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---Marc Spears writes that several high-ranking NBA team executives said they wouldn’t be surprised if the age limit in the new CBA is pushed to two years in college and 20 years old by the end of that calendar year. One NBA general manager says about two-thirds of teams are in favor of that change. The current CBA states that an American must be out of high school for at least one year and be 19 years old by the end of that calendar year before entering the draft.

---Rodney McKissic

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A thing of beauty for UConn

 

---Jerry Sullivan writes that while UConn isn't a great team, it's a worthy champion.

---Butler's Matt Howard enjoyed quite a career.

---Butler could not buy a bucket last night and shot a record low 18 percent.

---Kemba Walker will be able to graduate after just three years at UConn. But that might not mean he's leaving for the NBA. Walker's halftime speech lifted the Huskies to the top.

---Will Jim Calhoun go out on top, or return to UConn and face his suspension?

---Nate Miles has apparently changed his mind about speaking to the NCAA.

---Here's 16 years worth of "One Shining Moments."

---Here's a preseason Top 25 list for 2011-12.

---Fairfield has hired Princeton's Sydney Johnson as its new coach, while Towson hired Pitt assistant Pat Skerry.

---Wichita State's Gregg Marshall has become one of the many coaches to turn down the North Carolina State job opening, including Cincinnati's Mic Cronin, who recieved an extension from the Bearcats to remain their head coach until the end of the 2016-17.

---Ohio State assistant coach Jeff Boals is the leading candidate for the Fresno State opening.

---Lon Kruger, the new coach at Oklahoma, does not believe his program needs to rebuild, and who will UNLV hire to replace him?

---North Carolina's Harrison Barnes and John Henson will decide on their futures in the next week or so.

---With a potential NBA lockout, many prospects are uncertain about their futures.

---Steve Kerr wants to see some changes with the First Four.

---Rodney McKissic

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Marquette-Syracuse game analysis

Game analysis: Marquette finished 11th in the Big East and some argued – rather loudly – that the Golden Eagles didn’t belong in the field of 68. Yeah, right. Hello Sweet 16. Marquette pounced on a critical Syracuse turnover and made enough plays down the stretch to advance to Newark for the Sweet 16 after a 66-62 victory over the Orange in a third-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament.

How Syracuse lost: The turnovers, all 18 of ’em, were damaging as Marquette scored 23 points off Orange miscues. Marquette took away Rick Jackson’s offense in the low post and Buzz Williams move to put 6-7 Jimmy Butler on point guard Scoop Jardine, making Jardine’s passing angles more difficult, is one of the reasons why Williams is so respected by his peers.  

Turning point: The Orange’s final turnover of the season came with 51 seconds left on a backcourt violation when freshman Dion Waiters threw a bad pass toward Scoop Jardine who stepped on the halfcourt line. The game was tied at 59 which was quickly broken on a three-pointer by Darius Johnson-Odom. Marquette never trailed again.

Player of the game: Johnson-Odom scored 17 points to lift the Golden Eagles to the round of 16 for the first time since 2003.

Stat of the game: Syracuse was 1-for-8 from long range in the second half.

Stat of the other game: Ohio State outscored George Mason 50-15 to end the first half in what turned out to be a 98-66 Buckeyes laugher. The way they played on Sunday, no one in Newark will be able to keep up with the Buckeyes.

He said it: “We weren’t sure what Sweet 16 meant other than it was our 16th birthday.’’ Marquette coach Buzz Williams whose team joins Ohio State, Kentucky and North Carolina in the East Regional.

What it means: Syracuse finishes its season at 27-8. They only lose Rick Jackson from the starting lineup although there have been rumblings that Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine could put their names in the NBA Draft pool. Yo Scoop, the water is too cold my man.

Up next: If everyone returns and factor in the expected improvement of freshmen Waiters, C.J. Fair and Fab Melo, the Orange will challenge for the Big East crown in 2011-12.

---Rodney McKissic

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Syracuse has time to kill

9394650-large ---Syracuse players do not figure to take the floor at the Quicken Loans Arena for its game against Indiana State until approximately 10 p.m. Jim Boeheim, pictured right, calls freshman Fab Melo the team's X factor but Melo and the other newcomers really aren't freshmen anymore.

---St. John's came looking for more than its its first NCAA Tournament victory in 11 years. It will have to settle for simply making it this far.

---Mike DeCourcy previews some of the possible upsets.

---San Diego State's Steve Fisher finds his way back.

---Will Tennessee's off-court distractions affect its on court performance?

---Did BYU's Noah Hartsock predict Justin Harper's game-winning shot for Richmond?

---Jay Bilas offers up his opinion on how to change the NCAA selection process.

---The NCAA reinstatement committee upheld it's decision to suspend Baylor's Perry Jones.

---Fresno State's Greg Smith has declared for the NBA draft.

---Georgetown's Chris Wright practiced without the protection of his cast.

---Is the NBA's age restriction hurting the NCAA tournament?

---Rodney McKissic

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Located: Baby Jordan

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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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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

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Mother knows best

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---Thanks to his mother's guidance, Javon McCrea, pictured above, has been a hit for UB, who come into tonight's Senior Night game against Miami (Ohio) losers of its last four league contests.

---BYU forward Brandon Davies has been dismissed from the program following a violation of the school's honor code. How will this affect the Cougars' post season hopes?

---Unlike last year, Kentukcy's John Calipari won't be recommending that his freshman enter the NBA draft.

---Former Binghamton star D.J. Rivera plead guilty to felony charges of fourth degree possession of stolen property.

---Here's an interesting story on why recruiting at Ivy League schools is so difficult.

---Rodney McKissic

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The Mulkey Way

---What happened to Byron Mulkey last Saturday against Ball State was bound to occur at some point. The good ones, however, figure out how to rebound quickly.

---When the Syracuse and Georgetown meet tonight, it will be a little like a match between Mark Twain and Lazarus.

---Just when it looked like the Duke-North Carolina game wouldn't have luster, the Tar Heels went on a tear and the Blue Devils floated back to Earth.

---Chad Ford dishes out all the NBA draft analysis.

---More trouble may be looming for Kansas State. Apparently the school is investigating a potential drug & alcohol violation on the senior forward.

---Is it possible that Cincinnati head coach Mic Cronin is on the hot-seat?

---In college football, after its best season in years Stanford pursues top recruits with elite grades.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Large donation for Bowling Green

---Bowling Green will announce a record donation for its men's basketball program tonight that a source told The Buffalo News will be more than $8 million.

---Kent State is fueld by the return of Carlton Guyton.

---Should San Diego State be a No. 1 seed?

---The Big East can get 11 teams into the NCAA tournament.

---Rick Bozich believes we should just give Kemba Walker the John Wooden Award right now.

---Chad Ford gives an update on the stock market of potential NBA draft picks.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Staying in school can pay off

---Some players, like like UConn star Kemba Walker, blossom later than others.

---The surreal senior season for Seton Hall star Jeremy Hazell took another bizarre turn.

---What will Mississippi State do with Renardo Sidney?

---Who's hot (UB) and who's not (Ohio) in the MAC?

---Who are the worst teams from the power conferences?

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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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.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


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 | amoritz@buffnews.com

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