LSU WADE IN HOT WATER, KANSAS STREAK ENDS, WOMENS BASKETBALL DYNASTIES

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March 7th, 2019

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On This Day In Sports

  • 1930 Georgetown High of Chicago defeats Homer 1-0 in basketball
  • 1940 Montreal Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home
  • 1940 Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
  1. LSU Tigers Should Fire Will Wade and Miss The NCAA Tournament

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  • When will it stop? To answer that question, only when head coaches get the same sentence as surrogates. A phone conversation intercepted by the FBI reveals LSU coach Will Wade and former Adidas consultant Christian Dawkins discussed a recruiting deal offered to a prospect, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.
  • In case you somehow missed the excerpt from the FBI wiretap that appears to be related to LSU guard Javonte Smart getting an “offer,” here it is, according to Yahoo:

Wade: “I was thinking last night on this Smart thing. I’ll be honest with you, I’m [expletive] tired of dealing with the thing. Like I’m just [expletive] sick of dealing with the [expletive]. Like, this should not be that [expletive] complicated.”

Wade: “Dude. I went to him with a [expletive] strong-ass offer about a month ago. [Expletive] strong.

Wade: “The problem was, I know why he didn’t take it now, it was [expletive] tilted toward the family a little bit. It was tilted toward taking care of the mom, taking care of the kid. Like it was tilted towards that. Now I know for a fact he didn’t explain everything to the mom. I know now, he didn’t get enough of the piece of the pie in the deal.”

Dawkins: “Hmmmm.”

Wade: “It was a [expletive] hell of a [expletive] offer. Hell of an offer.”

Dawkins: “Okay.”

Wade: “Especially for a kid who is going to be a two- or three-year kid.”

Even worse for Wade was that ESPN reported via court documents that Dawkins had “at least three calls with a cellphone number belonging to LSU coach Will Wade, each of which occurred between June 19, 2017, and June 30, 2017.” Smart announced his commitment to LSU on June 30. From saturdaydownsouth.com By CONNOR O’GARA 

2. Was The Kansas Jayhawks Big 12 Title Winning Streak a Basketball Dynasty

For the first time in 14 seasons, the Kansas Jayhawks won’t be crowned Big 12 regular-season champions. Kansas’ run of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships ended Tuesday night, as the Jayhawks’ 81-68 loss at Oklahoma mathematically eliminated them from the title race.

3. LeBron Passes Michael Jordan On The All-Time Scoring List

  • James said about passing Jordan, “A lot of stuff that I have done in my career, this ranks right up there at the top with winning a championship,” James said. “For a kid from Akron, Ohio, that needed inspiration and needed some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me. I watched him from afar, wanted to be like MJ, wanted to shoot fadeaways like MJ, wanted to stick my tongue out on dunks like MJ, wanted to wear my sneakers like MJ. I wanted kids to look up to me at some point like MJ. It’s crazy, to be honest. It’s beyond crazy.”

4. College Baseball Season Starting to Heat Up

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Vanderbilt remains No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 after a 4-1 week. Vanderbilt began the year ranked No. 1 in the Preseason Top 25 for the second time in program history and have remained atop the rankings through the first three weeks of the season.

Updated on: 3/4/2019 FROM BASEBALL AMERICA
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Vanderbilt

SEC
Notes:Last week: 4-1
Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 2-0

Results: 
Feb. 26: Southeast Missouri State: W 11-3
Feb. 27: Austin Peay: L 7-6
Mar. 1-3: Dayton: W 11-3, W 5-1, W 2-0
Upcoming
Mar. 5: Davidson
Mar. 6: East Tennessee State
Mar. 8-10: Illinois State

Top-ranked Vanderbilt made relatively routine work of a sweep of Dayton. Shortstop Ethan Paul continued his hot-hitting ways with a 5-for-10 weekend at the plate, pushing his average to .422 on the season. He’s also taken to the shortstop position nicely after sliding over from second base, as he has yet to make his first error there. Preseason All-American outfielder JJ Bleday added home runs in each of the first two games of the series, giving him a team-leading four on the year.

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    UCLA

    Pac-12
    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Results:
    Feb. 26: @ Cal State Northridge: W 4-3
    Mar. 1-3: Sacramento State: W 2-1, W 6-0, L 2-1
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5: Pepperdine
    Dodger Stadium Classic in Los Angeles, Calif.
    Mar. 8: (18) Michigan
    Mar. 9: Oklahoma State
    Mar. 10: vs. Southern California

    A moment of appreciation for UCLA reliever Kyle Mora, who has been virtually unhittable this season. He threw two scoreless innings in each of the first two games of the series against Sacramento State. In 13 innings across eight appearances, he has a 0.69 ERA, a 21-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and an .098 opponent batting average. The starting rotation has continued to carry more than its own weight, as the righthanded trio of Zach Pettway (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K), Jack Ralston (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K), and Jesse Bergin (6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K) were excellent once again.

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    North Carolina

    ACC
    Notes:Last week: 4-1
    Overall: 11-1, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Results: 
    Feb. 26: UNC Wilmington: W 4-3
    Feb. 27: Virginia Commonwealth: L 11-8
    Mar. 1-3: Massachusetts-Lowell: W 5-0, W 14-7, W 14-2
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5: Charleston Southern
    Mar. 8-10: @ (21) Clemson

    Righthander Gianluca Dalatri is doing all he can to make sure last season’s injury-plagued season is but a distant memory. In Game 1 against Massachusetts-Lowell, he threw 7.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits and no walks with five strikeouts. On the season, he’s now sporting a 1.06 ERA, a 17-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and a .167 opponent batting average in 17 innings of work. The Tar Heels are still waiting on a few guys to get going for an offense that is hitting .263 as a team, but shortstop Ike Freeman has been locked in, hitting .410/.510/.692 with three homers, which already ties his career in home runs, set last season. UNC has a huge series coming up this weekend, as they open up ACC play against a Clemson team looking to bounce back from a series loss to rival South Carolina.

