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Mar 1, 2017; Greenville, NC, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Rodney Purvis (15) drives with the ball against East Carolina Pirates forward Kentrell Barkley (15) during the second half at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The East Carolina Pirates defeated the Connecticut Huskies 66-62. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 1, 2017; Greenville, NC, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Rodney Purvis (15) drives with the ball against East Carolina Pirates forward Kentrell Barkley (15) during the second half at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The East Carolina Pirates defeated the Connecticut Huskies 66-62. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Rodney Purvis scored a career-high 30 points and UConn beat South Florida 77-66 on Thursday night in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Amida Brimah added 13 points and Christian Vital had 11 for the Huskies (15-16), who snapped a four-game losing streak.

UConn led by 13 points at halftime and 15 after a Brimah dunk to open the second half. >> Read more

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The Connecticut Huskies celebrate their win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the second half at Rentschler Field. UConn defeated the Bearcats 20-9. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
The Connecticut Huskies celebrate their win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the second half at Rentschler Field. UConn defeated the Bearcats 20-9. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UConn looks to make it two straight wins, as the Huskies travel to take on South Florida on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Huskies (3-3) overcame a slow start in last week's matchup against Cincinnati to come away with a 20-9 victory over the Bearcats. Arkeel Newsome led the way for UConn with 116 rushing yards, while QB Bryant Shirreffs threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns.

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Louisville's Lamar Jackson confounded the Syracuse defense in just about every way. Quinton Flowers is ready to keep the ball rolling against the Orange.

Flowers leads South Florida (2-0) into the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon, a week after Jackson led the No. 10 Cardinals to a 62-28 victory indoors. The Orange (1-1) allowed a school-record 845 yards as Jackson scored four times on runs and threw for another in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

"It was a tough loss," said Orange wideout Amba Etta-Tawo, who has 20 catches for 313 yards in two games. "It was embarrassing. It hurt our pride a little bit, but we're not going to tuck our tails between our legs and run away and try to hide because we lost one game.

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By ADAM ZAGORIA & ZACH SMART

Less than a week after losing out on Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard Isaiah Briscoe, St. John's landed its first commitment in the Class of 2015 when Philadelphia?Math, Civics, & Sciences combo guard Samir Doughty committed to the Johnnies.

St. John's coach Steve Lavin had hoped Briscoe would be the building block to a huge class for 2015 that must replace six graduating seniors.

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One day after returning from a visit to Penn State, Marshall transfer Kareem Canty committed to?South Florida and new head coach Orlando Antigua.

Evan Daniels of Scout.com first reported the news.

"It was love," the 6-foot-1 Canty?told SNY.tv of his recent visit to USF.?"I enjoyed it. The coaching staff made me feel like I was home and the weather was beautiful. I felt real comfortable. The athletic director was a major plus, too."

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By JACK LeGWIN?

Special to ZAGSBLOG

On Wednesday morning, Troy Holston verbally committed to the University of South Florida.

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Javontae Hawkins, the Rivals No. 23 shooting guard in the Class of 2012, has verbally pledged to South Florida.

"USF is getting an extremely high level athlete and scorer," Huntington (West Va.) Prep coach Rob Fulford told SNY.tv. "Javontae will be an immediate impact player for [head coach] Stan [Heath].

"He is a gym rat who is a potential all-Big East player. I anticipate Javontae to have a huge year at Huntington Prep and we are very excited for him."

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HOUSTON -- Jamie Skeen is VCU's leading scorer and rebounder and a major reason why they are here in their first-ever Final Four.

Skeen poured in 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds when VCU stunned No. 1 Kansas to win the Southwest Regional.

Yet had history unfolded differently, the 6-foot-9, 240-pound senior might have landed in the Big East.

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Former St. Bonaventure commit Elijah Carter will wait until the spring to sign with a school.

"Yes, I am," Carter said by text.

Asked why he would not sign in the fall, Carter said, "So that I can bond more with the coaches I will be around for the next four years."

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Ryan Arcidiacono, the No. 8 point guard in the Class of 2012 out of Langhorne (Pa.) Neshaminy, has verbally committed to Villanova.

Arcidiacono was one of many recruits to attend Villanova's Midnight Madness event Friday night and said he called head coach Jay Wright to commit on Sunday.

"It was a great fit," he said by phone. "They love to push the ball. They're an up-and-down type of team."

