2017 Nations TOP Recruit Classes

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Who has the TOP recruiting B-Ball class?

November 2017

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And the top dog is…….

1. North Carolina: A consensus top 10 player, 6-7 Nassir Little, heads the class that features two in-state four-star guards –– Coby White and Rechon Black. Tar Heels still in the mix for heralded Zion Williamson as well.

2. Kansas: An important class isn’t finished off yet, but it’s off to a great start with five-star point guard Devon Dotson. There is size in 6-9 Silvio De Sousa and 6-9 David McCormack, a pair of top 50 recruits.

3. Michigan State: There is quality and quantity as Tom Izzo restocks the cupboard with a five-player class, including four top 100 prospects and four in-state players. The headliners are 6-9 Marcus Bingham and 6-7 Gabe Brown.

4. LSU: Rugged 6-10, 230-pound Nazreon Reid, a top 20 prospect in the country, and combo guard Ja’Vonte Smart, a local boy from Baton Rouge, heads a stellar class with three top 100 players.

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5. USC: A trio of four-star recruits all ranked in the top 100 -– 6-8 wing Taeshon Curry, 6-4 point guard Elijah Weaver and 6-5 shooting guard Kevin Porter –– gives the Trojans a second straight impressive recruiting class.

6. Maryland: Homegrown Jalen Smith, a 6-10 forward from Baltimore and top 30 prospect, is the prize of the class. Combo guard Eric Ayala and 6-6 Aaron Wiggins are both top 100 recruits.

7. Michigan: There is strength in numbers in this five-man class, including four ranked in the top 150. The Wolverines landed a top 50 forward in versatile Ignas Brazdeikis and stole 6-8 Brandon Johns out of East Lansing.

8. Duke: No class has a better 1-2 punch so far than what Coach K has secured. Cam Reddish is a 6-7 do-it-all from Pennsylvania and the No. 3 ranked player in the country. Point guard Tre Jones is a top 10 prospect. But this class could rise to the top with addition of 6-7 R.J. Barrett, the nation’s No. 1 player who will announce Friday and is said to be leaning to Duke.

9. Wake Forest: Jaylen Hoard, a 6-8 star with an I.Q. and obvious physical tools, is a top 25 prospect nationally, while 6-8 Isaiah Mucius and point guard Jamie Lewis are a pair of four-star prospects.

10. Texas: Shaka Smart has lined up a strong recruiting class for the third straight year. The four-player class includes consensus top 50 prospects in 6-9 Kamaka Hepa and 6-6 wing Gerald Liddell.


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2016 BIG Ten Week 2

Posted on September 10, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIG Ten showdown schedule for Week 2

September 10, 2016

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Week 2…. Will weather play a role in these contest? Will there be an upset? On paper, these games seem a little boring, if you will, BUT, (channeling my inner Herm Edwards) that’s why you play the games….

Here we go….

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NOTE: We will be LIVE for this contest in Champaign!

We are live for this contest and the energy was there on the field as well as from the fans, as the Illini faithful, sold-out the stadium for the first time in years…. Illini as tailback Ke’Shawn Vaughn opened things up with a 65-yard touchdown scamper but consistently, that was about it. Vaughn finished the day with 116 yards while quarterback Wes Lunt threw for 127 and a pair of scores. The Illini were hit with 13 penalties for 99 yards as the Lovie Smith Era moved to 1-1.

On the other side of the ball, Mitch Trubisky countered and found the endzone four times for the Tarheels. Elijah Hood led a UNC ground game with 88 yards and two scores.


UCF 0, Michigan 21

Michigan faced another tune-up school on Saturday which allowed them to fine-tune some things offensively and defensively, but not stron competition. Hech, the Wolverines special teams sparked their opponent in which they blocked/tipped four kicks – two punts and two field goals – and recovered a fumble on a kickoff.

Maryland 41, FIU 14 (FINAL)

Perry Hills threw for three touchdowns to lead Maryland to a 41-14 win over Florida International Friday night.

Wyoming 17, Nebraska 52

Tommy Armstrong and the Husker defense led the way as Nebraska dominated the Cowboys of Wyoming. Armstrong totaled four touchdowns and threw for 377 yards as Mike Riley’s squad scored 28 points in the fourth quarter.

Penn State 39, Pittsburgh 43

The Battle of Pennsylvania??? In the end, the Nittany Lions’ came up short.