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    Stanford

    Pac-12
    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 2-0

    Results: 
    Feb. 26: San Francisco: W 8-3
    Mar. 1-3: @ Cal State Fullerton: W 4-3, W 8-1, L 6-5
    Upcoming
    Mar. 7-10: (9) Texas

    In a quality series that went a bit under the radar due to the presence of so many other marquee series and tournaments across the country, Stanford took two of three on the road from Cal State Fullerton. The Cardinal offense still isn’t quite clicking as a whole, but catcher Maverick Handley continues to be a bright spot. He was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple in game 1, 2-for-4 with three RBI in the second game, and while he was just 1-for-5 in the finale, his one hit was an RBI double that scored Stanford’s first run of the game. A four-game home series with Texas this weekend promises to be a barnburner.

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    Florida

    SEC
    Notes:Last week: 4-1
    Overall: 9-4, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Results: 
    Feb. 26: @ Jacksonville: W 5-4
    Feb. 27: Central Florida: L 12-9
    Mar. 1-3: Winthrop: W 16-4, W 28-5, W 5-3
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5-6: Florida Gulf Coast
    Mar. 8-10: Yale

    There has been concern at various points over what could be expected from Florida’s offense, but they looked quite good in scoring 49 runs in their sweep of a Winthrop team that boasts some talented arms. The Gators’ Game 2 effort, when they plated 28 runs on 23 hits, was particularly impressive. It’s not just those gaudy totals. It’s also that they hit not one, not two, but three grand slams over the course of game, one each from Kendrick Calilao, Jacob Young and Santino Miozzi. Though they are still waiting on some key offensive pieces to come around, the offensive outburst against Winthrop raised the team average to .287 on the season.

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    Florida State

    ACC
    Notes:Last week: 3-0
    Overall: 10-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Results: 
    Mar. 1-3: Mercer: W 9-5, W 12-1, W 5-1
    Upcoming
    Mar. 6: North Florida
    Mar. 8-10: Virginia Tech

    Florida State just continues to roll on in nonconference play. They got their stiffest test of the season from a Mercer program that is annually a contender in the Southern Conference, but the Seminoles handled the Bears with little incident. Few hitters have been as hot as FSU outfielder Robby Martin in the early going. With a 6-for-11 weekend against Mercer with a pair of doubles, he’s now hitting .538 with seven doubles on the season. Third baseman Drew Mendoza is off to a great start in his own right. He homered twice in the series finale, giving him a team-best five.

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    Oregon State

    Pac-12
    Notes:Last week: 2-1
    Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0

    Results: 
    Mar. 1-3: West Virginia: W 9-2, W 4-2, L 2-0
    Upcoming
    Safeco Baseball Showcase in Seattle
    Mar. 8: vs. Minnesota
    Mar. 9: vs. Indiana
    Mar.10: vs. (19) Coastal Carolina

    A much-anticipated pitching matchup between West Virginia’s Alek Manoah and Oregon State’s Kevin Abel ended up not living up to expectations in Game 1 of last weekend’s series, but that’s only because OSU took the suspense out of the game so quickly. They plated seven runs (four earned) off of Manoah in the second inning and never looked back. Meanwhile, Abel threw six innings of one-hit, one-run baseball with three walks and 11 strikeouts. The series finale might have been a 2-0 defeat, but the continuing dominance of lefthanded reliever Brandon Eisert is notable. He tossed two scoreless innings in Sunday’s game, which now gives him 11 scoreless innings on the season with 13 strikeouts and just one walk.

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    Mississippi State

    SEC
    Notes:Last week: 4-1
    Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in SEC (3-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0

    Results: 
    Feb. 26: Jackson State: W 17-4
    Feb. 27: Southeastern Louisiana: W 12-0
    Frisco College Baseball Classic
    Mar. 1: vs. Sam Houston State: W 5-4
    Mar. 2: vs. (8) Texas Tech: W 4-2
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5: (14) East Carolina
    Mar. 6: Arkansas-Pine Bluff
    Mar. 8-10: Maine

    The Friday-Saturday rotation combination of lefthander Ethan Small and righthander JT Ginn showed, once again, that they might be the best such combo in the Southeastern Conference, if not the entire country. Against Sam Houston State, Small threw six innings, giving up seven hits and two runs with no walks and six strikeouts. The lack of walks in his start is no fluke, as the redshirt junior has yet to walk a single batter in his 18 innings this season. Ginn silenced the powerful Texas Tech offense over seven innings, allowing just three hits and two runs with one walk and eight strikeouts.

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    Texas

    Big 12
    Notes:Last week: 4-1
    Overall: 10-3, 0-0 in Big 12 (3-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Results: 
    Feb. 26: Sam Houston State: W 10-3
    Feb. 27: Texas-San Antonio: L 10-7
    Mar. 1-3: (2) Louisiana State: W 8-1, W 8-4, W 7-6
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5: Texas-Rio Grande Valley
    Mar. 7-10: @ (4) Stanford

    Texas made by far the loudest statement of the weekend by sweeping LSU. In each of the first two games, they wasted no time in getting to the Tigers’ starting pitchers. On Friday, it scored three runs with the help of six hits and four walks in four innings against righthander Zack Hess. On Saturday, LSU freshman righthander Landon Marceaux was done after 1.1 innings, having given up six earned runs. In the finale, it took coming back from a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the ninth, but Texas pulled it off, with the winning run coming home on an Austin Todd RBI single. On the mound, Bryce Elder was outstanding again, throwing 6.2 innings, allowing just four hits and one unearned run. The tough tests don’t end here for Texas, as it hits the road this weekend for four games at Stanford.

