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    Notebook: Knee sidelines Miami Hurricanes center

    Johnson is out after surgery

    Miami center Reggie Johnson had surgery Tuesday to repair a minor meniscus issue, said a person familiar with the situation from Coral Gables, Fla.

    Johnson did not accompany the Hurricanes to Washington on Tuesday night, though he could play in the Final Four if Miami wins the East Regional this weekend, the person told the Associated Press because the school did not publicly disclose the surgery.

    Miami (29-6) plays Marquette (25-8) on Thursday in the East Regional semifinals. The winner of that game will meet either Indiana or Syracuse for a trip to Atlanta and the Final Four.


    In a statement, the university said Johnson was injured in last weekend’s third-round game against Illinois.

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    It was not immediately clear when Johnson was hurt in that game. He was in the contest with 15 seconds remaining.

    He played 18 minutes against the Illini, and Miami won, 63-59.

    Johnson has appeared in 26 games this season, starting nine.

    The 6-foot-10-inch, 292-pound senior is averaging 6.7 points and 4.8 rebounds and his presence could have been a major help against Marquette, which has outrebounded its opponents by 4.5 per game this season.

    Buffalo hires Hurley


    The University at Buffalo hired Bobby Hurley to take over as coach.

    Hurley, who was introduced at a news conference, completed his first season as an associate coach at Rhode Island this month, working under his brother, Dan Hurley. He spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Wagner, also with Dan serving as head coach.

    At Buffalo, he takes over for Reggie Witherspoon, who was fired two weeks ago after 14 seasons. Witherspoon went 14-20 this past season.

    ‘‘The appointment of Coach Hurley sends a clear statement that the University at Buffalo is committed to bringing big-time college athletics to the western New York community and the state at large,’’ athletic director Danny White said. ‘‘I'm confident after our discussions that he is the right leader to take our program to the next level.’’

    Bzdelik will return

    Jeff Bzdelik will be back for a fourth season as Wake Forest’s basketball coach, athletic director Ron Wellman said, reaffirming his support by saying he is ‘‘very encouraged about the future of our program.’’


    Bzdelik came under fire from a frustrated fan base after a third straight losing season and no postseason tournament appearances, a slide that followed a run of two straight NCAA Tournament berths in former coach Dino Gaudio’s final two seasons.

    The Demon Deacons went 13-18 this year with upset wins at home over No. 2 Miami and No. 18 North Carolina State.

    Cunningham at Troy

    Troy has hired Phil Cunn­ingham, an assistant at Sun Belt Conference rival Western Kentucky, as head coach. Cunningham replaces Don Maestri, who retired at the Sun Belt tournament after 31 seasons and 500 wins. He said he wants the players and coaches to be ‘‘10 for 10’’ on the effort scale in practice, games and recruiting . . . Duke assistant Chris Collins interviewed on Monday for the head coach opening at Northwestern, a person familiar with the situation reported.

    Name game

    The Big East conference will have a new name when it plays games on CBS. The conference that plans to rename itself this spring has signed a deal with CBS Sports to televise basketball games through the end of the season in 2020. CBS will have the first selection from conference and nonconference games, including those played at neutral sites. The conference did not reveal financial terms of the deal, which provides up to 12 appearances on CBS each season, half of which will be league games. Starting in 2014, the league’s basketball lineup will include Connecticut, Cincinnati, Temple, South Florida, Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, SMU, and Tulane . . . Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said through a spokesman he is aware of a tweet from Marshawn Powell’s Twitter account that says the forward is entering the NBA draft. The tweet was posted to Powell’s account Tuesday, and it included ‘‘thank God [for] being in this position.’’ However, Anderson has yet to talk with Powell and confirm that the Razorbacks’ second-leading scorer is indeed turning professional. The 6-7 junior just completed his fourth season at Arkansas . . . Alex Len finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds and had a key block in the final seconds to help Maryland escape with a 58-57 victory over Alabama in the NIT quarterfinals in Tuscaloosa, Ala.