Kyle Ringo

  • D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera makes the right call in returning to Georgetown

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 9 days ago

    Georgetown junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera declared for the NBA draft on March 31, but he had second thoughts and Tuesday officially decided to return to school for his senior season, according to an ESPN report.

    Smith-Rivera is not considered a first-round draft pick and probably made the best decision in giving himself another year to improve his game, another year to try to win a championship at the college level and another year of progress toward earning his degree.

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    While Smith-Rivera led Georgetown in scoring at 16.3 points per game, he is only a 6-foot-3 shooting guard. Smith-Rivera would be wise to return to school and work on skills that will give him a chance to play point guard at the next level. 

     

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  • Geno Auriemma ties John Wooden with 10 titles as UConn beats Notre Dame

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 10 days ago

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    John Wooden has company.

    And so does Geno Auriemma.

    Wooden became a legend coaching the UCLA men to 10 national championships in basketball in a 12-year span in the 1960s and 1970s, earning the nickname the Wizard of Westwood.

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    Auriemma equaled that achievement Tuesday night in Tampa when his Huskies defeated Notre Dame 63-53 to earn his 10 th national championship, two more than legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.

    In the buildup to the game Tuesday, Auriemma warned that he and his Huskies are bound to eventually lose one of these title games. But that warning seemed almost ridiculous during the championship game, which the Huskies controlled throughout. Auriemma is 10-0 in national championship games. 

    “I’ll be the first to say, I’m not John Wooden,” Auriemma said in his postgame interview with ESPN. “I’ve got a bunch of friends that would tell that I’m right. I’m not. But as I said the other day, I just think what we’ve done here the last 20 years is pretty remarkable in its own right.

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  • Duke-Wisconsin championship game draws largest TV rating in 18 years

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 10 days ago

    The 2015 national championship basketball game between Duke and Wisconsin on CBS Monday night drew the largest overnight rating in 18 years. 

    The game attracted a 17.1 share in Nielsen metered markets, the biggest overnight rating for the championship game since Arizona beat Kentucky in the 1997 championship game. The rating increased 33 percent over last year's national title game between UConn and Kentucky, which drew a 12.9 rating. 

    Overnight ratings for 2015 NCAA tournament on CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV averaged a 7.8, which is up 13 percent from last year and is the best average overnight rating for the tournament since 1993. 

    Here is a look at the top-five metered markets for the championship game provided by CBS and Turner Sports:

    1.        Milwaukee – 42.2/59

    2.        Raleigh-Durham – 36.2/54

    3.        Louisville – 33.5/48

    4.        Columbus – 29.9/44

    5.        Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem – 29.5/43

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  • Dismissed Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon congratulates former teammates

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 10 days ago

    While his old teammates were celebrating the national title they won in Indianapolis Monday night, former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon might have been wondering what his role would have been had he managed to stay with the program.

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    Sulaimon scored 14 points off the bench in a win over Wisconsin earlier this season. On Monday it was freshman Grayson Allen playing the role of sparkplug in the second half when the Blue Devils needed a different energy. 

    Sulaimon tried to share in the celebration on some level afterward by tweeting a note of congratulations to his former teammates. 

    So happy for my guys man!!! Wow what an amazing year! Congrats @Duke_MBB! #Drive4Five

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  • Mitt Romney picked Duke, finished in top 1 percent with NCAA bracket

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 10 days ago

    When Duke came back to beat Wisconsin and win another national title Monday night in Indianapolis, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's NCAA tournament bracket got even better. 

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    Obviously he has a lot more free time these days and he's apparently watching plenty of college hoops. 

    Should have put $10,000 on my bracket. Congrats, Coach K and @DukeU.

    Going into the game,the Huffington Post reported Romney was already in the top 99.98th percentile of 11.57 million brackets filled out in ESPN's bracket challenge. Romney had seven of the Elite Eight teams correct and he nailed the Final Four. He also had Duke winning the title which means he likely improved in the final standings. 

    Just saw Mitt Romney who confirmed that's his bracket online. He says he was rooting for Michigan State in Final Four though.

