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Illinois G Abrams tears left Achilles

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois senior point guard Tracy Abrams will miss a second straight season because of an injury, a damaging blow to the team's hopes of returning to the NCAA Tournament.

Coach John Groce said Abrams tore his left Achilles during practice Monday and surgery is scheduled for Aug. 5. Abrams missed last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

"First of all, my heart goes out to Tracy," Groce said, adding Abrams is going through a difficult time now. "He went through so much the last 10 months fighting back from a torn ACL to return to the court this summer in preparation for the upcoming season."

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Kansas, UCLA, IU highlight Maui teams

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Kansas will open the 2015 Maui Invitational against Chaminade, the Division II host school known for some of college basketball's biggest upsets.

The other game on that side of the bracket, which was released Tuesday, has two big-name programs, UCLA and UNLV.

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Memphis' Nichols transfers to Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Memphis leading scorer Austin Nichols has transferred to Virginia.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett announced Nichols' transfer Monday.

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Violations by S. Miss, Tyndall outlined

(AP) -- The NCAA has outlined serious rules violations committed at Southern Mississippi, finding multiple infractions by the men's basketball program during former coach Donnie Tyndall's tenure.

The charges, which include arranging fraudulent academic credit, impermissible financial aid and obstructing the governing body's investigation, were outlined in a notice of allegations released by the university on Friday.

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ESPN, MVC agree to 10-year extension

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) ESPN and the Missouri Valley Conference have agreed to a 10-year extension on their media rights deal that increases coverage of the league through the 2023-24 academic year.

ESPN retains the rights to the MVC's men's and women's basketball tournaments. Multiple men's basketball games as well as Olympic sports will be telecast across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS. ESPN and the 10-member MVC schools will work together to develop on-campus production capabilities involving students. Using those productions, ESPN3 will show a minimum of 820 events a year, including at least 70 men's basketball games, in the final six years of the agreement.

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3 Arkansas players arrested for forgery

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Police arrested three University of Arkansas basketball players Wednesday, alleging they used counterfeit money to buy merchandise at three locations near campus.

After the arrests, the school announced indefinite suspensions for starting point guard Anton Beard, forward Jacorey Williams and junior transfer student Dustin Thomas.

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Spartans AD to head NCAA hoops committee

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis will be the vice chairman of the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee this season and lead the selection of the field of 68 for the 2016-17 season.

The NCAA named Hollis to the position on Tuesday.

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Purdue F Taylor gets freshman year back

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) The Big Ten has granted Purdue forward Jacquil Taylor a medical hardship waiver, restoring his freshman season of eligibility.

The 6-foot-9 Taylor appeared in just six games for the Boilermakers last season and totaled 13 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots in 42 minutes of playing time. Taylor was out for much of the season after struggling to overcome nagging leg and shin injuries, suffered during his high school career at Beaver Country Day School.

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Gamecocks blending veterans, youth again

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Another year, another round of changes for the South Carolina men's basketball team.

The Gamecocks enter this season with five newcomers, including McDonald's All-America selection P.J. Dozier. This marks the third year in his four at South Carolina that coach Frank Martin will have to blend a large group of young players with his veterans in a fight to get to the top of the Southeastern Conference.

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NCAA tweaks March Madness seeding rules

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The committee that puts together the field of 68 for the NCAA men's basketball tournament will have more flexibility to set the First Four and give No. 2 seeds more favorable matchups.

The NCAA announced Monday that the Division I selection committee will now be allowed to slide every team up or down the seed list, including the last four at-large teams selected. Until now, the last four teams voted into the tournament field were locked into the First Four, the eight-team playoff that serves as the tournament's first round.

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