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Wednesday, 10/31/07

IUPUI Picked As Summit League Favorite

The Summit League kicked off the 2007-08 season Wednesday with its annual Media Day, and IUPUI is projected to win the conference with Preseason Player of the Year George Hill returning after earning First Team All-Mid Continent accolades as a sophomore last season.

Here's how the voting broke down:

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Tuesday, 10/30/07

Practice Report: UConn Huskies

STORRS, Conn. -- In what I'm hoping will be a recurring Hang Time feature, it's an honor to bring you the first installment of our 2007-08 "Practice Reports."

Because of the relative proximity to my Massachusetts home and because Jim Calhoun never disappoints with providing good storylines (and stories), we started off with a Tuesday afternoon visit to the 14th preseason basketball practice of the UConn Huskies. It ran from 1:30 until 4:30 on the floor of Gampel Pavilion on the school's leafy, classic Fall-in-New-England campus.

After the JUMP we start off with an overview of what we took out of the 75 minutes of the session we were able to witness, and finish off with some random notes, quotes from players Jeff Adrien and A.J. Price, and of course, some of the classic Calhoun himself.

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Tuesday, 10/30/07

MVC Coaches, Part Deux

ST. LOUIS -- The Valley saved its more gregarious coaches for the afternoon session. On the big stage were Southern Illinois' Chris Lowery, Barry Hinson of Missouri St, and three newcomers, Marty Simmons of Evansville, Wichita State's Gregg Marshall, and Tim Jankovich of Illinois St. This group was a lot more loose...

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Tuesday, 10/30/07

Big CSTV Fan

ST. LOUIS -- This just in from the Department of Shameless Self-Interest: While I was waiting for the second session with the men's coaches to start, I went over to introduce myself to Tricia Cullop, the head women's coach at Evansville and a fellow Boilermaker.

She saw my CSTV shirt and starting gushing about the coverage CSTV gives women's basketball. She said it's the first place she goes every day and is the only consistent and reliable source for news in her sport.

Someone alert the promotions folks.

We now return you to the men's basketball coverage, already in progress.

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Posted by Jerry Palm at 03:24 PM | Comment

Tuesday, 10/30/07

The Elgin Report

ST. LOUIS -- Doug Elgin got the festivities started by briefly giving us the state of the Valley. Needless to say, things have rarely been better.

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Tuesday, 10/30/07

Falker Kickin' Back

ST. LOUIS -- While some of the women's coaches were on the dais, I caught up with preseason MVP Randal Falker.

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Tuesday, 10/30/07

Alarm Hasn't Gone Off Yet

ST. LOUIS -- It seems like the alarm hasn't gone off yet. We're through the first half of the coaches' pressers and what you get is a lot of coach-speak...

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Posted by Jerry Palm at 11:59 AM | Comment

Tuesday, 10/30/07

MVC Media Day Kicks Off

ST. LOUIS -- The throng is starting to gather for the media day event here for the Missouri Valley Conference, the league that all the other non-majors want to be when they grow up.

This year will feature a lot of new faces...

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Posted by Jerry Palm at 10:05 AM | Comment

Sunday, 10/28/07

Accept The Target

CHICAGO -- Michigan State guard Travis Walton was a freshman the last time the Spartans were picked by the media to win the Big Ten in the preseason.

He can still remember that like it was yesterday.

Michigan State didn't win the Big Ten regular season or Tournament titles and it still reverberates inside Walton's head. But if everything happens for a reason, then that was a lesson well learned for the Tom Izzo, Walton and the Spartans.

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Sunday, 10/28/07

Keady Not So Foul

CHICAGO -- A few days ago from Birmingham, Ala., I wrote about Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings' qualms for the new NCAA-wide rule that bans cursing on the sidelines.

In that blog, I quoted Stallings as saying it is hard for him to curb his potty mouth when he learned the game from longtime Purdue coach Gene Keady. Keady apparently taught Stallings much of what he knows, including his penchant for a good swear every now and then.

So, of course, I wondered what Keady thought about one of his former protege's using his mentor as an example of why it will be hard NOT to curse.

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Sunday, 10/28/07

She's How Tall?

CHICAGO -- The players representing the Big Ten certainly have a lot of height.

With big men like Illinois' 6-foot-10 Shaun Pruitt and Iowa's seven-footer Seth Gorney, the Big Ten interview room certainly had its fair share of tall people.

Can you guess which player falls right behind Gorney, Wisconsin's Brian Butch, Pruitt and Iowa's 6-foot-10 Kurt Looby as the 5th tallest player in the room?

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Posted by Jeff Lippman at 11:25 AM | Comment

Sunday, 10/28/07

Coaches Get Nervous, Too

CHICAGO -- Don't think coaches get nervous while public speaking? Think again.

While Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson was being bombarded with interviewers asking question after question about the upcoming season, the second-year coach fielded each with patience and a steady tongue.

Too bad the same couldn't be said for his hands.

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Posted by Jeff Lippman at 11:14 AM | Comment

Sunday, 10/28/07

From The Room...

CHICAGO -- Not the one I'm staying in, but we're blogging live from the Big Ten Media Day interview room.

Right now I'm sitting at the table of Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan -- Ryan is nowhere to be found -- and just checking out the action.

And there is certainly a lot of action going on.

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Posted by Jeff Lippman at 11:06 AM | Comment

Sunday, 10/28/07

Not In Kentucky Anymore

CHICAGO -- One interesting thing of note was who didn't get swamped by media vultures for what is perhaps the first time in almost 10 years.

New Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith was left largely alone by the media, something I assume he never was fortunate enough to experience when he coached at basketball-crazy Kentucky.

You'd have to assume that coach Smith would want a little more buzz being created about his Golden Gophers this year, but maybe he is enjoying being left slightly out of the spotlight for once.

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Posted by Jeff Lippman at 11:00 AM | Comment

Sunday, 10/28/07

What Had Happened Was...

CHICAGO -- While the schedule said teams would be showcased in an orderly, one-at-a-time fashion for 10 minute intervals, the reality of Big Ten Media Day has been vastly different.

Chaos is the best word to describe what is taking place at this moment in the media interview room.

With players and coaches going in and out for TV spots and other reasons, and with all teams and coaches -- men and women -- all appearing in the interview room at the exact same time, it truly is a chaotic scene here at the Marriott O'Hare Chicago.

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Posted by Jeff Lippman at 10:48 AM | Comment

Sunday, 10/28/07

Not So Big Ten

CHICAGO -- We're live here from the Marriott O'Hare in beautiful -- and not as windy as you'd think -- Chicago.

It's Big Ten Media Day and it certainly isn't the show the SEC was.

Instead of the 45 minutes the SEC allotted to speak with players and coaches, the Big Ten parades its players and coaches out one at a time -- team by team -- for 10 minutes a pop.

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Posted by Jeff Lippman at 09:43 AM | Comment

Friday, 10/26/07

Georgia Loses Brown For Good

You sure would be hard-pressed to find a smile on Georgia coach Dennis Felton's face right now.

Not after having to dismiss Takais Brown from the Bulldogs Friday for violating a team policy.

The senior, who averaged 14.2 points per game last season, had already been suspended for the first nine games of the 2007-08 season for disregarding the school's new attendance policy, but now the forward from Flint, Mich., officially won't spend any time in a Georgia uniform this year.

Brown, however, will still be able to finish his degree at Georgia if he chooses to do so.

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Friday, 10/26/07

USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Released

Ladies and Gentlemen, your first official preseason poll for the 2007-08 season has been released, and thankfully, I'm not alone in picking North Carolina to top my own Preseason Top 25 that came out a couple weeks ago.

It's interesting to note that while the Tar Heels stand as the No. 1 team with the season less than two weeks away, UCLA collected the most first-place votes despite finishing second in the overall voting.

Here's how this year's first USA Today/ESPN Top 25 panned out with the first-place votes indicated in parentheses:

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Thursday, 10/25/07

Wooden, Naismith Award Candidates Announced

The Top 50 preseason candidates for this year's John R. Wooden Award were announced yesterday and two returning Wooden All-Americans headline the list.

North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough and Kansas guard Brandon Rush stand at the top of the list, as five schools had two players selected.

2006-07 Final Four participant UCLA was one of the teams, represented by point guard Darren Collison and wing Josh Shipp, and Washington State's Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were also recognized by The Los Angeles Athletic Club's Wooden Award Committee.

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Thursday, 10/25/07

Checking In Around The Rest Of The A-10

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The Atlantic-10 is filled with talented players. But some of these players don't get the recognition on a national level.

Let's start with George Washington senior guard Maureece Rice, who led the Colonials in scoring (16.2 ppg) last season.

"Maureece is so quick and has a knack for being in the right place at the right time," George Washington coach Karl Hobbs said. "He's gotten better every year. I think the same thing will happen this year."

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Thursday, 10/25/07

The Miracle Worker

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- It took three years and three Big 12 Coach of the Year awards for Billy Gillispie to earn the moniker of "Miracle Worker" for the dramatic improvements he made to former team Texas A&M in such a short amount of time.

So when the job at Kentucky became available and coach Gillispie took it, the folks in Lexington had a lot to be excited about.

And for Gillispie, what an opportunity this was. Instead of going to program like A&M, where they suffered through an incredibly long losing streak prior to Gillispie taking over, now he's at the winningest basketball program in the history of the NCAA.

This should be a piece of cake for the Miracle Worker, no?

