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Tennessee hires Southern Mississippi's Tyndall (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, Southern Mississippi head coach Donnie Tyndall, center, talks to guards Neil Watson, left, and Jerrold Brooks during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against DePaul, in Rosemont, Ill. Tennessee is counting on Tyndall to make the same successful transition from the mid-major ranks as the Volunteers' last two men's basketball coaches. Tennessee announced Tuesday morning, April 22, 2014, that Tyndall would be introduced as its new coach at a 2 p.m. news conference. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Tennessee's coaching position had just become available when Donnie Tyndall received a text message urging him to pursue the job. This particular message did not come from Tyndall's agent. HINT, HINT.'' ''Certainly this is a job that was on my radar - and Gracie's too,'' Tyndall said Tuesday at his introductory press conference as Tennessee's coach. Tyndall agreed to a six-year contract worth $1.6 million per year to replace Cuonzo Martin, who went 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee before California hired him on April 15.


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Men's Basketball Polls - Final (Apr. 8)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Florida
  • 2. Wichita State
  • 3. Virginia
  • 4. Arizona
  • 5. Louisville
  • 6. Villanova
  • 7. Michigan
  • 8. Duke
  • 9. Iowa State
  • 10. Kansas
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Connecticut
  • 2. Kentucky
  • 3. Florida
  • 4. Wisconsin
  • 5. Arizona
  • 6. Michigan
  • 7. Wichita State
  • 8. Michigan State
  • 9. Louisville
  • 10. Virginia

C Johnson, F Poythress returning to Kentucky (Yahoo Sports)

Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (44) celebrates during the second half of an NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Wisconsin Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's frontcourt will bring back size and experience next season after freshman center Dakari Johnson and sophomore forward Alex Poythress announced they would return.


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Kentucky freshman Julius Randle to enter NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)

Kentucky forward Julius Randle, left, fights for a rebound with Wisconsin forward Duje Dukan during the second half of an NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Kentucky forward Julius Randle took a lot of time and talked to a lot of people before deciding to leave after one season for the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five selections. With five days left before the deadline for underclassmen to declare, the 6-foot-9 Dallas native announced the decision many expected even before he arrived as part of Kentucky's best recruiting class ever. Projected as a lottery pick from the outset, Randle solidified his draft stock by leading Kentucky (29-11) to the NCAA final behind a string of double-doubles despite being double- and triple-teamed. ''Kentucky will always have a special place in my heart, but growing up as a kid, there's always been my dream to play in the NBA, and there's no better opportunity for me to achieve that goal than now,'' Randle said at a news conference attended by his mother, Carolyn Kyles, and teammates Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein, who rode in on a scooter.


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Men's Basketball RPI
  • Team RPI
  • 1. Florida
  • 2. Arizona
  • 3. Wisconsin
  • 4. Kansas
  • 5. Connecticut
  • 6. Wichita State
  • 7. Kentucky
  • 8. Villanova
  • 9. Iowa State
  • 10. Virginia
  • Conference RPI
  • 1. Big Ten
  • 2. Big 12
  • 3. Pac 12
  • 4. Big East
  • 5. ACC
  • 6. Atlantic 10
  • 7. SEC
  • 8. American Athletic
  • 9. West Coast
  • 10. Mountain West

Tennessee hoops loses guards from recruiting class (Yahoo Sports)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee has granted guards Larry Austin Jr. and Jordan Cornish releases from their letters of intent, cutting the Volunteers' incoming freshman class in half.

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Vandy assistant Cason joins Smart's staff at VCU (Yahoo Sports)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Vanderbilt assistant basketball coach David Cason has joined Shaka Smart's staff at Virginia Commonwealth.

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