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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo and some of his players joined hundreds of students on campus Wednesday to paint a rock and fill it with messages to 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth, who lost her fight with cancer this week.

    The beautiful little girl became known as 'Princess Lacey' and developed a bond with MSU senior forward Adreian Payne, who first met her two years ago during one of her hospital stays. She suffered from neuroblastoma, a fetal-nerve cell cancer. They became like brother and sister with Payne and his teammates including her in numerous team activities.

    Payne carried her around the court last month during senior day and allowed her to participate in cutting down the nets with the Spartans when they won the Big Ten tournament.

    Izzo spoke to a large group of Michigan State students

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  • Devonte Graham ( 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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