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Thursday, 10/25/07

South Carolina On Their Mind

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom didn't have a very deep team last year, and after losing three starters from that team, you'd think this year would be much of the same. But seven newcomers make things better, especially when three of those newcomers have played Division I basketball before.

Branden Conrad averaged 18 points and five assists in his last season at the Naval Academy, Zam Fredrick averaged 10.6 points at Georgia Tech and transfer of the year Devan Downey poured in 12.3 points and 4.1 dimes at Cincinnati.

Three D-I transfers who all scored in double figures at their respective former schools is not something you see a program find very often. But all these players had good reasons for coming to Columbia...for two of them, it was like coming home.

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Thursday, 10/25/07

Atlantic 10 Appears To Be Wide Open

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Preseason polls are often deceiving.

This could hold especially true in the Atlantic-10 in 2007-08. That's one topic the participants discussed at length during Media Day.

"This is such a tough league," Xavier coach Sean Miller said. "Every game is a battle. The teams are so evenly matched."

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Thursday, 10/25/07

Xavier Is In The House

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Xavier has arrived.

It's been a tough travel day for the Musketeers, picked to finish first in the Atlantic-10.

"I'm definitely a little tired," said Xavier's Drew Lavender. "Long day. It's OK."

Xavier will be more than OK this season. It very well could win the league title once again with a strong team from top to bottom.

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Thursday, 10/25/07

Majerus Brings Energy, Enthusiasm To Saint Louis

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- He just couldn't stay away anymore.

The passion to coach never fully left and it gnawed at him to the point that he had to get back into it.

For Rick Majerus, coaching is more than just a job.

"I feel good," said Majerus, entering his first season with Saint Louis. "My health is good and it was important to me to be near my Mom."

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Thursday, 10/25/07

Weather, Airport Delays Still An Issue

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The rain and Philadelphia International Airport have caused a delay in Xavier's arrival to Boardwalk Hall for Atlantic-10 Media Day.

As of 11:49 p.m. ET, the Musketeers still hadn't walked through the doors. It's understandable considering the distance between the airport and Atlantic City.

But...

"That Philly airport is unbelievable," quipped Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus. "The security lines...oh my goodness. It takes forever to get through there."

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Posted by Andy Jasner at 11:47 AM | Comment

Thursday, 10/25/07

Saint Joseph's In The Thick Of The Race

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli is one of the most affable coaches in the country.

He's sincere. He's candid. He's simply honest.

When talking about his team's performance last season (18-14, no postseason), he was blunt.

"We weren't tough enough," Martelli said.

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Thursday, 10/25/07

Coach Speak

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The topic that seemed to interest Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings the most at this SEC Media Days was the fact that swearing on the sidelines would no longer be tolerated by SEC officials, according to the statement made by supervisor of officials Boudreaux.

Stallings, apparently one who enjoys a good swear on the sidelines, said he understands the basis behind the new rulings, but says it will be difficult to change his ways, that's just how he talks.

Well, I'll let him tell you, he said it best.

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Thursday, 10/25/07

Getting To Know Mykal

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Well, first of all, senior forward Mykal Riley must have been nervous being the lone representative player for Alabama at SEC Media Day.

When asked who will step up for the red shirted senior point guard Ronald Steele, Riley meant to say Mikhail Torrance, but the similarity in their first names caused him to say his own name instead.

"But this year we have three point guards in Mykal Riley..." said the 6-foot-6 Mykal Riley. "Mikhail Torrance," he corrected.

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Thursday, 10/25/07

Atlantic-10 Media Day Begins -- Sort Of

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Atlantic-10 Commissioner Linda Bruno just addressed the assembled media at Boardwalk Hall for Atlantic-10 Media Day.

Bruno welcomed the new coaches and talked about the exciting 2007-08 season about to begin.

Media Day will be delayed just a bit because of Mother Nature. Xavier and Dayton are slightly delayed and should be here soon. Others are on the way, too.

Hopefully, the rain will subside.

I'll be back shortly with more information.

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Posted by Andy Jasner at 11:06 AM | Comment

Thursday, 10/25/07

Paging Mr. Turner

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury has a new toy to play with for this year. Except unlike if the Bulldogs hung out at Cheers, nobody knows his name.

Phil Turner is a redshirt freshman, one of seven newcomers to the team this season, and he can flat out shoot. While most people are discussing Louisville transfer Brian Johnson - and with good reason - Stansbury is very excited about Turner.

"Phil Turner, he's the one that nobody is talking about, doesn't know much about," the 10-year coach said. "Wasn't recruited, I think he has a chance to be very good for us. He's one of our best shooters. We had a scrimmage the other day and he led it in scoring. He can really shoot the jump shot."

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Thursday, 10/25/07

Atlantic 10 Media Day To Begin at 11:00 a.m. ET

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Atlantic 10 Media Day will begin at 11:00 a.m. ET, and I'll be back soon after with updates on the league.

It should be interesting with a competitive 14-team league and refreshing personalities such as Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus and Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli.

I'll be back shortly with plenty of information. Stay tuned.

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Posted by Andy Jasner at 10:25 AM | Comment

Thursday, 10/25/07

Xavier Picked To Win Atlantic-10

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- I'm here live in Atlantic City, N.J., at Atlantic 10 Media Day, and for the second straight year, Xavier has been selected as the top team in the preseason poll conducted by the head coaches and media.

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Thursday, 10/25/07

SEC Day Two Begins

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Day Two of the SEC Media Days, the final day, begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Today will be broken into two sessions once again, with Alabama, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt going in the first grouping, followed by Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina.

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Posted by Jeff Lippman at 09:44 AM | Comment

Wednesday, 10/24/07

Bad Shot Lofton

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Tennessee senior guard Chris Lofton doesn't like preseason rankings.

The media selected his Volunteers to win the SEC this season but Lofton wants to hear none of that talk.

"The preseason rankings don't mean anything," he says. "It matters at the end of the season how you do."

Lofton begs, Who cares? "It's the preseason," he adds.

But with Florida and Kentucky down, this league is Lofton's and Tennessee's for the taking. You better get used to the predictions, Chris, that's what happens when you play for an elite program. That mean's Tennessee has arrrived.

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Posted by Jeff Lippman at 09:04 PM | Comment

Wednesday, 10/24/07

Hoyas, Cardinals Share Top Spot

NEW YORK -- The Big East has released its preseason coaches' poll for the 2007-08 season and Georgetown and Louisville -- to no one's surprise -- are sharing the role as conference favorite.

The Hoyas and Cardinals each received eight first-place votes, while the coaches were not allowed to vote for their respective teams.

Marquette followed in third in the balloting after earning trips to the NCAA Tournament in its first two seasons in the Big East, and Pittsburgh, despite losing First Team All-Big East center Aaron Gray, has been tabbed to finish for fourth.

Here's how the rest of the votes broke down:

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

Wright All Smiles For 'Nova

NEW YORK -- When Jay Wright talks about the upcoming 2007-08 and the potential that he sees at Villanova this season, a smile quickly lights up on his face.

Despite losing three critical contributors from last year in Curtis Sumpter, Mike Nardi and Will Sheridan, the former Hofstra coach likes what he has this season, and he made that known at Big East Media Day with a crowd of reporters standing in his presence.

That, in large part, might be due to the fact that he does have sophomore combo guard Scottie Reynolds returning to campus this fall after a sensational freshman year.

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey certainly agrees.

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

Looking Up At Auburn

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Last season the Auburn Tigers didn't field a single player taller than 6-foot-9, and no starter was over 6-foot-7. Historically, the Tigers just haven't been a big-man factory.

But the Tigers don't feel they need to be to be successful, of course, they did go out and sign 7-foot-1 freshman true center Boubacar Sylla, who at 275 pounds is 30 pounds heavier than any other player on the roster.

"It's not a problem for us because we are used to it," said junior guard Quantez Robertson. "And now that we've got a true center in Boubacar Sylla, 7-foot-1, he'll contribute a lot. He's got to get used to the running conditions and the plays, but once he gets all that down and gets used to running, then he'll be just like everybody else. He's going to be a good player."

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

More Than Luck For These Irish

NEW YORK -- After three straight trips to the NIT, Notre Dame found itself back in the NCAA Tournament with an 11-5 conference record and a fourth-place finish last season.

But after falling to Big South champ Winthrop -- the No. 11 seed out of the Midwest Regional -- in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Fighting Irish return in 2007-08 not nearly the same team as they were a year ago with forward Rusell Carter and guard Colin Falls taking charge in South Bend.

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, nevertheless, doesn't see that as too much of a concern for this year's squad.

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

Brady The Chemist

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- For LSU, two years removed from a magical Final Four run and one year removed from finishing 17-15 and missing the postseason altogether, getting back to winning is all about building team chemistry.

"You've got to have team chemistry to play basketball," said junior forward and leading returning scorer Tasmin Mitchell. "You've gotta understand your teammates, you've gotta believe in your teammates and you've gotta be one with your teammates."

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

Boeheim's Feeling Young Again

NEW YORK -- Another soft-spoken character, legendary Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, faced a good crowd of reporters all throughout the day's event and of course was asked mutliple times about last year's NCAA Tournament snub.

But what happened last year is done with and over, and all the Orangemen can do now is look forward to the 2007-08 with five new faces, including highly-regarded recruits Donte' Green, Jonny Flynn and Antonio "Scoop" Jardine.

