Thu May 05 09:30am EDT
1. In an effort to help referees determine what is a charge and what is a block, the NCAA rules committee recommended adding a restricted area arc three feet from the basket, similar to what the NBA uses to limit contact in the lane. Currently, college basketball referees are not supposed to call a charge if a defender is standing in an unmarked area that's within two feet of the rim.
2. Jordan Williams skipped Maryland's team banquet to train in Las Vegas, so it was no surprise to anyone the he announced Wednesday that he's hiring an agent and remaining in the NBA draft. The big man averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds, setting a Maryland record for rebounds by a sophomore and making the All-ACC first team.
3. One month after sophomore guard Vee Sanford announced he was leaving Georgetown, the Hoyas lost a second projected member of their 2011-12 rotation via transfer. Jerrelle Benimon, a forward who averaged 1.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game this past season, revealed Wednesday that he will transfer to an undetermined school.
4. Had things turned out differently with Missouri's courtship of Matt Painter, ex-Purdue assistant Paul Lusk knows he easily could have wound up following his former boss or becoming a candidate for the Boilermakers gig. ESPN.com's Diamond Leung explains why Missouri State is very happy Lusk ended up accepting its head coaching job instead.
5. Even though Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson made it seem as though it was a matter of time before the Terps revived their rivalry with Georgetown, his counterpart with the Hoyas wasn't quite so optimistic. "We've had conversations about scheduling possibilities, but it was far too preliminary a talk for it to be the subject for newspaper articles," Lee Reed told the Washington Post via a Georgetown spokesman.
About 200 University of Kentucky athletes from all 22 sports appeared in this clever video which debuted this week as the intro to the 2011 Catspy Awards. The most surprising part is that it was apparently recorded all in one take.
"Brandon got the confirmation that he wanted [that he should stay in the draft]." -- Kentucky coach John Calipari on what freshman point guard Brandon Knight heard from NBA executives who attended the Kentucky combine earlier this week. (ESPN.com)