E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson both told Indianapolis Star reporter Jeff Rabjohns that they'll be back for their senior seasons: "I think we'll be back next year," Moore said. "At least speaking for myself. I can't speak for JaJuan." "That's what it looks like right now for me, coming back to school," Johnson said. "I still have a lot of things to accomplish: a Big Ten championship, a Final Four. There are a lot of things I still want to do in college." In a year that has gone from Final Four hopes to just trying to make a respectable appearance in the NCAA tournament, this is good news for Boilermakers fans, and very bad news for the rest of the Big Ten.
Gary Parrish ranked Syracuse No. 2 in his poll this week. Naturally, Syracuse fans handled this in totally reasonable fashion. Just kidding: Hundreds of seriously affronted Syracuse fans blew him up on Twitter and asked him to quit his job, one of whom is threatening to sue him for saying she looks like a boy. People, people, please! It's just the top 25 poll. It means nothing. Please stop freaking out about these things. You'll be so much happier that way.
An analysis prepared by a boutique Chicago investment bank found the Big Ten stands to gain money from conference expansion, which will put to ease the concerns of those worried an additional Big Ten team would actually cause the conference's teams to lose money. According to sources, "a Big East school joining the Big Ten would have to pay $5 million as a 'loyalty clause' fee." Oh, college sports. It's like you're trying to draw comparisons with the mob.
Another minor news item: Dismissed Tennessee forward Tyler Smith signed a two-month contract to play in Turkey, after which he will conceivably make a run at the NBA draft.
Yesterday, Binghamton removed itself from the America East tourney, effectively ending the Bears' season in the wake of the SUNY report heard 'round the world. Today, Rush the Court questions that logic, saying its unfair to the players who stuck around this year despite the program's woes: "It was bad enough when USC officials threw their promising team under the bus midway through the 09-10 season, but the players who remained at Binghamton along with interim coach Mark Macon made the best of a horrible situation this year and actually far exceeded expectations. The Bearcats finished 8-8 in the conference and were scheduled to be the #5 seed in the tournament. In a year without a truly dominant Am East team, imagine the story if Binghamton had been able to claw its way to the NCAA Tournament again this year! It doesn’t make a whit of sense to us to punish the remaining players for prior transgressions, but the school has consistently made poor decisions in this arena for some time now, so it shouldn’t surprise us."
Oh, and meanwhile: Poor Fordham.
Seth Davis returns with another addition of "Coaches Say The Darnedest Things (When They Know They're Off The Record)." This week's version of no-holds-barred analysis from coaches is an enlightening read, but it's also sort of depressing: Think of how much better news conferences would be if coaches were this honest with the media all the time.
Speaking of coaches and media, Paul Hewitt is still feuding with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Insert cliché about start a fight with those who purchase ink by the barrel here.
The LeMoyne Dolphins are one of only three teams to beat Syracuse this season -- albeit in an exhibition game -- so surely LeMoyne is streaking through their Division II season with ease, right? Not really, though the Dolphins did put together a solid 18-9 season, including six more conference wins than in 2008-09.
Arinze Onuaku is worried about future employers knowing how to pronounce his name. He is also apparently worried all the time, as Sean Keeley provides a visual retrospective of the many faces -- read: one face, usually a very stern, non-smiling one -- of big Arinze.
Kalin Lucas isn't a big-time NBA prospect by any means, but at least one writer thinks he's being slept on in the NBA draft discussion.
Finally, in advance of the night's fun, Card Chronicle puts together a recap of the 10 best Marquette-Louisville games in the history of the series.