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Mark Cuban can't stand college basketball, except for Tom Crean

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In his takedown of college basketball spouted to ESPN.com, Cuban vowed his support of his alma mater's coaching style.

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Mark Cuban doesn't like the current state of college basketball.

But he does like Tom Crean.

The Indiana-alum-turned-Mavericks-owner told ESPN.com's Tim McMahon that the current state of the college game is hurting the development of future NBA players.

"If they want to keep kids in school and keep them from being pro players, they're doing it the exact right way by having the 35-second shot clock and having the game look and officiated the way it is," Cuban said Wednesday night. "Just because kids don't know how to play a full game of basketball.

Cuban was critical of "over-coaching" and the slow-down style promoted by many college coaches in today's game. But Cuban didn't put Crean in that group.

Cuban, an Indiana alumnus often asked by disgruntled Hoosiers to buy out coach Tom Crean's contract, said he is actually a fan of Crean because he coaches a faster-paced, freer-flowing offense than the vast majority of his NCAA counterparts.

That's probably disheartening to hear for a #FIRECREAN camp that's been much quieter in recent days. The self-made mogul could provide the cash for a Tom Crean buyout out of his cupholder -- Forbes sets his net worth at approximately $3 billion.