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Pitino Picks Up 700th Career Win

Pitino Picks Up 700th Career Win

J. Meric/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- It wasn't as comfortable a victory as was probably expected, but No. 6 Louisville defeated Cleveland State 45-33 on Wednesday night in what was the 700th career victory for head coach Rick Pitino. 

I hope I'm as lucky to (win) 800, because I remember it as if it was yesterday," said Pitino. "I don't think there's as much significance personally for me, but the significance I take away is that senior class last year, how many games they won. I was the beneficiary today."

The 62-year-old became the 20th coach in Division I history to win 700 career games and ranks sixth among active head coaches. Pitino is now 700-245 in his career, including 346-117 in 14 seasons with the Cardinals (5-0).

Louisville struggled to pull away all night, leading 33-29 with 12 minutes remaining. A combination of poor shooting and missed free throws allowed the Vikings (2-3) to think upset. However, Cleveland State made just two of their final 14 shots and did not score in the final six minutes.

Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and 13 rebounds in the win, Louisville's lowest scoring game since 1997. The Vikings were paced by Trey Lewis' 24 points.

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Butler Knocks Off (5) North Carolina

Butler Knocks Off (5) North Carolina

Michael Hickey/Getty Images(PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas) -- In the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis, the Butler Bulldogs knocked off fifth-ranked North Carolina Wednesday night, 74-66, one of the bigger upsets in the first month of the college basketball season.

"This is a proud program with tremendous heritage and we're trying to do the very best with what's in front of us," said Butler's interim head coach Chris Holtmann.

It was not an easy task for Butler (4-0) who dominated the backboards, outrebounding the Tarheels (3-1) 57-40, grabbing 29 offensive rebounds in the process. That helped the Bulldogs overcome an abysmal shooting night. Butler was just 22-of-72 (30.6%) from the floor, shooting just 7 percent in the final eight minutes of regulation.

However, the Bulldogs had already built up a solid lead and were able to hold off UNC. It was a decisive 16-4 run in the second half that turned a 43-41 deficit into a 59-45 lead. Alex Barlow and Kelan Martin each had 17 points for Butler in the win.

It is the second time in the last three seasons that Butler has beat a top-10 ranked North Carolina squad. They also pulled the upset in 2012 at the Maui Invitational.

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(3) Arizona Wins Maui Invitational

(3) Arizona Wins Maui Invitational

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(MAUI, Hawai'i) -- The Arizona Wildcats used 18 points and nine rebounds from freshman Stanley Johnson to defeat San Diego State 61-59 and win the Maui Invitational on Wednesday. It was the 33rd straight non-conference win for the third-ranked Wildcats (6-0), and third win over the Aztecs (5-1) in the last two seasons.

"We have a lot of guys who don't like losing here and I'm the same way," said Johnson. His five offensive rebounds helped Arizona net 13 points off second chances.

Both teams came out shooting very strong, with 15th-rated San Diego State making 10 of 19 shots in the first half. The Wildcats were able to keep pace, going 10-for-33, and holding a 32-31 lead at halftime.

In the second half, both squads continued the high-octane pace but neither could gain a strong advantage. That changed as Arizona's defense began to clamp down, and the offense kept exploding. With less than eight minutes remaining, Kaleb Tarczewski forced a steal that resulted in T.J. McConnell's three-point shot, giving the Wildcats a 50-48 lead.

The Aztecs would not be able to recover as Arizona hit their free throws down the stretch and prevented a comeback. San Diego State was led by 14 points each from Trey Kell and Winston Shepard. It is the second Maui Invitational title for Arizona after also winning the in-season tournament in 2000.

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Cal Routs No. 23 Syracuse, Earns Spot in 2K Classic Final

Cal Routs No. 23 Syracuse, Earns Spot in 2K Classic Final

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The California Golden Bears opened up a 12-point halftime lead, maintaining the advantage all the way until the final buzzer for a 73-59 upset win over 23rd-raked Syracuse on Thursday night.

