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Steve Masiello fired by Manhattan

In a stunning move just two weeks before the start of the college basketball season, Manhattan has fired Steve Masiello

In a stunning move just two weeks before the start of the college basketball season,  has fired , sources told The Post.

Masiello was entering the final year of his contract and sought a contract extension, sources said. Steve Masiello is out as 's head coach as the two sides failed to reach agreement on a contract extension.  He is expected to be replaced on an interim basis by assistant RaShawn Stores, a former  player under Masiello.

The move comes at a surprising time, with  picked to finish second in the MAAC and having the Player of the Year, Jose Perez, on its roster. Masiello coached for 11 seasons at the Bronx school, reaching a pair of  Tournaments. But he failed to finish over .500 the last seven years.

This would have been Masiello's 12th season with the Jaspers. He emerged as one of the hottest young coaches in the country during the early part of his tenure at Manhattan, leading the program to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015. The Jaspers haven't finished above .500 since that last tourney appearance, however.


On This Day In UK Basketball History

On March 1, 1912, Kentucky defeats Georgetown College, 19-18, to complete the season with a perfect 9-0 record and earn its first title as Southern Champions.


On March 1, 1921, Kentucky upsets Tulane, Mercer, Mississippi A&M and Georgia to win the first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association basketball championship. Bill King's free throw with no time left on the clock lifted the Wildcats to the SIAA Championship over Georgia.  Hundreds of Wildcats fans await “play-by-play” via telegraph, and greet the team’s train with a celebration and parade in downtown Lexington. It is believed to be the first college basketball tournament ever played.


On March 1, 1952, Cliff Hagan scored 42 points against Tennessee.


On March 1, 1969, Dan Issel scored 31 points at Vanderbilt.


On March 1, 1969, Mike Casey joined the 1,000-point club.  He did it in 51 games.


On March 1, 1979, the 1979 SEC Tournament quarterfinals featured Kentucky and Alabama.  In a scintillating display of fast-paced basketball, Kentucky hit 68.3 percent of its shots (43-of-63) and outlasted Coach C.M. Newton’s Crimson Tide and star Reggie King (38 points) behind stellar guard play from Truman Claytor (25 points, 11-of-14 field goals), Kyle Macy (22, 9-of-16) and Dwight Anderson (19, 7-of-11) before 16,300 in the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.


On March 1, 1981, on Senior Day, No. 9 Kentucky defeated No. 2 LSU 73-71.  Kentucky denied LSU’s bid for an unbeaten SEC season when Sam Bowie blocked Howard Carter’s potential game-tying jumper just ahead of the final buzzer before 24,011 in Rupp Arena.


On March 1, 1987, Richard Madison's basket with eight seconds left enabled the Wildcats to upset the No. 12 Sooners.


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