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---The Los Angeles Times recently caught up with former USC All-American Harold Miner, aka Baby Jordan, the two-time NBA slam dunk winner. Miner now lives near Las Vegas and explains why he has mostly stayed away from the public eye since his surprisingly unremarkable NBA career short-circuited 15 years ago.

---Rodney McKissic

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Hill on Rose's 'Uncle Tom' remarks

16hill1-articleInline ---Former Duke All-American Grant Hill, pictured left, called critical comments by former Michigan guard and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose "pathetic" in an open letter published Wednesday by the The New York Times on Wednesday.

Rose, as part of the documentary "The Fab Five" that aired on Sunday on ESPN, said that Hill and other black Blue Devils basketball players recruited in the early 1990s were "Uncle Tom's."

"I hated Duke and I hated everything Duke stood for,'' Rose said in "The Fab Five." Schools like Duke didn't recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms."

Hill wrote, "it was a sad and somewhat pathetic turn of events, therefore, to see friends narrating this interesting documentary about their moment in time and calling me a b---- and worse, calling all black players at Duke “Uncle Toms” and, to some degree, disparaging my parents for their education, work ethic and commitment to each other and to me."

---Rodney McKissic

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Which Cinderella will go dancing?

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---Is there a team out there who can make a lengthy run like Stephen Curry, pictured above, and Davidson in 2008? Jerry Sullivan breaks down the NCAAs.

---St. Bonaventure opens the CBI with Central Florida.

---No player in the NCAA tournament will face more scrutiny and pressue than BYU's Jimmer Fredette.

---Luck plays a role in March Madness.

---Utah State employs a different kind of play-calling system.

---Seth Davis provides his hoop thoughts for every region of the bracket.

---CAA coaches get paid handsomely for taking their teams to the tournament.

---Sidney Lowe has parted ways with North Carolina State.

---According to Forbes Magazine, John Calipari is the most overpaid coach in the country.

---Here's a list of the famous alums from each team in the NCAA tournament.

---Rodney McKissic

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Time for March Madness

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---Here's your guide to the NCAA Tournament.

---Sully's Bracketology can be found right her ... actually its only available on newsstands. Believe me, it's worth it.

---God'sgift Achiuwa has some unfinished business.

---The 11-hour bus trip, watching their conference tournament loss to Kent State along the way, turned out to be well worth the trouble for UB.

---A great-read on Gus Johnson.

---Jeff Eisenberg defines the good and the bad of this year's tournament.

---Eamonn Brennan provides his initial analysis of the brackets.

---Rodney McKissic

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Review NCAA tourney chat with Rodney McKissic at noon

Bulls play Quinnipiac in CIT

Side_front_2011_1d ---UB has been invited to play in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament and will play at 7 p.m. on Monday at Quinnipiac.

This is the third time in the last six years the Bulls have advanced into the postseason. UB played in the NIT in 2005 and the College Basketball Invitational in 2009.

The CIT selection committee consists primarily of retired coaches, including Lefty Driesell, Hugh Durham, Jim Harrick, Lou Henson, Ben Jobe, Jim Phelan and Riley Wallace, who serves as the chairman of the committee, and coached Buffalo native Trevor Ruffin at Hawaii.

The CIT began in 2009 with 16 teams. Old Dominion won the inaugural tournament while Missouri State won the 2010 CIT.

The Bulls (18-13) were eliminated from the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals by Kent State. Quinnipiac (22-9) finished second behind Long Island in the Northeast Conference.

---Rodney McKissic

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Tennessee forward commits to Canisius (updated)

Jose Agosts ---Jose Agosto, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward from Gatlinburg-Pittman High School in Gatlinburg, Tenn., has given a verbal commitment to Canisius.

Agosto, who can both forward spots, was also recruited by Morehead State, Radford, Jacksonville and Florida Southern. Agosto is the third commitment received by the Griffs joining 6-4 shooting guard Franklin Milian of Our Savior New American on Long Island and Kansas State transfer Freddy Asprilla, a 6-10 center. Agosto, pictured right, visited Canisius this weekend.

A native of Puerto Rico, Agosto left the island for the United State when he was 16. Canisius will have five Puerto Rico natives on its roster next season with Agosto, Asprilla, Milian, Gaby Belardo and David Santiago, who sat out last season as a transfer and is currently under suspension.

"Canisius College offeres a great coaching staff,'' Agosto said via Facebook on Saturday. "Already knowing some of the teammates makes feel more comfortable. Overrall, I'm really excited and can not wait to be part of the team. I feel that I have accomplished one of my goals by coming to the states to futher my education and having the oppurtunity to play Division I basketball. I am very thankful for everyone who has helped along the way."

