Kyle Ringo

  • Davidson proving doubters wrong as it moves into first place in A-10

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 17 hrs ago

    Davidson coach Bob McKillop is giving Dayton's Archie Miller a run for his money when it comes to the best coaching job of the season in the A-10.

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    The award is likely to go to Miller, who had to overcome losing his two best big men, but McKillop deserves some consideration with the remarkable job he has done guiding the Wildcats to within one win of at least a share of the A-10 regular season title in their first season in the conference.

    Davidson dominated VCU, the team expected to win the conference back in the preseason, on Thursday with hot shooting and strong guard play handling VCU's havoc in a 82-55 win.

    The Wildcats are once again looking like that mid-major team no one is going to want to see in the postseason.

    Five players scored in double figures for the Wildcats, led by guard Tyler Kalinoski who finished with 22. Kalinoski combined with backcourt mates Brian Sullivan and Jack Gibbs to make nine 3-pointers and score 48 points.

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  • Tony Romo watches Duke beat Wake Forest amid the Cameron Crazies

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 day ago

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    Romo had visited Duke weeks before the tournament and some believed his habit of early exits from the NFL playoffs rubbed off on the Blue Devils.

    But there was Romo Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium amongst the Cameron Crazies cheering on the Blue Devils as they annhilated Wake Forest 94-51. The third-ranked Blue Devils won their 27th game with Romo looking on and look to be on their way to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

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    Romo and his teammates DeMarco Murray and Jason Witten along with Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, visited Duke this week to spend some time talking with coach Mike Krzyzewski. Garrett explained why they make such trips in the offseason during an interview with the Dallas Morning News last month at the scouting combine in Indianapolis.


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  • Kansas rallies from 18 down to win 11th Big 12 title outright

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 2 days ago

      Jamari Traylor saved senior night and helped Kansas win another Big 12 regular season championship outright on Tuesday with a huge second half that thwarted an historic upset bid from West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse.

    The Jayhawks took advantage of awful free throw shooting by the Moutaineers down the stretch to force overtime and win 76-69, getting revenge for a loss at West Virginia last month. West Virginia missed three of five free throws in the final 45 seconds of regulation and went 16-for-28 at the foul line in the game.

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    The Mountaineers raced to an 18-point lead in the first half made even more impressive because they were playing without leading scorer Juwan Staten and senior Gary Browne. Staten provided the winning layup, albeit controversial, against the Jayhawks in Morgantown.

    The Mountaineers made one two-point field goal in the final 24 minutes of the game. Kansas celebrated another championship because of that fact probably more than any other.

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  • Dez Wells hurdles Rutgers player and dunks on two more in Maryland win

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 2 days ago

    Rutgers senior guard Myles Mack is 5-foot-10. It's important to know that while watching the accompanying video here because Mack is the guy Maryland star Dez Wells hurdled Tuesday night during the 10-ranked Terrapins' 60-50 victory.

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    The sight of Wells flying at him and then over him midway through the first half led Mack to get rid of the ball when it might have been to his advantage to drive to the basket. It's tough to blame the guy flinching just a bit.

    It was just one of several jaw-dropping displays of athleticism from Wells during a performance in which he led his team to a victory with 20 points and 10 rebounds.It was Maryland's 25th victory of the season. You have to think NBA scouts and general managers will have a lot of interest in Wells this summer.

    Is it too early to nominate Wells for next year's slam dunk contest during All-Star weekend?

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  • Nik Stauskas loses rivalry bet, dons Michigan State shirt

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 3 days 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 7 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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