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    Louisiana State

    SEC
    Notes:Last week: 1-3
    Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in SEC (0-3 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 1-1

    Results: 
    Results
    Feb. 27: Southern: W 17-4
    Mar. 1-3: @ (19) Texas: L 8-1, L 8-4, L 7-6
    Upcoming
    Mar. 6: Holy Cross
    Mar. 8-10: California

    There’s no other way to describe it. LSU simply took it on the chin this past weekend on the road at Texas. The Longhorns blitzed the Tigers’ starting pitchers in each of the first two games of the series on the way to victory, but the loss in the finale was in more heartbreaking fashion, as the Tigers held a 6-4 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, only to have Texas storm back for three runs for the walk-off win. Their opportunity for a bounce back comes this weekend when Andrew Vaughn and California pay a visit to Alex Box Stadium.

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    Texas Tech

    Big 12
    Notes:Last week: 1-2
    Overall: 6-3, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 2-0

    Results: 
    Feb. 26: New Mexico State: W 7-0
    Frisco College Baseball Classic
    Mar. 1: vs. Nebraska: L 2-1
    Mar. 2: vs. (9) Mississippi State: L 4-2
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5-6: @ San Diego State
    Mar. 8-10: Wichita State

    It was a tough weekend for Texas Tech in cold, rainy Frisco, as the Red Raiders dropped a pair of close games to Nebraska and Mississippi State. After pitching had been more of a concern earlier in the season, it was the Tech offense that scuffled this time around. In 18 innings of play, they were held to just three runs on seven hits. On the mound, lefthander Erikson Lanning was a steadying force on Friday once again, throwing five shutout innings against the Cornhuskers, giving up two hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.

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    Mississippi

    SEC
    Notes:Last week: 4-0
    Overall: 8-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0-1

    Results: 
    Feb. 26: Tennessee-Martin: W 12-6
    Mar. 1-3: Long Beach State: W 7-2, W 7-6, W 5-3
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5: Little Rock
    Mar. 6: (14) East Carolina
    Mar. 8-10: Alabama-Birmingham

    Senior outfielder Ryan Olenek, a classic college baseball grinder type, is off to an outstanding start to the season. In three games against Long Beach State, he went 6-for-13 with a pair of doubles, helping bring his slash line to .475/.542/.650 on the year. The effort of freshman righthander Gunnar Hoglund was a bright spot in Game 3, as he turned in the best start of his young career. He tossed five innings, giving up six hits and one run with no walks and three strikeouts. Connor Green continued his run as the Rebels’ most effective reliever, tossing two perfect innings in the Game 2 victory, running his scoreless innings total to 7.2 on the season.

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    Louisville

    ACC
    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall 8-3, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-1

    Results: 
    Feb. 26: Xavier: L 5-4
    Mar. 1-3: James Madison: W 5-0, W 11-1, W 1-0
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5: Morehead State
    Mar. 8-10: Boston College

    Louisville starting pitchers allowed just one run on nine hits over the course of the entire weekend in a sweep of James Madison. Lefthander Reid Detmers allowing just one hit and one walk with 14 strikeouts in eight shutout innings in Game 1 was just par for the course with how well he’s pitched so far this season. In 20 innings, he has an 0.45 ERA, 28 strikeouts, five walks and an .078 opponent batting average. Logan Wyatt walked six times in the three games against the Dukes, bringing his season walk total to an absurd 19, which means he’s only made one more out this season (20) than he has walks.

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    East Carolina

    AAC
    Notes:Last week: 3-2
    Overall: 8-4, 0-0 in AAC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0

    Results: 
    Feb. 25: Air Force: L 3-2
    Feb. 27: Elon: W 5-3
    LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C.
    Mar. 1: Utah: W 7-6 (10)
    Mar. 2: Wright State: L 12-4
    Mar. 3: Western Carolina: W 12-6
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5: @ (8) Mississippi State
    Mar. 6: @ (12) Mississippi
    Mar. 8-10: Marist

    East Carolina got pushed in their home tournament, the LeClair Classic. It took extra innings for the Pirates to dispatch Utah in the opener, and they were downed by Wright State before securing a winning weekend with the win over Western Carolina. The walk-off win against Utah came courtesy of an RBI single from center fielder Dusty Baker, who entered as a defensive replacement a few innings prior. Two-way player Alec Burleson continues to rake, going 6-for-14 in the tournament, although that actually served to lower his average to .542. ECU has a couple of interesting midweek games on deck, as they will complete the Magnolia State double-dip with games against both Mississippi State and Mississippi.

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    Georgia

    SEC
    Notes:Last week: 3-2
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Results: 
    Feb. 26: Long Island-Brooklyn: L 1-0
    Feb. 27: Kennesaw State: W 11-1
    Mar. 1-3: @ Georgia Southern: W 3-1, W 4-2, L 10-7
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5: Alabama State
    Mar. 6: Jacksonville State
    Mar. 8-10: Presbyterian

    For the third weekend in a row, Georgia Southern pushed a major conference foe. This time around, it was Georgia, which won two tight games to start the weekend before dropping the finale. Third baseman L.J. Talley has helped carry the Georgia offense in the early going. He had five hits over the weekend, including three in the Game 2 win, and is now hitting .447/.532/.763 with a team-leading three home run. Righthander Emerson Hancock did give up his first run of the season in the series opener, but he limited the Eagles to just one run in his five innings of work, giving him a nifty 0.50 ERA to this point.

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    Arkansas

    SEC
    Notes:Last week: 4-0
    Overall: 9-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Results: 
    Feb. 27: Memphis: W 10-3
    Mar. 1-3: Stony Brook: W 3-1, W 4-3, W 15-7
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5-6: Charlotte
    Mar. 8-10: Louisiana Tech

    Dave Van Horn and his staff have to be elated with what they got from starting pitcher Isaiah Campbell in the series-opening win. The righthander, who is prone to bouts of inconsistency, threw seven shutout innings, giving up three hits and one walk with 13 strikeouts. First baseman Trevor Ezell, a graduate transfer from Southeast Missouri State, has been a real shot in the arm for the Razorbacks’ offense. After a five-hit weekend that featured a triple in the opener and a home run in the finale, he’s hitting .432/.511/.703 and he’s a perfect six-for-six in stolen bases for good measure. Arkansas welcomes a veteran Louisiana Tech team for three games this weekend in what could be a competitive series.

