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Wednesday / February 8.
  • North Carolina head coach Roy Williams talks to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Greensboro, N.C.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA. The news was first reported by Scout.com. Here’s the University’s statement:

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today announced the campus had received a notice of allegations from the NCAA as the next phase in its investigation of academic irregularities and possible bylaw infractions.

    In a joint statement, Chancellor Carol L. Folt and Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said the University had begun reviewing the NCAA’s notice.

    “We take these allegations very seriously, and we will carefully evaluate them to respond within the NCAA’s 90-day deadline,” the statement said. “The University will publicly release the NCAA’s notice as soon as possible. The notice is lengthy and must be prepared for public dissemination to ensure we protect privacy rights as required by federal and state law. When that review for redactions is complete, the University will post the notice on the Carolina Commitment website and notify the news media. When we respond to the NCAA’s allegations, we will follow this same release process.

    “Consistent with NCAA protocols, the University cannot comment on details of the investigation until it is completed.”

    4_2916712After obtaining his release from Florida, Noah Dickerson will take official visits to Cal, Texas and Washington, and possibly LSU, he confirmed to SNY.tv.

    “They should be finalized in the next couple days,” the 6-foot-8 power forward from Montverde (FL) Academy said by phone of his visits to the first three schools.

    “[I’m looking] for a school that plays inside-out, where the post players basically run the team. They go inside and they let the post players make the plays.”

    YQEOPYCDGKBJOSD.20140807152904James White, a 6-foot-8, 223-pound graduate transfer from Arkansas-Little Rock, committed to Georgia Tech and will be immediately eligible.

    “The reason I chose Georgia Tech, with the team they have all they need is just one more piece,” White told SNY.tv by phone. “The games that they lost, they lost a lot of close games by two points, a lot of close games. So I just thought it was experience. And so for next year, I think they have the mindset of winning. And I just want to be a part of something like that.”

    White, who plays both forward spots, also considered Georgia, Oklahoma State, Alabama and Boston College.

    DEOQYQSKXZPSTTT.20140723153241Maryland is the new favorite to win the 2015-16 NCAA championship at odds of 9/1, according to Bovada.

    With a lineup that will feature Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon along with Melo Trimble, Jared Nickens, Diamond Stone and Robert Carter, Maryland figures to be the preseason No. 1 team in many polls.

    Defending NCAA champion Duke, along with Kentucky and North Carolina, chime in at 10/1 odds to win the title, with Kansas and Michigan State at 16/1.

    Last month, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and North Carolina were all at 10/1.

    Odds to win the 2015-16 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship

    Maryland 9/1

    Duke 10/1

    Kentucky 10/1

    North Carolina 10/1