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Yet it isn’t always about big programs poaching smaller ones.

Anthony Breeze transferred from Appalachian State to Bethune-Cookman for a “change of scenery and a different environment.” The 6-5 guard leads a balanced offense by averaging about 11 points per game.

Last weekend, he hit a late jumper to beat Delaware State, then followed with 20 points against Maryland-Eastern Shore for the Wildcats’ fourth straight win. Breeze _ the first college graduate in his family _ hopes to complete the master’s program in transformative leadership in December and work with children.

“He’s been good for the program, really,” acting coach Gravelle Craig said. “I don’t think we’d be where we are without him.”

That’s one thing about the rule most coaches seem to agree on.

“If you have something weird and all of a sudden you’ve got a gaping hole, you’ve got to look into every area you can to see if you can plug that hole,” UNC’s Williams said. “I think it’s a really good rule.

“I think you should reward kids and allow them to do (it) if they graduated in that time.”

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AP Sports Writers Larry Lage in Detroit and Fred Goodall in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Associated Press Writer David Mercer in Champaign, Ill., contributed to this report.