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Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware lies in a hospital bed holding the NCAA Regional Championship trophy flanked by coach Rick Pitino (left) and former Louisville assistant coach Richard Pitino on Monday.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Kevin Ware is already up and walking, and he’s got a nice souvenir to keep him company until he’s cleared to return to Louisville.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino brought the Midwest Regional championship trophy when he visited Ware, who remains hospitalized after surgery to repair a gruesome fracture in his right leg.
“He was real excited about (the trophy),” Pitino said after visiting Ware again Monday morning. “I said to him, ‘You want me to bring it back or stay with you?’ He said, ‘It’s staying with me.’ I said, ‘All right, just make sure you don’t lose it.’ ”
During a 2-hour surgery Sunday night, doctors reset Ware’s broken tibia and inserted a rod into the bone. Because the bone broke through the skin, Pitino said doctors are monitoring Ware to make sure no infection develops. If there are no complications, he should be released Tuesday.
The Cardinals plan to leave for the Final Four in Atlanta on Wednesday night, and Pitino said they expect to have Ware with them. Ware is originally from New York City, but he moved to the Atlanta area before high school.
“He gets to go home, be with his family and be with us on the bench,” Pitino said. “He’s in very good spirits and anxious to get out of the hospital and get back with the guys.”
Byington named Georgia Southern coach
Salem graduate and Virginia Tech assistant Mark Byington was officially named the coach of Georgia Southern at a news conference Monday.
The Savannah Morning News reported Friday that Byington had been chosen.
Daniels to be in all-star game, 3-point contest
William Fleming graduate Troy Daniels of VCU has been chosen to play in the Reese’s College All-Star Game, which will be held Friday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Daniels said he has also been picked for the 3-point contest, which will air on ESPN at 7 p.m. Thursday along with the slam-dunk contest.
Daniels sank a school-record 124 3-pointers as a senior this year — the third-best single-season total in Atlantic 10 history. He finished third on the VCU career list with 251 3-pointers.
ODU eyes Enfield, Robinson, Keatts
Old Dominion is hoping to meet with Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield by mid-week about its coaching vacancy, a source with knowledge of the search process told The Virginian Pilot.
ODU conducted a preliminary interview with Enfield via Skype on March 14, prior to the NCAA tournament. Enfield’s stock soared after his team’s run to the Sweet 16. Now it appears ODU will have to get in line behind Southern California and Minnesota.
ODU is down to five candidates, said athletic director Wood Selig.
According to sources, the other finalists are William Fleming, Ferrum and Radford graduate Steve Robinson, an assistant at North Carolina who was once the coach at Florida State; former Georgia coach Dennis Felton; Louisville assistant and Ferrum graduate Kevin Keatts; and Ohio State assistant Dave Dickerson, a former coach at Tulane and a former Radford assistant.
Leslie, Purvis latest to leave N.C. State
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State’s C.J. Leslie says he’s skipping his final season and entering the NBA draft.
Leslie made the announcement at a news conference Monday morning.
Also Monday, Wolfpack freshman guard Rodney Purvis says he plans to transfer.
In a statement from the school, Purvis says he enjoyed his time with the hometown Wolfpack but that he felt it was time “to make a fresh start” and “step outside of my comfort zone” by going elsewhere.
The 6-foot-9 Leslie was the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year. He averaged a team-high 15 points to go with 7.4 rebounds while shooting nearly 52 percent from the floor. He was a third-team all-ACC pick by both the media and the coaches.
In addition to the departures of Leslie and Purvis, junior point guard Lorenzo Brown said last week he was going into the draft.
Source: Tubby Smith, Texas Tech reach deal
Tubby Smith is coming to Texas Tech to try to turn around another wayward program.
A person with knowledge of the deal says Texas Tech agreed to terms Monday with Smith on a contract to be its next coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.
Smith takes over for interim coach Chris Walker, who went 11-20 this season and just 3-15 in Big 12 play.
Smith was fired by Minnesota last week after six seasons. He led them to three NCAA tournaments and this year delivered the program’s first tourney win — over sixth-seeded UCLA — since 1997.
W. Kentucky moving to Conference USA
IRVING, Texas — Western Kentucky is moving to Conference USA.
C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said Monday that the Hilltoppers are set to officially join the league July 1, 2014.
Western Kentucky will be the fifth Sun Belt Conference school in a year to move to C-USA. Middle Tennessee, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and North Texas are leaving the Sun Belt this summer for Conference USA.
CBS chief has no regrets about Ware coverage
NEW YORK — The chairman of CBS Sports had no regrets about banning further replays of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware’s gruesome broken leg and said if anyone wants to watch it on the Internet, that’s fine with him.
CBS aired two quick replays Sunday from a wide enough distance for viewers to see the leg land awkwardly, but not any blood or bone. It hasn’t been shown since on CBS.
“In today’s world, if you want to see a piece of video instantaneously that you just saw on television, there are a million ways to do that,” Sean McManus said Monday. “I’ve seen statistics on the millions of views this piece of footage has had on YouTube and I have no problem with that.”
NCAA TV ratings up
NEW YORK — The NCAA tournament’s television ratings for the regional semifinals and finals are up 13 percent from last year.
The games Thursday through Sunday on CBS and TBS averaged a 7.0 rating and 14 share, up from a 6.2/12 last season.
CBS and Turner said Monday the tournament is averaging a 6.2/13 overall this year, the best since 2005.
No. 1 Connecticut 83, No. 2 Kentucky 53
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Breanna Stewart scored 21 points and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 17 to help top-seed Connecticut rout Kentucky on Monday night and advance to a record sixth straight Final Four.
The Huskies will face either Notre Dame or Duke in the national semifinals on Sunday in New Orleans. The Irish and Blue Devils play Tuesday night.
UConn broke a tie with Stanford (2008-12), LSU (2004-08), and itself (2000-04) by reaching the Final Four again.
It was the second straight season that UConn (33-4) beat Kentucky in the regional finals. The Huskies topped the Wildcats by 15 last year 105 miles to the north of Bridgeport in Kingston, R.I. last year. UConn led that game by one early on the second half before pulling away.
This game wasn’t as close.
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