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Big East is in the money

---The Big East made more money from this past season's March Madness than any other conference in the country. In fact, theleague made nearly $6 million more than the Big XII, which made the second-most this March.

---Here's a list of the five best programs without a first round draft pick since 2000.

---Temple hasn't had a player selected in the NBA Draft since Mardy Collins in 2006, but Lavoy Allen is hoping to hear his name called.

---Rodney McKissic

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2011 NBA Mock Draft

Irving
1. Cleveland – Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke
2. Minnesota – Derrick Williams, F, Arizona
3. Utah – Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky
4. Cleveland – Enes Kanter, C, Kentucky
5. Toronto – Kemba Walker, PG, UConn
6. Washington – Jan Vesely, SF, KK Partizan Belgrade
7. Sacramento – Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU
8. Detroit – Jonas Valanciunas, C, Lietuvos Rytas
9. Charlotte – Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State
10. Milwaukee – Marcus Morris, SF, Kansas
11. Golden State – Klay Thompson, SF, Washington State
12. Utah – Chris Singleton, SF, Florida State
13. Phoenix – Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas
14. Houston – Bismack Biyombo, PF, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
15. Indiana – Alec Burks, SG, Colorado
16. Philadelphia – Nikola Vucevic, C, USC
17. New York – Markieff Morris, PF, Kansas
18. Washington – Donatas Motiejunas, C, Benetton Treviso
19. Charlotte – Marshon Brooks, SG, Providence
20. Memphis – Jordan Hamilton, SF, Texas
21. Portland – Kenneth Faried, PF, Morehead State
22. Denver – Tobias Harris, F, Tennessee
23. Houston – Darius Morris, PG, Michigan
24. Oklahoma City – Reggie Jackson, G, Boston College
25. Boston – Trey Thompkins, PF, Georgia
26. Dallas – Justin Harper, PF, Richmond
27. New Jersey – Davis Bertans, SF, Lavia
28. Chicago – Chandler Parson, SF, Florida
29. San Antonio – Nikola Mirotic, PF, Real Madrid
30. Chicago – Iman Shumpert, G, Georgia Tech

---Rodney McKissic

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Rocket love

---How unpredictable will the MAC be this season? According to some of those who cover the league, the race is as wide open as it’s ever been. In the East Division, Ohio, Temple and Miami all received first-place votes while Toledo, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan received top votes in the West. Toledo was picked to win it all:

East
1. Ohio
2. Temple
3. Miami (Ohio)
4. Kent State
5. Bowling Green
6. UB
7. Akron

West
1. Toledo
2. Western Michigan
3. Northern Illinois
4. Central Michigan
5. Ball State
6. Eastern Michigan

MAC Championship Game winner: Toledo

---Rodney McKissic

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McCrea among finalists for U.S. U-19 squad

---UB sophomore Javon McCrea is one of 13 players named as finalists for the 2011 USA Men’s U19 World Championship Team. The selections, which were made by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee, came after three-days, four training sessions, during the U19 Team training camp that got underway Friday. The USA squad will look to defend the gold medal won in 2009 at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship that runs June 30-July 10 in Latvia.

Training camp for the selected finalists continues today through Thursday with the official 12-member USA U19 roster being announced prior to the team’s departure for Europe on Friday.

---Rodney McKissic

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Crowley agrees to a contract extension

---St. Bonaventure and women’s basketball coach Jim Crowley have agreed to a contract extension, according to sources.

Crowley led the Bonnies to berths in the Women’s NIT each of the last three seasons. Last year, St. Bonaventure finished 21-12 and defeated Lehigh in the first round, 77-43, before losing to Syracuse in the second, 63-50.

The Bonnies are 67-33 the last three seasons under Crowley, who has been the program’s coach since 2000.

---Rodney McKissic

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Source: Bonnies to play N.C. State in Rochester

---St. Bonaventure will host a game at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial in Rochester for the third consecutive season, this time against North Carolina State, The Buffalo News has learned. The game is scheduled for Dec. 20.

The game will be St. Bonaventure's seventh appearance at Blue Cross Arena since 2000. Last year, the Bonnies erased an 18-point lead against Virginia Tech but lost in OT, 76-68. In 2009 against St. John's the Bonnies trailed by seven points in the final three minutes but fell in the final seconds, 69-68.

St. Bonaventure is 1-5 at Blue Cross Arena. Virginia Tech is the sixth different team to visit Blue Cross Arena to take on the Bonnies. Prior to the last two meetings with the Hokies and Red Storm, the Bonnies hosted West Virginia (2005), Syracuse (2003), Charlotte (2002) and Saint Louis (2000).

---Rodney McKissic

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He's a Tiger

---St. Joe's Chad Kelly announced he's headed to Clemson but he had some nice things to say about UB, who recruited him heavily.

---Meanwhile, UB coach Jeff Quinn is spreading the word about the Bulls while defensive coordinator William Inge is one of seven Division I assistant football coaches and athletic directors taking part in the NCAA's 2011 Champion Forum this weekend in Orlando.

---Rodney McKissic

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Kelly: 'UB is awesome'

---UB was considered a longshot to land St. Joe's Chad Kelly, who gave a verbal commitment to Clemson this afternoon, but the quarterback had some positive things to say about Bulls coach Jeff Quinn and recruiting coordinator Ernest Jones whom Kelly called, "excellent."

“UB is awesome … they were definitely near the top,’’ Kelly said. "They’re going to be good. I tell you what, they’re on the right path and I truly believe it. I just didn’t think it was going to be the right fit but Clemson is the right one.’’

---Rodney McKissic

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Does UB have a chance at Kelly?

---Syracuse, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan State and Purdue are all recruiting St, Joe's quarterback Chad Kelly, so it would be shocking if he selects hometown UB, right?

While it would be a major upset if the Bulls land Kelly, a source said UB has a chance and is one of the seven schools he's considering. Kelly will announce his college pick at a press conference Thursday at 3 p.m.

“UB offers a unique scenario for Chad because it’s close to home and he’s really close with his family,’’ a source said. “”They run a wide open offense so UB poses some aspects to really think about.’’

---Rodney McKissic

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UB announces football kickoff times

UB logo ---UB has announced kickoff times for the majority of its games this fall as well as television plans to date. Seven of the Bulls 12 games will be televised, including all six home games.

The Bulls home opener against Stony Brook on Sept. 10 will be televised on Time-Warner Cable Sportsnet (TWCS) at 6 pm. The game against UConn at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24, will be aired on ESPN Regional and SportsChannel NY.

UB hosts Ohio on at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, on TWCS and Northern Illinois at noon on Oct. 22 for the MAC Game of the Week on ESPN Regional. The Bulls also host Akron at noon on Nov. 19 on TWCS.

The only games that remain TBA are at Pitt (Sept. 3), at Tennessee (Oct. 1) and the regular season finale at home against Bowling Green (Nov. 25).

---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.

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