Brown, SMU snubbed by NCAA tournament

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas – Somewhat more than a thousand SMU followers, players, band members and cheerleaders and coach Larry Brown sat in Moody Coliseum in anticipation of the school's first NCAA appearance in additional than 20 years, solely to experience disappointment.

SMU's name by no means appeared on the NCAA bracket. As an alternative, the Mustangs have to be content with the No. 1 total seed in the faculty's first look within the NIT since 2000.

It turns out that the staff's solely three-sport dropping streak of the season got here on the incorrect time, because the Mustangs fell to Louisville and Memphis to finish the regular season after which misplaced to Houston within the first spherical of the American Athletic Convention tournament. Shedding to two of the league's worst teams in South Florida and Temple might not have helped, both. All of it was simply enough to keep the invitation from exhibiting up on the SMU campus, about 20 miles from where the Last 4 shall be performed in lower than a month at AT&T Stadium.

Moments after the broadcast was over, Brown took the microphone and addressed his workforce and people fans in attendance.

"I feel bad for our team and you followers," Brown said. "I feel like we allow you to all down."

That acquired an instantaneous response from the group, shouting: "No."

Brown, clearly disillusioned and admitting that he didn't know what to say, selected to deal with how his team can respond.

"When issues do not go precisely how you deliberate, you can both pack it in or you'll find a strategy to do higher," Brown said. "We have to use this as a technique to get better."

SMU finished the season 23-9 and had an RPI of fifty three coming into Sunday's games. It was a memorable season for the Mustangs, regardless of dropping three consecutive games to finish the regular season.

In chatting with the media afterward, Brown lamented among the shut calls SMU had over the course of the season.

"We might have overwhelmed Louisville at residence. We jumped on them, then obtained in foul hassle and acted foolish," Brown mentioned. "We did not play our greatest sport at Memphis, but we did not get blown out by both staff. I checked out our schedule; we did not get blown out by anyone.

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A late-season swoon price SMU a trip to the NCAA tournament, however the Mustangs did earn the highest general seed in the NIT.

"We almost beat Virginia. We had possession down one. But when we didn't beat Houston, I form of thought this could presumably occur. Folks have stated we lost our last three games. We lost two of our last three against top-20 teams, and one in every of them may be one of the best group in America. I hoped possibly they would look at it that manner but I believe they looked at [it] like we lost our last three games."

SMU defeated four ranked teams for the first time since 1955-56, which additionally was the varsity's solely Final 4 look. The Mustangs received 23 games for the first time since 1987-88 and earned 12 conference victories for the first time since 1992-ninety three.

SMU made Dallas a real house-court benefit, going 15-1 at residence, together with 9-1 in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum. Three of the team's wins over ranked opponents occurred in that building.

Brown spoke to his group briefly after the NCAA choice process was over.

"I mentioned I don't want anyone crying or complaining as a result of that takes away from the groups that bought in," Brown said.

Brown mentioned that when he saw that Louisville obtained a No. 4 seed, he "figured that they [the selection committee] didn't have a number of respect for our conference."

Brown harassed to his group to finish the season with a strong effort within the postseason and said he felt like the Mustangs didn't finish in addition to they may have, which could have cost them a chance to get to the NCAA event.

"I believe we'll be better for this," Brown stated. "I definitely hope I am and I am pretty confident the individuals in that locker room will study from it and grow from it, and hopefully it would assist our program get to the point where we would like it to be."


Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News protecting the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and excessive faculties.

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AAC’s standing may have led to L’ville seed

INDIANAPOLIS – One letter of the alphabet may have performed a huge distinction within the seeding of two groups.

The NCAA event selection committee rewarded champion Virginia with a No. 1 seed within the East by winning the ACC regular-season and conference tournament title however didn't treat AAC champ Louisville the same in reviewing its standards in handing the Cardinals a No. four seed.

Louisville received a share of the American Athletic Convention title with Cincinnati and was not the highest seed only because the Cardinals lost a coin flip. Louisville then steam rolled three opponents within the AAC match, albeit two of the three Rutgers and Houston, weren't postseason opponents.

Committee chairman Ron Wellman used the body of labor argument for Virginia which, like Louisville, didn't beat any of its high-profile non-conference foes. Meaning the Cavaliers got a three-seed bump over Louisville by advantage of winning the ACC over Louisville claiming an AAC title. Coincidentally, Louisville will be part of the ACC in 2014-15.

Wellman, the athletic director at Wake Forest, told ESPN on Sunday night time that Louisville "handed everybody's eye test," and added that the Cardinals "are enjoying right now in addition to anybody within the nation."

When asked if Louisville looked like a one seed, Wellman said, "certain."

Whereas the Cardinals are in a loaded Midwest region, Wellman explained circumstances could possibly be made for the opposite three No. 4 seeds as well.

Michigan State and UCLA won the Massive Ten and Pac-12 match titles, respectively and and MWC regular-season champ San Diego State misplaced within the conference event title sport.

Wellman said that the committee had to take a look at the whole season, not simply the past three or 4 weeks.

He stated Villanova and Michigan were also very concerned in the discussion with Virginia for the final No. 1 seed. Nova gained the Huge East but lost within the quarterfinals to Seton Corridor, while Michigan received the Large Ten outright however lost to Michigan State on Sunday within the conference tournament title game.

Wellman stated the committee did not look at stacking the Midwest in opposition to the top-seeded Shockers with brand names Michigan, Duke, Louisville and Kentucky. He stated that's the place the seeds fell, however when asked if it had been the toughest region, he conceded, "I'd say in all probability it's. I'll provide you with that."

Wellman mentioned the final staff in the field was NC State, which beat Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament however misplaced to Duke on a late-possession game. He mentioned the last 4 teams that the Wolfpack beat out for that spot had been SMU, Florida State, Georgetown and Green Bay.

Wellman said NC State getting three street wins against prime 50 groups was a deciding issue.

"That attracts the attention of the committee," said Wellman. "NC State took their recreation on the road and beat three top 50 groups."

The committee couldn't keep away from making a rematch with BYU and Oregon in a 7-10 game in Milwaukee within the West. Oregon beat BYU by four in additional time in December in Eugene. BYU was comfortably in, according to Wellman, but the Cougars do pose distinctive problems as a result of they will only play on a Thursday-Saturday weekend each weeks of the event, if they were to advance, resulting from spiritual causes.