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    Auburn

    SEC
    Notes:Last week: 3-0
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Results: 
    Mar. 1-3: Cincinnati: W 5-0, W 5-0, W 9-5
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5-6: Tennessee-Martin
    Mar. 8-10: Texas-San Antonio

    Auburn swept Cincinnati with little incident, including back-to-back shutouts to begin the series. Righthander Tanner Burns shined in the first of those two, throwing a two-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts. It was sophomore lefthander Jack Owen, in his first start of the season, who did the heavy lifting in the second of those team shutouts, throwing seven scoreless innings with only three hits allowed to go along with ten strikeouts. In 16 innings this season, he’s yet to allow an earned run and he has a 22-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio on top of it.

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    Michigan

    Big 10
    Notes:Last week: 2-1
    Overall: 8-1, 0-0 in Big Ten (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series 3-0

    Results: 
    Mar. 1-3: @ Cal State Northridge: W 2-1, W 4-2, L 5-2
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5: @ Long Beach State
    Mar. 6: @ (24) UC Irvine
    Dodger Stadium Classic in Los Angeles
    Mar. 8: @ (2) UCLA
    Mar. 9: @ Southern California
    Mar. 10: vs. Oklahoma State

    Lefthander Tommy Henry simply continues to dominate. His latest masterpiece was eight shutout innings against Cal State Northridge in the first game of the series, giving up three hits and one walk with 12 strikeouts. Prepare yourself for some truly mind-blowing stats through Henry’s first three starts. He’s now thrown 23 innings without allowing so much as a single run. He’s fanned 34, walked just two and allowed a microscopic .132 batting average against him. The Wolverines’ offense has just two players hitting better than .250 at this juncture, but with Henry and the rest of the staff combining for a 1.58 team ERA, they’ve had more than enough offense to get the job done.

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    Coastal Carolina

    Sun Belt
    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in Sun Belt (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series 0-0

    Results: 
    Feb. 27: @ College of Charleston: L 8-5
    CCU Baseball Tournament in Conway, S.C.
    Mar. 1: Illinois: W 11-3
    Mar. 2: Connecticut: W 10-7
    Mar. 3: Indiana: W 6-5
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5-6: Wake Forest
    Safeco Baseball Showcase in Seattle
    Mar. 8: vs. San Diego
    Mar. 9: vs. Washington
    Mar. 10: vs. (7) Oregon State

    Of Coastal Carolina’s three consecutive home tournaments to begin the season, last weekend’s, with games against Illinois, Connecticut and Indiana, promised to be the toughest, but the Chanticleers passed that test with flying colors. The Coastal offense was humming along all weekend, as they collected at least ten hits in each of the three games. The standout on that side of the ball last weekend was shortstop and nine-hole hitter Scott McKeon, who went 6-for-9 with three walks, driving his batting average up to a team-leading .417, and giving him, somewhat strangely, his first three walks of the season. Coastal is piecing things together a little bit on the mound, but it’s working for them thanks in large part to a deep bullpen, led by righthander Alaska Abney (0.00 in 10 IP), lefthander Trevor Damron (0.00 in 7 IP) and righthander Matt Eardensohn (2.19 ERA in 12.1 IP).

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    South Carolina

    SEC
    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in SEC (2-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Results: 
    Feb. 26: Appalachian State: W 3-1
    Mar. 1-3: @/vs. (14) Clemson: W 5-4, L 11-5, W 14-3
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5: Citadel
    Mar. 6: Gardner-Webb
    Mar. 8-10: Valparaiso

    South Carolina endured a series with rival Clemson that featured wild swings of emotion, with each team securing a blowout win in addition to the Gamecocks’ nail-biting victory on Friday. Reid Morgan turned in a solid start in the series-clinching win on Sunday. The righthander threw 6.2 innings, giving up eight hits and three runs (two earned) with no walks and five strikeouts. Bullpen work has been a strength for the Gamecocks thus far and that continued in the Game 1 victory as the trio of Wesley Sweatt, Cam Tringali, and Brett Kerry combined to throw 6.2 innings with six hits and one run allowed. It’s mostly good news with this series win for South Carolina, but there was a bit of bad news with the announcement that Carmen Mlodzinki, a key piece of the starting rotation, will miss some time with a fractured foot. That will make the efforts of the South Carolina bullpen and young lefty starting pitcher Dylan Harley even more important.

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    Clemson

    ACC
    Notes:Previous ranking: 2-2
    Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series 2-1

    Results 
    Feb. 26: East Tennessee State: W 14-3
    Mar. 1-3: vs./@: South Carolina: L 5-4, W 11-5, L 14-3
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5: @ Furman
    Mar. 8-10: (3) North Carolina

    Starting pitching faltered in Clemson’s series loss to rival South Carolina. In the opener, Brooks Crawford lasted just two innings, having given up five runs on home runs by South Carolina’s Andrew Eyster and T.J. Hopkins. In the finale, Justin Wrobleski was hung with five earned runs in just one-third of an inning. In the Game 2 victory, Davis Sharpe struggled for the first time this season to the tune of seven hits and four runs in 3.2 innings, but four innings of shutout relief from Holt Jones allowed the Tigers’ offense to pick the team up. Things don’t get much easier for Clemson this coming weekend, as they’ll welcome in a red-hot North Carolina club for the start of ACC play.

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    Duke

    ACC
    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Results: 
    Feb. 26: Richmond: W 8-2
    Mar. 1-3: @ Penn State in Bradenton, Fla.: W 14-0, L 8-7, W 9-2
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5-6: Pennsylvania
    Mar. 8-10: @ Virginia

    Duke began the weekend by getting a combined no-hitter from Graeme Stinson, Matt Dockman and Jack Carey in a blowout win over Penn State. After that point, things got a bit stickier, as a three-homer game from PSU left fielder Kris Kremer helped push the Nittany Lions to a Game 2 win, and as late as the seventh inning in Game 3, the Blue Devils trailed 2-0. It was in that seventh inning, however, that the dam broke and Duke poured it on in a 9-2 win to capture the series. Center fielder Kennie Taylor had his own offensive outburst in the Sunday win, as he clubbed two homers and drove in six runs.