Cincinnati 38, Purdue 20

Turnovers killed the Boilermakers on Saturday as they simply couldn’t overcome the five interceptions from quarterback David Blough. It was Cincinnati’s first road victory over a Big Ten school since 1957 in Bloomington.

Howard 14, Rutgers 52

No direct comment on this game as the BIG TEN destroyed yet another HBCU…

Indiana State 28, Minnesota 58

Yet another BIG TEN team dominated their opponent – the Golden Gopher offense gained almost 600 total yards. Mitch Leidner completed 20 of 30 pass attempts for 295 yards and four scores.

Illinois State 9, Northwestern 7

Now do you call this an upset? But we often fail to recognize I-State as a solid opponent since they are FCS and not part of the BIG boys in the FBS… it wasn’t sexy nor fancy but Redbirds did enough to hold off the home team Saturday afternoon… on the other side of the field, Northwestern is struggling. There’s really not a whole lot to say about this game except that it took the Wildcats two and half quarters to score any points against the mighty Redbirds of Illinois State.

Clayton Thorson threw for 191 yards and the lone Northwestern score. Tailback Justin Jackson was held in check with just 39 yards on 11 carries. The Redbirds were led by wide out Anthony Warrum who hauled in nine passes for 116 yards.

Tulsa 3, Ohio State 48

Speechless game as the Buckeyes did everything they wanted to in this contest.

Akron 10, Wisconsin 54

The Badgers used a balanced attack to dominate their MAC opponent with over 575 yards of offense, and only giving up 224 yards on defense. So, are the Badgers forreal?

Ball State 20, Indiana 30

MAC conference Ball State rallied late but came up short against Indy as they move to 2-0 on the season. Quarterback Richard Lagow threw for 266 yards and three scores; the majority of those yards going to wideout Nick Westbrook who finished with three receptions for 133 yards and a pair of scores. Tailback Devine Redding led all rushers with 110 yards on the ground.

The Indiana defense held the Cardinals to just a field goal through the first three quarters before surviving a 17-point barrage in the fourth. Ball State totaled 371 yards to the Hoosiers’ 453.

It was a costly victory for Kevin Wilson as Indiana lost starting wide receiver Simmie Cobbs and All-American guard Dan Feeney to injuries. Feeney left with a concussion while Cobbs suffered an ankle injury. After the game, Wilson indicated that Cobbs’ injury is likely to require surgery and could cost him the season.

Iowa State 3, Iowa 42 

Battle of Iowa? Naw… NOT at all… best thing about this game was the weather and coach Kirk Ferentz received an extension through the 2025 season in which he will be making $4.5 million per year during that time period.


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BIG TEN / ACC Challenge

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2013 BIG TEN / ACC Challenge


DECEMBER 2, 2013

This years’ Big Ten/ACC Challenge promises to be two of the most exciting days of the college basketball season, as 24 teams from two powerhouse conferences collide on the hardwood.

The Commissioner’s Cup remains with the Big Ten after a tie in this event last year, although the ACC boasts a 10-3-1 record over its rival conference. It’ll certainly be interesting to see if the ACC can pick up its first win since 2008, especially with so many talented squads in the field.

Here is this years’ schedule and our predictions (in BOLD)…


NOTE: Three ACC teams were excluded this year: Clemson, Virginia and Wake Forest.

Tuesday, Dec. 3 (all times ET)
7:15 – Indiana at Syracuse (ESPN)
7:15 – Illinois at Georgia Tech (ESPN2)
7:30 – Penn State at Pittsburgh (ESPNU)
9:15 – Michigan at Duke (ESPN)
9:15 – Notre Dame at Iowa (ESPN2)
9:30 – Florida State at Minnesota (ESPNU)

Wednesday, Dec. 4 (all times ET)
7:00 – Maryland at Ohio State (ESPN or ESPN2)
7:00 – Wisconsin at Virginia (ESPN or ESPN2)
7:30 – Northwestern at NC State (ESPNU)
9:00 – North Carolina at Michigan State (ESPN)
9:00 – Boston College at Purdue (ESPN2)
9:30 – Miami at Nebraska (ESPNU)

This is going to be a great tournament and a single game could be the difference between a win or loss—and possibly another tie—in the challenge.

I have it all tied again, but putting pride into the equation could change everything. So, don’t be surprised if the outcome of this challenge comes down to the final minutes of the final game being played on Wednesday night. These two conferences are that evenly matched and it could truly go either way.


