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N. Iowa to extend Jacobson for 10 years

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson has agreed to stay with the Panthers for another decade.

Northern Iowa spokesman Colin McDonough says Jacobson and the school have agreed to a contract extension through 2024-25.

McDonough says further details on Jacobson's new contract will be available later this week.


Kansas freshman Oubre Jr. headed to NBA

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. announced Wednesday he is leaving for the NBA draft, skipping his final three seasons of eligibility after an up-and-down freshman year.

Oubre revealed his intentions in a statement released by the school.


Xavier extends Mack 1 yr. through '20-21

CINCINNATI (AP) Xavier coach Chris Mack got a one-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season on Wednesday after leading the Musketeers to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in his six years.

The Musketeers are 134-71 under Mack, the third-most wins by a Xavier coach. They reached the Big East Tournament title game this season and the round of 16, where they lost to Arizona.


Oklahoma G Booker to transfer

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma guard Frank Booker has decided to transfer, the school said Wednesday.

Booker averaged 5.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 14.3 minutes per game as a sophomore this past season. Over the final 12 games, he averaged 6.8 points and shot 35.7 percent from 3-point range.


Mullin: 'Obligation' to revive Red Storm

NEW YORK (AP) Chris Mullin's old coach reached way back into history to describe the buzz from St. John's hiring its all-time leading scorer.

"I'm not going to say that Mull got a lot of ink," Lou Carnesecca crowed from the podium in the arena bearing his name, "but President Eisenhower after winning World War II didn't get that much space in the paper."


Indy to increase security amid new law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis will increase police presence downtown during this weekend's Final Four amid protests over a new state law that critics say could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Al Larsen said Wednesday that the city will have a "noticeably higher" police presence and will designate an area immediately south of Lucas Oil Stadium for protesters to gather.


Otzelberger returning to Iowa St. staff

AMES, Iowa (AP) Washington assistant T.J. Otzelberger is returning to Iowa State after two seasons in Seattle.

The Cyclones announced Wednesday that Otzelberger, who coached in Ames from 2006-13, will fill the void left when Matt Abdelmassih joined Chris Mullin's staff at St. John's.


George Mason introduces Paulsen as coach

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) Next season marks the 10th anniversary of George Mason's improbable run to the 2006 Final Four. New coach Dave Paulsen expects celebrations to commemorate the occasion.

There was little celebrating during the past two seasons, which ended with at least 20 losses and helped end the tenure of coach Paul Hewitt.


McKay returns to Liberty as coach

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia associate head coach Ritchie McKay is returning to Liberty as the men's head coach.

McKay, whose daughter Ellie is a sophomore at Liberty, was the Flames' coach in 2007-09 before leaving six years ago to join Tony Bennett's staff at Virginia.


Tennessee hires ex-Texas coach Barnes

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) When he gave his farewell press conference after an unwanted exit from Texas, Rick Barnes predicted he'd be coaching again "quicker than you probably think."

It turns out Barnes already had a pretty good idea where he'd end up.

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