With the victory, Cal (3-0) moves on to the finals of the annual 2K Classic against Texas on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

"We lost to them the past two years, and with guys that were returning it plays on your mind," said first-year head coach Cuonzo Martin. "But I thought our guys did a great job of accepting the challenge."

The Bears hit four consecutive three pointers late in the first half, holding a 34-22 advantage at the break. Jordan Matthews helped keep the game in control by scoring 20 of his 22 points in the second half. Meanwhile, the defense was strong against Rakeem Christmas, the leading scorer for Syracuse (2-1), holding him to just eight points before the big man fouled out. 

It was a sigh of relief when the final buzzer sounded for those associated with Cal. In each of the last two seasons, the Orange (2-1) have found ways to beat the Bears. The first came in the 2013 NCAA Elite Eight while the second was part of the Maui invitational during the 2013-14 campaign.

Both Kaleb Joseph and Michael Gbinije scored 13 points to pace Syracuse while Matthews poured in a game-high 22.

Cal will take on No. 10 Texas, who beat Iowa 71-57, in the championship game on Friday night.

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Creighton Upsets (18) Oklahoma

Creighton Upsets (18) Oklahoma

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) -- Trailing at halftime, the Creighton Bluejays rallied from 18 points down to knock off 18th-ranked Oklahoma 65-63 Wednesday night. The Bluejays (3-0) used a 24-4 run in the second half to turn the tide on the Sooners (1-1).

Playing without the 2014 Player of the Year in Doug McDermott, now in the NBA, Creighton opened the game shooting just 6-of-25 (24%) in the first half. That allowed Oklahoma to build up a 35-24 lead at the break as the Sooners return their three top scorers from a year ago.

The run began with consecutive three-pointers from Isaiah Zierden and Austin Chatman and sparked a 13-0 run that cut the deficit to 44-40 with 13:57 left in regulation. It was another Zierden triple that put Creighton ahead for the first time, with a 48-46 advantage. Both squads battled back and forth with Oklahoma eventually holding a 61-57 lead with less than four minutes to play.

Creighton then rattled off six straight points, taking the lead on Zach Hanson's layup with 49 seconds to play. Chatman would sink a pair of free throws to give the Bluejays a four-point advantage, before ultimately holding on by two.

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield led all scorers with 21 points, while Chatman paced the Bluejays with 17.

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Report: 2005 North Carolina Basketball Championship Players Took Fake Classes

Report: 2005 North Carolina Basketball Championship Players Took Fake Classes

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CHAPEL HILL, NC) -- North Carolina players from the '04-'05 national championship basketball team allegedly took 35 bogus "paper" classes, according to Dan Kane of the News & Observer.

Kane reports the players enrolled in "classes that didn’t meet and yielded easy, high grades awarded by the architect of the university’s academic scandal."

Rashad McCants, a member of the 2005 championship team, told ESPN in June that he rarely went to a lecture during his time while enrolled at school and was awarded a spot on the deans list in the spring of 2005, even though he never attended any class. 

In October the university released its own internal report that detailed how former chairman of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, Julius Nyang'oro, and department manager Deborah Crowder created the fraudulent classes.

The NCAA reopened its investigation this summer after the ESPN report and reports from the News and Observer.

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Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/11/08/4305374_2005-unc-basketball-champs-2-semesters.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Sources: Indiana Suspends Two Players for Failed Drug Tests

Sources: Indiana Suspends Two Players for Failed Drug Tests

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Indiana men's basketball team has yet to play a game this season, but the Hoosiers have already suffered some key losses. Days after sophomore forward Devin Davis was hospitalized following a car accident, two more players have been suspended for failing a drug test, sources say.

Head coach Tom Crean said on his radio show Monday night that Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams have both been suspended for four games after failing their second drug test.

"We also had a couple of other bad choices made this summer. We're not a program that waits for this or that," Crean said on his radio show. "They made those bad choices. The rules say they sit a certain amount, well I say they sit more. Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams, they're also going to sit for four games."