Wellman said the committee kept in touch with Kansas about Joel Embiid's damage. He missed the Huge 12 tournament with a stress fracture in his back. The Jayhawks beat Oklahoma State but misplaced to Iowa State in the semifinals. Wellman mentioned the Jayhawks have a proficient backup and the highest a hundred wins were enough to secure a No. 2 seed.

"Embiid is a heckuva participant however it's like they're falling off the map without him," said Wellman.

When asked if Kansas advised the committee whether the Jayhawks would have Embiid for the second and third-spherical games later this week, Wellman stated Kansas did transient the committee but he wouldn't say what the Jayhawks mentioned particularly on the matter.

If there was one bubble staff that undoubtedly played its approach into the sector over the weekend with a win it was Providence. The Friars beat Creighton for the Large East tournament title Saturday at Madison Sq. Garden. Wellman mentioned the Friars weren't in the subject Saturday afternoon earlier than tipoff, that means Windfall needed to win to get in.

The committee did have to wait until the ACC and Huge Ten tournaments completed Sunday, constructing four totally different brackets as contingencies, according to the NCAA.

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    Florida, Zona, Wichita, UVa get No. 1 seeds

    The man accountable for the NCAA selection committee insists a win in November is worth the same as a win in March.

    Don't imagine him? Check out the seeds slapped beside these conference champions:

    • A 4 for Louisville of the American Athletic.

    • A 4 for Michigan State of the Massive Ten.

    • Yet one more four for UCLA of the Pac-12.

    • A 7 for New Mexico of the Mountain West.

    Oh, and don't forget that eight for Kentucky, which had the ball and a chance to beat Florida, the NCAA match's high general seed, in the waning seconds of the SEC title sport.

    Only Virginia, which wrapped up the ACC event Sunday to again up its regular-season title, appeared to get a significant bump from the conference tournaments that polish off groups' résumés earlier than the beginning of America's favourite workplace pool – March Madness.

    Ron Wellman, chair of the NCAA choice committee, said the Cavaliers, considered a 2 or 3 on most mock-ups, "continued to impress us all year long."

    Asked to explain the mediocre seed for a workforce equivalent to Louisville – the defending nationwide champion, which has won 12 of thirteen and rolled via the AAC event, Wellstone mentioned the committee looks at the entire résumé, not just March.

    "We take a look at the full physique of work, every thing they did from November to March," he mentioned. "Each time we scrubbed that seed, Louisville ended on the same place every time when compared to the individuals above them."

    The people above the Cardinals within the Midwest region, which shapes up because the hardest, embrace high-seeded and undefeated Wichita State, No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Duke. Sure, that is three of final 12 months's Last Four groups. The national semifinals are April 5 in Arlington, Texas.

    On the 1 line in the West is Arizona, which stayed there despite falling within the Pac-12 title recreation to UCLA. The Bruins are a 4, identical as Michigan State and Louisville – their fellow power-conference champions.

    "They pass everyone's 'eye check,'" Wellman said. "They're playing as properly proper now as anybody in the country. Should you look at the final three or four weeks, they in all probability would've been seeded differently. Whenever you look at the entire season, then it is a little bit bit different."

    In fact, the numbers are just that – numbers. In an era of one-and-accomplished, superstar coaches and unending parity, the actual drama begins after the brackets are out. That is why Warren Buffett had no drawback paying the insurance coverage premium in opposition to a $1 billion payoff for anyone who fills out an ideal bracket.

    "There's extra good teams and fewer nice teams," coach Invoice Self stated of second-seeded Kansas. "The difference between a 2-seed and a 7- or eight-seed is as slim because it's ever been."

    The final 4 bubble groups in this 12 months's draw have been 12th-seeded NC State and Xavier, which play in the First 4 on Tuesday, and 11th-seeded Iowa and Tennessee, which play Wednesday.

    Omitted of the event was SMU of the AAC – a team nearly all the specialists had securely within the bracket.

    However not the parents within the convention room, who could not overcome the Mustangs' energy of schedule: 129.

    "When I saw Louisville, I form of figured that they did not have lots of respect for our convention," SMU coach Larry Brown stated. "But we solely can blame ourselves, that is the way I look at it."

    The committee handed out solely seven at-massive bids to mid-majors after it took eleven in each of the previous two seasons.

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    Scottie Wilbekin and the SEC champion Gators acquired to chop down the nets Sunday in Atlanta, and hope to do the identical in Arlington, Texas.

    The Huge 12 led all conferences with seven teams, although winning the convention didn't transfer Iowa State previous the three line.

    Other conference titles that did not change much:

    • Saint Joe's was the champion of the six-bid Atlantic 10 and acquired a ten-seed while the staff the Hawks beat, VCU, was seeded fifth.

    • Windfall went from the bubble to Big East champion and was seeded 11th.

    Meanwhile, Kansas misplaced in the semifinals of the Big 12 however remained a 2-seed because of its rating within the RPI – No. three. The Jayhawks need to get by way of the primary weekend with out heart Joel Embiid, out with a back harm, however could face a 3rd-spherical sport in opposition to Mountain West champ New Mexico.

    "Off the top of my head, I can not remember exactly what the conversation was about New Mexico," Wellman mentioned. "I can let you know the conversations about New Mexico were very positive."

    In the West, Arizona's second sport might come towards eighth-seeded Gonzaga, which lost its second recreation as a No. 1 seed final year, or No. 9 Oklahoma State, which has one of the nation's best players in Marcus Sensible. The nation's prime scorer, Doug McDermott (26.9 factors per sport), is on the opposite facet of that bracket with No. 3 Creighton.

    On Virginia's side of the East bracket is one group no person wants to play come event time – No. 4 Michigan State, which hadn't received back-to-again video games since late January but strung collectively three to win the nation's second-hardest conference.

    "You do not get many groups which might be talented, have inside and outside, show toughness, are collectively, have nice chemistry," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "I've said thrice in my profession that I thought we have been adequate to get to a Final Four. I believed this staff was next in line."


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    Obama honors college athletes at White House

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is honoring college athletes from across the country in a White House ceremony.

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    Members of Duke's lacrosse team were on hand as President Barack Obama honored 2012-13 NCAA Division I men's and women's champions from several sports.