Here are a few fun notes about the Challenge…

•Seven of the 12 games will mark first-time Challenge matchups: Michigan-Duke, Maryland-Ohio State, Miami-Nebraska and Boston College-Purdue, plus the debut of the three new ACC members Syracuse (vs. Indiana), Notre Dame (at Iowa) and Pitt (vs. Penn State).

•In addition to first-time Challenge games, several of the teams are infrequent opponents: Nebraska holds a 3-1 record against Miami; Purdue won both previous meetings against BC; Ohio State and Maryland last played in 1985 with OSU three out of the five all-time games; and Notre Dame will play Iowa for the first time since 1990 and holds a 8-5 series record.

•Old Pennsylvania rivals Pitt and Penn State will meet for the first time since 2005. The Panthers have won the past five contests.

•Illinois/Georgia Tech and Wisconsin/Virginia will follow their first-time Challenge meetings in 2012 with a rematch in the 2013 event. The Illini and Cavaliers won last year’s matchups.

•Best Three Out of Five: North Carolina/Michigan State and Minnesota/Florida State will meet in the Challenge for the fifth time. Both series are 2-2.

•Rubber Match: Northwestern and NC State will square off in the Challenge for the third time. Northwestern won in 2009 and NC State in 2002.

•Syracuse and Indiana have met five previous times in non-Challenge games, with the Orange winning the past four, including last season’s Sweet 16 matchup.

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2013 McDonald’s All-American Game

Posted on April 7, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Girls and Boys… East meets West for braggin rights!!!

April 3, 2013


Playing in the 36th annual McDonald’s HS All American Game (McDAAG) is almost a golden ticket to super-stardom on the collegiate or professional level. Since 1977, legendary players like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, and more have all gotten their initial national exposure from playing in the McDonald’s Game.


There is no such thing as a sure thing in sports, but that hardly has us putting down our crystal balls in the form of amateur tournaments and all-star exhibitions. The McDAAG is no different, and has always been a chance to see the special young stars of today and daydreaming of where they will land just a few years from now.

The McDAAG is always about looking into the future, to see what these kids will do when they become men. In the case of Taya Reimer and Jabari Parker, Players of the Year, it’s safe to say that it will be all good things.

Indiana standout Taya Reimer, and Four-time Illinois state champion Jabari Parker hold up their McDonald's All American jerseys accompanied by Joe Wootten, left, the son of Morgan Wootten, and Douglas Freeland, right, Director of McDonalds All American Games after being picked as the national prep basketball players of the year Monday, March 18, 2013, in Chicago. The award, named for legendary Maryland high school coach Morgan Wootten, is awarded annually to the top male and female McDonald's All-American players. (caption provided by AP)

Indiana standout Taya Reimer, and Four-time Illinois state champion Jabari Parker hold up their McDonald’s All American jerseys accompanied by Joe Wootten, left, the son of Morgan Wootten, and Douglas Freeland, right, Director of McDonalds All American Games after being picked as the national prep basketball players of the year Monday, March 18, 2013, in Chicago. The award, named for legendary Maryland high school coach Morgan Wootten, is awarded annually to the top male and female McDonald’s All-American players. (caption provided by AP)[/caption]

GIRLS: West 74, East 55


Final high school game…. what a way to end this chapter, and prepare for the next…. Senior guard Linnae Harper stood in the middle of a huddle of McDonald’s Americans at the United Center and initiated the celebratory cry.

“Whose side? West Side!” as the West defeated the East 92-64 in the girls McDonald’s All-American game.

Harper, a Kentucky-recruit, did a lot for the players visiting Chicago, including giving a tour of the city and recommending places to eat, but on Wednesday night, she pushed the pace of the game and helped her team snag a big victory adding eight points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals.

“Usually when I start the games, my first goal is to get a steal,” Harper said. “That brings intensity and energy to the game, and eventually that affected the team. We were just on a roll.”

At the half, the West led 45-35 and didn’t relinquish the comfortable lead. Harper directed a 7-0 second-half spurt in which she had a steal, two assists and a long jumper.

Also at halftime, Harper was given a different award, the Jack Daly Sportsmanship award, which she shared with Erica McCall and Kelsey Plum. It was a tribute, she said, to her desire to make sure her teammates enjoyed her city.

“I’m going around and showing them the best of Chicago because I would hope if I went to their state, they would give me the best of where they live at,” Harper said. “It’s all about giving back.”