As a senior year, Agosto averaged 16 points, 9.6 rebounds per game and shot 62 percent from the field, including 37 percent from three-point range. Here’s a scouting report on Agosto from ESPN.com:

Strong and skilled inside force plays with passion and can knock down shots from the perimeter with a smooth consistent mid-range stroke. A hard charger off the glass on both rebounding blocks and has the ability to finish with either hand inside after contact. A move-in from Puerto Rico, Jose seems to improve with every trip to the hardwood. A capable defender on the interior, he is a bit foul prone but will become more accustomed to the high school level of officiating.

---Rodney McKissic

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Bonnies season continues in CBI

CBI ---St. Bonaventure has accepted a bid to play in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). The rest of the tournament field will be announced late Sunday evening. The opponent, time and location for an opening round game on Tuesday or Wednesday will be released late Sunday evening after NCAA and NIT selections have been announced. It is likely the Bonnies will play a home game.

"This is the next step in the development of our program," Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt said. "It is an honor to be selected for postseason play – that was one of our goals coming into the year. It's great for Ogo [Adegboye, the Bonnies' lone senior] and with such a young team we will have the opportunity to gain more experience."

The 16-team CBI is a single-elimination tournament although the championship game is a best of three. For the Bonnies, the CBI marks the first postseason tournament appearance since an NIT selection in 2001-02.

---Rodney McKissic

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Live: Buffalo State at NCAA Division III Sweet 16

ROCHESTER -- It's the first time in 15 years for Buffalo State in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament and the Bengals are set to tip off against St. Mary's College at 5:30 p.m. on the campus of host University of Rochester.

The Benglas are 23-6 overall and on a 13-game winning streak advancing thanks to winning the SUNYAC championship with four of the five starters averaging double figures, led by Jake Simmons (19.6 ppg).

St. Mary's, from St. Mary's City, Md., is 24-5 and won the Capital Athletic Conference. This is the third straight trip to the Sweet 16 for the Seahawks, matching the farthest they've advanced in NCAA play.

Check back for updates throughout the game.

Final: St. Mary's wins, 85-74. Buffalo State ends its season, 23-7.

Second half: 

16:37 left: St. Mary's leads, 45-40. Lots of fouls and stoppages to start the half. Buffalo State has tried to run to cut into the lead.

14:41 left: Momentum seems to be going St. Mary's way. The Seahawks took a 50-40 lead though a nice jumper from Justin Mitchell cut the lead and Glenroy Carr will be at the free throw line out of a Buffalo State time out. St. Mary's leads, 50-42.

12:10 left: St. Mary's now has a commanding 61-46 lead.

10:52 left: And we're back to single digits. Buffalo State comes out of a timeout on fire. St. Mary's lead cut to 63-55.

6:25 left: Buffalo State makes a run, trails, 69-64.

5:56 left: Make that 69-66, St. Mary's after a bucket by Nico Mclean.

2:28 left: Buffalo State failed to capitalize on some opportunities are now playing the foul game. St. Mary's up, 77-68.

Halftime: St. Mary's leads, 40-32. The Seahawks went on a 9-0 run to close out the half and take the lead at the break. Buffalo State is effective when it can run and press, but it can't do either without getting stops or rebounds and scoring.

The Bengals shot just 38.2 percent in the first half (13 of 34) with Justin Mitchell notching 13 points and eight rebounds. St. Mary's shot 51.7 percent with 14 points for Christian MacAuley. The first half featured 11 lead changes and five ties.

First half

17:30 left: Buffalo State calls time out as St. Mary's takes a 7-4 lead. The Bengals had back-to-back turnovers and Glenroy Carr was called for a charge -- his second foul of the game already.

15:04 left: St. Mary's goes on a 10-0 run to take a 13-4 lead. a jumper from Norman Simmons ends the run as Buff State trails, 13-6.

12:00 left: St. Mary's leads, 18-14. The Benglas are having trouble with 6-8 freshman forward Christian MacAuley who has 10 points, including several off offensive rebounds. But better full-court defense and two three-pointers from Jake Simmons has brought Buffalo State back within four.

9:33 left: A pair of free throws from Anthony Hamer ties the game for Buffalo State, 18-18.

5:43 left: The Bengals have started running. Taking off after a missed shot, Justin Mitchell put in a rebound with a thunderous dunk on the fast break for a 27-23 lead. The Bengals full-court defense is starting to wear on St. Mary's.

--- Amy Moritz

Flying solo

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---Javon McCrea, pictured above, played big in Cleveland but his teammates didn't and UB was ousted from the MAC Tournament by Kent State.

---Arkansas coach John Pelphrey is under fire for possible NCAA violations.

---Maybe they should replay the Rutgers-St. John's game.

---St. John's believes his squad has a good shot at making the Final Four.

---A 16-year from New Jersey owns a successful college basketball recruiting website.

---Keno Davis will not return to Providence next year and George Mason's Jim Larranaga is considered to be a top candidate for the job.

---Pepperdine coach Tom Asbury is retiring and associate head Marty Wilson takes over.

---Rodney McKissic

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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