Jeff Eisenberg

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Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of the Dagger. Prior to joining Yahoo! Sports in Feb. 2010, Eisenberg worked for 4 1/2 years at The Press-Enterprise covering everything from UCLA basketball, to USC football, to the Los Angeles Lakers. If he's not watching basketball, you'll usually find Eisenberg enjoying the California sunshine, sampling craft brews or cooking on the grill.

  • Montrezl Harrell's return makes Louisville a threat to win the ACC next season

    Had Montrezl Harrell entered the NBA draft this June as expected, Louisville likely would have begun the season on the fringes of the preseason top 25.

    Instead the 6-foot-8 forward is returning for his junior season, giving the Cardinals hope of contending in their debut season in the ACC and reaching a third Final Four in four seasons.

    Harrell announced his surprising decision to stay in school on Monday via Twitter. Wrote the sophomore in a tweet that included a picture of himself in a Louisville uniform., "Been on my mind heavy but I love the feeling of being a Louisville Cardinal [and] I will be wearing this for the next year."

    The return of Harrell is a surprise because he likely would have been selected in the middle of the first round had he turned pro. He averaged 14.0 points and 8.4 rebounds during a breakout sophomore season and tallied double-doubles in six of his final 11 games, helping Louisville finish 31-6 and reach the Sweet 16.

    Louisville's frontcourt was supposed to

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  • John Calipari reveals the famous 'tweak' that sparked Kentucky's March revival

    The infamous "tweak" that John Calipari credited for Kentucky's stunning postseason reversal of fortune not surprisingly turned out to be a pretty simple coaching adjustment. 

    Calipari revealed Monday that he merely simplified the game for point guard Andrew Harrison before the SEC tournament and told him to worry less about scoring and more about distributing.

    "I was trying to make the game easier for Andrew," Calipari told "CBS This Morning" on Monday during an interview promoting his new book. "I got tapes of Deron Williams, who averaged nine assists throughout his career in the NBA. We had a game where he had 11 assists and I showed Andrew and I said, ‘Look at this. Let’s watch. Would you have passed or shot?’ He said, ‘I would have shot.’ ‘Would you have passed or shot?’ Well, Deron was throwing balls to everybody.

    "And so I said, ‘Monday, you will not shoot one basketball. You will pass. We’re going to run less plays. You will create shots. We will chart. We’re not telling our

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  • Ranking the 10 best dunks of this year's college basketball season

    The Dagger continues its season-in-review series this week with a look back at the best dunks of the 2013-14 college basketball season. Let us know which ones we missed via Twitter or in the comments below.

    No. 1 Wichita State guard Tekele Cotton's poster dunk

    Comment: Illinois State defender John Jones learned the hard way not to rotate late on help defense. The 6-foot-2 Cotton threw down a dunk so vicious over Jones that it even had his coach raving about it. "Oh man, that was quite a play," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall told reporters after the game. "Tremendous. Tekele’s just a tremendous athlete and it seemed like he never stopped rising."

    No. 2 Wagner's Dwaun Anderson flushes off-the-glass alley-oop

    Comment: The highlight of Wagner's Jan. 11 victory over fellow NEC contender LIU Brooklyn was this emphatic off-the-glass alley-oop from sophomore senior Latif Rivers to sophomore Dwaun Anderson. Two Wagner players actually had a chance to finish the dunk, but Anderson skies

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  • Ranking the 10 best games from this year's college basketball season

    The Dagger will be recapping the best and worst of the recently completed 2013-14 college basketball season during the next week. Here's a look at the 10 best games:

    1. Kentucky 74, Wisconsin 73 (April 5): Aaron Harrison experienced the exhilaration of sinking a game-winning shot in the NCAA tournament for the third time in eight days. The Kentucky guard added to his growing legend in the national semifinals, beating Wisconsin with a game-winning left-wing 3-pointer from virtually the same spot on the floor that he'd waylaid Michigan from six days earlier. Harrison's shot not only kept the Wildcats' national title hopes alive but also saved his twin brother from some difficult postgame questions. Andrew Harrison enabled Wisconsin to take the lead on the previous possession when he bit on Traveon Jackson's shot fake as the shot clock was winding down and sent him to the line for three free throws. 

    2. Kentucky 78, Wichita State 76 (March 23): The most anticipated matchup of the NCAA

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  • Newly released Devonte Graham will be a coveted recruit the next few days

    Devonte Graham (Rivals.com)It didn't take long for Devonte Graham's phone to start buzzing once new Appalachian State coach Jim Fox did what his predecessor would not and released the Brewster Academy standout from the letter of intent he signed in 2012.

    Fifteen schools have already called Graham to show interest in recruiting him since he received his complete release late Wednesday night. Among those to reach out to the Class of 2014's best available point guard are Boston College, Cincinnati, Creighton, Florida, Florida St, George Mason, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Providence, South Florida, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Xavier.

    Coaches from most of those schools plan to fly to New Hampshire to visit Graham at Brewster Academy either Thursday, Friday or Sunday. Brewster coach Jason Smith said he expects Graham to narrow his list early next week once he has a chance to visit with all those coaches.