    Obama is applauding students who won NCAA Division I championships in several sports. He says college sports are about more than winning. He says it's about learning to be in the spotlight, overcoming obstacles and giving back to your community.

    Among the sports represented are lacrosse, soccer, tennis, golf and water polo.

    Princeton University won championships in both fencing and field hockey. Obama says those sports may not be on television as frequently as basketball or football, but that the athletes are just as remarkable.

    He's praising championship women's teams for paving the way for his own daughters and other young women.

    Obama hosted the students on the South Lawn of the White House.

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    Embiid (back) could be out until mid-NCAAs

    Kansas Jayhawks freshman big man Joel Embiid is out for the Big 12 event and will likely miss the primary weekend of the NCAA tournament.

    The 7-foot Cameroon native went to Los Angeles for a second opinion on his ailing back on Monday. Jayhawks coach Invoice Self told earlier in the day he was assured that Embiid would play within the NCAA tourney, and thought there was a chance he may play within the Large 12 event.

    However, after Embiid met with a spinal specialist, the preliminary stress fracture prognosis was confirmed and he was ruled out of the Huge 12 tourney and is unlikely to play the first weekend of the NCAA event.

    Joel Embiid, Comeron Ridley

    A specialist confirmed Joel Embiid's preliminary stress fracture prognosis. He was dominated out of the Massive 12 tourney and is unlikely to play the first weekend of the NCAA match.

    "Based mostly on that, this weekend (in the Huge 12 Championship) is out," Self mentioned in an announcement. "Subsequent weekend, we feel like is a longshot, however the medical doctors are hopeful that if Joel works exhausting in rehab and progresses that it's potential that he may play in the later rounds of the NCAA Tournament if our team is fortunate sufficient to advance."

    Embiid received Big 12 Defensive Participant of the 12 months honors and is considered the main candidate to be selected No. 1 within the June NBA Draft – if he elects to go away college after this season. He averaged 11.2 factors, eight.1 rebounds and a pair of.6 blocks per game this season.

    In response to Kansas, the injury will not require surgery and Embiid will return to the court in just a few weeks. Embiid sat out the ultimate two common-season video games.

    "We're all very disappointed for Joel," Self stated. "He is worked so onerous and improved a lot. He is been one of the most improved gamers in the country in such a short amount of time. Crucial factor is for Joel to get healthy. We had been hopeful, Joel was hopeful, the medical doctors have been hopeful that his physique would reply more quickly to rehab and that has not been the case."

    "Everyone is 100 percent confident that Joel will heal and be again to normal soon, but crucial factor is that he will get properly," Self said. "We're certainly not going to place him out there until the medical doctors, his family and Joel are ready for him to go. I know how bad he needs it, and that he'll work his butt off to put him in a position where if our group is successful and lucky enough to advance, he might return in later rounds."


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    NCAA Tournament Bubble: Take a Blind Taste Test

    Georgetown and Providence are in the bubble test

    The final examination is getting close. Persons are debating the bubble. (and I might have a post on some of my pet peeves this week). Let’s do a blind check of teams. But rather than talk about how teams did against the RPI high 50 (sure, one of my pet peeves), let’s break it down. The RPI might be misleading, and after we break it down that way, we embrace losses to #1 seeds in the same breath as wins over groups that may not be within the match.

    Taking a look at different mock brackets, I divided groups into teams of 15, based mostly on where they have been projected, from top seeds, to bubble teams, to teams probably within the NIT who have fallen off the bubble in recent weeks. This also helps, by the way in which, conceal the identification, as a result of most individuals are used to taking a look at Prime 50. I additionally embody a few other things, my “Wins over Bubble” rating, which takes your complete schedule, together with where video games are performed, and who (so there, even a game at #1 is handled method otherwise than at residence in opposition to #12), plus the general RPI vary a workforce is at present occupying. Few bubble groups have a great successful percentage towards the best groups within the nation. I highlighted in green (good) or orange (bad) when a team was above or below average in a particular category. There are 14 groups right here. 7 should make it, 7 shouldn't.

    NCAA Bubble Test

    So take the take a look at, who's in and who is out entering match weekend? Mark down the animals you want, after which decide as much as 7 groups to make the event.

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    No. 7 Syracuse keeps falling, loses to Georgia Tech

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A month in the past, Syracuse was unbeaten, ranked No. 1 and using excessive. Now, the Orange are struggling towards the postseason having lost four of five.

    Trae Golden scored sixteen points, including six clutch free throws in the closing seconds, and Georgia Tech shocked No. 7 Syracuse 67-sixty two on Tuesday evening, the Orange's second straight dwelling loss to a staff with a sub-.500 document.

    Syracuse (26-4, thirteen-four Atlantic Coast Conference) began the season with 25 straight wins and spent three weeks at No. 1.

    ''I'm not proud of tonight, but I am very comfortable to be 26-4,'' coach Jim Boeheim said. ''We're well ahead of predictions. We simply should regroup.

    ''I strive to have a look at the large image and never snapshots. We're in good place. When you get in the (NCAA) tournament, you're going to play somebody good. You play good, you have got a chance to win. You play nicely, seeding doesn't matter. It's so simple as that.''

    Last season, Syracuse stumbled down the stretch of the regular season, losing four of its last five video games, the last a humbling sixty one-39 loss at former Massive East archrival Georgetown. The Orange responded by profitable three straight video games in the Large East tournament, shedding to eventual national champion Louisville within the title recreation, and then went on to the Final Four.

    ''It didn't end the best way I wished it to,'' said C.J. Fair, who matched his profession high with 28 factors within the remaining dwelling sport of his profession. ''It occurred, however our season's not over. I nonetheless have a chance to win my last recreation.''

    Golden gained it with some clutch free throw taking pictures within the ultimate 35 seconds.

    ''I form of went again to when I was a child and just knocked them in,'' stated Golden, who was eight of 8 from the line. ''My dad used to make me nervous when I was youthful. It made me think about that calm. It really helped me out.''

    Georgia Tech (14-sixteen, 5-12) snapped a 4-recreation shedding streak, and its previous 5 ACC highway trips had produced two wins, an additional time loss, a 3-point loss, a four-point loss and a 10-point loss.

    Getting healthier by the day, the Yellow Jackets, who at one point within the season had solely seven scholarship gamers accessible, closes the regular season against Virginia Tech on Saturday with the conference tournament looming subsequent week.

