Friday, March 11, 2011
Posted: 1:37 p.m. Updated: 4:19 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jared Sullingerhad 20 points and 18 rebounds to help No. 1 Ohio State beatNorthwestern 67-61 in overtime on Friday in the Big Ten tournamentquarterfinals.Sullinger made all 10 of his freethrows in overtime after missing a baseline jumper that would have wonthe game as time expired in regulation. His 18 rebounds fell one shortof the tournament record set by Ohio State's Greg Oden in 2007.Aaron Craft scored 17 points, and Jon Diebler added 13 for the Buckeyes (30-2).John Shurna scored 23 points, Michael Thompson scored 15 points and Drew Crawfordhad 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (18-13). Thompson wascoming off a tournament-record 35 points in Thursday's win overMinnesota.
Boxscore Complete RecapMichigan's late rally knocks out Illinois
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Darius Morrisscored eight of his 17 points in the final eight minutes Friday,leading Michigan back from a nine-point deficit to beat Illinois 60-55in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.Wolverines coach John Beilein beatthe tourney's winningest team, won his 1,000th game as a head coach andset up a semifinal date Saturday with No. 1 Ohio State.Mike Tisdale, Demetri McCamey and Brandon Pauleach scored 10 points to lead the Fighting Illini (19-13). It's onlythe second time in 14 years that Illinois did not advance to the semis.After closing the first half on a17-4 run, the Illini didn't let Michigan (20-12) get closer than sevenuntil Morris took over late.Morris tied the score at 51 with 3:24 left, and Tim Hardaway Jr.'s 3-pointer with 1:42 left finally gave Michigan a 56-53 lead that it didn't relinquish.Boxscore Complete Recap
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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.
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.