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College basketball panels: Ban cheats, let players go pro

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Commission on College Basketball sharply directed the NCAA to take control of the sport, calling for sweeping reforms to separate pro and college tracks, permit players to return to school after going undrafted by the NBA and ban cheating coaches for life.

The independent commission, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, released a detailed 60-page report Wednesday, seven months after the group was formed by the NCAA in response to a federal corruption investigation that rocked college basketball. Ten people, including some assistant coaches, have been charged in a bribery and kickback scheme , and high-profile programs such as Arizona, Louisville and Kansas have been tied to possible NCAA violations.

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The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Mar 12
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Virginia (65)31-21,6251
2Villanova30-41,5542
3Xavier28-51,3833
4Kansas27-71,3799
5Michigan State29-41,3044
6Cincinnati30-41,2308
7Michigan28-71,2137
8Gonzaga30-41,1996
9Duke26-71,1795
10North Carolina25-101,10012
11Purdue28-61,04710
12Arizona27-791815
13Tennessee25-877113
14Texas Tech24-971614
15West Virginia24-1066318
16Wichita State25-760411
17Ohio State24-860017
18Kentucky24-10528-
19Auburn25-750116
20Clemson23-943919
21Houston26-743021
22Miami (FL)22-913424
23Florida20-1210223
24Nevada27-79322
25Saint Mary's (Cal.)28-57120

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Ohio State star forward Bates-Diop declares for NBA draft

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State star forward Keita Bates-Diop is headed to the NBA following a breakout season.

As expected, the 6-foot-7 forward announced Monday that he is declaring for the NBA draft after being named the Big Ten's player of the year and leading the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament. Bates-Diop made his announcement on campus at a news conference accompanied by his parents and Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann.