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Sunday / May 19.
  • By JOHN MARSHALL

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kentucky played North Carolina in arguably the best college basketball game of the season, a thriller that may not be topped again until March Madness hits.

    The sixth-ranked Wildcats don’t get much time to enjoy it.

    Next up is No. 10 Louisville on Wednesday, a rivalry game that had their attention right after the buzzer sounded in Las Vegas on Saturday.

    “Now we’ve got another war in three or four days after we traveled half a country away to go back home and play Louisville on the road,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

    Rutgers announced Tuesday that it has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA alleging seven  violations of NCAA bylaws in the athletics department, including a charge of “failure to monitor,” that occurred on the watch of former athletic director Julie Hermann and former football coach Kyle Flood.

    The allegations as well as additional information are detailed in a letter sent to the Rutgers community today from President Robert Barchi (below).

    The University said in a release it had “cooperated during the 18-month investigation which culminated in the allegations.  Rutgers has already taken significant steps to address these allegations and will continue to work cooperatively with the NCAA to ensure that our athletics program meets the highest standards of ethical behavior and is in strict compliance with all NCAA and Big Ten policies.”

    Per NCAA bylaws, the University has ninety days to submit a formal response to the Notice of Allegations. 

    Harry Giles went scoreless in 4 minutes in his Duke debut on Monday night, a 65-55 win over Tennessee State.

    But the Giles we all saw on Dec. 19 likely will have little or no resemblance to the Giles we will see come March, when Duke hopes to challenge for Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s sixth NCAA championship.

    “I’m trying to win a national championship, there’s no need for me to sugar coat anything or act like I’m not,” he told me in April at the Jordan Classic. “That’s my goal going in. I’m going to work hard and I’m willing to do anything to get it.”

    As ZAGSBLOG earlier reported he would, Giles stepped onto a court for a game for the first time in 13 months. He obviously has a lot of rust to shake off.

    “He played four minutes a took one shot,” an NBA scout who was at the game said. “Not a lot to go on.”

    Said Giles: “It’s just getting used to the speed. It was fast, too, so it was just fun to be out there, just trying to figure it out.”

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