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The honors keep rolling in for Michigan’s Trey Burke. And more likely are coming. Let’s start daily links there. The latest Burke bauble: AP player of the year. The only other Wolverine to win the honor was Cazzie Russell in 1966. Yes, it has been that long. And I still can’t believe those are the only two Wolverines ever to win the honor.
Iowa didn’t get Roy Devyn Marble going, and he was hampered by foul trouble in the first half, scoring just four points. And he didn’t get his first hoop in the second half until the 9:19 mark. Marble finished with six, hitting 3-of-12 shots and missing all four of his 3-pointers. But the junior had scored 24, 28, 24 and 21 in the previous four NIT games.
Pierre Jackson had his fourth straight double-double with 17 points and 10 assists to lead Baylor to the first National Invitation Tournament title in school history with a 74-54 win over Iowa on Thursday night.
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Minnesota will introduce Richard Pitino as their school’s 17th men’s basketball coach on Friday morning and you can watch the entire press conference on BTN/BTN2Go beginning at 10 a.m. ET. BTN’s Mike Hall and Shon Morris host our coverage. Earlier, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart wrote that this hire fits the job. We also tracked Twitter reaction to the news on Wednesday.
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The USA Today has a nice chart the ranks the salaries of each coach in the NCAA tourney that the publication could obtain information on. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo is No. 4 on the list, making $3.7 million. Compare that to No. 62 (last) on the list: Southern’s Roman Banks, who makes $115,000. That’s soda pop and candy bar money for Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who tops the list at $7.2 million per year.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will try to repeat as Legends Division champs, as the program searches for its first conference championship since winning the Big 12 in 1999. Nebraska’s potent offense may have to carry the load early on while a re-tooled defense takes shape.