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Boys & Girls senior shooting guard Mike Taylor is focusing on six schools, according to assistant coach Elmer Anderson.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Taylor is looking at St. John's, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, South Florida and South Carolina.

"Those six schools are the ones that have been consistent with him," Anderson said Monday.

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Tyler Harris isn't just Tobias' younger brother.

The 6-foot-8 Harris -- and the brother of Tennessee-bound forward Tobias Harris -- is making a name for himself as one of the top ballers in the New York area.

The No. 16 small forward in the Class of 2011 out of Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West, Harris recently picked up scholarship offers from N.C. State, Virginia Tech and South Florida, according to his father, Torrel.

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Maurice Walker is one of the most sought after big men in the Class of 2010.

The 6-foot-10, 280-pound Toronto native is currently playing at Wolfeboro? (N.H.) Brewster Academy and plans to cut his list with his father later this week.

"We plan on sitting down this week to hash out our top five and see if we can schedule our visits for the spring and get that portion of things wrapped up," Craig Walker said Monday by phone.

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With his team set to visit Pittsburgh on Saturday in a critical Big East tilt for both teams, Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez spent part of Thursday's Big East conference call clarifying his decision to pull Jeremy Hazell with four minutes remaining in Tuesday's 81-71 loss at No. 2 Villanova.

?There is a lot of misinterpretation, a lot of misinformation. I?m the head coach of this program and I make those decisions?not the athletic director, not the administration, not a prep school coach, not a high school coach. I make the decisions. There?s been a lot of confusion out there and I just want to make sure there is no confusion," Gonzalez said of the decision to pull Hazell, who had 32 points in the game and is the second-leading scorer in the Big East.

?I didn?t take Jeremy out just because of shot selection. People think he missed some shots and I yanked him. What needs to be cleared up is Jeremy didn?t run back on defense, which is basically a cardinal sin.?

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Today marks one of the biggest days in college hoops in a long time, with a full slate of?critical games, none?more interesting?than the Louisville-Kentucky tilt that features a battle between old rivals?Rick Pitino and John Calipari.

Here's a column from Rick Bozich on the relationship between the two coaches.

After his admissions of marital infidelity and a pending trial, Pitino?is sure to get an earful from the UK faithful and it should be something to watch (3:30, CBS).

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***Undefeated Big East powers Cincinnati and South Florida are preparing for an Oct. 15 battle on ESPN. Read about it here.***

Greg Schiano says he's "hoping" that true freshman QB Tom Savage will start Saturday against Texas Southern in the Homecoming game.

?I hope he does. He has been practicing for two days now. I guess the only way that would preclude him from playing is if something took a turn in the other direction. Right now, he is on the way up,?Schiano said Monday.

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New York point guard Lamont "Momo" Jones spent the last couple of days visiting Florida and will land in Arizona Thursday night.

The 5-foot-11 Jones got his release from USC after Tim Floyd stepped down and will likely land at Arizona or Florida. Memphis is also interested but sources say he likely won't land there.

Jones' Godfather is on the Arizona staff.

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South Florida finished 14th in the 16-team Big East last season, but head coach Stan Heath believes things will be much better this season.

The Bulls have secured an impressive recruiting class that includes 6-11 JUCO forward Jarrid Famous, forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick and guards Mike Burwell Jr., Jordan Dumars and Shaun Noriega. Anthony Crater, who transferred from Ohio State last December, can suit up Dec. 12

Junior transfer Ron Anderson, a 6-8 forward from Kansas State, will have to sit out next year as per transfer regulations.

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After South Florida head coach Stan Heath visited with recruit Jarrid Famous Sunday night, the news is that Famous is still planning on attending the school.

"There didn't have to be any smoothing over," Westchester Community College coach Tyrone Mushatt, who also attended the meeting, told Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times. "There won't be any confusion about this. He's going to South Florida."

WCC assistant Mickey Carey had previously said the 6-foot-11 Famous wanted to get out of his Letter of Intent because he hadn't heard from Heath in some time and hadn't been informed of the departure of assistants Dan Hipsher and Byron Samuels.

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Lance Stephenson still hasn't picked a college, but he is scheduled to play hoops on Thursday.

