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2017 NCAA Tournament awards: MOP, biggest surprises, disappointments so far

Biggest disappointment: Duke - The Blue Devils were the odds-on favorite to win the tournament, got a 2 seed, then gave up the most points in a half in the Mike Krzyzewski era when they allowed South Carolina to drop 65 on them in the second round. Mike Krzyzewski has lost as the higher seed to a team separated by five seed lines or more three times since 2012. (CBS Sports)

Maryland's Melo Trimble Declaring for NBA Draft, Signing with Agent

Maryland junior point guard Melo Trimble has decided to forego his final year of college eligibility and declare for the NBA Draft, multiple sources confirmed to InsideMDSports. Unlike last year, when he tested the waters before withdrawing his name and returning to school, Trimble is signing with an agent, which will end his eligibility -- and his career at Maryland. (247 Sports)

NCAA referee John Higgins receiving death threats from Kentucky fans

NCAA referee John Higgins met with law enforcement for more than two hours Tuesday after he received death threats, repeated phone calls to his company's office and home and a barrage of false messages about his business on the company's Facebook page from Kentucky fans. Higgins worked Sunday's Elite Eight game between Kentucky and North Carolina, which the Tar Heels won. (ESPN.com)

Darius Rucker: 'The Gamecocks made me cry'

These days, more than dolphins are making Darius Rucker cry. The Charleston native and Grammy-winning musician watched at Madison Square Garden on Sunday as South Carolina outlasted Florida 77-70 to advance to the program’s first Final Four. In the end, Rucker was left as misty-eyed as the other Gamecocks fans who watched in person and on television. (Charleston Post and Courier)

Notre Dame basketball's Matt Ryan to transfer

Sophomore forward Matt Ryan is expected to transfer, Mike Brey announced in a statement Tuesday evening. Notre Dame has granted Ryan a release that allows schools to start communicating with him. However, per conference rules, he may not transfer to another ACC program. The 6-foot-7 forward received less playing time this season and at times was visibly frustrated. (Indianapolis Star)

Duke's Harry Giles to Enter NBA Draft

Duke freshman Harry Giles is headed to the NBA, the school announced Tuesday. The 6-foot-10 Giles missed two seasons in high school due to a pair of torn ACL's, sat out the first 11 games this year due to a third knee injury. He was ranked as the No. 1 player in the freshman class by ESPN. Giles averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game this season. (ESPN.com)

N.C. State’s Dennis Smith Jr. Declares for NBA Draft

Dennis Smith Jr. announced Tuesday that he will declare for the NBA Draft. “I would like to announce my decision to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft,” said Smith on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Smith averaged 18 points, 6 assists and 4.6 boards as a freshman this season. This decision is not a surprise, as Smith was considered a potential top five pick in the NBA Draft. (NBC Sports)

Duke loses another big man, Sean Obi, to transfer

Junior forward Sean Obi will transfer out of Duke at the end of the 2017 spring semester, school officials announced Tuesday. Obi is expected to graduate from Duke and be immediately eligible at another institution. A native of Kaduna, Nigeria, Obi transferred to Duke from Rice University prior to the 2014-15 season. Obi played in 10 games in a Duke uniform. (ACC Sports Journal)

Former Virginia Tech head coach James Johnson joins N.C. State basketball staff

N.C. State hired James Johnson as an assistant coach for men’s basketball under new coach Kevin Keatts, the school announced Monday. Johnson, a former Elon assistant coach and ex-Virginia Tech coach, and Keatts were teammates at Ferrum College from 1991-93. He was in charge at Virginia Tech for two seasons from 2012-14 after five seasons on the Hokies' staff. (Burlington Times News)

How Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey was found -- the inside story

Tom Brady rode a golf cart through the bowels of NRG Stadium speeding by high-fives and cheers just moments after his Super Bowl LI postgame news conference around 10 p.m. CT. Brady's destination was the New England Patriots' locker room where he would join teammates and staff to continue celebrating their dramatic overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons. (ESPN.com)

Jerry Krause's underrated contributions to Bulls dynasty were kept too secret

Following Jerry Krause's covert orders, Will Perdue checked in to his Deerfield hotel under an assumed name when flying in for a workout before the 1988 NBA draft. It fooled everyone — including Perdue, who stood in the lobby for minutes the next morning before realizing the driver yelling the Polish name was his ride. (Chicago Tribune)

Dana Altman and Oregon Ducks basketball soak up rewards of Final Four berth

Oregon is in the Final Four for the first time since 1939 with a school record for wins as it prepares to face UNC on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz. “It means everything,” Ennis said. “Twenty years of playing basketball. The highlight of my career.” That’s also the case for Dana Altman, who reached the national semifinals for the first time in his 29th season as a Division-1 head coach. (Eugene Register-Guard)

The Breakthrough: Its Cinderella days long behind it, Gonzaga at last reaches Final Four

The culture of Gonzaga has evolved, from a tiny upstart to a team that flies charters to road games, has a Nike deal, an incredible winning tradition and a family atmosphere with staff members with deep ties to the program. As coach Mark Few put it, when he first came to Spokane as a graduate assistant in 1989, "We won four Division I games. And I mean, this"—the Final Four—"wasn't even possible." (Sports Illustrated)

Archie Miller's father says son turned down NC State due to trust issues

When NC State announced it would not retain the services of Mark Gottfried as head coach, many instantly thought of newly hired Indiana head coach Archie Miller as a perfect fit for the Wolf Pack job. Miller had played for NC State from 1998-2002 before embarking on a coaching career, where he took Dayton to four straight NCAA tournaments from 2014-2017 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2014. (The Score)

Mike Francesa says he wasn’t paying attention to his show re: Maryland, blasts SI

WFAN host Mike Francesa has a delightful tendency to double down when he gets criticized and offer unusual excuses, and that’s exactly what he’s now done after taking flak for seeming to not know that Maryland was in the Big Ten and providing curious non-analysis of a hypothetical Maryland-Florida State matchup on Wednesday’s show. (Awful Announcing)

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