Los Angeles — Blake Griffin keeps picking up trophies on his way to the NBA. The Oklahoma sophomore won the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball’s top player on Friday only three days after he announced that he would turn pro. DeJuan Blair and Tyler Hansbrough, two other finalists, did not show up for the ceremony, which was held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Connecticut’s Maya Moore won the women’s award.
Ex-Kentucky player dies
Lexington, Ky. — Former Kentucky basketball player Mike Casey has died of heart complications. He was 60. Casey died Thursday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., said John Shannon, owner of Shannon Funeral Home in Shelbyville, Ky.
Selected Mr. Basketball in 1966, Casey was the leading scorer at Kentucky as a sophomore in the 1967-68 season. He averaged 20 points and led the team in field-goal and free-throw percentages.
NCAA visitors increase
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — More people are watching NCAA Tournament games online. CBSSports.com says its free NCAA March Madness on Demand video player had 7.52 million unique visitors this year. That’s up 58 percent from the 4.76 million in 2008. Visitors watched and listened to 8.6 million hours of video and audio, a 75 percent increase. CBS began offering the service in 2003.
Cincy fires women’s coach
Cincinnati — Coach J. Kelley Hall has been fired after two losing seasons as Cincinnati’s women’s basketball coach. The Bearcats went 14-17 last season, losing their last 12 games in the regular season. Cincinnati went 7-26 in the Big East during Hall’s two seasons.