“She did a great job coming out, anticipating, getting steals and buckets for us,” said West coach Anthony Smith, of Bolingbrook. “That’s the type of kid and player she is. It was great to see.”

Tennessee recruit, Mercedes Russell (Springfield, OR), was named the game’s MVP after finishing with 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for the West.

North Carolina recruit Diamond DeShields led the East with 15 points and five rebounds, while Harper’s future Kentucky teammate, Makayla Epps, added 13 points.

High School Player of the Year Notre Dame recruits Taya Reimer (2 points, 3 blocks) and Lindsay Allen (4 points, 6 rebounds) teamed up for the losing side with Northwestern recruit Nia Coffey (2 points, 6 rebounds).

“I could have done a lot better personally, but it’s really not about individual stuff,” Allen said. “It’s playing together, having fun.”

NOTABLE PERFORMERS: West — Tyler Scaife, 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists; Jordan Reynolds, 10 points, 11 rebounds. East — Diamond DeShields, 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals; Makayla Epps, 13 points.

Harper’s, now famous pre-game meal of the chicken skin mixed with ranch and french dressing, continues to help her basketball performances now for the Lady Wildcats.


BOYS: West 110, East 99 Game

Talk about a stellar high school basketball career for Duke-recruit, Jabari Parker, from Chicago Simeon. And on Wednesday night, helped his All-American Squad (West), to a 110-99 victory over the East in front of his base-fans in Chicago at the United Center.

“It was the best experience so far,” Parker said. “Getting a chance to play in front of a lot of family. I saw a lot of my coaches out there, having Coach Mike coach me. A lot of people don’t know I was about to go to Mount Carmel if I didn’t go to Simeon.”

Matched against the number 1 ranked, undecided player, Andrew Wiggins, Parker immediately made his presence felt defensively. He had two quick blocked shots, including Wiggins’ first attempt from the perimeter. He managed to stay in front of Wiggins more often than not, but did commit five fouls in the process.

“It went pretty good,” Parker said. “He is super athletic so I had to over-commit on the drive, but he can shoot so it was kind of difficult. He is a great player.”

Parker didn’t have a problem getting his shot off on the other end, but getting the ball to drop was another matter. He was 4-for-13 shooting from the field and 2 of 2 from the line. Wiggins, on the other hand, was 6 of 10 and 7 of 8 for 19 points.

“Going against Jabari is the best going against the best,” Wiggins said. “I look forward to doing it in the future.”

Parker was asked if the evening was bittersweet because it was his final high school game. Parker replied “I think I have another game,” Parker said. “It is on the D.L. (down low) right now. It will surprise a lot of people.”

Parker finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

Arizona-bound forward Aaron Gordon, California’s Mr. Basketball, had 24 points and eight rebounds to claim MVP honors.

Attendance: 15,818 at the United Center.

FUN NOTE: Record number of fans who attended the 2011 game at the United Center in Chicago. Last year’s attendance, also at the United Center, was 16,308. The attendance for the 2013 game was 15,818.


Another successful McDonald’s All-American event and this clearly means the future of college hoops is in good hands!



2010 National Freshman of the Year (ESPN HS)
2011 National Sophomore of the Year (ESPN HS)
2012 National Junior of the Year (ESPN HS & MaxPreps.com )
2011 USA Basketball’s Male Athlete of the Year
2012 National Player of the Year (Gatorade)
2012 Statewide Player of the Year (Gatorade, Illinois Mr. Basketball)
2012 First team All-American (ESPN HS, SLAM, USA Today)
2013 All-American (Jordan, McD’s)
2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 IHSA state champion
2013 National Player of the Year (McD’s/Wootten)
2013 Statewide Player of the Year (Gatorade, Illinois Mr. Basketball)



The McDonald’s All-American Game consist of the top players, each team plays a single exhibition game after the conclusion of the high-school basketball season, in an East vs. West format. As part of the annual event, boys also compete in a slam dunk contest, a three-point shooting competition, and an overall timed skills competition. The girls compete in the three-point shooting competition and the overall-skills competition. The boys’ game has been contested annually since 1978, and the girls game has been played each year since it was added in 2002.

The McDonald’s All-American designation began in 1977 with the selection of the inaugural team. That year, the All-Americans played in an all-star game against a group of high school stars from the Washington, D.C. area. The following year, the McDonald’s game format of East vs. West was begun with a boys contest. In 2002, with the addition of a girls contest, the current girl-game / boy-game doubleheader format began.