    ''Large may be an understatement. It is a huge win for us,'' Golden said. ''We beat one of many high groups within the nation.''

    The loss value the Orange an incredible likelihood to lock up a high seed within the conference event.

    Jerami Grant, the Orange's leading rebounder, had been hobbled by back problems the past two video games and watched in street clothes as freshman Tyler Roberson made his first start of the season. Grant's absence was felt as solely Truthful and freshman Tyler Ennis, with 18 factors, scored in double figures.

    ''Not having him, he is a giant a part of our staff,'' Fair said of Grant. ''It could have been a distinct game if he was there. You never know, but it's a big blow to the crew.''

    Georgia Tech had 18 assists and shot 24 of 51 from the sector while committing only 9 turnovers.

    ''I believed our guys did an important job of executing the game plan when it comes to taking care of the basketball, shifting the basketball, getting it underneath the zone and making performs for each other,'' Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory stated. ''We've had some tough times this 12 months. This was a complete group effort.''

    Daniel Miller had 15 factors and six blocks and Robert Carter Jr. added 12 points for Georgia Tech.

    Truthful was 12 of 25 from the sector and Ennis finished with seven assists. Trevor Cooney had only seven factors and was 1 of 8 from behind the arc.

    After Honest lower the result in 39-33 with a driving layup, Golden responded with a 3 from the suitable wing to place Georgia Tech up by nine. Two free throws by Kammeon Holsey and a jumper in the lane by Miller made it 46-34 with thirteen:18 to go.

    Truthful's driving layup and a free throw by Michael Gbinije minimize the deficit to single digits, but Chris Bolden beat the Syracuse press for a layup to give Georgia Tech a fifty two-41 lead with eight:10 to go.

    Truthful missed a three however Bolden shortly missed one at the other end instead of taking break day the clock and Fair responded with a drive and shot off the glass with 2:forty one left to make it fifty nine-55. Honest was fouled on the play but did not convert the free throw, making Syracuse a pricey 7 of 16 from the road.

    Miller's slam then beat the Orange press after a turnover by Honest, but Cooney finally got here via with a three from the wing as Syracuse closed to 61-57 with 1:forty eight to play.

    Carter missed a free throw, but Ennis misplaced the ball on a drive in the lane with simply over a minute remaining.

    Syracuse, which additionally misplaced at house to Boston School, closes the season at Florida State on Sunday.

    ''We're just desirous to get that win,'' Truthful mentioned. ''As soon as we win a couple of consecutive games, that can get us going.''

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    Jax State’s Bishop ties NCAA mark with 10 ABs

    JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – Jacksonville State's Michael Bishop tied an NCAA Division I record with 10 at-bats, getting his fifth hit of the game in the bottom of the 17th inning to beat Kennesaw State 9-8 on Sunday.

    Bishop, a senior outfielder from Pelham, Ala., singled up the middle with two outs to end the longest game in both schools' histories. Bishop's 10 at-bats tied the mark set previously by six others, most recently by Kent State's George Roberts and Derek Toadvine in a 21-inning NCAA tournament victory against Kentucky in 2012.

    Jacksonville State (6-4) set 10 school records and tied another in the game, which lasted 5 hours and 43 minutes, and featured a total of 591 pitches – 287 by 10 Jacksonville State pitchers, and 304 by seven Kennesaw State hurlers.

    Michael McCreless (1-0) pitched five scoreless innings for the win, while Cole McArthur (0-1) took the loss for Kennesaw State (7-6).

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    Spurrier calls slowdown proposal ‘Saban Rule’

    Southern Carolina's Steve Spurrier added his title to the listing of instructors opposed to a guideline proposal that would sluggish down university offenses, and he wasn't afraid to stage fingertips while criticizing it.

    "So, you would like to chat about the 'Saban Rule'?today on Thursday " Spurrier told USA. "That's what I contact it. Appears like it's dead now, ideally."


    South Carolina trainer Steve Spurrier will be against a guideline proposal that would sluggish no-huddle offenses, which he phone calls the 'Saban Rule.week '

    Through the rules committee meeting last, Alabama trainer Nick Saban debated a guideline policy that would pressure offenses to wait 10 mere seconds to snap the golf ball. Saban, along with Arkansas trainer Bret Bielema, cited security as the cause behind the proposal, but he's furthermore already been a longtime opponent of hurry-up offenses.

    "Should we allow soccer to become a continuous game? Is that the real way the game was made to play?" Saban asked during final summer's SEC media times.

    The Enjoying Guidelines Oversight Panel will think about the slowdown proposal March 6.

    But Spurrier, a rival of Saban and Bielema's in the SEC, has became a member of Auburn trainer Gus Malzahn in advocating contrary to the proposal. Spurrier informed USA Today he remaining a voicemail for Air flow Force trainer Troy Calhoun, chairman of the guidelines committee.

    "I simply told him I has been against it," Spurrier informed the newspaper. "It's ridiculous. Let's let everybody maintain playing the way they are enjoying."

    Although Rogers Redding, the NCAA's coordinator of officiating and secretary-guidelines editor of the guidelines committee, says Saban's part in the proposal offers already been overstated, Spurrier doesn't think that.

    "He required it upon himself to proceed prior to the rules committee and obtain it done," Spurrier stated of Saban. "They attempted to change the guidelines. But I don't believe they're gonna escape with it."

    Georgia coach Tag Richt said defenses must have adjust fully to evolving offenses.

    "Personally i think like when you can train unpleasant players to have fun with five or six takes on in a row, it is possible to train defensive gamers to play that lots of takes on in a row, as well," Richt informed the Athens Banner-Herald.

    Richt furthermore stated he doubted no-huddle offenses avoided a safety hazard. Calhoun said he's got yet to visit a medical research linking the rapid speed of an criminal offense to potential medical issues for defensive gamers.

    Bielema stated he's in no way seen a player security proposal exceeded by the committee fall short while watching Playing Guidelines Oversight Commission.

    "If you ask me, that's part of soccer," Spurrier stated. "The 'no-huddle' is definitely available. I don't understand why we'd go on it away at this time."


    Carbo overloading: OU reports pasta pile-on

    Oklahoma athletics apparently does not believe in all-you-can-eat banquets.

