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What started as a simple challenge from a college basketball coaching staff to its players has become a viral video basketball fans and even those who don't watch the sport can appreciate. Colby College men's basketball coach Damien Strahorn and his assistants took note in film review of a loss early this season of how the players on the opposing team's bench enthusiastically supported their teammates while players on the Colby bench sat still. The Colby coaches pointed out the difference to their players and challenged them to take a different approach. Three players for the Division III school in Waterville, ME.did that and more, organizing short comical cheers and skits to do to support their teammates during games. As the season wore on, senior captain Jonathan Kalin and sophomores John Gallego and Michael Loginoff became more and more creative and entertaining. The celebrations caught the attention of the family of starting point guard Luke Westman. They would record the games from the stands and they began paying more attention to the Mules' bench. Colby went 14-10 this season, a seven-game improvement over last season, including a win over Amherst College, which was ranked No. 3 at the time. At the end of the season, Westman and assistant coach Greg Rosnick put together the compilation video that has now attracted attention from basketball fans around the world. "We ended up setting up sort of three stagnant cameras at various spots in the gym, and we kind of used that to capture different angles," Strahorn said. "Luke would take the footage and create sort of a highlight tape from each of the weekends. As the year progressed as the bench celebrations sort of grew and grew, we actually trained one of the cameras just on the bench, just to capture because it was so funny what those guys were doing." Strahorn said he is typically too locked into coaching during games to notice what antics his players are performing on the bench. He recalled the first time he really began to appreciate the celebrations was when he was alone watching film at one point during the season and he noticed his players doing the football field goal routine after his team scored a 3-pointer. Strahorn said he appreciated it so much he laughed by himself for several minutes. "I thought that was pretty clever given both being worth three points," he said. "I'm up late watching the film and I see this and I just started laughing." Strahorn said another favorite of his from the video is watching one of his players come out of a game frustrated and failing to acknowledge the line of his teammates awaiting high-fives. So Gallego handled the high-fives for him. "I thought in the spur of the moment, that was pretty quick and represents sort of what we're trying to do with that team unity and whatnot," said Strahorn, who played at Colby and graduated in 2002. So has this become a new tradition for the
- The Dagger5 hrs ago
The Dagger will be previewing this week's marquee conference tournaments. Here's our look at the A-10:
A-10 Conference Tournament Dates: March 12-16 Site: Brooklyn (Barclays Center) Top four seeds: 1. Saint Louis 2. VCU 3. George Washington 4. St. Joseph’s Draw:Click Here
Best draw: VCU went 5-2 against all the other teams on its side of the bracket combined during the regular season. The Rams would have to feel good about their chances of advancing to the final if they meet third-seeded George Washington in a semifinal as expected. They beat GW by 18 in their most recent meeting last month.
Worst draw: George Washington will likely face a dangerous UMass team in its first game just to try to advance to the semifinals. UMass might be the sixth seed here, but the Minutemen are capable of winning the tournament if they get on a role and play together. If George Washington can get by UMass, it would likely encounter a VCU team in the semifinals that it lost badly to last month.
Three players to watch:
- The Dagger16 hrs ago
Wofford held three consecutive opponents under 60 points to win the Southern Conference tournament and earn an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
The Terriers capped a defensive-minded run through the conference tournament Monday night with a 56-53 win over Western Carolina, which averaged 75 points a game this season and authored an upset of top-seeded Davidson in overtime on Sunday to get to the tournament final.
The Catamounts nearly tied the game at the buzzer but Trey Sumler’s 3-pointer was just off the mark. Junior guard Karl Cochran scored 23 points for the Terriers, including five 3-pointers.
Davidson was expected to emerge from the Southern Conference after going 15-1 in the conference in the regular season with the lone loss coming against Elon. But it all came together for No. 3 seed Wofford instead.
The Terriers have been to the tournament only twice before in 2010 and 2011 but the program is still looking for its first victory after losses to Wisconsin and Brigham Young in its previous trips.
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Michigan State hasn’t produced a winning streak since mid-January. It’s going to need one now if it wants to win the Big Ten Conference tournament or a national championship.
The 22nd-ranked Spartans traveled to Ohio State for the regular season finale Sunday looking to earn the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament playing only their third game with a full contingent of healthy players since December.
But the Spartans allowed Ohio State to dictate the pace of play and never were able to get out running often enough to earn a second straight victory after beating Iowa on Thursday. The Buckeyes took advantage behind gritty play of point guard Aaron Craft and earned a 69-67 victory.
Craft made two difference-making plays in the final minute that helped the unranked Buckeyes snap a two-game losing streak and enter the Big Ten tournament with some momentum.
- The Dagger2 days ago
No. 5 Virginia won't carry the burden of a lengthy winning streak into the postseason.
Maryland's final home game as a member of the ACC turned into a thrill ride that ended with Terrapins fans spilling onto the court Sunday to celebrate a 75-69 overtime victory over the Cavaliers, who had won 13 straight.
