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.

  • Manu Lecomte's clutch shot has Baylor in position to ascend to No. 1

    Manu Lecomte kept Baylor undefeated with this game winner to beat Iowa State (AP)
    Manu Lecomte kept Baylor undefeated with this game winner to beat Iowa State (AP)

    If Baylor ascends to No. 1 in the country next week, the Bears will have Manu Lecomte to thank for it.

    The junior point guard sank a game-winning off-balance runner with 8.2 seconds left to give second-ranked Baylor a 65-63 victory over upset-minded Iowa State on Wednesday night in Waco.

    With the score tied and the shot clock at five seconds, Lecomte drove left, got Iowa State’s Matt Thomas on his hip and hoisted an high-arcing shot off one foot as his momentum carried him away from the tim. The ball sailed high enough to draw rain before falling through the hoop, giving Baylor a two-point lead in a game it had trailed for long stretches of the second half.

    Iowa State coach Steve Prohm put the ball in the hands of star point guard Monte Morris on the game’s final play, but the senior

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  • Duke's Grayson Allen reinstated after just one game, excels in his return

    Grayson Allen’s indefinite suspension didn’t last long

    Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski reinstated his preseason All-American on Wednesday night after just a one-game absence.

    Allen started Wednesday’s 110-57 rout of Georgia Tech and helped spearhead the onslaught. The junior guard scored 15 points and dished out seven assists, providing the creativity and distribution off the dribble that Duke lacked with Allen unavailable for last Saturday’s loss at Virginia Tech.

    The incident that led to Allen’s suspension took place late in the first half of Duke’s 72-61 victory over Elon on Dec. 21. As Elon’s Steven Santa Ana spun past him on the baseline, Allen stuck out his right leg and swept his opponent’s left leg out from under him, a play very reminiscent of two previous tripping incidents that landed the combo guard in the national media’s crosshairs.

    In a Feb. 8 matchup with Louisville, Allen stuck both his legs out and appeared to intentionally trip Cardinals forward Ray Spalding as he ran up

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  • Clutch shot, disputed call help Kansas thwart Kansas State's upset bid

    Svi Mykhailiuk needed an extra step or two to sink a game-winning layup to beat Kansas State (AP).
    Svi Mykhailiuk needed an extra step or two to sink a game-winning layup to beat Kansas State (AP).

    It took some timely improvisation, a disputed call and a clutch last-second shot for Kansas to thwart Kansas State’s upset bid Tuesday night.

    When Svi Mykhailiuk could not get the ball inbound to Kansas star Frank Mason with the score tied and 5.6 seconds remaining, the Ukraine native opted to pass to Devonte Graham instead. Mykhailiuk then sprinted up court, called for the ball back from Graham and went coast to coast, giving the Jayhawks a 90-88 win with a controversial driving layup as the buzzer sounded.

    Because Mykhailiuk picked up his dribble on a dead sprint before he reached the top of the key and took at least three steps before releasing his layup, Kansas State players and staff members were

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  • Another home loss puts Indiana's Big Ten title ambitions in doubt

    Indiana has now lost three straight games against Nebraska, Louisville and Wisconsin (AP).
    Indiana has now lost three straight games against Nebraska, Louisville and Wisconsin (AP).

    Only two games into conference play, Indiana’s hopes of capturing a second straight Big Ten championship are already in some jeopardy.

    A Hoosiers team expected to contend in the Big Ten has started league play with back-to-back home losses.

    Indiana had hoped to bounce back from last week’s stunning loss to Nebraska on Tuesday night, but the 25th-ranked Hoosiers instead floundered during a pivotal late-game stretch against 13th-ranked Wisconsin. Five straight points from Wisconsin guard Zak Showalter sparked a 10-2 Badgers run, enabling them to close out a 75-68 victory at the free throw line during the final two minutes.

    Only twice in the past 10 seasons has the Big Ten champion even suffered as many as four league losses. By that standard, Indiana would have to go 14-2 the remainder of Big Ten play just to give itself slim hope of a co-league title, a highly ambitious goal given the Hoosiers’

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  • South Florida fires Orlando Antigua after two-plus frustrating seasons

    Orlando Antigua was fired Tuesday (AP).
    Orlando Antigua was fired Tuesday (AP).

    Not even three years after plucking Orlando Antigua from John Calipari’s staff, South Florida already has buyer’s remorse.

    Athletic director Mark Harlan announced Tuesday that Antigua has been fired. Assistant coach Murry Bartow will take over for the rest of the season as the interim head coach.

    “After a thorough and deliberate review of our men’s basketball program, a decision has been made to make a head coaching change,” Harlan said in a statement.

    “We will continue to provide all the resources and support necessary for our student-athletes and coaching staff to have success. A national search to find our next head coach will commence immediately.”

    Steve Masiello was initially Harlan’s top choice to replace Stan Heath in March 2014, but the Manhattan coach’s lack of college degree forced South Florida to go in a different direction. Harlan then pivoted toward Antigua, whom he hoped could elevate the Bulls program by recruiting and developing

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  • In Coach K's absence, Jeff Capel can prove himself as a potential heir apparent

    Even though Duke loses a hall of fame coach with 12 Final Fours appearances, five national titles and three Olympic gold medals, there’s a silver lining to Mike Krzyzewski’s impending leave of absence.