"A lot of the guys on this year's team didn't experience what happened last year," junior guard Eric Devendorf said. "We got a lot of new faces, and it's a new season and a new start. I think that's what everyone's looking forward to."

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

Talking With Huggie Bear

NEW YORK -- Bob Huggins, welcome to the Big East.

The West Virginia head coach, who left Kansas State last April after guiding the Wildcats to 23 wins in his only year in Manhattan, Kan., has started to settle in at his alma mater in Morgantown, W. Va., and plenty of reporters were certainly interested in hearing about Huggins' thoughts on joining the Big East.

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

Dixon's Liking What He Sees

NEW YORK -- Not too many coaches have done what Jamie Dixon has done in his first four years at Pittsburgh.

The Panthers, in fact, are the only Big East team to have played in the NCAA Tournament the last six years and win more than 20 games overall and 10 in league play during each of those seasons.

Last season, Pittsburgh won 29 games, the second highest total in school history, while advancing to the Sweet 16 in San Jose, Calif.

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

Big West Media Day Update

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Instead of attending Big West Media Day in Irvine, I find myself back home on my couch in San Diego watching the fire updates on TV along with everyone else. I started to make the 75-mile trek north to Irvine this morning only to get cut off by an interstate closure along I-5, the primary corridor between San Diego and Los Angeles. The fires had come too close and made the northbound lanes impassable. I've never seen it closed in my five years of living here.

Since I won't have Big West news for you today, I can give you a bit of one resident's perspective of what's happening in San Diego and at Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego State Aztecs.

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

New Coach Turns Over Same Leaf

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Arkansas didn't have a lot of turnover last season. The Razorbacks bring back six seniors and will be by far the deepest team in the SEC next season.

But there was one bit of turnover to speak of. Coach Stan Heath was fired after failing to get out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.

The question for a team picked to win the SEC West division is whether or not new coach John Pelphrey will be able to pick up where Heath left off and take Arkansas even further.

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

Georgetown Laying Low

NEW YORK -- With all the distinct personalities sitting around this room, John Thompson III's certainly isn't one that sticks out among the rest.

The fourth-year Georgetown coach, rather, has a soft-spoken nature to him, talking in almost a whisper to reporters surrounding his booth. So much so, I found myself fighting for position among the herd of media before nestling my way up to the front of the table.

And even though the Hoyas are in most people's minds the favorites to win the Big East with center Roy Hibbert returning for his senior season, Thompson has his players disregarding much of the preseason hype surrounding them.

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

Billy's Back

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- And I don't mean back in Gainesville after deciding not to coach the Orlando Magic.

No, I'm referring to the fact that since his days as a player at Providence when he suffered two fractures in his back, Florida coach Billy Donovan has struggled with back issues.

And right now, it is as bad as it has ever been. So much so that it is affecting the way he coaches in practice. And with a team that returns just Walter Hodge who had any sort of consistent PT last year, now is not a good time for Donovan to be out with an injury.

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

Pitino Bashes Big East Scheduling

NEW YORK -- Over the last couple of weeks, Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been rather outspoken about the 18-game schedule that the Big East has switched to this season.

And the Louisville coach is certainly not in favor of it or happy about it.

"I'm not for it," he said when a young reporter posed the question to him, "for probably the 1,500th time."

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

Official Rules and The Commish

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- First up to the podium at the Tipoff 2008 Media Days was SEC commissioner Mike Slive.

Slive spoke about the league's 75th anniversary and mentioned the first SEC Men's Tournament way back in 1933 in Atlanta. All SEC teams will wear a 75th anniversary patch this season.

Slive also mentioned the turnover that the SEC is experiencing on both the men's and women's sides. Seven new coaches will grab the reins of their respective programs this year, the most since 1990 when a 10-team SEC witnessed eight coaching changes.

But most importantly, Slive talked about what a great time it is to be the commissioner of the SEC.

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

Getting Started At Big East Media Day

NEW YORK -- Big East Media Day has gotten underway here at the Theatre Lobby inside Madison Square Garden and the players and coaches of each team have been speaking for the last hour to the media.

Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese addressed the media to open up the event and touched upon a few points but specifically focused on the strength of the conference this year and the unfortunate NCAA Tournament snub that Syracuse endured last year even after winning 24 games overall and going 10-6 in the conference.

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Wednesday, 10/24/07

Big Birmingham Hello

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Greetings from SEC Media Day.

It's still early here -- one hour earlier than all you East Coasters -- and the rest of the media is getting settled, checking media guides or stuffing their faces.

For the first post of the day, I'd like to just set a schedule for those reading to follow, as I will be following this schedule throughout the day.

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Tuesday, 10/23/07

Wrapping Up From MSG

NEW YORK -- I have a few more notes to leave you with as we wrap things up from MAAC Media Day.

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Tuesday, 10/23/07

Thompson Learns From LeBron, Amare

NEW YORK -- Before the crowd of coaches and players dissipated from the building here at Madison Square Garden, I got a chance to talk with Rider senior Jason Thompson, who was named the MAAC's Preseason Player of the Year earlier this afternoon.

Thompson spent the summer working out at the LeBron James, Amare Stoudemaire and Pete Newell camps and returns for his final year in Lawrenceville, N.J. as a potential NBA Draft pick next June.

And in talking with the 6-foot-11 forward, it's seemed to have paid off.

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Tuesday, 10/23/07

MAAC Coaches Talk

NEW YORK -- The coaches each got a chance at the podium to answer for some questions about their teams, so here's what they're saying...

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Tuesday, 10/23/07

MAAC Media Day Off and Running

NEW YORK -- We're here at Madison Square Garden after sorting out a few issues with internet in the Theatre Lobby.

Things kicked off with the women's preseason poll and the conference's preseason player of the year candidates, and it looks like Marist, last year's Cinderella story after reaching the Sweet 16, is the favorite once again to top the MAAC.

The men's preseason poll and player of the year picks just got finished being announced, and despite losing two fifth-year seniors starters from last year, Siena seems to be the favorite to win the conference and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

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Sunday, 10/21/07

Feelin' Tar Heel Blue

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- We're wrapping up ACC Media Day here with the coaches and players leaving the Grandover Hotel -- quite a fine hotel I must say -- so I'll bid farewell with a few more notes about today's event.

North Carolina, which figures to be the No. 1 team in the nation when the preseason polls are released in a matter of days, was voted by the media as the preseason favorite to win the ACC. The Tar Heels earned 768 votes, including 65 first-place votes, while Duke followed with 653 votes.

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Sunday, 10/21/07

Hokies Looking Different

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- One of our friends at CSTV, Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg, has done wonders over the course of his five years in Blacksburg.

Last season, though, the Hokies took it to a new level with a competitive run through ACC play, and better yet, a win over Illinois in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

But with the graduation of Zabian Dowdell and Jamon Gordon, this isn't nearly the same Virginia Tech team that we saw a year ago.

"We're different," Greenberg admitted. "You can't lose players that we've lost and be the same. That doesn't mean we'll be bad, that doesn't mean we'll be good. It just means we'll be different."

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Sunday, 10/21/07

Bench Decorum Frenzy

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- With off-the-court news often dominating most of the headlines this offseason, you don't always get to talk strictly basketball at media days.

Here at the Grandover Resort, that notion seemed to hold true with the NCAA announcing earlier this month that bench decorum will be looked at much more closely as a point of emphasis during the 2007-08 season.

The rule, which was put in place in order to crack down on coaches frequently running outside of the coaching box, has been a big hit among the media, as each coach was forced to give their thoughts on the ruling on multiple occasions.

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Sunday, 10/21/07

Fear These Turtles?

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Losing six seniors in one summer can be a lot to overcome.

For Gary Williams, it's just part of the game.

The Maryland coach seemed to be rather relaxed and calm -- something you don't get to see too often from Williams, especially during a game -- while meeting with the print media this afternoon, and part of that can probably be attributed to the fact that he has two potential all-conference players in senior James Gist and sophomore Greivis Vasquez coming back to College Park.

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Sunday, 10/21/07

Blue-Blooded Devils

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- After suffering a shocking upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to VCU last season, there was a lot of talk following the 2006-07 campaign about how Duke's run as one of the nation's elite programs had finally come to an end.

But one disappointing season shouldn't change the entire perception of a program, especially not the Blue Devils', and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has certainly learned that better than anyone else in his 33 years of coaching college basketball.

"We have good players," Krzyzewski assured. "I'm not saying we have great players, but we have really good players. And if we can keep them all healthy and get them to feel comfortable with our system, we have a chance to be a very good team."

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Sunday, 10/21/07

Remembering Skip

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- With the passing of former Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser this past summer, much of the talk among the media and coaches turned to the legacy that the 56-year-old left on the game over his 14 years.

Dino Gaudio, Prosser's former assistant who has taken over the head job in Winston-Salem, was surrounded by reporters for much the day in hopes of hearing his thoughts on his mentor, but other coaches around the league had their own memories to share, including Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.

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Sunday, 10/21/07

Players Talk Parity

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Select players from each conference school are meeting with the media before we get a crack at the coaches in a few minutes, and while the North Carolina table featuring Tyler Hansbrough and Marcus Ginyard seemed to be the popular choice, there's been plenty of talk about parity throughout the ACC.

And after last season saw seven ACC teams earn bids to the NCAA Tournament, there's reason to believe it could happen again with the veterans returning and the young talent coming in across the league.

