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.

  • North Carolina GOP issues scathing response after NCAA pulls events from the state

     

    Not even two months after the NBA yanked the 2017 All-Star game out of Charlotte in response to a controversial bill passed by the North Carolina General Assembly, NCAA officials have made a similar decision.

    They announced Monday evening that they’re relocating all seven championship events previously awarded to North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year.

    The most high-profile event to be pulled will be first- and second-round games of the Division I men’s basketball tournament that were scheduled to be played in Greensboro. The state will also lose the women’s soccer College Cup, the women’s lacrosse championships, a women’s golf regional and three other lower-division championships.

    The NCAA’s decision to pull those seven events is its way of condemning House Bill 2, which became law in North Carolina in March. HB2 is best known for requiring transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding with their birth gender and for limiting the ability of employees to sue for

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  • Why Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig is joining the Dakota Pipeline protest

    Two weeks after he began speaking out against an oil pipeline that could threaten sacred tribal land in North Dakota, college basketball’s most renowned Native American player decided Twitter and Instagram posts were no longer enough.

    He wants to stand side-by-side with his people.

    Wisconsin point guard Bronson Koenig, older brother Miles and trainer Clint Parks intend to leave Madison on Friday afternoon and drive about 11 hours until they reach one of several protest camps 30 to 45 minutes south of Bismarck. They’ll set up camp there for the weekend alongside thousands of other Native Americans whose colorful tribal flags line the dirt access roads and whose teepees, tents and RVs cover the prairie.

    Bronson Koenig (AP)
    Bronson Koenig (AP)

    Koenig and Parks are also hoping to organize a free three-hour basketball clinic for Native American kids on Saturday evening. They’re in the process of seeking out a gym close enough to the protest site but big enough to accommodate a potential large turnout.

    “I hope

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  • Non-conference scheduling studs and duds: The Mountain West

    Jalen Poyser is one of just two returning scholarship players for UNLV (AP)
    Jalen Poyser is one of just two returning scholarship players for UNLV (AP)

    Since most of this coming season’s non-conference schedules have finally been released, it’s a good time to assess whose slates are the most daunting and who didn’t challenge themselves enough. Yahoo Sports will go league-by-league the next two weeks. Up next: The Mountain West.

    Toughest non-league schedule: UNLV

    With a new coach, only two returning players and mostly unheralded recruits, rebuilding UNLV is at minimum a year or two away from regaining its former status as a Mountain West contender. The only characteristic of the program that doesn’t reflect that is the Rebels’ loaded non-conference schedule.

    Three games against potential preseason top-five opponents highlight UNLV’s schedule: a Dec. 10 matchup with Duke in Las Vegas, a Dec. 17 visit to Portland to play Oregon and a Dec. 22 home game against Kansas. The Rebels also visit Arizona State and host the Global Sports Classic, where they will meet TCU

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  • Non-conference scheduling studs and duds: The Big East

    Georgetown fans unveil a tifo before last year's Syracuse game (AP)
    Georgetown fans unveil a Jim Boeheim-themed tifo before last year’s Syracuse game (AP)

    Since most of this coming season’s non-conference schedules have finally been released, it’s a good time to assess whose slates are the most daunting and who didn’t challenge themselves enough. Yahoo Sports will go league-by-league the next two weeks. Up next: The Big East.

    Toughest non-league schedule: Georgetown

    Expected to contend in the Big East last season thanks to the presence of star guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and a talented supporting cast, Georgetown instead crumbled in February and March en route to a disappointing 15-18 record. Now the Hoyas will look to rebound in spite of a non-conference slate that is undeniably the Big East’s toughest.

    Three marquee rivalry games highlight Georgetown’s schedule: a Nov. 15 rematch of last year’s narrow loss to Maryland, a Dec. 17 visit to hated Syracuse and a Jan. 14 home game against long-time Big East foe UConn. Each of those teams are Top 25

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  • Non-conference scheduling studs and duds: The Big 12

    Bill Self (AP)
    Bill Self (AP)

    Since most of this coming season’s non-conference schedules have finally been released, it’s a good time to assess whose slates are the most daunting and who didn’t challenge themselves enough. Yahoo Sports will go league-by-league the next two weeks. Up next: The Big 12.

    Toughest non-league schedule: Kansas

    Though the majority of Kansas’ early schedule is actually fairly manageable this year, three games elevate the Jayhawks’ non-conference slate above the rest of their Big 12 peers:  A season-opening showdown against Indiana in Honolulu on Nov. 11, a Champion’s Classic matchup in New York with likely preseason No. 1 Duke four days later and a visit to Kentucky on Jan. 28.

    All three of those games are away from Allen Fieldhouse. All three of those games come against potential preseason top 12 teams. And all three of those games will test a Kansas team with a senior-laden backcourt, a deep frontcourt and an elite freshman wing.

