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Thursday / May 30.
  • PATERSON, N.J. -Two Silk City rivals will once again square off for the Passaic County boys basketball championship.

    Top-seeded and defending champion Paterson Catholic will meet No. 2 Kennedy next Saturday at noon at Wayne Valley.

    Junior guard Shondel Stewart scored a career-high 37 points and senior guard Asmar Edwards added 20 to lift the Knights to an emphatic 85-70 victory over No. 6 DePaul in the second game of a doubleheader at Kennedy.

    In the first game, Jayon James scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Cougars over No. 4 Eastside, 63-55.

    Lance Stephenson is expected to land in Kansas this afternoon for his official visit.

    The 6-foot-5 Stephenson, a McDonald’s All-American ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2009 by the Hoop Scoop, will attend the Jayhawks’ practice this evening and then the team’s 3 o’clock game with Nebraska on Saturday.

    “I can see myself fitting in their program,” Stephenson, who recently became New York  State’s all-time leading scorer, told me last week. “They play as a team and they’re just willing to win, so I’m just going to see what they’re about and see how can I fit into the program.”

    NEW YORK – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says the Big East and ACC should get 14-16 of the 65 teams in the NCAA Tournament.

    “They’ll probably get seven or eight. We should get seven or eight from our league,” Coach K said after the No. 9 Blue Devils beat St. John’s 76-69 at Madison Square Garden.

    “That’s why I think both our leagues should get a lot of teams in because we’ve really carried the banner for college basketball this year, both leagues. That’s all you hear people talking about.”

    The big news on today’s Big East conference call was that UConn coach Jim Calhoun said the 18-game Big East schedule was unnecessary and could prevent a couple of teams from making the NCAA Tournament. Calhoun, whose team is 24-2 and could get a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance, said the league should return to a 16-game slate.

    “The only way is to cut the number of games back,” Calhoun said. “I’m looking at this from an overview of a guy who’s been in the league for 23 years. I want to see our teams and coaches succeed.”

    Calhoun pointed specifically to the cases of Providence, Notre Dame and Georgetown, and said they were hurt by the league schedule.

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