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April 4, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Michigan point guard Trey Burke, who helped the Wolverines reach the Final Four for the first time since 1993, and Miami's Jim Larranaga have been selected the Associated Press' player and coach of the year. Burke garnered 31 of 65 votes from the same media panel that selects the weekly top 25. He is the first Michigan player since Cazzie Russell in 1966 to win player of the year. The 6-foot sophomore averaged 19.2 points, 6.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds while often playing with four freshmen.
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April 3, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC's football coaching staff traveled across campus to the Galen Center on Wednesday to attend the introductory news conference for basketball Coach Andy Enfield. While his assistants huddled in the back of the reception room, Lane Kiffin settled into a front-row seat. "USC basketball should be relevant," Athletic Director Pat Haden said in his opening remarks. "Let's be honest: It's not been relevant for a while. We're about to change that. " Even at a school dominated by its football program?
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April 2, 2013 | By Gary Klein
A process that started quietly more than a year ago went into overdrive last weekend and culminated with Andy Enfield's becoming USC's basketball coach. USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said Tuesday that Enfield, who coached at Florida Gulf Coast the last two seasons, was hired after a vetting process that once included 40 to 50 names. Haden fired Kevin O'Neill in January and the Trojans finished the season under interim Coach Bob Cantu. Haden, who said he hired a recruitment firm to search for a new coach more than a year ago, met with Enfield for 4 1/2 hours on Monday before announcing his hiring that evening.
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April 2, 2013 | T.J. Simers
I saw the guy working on TV, his team surprising folks in the NCAA tournament, but honestly I don't even know his first name now that he has become USC's basketball coach. But he has to be more interesting and exciting than the dolt introduced as UCLA basketball coach Tuesday. It's pretty well understood that whoever coaches UCLA basketball is a dead man walking, it being only a matter of time before the alumni agree he'll never be another John Wooden. But this might be the first time UCLA actually hired a dead man. Yeesh, the John Wooden statue outside of Pauley had more life to it than Steve Alford, the robot who sputtered nonstop platitudes while never once answering a question directly.
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March 31, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Tears are part of the NCAA tournament. They flow when teams win and flow when they lose. The tears shed for Louisville guard Kevin Ware on Sunday, though, were different. They almost spontaneously gushed in response to Ware's gruesome leg break during Sunday's Midwest Regional final game against Duke. Louisville Coach Rick Pitino was caught on TV wiping his eyes. "I literally almost threw up," he said after the game. Duke players, coaches and America's viewers were almost equally stunned.
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March 30, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
He has a rock-star image with an opening-act resume. He was once Hoosiers, but, in the last decade, Gene Hackman has led the exact same number of teams to the Sweet 16. He prides himself on playing Ivy League-smart basketball, which was pretty cool until a couple of weeks ago when his team was knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the first round by, um, Harvard. Of course, regarding Saturday's hiring of Steve Alford as the UCLA basketball coach, there is only one question that matters.
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March 30, 2013 | By T.J. Simers
Funny story the way I hear it. Once UCLA failed to land Virginia Commonwealth Coach Shaka Smart and Butler's Brad Stevens, Athletic Director Dan Guerrero talked to Phil Jackson's representative. Guerrero didn't want Jackson as coach, but rather to have him lead the search for a new UCLA basketball coach. Jackson was agreeable. Guerrero talked to Jackson's agent about having a news conference to announce Jackson was onboard. Jackson's agent told Guerrero what it would cost to hire him as consultant.
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March 30, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Wichita State is off to its first Final Four since 1965 with the appropriate nickname: Shockers. The ninth-seeded team from Kansas concluded its siege through the West Regional on Saturday with a 70-66 win over Ohio State in front of 17,998 at Staples Center. Wichita State is the first team seeded No. 9 to reach the Final Four since Penn in 1979. That was also the last year a team from the Missouri Valley Conference made it: You may remember Indiana State, Larry Bird and the Sycamores.
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March 28, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
A day before LaQuinton Ross leaped, splayed his legs and downed Arizona with a decisive three-pointer Thursday, the 6-foot-8 Ohio State forward randomly won the locker-room lottery. He walked into the Lakers' locker room at Staples Center - his team's temporary digs in the NCAA tournament - and staked a claim to a corner locker that normally belongs to another clutch shooter. "I found out from one of the guys who worked here it was Kobe Bryant's locker," Ross said after the Buckeyes' 73-70 victory.
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