    The Sooners elected to self-report three players for getting extra meals at a graduation banquet than they should have, based on The Oklahoman.

    The violations occurred on Might 10, 2013, in line with the newspaper, with pasta being the precise item in question.

    To have their eligibility reinstated, the three had to donate $3.eighty three every (the cost of the pasta servings) to charities of their alternative.

    While the Sooners elected to self-report, the NCAA released a press release saying that what the three players did was not a violation of any NCAA guidelines.

    "Whereas we recognize Oklahoma's commitment, there are not any NCAA rules relating to portion sizes, and any penalties were decided by the college," NCAA spokeswoman Meghan Durham mentioned in a press release.

    Although the gamers weren't identified, offensive linemen Gabe Ikard and Austin Woods took to Twitter to fess up for piling on the pasta and declare they paid $5 for the food.


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    Penn St. names FSU’s Barron new president

    STATE FACULTY, Pa. – Penn State's trustees did not disguise their satisfaction as they named one of many faculty's former administrators its subsequent president.

    The board voted unanimously Monday to rent Florida State University president Eric Barron to steer the college after more than two years of turmoil following the arrest of former longtime assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on child molestation costs.

    Barron, sixty two, had labored at Penn State for twenty years, including four as dean of the School of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and the board and high directors had been pleased to welcome him again.

    "He has had a sequence of varied experiences since he left Penn State eight years ago, and all of these life experiences have formed him into an brisk and data-driven chief," stated Nan Crouter, the dean of the varsity's Faculty of Health and Human Growth and a pacesetter within the presidential search.

    Outgoing Penn State president Rodney Erickson, who has identified Barron for 28 years, known as Barron "a person of the best integrity" and somebody with robust academic values.

    "The Penn State presidency could not be in higher hands," Erickson mentioned.

    The choice of Barron additionally was applauded by Michael Poliakoff, vp of policy for the Washington, D.C.-based American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a nonprofit schooling coverage group. But Poliakoff was crucial of Barron's $1 million annual pay package and stated the choice course of was flawed.

    "It is a warning against the opaque process that's highly delegated, and an admonition that this board specifically, that actually received into a very rocky scenario for the college in the Sandusky scandal, must be engaged, closely – not just a committee of them," Poliakoff stated.

    Erickson was named president in November 2011 after then-president Graham Spanier was forced out following little one molestation accusations in opposition to Sandusky, who now's serving a 30- to 60-yr state prison sentence after being convicted in 2012 of forty five counts for the sexual abuse of 10 boys. Spanier later was charged in an alleged cowl-up.

    Barron called the Sandusky scandal painful and saddening but targeted on the changes it has brought.

    "What I see is an institution that has actually taken control of compliance and is little question now a model college that I feel loads of other universities are going to have a look at and say that is the best way we should be working to make sure we do issues the suitable method," he informed reporters after the vote.

    Barron is expected to steer Penn State via the trial of Spanier and two other former administrators who are also accused of a felony cowl-up related to the Sandusky matter. A trial date has not been scheduled.

    Barron mentioned he never met Sandusky while working at Penn State, and he sidestepped a question about what the university should do regarding the late former head coach Joe Paterno, still a delicate matter on campus and amongst alumni.

    "No matter we do, we've got to be sure that we do it with a high sense of dignity and honor," Barron said. "Sometimes that takes time."

    Maribeth Roman Schmidt, spokeswoman for Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, a grassroots alumni group that has been highly crucial of the trustees and administration, said the choice of Barron was getting optimistic reviews, at least at this point.

    "I think there's a guarded optimism, but for everything we have seen within the quick period of time, we're certainly excited for the expertise he brings and the open mind that he brings," she stated.

    Throughout his 4 years at Florida State, Barron was an aggressive advocate for elevated state funding and educational recognition for the university. He shocked FSU trustees Saturday by publicly talking about leaving.

    Barron joined Penn State's faculty in 1986 as director of the Earth System Science Middle and an associate professor of geosciences. In 2002, he was elevated from director of the university's Earth and Mineral Sciences Setting Institute to dean of the college's Faculty of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

    In 2006, Barron left State Faculty to turn out to be dean of the Jackson Faculty of Geosciences on the College of Texas at Austin. In 2008, Barron turned director of the Nationwide Middle for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., the place years earlier, he was a geology graduate scholar. Two years later, he moved on to Florida State, where he grew to become the university's 14th president.

    Like Penn State, Florida State has just lately handled a football scandal.

    Final fall, redshirt quarterback Jameis Winston turned one of many greatest points of interest in faculty football on his strategy to successful the Heisman Trophy and leading the Seminoles to the nationwide title.

    However in November, a yr-old sexual assault complaint in opposition to Winston became public and was passed alongside by Tallahassee police to the Florida state lawyer's office for a full investigation. A Florida State student accused Winston of raping her. Winston's attorney has said the sex was consensual. Prosecutors didn't discover enough evidence to cost him with a criminal offense, and the case was closed Dec. 5, two days earlier than the Atlantic Coast Conference championship recreation.

    Barron had cautioned towards a rush to judgment within the case. And, after no fees were filed, he issued a strong statement.

    "Latest weeks have offered a painful lesson, as we have now witnessed harmful hypothesis and inappropriate conjecture about this case and the individuals concerned. Consequently, we have now all been harm," Barron mentioned. "A respect for the precept of due course of is essential to the integrity of our group. Our commitment to each considered one of our college students is unwavering and can stay our precedence."

    With the return of Barron, the State Faculty space may also be getting again an active former group member.

    In accordance with FSU's website, Molly Barron, a former trainer, was lively in the State Faculty Space School District throughout her husband's tenure at Penn State, appearing as president of the PTO, a volunteer in the library, a kindergarten aide and substitute. She eventually took a position within the district's middle school technology program.

    A local of Lafayette, Ind., Eric Barron graduated from high school in Atlanta. He earned a geology degree from Florida State in 1973 and grasp's and doctoral levels from the University of Miami.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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    NCAA March Madness Analysis: Wins Over Bubble

    Jabari Brown and Marshall Henderson are both hoping to get in the tourney

    The NCAA Match begins a month from tomorrow. The bubble discuss has already begun, and the RPI and Joe Lunardi might be ever-present over the following thirty days. Final 12 months, I experimented with something I ended up calling “Wins Over Median At-Massive”.


