- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger21 hrs ago
A lot can happen between these spring days with the school year winding down and the start of the college basketball season in November, but Georgetown fans have to be encouraged that head coach John Thompson III believes he will have a big weapon back next season.
Thompsontold CBSSports.com he anticipates senior big man Josh Smith returning to the Hoyas' lineup after missing about two-thirds of this season when he was declared academically ineligible in January.
The former McDonald's All-American has never consistently lived up to what many believed was NBA potential during the first stages of his career at UCLA or in the year he has been with the Hoyas. Conditioning always has been an issue for Smith who is listed at 6-foot-10, 350 pounds on the Georgetown roster.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger1 day ago
Louisville knew competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference would be considerably tougher than its only season in the American Athletic Conference, and now it knows just how tough it will be in its first season in the ACC in 2014-15.
The ACC released the conference schedule for the next two seasons in men's basketball on Tuesday and Louisville will face former Big East partner Pitt, defending conference champ Virginia, Miami and perennial power North Carolina twice each.
The Cardinals will host Duke along with Clemson, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and North Carolina State. They must go on the road to face Florida State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College and Syracuse.
There will be 15 teams in the conference next season playing an 18-game league schedule. Each team has two permanent rivals that it faces home and away each season. It also faces two other teams home and away on a rotating basis. Each team plays five opponents at home only and five on the road only also on a rotating basis.
Duke and Syracuse will play twice again next season after producing two of the most memorable games of this season in Syracuse's first season in the ACC.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger13 days ago
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo and some of his players joined hundreds of students on campus Wednesday to paint a rock and fill it with messages to 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth, who lost her fight with cancer this week.
The beautiful little girl became known as 'Princess Lacey' and developed a bond with MSU senior forward Adreian Payne, who first met her two years ago during one of her hospital stays. She suffered from neuroblastoma, a fetal-nerve cell cancer. They became like brother and sister with Payne and his teammates including her in numerous team activities.
It was time for my lil princess to go home & feel no more pain,now she's happy & she's my angel watching over me. pic.twitter.com/bpUPCipcif
Payne carried her around the court last month during senior day and allowed her to participate in cutting down the nets with the Spartans when they won the Big Ten tournament.
Izzo spoke to a large group of Michigan State students at the rock memorial Wednesday night.
UConn students allegedly set fires, overturn cars, throw lightposts through windows celebrating title
Connecticut won the national championship in men's basketball Monday night 60-54 over Kentucky touching off a wild celebration on the Storrs, Conn., campus where students allegedly tore lightposts out of the ground, set fires, overturned cars, climbed trees and otherwise reveled in the win.
Might be a good time to mention there is a chance some of this could repeat itself Tuesday night when the undefeated UConn women's team meets undefeated Notre Dame in the women's national title game.
The night began innocently enough with tons of UConn students and fans packed into Gampel Pavilion, home to the Huskies, to watch the game together on big screens and video boards.
Here is a collection of some of the best tweets, pictures and videos from the campus Monday night. Warning: Some of the video content contains explicit language.
Bedlam in storrs. Fireworks, stop sign ripped out pic.twitter.com/HYtdhWzqUR
Charlotte Bobcats teammates Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist apparently bet on the outcome of the national title game between their alma maters Monday. The result: Walker winning and forcing Kidd-Gilchrist to wear a UConn T-shirt and pose for pictures.
Hey, it's all in good fun and the Bobcats are feeling nothing but positive right now after recently clinching their first playoff berth since 2010 and only the second playoff appearance in franchise history.
Earlier in the day after the Bobcats practiced, both players were interviewed by rookie teammate Cody Zeller, a product of Indiana. Walker predicted the Huskies would win the game by 20 points. Kidd-Gilchrist showed much less faith in the Wildcats, predicting an 8-10-point win.
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Hours before the Connecticut men's basketball team won the national title over Kentucky on Monday night, a note supposedly authored by a UConn RA named Derek appeared on social media warning students on his floor not to get too crazy over the outcome of the game.
It attracted attention because, Derek, the sender, couldn't have been more of a party pooper with his stern tone and curt warnings and the game hadn't even started yet. He compared rooting for the Huskies because UConn is the name on the jerseys to "cheering for laundry."
"No matter what the basketball team does, I'm still going to be your RA for another month," he warned.
Kentucky's injured forward Willie Cauley-Stein has a little Dennis Rodman in him.
He proved as much earlier this season when he dyed his hair blonde for several games. He proved it again Monday night when he chose to wear a paisley Ralph Lauren polo under his jersey on the Kentucky bench during the national title game against UConn.
Cauley-Stein is injured and not able to play, but he still attracted attention early in the broadcast because of the shirt, which retails for $145.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger17 days ago
Kentucky freshman guard Aaron Harrison hit another game-winning 3-point shot in the NCAA tournament Saturday to send his team to the national championship game Monday against Connecticut.
It was the third consecutive game Harrison has won by making a long-distance shot with a hand in his face. This one splashed through the net with 5.7 seconds remaining in a 74-73 win over Wisconsin. He made a 3-pointer with three seconds left to beat Michigan in the Elite Eight and started his magical run by nailing a 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining in an Sweet 16 win over rival Louisville. He also hit two clutch free throws in the final seconds of that game.
All of this, especially Saturday's clutch moment, inspired hundreds of tweets mentioning Harrison. We thought we'd share a few of those that caught our eye.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger17 days ago
The Connecticut men's basketball team lost its final regular-season game against Louisville by 33 points, causing plenty of doubt about the Huskies entering the NCAA tournament despite a strong performance in the American Athletic Conference tournament.
Those who did keep the faith with the Huskies by betting on them to win the national title are tantalizingly close to nice payday after UConn upset the No. 1 overall seed Florida Gators 63-53 in the Final Four on Saturday. UConn is the first No. 7 seed to earn a spot in the title game.
UConn was at or close to 100-1 odds depending on where bets were made and when they were made before the tournament started. One anonymous gambler, who placed bets at Hooters Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, made a killing on the Huskies in the conference tournament and earlier in the NCAA tournament. No word on whether that person continued to let it ride, but here's one that called its shot before the tourney even started.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger20 days ago
This week, The Dagger takes a deeper look at each of the four schools participating in the 2014 Final Four. Today we complete the series with South Regional champion, Florida. Look at the others here Wisconsin, UConn, Kentucky.
Location: Gainesville, Fla. Enrollment: 49,042 Mascot: Gators Must Follow on Twitter: Will Yeguete (@Will15Yeguete) Find them here: Official team site or TwitterHow they got to Arlington: d. No. 16 Albany, d. No. 9 Pittsburgh, d. No. 4 UCLA, d. No. 11 Dayton.