The four schools will be joined by Bowling Green, Georgia Southern, Oral
Roberts and Presbyterian in the tournament that is played over two weeks in
Saint Louis, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Old Dominion, placed in the Riviera
Division, will each host one of the other four schools that comprise the Mayan
Division before all eight travel to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for a series of
The Riviera Division schools will face each other from Nov. 26-27 for the
Shaka Smart of Virginia Commonwealth and Brad Stevens of Butler both elected to
remain at their current posts despite being shown a healthy amount of interest
from schools with much deeper pockets. After it became clear the top two
coaches from the mid-major ranks were not interested, the athletic directors in
the midst of coaching searches were forced to get a little creative and, in
most cases, take a big chance.
The Big Ten has become one of the leading conferences in college basketball and
sent seven of its 12 members to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. A pair of continue
Black, who graduated from Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in organizational
leadership, will have one year of eligibility to play at Kansas.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward started five of 32 games played for Memphis
last season and averaged 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. His 58.9 field goal
percentage was second-best on the team. He had 20 blocked shots and 22 steals
on a team that went 31-5 overall last season, including 16-0 in Conference USA
“Tarik has played in a ton of big games and certainly continue
The former Florida International guard, Smith, signed his tender to transfer
and play with the Golden Gophers on Monday.
“It was a pleasure to coach Malik last season at FIU and I am excited that he
has decided to join the Golden Gopher program,” Minnesota head coach Richard
Pitino said. “His knowledge of our program on and off the court will be
invaluable as we start to integrate our system here at Minnesota.”
The junior, who averaged 14.1 points per game last year, will be continue
Granted, this didn’t take place in recent days, it was a deal struck at the
end of March, but Alford is back in the news even before leading the Bruins
onto the floor to tip off the 2013-14 campaign in Los Angeles.
Over the weekend, Alford’s former employer in Albuquerque announced that it
had come to an agreement in principle about the coach’s buyout and even though
the amount is in the six-figure range, in some minds it is not nearly enough
to counter the manner in which Alford handled his transition from UNM to UCLA.
Initially, New Mexico continue