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Sunday, 10/21/07

ACC Media Day Kicks Off

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- ACC Media Day has started here at the Grandover Resort, and ACC Commissioner John Swofford just finished meeting with the media.

Swofford touched on several different points during his introductory speech, including the NCAA's new bench decorum rules and this year's conference television schedule.

Here are some brief notes about the conference:

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Thursday, 10/18/07

Badgers Not Smelling This Flower

After losing his two best scorers from last season in Big Ten Player of the Year Alando Tucker and Chris Rock look-alike Kammron Taylor, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan knew that there would need to be some adjustments made for the 2007-08 season.

But not having Michael Flowers wasn't one of those adjustments he was originally planning for.

After starting in all 36 games last season, the senior guard will be taking a temporary leave of absence for medical reasons, according to school officials Thursday.

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Thursday, 10/18/07

Mizzou's Butterfield Out For Now

Missouri coach Mike Anderson knows that the biggest challenge for his team this season is getting better up front.

The Tigers, after all, boasted four senior forwards coming into the fall, and each had played a significant number of minutes during Anderson's first season in Columbia.

But now that number could dwindle to two if Darryl Butterfield doesn't make a return to the team after being arrested for third-degree assault earlier this week.

That's something that Anderson won't know for a little while after suspending the Miami native indefinitely Thursday.

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Thursday, 10/18/07

Kent State On Top Of MAC

MAC Media Day hit Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Thursday, and Kent State was named this year's preseason favorite to win the conference.

The Golden Flashes, which play in the MAC's East Division, finished last season at 21-11 but missed the NCAA Tournament with a home loss to cross-town rival Akron in its final regular season game.

Now Kent State welcomes back its entire starting lineup, including preseason All-MAC selection Mike Scott. The 6-foot-7 forward started in all 32 games for the Golden Flashes while averaging 9.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as an All-MAC Honorable Mention.

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Thursday, 10/18/07

Drews Add Baby Boy

Just a follow-up to the note from yesterday that concerned Baylor coach Scott Drew (and his two players) leaving Big 12 Media Day early so the coach could be with his wife Kelly as she gave birth to their second child.

An athletic department spokesman confirmed that Scott, Kelly and big sister Mackenzie welcomed "a 7 lb, 14 oz, 20.5 inch baby boy last night. As of this afternoon he was still unnamed."

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Thursday, 10/18/07

Watch Out For American

BALTIMORE -- Though expected to only be middle of the pack this season in the Patriot League, keep an eye on American University. The rest of the conference is.

The Eagles have historically struggled with putting size on the court, but as previously mentioned, coach Jeff Jones finally feels like the missing piece of the puzzle is there.

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Thursday, 10/18/07

Lafayette Spending Offseason Overseas

BALTIMORE -- Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon kept busy in the off season, making trips with his team to Italy, France and Japan.

His team may spend even less time at home during the actual season, due to an interesting schedule quirk. Lafayette must endure through a midseason composed of nine straight road games.

"We're basically on the road for a month and a half," O'Hanlon said.

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Thursday, 10/18/07

Bucknell Reloading

BALTIMORE -- Pat Flannery is instilling a winning attitude for Bucknell's basketball program. It's all about not having any regrets, he says.

"Have no regrets, do everything you can to get ready," the 14th-year head coach said. "Control the controllable."

Flannery will have to take his own advice this season, after losing three starters from his 2006-07 team, which shared the Patriot League regular season title with Holy Cross.

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Thursday, 10/18/07

Experience Important At Colgate

BALTIMORE -- Colgate head coach Emmett Davis started off by lauding the improvement of talent in the Patriot League in the last several years.

"There has been a metamorphosis in talent in this league," Davis said.

That metamorphosis has led to Patriot League earning the No. 17 spot in the RPI rankings, the league's highest ranking in its 20-year history.

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Thursday, 10/18/07

Applause For Army and Navy

BALTIMORE -- Army and Navy, picked to finish sixth and seventh in the conference respectively, nonetheless have the respect of the other teams in their conference.

Before talking about his own team, Bucknell head coach called for the room to give Army coach Jim Crews and Navy coach Billy Lange a round of applause for the work they do at Westpoint and in Annapolis.

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Thursday, 10/18/07

American Looks To Regain Form

BALTIMORE -- American University head coach Jeff Jones is a realistic man.

He understands why his team was picked to finish in the middle of the pack in Patriot League this season. He also knows that it will take a great year to be able to overcome what has become a two-horse race in the conference between Holy Cross and Bucknell. Still, Jones feels like the team he takes the court with this season is better than the ones in years past.

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Thursday, 10/18/07

Holy Cross The Model Favorite

BALTIMORE -- Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard has his hands full these days, from dispensing advice to fellow coaches in his conference, to coaching up his team in preparation for defending their Patriot League title.

Willard, who has been the head coach for the Crusaders for nine years, has a resume that includes a 278-204 record and six NCAA Tournament appearances, including four while at Holy Cross. It's not hard to say why he is a role model for some of the younger and less successful coaches in the conference.

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Thursday, 10/18/07

New Coach and Enthusiasm At Lehigh

BALTIMORE -- After being an assistant coach at Lehigh University since 2002, Brett Reed has finally been given the opportunity to take the reigns, but its been a whirlwind experience for him.

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Thursday, 10/18/07

Preseason Polls and Predictions

BALTIMORE -- We're getting rolling here at the ESPN Zone in Baltimore's Inner Harbor as the Patriot League holds its Men's Basketball Media Day.

Holy Cross sits atop the preseason poll as the favorite to repeat as Patriot League champions, but Bucknell was hot on their heels in the voting. The Bison, of course, parlayed two straight league titles in 2004-05 and 2005-06 into second round appearances in the NCAA Tournament before being beat out by Crusaders last year.

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Thursday, 10/18/07

Knight Moves

Just an update on the promised Bobby Knight column: Because of the fine folks at Northworst airlines, I've spent much of the last 16 hours in airports, on planes and in a beyond-cheap motel where even the rats were complaining about the accommodations.

In light of these disturbing hours and the lack of sleep that resulted, I will hold off on the Knight column. But it will be done, so you'll just need to check back over the next few days.

Thanks for your patience and please accept my apologies. Which is more than the airline people would ever say.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Coach With A Sweet Stroke

LITTLETON, Colo. -- Some current players aren't aware of NCAA history, but J.R. Giddens and Darren Prentice knew plenty about their new coach before he arrived at New Mexico.

They didn't need to Google the name when Steve Alford accepted the job.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Kruger Back On His Feet

LITTLETON, Colo. -- UNLV head coach Lon Kruger had bypass surgery on Aug. 2, but says he's feeling fine. Kruger discovered his heart troubles during a routine stress test, and had six bypasses performed.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Harangody Hampered By Thumb

Mike Brey didn't want to hear this less than a week after starting practice.

But the Notre Dame coach found out Wednesday that Luke Harangody will miss three to six weeks with a torn ligament in his right thumb.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Big 12 Tidbits: K-State Konfident

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- We're not sure how much of a dark horse they can be, having placed fourth in the pre-season coaches' poll, but if there's a team that could legitimately challenge de facto No. 1 Kansas, it very well could be their arch rival, Kansas State.

A healthy Bill Walker -- who played in just six games before suffering a season-ending knee injury -- and the return of seniors Clent Stewart and David Hoskins, along with the addition of Michael Beasley and other heralded freshmen give first-year coach Frank Martin a lot of tools to work with.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Mountain West Welcomes New Faces

LITTLETON, Colo. -- The nine-team MWC is undergoing a torrent of change with five new head coaches taking over this season. The most notable hire was Steve Alford, who left Iowa for New Mexico.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Big 12 Tidbits: Durant's Departure

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Before we get into some of what we gathered during one-on-ones, we can't let the bizarre story out of Syracuse go without some mention.

Months ago it was reported that Mike Hopkins, a long-time Jim Boeheim assistant and former Orange player, would be the next in line to succeed Boeheim when (if) the coach decides to ride off into the sunset. A story from The Associated Press on Tuesday indicated that the deal had been formalized and put in writing.

But now, SU Athletic Director Daryl Gross is denying that a written agreement has been reached and saying his words were taken out of context.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Drew En Route to Delivery

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Baylor coach Scott Drew needs to be forgiven for ducking out of the one-on-one interviews a bit early.

His wife Kelly called in the middle of the session to inform him it would be a good idea to get home. She's going into labor. Drew hastily arranged to have his plane and pilot prepared and bolted from the Marriott to the airport.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

CAA Media Day Comes To An End

WASHINGTON -- We're finished for the day at the ESPN Zone in the nation's capital.

In the afternoon, the preseason all-conference teams were presented for both men's and women's basketball, and Tom Yeager talked about where the conference has come. He noted that the conference is attempting to shed the "one-bid league" label and show that it's not just a flash in the pan.

"We're going to approach every season with the idea of getting multiple teams in the NCAA Tournament," said Yeager, who has guided the CAA since its inception.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

MWC Preseason Poll Released

LITTLETON, Colo. -- The Mountain West Conference preseason poll has been released, and Brigham Young was picked to win the regular season title again.

