3-point shot: Big East suits Memphis

February, 8, 2012
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1. Memphis should immediately be the mix in the Big East when the Tigers arrive in 2013-14. The Tigers are in fertile recruiting ground, have a tremendous fan base and are entering a Big East that will lose Syracuse, Pitt and West Virginia – three of the most consistent programs in the league recently. There is no reason Memphis can’t be in the thick of a race with Louisville and UConn, as long as both are in the league, Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova, Cincinnati and Notre Dame. Memphis coach Josh Pastner said Tuesday that he anticipates the Tigers will be competitive with the league’s elite as soon as Memphis joins.

2. Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said he doesn’t want to leave the Big East for the ACC. He said he’s hoping going forward that Notre Dame football still has a spot in the BCS. He said the Irish have to have a plan, but that they have found their niche in the Big East. The problem for Notre Dame will be how the Irish hierarchy feels about its new neighborhood, of having all but football and its faculty aligned with new schools Central Florida, SMU, Houston and Memphis. Academically, the Irish are a better fit with the ACC elite. But this will be a football decision, of course.

3. Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said he’s not surprised but yet so proud of former Crimson guard Jeremy Lin’s progress with the New York Knicks in the past week. The Harvard brand has never seen so much positive vibe in the history of the program. The Crimson remain ranked, Lin is a sudden star in the nation’s top media market and if the Crimson make the NCAA tournament they will likely be a spotlight team during the first weekend due to the historic nature of the bid. These are good times to be in Harvard hoops.

Andy Katz | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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