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John Calipari to the Lakers?
Kentucky fans might suffer more than one loss this month if the gossip on Twitter has any validity. Coach John Calipari denied rumors that he'd leave to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season, a theoretical move that would mean big things both in Los Angeles and Lexington. Calipari's success in the college ranks is undeniable, but coaching a bunch of NBA prospects for one season is much different than coaching those prospects once they're locked up to big-time contracts. Considering the state the Lakers are in now, however, Calipari's denial might just be ironclad.
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UConn wins national championship
A year ago, they weren't even eligible to compete in the NCAA tournament. On Monday night, the Connecticut Huskies won it -- the program's fourth national championship in just five Final Four appearances -- by beating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54. This impressive run capped off the career of star guard Shabazz Napier and marked the arrival of second-year head coach Kevin Ollie. Does this win make Connecticut a historically great program? How would you grade the tournament overall?
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Manhattan to keep Masiello
Lying on his rÃ©sumÃ© cost Steve Masiello the chance to coach the South Florida men's basketball team, but won't cost him his old job at Manhattan. The school on Monday announced that Masiello can return to the Jaspers once he completes his undergraduate degree, which he falsely said he already earned at Kentucky. Masiello is 10 credits shy and will take classes during the next couple of months, according to sources. Associate head coach Matt Grady will take over in the interim. Do you agree with the decision?
NCAA championship game
Connecticut and Kentucky will face off in the 2014 NCAA tournament title game. Kentucky barely held off Wisconsin in a thrilling game that came down to the final shot, while Connecticut engineered a stunning comeback against Florida after falling behind by double-digits early in the first half. Both teams had low seeds entering the tournament, but they're no strangers to championship matches -- Connecticut won the tournament in 2011, while Kentucky did so in 2012. Which team will win it all?