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Burke, 'Cane honored

Michigan’s Trey Burke, getting a rebound near Florida’s Casey Prather, is named the Associated Press player of the year.

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Michigan’s Trey Burke, getting a rebound near Florida’s Casey Prather, is named the Associated Press player of the year.

ATLANTA — Michigan guard Trey Burke and Miami's Jim Larranaga were named the Associated Press player and coach of the year Thursday.

Burke joins Cazzie Russell (1966) as the only Michigan players to win the award. The Big Ten player of the year averaged 19.2 points and 6.7 assists.

"He has been with three to five freshmen all year long," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "Here he is, this cagey sophomore. The whole year, he has been just as calm and cool as if he was a fifth-year redshirt senior guard."

Burke received 31 votes from the media panel that selected the weekly Top 25. Georgetown sophomore forward Otto Porter was second with 16.

Larranaga led Miami to the ACC regular-season and tournament titles — firsts in school history — and a school-best No. 2 ranking. Miami then reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Marquette. He is the first Miami coach to win the award.

"I want to thank the players, especially our senior class for the leadership they provided," Larranaga said; "and our underclassmen for their tremendous energy and intensity and enthusiasm they brought to our program this year."

No comment: Michigan's starters include three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior. Inevitably, talk turns to the NBA draft. The top candidates are Burke, junior guard Tim Hardaway and freshman forward Glenn Robinson. But don't ask their coach. "Please do not even bring any of those things up," Beilein said. "Those are not important issues right now."

Elsewhere: President defends himself

ATLANTA — NCAA president Mark Emmert spent 15 minutes documenting the progress the organization has made under his leadership, from making sure students go to class to fighting corruption.

Then he spent 30 minutes defending his record during an often-contentious state of the NCAA news conference.

Before taking questions, Emmert addressed Dennis Dodd, a reporter for who in February called for his firing: "Thanks for the career advice. Kept my job anyway."

Emmert shrugged off other critics, insisting anyone pushing for significant reform is going to rub some people the wrong way.

"Change is what we're about in the NCAA right now," he said. "And we're trying to work our way through some very, very difficult changes to make the whole notion of intercollegiate athletics strong and viable."

The NCAA has come under fire for paying the lawyer for a Miami booster for information.

"The Miami issue had some enormous foul-ups in it," he said. "We've addressed those issues."

The NCAA faces lawsuits for the way it has dealt with the use of players' images in video games and the way it handled the Penn State scandal involving Jerry Sandusky's sex abuse. "If you're not getting sued today, you're not doing anything," Emmert said. "I don't know anybody that doesn't have litigation pending."

Emmert also was asked about a USA Today report accusing him of shirking responsibility for problems in previous jobs at Connecticut, LSU and Montana State. The newspaper reported Emmert had a pattern of moving on to more lucrative posts before the full extent of problems at his previous posts were known. "The fact of the matter is that everywhere I've been, I've been asked … to help drive change," said Emmert, the NCAA president since November 2010. "I'm very proud of the changes that have been made at every place I've been along the way."

Pac-12 official out: Ed Rush resigned as the Pac-12 coordinator of officials. Before the conference tournament, he offered officials $5,000 for a trip to Cancun if they called a technical foul on Arizona coach Sean Miller or ejected him. Commissioner Larry Scott previously called it an "inappropriate joke."

NIT final: Pierre Jackson's fourth straight double double, 17 points and 10 assists, led Baylor past Iowa 74-54 in New York.

Draft: Memphis swingman Adonis Thomas will skip his final two seasons.

Hall: Guy Lewis, coach of Houston's Phi Slama Jama teams in the 1980s, was informed he'll be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, his wife said. The official announcement will come Monday. Lewis, 91, got the news on the 30-year anniversary of his most famous loss, 54-52 to N.C. State in the 1983 national title game.

Women: Cal coach decides to go all out

BERKELEY, Calif. — In her second season as coach, Lindsay Gottlieb has Cal in the Final Four. And as much as she encourages her players to enjoy their time in the spotlight, assistant Kai Felton had to talk her into having a little fun with her attire for Sunday's semifinal against Louisville.

So Gottlieb, 35, bought a fitted navy blue dress and a necklace. And the saleswoman talked her into strappy, high-heeled sandals. It was a big splurge for a coach who normally wears pantsuits or skirts for games.

"It's like my Sex in the City moment," Gottlieb said with a grin. "I've worn a Vera Wang dress as a bridesmaid, and this is still more. It is a once-in-a-lifetime. Well, hopefully not once-in-a-lifetime."

>>Fast facts

Men's Final Four

Saturday, Georgia Dome, Atlanta

TV/radio: Ch. 10; 98.7-FM

• Wichita State vs. Louisville, 6:09

• Syracuse vs. Michigan, about 8:49



9:21 Monday

TV/radio: Ch. 10; 98.7-FM

Women's Final Four

Sunday, New Orleans Arena TV/radio: ESPN; 1010-AM

• Louisville vs. California, 6:36

• Notre Dame vs. Connecticut, about 9:15



8:30 Tuesday

TV/radio: ESPN; 1010-AM

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