The McDonald’s All-American Team is the best-known of the American high-school basketball All-American teams. Having the designation of McDonald’s All-American instantly brands a player as one of the top high-school players in the United States or Canada.

The teams are sponsored by McDonald’s, the fast-food chain. Proceeds from the annual games go to local Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and their Ronald McDonald House programs.


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2013 McDonald’s American Game Preview

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Best of the best on one court…

April 2, 2013


The 36th annual McDonald’s All-American games activities kicked off Sunday with the players’ visit to the new Ronald McDonald House in Streeterville, where boys and girls players spent time with families.

This is definitely an event I’ve been mentally preparing myself for almost as if it were the opening tip of the NBA playoffs due to the level of players selected on one floor in the house Michael built at United Center.

Things get started with Chicago’s lovable son, Jabari Park, Player of the Year from Simeon, who just completed a 4-peat in the Illinois High School Association Title run. Mr. Parker is being recognized as one of the best out of Chicago since Derrick Rose, Ben Wilson, Tim Hardaway and Mark Aguirre.

Then you have what is now being called the “new Fab Five…” Kentucky Wildcats recruits. Coach John Calipari has six of the 25 players selected to participate on the boys roster will be playing ball for him in Kentucky this fall. No college has drawn this many McDonald’s All-Americans in a single class.

Kentucky-bound McDonald’s All-Americans in the ESPN rankings also include No. 3 Julius Randle, No. 5 Andrew Harrison, No. 6 James Young of Rochester (Mich.), No. 7 Aaron Harrison, No. 11 Dakari Johnson of Montverde (Fla.), and No. 18 Marcus Lee of Deer Valley (Calif.).

“It’s our way to start off our season for next year,” said Kentucky recruit Julius Randle, of Prestonwood Christian in Texas. “It’s good to hang out with everybody and get a good feel for each other, just have fun while we’re doing this.”

Randle, a 6-foot-9 forward ranked the No. 3 recruit in the country by ESPN, had planned for a couple of weeks to make his college announcement on March 20. The day before he committed, Kentucky suffered a shocking 59-57 loss to Robert Morris in the NIT, ending a season in which it lost star Nerlens Noel to an ACL tear en route to a 21-12 record.


Randle’s announcement — spurred by his desire to win a national championship, he said — immediately turned the page and sparked debate about whether the Wildcats’ recruiting class could be considered the best in history.

“If you go by paper and rankings, maybe you can say (it’s the best class), but we haven’t done anything yet,” Randle said. “We have to prove ourselves.”

The recruits learned that watching Kentucky this season.

“They had a good amount of talent on their team. I guess they just couldn’t put it together at the right times,” Andrew Harrison said. “I feel like the team this year lacked a little bit of leadership. Coach (Calipari) told me he’s depending on me to bring that, so I’m definitely going to try to do that.”

McDonald’s All-American Andrew Wiggins, a 6-8 forward from Huntington Prep (W.Va.) and the nation’s top recruit, said Sunday he will decide by mid-May between Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State.

Click below to read recap….


Despite the neverending comparisons to Lebron James and Kevin Durant (for his quiet, yet relentless approach), Wiggins’ game is unique to only him, with his own true deficiency being he gets “bored” at times playing kids his own age, according to his high school coach Rob Fulford. Those not yet willing to sip the kool-aid on Wiggins should take a gander at this highlight mixtape.

While the game Wednesday night won’t make or break Wiggins, Parker, Randle or any high school senior suited up, calling the All-American Game a “stepping stone” is short-changing the power of the moment. Stages like this can and have accelerated the process of morphing phenoms into stars, and stars into walking, breathing brands.


Other McDonald’s All-Amercan Game Notes:

The rosters for the 2013 boys and girls McDonald’s All-American game can be found at http://www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com/aag/en/gamescenter/2013-Team.html.

The games will be played on April 3, in Chicago (Ill.) at the house Michael Jordan built (United Center), with the girls’ game starting at 6 p.m. CDT on ESPNU and boys’ game beginning at 8:30 p.m on ESPN.

– The selection of Taya Reimer to this year’s game made McDonald’s All-American history as she became half of the first father-daughter duo to be selected to the game. Her father, Ben Davis, was selected to the game in 1991.

– Duke and North Carolina each have three recruits playing in this year’s game while four other schools teams also have multiple selections. The other four teams with multiple selections are Notre Dame, Stanford, Kentucky and Tennessee.