BYU earned 15 first-place votes to outdistance defending MWC tournament champion UNLV.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Interviews Done, Eating To Commence and Then Highlights

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One-on-one interviews with players and coaches have just about wrapped up from Big 12 Media Day and we were able to stockpile some tidbits from Rick Barnes of Texas, a couple of his players, some Kansas players' thoughts and also some K State players.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

CAA Morning Session Done

WASHINGTON -- We've just spent much of the past three hours talking with the CAA coaches about their teams and the conference as a whole. There's a little noteworthy from each team that we'll share, as well as some notable thoughts about the conference. We'll start with half of the teams, then come back with the other half and more after lunch and the post-lunch presentation.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Martin Presser

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The final head coach press conference of the day featured Frank Martin of Kansas State. He's a favorite of our boy Kasiecki, so he immediately becomes a favorite of ours. And with good reason -- he's no nonsense and direct.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

McDermott and Sutton Pressers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- We're in the home stretch of the coaches' pressers and we'll double up again with this entry by featuring Iowa State's Greg McDermott and Oklahoma State's Sean Sutton.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Sadler and Turgeon Pressers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- We got way behind with the Knight festivities, so we'll need to combine -- briefly -- some of the comments from Nebraska's Doc Sadler and Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon.

We also need to sneak in a bathroom break, so if we miss some of the Greg McDermott, Sean Sutton and Frank Martin pressers, we'll try and make up for it when one-on-one time commences.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Baseball Talk With Knight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As you'd expect, Bobby Knight was worth the price of admission -- and more. Knight addressed just one basketball-related question in his 15 minutes of pure gold, preferring instead to focus on his other passion, baseball.

Much to the chagrin of moderator Peter Irwin who wanted to get basketball questions asked of the coach, Knight led off with an assessment of the ALCS between Cleveland and Boston and proceeded to take almost all baseball questions.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Jeff Bzdelik Presser

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bobby Knight comes up next -- the anticipation builds.

First-year Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik takes over a team that went 7-20 last year and just 3-13 in the Big 12.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Rick Barnes Presser

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There's not enough coffee in the world to get a sane-minded person through 12 straight Q&A sessions with basketball coaches.

Fortunately, I'm not sane-minded.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Mike Anderson Presser

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just heard from my fellow Bostonian, the incomparable Phil Kasiecki, who is on-scene at CAA Media Day for Hang Time. You'll recall that Phil attended a ludicrous amount of college basketball games last year, something like 8,545. Despite the season having not started yet, Phil has most certainly been to a couple of dozen games already. Dude's a legend.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Scott Drew Presser

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Before we get any further, we should point out the preseason poll and individual conference honors.

Sophomore guard D.J. Augustin (Texas) nabbed Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year honors and Kansas is the No. 1 team, according to the coaches' poll.

Scott Drew began his press conference as a ball of fire with the most energy of any coach to this point. His enthusiasm was almost enough to wake some of the sleepy heads in the room.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Bill Self Presser

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas coach Bill Self just finished up his press conference, which he started off by saying: "It's too early to be doing this."

We couldn't agree more.

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Jeff Capel Presser

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Oklahoma's Jeff Capel tipped off things and a couple of highlights from Capel include...

On junior college transfer guard Omar Leary:
"Omar has to learn how to work hard every day and work at a different level. When you come from a junior college it's a little different."

On the Sooners' main challenge:
"The main thing is guard play, we have to have consistent guard play on both sides of the floor. I thought last year we had a chance but just couldn't close games out (finishing 16-15)."

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Welcome To CAA Media Day

WASHINGTON -- Welcome to the 2007 edition of CAA Media Day. As was the case last year, we are gathered at the ESPN Zone in the nation's capital. Hopefully, today's events will go a little more smoothly than last night's less-than-memorable trip here.

It started with a delay at Logan Airport, then a rental car where the radio and CD player didn't work, then a hotel room with no high-speed Internet connection. On top of it all, the Red Sox lost and trail three games to one.

But on to CAA business, as that's a little more pleasant...

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Wednesday, 10/17/07

Welcome To Big 12 Media Day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Welcome to the second floor of the Marriott Country Club Plaza for Big 12 Media Day. We're just about ready to get started with coach interviews, where Jeff Capel of Oklahoma will tip things off at 8 a.m. CST.

Players are available starting in the 11 a.m. (CST) hour and here's the list of players in attendance. As always, if you have specific, relevant and thoughtful questions to ask of the players, feel free to send them in via the commenting section and we'll do our best to get them answered.

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Tuesday, 10/16/07

KC and The Sunshine Coaches

DETROIT -- Just a heads up to everyone to let you know that Hang Time is en route to the Big 12 Conference's media day being held in Kansas City on Wednesday. Questions abound for the league that saw Billy Gillespie ditch Texas A&M for Kentucky and also saw a 33-win Kansas team fall in the Elite Eight last season.

Can Mark Turgeon keep things rolling in College Station without Acie Law? Will ex-Air Force coach Jeff Bzdelik turn Colorado around? Does the loss of Kevin Durant necessarily mean Texas will have to take a step back? And, of course, the eternal question: which one of us media-types will ask the question that ticks off Texas Tech's Bobby Knight the most?

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Saturday, 10/13/07

SoCal Pipeline Starting To Run Through USC

LOS ANGELES -- Tim Floyd is changing the culture of recruiting in Los Angeles, traditionally a hotbed of prep basketball stars. Where UCLA used to keep a lot of the local talent and coaches like Roy Williams would poach elite west coast prospects to play at Kansas and North Carolina, a lot of the Southern California talent is looking at USC now. Demar Derozan, the top-ranked small forward in the 2008 class and a USC commit, is a good example.

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Saturday, 10/13/07

Mayo Addresses Rumor Mill

LOS ANGELES -- After the scrimmage ended on the court, the real show started in the locker room when the subject of Daniel Hackett's broken jaw came up. Hackett reportedly suffered the injury during a pick-up game from an errant elbow thrown by Mayo, but rumors have circulated that the elbow was malicious.

"I haven't heard that," Mayo said. "I don't understand these rumors. What does Bill Walker have to do with an accidental elbow?"

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Saturday, 10/13/07

Plenty of Points In USC Scrimmage

LOS ANGELES -- The men's scrimmage looked about how you'd expect a Midnight Madness game to look -- somewhere between the Harlem Globetrotters and an And 1 mixed tape. There were a lot of ridiculous shots, uncontested dunks and not much defense.

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Saturday, 10/13/07

USC Scrimmage Set To Start

LOS ANGELES -- The fans are about to get their first taste of the 2007 hoops team -- even if it is an intra-squad scrimmage. Let's hope it's more entertaining than the women's scrimmage, which evidently wasn't planned too well. The white team was heavily outmatched by a cardinal team that pulled out a 33-15 win in 10 minutes of play.

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Saturday, 10/13/07

Master P Is In The House

LOS ANGELES -- Master P just took the floor -- no doubt here in support of his son Percy "Lil Romeo" Miller who is slated to join the USC hoops team in 2008. USC, the home of celeb fans Snoop Dogg and Will Ferrell, has a new member in the celebrity support club.

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Saturday, 10/13/07

Elite 2010 Prospect High On USC

LOS ANGELES -- As the Midnight Madness contest shenanigans continued, I was able to catch up with Jeremy Tyler, a 2010 power forward who looks like a Top 10 prospect in his class. And he sounds real high on USC. The Southern California native, who once lived in Los Angeles and now resides in San Diego, had a lot of good things to say about USC.

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Saturday, 10/13/07

O.J. Has Arrived

LOS ANGELES -- No, not that O.J. I don't think he's welcome at USC anymore. But after about an hour of giveaways, old-school NBA bloopers on the big screen and promotional contests, the fans got what they wanted when Head Coach Tim Floyd introduced his 2007 team freshly equipped with point guard extraordinaire O.J. Mayo and the rest of the top-ranked freshman class in the country.

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Saturday, 10/13/07

This Really Needs Some Work

LOS ANGELES -- So far, I'm calling lame on USC's Midnight Madness performance. We're about 20 minutes in, and they've thrown candy into the crowd, given away random seat prizes and now we're watching fans compete in a video game 3-point shooting contest on the scoreboard. Yes...thousands of people are watching people play video games on the big screen.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Identity Crisis At USC?

LOS ANGELES -- So is USC a basketball school now? After raining boos down on the L.A. Coliseum following the football team's shocking loss to Stanford last week, the Trojan faithful are surely ready for some good news.

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Friday, 10/12/07

That's All Folks

WASHINGTON -- To conclude the evening, the men's team did the weave drill, finishing things off on each end with a dunk. Midnight Madness seemed shorter this year than the past two, but it also seemed significantly better.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Like A Balloon Deflating...

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The scrimmage is winding down, the highlights? Darrell Arthur for the Crimson squad looked absolutely dominate on both ends. Brady Morningstar and Sherron Collins were the bright spots for the Blue team, providing the offensive firepower. The Crimson prevailed, 44-34, over the Blue.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Dancing With The Stars

WASHINGTON -- John Thompson III introduced Jerry Rice to the crowd, instructing them to chant "Mr. Rice" instead of "Jerry Rice." Now JT III has Jerry Rice doing the Crank That by Soulja Boy dance.

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Friday, 10/12/07

A Hard Foul?

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- I think Cole Aldrich thinks he is Cole Trickle from "Days of Thunder," and instead of the mantra of rubbin's racin', he thinks its hard fouls in a scrimmage against your teammates is basketball. Sophomore gurad and local product Brady Morningstar for the Blue team has shown good moves driving to the lane, showing that he isn't just a three-point threat. Crimson is still up, leading by 12 at 37-25.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Holy Versatility Batman!

