MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY
April 11, 2019
NCAA COLLEGE BASKETBALL SPECIAL
- The NCAA announced major changes to its rules in an effort to crack down on college basketball corruption. The changes include players being able to hire an agent, and being able to return to school if they’re not drafted into the NBA.
- Fresh off their first-ever national championship victory Virginia Cavaliers may have two stars looking to repeat. Ty Jerome and DeAndre Hunter expressed interest in returning to Virginia for his senior season.
- When star forward RJ Barrett announced that he would be leaving Duke after just one season and would declare for the NBA draft, Blue Devils fans took to Instagram to rip Barrett for his missed free throws in crunch time against Michigan State.
- Kentucky Wildcats Keldon Johnson will enter the NBA Draft. Johnson was named SEC Freshman of the Year this season, after coming out of Oak Hill Academy as a five-star recruit. He averaged 13.5 points per game and just under six rebounds during the 2018-19 season. Tyler Herro, it seems, is also considering making the leap to the NBA, and based on John Calipari’s comments, Herro may be the next Wildcats star to declare for the draft.
- Nevada freshman forward Jordan Brown, a former McDonald’s All-American, entered his name into the transfer portal. Brown can still return to the Wolf Pack despite being in the portal. Brown, a 6-foot-10 power forward, was ranked No. 33 in the ESPN 100 for the 2018 class.
- LSU freshman guard Javonte Smart declared his eligibility for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-4 Smart averaged 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 34 games this past season. He is not ranked in the ESPN 100 NBA draft prospects.
- Stanford sophomore guard KZ Okpala is entering the NBA draft. Okpala, a first-team all-Pac-12 honoree this season, is ranked No. 26 on ESPN’s list of the top 100 draft prospects.
- Guard Lamarr Kimble is leaving St. Joseph’s and will go to Louisville as a graduate transfer. Kimble, a Philadelphia native, averaged 15.6 points and 2.8 assists per game for St. Joe’s and was the only player in school history to serve as team captain for three years.
- Syracuse Orange Head Coach Jim Boeheim has been announced as the recipient of the Court of Honor Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Boeheim will be recognized at the NABC Court of Honor Gala in New York City on June 18th.
- Belmont University has hired Lipscomb’s Casey Alexander as its next head coach, the school announced Wednesday. Alexander played at Belmont and was an assistant under Rick Byrd for 16 seasons, until 2011. Byrd retired last month after 33 seasons and 805 wins.
- Southern Miss head coach Doc Sadler has stepped down from his position, the school announced Thursday. Sadler is expected to join Fred Hoiberg’s staff at Nebraska, sources told ESPN. Sadler spent one season with as an assistant coach under Hoiberg at Iowa State and was the head coach at Nebraska for six seasons.
- BYU has hired Utah Valley’s Mark Pope as its next head coach, the school announced Wednesday afternoon. Pope, 46, replaces Dave Rose, who stepped down last month after 14 seasons in charge of the Cougars.
- College basketball is big business, the Wall Street Journal released a list of the 20 most valuable programs in the sport. Kentucky, Kansas and Louisville were at the top of the list.
MB Show Top College Basketball Conferences in 2018-2019
- ACC: Seven teams from the conference earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, including a record-tying three No. 1 seeds – Duke, Virginia and North Carolina. Florida State and Virginia Tech received No. 4 seeds, while Louisville (No. 7 seed) and Syracuse (No. 8 seed) were also single-digit seeds.
- BigTen: Both Michigan and Michigan State earned a No. 2 seed, along with co-Big Ten regular season champion Purdue receiving a No. 3 seed. All three schools finished in the top nine of kenpom.com with the Spartans advancing to the Final Four, Boilermakers to the Elite Eight (and seconds/inches away from a Final Four berth themselves) and Wolverines to the Sweet 16.
- Big12: The Big 12 finished as the best conference in the country for the sixth straight season, according to kenpom.com. However, the Big 12 may have been responsible for the most exciting regular season conference title race as Texas Tech and Kansas State ended Kansas’ streak, but it lacked some firepower at the top. But beyond the Red Raiders, were there any other Final Four contenders in the conference?
- SEC: The top three SEC teams earned the top-three seed in the NCAA Tournament. Auburn, which tied for fourth in the regular season and earned the No. 5 seed in the SEC Tournament, made the Final Four. But South Carolina, which finished with a .500 record at 16-16, earned the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. No. 5 seed Mississippi State was upset by No. 12 seed Liberty in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss lost to Oklahoma by 23 points in an 8 vs. 9 game.
- Big East: Marquette received the highest seed of any team in the Big East as a No. 5 seed, but it was matched up against Ja Morant and Murray State in the first round, which meant the Golden Eagles were eliminated on the first day of the first round of the tournament. Seton Hall received a No. 10 seed and lost an exciting game to Wofford, while Creighton, Xavier, Georgetown, Providence and Butler were sent to the NIT.