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  • John Calipari turns boos into Lous during national title game

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 11 days ago

    Kentucky coach John Calipari knew he was being booed Monday night at the national championship game when members of the 2015 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class were honored. After all, he was in a stadium filled with fans of other teams. 

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    Calipari later joked on Twitter about what sounded like booing around the time his name was announced.

    For a minute there I thought I was getting booed. Then I realized who was next to me and they were yelling Lou, Lou, Lou for Louie Dampier.

    Calipari was standing next to Indianapolis native and fellow honoree Louie Dampier at the time. There might have been a few Lous directed at Dampier.  

    Dampier played guard at Kentucky in the 1960s and starred in the defunct ABA for nine seasons with the Kentucky Colonels. He is the league's all-time leader in points, assists, games and minutes played. 

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  • UNC coach Roy Williams' classy gesture honors Bo Ryan's late father

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 11 days ago

    Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and his father, Butch, attended every Final Four together from 1976 until the streak was broken in 2013 because of Butch's declining health. Butch died that summer less than a year before his son finally made it to the college game's ultimate stage with the Badgers in 2014. 

    Butch and Bo were popular figures at the Final Four each year and plenty of Ryan's fellow coaches liked to sit with Butch and listen to his stories. 

    North Carolina coach Roy Williams had Butch Ryan on his mind Monday with Bo coaching in the national title game against Duke. Williams left one of his tickets to the game unused in honor of Butch Ryan. It was a classy move by the Tar Heels coach and obviously appreciated by Ryan. 

    Sect. 140, Row A, Seat 13 will be left open for tonight's game. Roy Williams has donated that seat to the memory of the late Butch Ryan.

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  • Dave Bliss returns to college coaching 12 years after Baylor scandal

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 11 days ago

    Dave Bliss is back in college coaching.

    Still think that snowball in hell doesn't have a chance? 

    Bliss was disgraced and resigned from Baylor 12 years ago in one of the ugliest scandals in college basketball history. Yet, he was recently hired to coach at Southwestern Christian University, an NAIA school in the Oklahoma City area. Bliss' return to college coaching was reported Monday by Berry Tramel in the Oklahoman newspaper. 

    Bliss admitted to NCAA violations in his Baylor program, including making tuition payments for players. When one of those players, Patrick Dennehy, was murdered by a teammate, Carlton Dotson, Bliss was busted trying to portray Dennehy as a drug dealer to cover up his rule breaking. 

    Assistant coach Abar Rouse recorded a conversationwith Bliss that broke the story open and led to Bliss' resignation. Many thought he would never coach again with such a badly tarnished reputation. It hasn't been 12 years in exile for Bliss, who is now 71. 

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  • Kentucky could see exodus of players leaving school early for NBA

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 11 days ago

    A surprising number of Kentucky players stayed in school after the Wildcats' run to the national title game last season, but after the disappointing loss to Wisconsin in the national semifinals this year coach John Calipari could be facing an exodus from his program.

    Calipari told reporters on Monday that he met with each of his players following the Wildcats' elimination from the NCAA tournament and he came away with the impression that at least five of his players will turn pro and as many as seven might have played their last game in a Kentucky uniform.

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    The Louisville Courier Journal reportedthat Calipari identified the players who are likely to leave as  junior Willie Cauley-Stein, sophomores Andrew and Aaron Harrison and freshmen Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles. He said sophomore Dakari Johnson and freshman Devin Booker are also debating whether to turn pro or return for another season.

  • Wisconsin fans pack team hotel to greet Badgers after beating Kentucky

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 12 days ago

    Wisconsin upset Kentucky at the Final Four on Saturday to earn a spot in the national title game. When the Badgers returned to their team hotel in Indianapolis, they received quite a greeting from their fans. 

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    Wisconsin overcame a four-point Kentucky lead late and won 71-64. The Badgers and coach Bo Ryan will face Duke on Monday in the national championship. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will be trying to win his fifth national title. Ryan will be trying to win his first at the Division I level.

    So this must be what it's like to be a rockstar... #Badgers #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/Spk027Dgbw

    So, this must be what it's like to be a rockstar? #Badgers #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/BfK89kleMN

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