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Kansas State F Karapetyan to transfer

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State forward Jack Karapetyan has decided to transfer after playing in just six games during his freshman season last year because of a foot injury.

Wildcats coach Bruce Weber announced the decision in a brief statement Monday. Karapetyan has not said where he intends to resume his playing career.

Karapetyan played just minutes as a freshman, scoring his first points on a field goal against Central Arkansas on Dec. 1. He hurt his foot soon after and missed the rest of the season.


Louisville rebuilding with 6 freshmen

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Starting over has created an urgency that Louisville coach Rick Pitino hasn't experienced in a few years.

The Cardinals return five starters from a team that finished 31-6 and reached the NCAA Midwest Region semifinals, but must replace the scoring and leadership voids left by guard Russ Smith and perimeter threat Luke Hancock.


Johnson scores 17 in Arizona scrimmage

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Freshman Stanley Johnson won the dunk contest and then led all scorers with 17 points in the Arizona Wildcats' Red-Blue scrimmage at McKale Center on Saturday.

Johnson had two slams in the game after winning the pre-scrimmage contest, scoring perfect 10s from three judges as he took his own bounce pass, went between the legs and threw down a clean right-handed jam. He made 7 of 13 shots for the Blue team.


UConn unveils NCAA championship banner

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn celebrated a bit more than usual during its annual First Night event Friday, which traditionally marks the start of the new college basketball season.

The school dedicated a new $40 million basketball practice facility, the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center, which opened this month next door to Gampel Pavilion. And before introducing this year's teams to fans, last season's men's and women's NCAA championship banners were unveiled in front of a national television audience.


Orange, Boeheim facing off-court issues

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Media day for Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim as he gets set for his 39th year at his alma mater didn't start the way it normally does.

Syracuse basketball, which already faces a multitude of on-court questions entering the season, now has off-court issues looming.


Drake attends Big Blue Madness at Rupp

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Just as Drake appeared to draw the biggest cheers at Big Blue Madness, the rapper introduced Kentucky coach John Calipari and the noise then became a roar.

The Wildcats men's team gave a sold-out Rupp Arena crowd plenty more reasons to cheer with a fast-paced and sometimes-physical scrimmage Friday night that figures to ratchet expectations for a ninth national championship.


Grinnell assistant to coach Reno in NBDL

RENO, Nev. (AP) The top assistant for college basketball's top-scoring offense is getting a shot in the pros.

David Arseneault Jr., the associate head coach at Division III Grinnell College in Iowa, was hired Friday as the coach of the Reno Bighorns, the Sacramento Kings' affiliate in the NBA Development League.


Wisconsin unanimous pick to win Big Ten

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) When he found out Rutgers was joining the Big Ten, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan was a happy man. He loves the Jersey shore.

"I love the ocean, love the salt water. Just love the beach," said Ryan, who grew up near Philadelphia and says he goes to the Jersey shore every summer.


Miami looking for Rodriguez to be leader

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Now that junior transfer Angel Rodriguez plays point guard for the Miami Hurricanes instead of Kansas State, he does his grocery shopping unrecognized.

Rodriguez was a celebrity in Manhattan, Kansas, where he helped the Wildcats to the Big 12 co-championship in 2013. But the college town of 56,000 is a little different from Miami, Rodriguez notes with a smile.


Big Ten's Delany praises retiring Slive

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany doesn't always agree with Mike Slive. He certainly respects him.

Slive announced this week he is retiring next summer after 13 years as SEC commissioner and plans to begin treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer.

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