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Darrell Arthur has just hit a three-pointer, too. I think this sophomore is really ready to step up and replace the loss of Julian Wright to the NBA. Frosh Cole Aldrich of the blue team looks like he is a little lost with the pace of the game -- welcome to D-1 Cole. Sophomore point guard/sparkplug Sherron Collins has just entered for the Blue squad.

It's a good thing since they're down by 15 with the Crimson leading, 29-14.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Layup Lines, AKA Dunk Contest

WASHINGTON -- Men just went through layup lines, which was basically a glorified dunk contest. A year ago at Midnight Madness, with his dad in the gym, Patrick Ewing Jr. tried some amazing dunks but ended up missing several of them. He certainly made up for it this year.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Scrimmage Highlights

MEMPHIS -- We're all done from the FedEx Forum as the Tiger Dancers have once again taken the floor.

Some highlights form the scrimmage won 48-43 by the blue team. (Kellogg's bribe paid off):

Andre Allen to Doneal Mack on an alley-oop fast break. . . Three-point airball by Derrick Rose. . . Kemp to Dorsey alley-oop. . . Coast to Coast dunk by Jeff Robinson. . . Baseline slam by Dozier. . . Any number of Joey Dorsey dunks. . . 360 dunk on breakaway by Dozier. . . Steal and off the backboard dunk from Anderson to Robinson. . . Several smooth moves by CDR. . . Block by Hashim Bailey on Chance McGrady.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Crimson vs. Blue

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Darrell Arthur shows some tremendous range as the 6-foot-9 forward nails a 15-foot baseline jumper and the steals the ball down the court.

Sasha Kaun shows some impressive low post moves as the Crimson leads, 8-6 -- scratch that Darrell Arthur just blocked an easy lay up keeping it 8-4. Coming down on the other side Mario Chalmers punks freshman center Cole Aldrich of the Blue team by driving and one hand dunking over the 6-foot-10 freshman.

Suddenly its Crimson 16, Blue 6.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Crank That, Georgetown

WASHINGTON -- At John Thompson III's request, both teams, men and women, are currently doing the Crank That by Soulja Boy dance.

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Friday, 10/12/07

We Are...Uncoordinated?

WASHINGTON -- J.T. III has called upon the seniors on the men's and women's team to lead the crowd in the "We Are Georgetown" cheer, but they aren't doing so hot. Can't quite get that solid pause between "We Are" and "Georgetown" that Thompson so desire.

Thompson says, "If Jon Wallace can't get this right, it's going to be a long year."

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Posted by Bailey Heaps at 10:29 PM | Comment

Friday, 10/12/07

I Wish I Was A Little Bit Taller...

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Sophomore guard Sherron Collins, generously listed at 5-foot-11, attempted two dunks in warm-ups, nailing one and barely missing the other. Darrell Arthur has been channeling his inner Dominique Wilkins with windmill jams and between the leg dunks.

Just like in baseball where chicks dig the longball, I think they like a good tomahawk dunk, too.

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Posted by Chris Farrell at 10:25 PM | Comment

Friday, 10/12/07

Unveiling The Banner

WASHINGTON -- Georgetown's four seniors just pulled the curtain off the 2007 Final Four banner, which according to Thompson is everyone's last chance to talk about last year. Looks nice up there with the '84 title and the '82 and '85 Final Four reminders.

Now it's about getting to the 2008 Final Four. The seniors lead the crowd in a booming rendition of "Let's Go Hoyas."

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Posted by Bailey Heaps at 10:25 PM | Comment

Friday, 10/12/07

Dunk Time

MEMPHIS -- The dunk contest is coming up and not a minute too soon. Building has lost some energy. Or at least I have.

Each contestant, Jeff Robinson and Doneal Mack, had 30 seconds to do his best dunk. Robinson got in three, including two windmills. Mack tried a between the legs but failed and made just one of his dunks.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Player Intros

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- I really think I need to go out and pick up a CD with all the music they play at these things, I think it would wake me up more than coffee in the morning.

The players are being introduced by class, as they run though the "Phog," well and actual fog. They have a fog machine going.

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Posted by Chris Farrell at 10:15 PM | Comment

Friday, 10/12/07

Here Come The Hoyas

WASHINGTON -- And now what everyone has been waiting for, the men's intros. Pardon the stream-of-consciousness.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Ewing, Mourning And Now Green

WASHINGTON -- I've never heard McDonough Gymnasium so loud.

Now the entire gym is chanting Jeff Green's mom as she unveils his jersey on the ball wall of McDonough. No. 22, just like best friend Tyler Crawford and his former coach, John Thompson III. Jeff's dad is in on the act too, but his mom is the star of the show. She is crying, I think. Her son's jersey now hangs with some pretty impressive names, like Ewing, Mourning, Mutombo and Iverson.

And now a Jeff Green's dad cheer. I don't think a school could love a player more than Georgetown does Jeff.

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Posted by Bailey Heaps at 10:04 PM | Comment

Friday, 10/12/07

Rock Chalk Jayhawk Means Showtime

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The most haunting and revered chant in all of college basketball is the Rock Chalk. Prior to the Jayhawks taking the floor for their scrimmage 19,000 people slowly chant "Rock, Chalk, JAYHAWK, KU" three times. It is a chant many teams have heard as they watch the clock slowly run out in a defeat to the Kansas Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Friday, 10/12/07

One Shining Moment

MEMPHIS -- A highlight video of the 2006-07 Tigers, set to this Hang Time blogger's all-time favorite song, "One Shining Moment" was shown before the house lights were brought back up.

I'm starting to feel a bit cheated that I don't get skits and spoofs the way our boy EMarkfield is being treated in Chapel Hill.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Women's Intros

WASHINGTON -- The women's team is currently being introduced one-by-one, with each player getting a louder round of applause than the last. I'm up in the rafters, away from the rest of the students, and it is incredibly loud.

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Friday, 10/12/07

More Trampoline Fun

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- While the players prepare for their scrimmage the crowd gets treated to the Indiana Pacers mascot doing acrobatic dunks.

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Friday, 10/12/07

More On Monroe...And A Correction

WASHINGTON -- Georgetown students have acknowledged Greg Monroe's presence.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Eye Of The Tiger

MEMPHIS -- Entering the arena to the Rocky theme, "Eye of the Tiger," and emerging from a fog-filled tunnel, the 2008-08 Tigers were introduced follwing a rousing ovation for the grey Adidas sweatsuit clad, John Calipari.

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Friday, 10/12/07

And We're Done...

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- With five minutes left in the scrimmage, former Tar Heel Melvin Scott rolled in, taking a seat on the bench. He looks like he's bulked up quite a bit since his playing days (which would be 2005). By that time, much of the original crowd was on its way out (Nice reverse traffic-beating, Melvin!). In the end, the Blue team -- which led the whole game -- blew their lead and the game ended in a 37-37 tie, and that does it for Late Night With Roy.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Jeff Green's Mom

WASHINGTON -- Her son may be 3,000 miles away, but Jeff Green's mom is right at home.

Though she traded in No. 32 in Hoyas' blue and gray for No. 22 in Sonics' white, green, and gold, Jeff Green's mom, Felicia Akingube, is in attendance and received an even bigger ovation than Jerry Rice did. Something tells me the "Jeff Green's Mom" cheers will be back for their senior season, even if the man himself is not.

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Posted by Bailey Heaps at 09:40 PM | Comment

Friday, 10/12/07

My Earholes Are Bleeding!

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- No offense to the KU players, but they are not going to make it on American Idol, unless they're on the reject highlight reel. Freshman Connor Teahen, Tyrel Reed, Chase Buford and Cole Aldrich stumbled awkwardly through Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer." They were quickly upstaged by sophomores Brady Morningstar, Sherron Collins and Darrell Arthur that had surprisingly coordinated dance moves.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Only Tyler Hansbrough...

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Would stare down the referee in an intrasquad scrimmage because he thinks he got fouled (he might have). Still, they don't call him Psycho T for nothing. In case you're wondering, it's the Blue leading, 16-13, and Danny Green has eight of those 16.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Right As Rice

WASHINGTON -- As Groove Theory was about to begin its performance, the best wide receiver to ever have a daughter attend Georgetown made his second Midnight Madness appearance in three years.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Jerry Rice is in the house to see daughter Jacqui perform. Groove Theory, probably Georgetown's most well-liked dance group, turned in a pretty awesome performance, and Jerry looks as cool as he always has.

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Friday, 10/12/07

We Talkin' About Practice

WASHINGTON -- In the words of former Georgetown great Allen Iverson, "We talkin' about practice."

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Friday, 10/12/07

Game On

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Late Night With Roy festivities here at the Dean Dome finished up with a 20-minute scrimmage between the Tar Heels (split up into a Blue team and a White team), the first glimpse the fans got of this year's team in action.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Rolling Up In Style

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- In keeping with an awards show theme the Men's players arrive to the red carpet in an array of luxury cars, such as Benzs, Corvettes, and Hummers. The seniors are the featured interviews, but were quickly upstaged by former player and fan favorite Michael Lee who after walking down the red carpet entered onto the court and sauntered down to the bench to sit with the coaching staff.

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Posted by Chris Farrell at 09:24 PM | Comment

Friday, 10/12/07

Sophomore Slump?