    That title, though, was clunky, and had a degree of reference of roughly the 25th best staff within the country. After reflection, I changed the purpose of focus to the bubble–the reduce line for the place a crew ought to be considered for at-massive entry. Within the NCAA event, the play-in at-giant groups typically fall across the 12 seed line. Thus, I am utilizing the 50th greatest group in school basketball as my reference.


    So now, now we have “Wins over Bubble” (WOB). The objective with WOB is to cut by all of the nonsense with the RPI and provide an alternate approach of assessing accomplishment. The RPI approach over-rewards taking part in first rate however nonetheless extremely beatable opponents on the expense of taking part in really poor teams. It doesn't do a adequate job, on the different excessive, of differentiating between taking part in a high 5 crew on the street, and the 24th best staff at house. WOB seeks to answer the query, “How many wins would a real bubble staff be anticipated to have against this schedule?”


    To answer this, I utilized the Pomeroy rankings, differentiated residence/away/impartial, and calculated an anticipated win proportion primarily based on opponent strength and venue (rounded to nearest 5%) for each recreation. Let’s give some examples of why that is essential. You can play Fairfield (#283 in Pomeroy, and 5-22) and be anticipated to win 95%, or play Florida Gulf Coast (#183, 17-10) and be expected to win 90% of the time. Due to their completely different data, just swapping that one recreation can have a huge impact on RPI.


    Image (1) mark-gottfried-nc-state.jpg for post 263173Don’t consider me? Let’s take Windfall, Nebraska, and NC State. These are actual life bubble groups, and the current RPI order is NC State (fifty one), Nebraska (53), and Providence (57). Providence beat Fairfield at dwelling. Nebraska and NC State both beat Florida Gulf Coast. Beating both of these groups doesn't tell us a whole lot about your standing as a bubble workforce. A real bubble group should win each types of video games at home in a very high percentage. Nevertheless, if we had been to swap just that one game, Windfall would rise to 50th, and NC State and Nebraska would fall to sixty fifth and 66th, respectively. That’s the distinction between making the match or not.


    So these rankings replicate the anticipated document in opposition to a workforce’s schedule for a true bubble staff with common luck. They don't reflect level differential, so like the RPI, are supposed to be retrodictive and not predictive. It’s nice for evaluating schedule. Kansas is the #1 schedule by RPI. They've performed a difficult schedule, though Michigan (4th in keeping with RPI) comes in barely tougher by this methodology. A real bubble crew that played Michigan’s schedule to this point could be expected to be thirteen-12. (A bubble team towards Kansas’ schedule could be anticipated to win 13.2 video games out of 25). Michigan going 18-7 towards that schedule is as spectacular as Cincinnati going 23-three.


    Here are the results. The current minimize line for at-giant selections would fall between #52 (St. John’s) and #fifty three (NC State). Cellular Link here


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    Big win for Baylor


    Oklahoma State is seeing its NCAA tournament hopes slip away without Marcus Smart. (USATSI)
    Oklahoma State is seeing its NCAA match hopes slip away without Marcus Sensible. (USATSI)

    With Sunday marking precisely one month remaining till Selection Sunday, we figured there was no better time to bring back the each day characteristic from the previous two seasons: "Poppin' Bubbles." When you're not familiar with it from past seasons, it's basically a bubble breakdown of the day's action, going by way of the winners and losers and what each bubble consequence means going ahead. Monday was the proper begin to the 2013-14 model.

    For the latest Bracketology updates from, try Jerry Palm's newest projected bracket.


    Baylor: Regardless of Baylor beginning out 2-eight in the Massive 12, the Bears have performed themselves right back into consideration for the NCAA tournament. They picked up a huge win on Monday in extra time over Oklahoma State, carry their successful streak to 3 video games. Furthermore, a sweep of the Cowboys could help come March with the pecking order of the Huge 12. Baylor remains to be only 5-eight within the league, nevertheless it now has 5 high-50 wins overall – together with non-league wins over Kentucky and Colorado. There is only one sub-one hundred loss on the resume, and the way Texas Tech is enjoying lately, that may not be a sub-one hundred loss by the tip of the season. Right now, the Bears are either "final four in" or "final 4 out" of most projected brackets, so a ending stretch that features three of five games on the highway will determine their destiny.


    Oklahoma State: That's now seven losses in a row for the Cowboys, which went zero-3 whereas Marcus Smart was suspended. He returns for the Texas Tech recreation this weekend, however Oklahoma State is in an enormous hole. They're just 3-9 towards the top 50 after Monday's loss to Baylor, a sport that also dropped Oklahoma State to 2-6 on the road. How will the committee view these three games without Sensible, although? There will certainly be some consideration given to his absence, however Oklahoma State had lost 4 in a row with him before the suspension. The following two video games – Texas Tech, TCU – should be wins, which seemingly puts them squarely on the bubble heading into their final three games: Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State.

    Florida State: The Seminoles are fading shortly. They weren't in most projected brackets heading into the day, and a loss to North Carolina was their sixth defeat in the past eight video games. Florida State is simply 2-7 against the top 50 of the RPI, with the wins coming in the non-conference portion of the season against Atlantic 10 foes VCU and Massachusetts. Leonard Hamilton's team wants to turn issues round beginning this weekend at Pittsburgh – and even which may not be enough. If Florida State wins the next three, it will have some momentum heading into the season finale towards Syracuse.







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    Is Florida St. toast?

    Leonard Hamilton and the Noles have a lot of ground to make up now. (USATSI)
    Leonard Hamilton and the Noles have lots of ground to make up now. (USATSI)

    It's been more than a month since Florida State won back-to-again video games. And given the schedule going forward, it will likely be at the least six weeks before FSU has a shot to end that skid.

    While you're saying that about any group, and then you definately have a look at the calendar and see that it is the center of February.. that's an enormous issue. So with Monday night's collapse at residence to North Carolina, the Seminoles' NCAA tournament possibilities might've taken the first hit atop the final nail.

    FSU fell eighty one-seventy five to North Carolina on its residence flooring, and naturally the loss is hard take, but especially so when you think about FSU bought out to a hot begin and crumbled away its lead. It was 21-6 before UNC bought itself together and made a push back.