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    North Carolina State

    ACC
    Notes:Last week: 4-0
    Overall 11-0, 0-0 in ACC (1-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-

    Results: 
    Feb. 27: @ Campbell: W 10-1
    Mar. 1-3: Minnesota: W 3-2, W 8-4, W 5-4
    Upcoming
    Mar. 6: @ North Carolina Central
    Mar. 8-10: Pittsburgh

    North Carolina State has done nothing but impress so far in 2019 with their series sweep of a solid Minnesota club just the latest example. A pitching staff with a team ERA of 2.36 on the season came through again. In Game 1, it was righthander Jason Parker who led the way with 5.1 innings in his start, giving up four hits and one run. The second game featured a solid start from lefthander Canaan Silver, who threw six innings, giving up three hits and two runs. The bullpen stepped up in the series finale, with the quartet of Evan Justice, Nolan Clenney, NIck Swiney and MIchael Bienlien combining to throw five innings with only three hits and one run allowed.

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    Big West
    Notes:Last week: 2-1
    Overall: 7-3, 0-0 in Big West (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Results 
    Feb. 26: @ Loyola Marymount: L 7-3
    Mar. 1: @ Missouri State: W 3-2, W 4-1 (11)
    Upcoming
    Mar. 6: (18) Michigan
    Mar. 8-10: St. John’s

    What was supposed to be UC Irvine’s three-game series on the road at Missouri State turned into a Friday doubleheader between the two teams, as they worked to get in as much baseball as they could before inclement weather rolled into Springfield, Mo. The Anteaters made the most of the double dip, taking home wins in both halves. Ace Andre Pallante looked more like his old self in Game 1, throwing 5.2 innings, giving up two hits and two runs with one walk and six strikeouts. In the second game, the righthanded trio of Tanner Brubaker, Trenton Denholm and Jordan Bocko held the Bears largely at bay for the first ten innings, allowing third baseman Brandon Lewis to connect for a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the eleventh.

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    Baylor

    Big 12
    Notes:Last week: 2-2
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0

    Results: 
    Feb. 26: Dallas Baptist: W 10-4
    Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in Houston
    Mar. 1: vs. Texas A&M: L 5-2
    Mar. 2: vs. Rice: L 6-3
    Mar. 3: vs. Texas State: W 5-4
    Upcoming
    Mar. 5: Texas-Arlington
    Mar. 8-10: Nebraska

    Baylor was dangerously close to going home winless in the Shriners Classic in Houston. After losses to Texas A&M and Rice in the first two games of the weekend, the Bears trailed Texas State 4-3 heading into the ninth inning of their third game. But instead of pulling the ripcord and packing up mentally, they did what veteran teams do and fought back. Just one strike away from being the final out of the game, Baylor center fielder Richard Cunningham dumped a double just inside the left field line on the ninth pitch of the at-bat to get a rally going. One batter later, he scored on a Nick Loftin single to right, and one batter after that, the Bears took the lead on a Davis Wendzel double off the wall in left. Baylor was scheduled to hit the road this coming weekend for a tough series at Nebraska, but due to lingering winter weather across the Midwest, that series is now a home series at Baylor Ballpark.

5. What Happened To The Women’s Basketball Dynasties

TENNESSEE’S HOLDSCLAW LEADS VOLS TO EARLY LEAD

Photo: Louisiana Tech was a women’s basketball powerhouse in the 1980s and ’90s. The Techsters lost the 1998 title game to Tennessee. (GARY CASKEY / REUTERS)

  • The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs women’s basketball team contributed to the initial rise in popularity of women’s intercollegiate basketball in the United States in the 1970s. Women’s college basketball was organized under the auspices of the AIAW in the early 1970s, at a time when competitive power was distributed among small colleges that had established a niche (such as ImmaculataDelta StateWest Chester StateWayland Baptist and Stephen F. Austin). Later in the decade, ODU won two national championships in dominating fashion with star players, Nancy Lieberman and Anne Donovan. ODU, along with UCLA and Tennessee, among others, led the rise to prominence of large schools with national reputations to the top intercollegiate level, before the NCAA began sponsoring sports for women.
  • The very first women’s NCAA basketball tournament was held in 1982, and Louisiana Tech took center stage. The Lady Techsters had already compiled a 109-9 record over the previous three seasons, winning the 1981 AIAW Championship (the precursor to the women’s tourney) with a perfect 34-0 record. The Lady Techsters haven’t made the NCAA field since 2011 at 14-14 this season, they aren’t likely to end that drought soon.
  • Tennessee Volunteers were the women’s college basketball team of the ’90s with four titles, including three in a row from 1996 to ’98, one unbeaten season and a 310-39 record under Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt.
  • Summitt won a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal as a member of the United States women’s national basketball team. She returned to the Olympics in 1984 as a head coach, guiding the U.S. women’s basketball team to a gold medal. She was named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century in 2000. In 2009, the Sporting News placed her at number 11 on its list of the 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time in all sports; she was the only woman on the list. In 38 years as a coach, she never had a losing season. In 2012, Summitt was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2012 ESPY Awards.

 

HARPER OUT SELLS LEBRON, KRAFT REPUTATION, NFL COMBINE

MB SHOW DAILY

March 5th, 2019

Have a Great Tuesday, Happy Mardi Gras!!!

