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C.A. Dillon Jr., ‘soul of Reynolds Coliseum,’ dies at 91

C.A. Dillon Jr., the red-jacketed “soul of Reynolds Coliseum,” whose smooth baritone announced Wolfpack basketball greats for half a century, died at home Thursday. He was 91. An N.C. State University graduate and sports editor at the student newspaper, The Technician, Dillon took his seat behind the mike in 1946 at the invitation of Coach Everett Case. (Charlotte Observer)

The NCAA Is Modernizing The Way It Picks March Madness Teams

Late last month, NCAA officials met with some of basketball’s most prominent analytics experts to remake the way they select teams for the men’s NCAA tournament. Until now, they’ve used the ratings percentage index (RPI) to help guide their decisions, but that stat has become antiquated. Efforts to replace the RPI, though, raise a lot of tricky questions. (FiveThirtyEight)

'Russian Bear' Ivan Koloff dies

The date January 18, 1971 and Ivan Koloff will forever be connected. That was the day that "The Russian Bear" did the unthinkable, defeating Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World title. Sure, he only held the belt for another three weeks before dropping it to Pedro Morales, but it made Koloff, who died today at age 74, into a big name star. (Slam Sports)

When a Fan Base Turns on their Own

Wednesday night, I covered the UNC-N.C. State basketball game for my work. It was a first for me in many ways – my first time covering UNC against their second biggest in-state rival, my first time watching a game in PNC Arena, and my first time watching a fan base turn against their own right in front of my eyes. It was a surreal experience to say the least. (Evan Chronis)

Kyrie Irving is a flat-Earth truther

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: the Earth is not flat. Most people know this, but the internet has given rise to a growing group of meme-happy people who believe Earth is flat and surrounded by walls of ice, and that NASA has been fabricating evidence to the contrary. That’s dangerously idiotic, and you know who buys into it? Kyrie Irving! (Sports Illustrated)

NC State may face challenge replacing Mark Gottfried as head coach

NC State isn’t a very good job. Sure, there’s a strong history, great facilities and a loyal fan base. But there’s an endless winter in the shadow of UNC and Duke. Plus, the Wolfpack also lead the ACC in unrealistic expectations, as Gottfried made four NCAA tournaments in six years and got fired two days after Valentine’s Day. (To be fair, his team played like Marmaduke chasing his tail for most of the season). (Sports Illustrated)

For Mike Ilitch, a full life, a fulfilled vision

He had fame and good fortune, reflected in the gleaming lobby of his beloved Fox Theatre, where the flag-draped casket sat at the bottom of the staircase. One final time, Mike Ilitch was surrounded by evidence of an enriched life, as just outside the door, a short distance down Woodward, Little Caesars Arena continued to rise from once-desolate city blocks. But this day was not about that. (Detroit News)

UConn, Big East deny report that Huskies might be joining the conference

Earlier Wednesday, Fanrag Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported that UConn had been in talks to join the Big East. UConn’s athletic director denied those reports later in the afternoon, saying “there is no truth,” to the rumors. The conference has also flat-out denied the fact that UConn would be making this move. (SB Nation)

10 potential replacements for Mark Gottfried at N.C. State

Mark Gottfried is out as N.C. State’s basketball coach. The school announced Thursday that Gottfried will finish out the regular season and ACC Tournament as the team’s head coach, but he won’t return next year. So who’s next? Even before the official announcement, it was reported that the school was already reaching out to prospective replacements. (Sporting News)

Monmouth first in nation to win regular-season title

Justin Robinson made 7 3-pointers and Monmouth, coached by former UNC point guard King Rice, became the first Division-I team in the nation to clinch an outright regular-season title, beating Niagara 93-75. The Hawks (23-5, 15-2) won their second consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season championship by extending their school-record winning streak to 13. (Associated Press)

Bam's Beginnings: From humble origins, Adebayo has grown into a star

Marilyn Blount cooked breakfast for her son every day before walking to her job as a cashier at the Acre Station Meat Farm up the road. Sometimes she’d come home so tired she went right to sleep. But the house stayed clean and the bills stayed paid and her son, Edrice Adebayo, known to everyone as “Bam” ever since he upended a table when he was 1, stayed happy and big. (Sports Illustrated)

NC State Fires Basketball Coach Mark Gottfried

North Carolina State head men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried will not return next season, WRAL confirmed Thursday. Gottfried, who owns a 122-82 record in five-plus season with the Wolfpack, will finish the season with the team but will not return for the final year of his contract. NC State (14-13, 3-11 ACC) lost by 24 points to rival UNC Wednesday. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Infographic: Where Do Professional Athletes Come From?

In the past few months we’ve studied the rosters of both college football and college basketball in order to learn where young talent comes from and how wide some schools cast their recruiting nets. After plotting each and every active college player, we were curious to see the same results for professionals across the five major team sports in the United States. (Rukkus.com)

Miami Hurricanes suspend starting guard Ja'Quan Newton

For the second year in a row, Miami will be forced to enter the critical end-of-season stretch without point guard Ja’Quan Newton. The school announced before Wednesday’s game against Georgia Tech that Newton, a junior starter who averages 15 points per game, was suspended three games for violating team rules. Newton was also suspended last February. (Miami Herald)

Kansas-West Virginia: Latest in the era of unbelievable college hoops comebacks

The Patriots-Falcons Super Bowl provided us with one of the biggest stunners in sports history, but if you want more of where that came from, then it's college basketball -- not pro football -- that has become the most reliable, exciting sport when it comes to supplying unthinkable flip-script endings. Welcome to the era of the unbelievable comeback. (CBS Sports)

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