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Wake Looking At Chris Mack, Jim Calhoun Says "Not Interested" In B.C. Job.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: A general view of the exterior of the Barclay Center prior to the preseason game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets on October 19, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: A general view of the exterior of the Barclay Center prior to the preseason game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets on October 19, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
Bruce Bennett

On Tuesday, CBS reported that Wake Forest is pursuing Xavier's Chris Mack. Mack, a former assistant under the late Skip Prosser, has some significant ties to Wake.

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The Cincinnati paper, though, wonders why he would consider leaving.

Well, perhaps for the same reason Buzz Williams left Marquette: because the ACC is the more appealing conference.

Consider: Villanova was the cream of this year's crop. Creighton, Providence and Xavier finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.

But the other traditional powers  - St. John's, Marquette, Georgetown and, recently Butler - all had tough seasons.

And everyone is out of the NCAA.

The Big East is still alive, but the transition has been rocky. It's not hard to see why guys might want to look around.

As for the BC search, Jim Calhoun say he's "not interested," which is what people usually say when the other side isn't.

According to multiple reports, the ACC has struck a deal with the Barclays Center and the tournament will move to Brooklyn in 2017-18. Adding Barclays in a rotation is fine, but not as a permanent home. The ACC would do well to learn from NASCAR's experience when it comes to alienating fans.

As Duke and Carolina fans will attest, Belmont is a very, very tough team to beat. So Clemson's win over a team which really should have been in the NCAA tournament was doubly impressive (Belmont was upset in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament by Eastern Kentucky).

Clemson, as has been the case so often this year, had to fight for everything before winning: this game had eight ties and 12 lead changes.

But the Tigers won, and with the win, are off the the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, where Clemson will face either SMU or California. Either way, Brad Brownell gets to match wits with a brilliant opponent.

Oops: Steve Masiello had a deal in place with South Florida, but the Bulls yanked it back: apparently Masiello had a discrepancy in his background check.

Can he still go back to Manhattan? Only Manhattan can say.