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John Calipari to the Lakers?
Kentucky fans might suffer more than one loss this month if the gossip on Twitter has any validity. Coach John Calipari denied rumors that he'd leave to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season, a theoretical move that would mean big things both in Los Angeles and Lexington. Calipari's success in the college ranks is undeniable, but coaching a bunch of NBA prospects for one season is much different than coaching those prospects once they're locked up to big-time contracts. Considering the state the Lakers are in now, however, Calipari's denial might just be ironclad.
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UConn wins national championship
A year ago, they weren't even eligible to compete in the NCAA tournament. On Monday night, the Connecticut Huskies won it -- the program's fourth national championship in just five Final Four appearances -- by beating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54. This impressive run capped off the career of star guard Shabazz Napier and marked the arrival of second-year head coach Kevin Ollie. Does this win make Connecticut a historically great program? How would you grade the tournament overall?
Connecticut's men's basketball success doesn't stretch back too far. But its recent run is hard to match: four Final Fours and four national titles since 1999, with Monday night's 60-54 victory over Kentucky the latest to seal the trophy. Where does UConn rank among the greatest programs ever? What about those Wildcats? Click on the logos below to set your list!
All-Time CBB Programs
4 Final Fours, 1 championship
6 Final Fours, 2 championships
5 Final Fours, 4 championships
15 Final Fours, 4 championships
5 Final Fours, 1 championship
8 Final Fours, 5 championships
14 Final Fours, 3 championships
16 Final Fours, 8 championships
10 Final Fours, 3 championships
7 Final Fours (2 vacated), 1 championship
8 Final Fours, 2 championships
18 Final Fours, 5 championships
11 Final Fours (1 vacated), 1 championship
5 Final Fours, 1 championships
18 Final Fours (1 vacated), 11 championships
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Manhattan to keep Masiello
Lying on his résumé cost Steve Masiello the chance to coach the South Florida men's basketball team, but won't cost him his old job at Manhattan. The school on Monday announced that Masiello can return to the Jaspers once he completes his undergraduate degree, which he falsely said he already earned at Kentucky. Masiello is 10 credits shy and will take classes during the next couple of months, according to sources. Associate head coach Matt Grady will take over in the interim. Do you agree with the decision?
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