0-17 And Counting for DePaul

Next Thursday will mark the one-year anniversary of DePaul’s last Big East win.

Since a victory over Marquette on Jan. 20, 2010, the Blue Demons have lost 17 straight Big East games, including Wednesday’s 78-67 home loss to Seton Hall.

DePaul is 1-39 in its last 40 Big East games.

“There are moments of frustration for me and really I felt like a game like last night could’ve been a turning point for us because we had been playing progressively better in the Big East,” first-year head coach Oliver Purnell said on Thursday’s conference call. To read more of this story, click here

Big East Dominating RPI; Con Call Highlights

While this was supposed to be a “down year” for the Big East, one look at the first edition of the 2011 RPI rankings shows otherwise.

This week’s ranking lists eight Big East teams among the top 18, with Georgetown at No. 1, Syracuse at No. 3, UConn at No. 5, St. John’s at No. 7, Pittsburgh at No. 10, West Virginia at No. 12, Notre Dame at No. 14 and Villanova at No. 18.

No other league has as many as three teams in the top 20. To read more of this story, click here

Jabari Brown Considering Maryland, Miami; Mack Planning Visits; Lewis to Delaware

Jabari Brown’s list of seven schools has now expanded to nine schools.

Sort of.

His father, David, said Maryland and Miami are now being considered along with the original seven of Cal, Washington, Oregon, St. John’s, Georgia Tech, UConn and DePaul.

“He’s reconsidering Maryland at this point,” David Brown said Wednesday night by phone. “He’s also kind of looking at Miami a little bit. Jabari was originally not that interested in them. Now he’s a little more interested.”

The 6-foot-5 Brown of Oakland, Calif., is the No. 5 shooting guard in the Class of 2011. To read more of this story, click here

Phil Greene Has a Top 3

Phil Greene, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound senior combo guard from Chicago, now has a top three.

“I like West Virginia, St. John’s and DePaul,” Greene, who attends IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., said Tuesday by text.

Greene visited St. John’s unofficially this week and enjoyed his time in New York.

“The visit was fun,” Greene said. “They showed me the practice gym and around the school. They also took me to the Garden where they play their home games.”

Greene has set officials with St. John’s the weekend of Sept. 3/4 and West Virginia Sept. 10/11. To read more of this story, click here

Jabari Brown Cuts List to 7

Jabari Brown, the No. 3 shooting guard in the Class of 2011, has trimmed his list to seven schools and is planning visits.

“Washington, UConn, Georgia Tech, Oregon, DePaul, St. John’s and Cal,” Brown said by phone.

An Oakland, Calif. native who had a terrific summer with the Drew Gooden Soldiers, only has one official planned, to Washington Sept. 18.

“I’m going up to Washington,” he said. “That’s the only one I have but I’m working on a few more. I should have a few more set in the next few days.” To read more of this story, click here

Sun-Times Standing by Davis Story

The Chicago Sun-Times is standing by its story that the father of 6-foot-10 forward Anthony Davis of Chicago Perspectives Charter asked Kentucky for money in return for his son’s commitment.

In a story posted on its Website early Friday, reporter Michael O’Brien cites “sources from three separate universities …that [Anthony] Davis Sr. asked for money in return for his son’s commitment, with the amounts ranging from $125,000 to $150,000.”

When O’Brien reached Davis Sr. Thursday, the father reportedly said: ”Thanks for ruining my son. Thank you very much.”

Georgette L. Greenlee, an attorney representing Davis Sr. and his wife, Erainer Eberhardt-Davis, also denied the original Sun-Times story, which cited “rumors/sources” in support of the contention that Kentucky had paid $200,000 for Davis. To read more of this story, click here

Louisville Won't Discipline Pitino; Kyle Anderson Planning Visits; MSU's Allen Transferring

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich knows the lurid details that came to light during the trial of a woman who tried to extort millions from Rick Pitino could affect some people’s perception of the highly successful coach.

Jurich isn’t one of them.

He reiterated his support for Pitino on Thursday after a jury found Karen Cunagin Sypher guilty of three counts of extortion, two counts of lying to the FBI and one count of retaliating against a witness. To read more of this story, click here