    Fox's decision to release Graham ended a frustrating 14-month standoff between the recruit and the

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  • Derrick Gordon coming out is important because the UMass guard will inspire others

    Derrick Gordon (USATSI)

    Long before Derrick Gordon revealed to his teammates he was gay during a team meeting last Wednesday afternoon, UMass coach Derek Kellogg suspected his sophomore guard was unhappy about something.

    "There were a few occasions where he'd roll off by himself rather than with the rest of his teammates or he'd leave the Mullins Center looking like something was on his mind," Kellogg said. "We'd ask him and he'd say he was fine, but he clearly had some things he was wrestling with in his life."

    What Kellogg has learned since Gordon's announcement is the 6-foot-3 New Jersey native was more isolated and depressed than he'd realized.

    Tired of hiding who he was from his teammates and coaches yet unsure if they would accept him, Gordon avoided going to parties or meals with his teammates, regularly sequestered himself in his room or in the weight room and often cried himself to sleep at nights. He even pondered giving up basketball, quite a statement for a kid who credits the sport with lifting

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  • UMass guard Derrick Gordon becomes first openly gay male D-I basketball player

    Derrick Gordon (AP)

    Nearly a year after Jason Collins became the first active NBA player to publicly reveal that he's gay, the New Jersey Nets center's bravery has inspired a college player to feel comfortable doing the same.

    Derrick Gordon (via Instagram)UMass guard Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay Division I basketball player when he revealed his sexuality in articles published by Outsports.com and ESPN.com on Wednesday morning. One week earlier, Gordon informed his teammates he was gay at a team meeting, a revelation that was met first with surprise and immediately afterward with support.

    "I have the most profound respect for Derrick and the decision he has made to come out publicly," UMass coach Derek Kellogg tweeted Wednesday. "He is a model student, a terrific competitor, but most importantly, he is a wonderful human being. We know his decision weighed heavily on him for some time, but as a coaching staff, a team and a family, we stressed to him that we support him in every way possible."

    Gordon told ESPN.com that he

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  • A way-too-early look at college basketball's best teams for the 2014-15 season

    All the confetti on the floor at AT&T Stadium hadn't even been picked up yet Monday night when speculation about next year's college basketball season began.

    It's too early to take a clear-headed look at next season since some top recruits haven't chosen a school, transfer season is only beginning and we don't know which NBA draft prospects are staying in school and which will leave. Nonetheless, based on my best guesses for who's staying and who's going, here's a very early look at the best teams for the 2014-15 season.

    1. Arizona
    Key losses: F Aaron Gordon (projected to enter NBA Draft), G Nick Johnson (projected to enter NBA Draft), G Jordin Mayes
    Key returners: G T. J. McConnell, G/F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F Brandon Ashley, C Kaleb Tarczewski, G Gabe York, G Eliott Pitts
    Notable newcomers: G/F Stanley Johnson, G Parker Jackson-Cartwright, F Craig Victor
    Outlook: Whether Arizona is the clear national title favorite or just a contender depends on which of its underclassmen turn pro in

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  • Set up to fail when he was hired, UConn's Kevin Ollie instead beat the odds

    ARLINGTON, Texas — As Kevin Ollie waded through ankle-high confetti after Monday night's national title game in search of someone to embrace, one of the Connecticut coach's friends wrapped him in a bear hug and sung the ubiquitous chorus from Drake's hit song "Started From The Bottom." 

    They were the ideal lyrics for the moment even if the rapper who sings them was rooting for the other team.

    UConn's 60-54 upset of Kentucky served as the final step in Ollie's quest to guide the Huskies through the most challenging period in their program's recent history. In two seasons at his alma mater, Ollie navigated UConn through a one-year postseason ban, proved to skeptical fans and administrators he deserved the full-time job and emerged from the shadow of his mentor Jim Calhoun by leading the seventh-seeded Huskies on an improbable title run. 

    "I'm just trying to keep proving everyone wrong," Ollie said amid the postgame celebration Monday night. "Everyone said our program was going to go

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  • UConn caps improbable run to championship by upsetting Kentucky in the title game

    ARLINGTON, Texas — As both teams jogged off the floor at halftime of Monday night's national title game, Kentucky Wildcats fans rose to their feet and roared, surely thinking their team had the Connecticut Huskies right where they wanted them.

    Again Kentucky fell way behind early in the first half. Again the Wildcats clawed back within striking distance by halftime. All they had to do to secure the championship was impose their will in the second half the same way they had their previous four NCAA tournament victories.

    That it didn't happen this time is a testament to UConn's dynamic point guard and leader. Shabazz Napier scored a game-high 22 points and UConn's resilient, disciplined defense stifled the Wildcats all game long to conclude an unlikely national championship run with a 60-54 victory.

    "Coach [Kevin] Ollie told us, this is going to be a two-year plan, and since that day on we believed," Napier said. "We had faith in each other, and we are here. We won the whole thing. We

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