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Dan Hurley needed three seasons as UConn’s coach to get the Huskies back into the NCAA Tournament after a five-year absence. In his fourth year, his team expects to take a bigger step — contending for a Big East title and possibly the program’s fifth national championship. The Huskies, who finished 15-8 during the pandemic-marred 2020-21 season, lost James Booknight to the NBA draft, but return nine players who have seen the court, including their next six top scorers. They’ve also added to a highly-touted recruiting class, with three freshmen expected to compete for minutes. 

As Leonard Hamilton begins his 20th season at Florida State, he has elevated the men's basketball program from one of the worst in the Atlantic Coast Conference to one annually among the league's top teams. Florida State is one of just three teams, joining Gonzaga and Michigan, that has advanced to the Sweet 16 in each of the last three NCAA Tournaments. The Seminoles have recruited and developed some of the nation’s top talent. Florida State has produced six NBA first-round draft picks since 2016. Among those are five-star recruits like Scottie Barnes and Patrick Williams, who both played one year in Tallahassee, as well as diamonds in the rough like Devin Vassell and Mfiondu Kabengele.

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Federal authorities say 18 former NBA players have been charged with allegedly pocketing $2.5 million illegally by defrauding the league's health and welfare benefit plan. U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss told a news conference Thursday that the defendants' playbook involved fraud and deception. An indictment in Manhattan federal court said the ex-players and one of their spouses engaged in a widespread scheme to defraud the plan by submitting false and fraudulent claims for reimbursement of medical and dental expenses that were never incurred. The list of those charged include Tony Allen, Glen Davis and Sebastian Telfair.

The Philadelphia 76ers entered Wednesday with five picks going into the NBA Draft, one first rounder and four in the second. They would only leave the draft with three of those picks being made, to go along with other moves.