3-point shot: Gregg Marshall eyes new deal

1. The new American Athletic Conference has asked for bids to host the 2014 men's basketball tournament. Memphis, Hartford (UConn), Cincinnati, Philadelphia (Temple), Orlando and possibly a few others are expected to submit their proposals. The conference will go over the list and make a decision at the spring meetings in Ponte Vedra, Fla., May 19-22. It is still unknown if the men and women will conduct the tournaments at the same site/time. The old Big East did not with the men in New York and the women in Hartford. The new Big East will maintain its tournament at Madison Square Garden in 2014.

2. Wichita State athletic director Eric Sexton said Sunday he is close to finalizing a new deal for head coach Gregg Marshall, who coached the Shockers to a Final Four berth earlier this month. Marshall said the Shockers will survive the early-entry deadline on April 28 without losing a player. The one player who could have been tempted to go was Cleanthony Early after his impressive 24-point, 10-rebound performance in the national semifinal loss to Louisville. Meanwhile, Wichita State is working on a few high-profile games that could be a result of being in the Final Four, but Marshall said nothing is firm yet. The Shockers are already a featured item when the CBE Classic puts out that Wichita State is the headline team in the Nov. 25-26, 2013, event in Kansas City when Texas is also in the field. BYU and DePaul are the other two locked-in semifinalists.

3. Creighton coach Greg McDermott said he and his son have had a lot of discussions in the past week about whether his son Doug, a junior with the Bluejays and a two-time All-American, would return for his senior season or enter the NBA draft. But McDermott said the decision is all Doug's. Doug could use this whole week before finalizing his decision prior to Sunday's deadline. It's rather simple for the Bluejays: If McDermott returns, then Creighton is a Top-25 team. If he does not, then they will enter the new Big East in a rebuilding mode.