Kyle Ringo

  • Nik Stauskas loses rivalry bet, dons Michigan State shirt

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 18 hrs ago

    Two weeks ago before Michigan hosting Michigan State in Ann Arbor, former Wolverine Nik Stauskas and former Spartan Draymond Green made a bet about the outcome and talked a little trash to each other on Twitter.

    Both are in the NBA these days. Stauskas is a rookie with Sacramento and Green plays for Golden State.

    The Spartans won and Stauskas was forced to pay up by wearing a Michigan State T-shirt and being photographed in it. Green posted the spoils of victory on his Instagram account for the world to see on Monday. He also gave Stauskas credit for being a standup guy.

    Shoutout to nikstauskas11 in the 2014 Big Ten championship shirt that he took the L to them Spartan…

    You MUST respect @nstauskas11 for taking a pic in the State shirt and living up to the bet... That's very very tough to do... #RESPECT

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  • Boise State moves to top of Mountain West with sweep of Aztecs

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 2 days ago

    Boise State overcame a lot of history Saturday night to earn what could prove to be a milestone victory at San Diego State.

    The Broncos won for the first time at San Diego State 56-46 and ended the Aztecs’ 29-game home court winning streak as well as their 47-game home winning streak when leading at halftime at Viejas Arena. It was the first road win against a ranked opponent for the Broncos since 2012 and only the second win against a ranked opponent in 20 such games under coach Leon Rice.

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    The victory gave Boise State a season sweep in the series with Aztecs. So while the teams are tied atop the Mountain West standings, the Broncos hold an edge. That advantage is buoyed by the fact that Boise State’s final two regular season games are against San Jose State and Fresno State while the Aztecs must face tougher challenges against UNLV and Nevada.

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  • Controversial non-call helps Kansas hold off Texas in key Big 12 game

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 2 days ago

    If Texas doesn’t make the NCAA tournament, it will have plenty of moments to regret from the past month during a late-season slide.

    If Kansas wins its 11 th consecutive Big 12 Conference regular season title, it certainly will have earned it. But it also will be because a few things went its way at key times and others didn’t take advantage of some of the Jayhawks’ stumbles.

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    One of those defining moments for both teams came late in their meeting Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse in 69-64 Kansas win.

    Texas trailed by two points with 12.4 seconds remaining. Guard Isaiah Taylor, who was simply unstoppable at times earlier in the game, brought the ball up the floor and spun into the lane trying to attack the basket.

    He appeared to be fouled by Kansas guard Frank Mason III, who bumped him with his body, and Perry Ellis, who reached back and hacked Taylor on the arm. There was no foul called and there should have been.

    (Thanks for the video CollegeBasketballTalk)

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  • Mystery solved: ESPN's Joe Lunardi is not wearing a hairpiece

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 2 days ago

    ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi's appearance on the network early Saturday caused people on social media to wonder whether he was wearing a hairpiece. Apparently, something about the look of his hair caught the attention of viewers more than previous shows.

    Lunardi needs to fire his toupee guy

    Lunardi decided to set the record straight and made a video with college basketball analyst Miles Simon in which Simon tugs on Lunardi's hair to prove to people its real. Good to see Lunardi having a little fun with the speculation.

    It's time to end the debate! @ESPNLunardi & @MilesSimon finish the hairpiece controversy LIVE from Bracket Bunker

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  • Villanova wins Big East and bolsters case for No. 1 seed against Xavier

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 3 days ago

    No. 6 Villanova started slow Saturday on the road at Xavier where more than a few ranked teams have struggled in recent years.

    But guard Ryan Arcidiacono scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half and Villanova won the Big East regular season title while bolstering its case for a No.1 seed in the NCAA Tournament with a 78-66 victory over the Musketeers.

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    The Wildcats trailed by seven at halftime and allowed Xavier to shoot nearly 60 percent in the first 20 minutes. The Musketeers sank seven 3-pointers in the half hoping to notch their best win of the season and give the selection committee something to consider when doling out at-large berths, but they couldn’t pull off the upset.

    It’s not that Xavier is lacking quality wins. It had four victories over ranked opponents entering the game, but a victory over the Wildcats would have been impressive.

    That certainly isn’t a disqualification, but things would look a bit better had Xavier pulled off the upset on senior day.