On this day, 1955 2nd ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Duke, 87-77

  1. Bryce Harper Beat LeBron James in Jersey Sales

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  • The No. 3 Phillies jersey that Bryce Harper is wearing broke the 48 hour record for such jersey sales. LeBron James Laker jersey now is the second highest selling jersey followed by Giancarlo Stanton’s Yankees jersey, Khalil Mack and Jimmy Garoppolo round out the top five Fanatics jerseys.
  • Harper wore No. 34 with the Washington Nationals during his seven-year stint. He chose to switch numbers with the Phillies to honor the late Roy Halladay, who died in a plane crash in November 2017.
  • Here’s a list of the 20 players with the most jersey sales in 2018:

1. Aaron Judge, Yankees
2. Jose Altuve, Astros
3. Javier Báez, Cubs
4. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
5. Mookie Betts, Red Sox
6. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
7. Kris Bryant, Cubs
8. Shohei Ohtani, Angels
9. Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees
10. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
11. Mike Trout, Angels
12. Buster Posey, Giants
13. Bryce Harper, Nationals
14. Freddie Freeman, Braves
15. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
16. Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox
17. George Springer, Astros
18. Francisco Lindor, Indians
19. Carlos Correa, Astros
20. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves

The list is generated based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com, the official online shop of Major League Baseball, since Opening Day 2018.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.


2. Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Faces Biggest Test of His Power

Robert Kraft et al. standing in front of a crowd: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, faces two misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Florida.

Photo: Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, faces two misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Florida.

  • Robert Kraft never made it to his golf game with  Al Michaels, the longtime host of “Sunday Night Football.” at the Bel-Air Country Club. The police 2,600 miles away in Florida were charging him with two counts of soliciting a prostitute at a massage parlor in Jupiter. Not something anyone saw coming.
  • Amy Klobuchar, the Democratic nominee for president in 2020, included Robert Kraft in a humorous joke at the annual Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner in Washington D.C.s. Klobuchar promised the audience that the duration of her speech would be “shorter than a Robert Kraft visit to the Orchids day spa.”
  • When Kraft returned to Boston the next day, he was spotted hugging Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after they got off a private jet.
  • Kraft’s future is uncertain as he goes through the legal process. His untarnished reputation is now tarnished and may have compromised his stature within that most exclusive of American business clubs.

    3. Does Running a Fast 40 Yard Dash Make You a Superstar in the NFL?

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  • Greedy Williams was the best cornerback prospect of the draft class, running a 4.37 40-yard dash. DeAndre Baker another cornerback didn’t have the time that he wanted, his first 40-yard-dash attempt was clocked in with a 4.52. He followed that up with an even slower 4.63 his second go-round. The difference in times only is an issue depending on who wants to draft Baker. Remember Jalen Myrick in 2017 ran a 4.28 second 40 yard dash. After being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft Jacksonville waived the cornerback. He now spends time on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad.
  • The 2019 “Run Rich Run” the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen didn’t put up a career-best while running the 40-yard dash in his suit at the NFL combine. Eisen has raised over $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital because of his yearly 40 yard dash. He was timed at 6.77 seconds the first time he ran in 2005. This year it was 6.00 even, how time flies!
  • John Ross ran a 4.22 40 yard dash which moved him to a top 10 pick, where he was selected #9 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft. Why doesn’t the fastest time mean anything, because Ross didn’t play much at all in the 2017 season and only contributed catching 21 passes and 7 TDs. Now the Bengals are looking to unload the speedster. 

 

TRUMP SERVES FAST FOOD AGAIN, LEBRONS STREAK IN JEOPARDY

MB SHOW DAILY

March 4th, 2019

Have a Great Monday!

On this day, 1941 Chicago Black Hawks goaltender Sam LoPresti faces NHL record 83 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Bruins in Boston

  1. Cardinals Looking to Trade Josh Rosen

As the NFL combine is coming to a close the Arizona Cardinals are trying to position themselves to acquire another first round draft pick

  • Kliff Kingsburg seems to think Kyler Murray would be the QB for his offensive system and would pick him as the No. 1 pick in the draft
  • Alex Smith is unlikely to play this year after breaking his tibia and fibula and then enduring several surgeries to deal with infections. So the Washington Redskins are showing serious interest in the Cardinal rookie QB.

    2. LeBron James may not make the playoffs and his streak of NBA Finals appearances in jeopardy.

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Photo: Sporting News

Saturday night’s Laker loss to the Suns was a low point for LA, dropping the team to 30-33 overall and 4 1/2 games back of the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff field.

This is how the bottom of the Conference looks:

No. 7 Clippers 36-29

No. 8 Spurs 35-29

No. 9 Kings 31-31

No. 10 Lakers 30-33


3. President Trump Making Fast Food a Tradition

President Donald Trump welcomes the 2018 NCAA FCS College Football Champions, The North Dakota State Bison, to the White House.

Photo: President Donald Trump welcomes the 2018 NCAA FCS College Football Champions, The North Dakota State Bison, to the White House. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP)

  • President Donald Trump welcomed the Football Championship Subdivision champions — the North Dakota State Bison — to the White House on Monday. And, according to a pool report, he served them a lunchtime spread of Big-Macs, Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches and french fries, among other fast-food items.
  • Trump served a similar meal to the Clemson Tigers when they visited the White House in January.
  • Trump has now hosted six football teams at the White House since taking office in 2016, in addition to the MLB’s Houston Astros and NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Other championship teams, however, have either declined to visit the White House or not received an invitation from the president. Trump has yet to honor a championship basketball team at the White House. From , USA TODAY
  • The president had praise for quarterback Easton Stick, comparing him to Tom Brady. “Somebody better draft him, he’s going to be a rich guy,” Trump said of Stick. Stick, who joined his former teammates after showing his skills at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, presented the president a North Dakota State No. 45 jersey.

    4. Can the Michigan Wolverines Make the NCAA Finals for the Second Straight Year

Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein spells with  guard Jordan Poole (2) and  guard Zavier Simpson (3) during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at XFINITY Center.

