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.

  • For better or worse, Tubby Smith is the exact opposite of Josh Pastner

    For years, Memphis fans have complained that Josh Pastner's teams took quick, ill-advised shots, played disorganized defense and typically didn't win at the level their talent level suggested they should. 

    That should no longer be a problem given who the school tabbed as Pastner's replacement on Thursday morning.

    Memphis has hired Texas Tech's Tubby Smith, an accomplished coach who's basically the complete opposite of his youthful predecessor. He's 64 years old, he hasn't always recruited at an elite level but he is well respected among his peers for being excellent tactically and strong in player development.

    Smith won't be universally embraced right away by Memphis fans who convinced themselves they had a chance to nab a flashier candidate. School officials decided quickly that they could not afford Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall or Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams, that they could not pry Archie Miller away from Dayton and that they sought someone with more coaching experience

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  • Arizona is loaded on the perimeter after landing Terrance Ferguson

    When standout wing Allonzo Trier announced his decision to return to Arizona this month, the lone downside appeared to be the potential for his presence to dissuade other shooting guards the Wildcats were pursuing from coming.

    Turns out that didn't happen.  

    Arizona landed one of the Class of 2016's top wings on Wednesday night when 6-foot-6 Terrance Ferguson announced on Twitter that he had committed. Ferguson, Rivals.com's No. 12 prospect, is an elite shooter who is also an outstanding perimeter defender and one of the best dunkers in his class.

    The relationship between Ferguson and Arizona stems from his stint last summer playing for Sean Miller on USA Basketball's U-19 team. When Ferguson backed out of his initial commitment to Alabama on March 1, Arizona instantly became one of the leading contenders to land him along with fellow suitors Baylor, Kansas, Maryland, North Carolina and NC State.

    Ferguson's commitment leaves Miller with a problem other coaches would kill to have.

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  • CBS and Turner will retain NCAA tournament through at least 2032

    The NCAA tournament will remain on CBS and Turner for at least the next 16 years.

    The broadcast partners on Tuesday announced an eight-year, $8.8 billion extension that will allow them to provide live coverage of NCAA tournament games on any platform they choose through 2032. That includes those platforms "to be created over the life of the agreement."

    The rights fee is a significant increase over the original 14-year contract CBS, Turner and the NCAA agreed to back in 2010. Whereas CBS and Turner will pay an average of approximately $771 million every year to air the NCAA tournament from 2011-2024, that fee will rise to $1.1 billion per year from 2025-2032.

    That increase is crucial to the NCAA, which secures more than 90 percent of its total revenue from the men's basketball tournament. NCAA president Mark Emmert said that money flows back to the association's 1,100 members schools to help them support other sports that do not produce revenue.

    The stability this TV rights deal

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  • Deyonta Davis' departure makes Michigan State more freshman-reliant

    If Michigan State is going to contend for a national title again next season, the Spartans will have to rely heavily on their highly touted freshman class.

    That much is clear after forward Deyonta Davis announced Tuesday that he's declaring for the NBA draft and hiring an agent.

    Davis would have been an interior focal point for Michigan State next season had he returned to school, but his stock was too high among NBA scouts for that to be a realistic possibility. The raw but talented 6-foot-10 freshman is a projected mid-first-round pick even though he averaged a modest 7.5 points and 6.5 rebounds and had just begun to scratch the surface of his capabilities while starting 16 of the Spartans' final 17 games.

    "Over the last year, Deyonta has improved as a player, as he is just starting to tap his true potential," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said in a statement. "Off the court, there is no question that he has grown by leaps and bounds as he matures as a young man. I’ve been fortunate

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  • Phil Martelli sheepishly tries to give back Big 5 coach of the year trophy

    When it was time for him to accept the trophy for Big 5 Coach of the Year on Monday night, St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli couldn't resist poking fun at himself.

    The coach whom Martelli had beaten out to win the award went on to win the national title a couple weeks after voters had turned in their ballots.

    "Seriously, there’s not one person in here that would say ‘Big 5 Coach of the Year? It must be Phil Martelli! It’s not Jay Wright!'" Martelli told guests at the Big 5 awards banquet.

    "Jay, this is yours. I’m going to borrow it for an hour and if I can get into your gated community in Newtown Square, I’ll drop it off."

    As recently as three weeks ago, Martelli was not a ridiculous choice. After all, St. Joseph's won 28 games, captured the Atlantic 10 tournament title and led No. 1 seed Oregon deep into the second half before falling in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

    Of course, everything changed when Villanova validated its Big East title with the type of NCAA tournament

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  • Kansas reloads with the addition of elite prospect Josh Jackson

    At a time when most of the rest of the Big 12's top teams appear poised to take a step backward, Kansas is just reloading.