    Also must be arduous to swallow contemplating Heels star forward James Michael McAdoo, who averages 15 factors and seven rebounds, did not rating and fouled out with 4:19 remaining. No matter for UNC, since Kennedy Meeks was 11-of-12 from the sector and had a career-greatest 23 points. Level guard Marcus Paige, who was horrible within the first half, went on a tear within the final 10 minutes. He hit three three-points in a 4-minute stretch to give and extend UNC a lead.

    Wrote over the weekend how North Carolina's getting into the precise route and is more likely to be rewarded in a big approach on Selection Sunday because of the Heels beating the groups it should.

    Leonard Hamilton's crew? Simply can't see it going forward. I'm not sure if FSU falls in that class of "should" have been crushed by UNC, but given the early lead and unhealthy shooting from the Heels, it is an unattrractive look to lose a recreation like this.

    The Seminoles have two good possibilities left before the ACC match: at Pittsburgh this weekend, and home to Syracuse to close out the season on March 9. Both might be gained, however with a 2-6 report in opposition to groups within the top 50, how optimistic should Noles followers be?

    15-eleven and 6-8 within the league is the present standing. The group's RPI coming into the night was 61 with a energy of schedule close to 50 and a 2-6 record against the RPI high 50. These numbers do not stack up mixed with the sputtering play over the past 5 weeks. The wins have come in opposition to Miami, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Notre Dame, all of whom a preventing for a bid – in the NIT.

    Hamilton is in his 12th season at FSU. He had the program in a pleasant spot between 2009-2012, when FSU made four straight NCAA tourneys with a mean seed of No. 7. But between these 4 trips are seven – and now probably eight – campaigns with out an NCAA tourney bid. Below Hamilton FSU is never bad (averaging 19.9 wins, not including this season), however it's typically blended in with the pack both when it comes to its conference and nationally.

    That will look like the case this season. And what's worse, FSU will lose three seniors of influence this 12 months, including the crew's greatest player in Ian Miller. He had a team-best 22 factors Monday.

    Aspect be aware: Roy Williams set a brand new ACC teaching record for the fastest in league historical past to 300 video games gained general. Williams beat Dean Smith's report of 406 games by doing it in 386. UNC's now won seven in a row. Subsequent up? Massive one at residence Thursday night against Duke.


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    ACC (Duke), Pac-12 (ASU) admit officiating errors

    Late-game whistles occupied lots of the headlines from the weekend, most notably within the Syracuse-North Carolina State sport – when T.J. Warren was fouled in the act of taking pictures but additionally on the ground and earlier than touring. Or something.

    Anyway, there have been two different large referee moments up to now few days, and league officers from the Pac-12 and ACC acknowledged there have been errors made.

    First, from the Pac-12. Within the final seconds of Arizona State's double-time beyond regulation win over Arizona, Jahii Carson had an open quick-break dunk to place the Solar Devils up three with 0.5 seconds left. Carson hung on the rim longer than allowed after dunking and also did a chin-up on the rim – because the Arizona State gamers and fans ran on the courtroom.

    League officers determined that the speeding of the court docket was allowed as a result of the referees have been reviewing the time left on the clock. Because of this, it did not trigger a delay in the sport. Alternatively, though, they said Carson ought to have received a technical foul for his above-rim antics.

    From NCAA rulebook cites Section 4 Class B technical infractions article 1, letter f, which states "Greedy, both basket in an excessive, emphatic method during the officials' jurisdiction when the participant will not be, within the judgment of an official, attempting to prevent an apparent damage to self or others,'' leads to a technical.

    The Pac-12 wasn't alone. Through the Maryland-Duke sport on Saturday evening, the possession arrow mistakenly did not change on a soar ball. In line with the Washington Publish, ACC senior affiliate commissioner of males's basketball operations Karl Hicks acknowledged the mistake.“A miscommunication occurred between the officers and the desk crew during last night's Maryland and Duke game,” Hicks said. “The executive error occurred within the second half on the sixteen:58 mark when a soar ball was not registered, which resulted in Duke receiving consecutive possessions.”

    Duke held on to beat Maryland, sixty nine-sixty seven.


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    New NCAA rule would allow early subs on D

    The NCAA football rules committee will be proposing changes for the 2014 season that would loosen the particular reins on defensive alternatives and lessen the fines for targeting fouls known as on the field. The committee's proposal would allow defensive players to alternative within the first 10 mere seconds of the 40-second play time clock, except for the final two moments of each half.


    The rules panel says they hope to improve safety by guaranteeing a small window for both groups to substitute. UCF recipient Breshad Perriman is demonstrated in November after a perform for which Houston's Zach McMillian was called for targeting.


    Offenses that take the ball before twenty nine seconds remain on the perform clock would receive a 5-yard delay-of-game penalty. Current rules state that protective players aren't guaranteed the opportunity to substitute unless the criminal offense first substitutes. Under the suggestion, this policy would stay when the play clock begins at 25 seconds.


    The proposal might strike a major blow in order to up-tempo spread offenses that often run plays before the opposition defense is set. Coaches such as Alabama's Nick Saban plus Arkansas' Bret Bielema final summer said that up-tempo crimes are likelier to trigger injuries for defensive gamers who can't get off of the field in time. "This rules change is being made to enhance student-athlete security by guaranteeing a small windows for both teams in order to substitute, " Air pressure coach Troy Calhoun, seat of the rules committee, stated in a prepared statement. "As the average number of plays for each game has increased, this issue has been discussed with greater rate of recurrence by the committee in recent years and we felt like it was time to take action in the interests of safeguarding our student-athletes. "


    The committee, which usually met this week in indiana, believes 10 seconds associated with substitution time wouldn't prevent offenses from operating rapidly. It points to research that will states that offenses hardly ever snap the ball prior to 30 seconds remain on the particular play clock.Targeting in College FootballOne of the changes the rules panel is proposing would hit a major blow to up-tempo spread offenses that often operate plays before the opposing protection is set. the particular committee also proposes eliminating a 15-yard penalty whenever replay officials overturn the targeting disqualification foul, as long as no other penalty is called on the play. The initial targeting plan stated that even if the targeting penalty is overturned and a player avoided a good ejection, his team nevertheless would receive a 15-yard charges.