WASHINGTON -- A student shooting contest is underway, two-on-two, with seniors vs. freshmen and sophomores vs. juniors in the first round. One team on each end of the court. Early results were unimpressive, but the finals got pretty good.

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Posted by Bailey Heaps at 09:19 PM | Comment

Friday, 10/12/07

Lady Tigers First

MEMPHIS -- The Lady Tigers basketball team is now being announced to the crowd that has filled in the entire lower bowl section of the arena and probably numbers well over 10,000 Tiger fans. You could say this team owns the town.

The Lady Tigers have only one senior and are coming off a tough season.

The build up continues to the men's introductions.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Chinese Buffet

MEMPHIS -- Just before the start of the player introductions, a four minute video excerpt of the on-going documentary being made about the Chines coaching contingent's visit to Memphis was shown on the big scoreboard. The documentary, which will be shown in China and possibly in the states, is far from done and will probably take four months to sort through the hundreds hours of tape that will eventually be "in the can," but the excerpt was extremely well done and the project looks to be a keeper.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Recruits Raving

MEMPHIS -- The mats have been placed over teh court and the Memphis cheer and dance teams are pumping up the crowd. Not quite sure how I'm avoiding the distraction of the Tiger dancers, but for you, the dedicated Hang Time hanger-on, I'm fighting through the battle.

Was able to get time with several of the recruits in the building but was kindly rebuffed by the most intriguing prospect of them all, New Jersey's Michael Gilchrist (scroll down), a class of 2011 prospect.

Other recruits comments after the jump:

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Friday, 10/12/07

Party Is Started

WASHINGTON -- The bleachers are full, the fans are loud, and Midnight Madness 2007 is beginning to get underway.

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Friday, 10/12/07

The Last Dance

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Always a fan favorite is the last dance before practice starts because each player gets to freestyle inside the circle of other players, and then comes the real treat.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Weezy Whereabouts

WASHINGTON -- For about a week now, a rumor has been circulating that Lil Wayne would be performing tonight. At this point, few believe it is true, but no one is ready to rule it out.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Recruits and the Dance Team?

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A coincedence or strategic move? Recruits Travis Relaford out of Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, Kan., and twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris from Philadelphia have just entered to their prime seats courtside. Just so happens it was right before the dance team began their perfomance, hmmm.

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Friday, 10/12/07

"Coke" Fiend

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Bar none the highlight of the night so far is a video spoofing Roy Williams' Coca-Cola commercial, starring Bobby Frasor as Williams...

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Friday, 10/12/07

Actors Or Athletes? Who's This Atlanta Hawk?

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- As in the tradition with Late Nite at KU, both men's and women's teams present skits or performances to be judged by the coaches. The women's freshmen and sophomores delivered an invigorating step show but were outshined by the juniors and seniors doing their own version of "Stomp."

Either way, it got the crowd primed for the Atlanta Hawks mascot's dunk show, where I think I pulled a groin muscle just watching him flip off the trampoline.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Get Ready

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Now the Tar Heels are dancing in groups class-by-class (though redshirt freshman William Graves) got to go with the sophomores. Did somebody say sequins?

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Friday, 10/12/07

Future Tigers?

MEMPHIS -- In addition to the recruits, there is currently a game being played between a group of young Memphis children.

Worldwide Wes seems to be quite intrigued by the group (kidding).

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Posted by David Scott at 08:29 PM | Comment

Friday, 10/12/07

Eye Bleach, Please

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- As the Wayne's World fantasy skit continues, Quentin Thomas and Alex Stepheson went the Talladega Nights route, dressed up in full Wonder Bread-sponsored racing suits.

And they weren't done yet.

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Posted by Evan Markfield at 08:26 PM | Comment

Friday, 10/12/07

West, West, Y'all

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- It's time for the first dance number from the men's team and they went with a track off the new Kanye West album. The players and the dance team are cutting a rug, er, hardwood floor, much to the delight of the crowd.

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Posted by Evan Markfield at 08:21 PM | Comment

Friday, 10/12/07

Fans File Into The Forum

MEMPHIS -- Welcome to the FedEx Forum for Memphis Madness and the official start of college basketball 2007-08.

Fans, who were gathered in the courtyard in front of the Forum were allowed in the building at 7 p.m. CT and are filtering into the lower bowl of the arena. The Chinese Coaching Contingent, decked out in new blue Memphis warm-up suits, led the parade of people entering the building as Tigger players went to the foyer to sign autographs for the Tiger mad fans.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Hoyas Turn Out In Droves

WASHINGTON -- As I mentioned earlier, over 2,000 Georgetown students waited in line for tickets to tonight's event. After the lucky bunch received there passes, they were admitted to the McDonough parking lot to watch a replay of last year's UNC game, play video games, and get a coveted burger from the Georgetown University Grilling Society.

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Posted by Bailey Heaps at 08:14 PM | Comment

Friday, 10/12/07

University of Kansas Late Nite

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- If basketball was born in Springfield, Mass., then it definitely grew up in Lawrence, Kan. After opening performances by various dance teams and a recognition of the other athletic teams the night has gotten off to a rousing start.

Recently retired but long time KU Men's basketball broadcaster Max Faulkenstein took the floor to a standing ovation lasting a good minute and half. Faulkenstein took the floor though to introduce one of the truly great figures in University of Kansas athletics, former KU football player and NFL great John Riggins. Riggins gave a short speech about what athletics at Kansas mean to him with thunderous applause by the fans.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Greg Monroe In The House

WASHINGTON -- I just spoke with the nation's top recruit from the class of 2008, Greg Monroe, who seems to be enjoying his official visit to Georgetown.

"It's been really nice," Monroe said. "I've had a good time. The campus is really nice, people are really friendly. It's been a good experience."

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Friday, 10/12/07

Here Come The Tar Heels

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- It's finally time for the Tar Heels to be introduced, and it's quite a production. The players are announced one at a time and each one runs through the stands from the concourse level down to the court.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Gotcha!

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Roy Williams' assistant coaches pulled a neat little trick on him on the way out to the bench. Stuart Scott was mid-sentence when Roy appeared from the tunnel.

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Friday, 10/12/07

The Biscuit Man Cometh

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- While the UNC women were scrimmaging, perhaps the biggest media reaction came from the appearance of former UNC men's walk-on Dewey "Biscuits" Burke at the Dean Dome.

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Friday, 10/12/07

The Day The Music Died

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Apparently, there are some problems with the musical selections the women's team selected. The music suddenly stopped during a skit, forcing the ladies on the floor to stand there awkwardly.

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Posted by Evan Markfield at 07:23 PM | Comment

Friday, 10/12/07

Are You Smarter Than...

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Now the women's team is doing a spoof of "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" with the "fifth graders" portrayed by team members pretending to be from other ACC schools. You can see where this is going...

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Friday, 10/12/07

Booyah!

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The emcee for the evening, ESPN Sportscenter anchor Stuart Scott, has taken the floor at the Dean Dome. And in firing up the crowd about tomorrow's UNC vs. South Carolina football game, he has already dropped his first conversational "dawg" of the evening.

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Posted by Evan Markfield at 07:08 PM | Comment

Friday, 10/12/07

Not Your Older Brother's Georgetown

WASHINGTON -- Want further proof of just how far Georgetown has come since John Thompson III came aboard three years ago? Approximately 2,000 students have been lined up for almost two hours now, waiting to get a chance to witness the Hoyas' 2007 Midnight Madness.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Carolina Tidal Wave

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The doors to the Smith Center opened a minute ago, and all the waiting fans came flooding down the arena steps -- seating is first-come, first-served -- sort of like the blood pouring out of the elevator in The Shining.

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Friday, 10/12/07

Eating Up Memphis

MEMPHIS -- The Hang Time eating tour of Memphis has continued in earnest since we last checked in and our fear of gaining 30 pounds in five days looks like it will come to fruition. Not that we're complaining...

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Friday, 10/12/07

Kicking Off 2007-08

The 2007-08 college basketball season officially begins tonight with Midnight Madness hitting schools all over the country, and of course, CSTV.com will be there to bring you a closer look into all the action.

Hang Time will be blogging from four of the Top 5 schools in the country, including North Carolina, Memphis, Georgetown and Kansas. But we'll also have live blogs coming from Kentucky and USC, where there should be just as much excitement about the Wildcats and Trojans.

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Thursday, 10/11/07

Georgia Trio Suspended

Did you ever play hookey from school when you were a little kid?

If so, you wouldn't want to be doing it at the University of Georgia.

That's what Mike Mercer, Takais Brown and Albert Jackson are finding out right now.

On Thursday, Georgia coach Dennis Felton announced that the three players have all been suspended from the team for violating the school's new class attendance policy for student-athletes.

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Thursday, 10/11/07

Wrapping It Up From FedEx

MEMPHIS -- We've just about hit our blogging limit for the day, so we'll finish up with a "Best Of C-USA Media Day" and remind you to join us for Memphis Madness on Friday night when we'll be live-blogging from the Forum beginning in the 7 p.m. CT hour.

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Thursday, 10/11/07

Sights and Sounds

MEMPHIS -- The "formal" part of the media day has now concluded as the CSTV Media Slam portion is now being broadcast from the Forum Foyer with the men's show underway.

Since we last joined you we've had a spirited discussion with SMU's Matt Doherty, an insightful talk with Tom Penders and some motivational discussions with Tony Barbee.

