NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL SELECTION COMMITTEE, FOX SPORTS NEW GAMEDAY, TIGER WOODS

MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY

March 12th, 2019

Welcome back have a great Tuesday!

On This Day In Sports:

  • 1966 Bobby Hull‘s 51st goal of season, sets record
  • 1966 Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)

Happy Birthday:

  • 1956 Dale Murphy, slugger (Atlanta Braves, 2 time NL MVP), born in Portland, Oregon

 

THE NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL SELECTION COMMITTEE WILL BE TESTED LIKE NEVER BEFORE

 

  • The 10-member NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee is responsible for selecting, seeding and bracketing the field for the NCAA Tournament. Currently, the chair of the committee is Bernard Muir, the director of athletics at Stanford.
  • The other members of the selection committee are, Mitch Barnhart, director of athletics, University of Kentucky , Tom Burnett, commissioner, Southland Conference, Janet Cone, director of athletics, University of North Carolina Asheville, Bernadette McGlade, commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference, Michael O’Brien, vice president and director of athletics, University of Toledo, Jim Phillips, vice president for athletics and recreation, Northwestern University, Chris Reynolds, vice president for intercollegiate athletics, Bradley University, Craig Thompson, commissioner, Mountain West Conference, Kevin White, director of athletics, Duke University.
  • Committee member that represents a specific conference cannot be in the room when teams from that conference are being discussed, and they are not allowed to vote for teams from their conference. The same applies to school representatives, who cannot discuss or vote for their own schools.
  • The committee arrives in New York City for the beginning of the selection process. For the next five days, the 10 committee members will cast hundreds of ballots and engage in debate over dozens of teams until the final bracket of 68 tournament teams is released on Selection Sunday.
  • This is the hardest year ever to select and seed the field because at least four teams are in the mix for a No. 1 or 2 seed and are missing a player or coach. There isn’t definitive news on when those people may return. Four bubble teams have suspended players or assistant coaches that must be factored either in or out of the equation.

    FOX SPORTS WILL COMPETE WITH ESPN COLLEGE GAME DAY

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  • Fans and media think Fox is crazy to have a college football game day show in competition with the long running ESPN show. The lined up will feature Urban Meyer, Rob Stone, Reggie Bush, Brady Quinn, and Matt Leinart. The fivesome could be put on television at 11 a.m. Saturdays to preview the college football action of the day, up against one of the most venerable and successful sports programs of the last 25 years.
  •  Mark Silverman, President of FOX Sports National Networks, said in a news release, “with a head coach that won three national titles in 10 years, two of the most successful college quarterbacks in recent memory and one of the sport’s most electric running backs, our new college football pregame show has the game covered from all angles.”
  • College GameDay has been a staple of ESPN’s football coverage since 1987, and the popular show has been broadcasting live outsides a stadium most Saturday mornings since 1993.

    TIGER WOODS ALL BUSINESS AT THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP AT TPC SAWGRASS

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  • Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds of The Players alongside a pair of major champions as he looks to return from an injury that caused him to withdraw from Bay Hill. He will be paired with reigning Masters champ Patrick Reed and defending Players champ Webb Simpson.
  • Another trio includes reigning Player of the Year Brooks Koepka, who will play the first two rounds with Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. The young guns of the PGA Tour. The groups of Woods-Simpson-Reed and Koepka-Fowler-Spieth will play late Thursday and early Friday, while the groups of Mickelson-McIlroy-Kuchar and Rose-Thomas-Schauffele will play Thursday morning and Friday afternoon.
  • Woods has been working on his putting with coach Matt Killen. Woods has not had a coach of any kind since parting ways with Chris Como at the end of 2017. Killen is a 32-year-old Kentucky native and has been in South Florida working with Tiger on his putting.  Killen told Golf Digest as he departed the range. “His putting is better. I like what I see.”