The 6-foot-5 Stephenson is one of several high-profile players who will compete in the 2nd Annual Frankie Williams Charity Classic at the Theodore D. Young Community Center in Greenburgh, N.Y. (See game info below.)

The event is slated to feature Kevin Parrom (South Kent/Arizona), Sean Kilpatrick (White Plains HS/Cincinnati), Dante Taylor (National Christian Academy/Pittsburgh), Durand Scott (Rice/Miami), Omari Lawrence (South Kent/St John's) and Sherrod Wright (Mt. Vernon/George Mason).

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The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that one of Derrick Rose's former? Chicago Simeon teammates may have taken his SAT for him.

?? [The NCAA] thinks that [former Simeon player Kevin Johnson] took [the SAT test] for him," Luther Topps, who coached Rose?s club basketball team with Derrick?s brother Reggie, told the newspaper.

Topps said he and Simeon coach Robert Smith don't know anything firsthand.

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Jarrid Famous wants out of his Letter of Intent to South Florida, multiple sources said Tuesday.

"Jarrid Famous is trying to get out of his letter," one source with direct knowledge said.

The 6-foot-11 Famous chose South Florida last month over Arizona, Missouri and Seton Hall and could end up at one of those places if he gets out. Arizona appears to be a likely destination.

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There is a great deal of news coming out of the basketball office at Westchester Community College, and some of it is very sad.

Head coach Winston Nicholas passed away Monday morning after a long battle with cancer, according to assistant coach Mickey Carey.

"Coach Nicholas passed away this morning," he said Monday by phone.

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Memphis head coach Josh Pastner has offered assistant coaching jobs to Willis Wilson, the former head coach at Rice University, and Glynn Cyprien, a longtime assistant at Kentucky, Arkansas, New Mexico State and Oklahoma State.

Their hirings are pending approval of the University and Tennessee State Board of Regents.

?Willis and Glynn are two great additions to our staff, and I?m looking forward to them coming on board,? said Pastner. ?Both are energetic, hard workers, and they will give that extra effort to help this program be successful. That?s the kind of people I was looking for when I searched to find the right mix for this program."

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NEW YORK - Daniel Orton will play for Kentucky next year, and he believes there's no telling how far the 'Cats can go.

The 6-foot-10, 260-pound center from Oklahoma City (OK) Bishop McGuinness said Thursday at the Jordan Brand Classic practice that he would remain at Kentucky despite the recent coaching change.

"I'm still at Kentucky, I'm still at Kentucky," said Orton, the No. 4 center in the Class of 2009. "I'm going to stay here."

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Jarrid Famous will announce his college decision April 22 at Westchester (N.Y.) Community College.

The 6-foot-11 Famous will have his jersey retired that night and will then announce his school during the celebration.

As first reported here, Famous will take an official visit this weekend to Arizona. Arizona recently named Sean Miller its new head coach and Arizona assistant Book Richardson of New York recruited Famous while he was at Xavier with Miller.

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Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich both announced Monday night at the 2009 Awards Banquet that they would return to Kansas next season.

"I can't wait till next year when we try to go for one more," Aldrich, who averaged 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds,?said at the banquet, according to Gary Bedore and Jesse Newell of KUSports.com.

Collins averaged a team-high 18.9 points for a Jayhawks team that lost to Michigan State in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and finished 27-8.

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Jarrid Famous, the 6-foot-11 center out of Westchester (N.Y.) Community College, visited South Florida this past weekend and is on the brink of cutting down his list.

He said he plans to visit Xavier the weekend of April 10 and could decide after that.

"I think after that I might just make my decision," Famous said Wednesday by phone.

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The high school careers of Lance Stephenson and James Padgett came to an end Saturday...and Maryland coach Gary Williams was there to watch it.

"I was surprised to see him," Stephenson told the New York Post.

James Stukes, an uncommitted 6-5 small forward, had 22 points and Miami-bound guard Durand Scott added 16 as Rice crushed two-time defending State Federation champion Lincoln 77-50 in a Class AA boys semifinal in Glens Falls, N.Y. Rice will meet Newburgh Free Academy on Sunday for the state championship.

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Sherrod Wright, the 6-foot-4 wing out of Mount Vernon (N.Y.), will visit Central Florida the weekend of April 9, according to a source.

Marcus Jordan, the son of Michael Jordan, will also visit UCF this weekend.