Photo: Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein spells with guard Jordan Poole (2) and guard Zavier Simpson (3) during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at XFINITY Center. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan, (USA TODAY Sports)

  • Michigan has also entered the No. 1 seed conversation. The victory over ranked Maryland on the road set the Wolverines in position to move into the top four seeds. Saturday’s Big Ten finale match-up against rival and fellow No. 2 seed Michigan State could give John Beilein a shot at a No. 1 seed.
  • Bracketology:

Multi-bid conferences: ACC (8), Big Ten (8), Big 12 (8), SEC (8), Big East (4), American (4), Mountain West (2), Pac-12 (2).

No. 1 seeds: Virginia, Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee

Last four in: Minnesota, North Carolina State, Georgetown, Arizona State

First Four out: Seton Hall, Clemson, Creighton, Furman

 

WILT CHAMBERLAIN’S 100 POINT GAME, TRAE YOUNG’S GAME HEATING UP

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Five things you don’t know about Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game Jordan Greer | Sporting News

PJ Dozier Has Evolved Into Elite G-League PG Dakota Schmidt | Ridiculous Upside

Randle’s Search For Stability William Guillory | The Athletic

Harkless Is In A Better Place, Mentally & Physically Joe Freeman | Oregon Live

PG Rotation Of Augustin & Briscoe Is Paying Off Chris Hays | Orlando Sentinel

Kokoskov & Gentry Have A Bigger Bond Than Basketball Ashley Nevel | Bright Side Of The Sun

NBA Coaches Will Take A Good Play From Anywhere Andy Larsen | Salt Lake Tribune

op 5 Euro NBA 2019 Draft Prospects Antonis Stroggylakis | The Basketball Writers

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The Element of Surprise Will Shape Trae Young’s Path to Stardom Rob Mahoney | Sports Illustrated

Rumor: Marcin Gordat and Raptors have mutual interest Ashish Mathur | Clutch Points

Three Lineup Combinations That Work Best Dylan Carter | Air Alamo

Allonzo Tier busts through rookie wall he insists he didn’t hit Marc Berman | New York Post

Here come the Magic and they’re ready to end their playoff drought  | SB Nation

LeBron James gets Crushed by Twitter For Walking Off the Court Before the Bucks-Laker Game Was Over Jorge Alonso | Brobile

 

HARDEN DROPS 58 POINTS AND 10 ASSISTS, LAKERS TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT

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Fear The Nets Bryan Toporek | The Basketball Writers
After missing a month following right thumb surgery, Dinwiddie will return to the Nets’ lineup Mike Mazzeo | New York Post
How A CBA Flaw May Prevent A High Draft Pick From Playing In Summer League Danny Leroux | The Athletic
For Isaiah Thomas & The Nuggets: A Delicate Balance Mike Singer | Denver Post
Bulls May Take The Biggest Leap Next Season Matt John | Basketball Insiders
What Counts To Damian Lillard Yaron Weitzman | Bleacher Report
Markkanen & LaVine Are Balling Mark Karantzoulis | Blog A Bull
Okafor Finds Peace Of Mind Staff | Close Up 360 
NBA Star Power Index Brad Botkin | CBS Sports
JaMychal Green Has Had A Great Start To Clippers Career Robert Flom | Clips Nation
In the Lakers’ search for a starting lineup that worked in recent weeks, Rajon Rondo became the odd man out

The Clippers Are Rebuilding The Right Way Justin Jett | Def Pen
Stevn A. Smith stopped himself to talk about how attractive the wife of Knicks head coach David Fizdale Nick Dimengo | Brobible 
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One-Year Deals Have Hindered The Lakers’ Rebuild Sabreena Merchant | Silver Screen And Roll
The Most Interesting Teams & Players From The Season’s 3rd Quarter Dan Devine | The Ringer
Adam Silver explains why he wants Pelicans to play Davis Matthew Schmidt | Clutch Points
Mike Scott Announces His Arrival Simon Smith | Hoops Habit
Magic Showed Their Toughness In Win Over Warriors Josh Robbins | The Athletic
Garrett Temple Plays His Role In Historic Basketball Family Mike Wise | Sports Illustrated
Mitchell Robinson Is Making History Benjamin Hoffman | NY Times
Harkless Gets Back To Setting The Tone Casey Holdahl | Blazers.com

BRYCE HARPER SIGNS 13 YEAR $330 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL WITH THE PHILLIES

Photo: Sporting News Bryce Harper has secured the bag, signing a 13-year, $330 million deal with the former NL East rival Phillies Joe Rivera | The Sporting News Harper’s 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies will keep him in the National League East David Schoenfield | ESPN Why Would You Make Bryce Harper the Highest Paid … Read moreBRYCE HARPER SIGNS 13 YEAR $330 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL WITH THE PHILLIES

THE BEST NBA NEWS COVERAGE

Lakers star LeBron James goes up for a dunk in front of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday during the second quarter of Wednesday's game at Staples Center.

Lakers star LeBron James goes up for a dunk in front of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

New Orleans never led by more than five points, and the Lakers secured their 30th win of the season, winning 125-119

Trae Young Isn’t Wearing Down; He’s Getting Better Michael Cunningham | AJC.com

Nobody Seems To Have Answers Gary Washburn | Boston Globe

Celtics Notebook: Aron Baynes close to return Mark Murphy | Boston Herald

Photo: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Westbrook Isn’t Having The Season You Think He Is Matt Moore | The Action Network

NBA’s Best 25 Players Under Age  25 Chris Herring/Bobby Marks/Kevin Pelton | ESPN

The Raptors Are The NBA’s Mystery Contender Paul Flannery | SB Nation

Harris Continues To Show Why He Is So Valuable Tom West | Liberty Ballers

Luka Doncic Is a Sore Loser He’s a Sensation Marc Stein | New York Times

David Frizdale explains what’s behind his relentless optimism Zach Braziller | New York Post 

Joakim Noah’s Career Revival Chris Kern | Beale Street Bears

Drummond Is NBA’s Best Scorer In Restricted Area Since His Return Bryan Kalbrosky | Hoops Hype

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The people and places keeping the Black Fives Era alive Moke Hamilton | The Athletic 

