Miami’s Johnson out after minor surgery on knee
Reggie Johnson had a minor surgical procedure in one of his knees Tuesday and will not play in this weekend’s East Regional games.
Johnson did not accompany the Hurricanes to Washington on Tuesday, but he is expected to be able to play in the Final Four if Miami advances.
Johnson has appeared in 26 games for Miami this season, starting nine. The 6-foot-10, 292-pound senior is averaging 6.7 points and 4.8 rebounds for Miami, and his presence could have been a major help against Marquette, which has outrebounded its opponents by 4.5 per game this season.
Marquette also has 31 offensive rebounds in this year’s NCAA tournament so far, third-best in the field behind Michigan State (34) and Gonzaga (32).
In a statement, the university said Johnson was injured in last weekend’s third-round game against Illinois. It was not immediately clear when Johnson was hurt in that game, and he was in the contest with 15 seconds remaining. He played 18 minutes in all against the Illini, and Miami won the game 63-59. New Big East signs deal with CBS The Big East conference will have a new name when it plays games on CBS. The conference that plans to rename itself this spring has signed a deal with CBS Sports to televise basketball games through the end of the season in 2020. CBS will have the first selection from conference and nonconference games, including those played at neutral sites. The conference did not reveal financial terms of the deal, which provides up to 12 appearances on CBS each season, half of which will be league games. Starting in 2014, the league’s basketball lineup will include Connecticut, Cincinnati, Temple, South Florida, Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, SMU and Tulane. BUFFALO: The University at Buffalo has hired Bobby Hurley to take over as coach.
Hurley completed his first season as an associate coach at Rhode Island this month, working under his brother, Dan Hurley. He spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Wagner, also with Dan serving as head coach.
Hurley is best known for his playing days at Duke, where he became one of the nation’s top all-time point guards. He led the Blue Devils to three Final Four berths, including 1992, when he was named most outstanding player.
NORTHWESTERN: Duke assistant Chris Collins has interviewed for the head coach opening at Northwestern.
Collins is a native of the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, Ill. — roughly 15 miles from the Northwestern campus in Evanston — and is the son of Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins.
The former Duke guard and Mr. Basketball in Illinois has been on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff since 2000. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2008.
Northwestern is searching for a replacement for Bill Carmody, who was fired this month after 13 seasons.
WAKE FOREST: Jeff Bzdelik will be back for a fourth season as basketball coach, athletic director Ron Wellman said.
Bzdelik came under fire from a frustrated fan base after a third straight losing season and no postseason tournament appearances, a slide that followed a run of two straight NCAA tournament berths in former coach Dino Gaudio’s final two seasons.
The Demon Deacons went 13-18 this year with upset wins at home over No. 2 Miami and No. 18 North Carolina State, and they ended their season with a loss to Maryland in the first round of the ACC tournament. They’re winless in that tournament since 2007.