- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus told ESPN.com that he has hired former Army and Evansville coach Jim Crews to replace Alex Jensen as his top assistant. Jensen abruptly left Majerus and the Billikens earlier in the week to work with the D-League team of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The move stunned Majerus, who had been close to Jensen since coaching him at Utah. Majerus was livid with the Cavs for hiring away Jensen now, right before the start of the season. Crews agreed to help him and lend his veteran coaching skills. A one-time Indiana player and assistant under Bob Knight, Crews said he would commit to SLU for the season.
2. Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade is legitimately concerned about what Temple will do and whether the Owls will get an invitation from the Big East for all sports. McGlade said she won’t rush if the Owls were to leave the A-10 and isn’t against staying put at 13 members for the immediate future. With Saint Joseph’s and La Salle, at least the league knows it won't be out of the Philly market if the Owls leave. Still, McGlade knows that a Temple departure would be a hit to the basketball stature of the league. But no one knows if and when the Big East will move on the Owls, with Central Florida likely first up on the expansion ladder if the Big East decides to add to its football membership. UCF, like Temple, would be an all-sports addition if it gets on the expansion list.
3. Get ready for quite a rivalry between the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and Madison Square Garden in Manhattan for college basketball’s hot properties. The A-10 and Barclays Center appeared quite chummy during Thursday’s media day at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott. And Barclays spokesperson Barry Baum was quick to say that the arena will be active in pursuing college basketball games/tournaments. MSG has cornered the market on getting big-time college games into the city, from early-season tournaments to Duke games to the annual Big East tournament. Barclays, which opens next fall, will host the A-10 tournament and the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in 2012-13. Don’t be surprised to see the new-look ACC and Big East in competition for games and conference tournaments in these two buildings for years to come as both try to stake the New York City-area turf.