Williams started all 32 games last season for Indiana, averaging 7.3 points per game. The 6'7" forward was expected to be a heavy contributor for the Hoosiers.

Robinson, however, played just nine games and averaged 6.4 points per contest.

Crean also announced that Emmitt Holt, the freshman who was driving the car that struck Davis, will also be suspended for four games.

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Indiana Basketball Player Injured After Being Struck by Car

Indiana Basketball Player Injured After Being Struck by Car

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BLOOMINGTON, In) -- Sophomore foward Devin Davis is in serious condition after being hit by a teammate's car early Saturday morning.

Davis was taken to IU Bloomington Health Hospital while teammate, freshman Emmit Holt, has been cited for operating a vehicle while under the influence. Holt registered a 0.025 blood alchohol content.  The legal limit for BAC in Indiana is 0.08, but if the person is under the age of 21 - as is the case with Holt - the limit is 0.02.

Police discovered Davis unconscious with a head wound just off of IU campus. He was treated by on site by EMT's and transported to the hospital.

According to police officials Holt's vehicle was discovered with damage to the passenger side, front fender and windshield. 

The hospital has not provided an update on Davis's condition.

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Top Recruit Purifoy Chooses Auburn

Top Recruit Purifoy Chooses Auburn

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --Bruce Pearl is already making his presence felt at Auburn. The school's newly hired men's basketball coach received a commitment from small forward Danjel Purifoy, the 50th ranked player in the ESPN 100, on Friday.

The 6-foot-7 Purifoy was also being recruited by Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee and Georgia.

Pearl's three-year NCAA penalty ends at midnight Friday. That means Pearl will be allowed to communicate with recruits for the first time since he accepted the Auburn job in March.                                                                                                                  Auburn is hoping Pearl can continue to help the school rebuild a basketball program that last season finished 6-12 in the SCC and 14-16 overall.         Next up for Pearl and Auburn, a visit from another ESPN 100 player, forward Horace Spencer.                                                                                                                                                                                           Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio                     

 

 

BREAKING: Judge Rules Against NCAA

BREAKING: Judge Rules Against NCAA

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a landmark decision on Friday, a federal judge has ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, and 19 others, saying the NCAA can not stop college football or men's basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled against the NCAA in a lawsuit that claimed college athletics' governing body was in violation of the nation's antitrust laws. 

"The Court finds that the challenged NCAA rules unreasonably restrain trade in the market for certain educational and athletic opportunities offered by NCAA Division I schools," Wilken wrote in her 99-page decision. 

Wilken went on to say that the NCAA's defense "do not justify this restraint and could be achieved through less restrictive means".

There was one minor victory for the NCAA. Wilken did say that a cap could be put on just hoe much money is paid to athletes, putting the limit at $5,000 a year for big school football and basketball players.

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Florida’s DeVon Walker Out for Season with Knee Injury

Florida’s DeVon Walker Out for Season with Knee Injury

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) --  Florida guard DeVon Walker is expected to miss all of next season with a knee injury.

The Junior tore his right ACL last Friday. 

Walker played in 35 games for the Gators last season, averaging 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in just over 12 minutes per game. 

Despite coming off the bench and playing limited minutes, Walker was fourth on the team in blocked shots, with 13, and in three-pointers made, with 19. 

Walker's role was expected to increase this next year with fellow guard Scottie Wilbekin having graduated.

With Walker sidelined, former Rutgers guard Eli Carter and freshmen Chris Chiozza and Brandone Francis all could see more playing time for the Gators in 2014-15.

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Serge Ibaka’s Brother Will Play for Oklahoma State

Serge Ibaka’s Brother Will Play for Oklahoma State

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- There will be another Ibaka calling Oklahoma home. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka's younger brother, Igor, will play for Oklahoma State in the 2015-16 season. The 6-foot-8 Ibaka played for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M last season, but he will not be eligible to play JUCO ball next season because he will have surpassed the age limit.

Ibaka averaged 13.7 points and 9.6 rebounds as a freshman last season. In an interview with The Oklahoman, NEO coach Dustin Grover said that Wichita State and Tulsa were also interested in Ibaka.