    The rest of Kansas’ non-league schedule is

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  • Deandre Ayton chooses Arizona, but will he ever play for the Wildcats?

    Deandre Ayton (AP)
    Deandre Ayton (AP)

    In a surprising announcement aired live on SportsCenter on Tuesday night, the Class of 2017’s No. 1 prospect held up a “Bear Down” T-shirt and chose Arizona over fellow national powers Kansas and Kentucky.

    Now the big question is whether Deandre Ayton will ever play a game for the Wildcats.

    Ayton has insisted for months that he desires to play college basketball in 2017, but many schools were hesitant to fully invest in his recruitment. They feared that he’d fail to qualify academically, that he’d run afoul of the NCAA or that he’d choose to play professionally right after high school rather than attend college.

    At one point last April, the supremely talented 7-footer told the Louisville Courier-Journal that only Kansas was aggressively pursuing him. Normally the line of suitors would be a few dozen long for such a heralded prospect late in his junior year of high school.

    After all, this is a kid who tallied 17 points and 18 rebounds against North Carolina in a 2014

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  • Non-conference scheduling studs and duds: The Big Ten

    Michigan State has the nation's toughest November schedule (AP)
    Michigan State has the nation’s toughest November schedule (AP)

    Since most of this coming season’s non-conference schedules have finally been released, it’s a good time to assess whose slates are the most daunting and who didn’t challenge themselves enough. Yahoo Sports will go league-by-league the next two weeks. Up first: The Big Ten.

    Toughest non-league schedule: Michigan State

    No other program in the country will play a tougher November schedule than Michigan State. Before the calendar turns to December, the Spartans could play as many as five games against Top 25 opponents — all away from East Lansing.

    The gauntlet begins in Honolulu where Michigan State opens the season against a young but loaded Arizona team. Four days and six time zones later, the Spartans meet likely preseason top three Kentucky in New York. Then comes the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, which features the likes of Louisville, Baylor, VCU and Wichita State. And as if that’s not enough, looming on Nov. 29 is a

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  • Rutgers resorts to taking credit for NBA players from other schools

    Rutgers got a little too creative with its latest social media recruiting pitch (AP)
    Rutgers got a little too creative with its latest social media recruiting pitch (AP)

    Rutgers hasn’t made the NCAA tournament in a quarter century, hasn’t produced a winning season in a decade and hasn’t landed a player in the NBA since little-known Hamady N’Diaye was taken 56th overall in 2010.

    Given that dearth of basketball pedigree, perhaps it should come as no surprise that the Scarlet Knights are borrowing from another program’s history.

    On Tuesday night, Rutgers basketball sent out a red-and-black-tinted tweet noting that players coached by current Scarlet Knights staffers have earned $1.1 billion dollars playing in the NBA or overseas. Among the players prominently featured are Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Andre Drummond and Shabazz Napier, all of whom have one thing in common: They attended UConn, not Rutgers.

    Granted new Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell and

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  • Syracuse bolsters perilously thin backcourt with marquee late addition

    Andrew White announced Sunday he'll transfer to Syracuse (AP)
    Andrew White announced Sunday he’ll transfer to Syracuse (AP)

    Almost four months after learning that Malachi Richardson would stay in the NBA draft, Syracuse finally found a suitable replacement.

    The Orange on Sunday received a commitment from the last marquee graduate transfer still on the market this offseason.

    Andrew White III, who averaged 16.6 points per game at Nebraska last season, announced on Twitter that he will spend his final year of college at Syracuse. The 6-foot-7 wing also visited Miami, Michigan State and Virginia Commonwealth.

    The addition of White is massive for a Syracuse team that has only three other perimeter players on its roster. The Orange were very thin at guard after Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney graduated, Kaleb Joseph transferred in search of more playing time and Richardson parlayed a strong postseason into becoming a first-round draft pick.

    What White gives Syracuse is a proven perimeter scorer capable of attacking the rim off the dribble or knocking

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  • Oklahoma State forward had just begun to blossom before his death

    Tyrek Coger (AP)
    Tyrek Coger (AP)

    Not content to merely challenge himself against some of the nation’s top players his own age, Tyrek Coger sought a step up in competition.

    The high school junior goaded budding NBA star John Wall into a game of 1-on-1 at the 2012 Reebok Breakout Challenge in Philadelphia.

    In front of a few dozen onlookers, several of whom were filming with cell phone cameras, Coger showed no fear, promising to “show John how to play ball.” The 6-foot-8 forward actually knocked down a couple jumpers and even swatted away one of Wall’s shots before the Washington Wizards guard got serious, punctuating his victory by blowing by Coger off the dribble and drawing gasps with a ferocious left-handed dunk.

    Video of the game hit YouTube within hours and spread quickly on social media, generating more than 12 million views. The title of the YouTube clips were “John Wall shuts up high school kid” and “John Wall teaches high school kid a lesson,” but Coger painted a slightly different picture when

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