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Monday / January 20.
  • Syracuse big man Arinze Onuaku will likely miss the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, Orange coach Jim Boeheim told ESPN Monday.

    “He’s still hurt and I don’t know if he’ll play this weekend,” Boeheim said. “We’re hopeful he might be able to play Sunday, but that’s a long-shot. We’re really kind of focusing, if we can play well, that he might be able to play in the second weekend. But that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

    Syracuse is the fourth overall seed and No. 1 in the West. The Orange (28-4) will face Vermont (25-9) on Friday in Buffalo.

    Just a few days after Robert “Stix” Mitchell criticized Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez for his substitution patterns, he was removed from the school’s basketball team.

    “I am very appreciative of Robert’s contributions to our program these last two years,” Gonzalez said in a statement Sunday.  “We have accomplished much during his time here and I truly wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

    In a story written in The Bergen Record after Wednesday’s Big East tournament loss to Notre Dame Mitchell criticized Gonzalez for his substitution patterns and in-game strategy.

    As we hurtle toward Selection Sunday at 6 p.m. on CBS, some of the most interesting developments of the night around the metropolitan area could come after 9 o’clock tonight.

    Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez is slated to hold a conference call with reporters at 9 p.m. (assuming the Pirates are chosen for the NIT and not the NCAA).

    And embattled St. John’s coach Norm Roberts is on for a 9:30 conference call.

    What these two coaches say is sure to be interesting.

    Will Gonzo rail against the NCAA Selection Committee if the Pirates aren’t selected? Will he embrace the NIT as a viable option for his team even though he stated before the season began that the NCAA was Seton Hall’s ultimate goal?

    And what about Roberts?