Here are some of the highlights from what we were able to gather:

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Thursday, 10/11/07

Player Roundtable

MEMPHIS -- With coaches in a meeting and players hanging loosely in the interview room, Hang Time barged into a three-way conversation between UTEP junior guard Stefon Jackson, Tulane senior David Gomez and Houston senior Marcus Malone.

Here are some of the highlights of the conversation:

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Thursday, 10/11/07

Memphis Draws A Crowd

MEMPHIS -- As expected, the table with Memphis players Joey Dorsey and Chris Douglas-Roberts is drawing the biggest gathering of media-types. Dorsey's pre-Ohio State game comments from the NCAA Tournament last season were a big topic of conversation and Dorsey, to his credit, did not dodge the questions.

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Thursday, 10/11/07

Free-For-All On Tap

MEMPHIS -- The final grouping of coaches has finished and the media free for all will begin shortly. We'll work the room to the best of our ability and then report back with tidbits and information that we gather.

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Posted by David Scott at 02:03 PM | Comment

Thursday, 10/11/07

Dangling The Carrot

MEMPHIS -- We got a bit distracted over lunch by some great storytelling by Houston coach Tom Penders and therefore missed early portions of the coaches' availability on the dais. Order for the groupings has changed from what were told yesterday and the group that just finished included John Calipari, Matt Doherty, Dave Dickerson and Mike Davis.

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Thursday, 10/11/07

Welcome To The FedEx Forum

MEMPHIS -- Hello and welcome to Hang Time's comprehensive coverage of Conference USA Media Day live from the FedEx Forum. We're currently stationed in the Methodist Healthcare Practice Facility located within the Forum, which has been transformed into a large working media area, a seated table interview section and an interview dais.

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Thursday, 10/11/07

CDR Preseason POY; Memphis Rules Again

MEMPHIS -- Conference USA has announced it's preseason honors and there are no surprises of merit. Memphis is the favorite to repeat as the league champ and Tiger junior Chris Douglas-Roberts is the preseason Player of the Year.

Following the jump is the full release from C-USA. We'll be back in about an hour from the FedEx Forum.

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Thursday, 10/11/07

No PuPu Platters Please

MEMPHIS -- We need to get our beauty rest for the big day of blogging from C-USA Media Day on Thursday, but we couldn't leave you with nothing for the morning read.

So, for something completely different, here is the incredibly bountiful and scrumptious menu that was served to the Calipari Chinese Contingent at an authentic Chinese Banquet held at the hidden gem, New Asia Restaurant on the outskirts of Memphis.

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Wednesday, 10/10/07

Austin Peay Back On Top

For as much parity as there's been in college basketball the last couple years, don't be surprised if Austin Peay ends up on your NCAA Tournament bracket sheet when March rolls around next year.

The Governors, after all, were picked as the 2007-08 preseason favorite for the Ohio Valley Conference Wednesday after capturing their seventh regular season conference championship a year ago.

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Wednesday, 10/10/07

No More Fazekas

SALT LAKE CITY -- Nevada is beginning life without Nick Fazekas this season. The star forward was taken in the second round of the NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks.

"How do you replace a player like that?" Nevada head coach Mark Fox said. "It will have to be by-committee."

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Wednesday, 10/10/07

The Mailman Gives Back

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone is serving as Louisiana Tech's director of basketball promotions and assistant strength and conditioning coach.

The former Utah Jazz star is a Louisiana Tech graduate and good friends with new Louisiana Tech coach Kerry Rupp.

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Wednesday, 10/10/07

Stew Holds Court

SALT LAKE CITY -- Stew Morrill can fill up a reporter's notebook faster than any coach in the Western Athletic Conference.

The longtime Utah State head coach had plenty of good insights to offer during his interview session today.

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Wednesday, 10/10/07

Scenes From Tiger Town

MEMPHIS -- The interior designer Laurie Samuels, from Samuels Furniture and Interiors is putting finishing touches on the Memphis basketball offices' classy re-design. The Foreign 15 Chinese delegation is filtering through after admiring the myriad balls and mementoes in John Calipari's private office. Assistant coaches are busy recruiting and getting ready for the start of practice and Calipari himself is attempting to get a handle on all of it - the interior design, the Chinese contingent and the basketball (not in that order, of course).

Welcome to life in Tiger Town where the only thing faster than the Memphis offense is the rate at which things swirl under the Calipari circus tent.

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Wednesday, 10/10/07

The Polls Are Out

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Western Athletic Conference media poll has arrived, and the scribes picked New Mexico State as this year's favorite while Utah State guard Jaycee Carroll was billed preseason Player of the Year.

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Tuesday, 10/09/07

Memphis In The Meantime

MEMPHIS -- When the Boss informed us that we'd be getting the repeat assignment for Conference USA Media Day, we did what any red-blooded, red meat eating college hoops head would rightfully do: We booked a couple of extra days on Beale Street, doubled up on the Lipitor and prepared ourselves for five magnificent days and four luxurious nights on the outskirts of Graceland.

So here we find ourselves a full 36 hours before the start of C-USA Media Day having already scarfed down a half rack of Blues City Cafe ribs, imbibed a handful of adult beverages and enjoyed the musical meanderings of the oustanding "high energy rockabilly trio," The Dempseys.

Forget March Madness, we've got Memphis Madness in early October.

Oh, and basketball? We've got that as well.

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Tuesday, 10/09/07

Wide-Open Approach

CONCORD, N.C. -- Randy Peele gets to have his cake and eat it too.

Only in this case, Peele knows he was one of the people spreading the icing.

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Tuesday, 10/09/07

Freedom Of Speech

CONCORD, N.C. -- Ritchie McKay admits his assent through the college basketball ranks was a boost to his ego.

From Portland State to Colorado State to Oregon State to New Mexico, McKay could sense he was wanted by bigger and better programs. Each time, the job felt right professionally.

During Tuesday's Big South basketball media day, the first-year Liberty head coach said for the umpteenth time all those jobs weren't always in line with his personal beliefs.

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Tuesday, 10/09/07

Starting Over

CONCORD, N.C. -- Barclay Radebaugh sat in the Charleston Southern locker room before his team's final game and the apparent truth to the downfalls of the 2006-2007 season continued to smack him in the face.

Through injuries and suspensions, Radebaugh's team was down to just six scholarship players for that final game. Throw in the buzz saw that was Winthrop and Radebaugh's close friend Gregg Marshall, and the Buccaneers didn't stand a chance.

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Tuesday, 10/09/07

Hope and Hair At The Beach

CONCORD, N.C. -- Just before Cliff Ellis was hired at Coastal Carolina in July, he said he was comfortable playing in a small arena.

After all, he'd spent time at smaller schools Cumberland and South Alabama before hitting the big time at Clemson and Auburn. But what he appears to have at Coastal -- more than 30 years after his time at Cumblerland ended -- can't be what any coach hopes for.

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Tuesday, 10/09/07

More Than A Gimmick

CONCORD, N.C. -- When VMI coach Duggar Baucom found out his team was going to be picked third in the preseason Big South rankings, he immediately delivered a message to his team.

"I told them, 'Guys, you haven't done anything in this league to earn respect,'" Baucom said Tuesday during the league's basketball media day.

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Tuesday, 10/09/07

Changing of the Guard? Or Just Fool's Gold?

CONCORD, N.C. -- Winthrop has dominated.

High Point thinks it can.

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Tuesday, 10/09/07

The Kenny George Effect

CONCORD, N.C. -- The biggest player in the Big South Conference isn't at today's Big South Media Day.

But sure enough, questions about 7-foot-7, 380-pound Kenny George have already begun for UNC-Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach.

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Tuesday, 10/09/07

Big South Media Day Gets Set

CONCORD, N.C. -- It's been less than seven months since the Big South earned its first victory in the NCAA Tournament.

In that time, though, long-time Winthrop coach Gregg Marshall left Rock Hill, S.C., departed for Wichita State and the Eagles lost their two biggest stars.

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Monday, 10/08/07

One More Time

What would you do if you had one more chance to play the game that you loved for just one more year?

Would you come back to do it all over again?

Will Bakanowsky is.

The NCAA announced Monday that the UCF center will now have an extra year of eligibility, which will allow him to play for the Knights during the upcoming 2007-08 season.

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Friday, 10/05/07

Lopez Ruled Ineligible

This wasn't exactly what Trent Johnson had in mind just four weeks before the 2007-08 season begins.

But the Stanford coach was coming to terms Friday with the fact that forward Brook Lopez has been ruled academically ineligible for the fall quarter.

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Thursday, 10/04/07

Giving Back

Taylor Rochestie isn't what you would call your typical college basketball player.

In fact, he isn't your everyday person either.

But the Washington State guard made it official on Thursday that he's giving up his scholarship for his senior season in 2008-09 in order to clear up more financial room for future recruits coming to Pullman.

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Wednesday, 10/03/07

Like Father, Like Son

It's a family affair at San Diego State these days.

That's because father and son will both be working the sidelines when the Aztecs open their season Nov. 9 in Fresno, Calif. at the World Vision Classic against Liberty.

On Wednesday, San Diego State coach Steve Fisher named his son Mark as his new assistant coach after serving as the team's Director of Operations for the last five seasons.

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Wednesday, 10/03/07

Just The Pitts

This wasn't the way Levance Fields wanted to begin his junior season.

But the Brooklyn native will now be spending the next nine months on probation after being charged with aggravated assault, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct last month.

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