– Kaela Davis, the number two-rated prospect by ESPN Hoopgurlz, missed a good chunk of her high school season to get treated for Meniere’s disease. Davis has battled the disease, which is an inner-ear disorder characterized by hearing loss and vertigo, since she was 11. Davis is expected to play in the McDonald’s game as well as for Georgia Tech next season.



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BIG Ten – ACC Challenge Roundup…

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November 27-28, 2012

The 2012 Big Ten-ACC Challenge ended in a tie, 6-6, and the Big Ten retains control of the Commissioner’s Cup, having won last year’s Challenge.

It only seems fitting that when the two best conferences in the country were matched up that it would end in a tie.

Of course, it’s only November. A lot can change before the March Madness dance cards are filled out. As N.C. State can attest, a lot can change in two weeks. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty to learn from watching these games. Again it’s early but it might be another year with at least five teams earning spots in the Big Dance from the Big Ten. There were six teams in the Big Ten ranked in the Top 25 at the start of the week. Four of them won. Most impressively, Indiana, the No. 1 team in the nation, trounced No. 14 North Carolina by 24.

Illinois 75, Georgia Tech 62 
The Fighting Illini (8-0) had to lean on reserve guard Joseph Bertrand to knock off Georgia Tech 75-62 Wedneday night at Assembly Hall during the Big Ten / ACC Challenge. Click here to read our game summary as we were courtside.

Miami (Fla.) defeated Michigan State, 67-59
Keith Appling had 15 points for the Spartans (5-2), who lost to Miami, 67-59. It was Michigan State’s first loss since the season opener against Connecticut.

Duke defeated Ohio State, 73-68
Mason Plumlee had 21 points and a career-high-tying 17 rebounds, and No. 2 Duke rallied late and held on to beat No. 4 Ohio State 73-68 on Wednesday night. Deshaun Thomas scored 16 points for Ohio State (4-1), while Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 11 apiece.

Boston College defeated Penn State, 73-61
Despite a late 18-1 run that cut Boston College’s 20-point second half lead to only three with 3:08 to play, the Nittany Lions (3-3) were unable to take the lead and suffered a 73-61 loss to Boston College (3-4) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Purdue defeated Clemson, 73-61
D.J. Byrd had 20 points and six 3-pointers in the first half as Purdue built a big lead and held on to defeat Clemson 73-61 in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Wednesday night.

Virginia defeated Wisconsin, 60-54
Ben Brust scored 15 points and Jared Berggren added 12, but Wisconsin was unable to hold an early second half lead as Virginia posted the 60-54 win over the Badgers in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge at the Kohl Center on Wednesday night.

BIG Ten 4, ACC 2 after one night of play…

INDIANA 83, North Carolina 59
Cody Zeller knocked down 20 points and teammates Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey added 19 each to help top-ranked Indiana (7-0) defeat North Carolina 83-59 Tuesday night in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge in Bloomington, Ind.

The Hoosiers led 46-37 at halftime, then separated themselves with a strong start after the break.

The Tar Heels’ were lead by Dexter Strickland with 14 points, Marcus Paige added 11 and team leading scorer James Michael McAdoo finished with 10 points on 4-for-15 shooting.

It was the largest margin of victory in the series for Indiana since the it won 107-81 in Bloomington on Dec. 12, 1964. The Hoosiers took an 8-5 lead in the series between programs that each have won five national titles.

MICHIGAN 79, N.C. State 72
Freshman Nik Stauskas came off the bench and lit it up with a game-high 20 points and Trey Burke added 18 points and 11 assists to lead the Wolverines past the visiting Wolfpack. The Wolverines (6-0) also got 16 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 11 points and seven rebounds from freshman Glenn Robinson III as they shot 50 percent from the field and were 9-for-24 from 3-point range.

The Wolfpack trailed 43-36 at halftime and were down by as many as 15 in the second half before a late rally. They pulled within five on three occasions down the stretch but didn’t get any closer.

T.J. Warren scored 18 points and C.J. Leslie had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead N.C. State. Richard Howell added 12 points and Scott Wood scored 10 for the Wolfpack, who have lost two of their last three and barely eked out a two-point win over UNC Asheville in between.

MINNESOTA 77, Florida State 68
The Golden Gophers held the Seminoles to 37.9 percent shooting… That’s a season low folks…

Minnesota (7-1) led by four points with 9:15 left in the first half, then closed with a 19-10 run to build a 38-25 halftime advantage. The Gophers extended their lead to 21 points midway through the second half and withstood a brief rally that saw Florida State (4-2) pull within 10 points with 5:44 left.

