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AM Rumble: Aloha means hello and goodbye, or, UConn wants to play in the Garden

Connecticut wants to be starting something, the Doctor will be in at St. John's tip-off dinner, and I was on a podcast. Plus a cool Longread and Hawai'i's own academic/ basketball scandal.

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Rumble tiny iconAfter riding some near-home magic during last season's NCAA Tournament regional Finals and pumping up the Garden to high levels, Kevin Ollie and the Connecticut Huskies want another taste of the New York City magic. By playing Big East teams.

Rumble tiny iconI was on Big East Coast Bias' podcast talking about St. John's and Keith Thomas - and about D`Angelo Harrison's leadership and missed shots.

It was a good conversation, if I say so myself. [LINK]

Rumble tiny iconSt. John's tip-off dinner/ fundraiser for men's and women's basketball, called "An Evening With St. John's Basketball," will be held in Manhattan and will have guest speaker Julius Erving. Fans will also have an opportunity to meet members of the men's and women's teams. [LINK]

On other tracks

Aloha means goodbye, too --> From the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawai'i's basketball coach has been fired. Yes it's October, late October at that, but it seems that the coach may have falsified a document. The NCAA and colleges are taking that kind of malfeasance very seriously.

Gib Arnold, the fired coach, fires back, saying the University of Hawai'i "acted prematurely." h/t CBS Sports

Longread of the Day: GQ profiles a prolific counterfeiter.