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  • West Virginia gives 5-year-old Nicholas Wince a day he will never forget

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 4 days ago

    The 5-year-old from Middlebourne, W.Va., spent the day with the Mountaineers and signed a letter of intent at an afternoon press conference. He arrived in a limousine, was greeted by cheering fans, shot around with the players, talked hoops with coach Bob Huggins and led the team on to the court before the game.

    The entire day was arranged for Nicholas and his family by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Nicholas has a potentially life-threatening condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

    Now West Virginia has a fan for life. Wince's mother, Kristen, told her son was overwhelmed by the experience.

    Nick puts on his No. 5 jersey.

    The Mountainteers secret weapon officially signs and becomes a Mountaineer. @MakeAWishPAWV

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  • Adidas unveils more conservative Made for March uniforms for eight teams

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 5 days ago

    Louisville won the national title two years ago in somerather ugly Zubaz uniforms Adidas released just before tournament time that season.

    Adidas definitely took a more conservative approach with its 2015 Made for March uniforms, shorts and shoes unveiled Thursday for eight of its flagship college partners, including the Cardinals, who are the only team in the group with sleeves on its new jerseys.

    This year's uniforms have a classic feel to them with school names and logos prominently displayed on jerseys and shorts and school colors visible on extended waistbands complementing the home whites.

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    All eight teams represented figure to be involved in postseason play beyond their conference tournament where they will wear the new uniforms for the first time. But not all eight appear destined for the NCAA tournament.


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  • Baylor earns historic first win at Iowa State, Kansas alone atop Big 12

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 5 days ago

    The Big 12 Conference’s one true champion motto blew up in its face at the end of the college football season with Baylor and TCU tied atop the standings and left out of the inaugural College Football Playoff.

    Heading down the stretch of the basketball regular season, Kansas is in solid position to win its 11 th consecutive championship and make the league’s mantra stand up after Iowa State blew a golden opportunity to put pressure on the Jayhawks on Wednesday night.

    Baylor went into Hilton Coliseum and beat the Cyclones 79-70. It is the first time the Bears have won at Iowa State in history. It is the first home loss of the season for the Cyclones and it snapped Iowa State’s 21-game home-court winning streak.

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    It happened because the Bears got hot from behind the 3-point line late in the game while the Cyclones went cold. Baylor made 14 of 26 3-point attempts and five players scored in double figures led by Taurean Prince, who scored 20 off the bench.


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  • Kansas State student pens apology for body-checking Jamari Traylor

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 6 days ago

    Kansas State student Nathan Power wrote a Letter to the Editor published in the Kansas State Collegian on Tuesday admitting he was the man seen body checking Kansas player Jamari Traylor during a court-storming Monday after the Wildcats beat the Jayhawks.

    Video of the incident show a man jumping into Traylor and knocking him to his left. Traylor did not retaliate.

    Kansas State police are investigating the incidentand were hoping to identify the person who appeared to purposely run into Traylor during the postgame celebration. Here is a look at what Power said in his letter.


    Kansas State police tweeted late Tuesday afternoon that they were no longer looking for the person of interest involved in the incident. It's unclear if they have contacted Power and if he was arrested or ticketed. 

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  • Texas freefall continues as Jonathan Holmes ejected

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 6 days ago

    Texas' recent fall from top-10 team to NCAA Tournament bubble or worse has been frustrating for the Longhorns and one member of the team lost his cool Tuesday night in a 71-64 loss at West Virginia. 


    Senior forward Jonathan Holmes' personal shooting struggles have no doubt compounded his disappointment with the lack of wins. Holmes and his teammates fell behind the Mountaineers by 18 points in the first half and with 20 seconds remaining before halftime, Holmes threw an elbow at West Virgnina's Devin Williams, who had just shoved him as they jostled for position

    With Holmes out, Texas rallied to make it one-possession game in the final minute but couldn't pull off what would have been a valuable road win over the 20th-ranked Mountaineers. The Longhorns have lost seven of their past 10 to fall to 17-11 and 6-9 in Big 12 play.

    Since suffering a concussion in a loss to Oklahoma State on Feb. 4, Holmes missed two games and returned to endure a shooting slump. Entering Tuesday's game he had made four of his previous 19 shots over three games, including going 2-for-10 from behind the 3-point line. 


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