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Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:
• Butler decided to stay in the family when replacing Brad Stevens. Brandon Miller, who was an outstanding 3-point shooter during his career with the Bulldogs, was named head coach after Stevens went to the Boston Celtics. That move made sense as Butler keeps continuity once again. It will be interesting to see how he does in the Big East.
• There is a showdown between the Big Ten and ACC in the Big Apple. The Gotham Classic will feature Mike Brey's Irish and Thad Matta's Buckeyes. Notre Dame and Ohio State will tip off against each other for only the 13th time when they meet Dec. 21. As part of the tournament, the Irish will host Brey's former employer, Delaware, in South Bend, Ind., on Dec. 7.
• Congratulations to Billy Donovan on coaching the USA Under-19 team to the world championship. They beat Serbia in the championship game as Louisville's Montrezl Harrell had 17 points in the final. Nigel Williams-Goss, who will be heading to Washington, also had a strong showing in the title game with 15 points. The winning team also featured Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State, Rasheed Sulaimon of Duke, Michael Frazier of Florida and Jarnell Stokes of Tennessee.
• Creighton coach Greg McDermott received some great news when senior guard Grant Gibbs was granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. Gibbs has been hampered by injuries throughout his career. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 8.5 points per game and almost 6 attempts per game last season. Having Gibbs and Doug McDermott back together makes Creighton a solid squad.
• Good news for Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton as he received a contract extension. FSU extended Hamilton's contract through the 2017 season.
• St. Mary's got a boost for the future when former Minnesota guard Joe Coleman announced he will join the Gaels. Coleman averaged over 8 points per game last season but will have to sit out the 2013-14 campaign after transferring. Coleman started 32 games for the Golden Gophers and averaged over 26 minutes per contest last season.