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Friday / July 10.

  • NEW YORK —
    Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says Kemba Walker could play eight games in eight days if he had to.

    “I guarantee it,” Boeheim said. “Eight nights in a row. Forty minutes.”

    Walker won’t have to go that far.

    But the UConn junior and his teammates must play an unprecedented five days in a row, culminating with Saturday night’s Big East championship game against either Louisville or Notre Dame.

    “Whatever I gotta do to win, whatever I gotta do to help my team, I’m gonna do,” Walker said after putting on yet another show with 33 points, 12 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 assists in No. 9-seeded UConn’s 76-71 overtime win against No. 4 Syracuse in the Big East semifinals.

    NEW YORK – When the day comes that Jim Boeheim retires as the head coach at Syracuse University, whether it arrives in two years, four or six, Mike Hopkins will be ready to take his place.

    “His time frame should be whenever he wants,” Hopkins said of Boeheim on the day Syracuse is to meet UConn in one Big East tournament semifinal at Madison Square Garden.

    “It’s kind of stupid having a time frame with a coach who was just at 65 National Coach of the Year last year.”

    Boeheim, a Naismith Hall of Famer with 855 career wins, told Ian O’Connor of that he is getting “closer and closer” to retiring.

    “I can see it, I can see the end,” said Boeheim, 66.

    One day after being offered by West Virginia, Notre Dame Prep guard Todd Mayo has chosen another Big East school.

    “I’m committing to Marquette,” he said by text.

    The 6-foot-4 Mayo also considered Central Florida, Memphis, Baylor and Oklahoma State.

    “I’ve had a long year here at Notre Dame Prep, and while some schools are picking up interest now, Marquette has also been loyal to me the whole way,” he said. “I also like the fact that their whole staff has seen me play and they all feel like I’m a great fit for the Marquette family. I’ve grown to trust Aki Collins and Buzz Williams and feel certain that they can help take my game to the highest level possible.”

    Providence has officially fired Keno Davis as its head basketball coach.

    “I appreciate everything Keno Davis has done for our basketball program during the last three years,” Providence AD Bob Driscoll said in a statement. “We are committed to finding a head coach that will guide our program and help develop our student-athletes in the classroom, in the community and on the court.”

    The school will have to buy Davis out from the remaining five years on his deal.

    North Carolina is following Duke into the Kyle Anderson Sweepstakes.

    Carolina assistant C.B. McGrath reached out to Kyle Anderson Sr. about his son, the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2012.

    “They are interested in recruiting Kyle,” Kyle Sr. said. “We discussed how he has played this year and how he played in the past.

    “They want to recruit him as a point forward. They are not looking for a traditional four man but want him for his perimeter skills and size. They like the way coach [Bob] Hurley is using him. They made it clear they are not looking for a point guard because they have Kendall Marshall even though they think he and Kendall are very similar except for size.