Wright is headed on an official visit this weekend to George Mason. He is also considering Seton Hall, South Florida, Manhattan, Hofstra and Duquesne.

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Here are a couple of quick updates on recruits who will sign in the late signing period.

**Sherrod Wright, a 6-foot-4 wing out of Mount Vernon (N.Y.), will take an official visit this coming weekend to George Mason. Wright is also considering Seton Hall, South Florida, Central Florida, Manhattan, Fordham, Hofstra and Duquesne.

**Former Seton Hall commit DeAndre Kane of The Patterson (N.C.) School is down to Marshall, Marquette and Rhode Island, according to Patterson coach Chris Chaney.

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Mount Vernon (N.Y.) senior wing Sherrod Wright is in the process of narrowing down his college options in the days leading up to the NCAA late signing period.

George Mason, Seton Hall, South Florida, Central Florida, Manhattan, Fordham, Hofstra and Duquesne are all possibilities, according to Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino.

"Those are the main players for him now," Cimmino said Thursday. "I think he wants to sign in the April signing period."

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Jarrid Famous, the 6-foot-11 center out of Westchester (N.Y.) Community College, plans to visit South Florida later this month.

"I'm visiting South Florida on the 27th [of March] for the weekend," Famous said.

Famous visited Seton Hall last fall and recently made his first official visit of the spring to Missouri, where he stayed with junior guard and Staten Island native Zaire Taylor.

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A couple of prized big men are making recruiting news.

Jarrid Famous, the 6-foot-11 center out of Westchester (N.Y.) Community College, said he enjoyed his recent visit to Missouri and plans to visit Xavier next.

"Xavier is next, I don't know when yet," said Famous, the Mid-Hudson Conference and Region XV Player of the Year. "I promised Xavier a visit. Once I get done with them then I'll take the next step."

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More and more it looks as if Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez will get his wish of playing St. John's in Madison Square Garden.

And this time the stakes will be much higher.

Seton Hall and St. John's appear headed toward a first-round matchup in the Big East Tournament. That game, pitting No. 12 against No. 13, would take place at 2 p.m. on March 10. As we reported here earlier, it won't be televised, so fans will have to either watch on the old Internet or buy tickets.

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"Obviously, we're coming off a great win on Sunday against Georgetown....We had a great sold-out crowd. It was a great day at the RAC. It was great to get our first Big East conference win. WE really needed it."

--Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez on the 65-60 win over then-No. 12 Georgetown

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Playing the final college basketball game at the 42-year Spectrum in Philadelphia, No. 21 Villanova stunned No. 3 Pitt 67-57 Wednesday night.

The win marked the first signature win of the year for the Wildcats (16-4, 4-3 Big East), and their first win over a ranked team in five tries this year. Pitt, a former No. 1, dropped to 18-2, 6-2.

Reggie Redding paced 'Nova with 18 points, including a perfect 10-of-10 from the stripe. Dante Cunningham added 15 points and Scottie Reynolds 10.

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Jamie Skeen has chosen to transfer to VCU, choosing that school over Seton Hall and South Florida, according to a source.

Skeen was declared ineligible for the fall semester at Wake Forest for violating the school?s academic policy and told the team that he would not appeal for reinstatement to the university.

Skeen will have two years of eligibility left but will have to sit out a year.

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Jamie Skeen, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward who is transferring from Wake Forest, is considering three schools for his next possible destination and hopes to decide by later this month or early January.

"Right now it's three schools that really want me, Seton Hall, South Florida and VCU," Skeen said Thursday in a phone interview.

"So far I have visited Seton Hall first [last weekend]. I got back late last night from VCU. I drove up there. My plane leaves for South Florida at 6 tomorrow evening."

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Lots of movement in the world of college basketball going on...

**Jai Lucas, son of former NBA player John Lucas, is transferring out of Florida. Lucas started all 36 games for the Gators last season, averaging 8.5 points and 2.3 assists. Playing alongside Nick Calathes, the Southeastern co-freshman of the year, in a three-guard lineup didn't work out for Lucas, who could end up at a Big 12 school close to his home in Bellaire, Texas. Oklahoma State, Kentucky and Maryland were among his finalists last time around.

?I just think we were going in different directions.? Lucas told Gatorsports.com. ?I have no regrets about it. The coaching staff, the players, the school, were great. I had a great time while I was here. I just wanted something else.?

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