2016-17 BIG East Preview

Posted on November 7, 2016. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Big East Preview…

November 8, 2016

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Big East always has a quality column of representations in the NCAA tournament, and this year will NOT be any different.

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Villanova is the reigning national champ. Xavier could actually be better this season than it was last. Georgetown is set for a huge rebound year, and Creighton’s got two of the six or seven most valuable players in the league. At the bottom, even DePaul and St. John’s are set up to be stronger than a year ago. Even teams like Providence and Marquette, which lost first-round draft picks and won’t be as strong, still set up to be threats to crack the top half of the conference.

In fact just because in our prediction we have DePaul and St. John low, they will be very tough to play on the hardwood for many top-tier teams.

Predicted order of finish

1.villanovabb

2. xavierbb

3. creightonbb

4. butlerbb

5. georgetownbb

6. marquettebb

7. seton-hallbb

8. providencebb

9. stjohnbb

10. depaulbb

 

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Player of the Year: Josh Hart, Villanova

Freshman of the Year: Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s

Coach of the Year: Jay Wright, Villanova

Players to Watch
Jalen Brunson, Villanova
Chris Mack, Xavier
Khyri Thomas, Creighton
Chris Holtman, Butler
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall
Duane Wilson, Marquette
Kyron Cartwright, Providence
Kassoum Yahwe, St. John
Billy Garrett Jr., DePaul

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College Basketball Watch List

Posted on November 18, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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As basketball tipped last week, we have compiled our “WATCH-LIST,” which consist of players from our coverage area here in Illinois, as well as national players we have gotten to know over the years on the circuit. During the season, we will be updating this blog every week as the season goes on until championship Monday in April 2014.

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Andrew Wiggins, F, Kansas Jayhawks 

Jabari Parker, F, Duke Blue Devils 

Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona Wildcats 

Noah Vonleh, F, Indiana Hoosiers 

Kendrick Nunn, G, Illinois Illini

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Julius Randle, F, Kentucky Wildcats 

James Young, G, Kentucky Wildcats 

Andrew Harrison, G, Kentucky Wildcats 

Aaron Harrison, G, Kentucky Wildcats 

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2012-13 USBWA Women’s All-America Team

Posted on April 10, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

USBWA Announces 2012-13 Women’s All-America Team

April 3, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Mitch, 314-795-6821

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Baylor senior center sensation Brittney Griner became the ninth three-time honoree and was joined by four other repeat selections on the 2012-13 U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women’s All-America Team from last season.

Also selected as repeat All-Americans were Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas, and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims.

Additionally, a first-time sister act has occurred with Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, whose sibling Nnemkadi, now with the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks, was a three-time honoree. Texas A&M’s Kelsey Bone is the school’s second player to earn All-America honors.

Former Oklahoma star Courtney Paris and former UConn great Maya Moore are the only four-time honorees since the All-America women’s team gained USBWA status in 1996-97.

Because of the upsets in the Sweet 16, only Notre Dame’s Diggins and Connecticut honorees Stefanie Dolson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who meet for the fourth time this season in the national semifinals, will be the only honorees participating in the Women’s Final Four at the New Orleans Arena in Louisiana this weekend.

Three seniors, Griner, Delle Donne, and Diggins, expected to be the first three players selected in the WNBA draft on April 15, headline a squad that also has six juniors and one sophomore.

Diggins and UConn teammates Dolson and Mosqueda-Lewis give the Big East three representatives on the squad while Baylor teammates Griner and Sims, who are also past USBWA freshman of the year honorees, give the Big 12 two representatives.

The Atlantic Coast, Pac-12, Southeastern, Big Ten and Colonial Athletic Association each have one representative with Delle Donne being the only honoree from a mid-major school.

Diggins, Griner, Ogwumike, and Lucas were also conference players of the year, respectively in the Big East, Big 12, Pac-12, and Big Ten.

The USBWA Women’s All-America Team is the nation’s best ten players, regardless of position, as selected by the USBWA membership based on regular-season performance. These ten standouts are finalists for the USBWA’s Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as national player of the year, which will be announced Sunday at the New Orleans Sports Arena prior to the start of the NCAA semifinals.

Following is the complete 2012-13 USBWA Women’s All-America Team:

Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M, C, 6-4, Jr., Houston, Texas
Elena Delle Donne, Delaware, G/F, 6-5, Sr., Wilmington, Del.
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, G, 5-9, Sr., South Bend, Ind.
Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut, C, 6-5, Jr., Port Jervis, N.Y.
Brittney Griner, Baylor, C, 6-8, Sr., Houston, Texas
Maggie Lucas, Penn State, G, 5-10, Jr., Narberth, Pa.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, F, 6-0, So., Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford, F, 6-3, Jr., Cypress, Texas
Odyssey Sims, Baylor, G, 5-9, Jr., Irving, Texas
Alyssa Thomas, Maryland, F, 6-2, Jr., Harrisburg, Pa.

By conference:
Big East (3); Big 12 (2); ACC (1);
Big Ten (1); CAA (1); Pac-12 (1); SEC (1).

By class:
Seniors (3); Juniors (6); Sophomores (1); Freshmen (0).

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association, formed in 1956, has named a women’s All-America team since the 1996-97 season. The association has also named a national player of the year since 1987-88 and a national coach of the year since 1989-90. In 2002-03, the USBWA initiated an award for the nation’s top freshman.

For more information about the USBWA and its award programs, contact Executive Director Joe Mitch in the Missouri Valley Conference office at 314-795-6821.

Related link: * All-time USBWA women’s honors

 

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College-Football-Playoffs

Posted on June 29, 2012. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

College Football Playoffs are here

June 2012

The best way to determine a major college football champion seemed so obvious to so many for so long. Just have a playoff.

Now the people in charge of making that decision are on board, too.

Come 2014, the BCS is out. Playoffs are in.

Now it’s a reality.

No. 1 will play No. 4, and No. 2 will play No. 3 on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The sites of those games will rotate among six bowls. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, is guaranteed a spot, and the to-be-determined site of the newly formed bowl created by the SEC and Big 12 is likely to be another.

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NCAA Conference Realignment

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

NCAA Conference Realignment

May 2012

Who is on the move?

Keep up with all the conference realignment developments with the Conference Realignment Grid.
The NCAA conference realignment refers to several conference expansion among various NCAA Division I, Division II, and Division III conferences, beginning in the 2012 academic year. Most of these changes involved conferences in the top Football Bowl Subdivision, with all of the current eleven FBS conferences, as well as the ranks of FBS independents, either gaining or losing football members. The realignment consist of mergers, school swamping conferences and others moving up to Division I.

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