Maryland nearly squandered the magical victory at the end of regulation when it allowed London Perrantes to feed Anthony Gill with a beautiful inbound pass underneath the basket for a short jumper that tied it up.(Check out the Loop below).
For a few minutes, it looked like the Cavaliers might escape and extend their winning streak to 14 games on the final day of the regular season. But Virginia scored only five points in overtime and missed four 3-point attempts in the final minute while Maryland relied on Seth Allen, who scored five of his 20 points in overtime. Maryland is moving to the Big Ten next season after playing in the ACC for 61 years.
- The Dagger2 days ago
San Diego State capped a fun final Saturday of the regular season in college basketball with a remarkable rally to steal the Mountain West Conference title from New Mexico.
Coach Steve Fisher used a 1-3-1 zone and relied on senior guard Xavier Thames to lead the way to a 51-48 triumph in the final home game of his career. Thames was the only Aztec to score in double figures, registering 23 points and he celebrated the championship with teammates and hundreds of his fellow students who stormed the court.
Thames' fellow senior Josh Davis grabbed nine rebounds and he and Thames combined to for eight steals, several of which played a big part in the rally.
The Aztecs scored just five points in almost 9 full minutes to start the second half and found themselves trailing by 16. But in the final 11 minutes, 5 seconds, San Diego State outscored the Lobos 26-7 and three of those points from the Lobos came on a meaningless last-second 3-pointer.
- The Dagger2 days ago
Thousands of college basketball players dream of the leading role in this script. Only a rare talent actually gets to live it. Creighton senior Doug McDermott, the likely Player of the Year in college basketball, left little doubt he deserves the honor Saturday night by making his final home game one of the most memorable and historic of a legendary career. McDermott scored a career-best 45 points and became the eighth player in history to eclipse the 3,000-point mark while moving into seventh place on the NCAA career scoring list. Oh by the way, he led the Bluejays to a 88-73 triumph over Providence. The classic performance came in front of 18,888, the largest crowd in Creighton history on a day when a local newspaper columnist for the Omaha World-Herald suggested the school should commission a statue in McDermott's honor. "It's about as good as it gets man," McDermott said in his postgame interview with CBS on the court before senior day ceremonies began. "I couldn't dream of anything like this. Just a surreal moment with so many great fans. We've got a long ways to go though." McDermott passed former Cincinnati star Oscar Robertson and former Bradley standout Hersey Hawkins on the career scoring list. He now has 3,009 career points in 140 games, the second most games played among the top-10 scorers on the list. He is 49 points behind former St. Peter's star Keydren Clark and 57 points away from moving into fifth place, surpassing Harry Kelly of Texas Southern. "Doug has had a flair for the big games his entire career and I can't think of a more fitting way for him to end a really great career here at Creighton than the way he played tonight," Creighton coach and Doug's father Greg McDermott said. Doug McDermott broke the 3,000-point mark midway through the second half with a deep 3-point shot. He said he was aware he was two points shy of 3,000 at the time because he saw his total on the scoreboard.
- The Dagger2 days ago
Former Kentucky guard Doron Lamb isn’t happy with how his college team is playing of late, especially following Saturday’s poor showing at Florida in the regular season finale.
Lamb, a guard for the Orlando Magic these days, took to Twitter to share of few comments following the Wildcats’ 84-65 loss to the SEC champion Gators. Considering Lamb is living and working in Orlando these days, it's safe to assume he's getting his share of grief about the under-achieving Wildcats in Gator country.
U can't lose by 19 on CBS
UK should have prac 2nite
The Wildcats lost three of their final four to end the regular season and haven't scored more than 70 points in a game decided in regulation since Feb. 4. The SEC is littered with mediocrity this season and at 22-9 overall and 12-6 in conference play, Kentucky is still somehow in a second-place tie with Georgia or Lamb might be even more distressed.
The Wildcats are still loaded with talent and could turn things around in the postseason. Maybe Lamb is thinking being called out by a former national champion from the school will help that happen.
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- The Dagger3 days ago
Kansas diminished its chances of securing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament Saturday on the road at West Virginia despite the best efforts of fabulous freshman Andrew Wiggins.
No team ever has earned a No. 1 seed with more than seven losses. The 92-86 loss to the Mountaineers was the eighth of the season for the Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks seemed to be sleepwalking through the first half and fell behind by 25 points at one point playing without Wiggins’ fellow freshman star Joel Embiid, who was out with an injury.
Kansas missed Embiid badly, particularly on the defensive end. West Virginia freshman forward Devin Williams had his way in the post in the first half. Williams came in averaging eight points and seven rebounds and finished with 22 points and 13 boards. Guard Eron Harris led the Mountaineers with 28 points.
After Bill Self used his final timeout with 17 minutes remaining, the Jayhawks rallied to cut the lead to five in the final two minutes but couldn’t claw all the way back.