College basketball notes: Miami missing injured big man

Auriemma signs $10.86M, 5-year deal

March 28, 2013 

Miami senior big man Reggie Johnson won't travel with the team to Washington, D.C. for the Sweet 16.

Johnson suffered a knee injury in the win against Illinois, and had minor surgery on his meniscus, He hopes to play if the team advances to the Final Four.

The 6-foot-10 center played a key role in the early part of the season but hasn't been the same since returning from the broken wrist he suffered back in December.

Johnson was scoreless in 18 minutes against Illinois. He had seven points and 10 rebounds in the victory over Pacific to open the NCAA Tournament.

Around the nation

Connecticut: Women's coach Geno Auriemma has signed a new $10.86 million contract, a deal designed to keep him at the school through the 2017-18 season, UConn announced.

The 59-year-old Hall of Famer, who has coached at UConn since 1985, will make $1.95 million in salary, speaking fees and media fees in the next year. That will gradually increase to $2.4 million in the final year of the five-year deal.

The move comes about three months after the school signed first-year men's coach, Kevin Ollie, to a five-year deal worth just under $7 million.

The Huskies (31-4) play Maryland in Saturday's Bridgeport Region semifinal, the 20th consecutive year the Huskies have made it to the final 16.

St. Joseph's College: The school in Rensselaer, Ind., has fired both of its head basketball coaches.

Men's coach Richard Davis went 94-102 in seven seasons and led the Division II program to the regional semifinals in 2009-10 with a 20-12 mark. But the Pumas went just 23-53 over the past three seasons, including 6-19 this season when it lost seven of its last eight games.

Women's coach Brandon Turner, who served on Davis' staff in 2007-08, was fired after going 32-103 and was just 1-25 in 2012-13. He took over as interim coach in August 2008.

Oklahoma: Forward Amath M'Baye, a third-team All-Big 12 selection, announced that he plans to leave school and enter the NBA Draft.

M'Baye, a 6-9 junior from France who averaged 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds last season, is to graduate in May.

"I'm 23 years old," M'Baye said in a statement. "My goal when I came to the United States was to take care of business in the classroom and by the time I was 23 to have a degree in my pocket. Now that I'm graduating in May, it's time for me to start taking care of my family the way they've taken care of me for so long."

Baylor: Brittney Griner became the first woman with three dunks in a game in host Baylor's 85-47 victory over Florida State in the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday. She had one before halftime, when the 6-foot-8 star apparently tweeted that she wanted two more in her last home game for the Lady Bears.

"Need two more dunks on home court for the best crowd ever! (hash)BaylorNation" read a tweet posted from Griner's account. Baylor led at halftime 51-20.

Griner then had two more dunks in a 79-second span after the break. The last was a reverse one-handed slam after grabbing a rebound between three Seminoles not long before she came out of the game for good.

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