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  • Best of Midnight Madness: Chris Mack performs Beastie Boys song

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger34 mins ago

    Midnight Madness produces some memorable moments each year, so The Dagger is chronicling the best ones from this October's lineup. If you spot something we missed, let us know here or here.

    The day before Musketeer Madness, Xavier coach Chris Mack encouraged fans to attend and hinted he might have a surprise in store for those who did. "Oh, & the Macks got something for ya!" he tweeted. Something turned out to be a memorable entrance. Mack emerged wearing a backwards red cap and oversized dollar-sign chain and rapping the Beastie Boys classic "Paul Revere" with the help of daughters Lainee and Hailee. Mack won't be touring with Ad-Rock and Mike D anytime soon but credit him for an enthusiastic performance. Of course, the big question is whether any of Mack's players actually knew the song he was performing. The Beastie Boys originally released "Paul Revere" in 1985, nearly a decade before any of the Musketeers players were born.

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  • Another elite recruit joins Texas A&M's monumental 2015 haul

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger3 days ago

    For a coach who hasn't made either the NCAA tournament or an NIT entering his fourth season at a major-conference program, Texas A&M's Billy Kennedy has remarkable job security.

    The Aggies coach has assembled such a terrific 2015 recruiting class that it seems unfathomable Texas A&M would jeopardize it by firing Kennedy no matter how things go on the floor this season.

    Kennedy received his fourth commitment from a top 75 prospect Tuesday when power forward Elijah Thomas announced he will attend Texas A&M. Thomas,'s No. 20 prospect, chose the Aggies over LSU, SMU, Oklahoma State and Illinois.

    The 6-foot-9 Texas native joins a class that already includes 6-foot-10 big man Tyler Davis (No. 27), 6-foot-8 forward  D.J. Hogg (No. 32) and 6-foot-3 guard Admon Gilder (No. 65). Together, that quartet forms a 2015 class that could rival Arizona and Duke for the nation's best.

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