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Ex-Tarheel Star Claims he Took “Paper Classes”

Ex-Tarheel Star Claims he Took “Paper Classes”

Craig Jones/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rashad McCants, a junior on North Carolina's 2005 national championship men's basketball team, says that he barely went to class and tutors wrote his papers so he would remain academically eligible.

McCants told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that he made the dean's list in the spring of 2005 without ever attending one of the four classes in which he received A's. The second-leading scorer on the '05 title team further accused Tarheels head coach Roy Williams of knowing about such "paper classes". Those so-called classes were part of the African-American Studies Program at UNC.

The allegations come just a couple of years after the Raleigh News & Observer began reporting about widespread academic fraud on the North Carolina campus. An investigation published in 2012 found that 15 members of the national championship basketball team accounted for enrollments in the courses.

An independent investigation by the university found 54 classes in African and Afro-American Studies were "irregularly" or "aberrantly" taught from 2007 to 2011. While the NCAA sanctioned the Tarheel football team for improper benefits and academic misconduct, the athletic department as a whole was largely unpunished.

Although McCants claims that it was the norm for tutors to write papers on behalf of student-athletes, members of the UNC athletic department have painted other pictures. 

"I have gotten to know some of Mr. McCants' teammates, and I know that claims about their academic experience have affected them deeply," said UNC's athletic director Bubba Cunningham in a statement to "Outside the Lines". "They are adamant that they had a different experience at UNC-Chapel Hill than has been portrayed by Mr. McCants and others."

"With respect to the comments made today, I strongly disagree with what Rashad [McCants] has said. In no way did I know about or do anything close to what he says and I think the players whom I have coached over the years will agree with me," said men's basketball coach Roy Williams in a statement released on Friday. "I have spent 63 years on this earth trying to do things the right way and the picture he portrays is not fair to the university or me."

A copy of McCants' unofficial transcript shows that he obtained 10 A's and six B's in African-American classes, but received six C's, one D and three F's in non-African-American Studies courses.

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Kansas Lands PG Devonte Graham

Kansas Lands PG Devonte GrahamMitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Point guard Devonte Graham has chosen to attend Kansas.  The 6-foot, 155 pound Graham, who originally signed with Appalachian State in 2012, was also considering NC State and Virginia.  Graham w...

UConn’s DeAndre Daniels Declares for Draft

UConn’s DeAndre Daniels Declares for DraftJamie Squire/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Forward DeAndre Daniels from this season's men's national basketball champion Connecticut Huskies has declared for the NBA Draft, the school announced Friday.  "I just felt like this was the right time for ...

Harrison Twins to Return to Kentucky

Harrison Twins to Return to KentuckyMitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Not one, but both Harrison twins announced Friday that they are returning to Kentucky for their sophomore season. Coming off a loss to Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament final, both Andrew and Aaron Harri...

Kentucky’s Randle Declares for NBA Draft

Kentucky’s Randle Declares for NBA DraftJonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.)  --  After just one season at Kentucky, forward Julius Randle announced he is leaving the school to declare for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-9 Randle announced his decision with just five days left be...

Kentucky’s James Young Declares for NBA Draft

Kentucky’s James Young Declares for NBA DraftJamie Squire/Getty Images)(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- Kentucky freshman James Young announced Thursday he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft. "My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I'll always treasure, but I feel that I'm ready to take the next st...

ESPN: Frank Haith is Leaving Missouri for Tulsa

ESPN: Frank Haith is Leaving Missouri for TulsaKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Frank Haith has verbally agreed to leave Missouri and become the next men's head basketball coach at Tulsa, according to ESPN.com. Haith takes over for the recently departed Danny Manning, who is now the Wake Fore...

Stauskas and Robinson III Leaving Michigan for NBA

Stauskas and Robinson III Leaving Michigan for NBAKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III announced Tuesday they will leave school and enter the NBA Draft. Stauskas averaged 17.5 points and shot 44 percent from 3-point range while helpin...
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