* The Utah Utes beat Western Kentucky 69-64 on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) at Madison Square Garden. Former Sheldon Clark/Perry Co. Central standout and WKU Sr. Justin Johnson had 24 points in is final college game. Western finishes the season 27-11.
* Xavier’s Chris Mack has reached an agreement to become the next coach at Louisville, a source told CBS Sports on Tuesday. A formal announcement is expected soon. Mack just concluded his ninth season at Xavier — where he made eight NCAA Tournaments, four Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight. This season he guided the Musketeers to 29 wins and the school’s first Big East regular-season title. They subsequently lost to Florida State in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. A source told CBS Sports that Louisville long ago identified Mack as its primary candidate to permanently replace Rick Pitino, who was fired in October. Mack’s contract is worth an estimated $4 million a year, according to a source. Xavier assistant Travis Steele is considered the frontrunner to replace Mack.