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NCAA Hoops: Wildcats rally to beat Minnesota

NCAA Hoops: Wildcats rally to beat Minnesota

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Michael Thompson and sophomore reserve Alex Marcotullio scored 18 points apiece as Northwestern rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit for a 68-57 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Marcotullio, who had a career night, scored 10 points over a 6-minute span in the second half for the Wildcats (17-12, 7-11 Big Ten), who trailed 41-31 with 13:11 to play.

Trevor Mbakwe picked up his 17th double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Gophers (17-12, 6-11), who lost their fourth in a row.

Thompson scored 15 second-half points. John Shurna had 15 for the game, while reserve Davide Curletti added 12.

Northwestern moved ahead of Minnesota into sole possession of eighth in the Big Ten.

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NIU storms past Eastern Michigan

DE KALB, Ill. (AP) Jeremy Landers scored 17 points to lead Northern Illinois to a 66-49 victory over cold-shooting Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night.

Antone Christian added 13 points and Tim Toler 12 for the Huskies (9-19, 5-10 Mid-American Conference), who won their second straight game.

Brandon Bowdry's 17 points led the Eagles (8-21, 4-11), who lost their third in a row. Bowdry was the only Eastern Michigan player with more than three baskets, going 4-for-10 as his team shot 14-for-52 (26.9 percent). Antonio Green added 15 points, including three of the Eagles' five 3-pointers.

Northern Illinois was shut out from 3-point range, going 0-for-7, but hit 20 of 44 (45.5 percent) from the floor 26 of 33 (78.8 percent) from the line.

The Huskies led 8-0, then 28-14 at intermission. Eastern Michigan shot just 4 of 25 in the first half and never got closer than 10 in the second half.

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DePaul woes continue with loss to Rutgers

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Jonathan Mitchell scored 18 points as Rutgers was able to hold off DePaul 68-64 on Wednesday night.

Rutgers (14-15, 5-12 Big East) led 63-57 after Gilvydas Biruta's dunk with 1:43 left, but Brandon Young made a pair of free throws and Moses Morgan had a three-point play to get DePaul within 63-62 with 31.1 seconds left.

But Rutgers was able to hold on. Mitchell made a pair of free throws, and after Morgan missed a 3-point attempt, James Beatty made two free throws to make it 67-62 with 19.1 seconds left.

Young scored 21 points for the Blue Demons (7-22, 1-16), who were unable to win a conference home game.

Dane Miller and Beatty each finished with 11 points for Rutgers.

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NCAA is taking steps to allow student-athletes to make money off their likeness

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NCAA is taking steps to allow student-athletes to make money off their likeness

Bulls rookie guard Coby White has talent, an infectious smile and an afro that makes him stand out on the court. It’s a fair bet he could have made some money off his likeness while he played at North Carolina if the rules allowed it.

The NCAA is taking steps towards allowing its athletes to do so, but there’s still a long way to go in the process. The organization’s Board of Governors unanimously voted to start the process. That vote moves things to the NCAA’s three divisions “to consider updates to relevant bylaws and policies,” as it was worded in the NCAA's press release.

“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” said Michael V. Drake, the chair of the board and president of Ohio State. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education. This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships.”

The board asked each division (Division I, Division II, Division III) to make any new rules immediately and no later than January 2021.

It’s important to note that none of the changes are final, or even imminent. It’s still relevant that the NCAA is going through the process at all, after being so strongly in favor of amateurism across the board for its student-athletes.

The potential changes would not allow for compensation based on performance or participation in a sport. Of course, the natural grey area is that higher performing athletes will be more marketable so they would be compensated on performance indirectly.

This comes after California passed legislation to allow college athletes to receive endorsement/sponsorship money and other states are pursuing similar.

This is still far from being official or finalized, but it will continue to be a major story in college sports over the next couple years.

Dave Leitao suspended 3 games, DePaul put on 3-year probation

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Dave Leitao suspended 3 games, DePaul put on 3-year probation

The DePaul men's basketball team has been placed on three-year probation and head coach Dave Leitao has been suspended three games for the 2019-20 season, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.

The program was found guilty of "failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance while Leitao did not "prevent violations from occurring in his program."

A Division I Committee on Infractions panel concluded that a "former DePaul associate head coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he knowingly directed the former assistant director of basketball operations to provide impermissible recruiting benefits to a recruit."

The NCAA found that three coaches knew about the situation but failed to report the infractions. DePaul will vacate all wins earned while the ineligible player competed and suffer recruiting restrictions. They were also fined $5,000 plus 1% of the men's basketball program budget.

In 2019, DePaul had their first winning season since 2007 by going 19-17.