask Jim Harrick, who was fired...

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Catching up with the conference movements

St. John's Sir'Dominic Pointer celebrates after getting fouled

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Still unable to keep track of all this conference realignment mess? Here’s a guide that we hope (emphasis on hope) will bring you up to date. This is all based on what’s official, there will be no speculation.

America East: The league currently has nine teams. Boston University has announced it is joining the Patriot League for the 2013-2014 season. But the league replaced Boston with UMass-Lowell,...

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More conference movement

Hofstra's Moussa Kone pulls down a rebound in

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If it seems like we’re beating a dead horse with all of this conference realignment business, blame the colleges. Every month there is a report of some school jumping to some conference or some conference going after another school.

This week it’s George Mason, which will reportedly jump from the CAA to the Atlantic-10. This wasn’t a surprise. Many observers thought George Mason was going...

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Smith, McKenith leave Storm in good shape

St. John's Shenneika Smith (35) reacts during the

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St. John’s 96-90 double overtime loss to Dayton in a NCAA first-round game was tough to take, but the legacy left by senior guards Shenneika Smith and Nadirah McKenith is still intact.

Four tournament appearances in four years: Outside of Eugeneia McPherson, who couldn’t play in Sunday’s game because of a torn ACL, no other women’s player in Red Storm history can make that claim.

“We’ve...

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San Diego State “villains” cheered for FGCU

San Diego State’s players understand they will be the villains of the piece when they meet 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast University in a third-round NCAA Tournament game Sunday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Aztecs will have their little core of fans, but it likely will feel like a true road game, especially if the Eagles get their fast break going and start throwing down dunks,...

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Cuttino ready for Stony Brook Pro Day

Stony Brook University's Conte Cuttino attends ESPN magazine's

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Stony Brook’s pro day may not necessarily present the last chance for former Seawolves star running back Conte Cuttino, but he is going to treat it as such.

With as many as 15 to 20 teams expected to be in attendance at Stony Brook’s pro day on Friday morning, Cuttino called it a “brilliant opportunity” for him to shine. “I’ve been waiting for this,” said Cuttino. “It’s going to be a big coming...

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Andy Enfield’s charmed life, model wife, hot FGCU team

Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield holds up

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Listen to Florida Gulf Coast University coach Andy Enfield and his free-wheeling players for a few minutes, and you can’t help but wonder if second-seeded Georgetown (25-6) stands a chance against the 15th-seeded Eagles (24-10) in a second-round NCAA Tournament game Friday night at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. If there’s a tense nerve in their bodies, it was impossible to tell from their bravado...

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Arguments for a tourney format change

Stony Brook forward Tommy Brenton drives the baseline

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Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell will be the first to tell you that there was no excuse for his team losing to Albany in an America East semifinal, despite the game being played at the Great Danes campus arena.

While it’s true Stony Brook had a great regular season and dominated the America East conference season, the Seawolves didn’t win when it counted. That aside, it’s time to talk about...

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Power leagues grab 26 at-large bids

Power conferences have always ruled college basketball. Thanks to an exodus of underclassmen to the NBA and an increase of Division I basketball programs over the past two decades, the rule of the power conferences isn’t what it once was.

Of the 37 at-large bids, 26 came from the six power conference and 11 came from the non-power leagues. The biggest surprise came from the Sun Belt as Middle...

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Alabama, Kentucky, UVA left out of dance

Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) walks off the

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Here is our obligatory list of NCAA snubs. Truth be told, it’s getting easier and easier every year to explain why teams get snubbed. The simple reason: weak non-conference schedules.

Alabama (21-2, 12-6 SEC): This is the second straight season Alabama didn’t get an invite despite posting 20 or more wins and finishing in the upper echelon of the SEC standings. The Crimson Tide actually played...

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