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Updated: April 29, 2004, 3:58 PM ET

Did you miss the latest scoop from the world of college basketball? Let ESPN.com's Andy Katz catch you up to date with the Weekly Word.

April 16: Early-entry effect
Until its star underclassmen have returned, coaches can't relax this time of the year.

April 9: Keady's way
Gene Keady would have walked if Purdue didn't hire Matt Painter as his eventual successor.

March 12: Same old seed, Okafor or not
The NCAA Tournament selection committee was watching Connecticut as closely as any team in the country the past 48 hours.

March 5: Best of 2004 ...
Mike Montgomery is ESPN.com's coach of the year. Who else picked up honors?

Feb. 27: Less is more
By shortening their benches heading into March, a few teams have found the secret to success.

Feb. 20: International incident
In choosing Spanish riches, Christian Drejer has caused coaches to reconsider world-wide recruiting.

Feb. 13: Rise and shine
Suddenly a Pac-10 sleeper, Cal will try to spoil Stanford's perfect season en route to a possible NCAA bid.

Feb. 6: Worthy promotions
Pittsburgh and Gonzaga are among several schools happy they trusted their teams to assistants instead of big names.

Jan. 30: Big assists
When the head coach can't coach, he needs someone to step in and keep the team together during tough times.

Jan. 23: Three of Final Four
Three teams have separated themselves from the rest of the nation at this season's midway point.

Jan. 16: Worthy teams at large
In the land of mid-majors and beyond, teams are earning their way into NCAA Tournament consideration.

Jan. 9: One bad night
BYU looked terrible on Tobacco Road. But the Cougars should be considered among the West's best teams.

Jan. 2: Lost boys
Lost in a brutal non-conference season, Michigan State must find itself before the season is a total loss.

Dec. 26: Kentucky's keepers
Led by a pair of hard-working, undersized forwards, the Wildcats don't need star power to be a national power.

Dec. 19: Odd time for change
The timing, rather than Mike Jarvis' firing, was the most surprising aspect of Friday's news out of St. John's.

Dec. 12: Quarter court report
It tipped off in MSG and produced three No. 1 teams. So, what have we learned from the first month of the season?

Dec. 5: Declawed 'Cats
Losing Isaiah Fox to injury may not seem like much, but Arizona's other unexpected losses make it a major loss.

Nov. 28: Tangled up in Ivy
The best Ivy League teams are making things tougher than expected on the best teams in the country.

Nov. 21: Any place, any time
So, which top 25 teams will play the best competition ... and who'll just be padding their early records?

Oct. 24: No point to finger-pointing
Mike Montgomery stepped out of character by putting Billy Donovan's reputation in question once again.

Oct. 17: Big movement, East to West
Once the Big East fills its holes and expands with C-USA's best, the effect will be felt across the country.

Oct. 10: 'Nova feeling Fraser's pain
A top-10 recruit a year ago, Jason Fraser is still trying to recover from a painful freshman season at Villanova.

Oct. 3: Restrictions may apply
If the Pac-10 and Big Ten have their way, teams have seen the last of foreign trips during summer or semester breaks.

Sept. 25: Conference dominoes
The Big East is poised to make its next move. And when it does, the rest of the landscape will rumble.

Sept. 19: Road to recovery
Wayne Simien could be the difference for Kansas, but isn't the only player coming back from surgery.

Sept. 12: Theus' latest gig
From SlamBall analyst to Louisville assistant coach? Reggie Theus is out to prove his latest role isn't an act.

Sept. 5: What I did this summer ...
From catching an eight-pound bass to travelling over 8,000 miles, players kept busy this offseason in several ways.

Aug. 29: Big Five Breakup?
Villanova's decision to break its date with Temple has John Chaney fuming and Philly fans at a loss.

Aug. 22: Rebuilding Baylor
Scandal has left Baylor basketball devestated. Where does Scott Drew start when it comes to starting over?

Aug. 15: It's Akron in the MAC
The University of Akron might be able to sell out Rhodes Arena next season even without LeBron James.

Aug. 7: Felton retools at Georgia
New Georgia coach Dennis Felton is among those who have have new jobs and big hurdles to overcome.

Aug. 1: 2-in-4 fallout
Now that the 2-in-4 rule has been rescinded, the 2003-04 season could feature more marquee matchups.

July 25: No state of Bliss
Ongoing investigations into murder and NCAA violations won't keep Baylor coach Dave Bliss from doing his job.

July 18: Big Ten breakouts
Team USA didn't win a medal at the Junior Worlds, but it hasn't kept a pair of Big Ten players from shining.

July 11: United UNC front
With Matt Doherty's departure behind them, UNC's trio of May, McCants and Felton are moving forward.

June 27: Hokies, 'Canes face uncertain road
Virginia Tech and Miami may be in a new league, which means new challenges for their programs.

June 20: Impact decisions
Several early-entry decisions will have a lasting impact on the 2003-04 college basketball season.

June 13: Separated at draft
It took the NBA draft to finally separate the Jarvis and Jonas Hayes twins.

June 6: Ready to be drafted?
Based on Chicago workouts, choosing college would be a wise move for both Ndudi Ebi and Charlie Villanueva.

May 30: Going solo
Chris Thomas is skipping Chicago, hoping NBA teams see his first-round talents in person.

May 23: Equal time in Chicago
An NCAA bylaw that prevents high school players from attending the Chicago pre-draft camp without losing their eligibility needs to be changed.

May 16: The 'Early Entry Effect'
Who didn't declare early for the 2003 NBA draft kept UConn the early favorite to win the 2004 national title.

May 9: Expanding concerns
Don't look for the Big Ten or Pac-10 to expand just because the ACC is adding a few teams.

April 18: Memo to Self -- take the job
Bill Self doesn't like to disappoint people. But it would've frustrated those around him if he didn't head to Kansas.

April 11: Crean can't slow down -- yet
Marquette coach Tom Crean's life has been a whirlwind since New Orleans, but he's keeping an eye on his mom.

March 26: No longer divided
The NCAA sent the message and conferences are heading it: divisions can diminish NCAA bids.

March 14: Season-ending awards
It's time for ESPN.com's annual awards, starting with a Coach of the Year from the Bluegrass State.

March 7: Dancing amid scandal
How college basketball's scandals play out is one question. How teams play amid them is another.

Feb. 21: RPI can lie
It's not as controversial as the BCS, but the RPI does have its own flaws.

Feb. 14: From ranked to rank
Led by former No. 1 Alabama, several teams could go from the top 25 to missing the NCAA Tournament.

Feb. 7: Cinderella Sequels?
Two of last year's biggest NCAA Tournament surprises could be poised for repeat performances.

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