    "This modification keeps the intent of the rule, but allows replay to correct all of the consequences from a rare missed call, inch Calhoun said.The proposal also says that in games exactly where replay isn't available, authorities may review targeting fouls in the first half throughout halftime if leagues plus teams agree and movie is available in the officials' locker room. Targeting calls after that could be reversed and the thrown player could return in the second half. The NCAA's playing guidelines oversight panel will talk about the proposed changes 03 6. The only adjustments permitted this year – not specified as a rules-change year — are those that involve gamer safety or modify the previous rule change such as targeting.


    the particular proposal to slow down crimes will have a hard time passing if the many coaches who operate up-tempo these days have anything to say about it. "It's ridiculous, " stated Arizona's Rich Rodriguez.


    Rodriguez has also been at the forefront of the fast soccer trend. "For me it goes back to the fundamental rules of soccer, " Rodriguez said. "The offense knows where they are going and when they are going to snap the particular ball. That's their benefit. The defense is allowed to move all 11 men before the ball is clicked. That's their advantage.


    "What's next? You can only have three downs? If you play that extra straight down you have more chance of injuries. " Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze stated he found about the suggestion when he got the phone call from Auburn's Gus Malzahn, a fellow recommend of up-tempo offense.


    "I said, 'Y'all are kidding me. That's not true, ' " deep freeze said he told Malzahn. Freeze stated he was skeptical of the health risks presented by up-tempo offense because he's in no way seen any data to support the claim.


    "I would think they would have some type of study that shows that, " he stated. Rodriguez has been pushing the pace with his teams for more than two decades plus doesn't buy safety issues.


    "If that was the case wouldn't every group that went fast in practice have more injuries? " this individual said. deep freeze and Rodriguez both stated their offenses rarely obtain plays off within ten seconds of the ball becoming spotted.


    "If they say it's not occurring anyhow, why put in a guideline? " Freeze said. "I just don't really understand what we gain from this some other this rule other than a chance to create more chaos. inch It's not just the up-tempo coaches who voiced their disapproval with the suggestion.


    "I simply spent two days at large Ten meetings and it was not even brought up, " Rutgers coach Kyle Flood stated. "It doesn'tfeeling to me. " The Scarlet Knights rated 84th in the country in performs per game (71).


    Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville, a former defensive planner whose team averaged 79 plays per game (28th in the nation), said the particular proposal was never talked about during last month's united states Football Coaches of organization convention. "This came out of left field, inch he said. "It's incorrect. "


    California Defensive Lineman Ted Agu Collapsed and Died During a Conditioning Workout

    Ted Agu

    Ted Agu, a football player at the College of California, collapsed and died while running throughout a conditioning workout this morning, in line with the San Jose Mercury News. Agu, who was to be a senior with the California football workforce next season, played defensive end. Coach Sonny Dykes launched an announcement on the loss:

    “This can be a very tough time for our football household. Ted was a remarkable younger man and a member of this household who was extremely respected and liked by his teammates and training workers. He had an incredible passion for all times and shall be deeply missed.”


    NCAA clears Washington, ex-coach


    Tosh Lupoi was hired at Washington in January 2012
    Tosh Lupoi was hired at Washington in January 2012. (USATSI)


    Move along,  Nothing to see here.’s Bruce Feldman confirms that the NCAA has informed Washington that there shall be no penalties towards former defensive position coach Tosh Lupoi or the college following an investigation into the program.

    The Seattle Occasions first reported that the NCAA has contacted the school to let it know that there will be no penalties against either the varsity or Lupoi.

    A letter from NCAA Director of Enforcement, Tom Hosty, acknowledged “the enforcement team does not believe that additional action is warranted,” though the NCAA may repoen the investigation “if further information is developed.”

    In December it was reported that an assistant observe and subject coach, Mike Davis, alleged that Lupoi had paid $4,500 in cash for tutoring providers and on-line classes for a recruit named Andrew Basham. Basham signed with Washington in February as a part of its 2013 recruiting class, but did not qualify academically. Lupoi known as the allegations “untrue attacks” in a statement he launched on Twitter.

    Lupoi, who joined the Washington employees underneath Steve Sarkisian in 2012 was not retained by new Washington coach Chris Petersen.


    Top 25: Syracuse No. 1 after Arizona’s first loss


    NCAA BB Top 25 Rankings – College Basketball

    After a two-month run atop the polls, the expected occurred Monday afternoon when Arizona was bumped from the highest spot in favor of the nonetheless-undefeated Syracuse Orange. Jim Boeheim’s team is the unanimous vote-getter for first place this week. It is the first time since 2010-eleven, when Duke was the unanimous decide, that a staff’s acquired all first-place votes.

    That is the fifteenth time Syracuse has earned top billing in the AP ballot.

    The Wildcats only dropped to No. 2, and that ranking reflects ballots that had been submitted prior to the late-Sunday evening news bulletin of Arizona losing beginning ahead Brandon Ashley for the rest of the season.

    Connecticut, Virginia and Gonzaga, which acquired point out within the preseason AP poll, are all again in the rankings this week. The most important jump within the polls got here from Texas, which is up six spots.

    AP Ballot

    1. Syracuse (sixty five)
    2. Arizona
    3. Florida
    4. Wichita State
    5. San Diego State
    6. Villanova
    7. Cincinnati
    8. Kansas
    9. Michigan State
    10. Michigan
    11. Duke
    12. Creighton
    13. Saint Louis
    14. Louisville
    15. Texas
    16. Iowa State
    17. Iowa
    18. Kentucky
    19. Oklahoma State
    20. Virginia
    21. Oklahoma
    22. Connecticut
    23. Gonzaga
    24. Memphis
    25. Pittsburgh

    Jumped in: Virginia, Gonzaga, UConn
    Dropped out: Wisconsin (14), UMass (21), Ohio State (24)

    Coaches Poll

    1. Syracuse (sixty five)
    2. Wichita State
    3. Arizona
    4. Florida
    5. San Diego State
    6. Villanova
    7. Cincinnati
    8. Michigan State
    9. Kansas
    10. Louisville
    11. Duke
    12. Creighton
    13. Iowa
    14. Kentucky
    15. Saint Louis
    16. Michigan
    17. Iowa State
    18. Texas
    19. Oklahoma State
    20. Gonzaga
    21. Virginia
    22. Pittsburgh
    23. Oklahoma
    24. Wisconsin
    25. Ohio State

    Jumped in: Texas, Virginia
    Dropped out: UMass (19), Memphis (22)