Warriors aim to gain momentum against Heat Jannelle Moore | Bball Index

Markkanen Is Still Beasting Vijay Vemu | Blog A Bull

Donovan Mitchell’s get to the line more frequently, and it has bumped his scoring average Andy Larsen | The Salt Lake Tribune

Rockets Slip by Hornets for third consecutive win Hunter Atkins | Houston Chronicle

The Wolves’ Wing Depth Pietro Caddeo | Bball Index

 

 

NBA/COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS & NOTES

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Who stands the best chance of becoming the next head coach of the UCLA men’s basketball team Ben Bolch | LA Times

Arizona head coach Sean Miller and LSU head coach Will Wade have been subpoenaed in the federal college basketball corruption trial  

NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch John Gasaway | ESPN Insider

Federal prosecutors are demanding jail time for three men convicted of fraud in the pay-to-play college basketball trial Danielle Lerner | Louisville Courier Journal

Here are the 5 fastest college basketball point guards Joe Boozell | NCAA.com

Kansas isn’t dead yet and remains No. 16 Gary Parrish | CBS Sports

Conference Tournaments 2019 What’s New Chris Dobbertean | Blogging the Bracket

Rules surrounding the speed of the game — and players themselves — were popular topics for our coaches Staff | ESPN.com

Lakers coach Luke Walton wants his team to embrace the sting of back-to-back losses at New Orleans and Memphis Broderick Turner | LA Times 

Assessing Luke Walton & Coaching Staff’s Performance Cranjis McBasketball | BBallIndex

Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green would be interested in playing for the Lakers someday Bruce Jenkins | San Francisco Chronicle

What the hell is Kyrie Irving thinking Mark Fischer | New York Daily News

Magic struggle with loss to Knicks Chris Hays | Orlando Sentinel

Paul Millsap and Nickola Jokic’s vast improvement from last year Bruno Manrique | Clutch Points

Bill Simmons is top NBA personality Staff | Hoops Hype

Joe Harris Just Keeps Hittin’ Buckets Phil Watson | Nothin’ But Nets

Mavs Own The Biggest TPE Ever.  What Does It Mean? David Lord | 247 Sports

Monte Morris NBA’s Best Backup PG? Jared Dubin | The Step Back

Capela-Faried Coupling A Big Development For Rockets Jonathan Feigen | Housotn Chronicle

 

NBA RUMORS AND NEWS

The Los Angeles Lakers have dealt with more distractions than any other team in the NBA this season. Nobody is denying that. Practically everyone on the roster has been hurt at some point or another. Anthony Davis rumors decimated the locker room at the trade deadline. Merely having LeBron James on the roster invites distraction. But James’ last eight … Read moreNBA RUMORS AND NEWS

NBA NEWS: HARDEN, LEBRON, WARRIORS, DONAGHY

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James Harden is chasing the NBA record book, but he’s only doing it to help his team chase a championship.

The Rockets star is in the midst of a 31-game stretch in which he’s scored at least 30 points in each contest, providing extra offense as Chris Paul and Clint Capela have dealt with injuries. Continue Reading By Kirstie Chiappelli

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors are bracing for the departure of Kevin Durant in the summer, a move that could range from possible to inevitable, depending on one’s sense of pessimism. If he does, it won’t be long before the Warriors reload, though, as they could well target Giannis Antetokounmpo in the summer 2021, according to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. Continue Reading By 

 

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Jimmy Fallon issued a hilarious challenge to Stephen Curry during the 2019 NBA All-Star weekend.

The TV host asked the NBA star to secretly drop three weird phrases (“Energizer Bunny,” “Flipping Pancakes” and “Wham, Bam, Can of Ham”) into his interviews over the three-day event. Continue Reading By Sara Jane Harris

 

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are just two members of Team LeBron who interest the Knicks.

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It would take a professional lip-reader to truly find out, but Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were definitely cooking up some kind of scheme at the All-Star game Sunday night. Whether they were actually talking about the Knicks is up for fans to believe…or pray for. Continue Reading By 

 

Khris Middleton goes up for a dunk during the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

Photo: Khris Middleton goes up for a dunk during the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. Getty Images

As the Knicks attempt to best use their $74 million in cap space, they could do worse than unsung Bucks swingman and free-agent-to-be Khris Middleton, who is coming off a breakout All-Star Game on Sunday in Charlotte.

While the 27-year-old is not regarded in most circles as a max-contract player, he is coming close. In becoming the first G-League graduate to play in the All-Star Game, Middleton racked up 20 points, hitting four straight 3-pointers in the first half. He was 6-of-10 for the night for Team Giannis as he continues to raise his free-agent profile. Continue Reading By Marc Berman

 

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Rudy Gay is calm. Dribbling, waiting, readying himself. The clock continues to dwindle down. Eight, seven, six …

With 5.5 seconds left, LaMarcus Aldridge sprints towards half court as Gay switches hands with his dribble. Josh Jackson, fresh off a game-tying tomahawk slam, concedes a switch to his partner, Kelly Oubre, as Aldridge sets the screen. Continue Reading By 

 

Anthony Davis and Lebron James

Photo: Anthony Davis and Lebron James Getty Images

Eyebrows were raised this weekend when LeBron James and Anthony Davis were spotted hanging out together in the midst of Davis’ fraught trade drama. Continue Reading By Page Six Team

 

Sacramento Kings v Dallas Mavericks

ACT 1: A CONVENIENT HALF-TRUTH

James “Jimmy” “Bah-Bah” “The Sheep” Battista was a stressed-out, overweight, Oxy-addicted 41-year-old, in the hole to some underground gamblers for sums he’d sort of lost track of, when he settled in to watch an NBA game for which he believed he’d just put in the fix. It was January 2007. A month or so back, not long before Christmas, he’d done something audacious: He’d sat down and cut a deal with an NBA referee. Now he feared the scheme had become too obvious. Continue reading By Scott Eden