    The Blue Devils will now have the chance to audition maybe the leading candidate to someday succeed Krzyzewski.

    Associate head coach Jeff Capel will slide over one seat on Duke’s bench for up to four weeks as the 69-year-old Krzyzewski recovers from the back surgery he’s scheduled to undergo Friday. It’s an interim promotion that could become permanent in a few years if the Blue Devils flourish under Capel’s leadership.

    Fired at Oklahoma six years ago after back-to-back 18-loss seasons made worse by an NCAA investigation into his staff’s recruiting practices, Capel has rehabilitated his reputation by becoming Krzyzewski’s most valuable lieutenant. Capel elevated Duke’s recruiting, landed many of the pillars of the 2015 national title team and took on added responsibility each time

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  • Mike Krzyzewski to undergo back surgery, will miss up to four weeks

    Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils look like the favorites to win the national title this season. (Getty)
    Mike Krzyzewski will miss up to four weeks (Getty Images).

    When Duke hosts Georgia Tech on Wednesday night, it will be Mike Krzyzewski’s final game on the bench for awhile.

    Krzyzewski will undergo lower back surgery on Friday to remove a fragment of a herniated disc, Duke announced Monday morning. Associate head coach Jeff Capel will coach Duke during Krzyzewski’s recovery, which is expected to take up to four weeks.

    The surgery was a last resort after other more conservative treatment options failed. Dr. Allan Friedman will perform the procedure at Duke University Hospital.

    “During my recovery process, the team will be in the capable hands of Coach Capel, Coach [Nate] James and Coach [Jon] Scheyer,” Krzyzewski said in a statement released by Duke. “As soon as the doctors clear me to do so, I look forward to returning and giving our team 100 percent of my energy and attention, which is certainly something that they deserve.”

    Krzyzewski’s surgery comes at a pivotal moment in Duke’s

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  • Syracuse's dismal season hits new low with loss to Boston College

    No longer does Syracuse’s 33-point home loss to struggling St. John’s last month look like such a fluke.

    The Orange proved they really might be that bad on Sunday with another dreadful loss to a rebuilding team.

    Syracuse dropped its ACC opener 96-81 at Boston College, a team that hadn’t won a league game since March 10, 2015. The Eagles went 0-18 in the ACC last season and lost at home to the likes of Nicholls State, Hartford and Harvard earlier this year.

    Even though season is not yet half over, it’s not too early to wonder if Syracuse’s NCAA tournament hopes are already beginning to fade away. The Orange (8-6, 0-1) have yet to beat a power-conference opponent and four of their six losses have come against teams outside the KenPom top 50.

    The ACC affords plenty of chances for quality wins, but the conference can also bury a slumping team quickly too. Syracuse has two games against Louisville remaining as well as single games against Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, Notre Dame, Virginia

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  • Villanova caps remarkable calendar year with impressive road win

    Villanova and Creighton both entered their showdown with unbeaten records (AP)
    Villanova and Creighton both entered their showdown with unbeaten records (AP)

    The greatest calendar year in Villanova basketball history ended Saturday afternoon in fittingly impressive fashion.

    The top-ranked Wildcats gutted out an 80-70 road win at 10th-ranked Creighton in the Big East’s first matchup of undefeated teams since 1989.

    After Creighton sharpshooter Isaiah Zierden tied the game at 66 with a 3-pointer with less than five minutes to go, Villanova dug in its heels and showed some championship mettle. Senior wing Josh Hart and sophomore point guard Jalen Brunson scored their team’s next 12 points, spearheading a game-ending 14-4 surge that gave the Wildcats a big road win and an early leg up in the Big East title race.

    Hart started the surge with a put-back. Brunson struck next with a mid-range jumper. Three-point-happy Creighton then became a bit panicky and began hoisting jumpers early in the shot clock, enabling Villanova to build on its lead and finish the game at the

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  • Virginia Tech exposes flaws in Duke that Grayson Allen alone can't fix

    Duke's second loss exposed issues that Grayson Allen's return alone won't fix (AP)
    Duke’s second loss exposed issues that Grayson Allen’s return alone won’t fix (AP)

    Lost amid the furor over Grayson Allen’s penchant for tripping opposing players 10 days ago was a damning postgame quote from Duke’s Luke Kennard.

    “I just don’t think we’re a very unselfish team right now,” Kennard told the Fayetteville Observer. “And that’s both offensively and defensively. We’ve just got to figure out who we’re going to be.”

    Many of the issues that concerned Kennard were laid bare Saturday afternoon in fifth-ranked Duke’s 89-75 loss at Virginia Tech. In the Blue Devils’ ACC opener and first road game of the season, they trailed from start to finish and looked nothing like the team that began the season No. 1 in both polls and was expected to evolve into a juggernaut once its three elite freshmen got healthy.

    With no true point guard on the roster and Allen suspended indefinitely, Duke’s offense once again devolved into 1-on-1 isolation plays for long stretches of both halves. The

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