- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Boston University won't be eligible for the America East tournament in 2013 under a conference bylaw because of their decision to leave for the Patriot League after this season. The move by the conference essentially cancels any chance of BU going to the NCAA tournament since the America East is a one-bid league. This is the same decision the Colonial Athletic Association made with 2013 departing members Old Dominion and Georgia State and it’s what drove VCU and Butler to the A-10 from the CAA and Horizon, respectively. America East commissioner Amy Huchthausen said the bylaw was put in 2005 when Northeastern left for the CAA and BU voted for the measure. She said the board of presidents of the remaining eight schools were in agreement to uphold the bylaw. Huchthausen said the men’s and women’s tournaments will simply eliminate the No. 8 versus No. 9 game and start the tournament in the quarterfinals. The seeding will skip BU.
2.TCU coach Trent Johnson said the Horned Frogs are going through an appeals process to get Arkansas transfer Devonta Abron eligible for the upcoming season. Johnson said the reason Abron came back to his native Texas was to be closer to his daughter and that there were health issues with his guardian. “We’re waiting to see what happens, we’re waiting on the NCAA,’’ said Johnson. Abron, who is from the Dallas area, would be an impact player for the Horned Frogs in their first season in the Big 12. The 6-foot-8 forward from Seagoville High played in 32 games for Arkansas, starting 22, and averaging 5.7 points and 4.2 boards a game. Abron’s high was a 16-board game in a loss at UConn.
3.Florida coach Billy Donovan’s advice for Duke-bound guard Rasheed Sulaimon was to relax a bit and not feel so pressured after coaching him on the U18 gold-medal winning team in Brazil. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t disagree. “I think it all means a lot to him, whether he’s at Duke or anywhere else,’’ said Krzyzewski. “He does put a lot of pressure on himself. But I’d rather have that then a kid that doesn’t give a darn.’’ Krzyzewski said Sulaimon will help the Blue Devils immediately next season with his ability to pressure the ball and use his length at 6-foot-4. The Blue Devils will have open minutes for Sulaimon with the departure of Austin Rivers and the decision by Andre Dawkins to redshirt. Seth Curry and Quinn Cook return to the perimeter. Mississippi State transfer guard Rodney Hood, who is due on campus this week, will have to sit out the season.