Kyle Ringo

  • Duke adds to its mystique with Coach K's 12th Final Four at Gonzaga's expense

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 2 days ago

    The members of this year’s Gonzaga basketball team now know the pain felt by only one other group in the program’s history. The players on this season’s Duke team now understand the elation of reaching a Final Four felt by so many former Blue Devils.

    Duke’s superior talent overcame the tenacity and experience of the best team in Gonzaga history in a 66-52 Elite Eight victory Sunday afternoon in Houston in the South Region final. 

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    In a well-played game in which neither team ever took complete control until the final mintes, a role player made a huge difference for the Blue Devils. Matt Jones, a sophomore from DeSoto, Texas, is a starter and regular contributor for coach Mike Krzyzewski, but he hasn’t achieved star status. He had scored in double figures only six times all season.

    Duke won despite not getting a single point off the bench. When Jones wasn't making plays for the Blue Devils, forward Justise Winslow was. The Houston product scored 16 points and helped his teammates cut down the nets in his hometown. 

     

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  • Magic Johnson can't believe Louisville sophomore's clutch free throw

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 2 days ago

    Louisville sophomore Mangok Mathiang is a 48 percent free throw shooter this season and found himself at the foul line Sunday afternoon with the Cardinals' season on the line in an Elite Eight game against Michigan State.

    The Spartans held a one-point lead with 4.9 seconds left in regulation and Mathiang needing to make at least one free throw to tie the score. He did just that with a fortuitous bounce that Michigan State legend Magic Johnson couldn't believe as he watched from the stands in Syracuse. Johnson led the Spartans to the NCAA championship in 1979.

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    While Louisville managed to push the game to an extra five minutes because Mathiang came through, Michigan State dominated the overtime and won 76-70 to advance to the Final Four as a No. 7 seed.

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  • Kentucky escapes Notre Dame's upset bid to return to the Final Four

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 2 days ago

    Kentucky has made it to the Final Four undefeated, but it endured quite a scare from Notre Dame in the Elite Eight on Saturday in Cleveland.

    All season long college basketball analysts and fans have been asking what it would take to beat the Wildcats, who are widely considered one of the most talented teams in the history of the college game. 

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    Notre Dame provided as good a blueprint as anyone has all season but couldn’t finish the job in the final minutes of a feisty, gritty, determined, leave-it-all-out-there effort. Kentucky survived 68-66 thanks to two Andrew Harrison free throws with six seconds left. Notre Dame's Jerian Grant sprinted down the court and had an opportunity to win the game at the buzzer, but Kentucky's swarming defense made him double-pump and his shot missed the mark.

    Kentucky advances to its 17th Final Four and its fourth trip in the past five years. The Wildcats improved to 38-0.

    Guard Pat Conaughton suffered through a poor shooting night but he contributed nine rebounds.

     

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  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie now cheering for a different 'America's team'

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 3 days ago

    New Jersey republican Gov. Chris Christie hasn't said whether he plans to run for president in 2016. If he does, he might now receive fewer votes in the state of Kentucky than he otherwise would have. 

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    Christie was in Cleveland on Saturday where he attended the Elite Eight NCAA tournament game between undefeated Kentucky and Notre Dame wearing Fighting Irish colors. Christie is Catholic and his daughter, Sarah, is a freshman at Notre Dame. So maybe folks in Kentucky will give him a break. Probably not. 

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the house to cheer on the Irish. pic.twitter.com/ARucAfZMHV

    Chris Christie at the UK game wearing a Notre Dame hoodie pic.twitter.com/zNjpCnZvP0

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  • Mike Brey says Notre Dame is 'America's team' against Kentucky

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 3 days ago

    Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said Friday he believes much of the nation will be rooting for the Fighting Irish to upset undefeated Kentucky when the teams meet in an Elite Eight game in the NCAA tournament Saturday night. 

    Both teams worked out and met with the media Friday in advance of the game in Cleveland in the Midwest Region. The winner will move on the Final Four in Indianapolis next week. 

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    Brey was responding to a question from a reporter who asked if the coach had considered what it would be like to have most people outside the state of Kentucky pulling for the Irish. 

    "We are America's team tomorrow," Brey said. "There's no question about it. Got some great texts. And we love it, we certainly will take all that support. We've got a monumental challenge on our hands, but we play in the best conference in America. Going through the teams we had to go through in ACC play, I think has us very prepared to play against a great team like Kentucky."

