UNC's Tyler Zeller Out For the Season

November 20th, 2008
The Story: North Carolina Freshman Tyler Zeller is likely out for the season after fracturing his left wrist attempting a dunk in a win over Kentucky. Zeller underwent surgery at UNC Hospitals to repair his broken left radius and ulna. Dr. Don Bynum, who performed the surgery, deemed it as successful and expects Zeller to make a full recovery. The normal recovery time for this injury is 12 to 16 weeks.

Legend Pete Newell Dies at 93

November 17th, 2008

BERKELEY, CA -Pete Newell, the Hall of Fame basketball coach who won an NCAA championship and Olympic gold medal and later tutored some of the game's greatest big men, died Monday. He was 93.

His death was confirmed by the University of California, the school Newell coached to a national title in 1959. Newell, who had been living near San Diego, had a serious lung operation in 2005.

ESPN's 24 Hour Marathon Starts Tonight

November 17th, 2008

The Story: ESPN is featuring its first annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon starting at 11:59 pm tonight (Nov. 17). The marathon will start with UMass at No. 12 Memphis and it concludes with tomorrow night's game of Kentucky at No. 1 North Carolina. The new initiative attempts to highlight the beginning of 2008-09 men's college basketball season.  During this marathon ESPN programs will include a game from five different U.S. time zones-Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific, and Hawaiian.

New Big East Commissioner: John Marinatto

November 12th, 2008
Big EastThe Story: The Big East conference has named John Marinatto commissioner,  replacing outgoing Mike Tranghese. Tranghese served as the commissioner for 18 years before announcing his retirement in June. Marinatto has served as the senior associate commissioner since 2002.
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Tennessee Freshman White Ruled Ineligible

November 11th, 2008

The Story: Tennessee freshman point guard Daniel West has been ruled academically ineligible for this season. He had not practiced with the team since workouts began on October 17 due to his eligibility clearance issue. Coach Bruce Pearl insisted that West had done well in summer courses and that he did not expect this problem to arise. "The frustration is he passed many checks and balances and was in summer school and did very well," Pearl said.

Georgia Tech's Clinch Benched Due to Poor Grades

November 10th, 2008
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The Story: Georgia Tech guard Lewis Clinch will miss at least the first seven games of the season because of poor grades.  Coach Paul Hewitt announced that Clinch will return to the team after the fall semester, which ends December 12, if he can regain his eligibility. Clinch averaged 23.5 minutes per game last year and started 14 of 32 games for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech has already lost team captain D'Andre Bell this year to season ending surgery to correct a spinal condition.