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Thursday / October 18.
  • Rutgers Trying to Schedule Kansas, NC State; Mike Glover, is8, Midnight Madness

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    Rutgers is trying to schedule home-and-homes with defending national champion Kansas as well as North Carolina State that would replace the current home-and-homes with North Carolina and Florida.

    Rutgers head coach Fred Hill told Jerry Carino of the Courier News that he was working on getting those games started next year.

    “We’re in negotiations with Kansas to start a home-and-home series as the UNC series and Florida series are going to end,” Hill said. “And we have already been in negotiations with N.C. State to start a series next year. We also didn’t know if we’d be playing in the Big East-SEC Challenge. We’re not going to play in it this year so that means we’re going to get into it next year.”

    In other local news, The Record reports that Seton Hall recruit Michael Glover is considering appealing the decision in his lawsuit or re-filing in another jurisdiction. The lawsuit was dismissed Tuesday.

    The 6-foot-6 forward from the Bronx was ruled ineligible last fall after enrolling at Seton Hall, a member of the Providence-based conference.

    He argued in a lawsuit in August that the NCAA never gave a reason for invalidating his entire senior year transcript from American Christian Academy in Pennsylvania.

    The NCAA argued that the Rhode Island federal court system had no jurisdiction over the case, and the Big East argued that it didn’t belong in the lawsuit.

    Stay tuned for more on Midnight Madness, Rutgers, Seton Hall and St. John’s in the coming days as we hit Seton Hall Media Day Tuesday and Big East Media Day Wednesday.

    is8 TIMES CHANGED

    We understand the times for Saturday’s is8 semifinals in Queens have been moved to 3 and 4:30 in an effort to facilitate the return of some players from Midnight Madness trips. Durand Scott and the Gauchos meet the Playaz Seniors in the first semi, followed by Lance Stephenson and Juice against New Heights.

    Speaking of Midnight Madness, Dominic Cheek of St. Anthony is expected to miss the semis because of his trip to Kansas for “Late Night in the Phog.” He could return for Sunday’s final if the Playaz make it. Isaiah Epps of Plainfield, who plays for the Playaz Juniors, who were eliminated, is also expected to attend Midnight Madness at Maryland.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.