Former Illini coaches speak at McClain’s funeral

McClain’s family, Bruce Weber say former Illini assistant kept quiet about lung cancer



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Ranking the 10 Best ‘Small Ball’ Lineups in NCAA Basketball for 2014-15

With Kentucky having seemingly every talented big man in the country, VCU, Wichita State and Michigan State headline what figures to be a long list of college basketball teams employing small-ball lineups during the 2014-15 season.

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the ability of the dog to make ample three-pointers and limit turnovers well enough to make up for an inevitably negative rebounding margin on a nightly basis.

In ranking these top 10 small-ball lineups, we put together our best guess at their projected starting lineups and then subjectively graded them in both the “best” and “small” categories.

As you’ll see, it was a delicate balance.

Indiana ended up just two spots behind Michigan, even though we fully expect the Hoosiers to finish at least five places behind the Wolverines in the Big Ten standings. But because Indiana is so ridiculously small this year and because Michigan figures to start four guys who are 6’6″ or taller, they ended up in close proximity to one another.

Any team projected to start two players 6’8″ or taller was immediately removed from consideration. Beyond that, the smaller they are and the better they are, the higher they ranked on the list.


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Virginia Basketball Recruiting: Make-or-Break Players for 2015 Class

The 2016 season is shaping to be a banner year for the Virginia Cavaliers on the recruiting trail. Just this week, the Hoos landed a big commitment when Kyle Guy, a 6’2″ sharpshooting point guard from Indiana, per ESPN, pledged to Virginia. 

Guy, a 4-star recruit, per 247Sports (subscription required), joins fellow 4-star Ty Jerome in the class of 2016.

But what about 2015?

This year’s squad has just one scholarship senior, Darion Atkins, and he will likely come off the bench. So there aren’t many openings for newcomers in 2015.

The Cavaliers currently have one commitment: Jarred Reuter, a 6’8″, 235-pound power forward from New Hampshire. 

Virginia will be loaded with perimeter players the next season. Malcolm Brogdon, London Perrantes, Justin Anderson, B.J. Stith, Devon Hall and Marial Shayok all have at least two years of eligibility remaining. So adding perimeter players in this recruiting class is not a high priority.

Center Mike Tobey is a junior, and his backup, freshman Jack Salt, is a freshman. The Hoos would prefer to add another big man to the 2015 class. 

Here are three players who could make or break Virginia’s 2015 recruiting class.

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Wyoming senior Larry Nance Jr. cleared to play

Wyoming senior Larry Nance Jr. cleared to play in upcoming season



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Fresno State’s Cezar Guerrero Makes 5 Straight Half-Court Shots

It looks like the Fresno State Bulldogs have found their guy whenever they need to make a half-court shot.

During Tuesday’s annual Red and White Hoops Night for the Bulldogs, Fresno State guard Cezar Guerrero made five consecutive half-court shots during a competition.

It’s hard enough to make one half-court shot, but making five in a row means that Guerrero has to be doing something right.

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North Carolina probe: Advisers steered athletes to bogus classes

Investigation reveals the scope of the academic fraud: 3,100 students involved.



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College basketball countdown: No. 14 Michigan State

USA TODAY Sports breaks down the projected NCAA tournament field of 68.



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Caris LeVert aims to be next Michigan guard to step up

LeVert looks to continue at the level set by Trey Burke and Nik Stauskas.



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Probe reveals scope of academic fraud at UNC (Yahoo Sports)

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — More than 3,100 students – nearly half of them athletes – enrolled in classes they didn’t have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a ”shadow curriculum” that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina.

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The Most Intriguing Player on Each CBB Team in the 2014 Preseason Coaches Poll

The only things more intriguing than college basketball’s 2014-15 preseason coaches poll are the most intriguing players on those 25 teams.

We’re not necessarily talking about the best players, but rather the ones upon which a team’s entire season might hinge.

Take Louisville, for example. Montrezl Harrell is clearly the best player for the Cardinals. They’ll rely on him more heavily than anyone. But he’s just plain and simple a monster in the post. The most intriguing thing about him might be his utter inability to make a free throw.

When it comes to the intrigue factor at Louisville, Wayne Blackshear takes the cake.

Read on for our explanation of that selection, as well as our pick for the most intriguing player on each of the other 24 teams in the first coaches poll of the season.


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