 

THE INJURY HEARD AROUND THE WORLD OR AT LEAST IN NORTH CAROLINA

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Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson was forced out of Wednesday night’s game against rival North Carolina after just 36 seconds with what Blue Devils coach Mike Kzryzewski called a “mild knee sprain.” Continue Reading By Ryan McGee

Many talented Duke basketball players have taken the Cameron Indoor floor to face North Carolina over the years, from Shane Battier to J.J. Redick to Jayson Tatum.

Few had the hype freshman sensation Zion Williamson brought to the storied rivalry Wednesday night. But in the first minute against the Tar Heels, Williamson suffered a knee injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the contest. That setback seemed to stun Duke, and North Carolina rolled to an 88-72 victory. Continue Reading By Dan Bernstein

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Tonight, all eyes were on Cameron Indoor Stadium, the stage for the latest chapter of the storied rivalry between North Carolina and Duke Basketball. This matchup in particular was intriguing due to it being the rivalry debut of high touted freshman standout Zion Williamson, the overwhelming favorite to be selected with the top pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Prior to tip-off, tickets for the game were reportedly selling for an average of more the $3,000 and among the notable names in the crowd was none other than former President Barack Obama. All the ingredients were in place for one of the year’s most exciting nights of basketball. Then, the Sneaker Blowout Heard ‘Round the World took place. Continue Reading By 

Nike has been outfitting Duke’s basketball team since 1993, but it’s possible that the sports-apparel giant was never so happy with the arrangement as this year, given that among the current group of Blue Devils is one Zion Williamson. For his part, Williamson was never under more of a spotlight than Wednesday night, when the front-runner to be taken No. 1 overall in June’s NBA draft squared off for the first time this season with Duke’s arch-nemesis, North Carolina.

Unfortunately for Williamson and college basketball fans everywhere — and very unfortunately for Nike — Williamson didn’t last long against the Tar Heels, because he was forced from the game in the first minute with a knee injury. The mishap occurred as the 285-pound forward was planting his left foot to pivot — and his shoe exploded. Continue Reading By Des Bieler

The entire NBA world will have an eye on Duke-North Carolina on Wednesday night, tuning in more for Zion Williamson than the pageantry of the historic rivalry. It’s fitting for the audience to match the atmosphere, as this game has collected the buzz of an enormous NBA clash, with tickets hitting Super Bowl prices and preview commercials running every hour on the hour.

Of course, with the game being framed this way, Sports Illustrated‘s NBA staff had to weigh in. In advance of the game, we asked our staff what team they would most like to see land Zion Williamson. Continue Reading By  THE CROSSOVER STAFF

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Former President Barack Obama was in attendance for Wednesday night’s upset by the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels of the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke University officials had increased security with the likelihood that Obama would be in attendance, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports earlier Wednesday.

The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter.

Obama was video-taped pregame by ABC11’s Mark Armstrong high-fiving fans and later was captured by ESPN cameras. Continue Reading By 

Former President Barack Obama looks on during the first half between the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels.

Former President Barack Obama looks on during the first half between the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels. (Rob Kinnan, USA TODAY Sports)

The 44th president of the United States is taking in one of the biggest college basketball games of the year.

Former President Barack Obama was spotted at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday before No. 1 Duke takes on No. 8 North Carolina in one of the best rivalries in all of sports.

Obama is a known basketball fan as he was famous for walking ESPN through his March Madness bracket during his two terms as the Commander-in-Chief.

The Duke-North Carolina game is one of the toughest and most expensive tickets to grab this season. One fan bought four tickets for $9,080.25 each, according to the Action Network. From Thomas Lott

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The Duke Blue Devils had just won a basketball game by 21 points that was played against an opponent with five NCAA championships in its past. This may seem routine by now, given that it was contested at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but even at that it was rather jarring to hear Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski using the occasion to address circumstances from a game the team played last week. This would be the antithesis of “taking it one game at a time.” Continue Reading By Mike DeCourcy

It took less than a minute for Wednesday night’s matchup between No. 1 Duke and No. 8 North Carolina to turn on its heels — literally.