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  • Tom Izzo does it again: Michigan State back in Elite Eight after beating Sooners

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 3 days ago

    Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said this week his seniors and juniors would have to be at their best for the Spartans to continue to advance in the NCAA tournament.

    Izzo’s veterans, particularly guard Travis Trice and forward Branden Dawson, were exceptional Friday night against No. 3 seed Oklahoma in a 62-58 victory that propelled Michigan State to the Elite Eight for the second straight season and the fourth time in the past seven years. 

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    Oklahoma was the final remaining team from the Big 12 conference, which was viewed all season as the toughest league top to bottom in the nation. The league sent seven of its 10 teams to the NCAA tournament, but in a bitter disappointment none of them reached even the Elite Eight.

    The seventh-seeded Spartans overcame their poor free throw shooting once again thanks to Trice scoring 24 points and making several timely 3-pointers in the second half. Dawson contributed 11 rebounds and junior Denzel Valentine scored 18.

    Michigan State and Louisville are the lowest-seeded teams remaining in the tournament.

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  • Charles Barkley: Final Four should be moved from Indiana because of new law

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 3 days ago

    Former NBA star Charles Barkley criticized a new state law in Indiana on Friday as being anti-gay and because of that, Barkley believes the state should not be allowed to host big sporting events such as the Final Four next week in Indianapolis.

    Barkley is serving as an analyst FOR the NCAA tournament again this year for CBS/Turner. He issued a statement about the law to Sports Illustrated on Friday. 

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    “Discrimination in any form is unacceptable to me," Barkley said.  "As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities.”

    Indianapolis is also schedule to hos the 2021 Final Four and is also home to the NCAA. 

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  • Unheralded guard plays big role in Louisville's Sweet 16 win over N.C. State

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 3 days ago

    Sophomore guard Anton Gill has been a bit player for Louisville for most of this season. He hadn’t scored a point in the month of March before a meeting with North Carolina State on Friday night in the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament.

    Gill came off the bench in the second half to give coach Rick Pitino valuable minutes and seven points in a 75-65 win over his hometown school. Gill is from Raleigh, N.C.

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    This one figured to be decided by play in the backcourt. The Wolfpack won at Louisville on Valentine’s Day with Ralston Turner. Trevor Lacey and Anthony Barber combining to score 45 points. The trio started well again Friday helping the Wolfpack take a lead into the locker room at halftime, but Louisville’s guards took over from there.

    Terry Rozier all season said Anton Gill would be the difference in March. "That's my brother."

    Louisville will play either No. 3 seed Oklahoma or seventh-seeded Michigan State on Sunday with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

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  • Akron drive-in delivers to Wichita State locker room rewarding Darius Carter

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 4 days ago

    Wichita State senior Darius Carter played the best game of his college career in the final game of his college career Thursday night in a Sweet 16 loss to hot-shooting Notre Dame in Cleveland. 

    There was a reward awaiting Carter and his teammates in the Shockers' sad locker room. 

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    Carter grew up in nearby Akron and earlier in the week he said he was hoping someone would bring him some food from one of his favorite hometown eateries, Swenson's Drive Ins. The restaurant got word of Carter's craving.

    @GoShockers We want to make dreams come true for Darius Carter & the rest of the team tonight, how many people are on the basketball team?

    @FSOhioZJackson If you're at @TheQArena & talk to Darius Carter, let him know there will be Galley Boys in the locker room postgame. #akron

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  • Kentucky mauls Mountaineers on the way to 37-0 and another Elite Eight

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 4 days ago

    It’s not like undefeated Kentucky needed any further motivation entering Thursday night’s Sweet 16 game in the NCAA tournament against West Virginia.

    The Wildcats were only four wins away from a perfect 40-0 season and second national championship in three seasons. But the added motivation came just the same. 

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    The most significant blow to the beehive came from West Virginia freshman Daxter Miles Jr., who foolishly predicted Kentucky would be 36-1 after facing the Mountaineers. About halfway through the first half, it was clear it was no contest and the Wildcats eventually ran away to a 78-39 victory to advance to the Elite Eight.

    The other extra boost in their tanks came from the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Association honoring Virginia’s Tony Bennett with its National Coach of the Year award this season instead of coach John Calipari, who is now two wins away from leading his team to the national title game in three consecutive seasons. This is the fifth consecutive year the Wildcats have played in the Elite Eight. 

    36 and won

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