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Providence 73, Miami 51: Providence forwards Michael Smith, Dickey Simpkins and Marques Bragg dominated inside to lead the Friars (12-12, 4-6) to a Big East Conference victory over host Miami (6-16, 1-10).

There's no deal; it's a great city

LAS VEGAS _ Jerry Tarkanian already owns a condominium in San Diego. Will it become his full-time home next season?

Tarkanian, who is stepping down as UNLV coach at the end of this season, is reportedly a leading candidate to take over at San Diego State. The Aztecs fired Jim Bradenburg on Tuesday and named Jim Harrick Jr. interim coach.

Quoting unidentified sources, the Las Vegas Sun said there's a 50-50 chance Tarkanian will take the San Diego State job. Tarkanian downplayed the speculation.

"No deal has been made," he said.

But Tarkanian said more. He indicated that his long-time assistant, Tim Grgurich, would be part of any package with San Diego State. "Timmy's the best, absolutely the best," Tarkanian said. "I wouldn't go anywhere without him."

The Sun reported that Tarkanian and Grgurich took part in a conference call with Miller and San Diego State officials on Tuesday, but Tarkanian and Miller denied that such a call took place.

"I really don't want to say anything right now," Tarkanian said.

"But I'll say this: San Diego is a great city. I have a condo there. And Fred Miller is without question the smartest athletic director in the country."

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