Only 34 seconds in, Blue Devils star Zion Williamson blew out his shoe after an attempted about-face driving the lane, and with it went Williamson’s night — he did not return and instead watched the game from the training room — and Duke’s chances to win. North Carolina would score first on the ensuing possession, and with the air sucked out of Cameron Indoor Stadium, it never trailed in a dominant 88-72 win.

Williamson’s injury took the life out of Duke, which looked listless throughout. The Blue Devils had a chance to cut the lead to a single possession just before half, getting to within five, but UNC went on a surge to extend its lead to 10 and it never got closer.

Luke Maye led UNC with one of his strongest showings of the season, scoring 30 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Senior Cam Johnson added 26 points, while touted freshmen Coby White and Nassir Little combined for 11 points.

For Duke, RJ Barrett tied his career-high with 33 points, and Cameron Reddish added 27. But no other Blue Devils player added more than six points on the evening, and it was clear Williamson’s absence — both physically and statistically, where he’s averaging 22.4 points and 9.2 rebounds this season — was sorely miss

Even with the loss Duke will remain a No. 1 seed, according to CBS Sports Bracketology Expert Jerry Palm. From 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL HEATING UP TOWARD CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT TIME

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The most amazing thing about Tuesday night’s college basketball action, even more incredible than Duke’s comeback from a 23-point deficit, was that everyone watching on television got the identical picture of doom for “the Commonwealth’s” two top-25 teams.

A television camera affixed to the top of the goal at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena showed everyone how LSU center Kavell Bigby-Williams scored the game-winning tip-in to beat the No. 5 Wildcats by knocking the ball into the goal as it rested on the rim from teammate Skylar Mays’ original attempt at the decisive basket. Bigby-Williams’ goal was not a legal play, but neither was it reviewable under NCAA basketball’s instant-replay rules. Continue Reading By Mike DeCourcy

Welcome to Volume II of The Bilas Index, the most dependable and trusted metric of hoop quality and capability in the known universe. Every conceivable bit of basketball information has been input into the gray matter inside The Bilastrator’s skull, and the output is simply magnificent and not subject to question or reasonable debate. The Bilas Index is the final word on all things basketball, and anyone with a functioning brain knows it. To be clear, The Bilas Index is not some weekly poll voted on by media, coaches or fans. It is not subject to current whim or which way the wind might be blowing. It is a clear-eyed evaluation of the 68 best teams in the country, irrespective of home wins, road wins, quads, calves or pecs. This gift from on high is not parsed by a group of well-fed and well-compensated college administrators pretending to be basketball-literate. It is culled from the most savvy and informed mind the game has ever known, and therefore, it is the most powerful basketball evaluation tool ever invented. Continue Reading By Jay Bilas

It’s easy to labor in obscurity in Buies Creek, North Carolina — until your game starts being connected to college hoops icons. Folks, meet Chris Clemons.

Campbell’s star scorer, the 5-9 guard from Raleigh had a season-high 48 points Wednesday to give him 2,978 for his career, moving him past Kansas star Danny Manning (2,951) and Cincinnati Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson (2,973) into ninth place in men’s Division I career scoring. The Camels defeated visiting Hampton, 87-84, in Buies Creek.
Rick Barnes will take you to his favorite lunch spot, but not until this tour ends. Continue Reading By Bob Hille

He’s the head coach of the No. 1-ranked Tennessee Volunteers, but he also might as well be a Knoxville Chamber of Commerce rep as he weaves past a statue of Pat Summitt, steers down Phillip Fulmer Way and rolls toward Tee Martin Drive in a super-sized SUV that hogs the streets of Tennessee’s campus during the school’s winter break.

“You gotta see this,” he says as he ignores the GPS directions to the restaurant, and charts his own course.