    The Jayhawks bolstered an already strong roster on Monday night when they landed a prospect Rivals.com considers to be the best in the 2016 class.

    Shooting guard Josh Jackson committed to Kansas, choosing the Jayhawks over fellow finalists Michigan State and Arizona. The 6-foot-7 senior at Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif., is a consensus top-three prospect nationally along with Duke-bound forwards Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum.

    What makes Jackson one of the elite wing prospects to enter college basketball in recent years is his ability to impact a game at both ends of the floor. The tough, ultra-competitive Jackson has a nonstop motor, an explosive first step to the basket, a knack for making plays in transition and the ability to lock down an opposing team's best perimeter player.

    Some of Jackson's attributes were on display at the McDonald's All-American game earlier

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  • Maryland's upcoming season may hinge on Melo Trimble's draft decision

    The fate of the next Maryland basketball season could hinge on the feedback star point guard Melo Trimble receives from NBA scouts this spring.

    Trimble announced Monday night he will declare for the NBA draft without hiring an agent, leaving open the possibility he could return for his junior season.

    If Trimble leaves, Maryland will have to replace every member of a supremely talented starting five that led the Terps to a 27-win 2015-16 season and a Sweet 16 appearance. If Trimble comes back, Maryland will still have questions in the frontcourt but the Terps can build around a perimeter corps highlighted by one of the nation's most dynamic point guards.

    Trimble returned to Maryland after an outstanding freshman season in hopes of solidifying himself as a future first-round pick, but his sophomore season was too erratic to achieve that goal.

    Among the positives: His assist-to-turnover ratio improved and he enjoyed some strong stretches, especially during the first half of the season.

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  • Why Syracuse transfer Kaleb Joseph is heading to Creighton

    Having watched another transfer point guard thrive at Creighton this past season, Kaleb Joseph decided to follow in his footsteps.

    The Syracuse transfer committed to the Bluejays on Sunday evening, his former AAU coach Vin Pastore told Yahoo Sports on Monday.

    One of the biggest factors in Joseph's decision was his strong relationship with Creighton assistant Preston Murphy. The other was the success the Bluejays had with point guard Maurice Watson, a Boston University transfer who averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 assists in his debut season in the Big East this year.   

    It appealed to Joseph to go to a school with a track record of helping transfers improve during their redshirt seasons. Creighton also had a need for a point guard with Watson set to graduate after the 2016-17 season and no heir apparent waiting in the wings.

    What Creighton is getting in Joseph is a former Rivals top 50 prospect in need of a fresh start.

    Thrust into the role of top point guard right away at Syracuse as a

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  • Nation's eighth-leading scorer Cane Broome transfers to Cincinnati

    In his freshman season at Sacred Heart, he started from the outset and averaged an impressive 14.5 points per game. In his sophomore season with the Pioneers, he scored 23.1 points per game and won conference player of the year honors.

    Now Cane Broome is ready for a bigger challenge.

    Cane Broome (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)Cane Broome (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)The 6-foot combo guard announced Monday he will transfer to Cincinnati, where he'll sit next season before having two years eligibility remaining thereafter. Broome also visited Creighton and received interest from the likes of Seton Hall and NC State, among others.

    Having such prestigious programs pursue him was a new experience for Broome, a Hartford native who was lightly recruited out of high school. Sacred Heart coach Anthony Latina was the first to offer a scholarship to Broome and made him the program's biggest priority the following summer, leading to a commitment early in the 2013-14 school year.

    Broome played as though he had something to prove during his two years at Sacred Heart, and now he's

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  • Duke point guard Derryck Thornton intends to transfer

    Before Duke's Sweet 16 loss to Oregon last month, point guard Derryck Thornton reflected on the challenge of graduating high school in three years, enrolling at one of the nation's most tradition-rich programs and trying to fill the void left by Tyus Jones' early departure.

    "It's definitely tough, but you can do it if you're mentally focused," Thornton told Yahoo Sports. "This season has been so great for me and for my team and I've learned so much. It was a great opportunity for me to come here and I'm really happy with my decision. I've learned so much from Coach [Mike Krzyzewski]. There's a lot I wouldn't have learned if I were still in high school."

    At that time, Thornton certainly didn't sound like someone who intended to leave when the season ended, but that's not the case any longer. Duke announced Sunday that the sophomore-to-be is transferring.

    “We wish Derryck the best and appreciate his contributions to our team this season,” Krzyzewski said in the statement. “We support his

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