3-point shot: Trey Burke stepping up

October, 31, 2011
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1. Michigan coach John Beilein said Sunday night that freshman guard Trey Burke continues to improve quickly in his quest to be the starting point guard. Beilein hasn’t made up his mind yet but the other choice is senior Stu Douglass, whom Beilein said has been doing a good job setting an example. Both are trying to replace Darius Morris, who split for the NBA draft in the spring. Beilein said sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr., has embraced his role as being a lead actor. He said Hardaway Jr., is playing like someone who wants to be a player. The Wolverines scrimmaged Toledo on Sunday (but we’re not supposed to know that since the scrimmages are NCAA secrets).

2. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said there have been discussions with the Maui Invitational about the 2013 field to ensure the Orange and Maryland were in opposite brackets in case both schools are in the ACC at the time. The Orange still don’t know when it will be released by the Big East to go to the ACC (Big East is holding firm on the 27 month exit timeline. Syracuse would like to go as early as possible). Boeheim said two teams from a conference can be in the same tournament. The larger conferences get, the harder it will be to keep tournaments from taking two schools.

3. Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione is expecting to be nominated by the Big 12 to replace former commissioner Dan Beebe on the NCAA men’s basketball selection committee. Beebe, who was forced out of his job, can’t serve his final two years on the committee because he is no longer employed. Castiglione has to decide if he wants to finish Beebe’s term or wait for a four or five-year term of his own. Beebe’s spot could go to someone from the Big 12, Big Ten, Sun Belt or MAC since it has to be someone from a football bowl subdivision team or conference.

Andy Katz | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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