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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Butler Blue III here in Memphis. Ready to go.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Vermont coach John Becker told ESPN that he is staying with the Catamounts after looking at the vacant Duquesne job. Becker said he has four years remaining on his contract. He led the Catamounts to the NCAA tournament this season, losing to Purdue in the first round. Under Becker, Vermont has won the America East regular season twice, the conference tournament twice and been to the NCAA tournament twice since taking over in 2011.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

This is totally just a test and not a grim portent of Gonzaga's future, but let's put it here, you know, just in case.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Foster is returning to Creighton next season.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona goes through its light skip-pass shooting drill to the dulcet sounds of children chanting "Let's go Wildcats, let's go!" Lest you think these kids are truly die-hard Wildcats fans, though, know that they've been raucously cheering for ALL four teams all afternoon. They just really love the game, you know? (And also yelling.)

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Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said in a text that he is staying with the Gaels. He had been mentioned as a possible candidate at Cal. Bennett is expected to receive an extension sometime this spring. Bennett led the Gaels to the round of 32 before losing to Arizona in Salt Lake City. Bennett has led the Gaels to six NCAA appearances since 2001, 3 WCC titles (1 outright).

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Washington releases Mike Hopkins contract memorandum: salary goes from $1.8 million in year one to $2.3 in year six. Buyout goes from $2 million in year one down to $500,000 in year five. Bonuses for Pac -12 titles, advancing in NCAA tournament and high APR scores also included.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Purdue's Caleb Swanigan said the perception of the Big Ten being down as a conference was due to "the big names like Indiana, Michigan State weren't prolific powerhouses as they usually are... if Duke or North Carolina and an off year. People would say the ACC is off, and I think thats more where it came from."

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia junior Marial Shayok is transferring, per the school. Averaged 8.9 points this past season. Minutes were inconsistent late in the season, but did score 23 points in the NCAA Tournament win over UNC-Wilmington.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas guard Frank Mason said Purdue's size was comparable to Baylor. The Jayhawks are betting on their quickness to win out: "Coach tells us all the time, speed beats size the majority of time. We just want try to take advantage of their size, really get out and run it, and put pressure on their defense."

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Gonzaga's one-two interior punch of Przemek Karnowski and Zach Collins -- the keys to whether the Bulldogs will be able to reliably play their preferred inside-out style against West Virginia's swarming defense -- can expect slightly more resistance at the SAP Center Thursday night.

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Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Xavier coach Chris Mack, in a question nominally about what it means for his program to be back in the Sweet 16, provided one of the better metaphors for this stage of the tournament writ large: "The eye of the needle gets smaller."