The Golden Gophers had four players with double digit scoring: Joe Coleman with 16 points, Rodney Williams Jr., who added 14, Austin Hollins added 13 points and Andre Hollins scored 12 points. And the BIG man, Elliott Eliason, snagged with 10 rebounds.

The Seminoles were led by Terrance Shannon who knocked down 14 points.

NEBRASKA 79, Wake Forest 63
Ray Gallegos scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half as the visiting Cornhuskers dominated after the break and cruised past the Demon Deacons.

The Demon Deacons trailed by four at the half and were still within 42-37 with 14:09 left when the Cornhuskers began to pull away. Gallegos hit a pair of 3-pointers and totaled 12 points during a 20-3 run over the next 6:04.

Andre Almeida scored 20 points on 9-for-10 shooting and added 11 rebounds and three blocks for Nebraska (5-1), which shot 60 percent in the second half.

Codi Miller-McIntyre was the only player to reach double figures for Wake Forest (3-3) with 11 points. Stars Travis McKie and C.J. Harris combined for 10 points on 3-of-17 shooting.

Erick Green scored 24 points and Robert Brown added 18 as the Hokies pulled away late to beat the visiting Hawkeyes.

Roy Devyn Marble recorded 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and Aaron White chipped in 21 points and 10 boards for Iowa (5-2).

Maryland 77, Northwestern 57
The Terrapins were led by the hot hands of sophomore guard Dezmine Wells who knocked down 23 (game-high), followed by sophomore teammate Alex Len, who added 13.

The Wildcats was led by Reggie Hearns who scored 19.

This contest was close at the half, where Maryland held a two-pinit lead 28-26, but in the second half, they just stretched out and out-scored the Wildcats by 18 points (or 49-31).

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2012-13 NCAA Men’s Basketball TOP 10

Posted on November 13, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who’s our top dog?

November 13, 2012

It’s that time again folks where we come inside and begin evaluating who’s the best in NCAA basketball. Coming off of a very impressive 2011-12 season where a couple of teams broke out and made a name for themselves (i.e., Norfolk State, Murray State, Ohio and of course, VCU).


2. Louisville
3. Kentucky
4. Michigan
5. N.C. State
6. Kansas
7. Ohio State
8. Syracuse
9. Duke
10. UCLA

On the fence at the time of this writing…

North Carolina, Arizona, Creighton, Florida, Missouri, Memphis, Michigan State, UNLV, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Baylor, Murray State, VCU, Ohio

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2012-13 NCAA Basketball Things We Think We Know

Posted on November 9, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

October 25, 2012

Midnight Madness got started last week which marks the start of the 2012-13 NCAA basketball season. But there’s still four weeks to the first offical game, so we began our debate projections and predictions.


1. Nov. 9: That’s the day the season gets underway with Kentucky vs. Maryland in Brooklyn.

2. Missing Shabazz: How many games will UCLA’s talented freshman, Shabazz Muhammad,wind up missing? The NCAA has been digging for months. It could be anywhere from five to 15 games — and if it’s on the high end, would he just go overseas?

3. Is this another “rebuilding year for Kansas? ROTFLMBO!!!!

5. Final season for Syracuse and Pitt in the Big East…

6. Tobacco Road trio: Duke isn’t exactly overwhelming, North Carolina lost four first-rounders and N.C. State brings back nearly everyone – who will stand on top? Right now it looks like the Wolfpack might be the preseason ACC favorites over Duke and UNC.

7. Kentucky reloads… will this help or hurt?

8. Midwest is on the map across the board in the preseason as Indiana hopes to hang another Final Four banner in what’s expected to be Cody Zeller’s final year of school… Yeah we know he’s a sophomore but come on, who stays nowadays?

9. Atlantic 10 is heavily represented in many polls this season. They could potentially have six teams in the NCAA tournament this year

10. West Coast resurrection? Last year no team left of the Central time zone made the Sweet 16. We’ll see…

11. In a word, Louisville. Can Rick Pitino take the spotlight away from freshmen driven Kentucky? Well we will see December 29.

15. Can Syracuse remain as entertaining and watchable this season especially after losing Fab Melo, Dion Waiters, Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph?

