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.

  • 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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  • NCAA hammers Donnie Tyndall with penalty that may end his career

    In response to what it described as a "breathtaking and audacious" series of rules violations, the NCAA has hammered former Southern Mississippi coach Donnie Tyndall with a punishment that will make it difficult for him to work in major college athletics again.

    Tyndall received a 10-year show cause penalty Friday for allegedly directing his staff to engage in academic fraud, facilitating impermissible financial aid for two players and obstructing the NCAA's investigation into the potential violations.

    If an NCAA school were to hire Tyndall during his 10-year show cause order, he would be prohibited from participating in all coaching duties. Even after the 10-year show cause expires on April 7, 2026, any NCAA school that hires him would have to suspend him for the first half of his debut season.

    "It's heartbreaking," Tyndall, 45, told Yahoo Sports. "I don't know what to do, man. There's nothing I want to do with my life besides coach basketball, and now that has been taken away from me.

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  • Can Josh Pastner salvage his career with fresh start at Georgia Tech?

    Memphis gets rid of a coach it no longer wanted but could not afford to fire. Josh Pastner gets a fresh start at a power-conference program starved for stability and sustained success.

    There's no doubt both are winners now that Georgia Tech has given Pastner an unlikely life line, but the more intriguing question is can the Yellow Jackets claim victory here too?

    In the 12 years since Georgia Tech reached the national title game, the Yellow Jackets endured seven years of decline under Paul Hewitt and five years of mediocrity under Brian Gregory. Athletic director Mike Bobinski fired Gregory last month after he failed to make the NCAA tournament for a fifth consecutive season despite an experienced roster with four senior starters.

    Georgia Tech's state-of-the-art new arena, rich tradition and fertile recruiting base make it more attractive than many ACC jobs, but the specter of competing in the same league as Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Syracuse and Virginia scared potential

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  • Tyler Summitt's indiscretion damages more than just his own reputation

    At the start of his press conference announcing 23-year-old Tyler Summitt as Louisiana Tech's next women's basketball coach two years ago, athletic director Tommy McClelland addressed his new hire's age by cracking a joke.

    "Did you hear the joke about what the young guy said to the younger guy?" McClelland deadpanned. "Need a job?"

    You can bet other athletic directors will be more reticent giving so much responsibility to someone so young now that a hire made to generate headlines has become a high-profile fiasco. Summitt, the 25-year-old son of legendary former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, resigned from his job at Louisiana Tech on Thursday, citing an unspecified inappropriate relationship.

    "I am profoundly disappointed in myself for engaging in a relationship that has negatively affected the people I love, respect and care about the most," Summitt said in a statement. "My hope, plans and prayers are to repair those relationships. I am appreciative of the

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  • Thomas Bryant will be back to anchor a loaded Indiana frontcourt

    An Indiana team best known for its array of perimeter standouts the past two years may be more frontcourt-driven next season.

    That about face became more likely on Thursday when the Hoosiers announced that starting center Thomas Bryant has decided not to declare for the NBA draft this year.

    Bryant's return gives Indiana a centerpiece for a frontcourt that could be the Big Ten's best next season regardless of whether forward Troy Williams opts to return for his senior year or not.

    If Williams is back, he'd likely start at small forward with Bryant at center and promising sophomore-to-be O.G. Anunoby at power forward. If Williams leaves, Collin Hartman is a capable starting small forward and the Hoosiers would still have 6-foot-7 sophomore-to-be Juwan Morgan and 6-foot-10 incoming freshman De'Ron Davis to provide depth off the bench.

    It could not have been an easy decision for Bryant to return to Indiana because the former McDonald's All-American had a chance to be selected in the first

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  • Grayson Allen's return makes Duke a near lock for preseason No. 1

    Already a strong candidate to be next year's preseason No. 1 even if Grayson Allen entered the NBA draft, Duke became a near lock on Wednesday when its leading scorer decided to pass. 

    The high-scoring guard announced he will return for his junior season and remain part of a Blue Devils team that now returns six of its top eight players and welcomes a decorated recruiting class. 

    "I've made a lot of friendships with the guys here and relationships with my teammates that I'll have forever," Allen said in a video released Wednesday by Duke. "Coming back for another season to play with them is important for me. Also, I'll be continuing to work academically toward my degree and I feel like next year's team has a chance to be special with the guys we do have coming back, the experience we have and also the outstanding freshman class we have coming in."

    Allen's decision comes on the heels of a season in which he unequivocally proved that his title game heroics the previous spring were no

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  • Where does Villanova-North Carolina rank among the greatest title games?

    HOUSTON — Thirty minutes after Kris Jenkins’ thunderbolt of a 3-pointer delivered Villanova its first championship in 31 years, Wildcats coach Jay Wright opened his press conference by calling Monday’s title game “one of the great college basketball games we've ever been a part of.”

    To be honest, he may not have needed those qualifiers.

    Villanova’s epic 77-74 victory over North Carolina had everything synonymous with March Madness — wild momentum swings, thunderous roars, heroic performances and a dramatic finish that left one team stunned and heartbroken and the other spilling onto the floor in celebration. In this case there were two shining moments, Marcus Paige’s leaning, twisting 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left that seemed destined to force overtime and Jenkins’ rebuttal at the buzzer to end the game in regulation.

    The lingering question the day after the gripping drama of Monday night is whether Villanova-North Carolina is the best title game that college basketball has ever

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  • Villanova's Kris Jenkins hits buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win national championship

    HOUSTON — All that talk of this being the worst Final Four in history sure looks silly now.

    Two dull, one-sided national semifinals paved the way for the most riveting national championship game in recent memory.

    With time melting away in a tie game, Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono sprinted up floor, drew two defenders and dished to teammate Kris Jenkins, who was running alongside him screaming for the ball. Jenkins pulled up from the right wing and buried a tie-breaking 3-pointer at the buzzer over the outstretched arms of North Carolina's Isaiah Hicks, giving the Wildcats a 77-74 victory and their second national title.

    Jenkins' shot dwarfed another dramatic 3-pointer that only seconds earlier appeared as though it was going to go down in NCAA tournament lore. Marcus Paige's off-balance, leaning 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left capped a 17-7 North Carolina surge, tied the score at 74 and set off a celebration among Tar Heels fans who were certain the title game was headed to overtime.

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  • A way-too-early look at the 2016-17 season's top 20 teams

    HOUSTON — Even with an ankle-deep layer of streamers and confetti still covering the NRG Stadium floor, the buildup for next year's college basketball season has already begun.

    Much of the discussion has centered on the leading contenders to succeed Villanova as national champions next April in Glendale, Ariz.

    A clear-headed look at next season is especially difficult this year with four Rivals top 20 recruits not having chosen a school, transfer season only just beginning and dozens of NBA draft prospects still deciding if they intend to stay in school or turn pro. Nonetheless, based on my best educated guesses for who's staying and who's going, here's our ridiculously early look at the best teams for the 2016-17 season.

    1. Duke
    Key losses:
    F Brandon Ingram, C Marshall Plumlee,
    Key returners:
    G Grayson Allen F Amile Jefferson, G Matt Jones, G Luke Kennard, G, Derryck Thornton, F Chase Jeter
    Notable newcomers:
    F Harry Giles, F Jayson Tatum, G Frank Jackson, F Javin DeLaurier, F Jack

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