Barnes speaks of Knoxville as if he’s a proud, longtime resident of this growing city. Continue Reading By Myron Medcalf

Wednesday was not a great night for many bubble teams, although NC State picked up a decent win.

Auburn and Lipscomb are among a handful of bubble teams that lost a chance to help themselves.

Seton Hall defeated Georgetown 90-75 in a game featuring two teams on the bubble and has done a better job of defending its home floor lately. This is the third straight win at home for the Pirates. Things are about to get tougher because three of their next four are on the road. Georgetown’s slim chances just got a lot slimmer. Here’s how the rest of bubble teams in action Wednesday fared:Continue Reading By 

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The Cal basketball team may have blown its best opportunity to produce a conference win in 2018-19 with a 75-67 overtime loss to UCLA Wednesday night. The defeat was the 13th straight for the Golden Bears, one which dropped them to 5-19 on the season and 0-12 in the much-maligned Pac-12.

It’s also a defeat which allows us to ask the question: Is Cal the worst power conference team in the history of college basketball?

On the surface this seems like a hyperbolic overreaction to something happening in the present. Do a little digging, however, and Wyking Jones’ team is putting together a pretty compelling case. Continue Reading By Mike Rutherford

By the end of this week, there will be just one month until Selection Sunday—the day that will determine the postseason fate for so many March hopefuls. With three-quarters of the regular season already in the books, we have a good idea of who this year’s top contenders are and who the favorites are in each conference race and tournament. But even if we think we know how things will play out in this final month, there’s bound to be at least one or two major surprises in store. Between now and March 17, will happen that few will see coming? We asked our staff to each make one bold prediction for the days leading up to (and including) Selection Sunday. Continue Reading By THE SI STAFF

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Duke forward Zion Williamson dunks in a game against St. John’s. PHOTO: ROB KINNAN/REUTERS

If you follow college basketball only casually until the NCAA tournament begins, there’s a good chance that the only thing you know about the 2018-19 season is the existence of a very large Duke freshman named Zion. But with the regular season winding down, fans are starting to wonder whether their teams will attract an invitation to March Madness.

Figuring out how your team rates will be different this year. RPI, the metric the NCAA has used since 1981 to gauge the strength of teams, has been replaced by a new, more sophisticated measure called NET. Continue Reading By Laine Higgins

 

 

RAMBLERS OF LOYOLA CHICAGO SURVIVE AND ADVANCE-DUKE ROLLS

The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers put the madness into March on Thursday afternoon in a first round stunner, knocking off No. 6 seed Miami 64-62 with a 3-pointer in the final second from Donte Ingram writes Kyle Boone of CBSSports. Not only did 35.6 percent of brackets pick this upset, but more brackets picked No. 11 Loyola-Chicago (9.5 percent) to make … Read moreRAMBLERS OF LOYOLA CHICAGO SURVIVE AND ADVANCE-DUKE ROLLS

NCAA MARCH MADNESS IS ALMOST HERE

NCAA guide to track the March Madness automatic bids. While 36 of the 68 teams that will make the tournament field are in the hands of the committee, 32 will learn their fates by clinching an automatic bid in the conference tournaments. The Michigan Wolverines stormed out of the Big Tournament championship game with a 75-66 … Read moreNCAA MARCH MADNESS IS ALMOST HERE

KENTUCKY WILDCATS MIGHT BE 23RD IN THE COUNTRY BUT DON’T COUNT THEM OUT

Ole Miss got its doors blown off by #23 Kentucky on Wednesday night, but Rebels forward Marcanvis Hymon didn’t have to endure much of it after drawing two quick technical fouls and earning an ejection just 3:24 into the game. Article by Kyle Boone Steve Berkowitz takes a deep dive on how the recent controversy at Arizona could affect his … Read moreKENTUCKY WILDCATS MIGHT BE 23RD IN THE COUNTRY BUT DON’T COUNT THEM OUT