16. Can Tom Izzo make it to his seventh Final Four with Michigan State?

17. Mid-Major watch: Can Murray State repeat last season performance as they jumped out to a 23-0 record and won a game in the NCAA tournament? Or will Missouri Valley conference continue to represent like last season as they sent two teams (Creighton, Wichita State) to The Dance last year, and can Illinois State make a run?

23. Larry Brown (72) took over a downtrodden SMU program that’s headed to the Big East in 2013-14. Hhhhmmmm….

24. There’s a new television show only playing at Oklahoma State – (Marcus) Smart and (Le’Bryan) Nash. These are two top-10 prospects in their respective classes coming out of high school. So now people want to know can they play together and get wins?

26. Simply put… Buzz! Marquette coach Buzz Williams hopes to make another quiet run towards New Orleans…. SSSShhhhh

39. Can Northwestern FINALLY break their 75th year in a row of NOT making it to the NCAA dance? This Susan Luci convonent award will stop sooner or later – Right?   42. Harvard showed Northwestern how it’s done ending their 65-year NCAA tourney drought… So can they pick up from last year’s momentum? It’s going to be tough considering starters Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry were both implicated in an academic cheating scandal and will miss the season.

47. Tulsa? Who? We said Tulsa… Can first year coach Danny Manny turn things around?

48. USC hopes to be out of the ER this season as coach Kevin O’Neill bring back Jio Fontain, Dewayne Deadmon and Aaron Fuller, as well as the addition of J.T. Terrell, Eric Wise and Renaldo Wooldridge.

52. Can the Runnin’ Rebels run an entire season instead of the first 20-or-so? On paper they should especially with the additions of Pittsburgh transfer Khem Birch, USC transfer Bryce Jones, top-10 freshman Anthony Bennett, four-star guard Katin Reinhardt and All-American Mike Moser.

53. Bruce Weber has a new address and it’s at Kansas State. So can he get the team to follow his vision?

63. Reaction to refereeing: Nothing enhances the game-watching experience like you chiming in on Twitter about the zebras. It’s always rational, long-sighted and filled with expert opinion. Block/charge calls, the charge circle in general, all the new rules coming to the game. I’m sure we’re in for the most level-headed season yet. Please log in to Twitter and share your opinions as often as possible.

68. The second Monday night in April: Yes, this season’s national title game will be played on the second Monday night in April as opposed to its usual first. Blame the calendar. Tom Crean might get his first national title that night. Rick Pitino or John Calipari could get their second. Or something totally unexpected might culminate in Atlanta. Nobody can say for sure. But the five months spent getting there should be a blast.

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2012 NBA Draft

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Annual NBA Mock Draft

June 2012

Here are the results from the 2012 NBA draft. There are a lot of good players out there from freshmen to senior and even a few from abroad. Plus, you can see how we did in our annual mock draft… hahahahahaha

1. New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, PF, 19, 6-10, 220, Kentucky, Fresh.

The ultimate no-brainer. Davis could be a franchise player and will certainly become a dominant force on the defensive end. He’s also far more skilled on the offensive end than many realize. The Bobcats get a potential superstar and face/cornerstone of their franchise.

2. Charlotte Bobcats: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF: 18, 6-7, 228, Kentucky, Fresh.

The Cats took a great player with excellent motor who is an athletic freak and has excellent work ethic. So why did they wind up with a B-? MKG fills a need for the Bobcats, especially after the trade of Corey Maggette for Ben Gordon. But with limited ability to score on his own, and with so many needs, you have to wonder if a trade down wouldn’t have been better for the franchise.

3. Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal, SG, 18, 6-4, 201, Florida, Fresh.

Ideal fit alongside John Wall and a smooth wing who can make shots from the perimeter. Beal is solid in just about every phase of the game and will fill a major need for the Wizards and give the team a terrific young backcourt.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Dion Waiters, SG, 20, 6-4, 210, Syracuse, Soph.

Why? I mean, it’s fine, but… why? The Cavaliers are building a very good team behind Kyrie Irving and could have added Thomas Robinson or Harrison Barnes. But instead, they take Waiters, who did not start this season, who did not work out for teams, and who isn’t going to bring the polish they need beside Irving.

5. Sacramento Kings: Thomas Robinson, PF, 21, 6-9, 240, Kansas, Junior

T-Rob is a relentless rebounder who slid a few spots, but will give the Kings another force up front to pair with DeMarcus Cousins. Robinson is a man who can step in immediately and make an impact on the glass. This was a terrific get for Geoff Petrie, one of the best drafters in the NBA

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