Kyle Ringo

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

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 day 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 WDTV.com her son was overwhelmed by the experience.

    Nick puts on his No. 5 jersey. pic.twitter.com/2aaCIFilUZ

    The Mountainteers secret weapon officially signs and becomes a Mountaineer. @MakeAWishPAWV pic.twitter.com/CzOXg9FM1e

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

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 day 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 2 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 3 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.

    @kstatecollegian pic.twitter.com/P1TU9wQVTY

    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 3 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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  • Fed up Nebraska coach bans players from locker room after fifth straight loss

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 5 days ago

    Tim Miles is coaching one of the most disappointing teams in the nation at Nebraska based on preseason expectations of the Cornhuskers. After seeing his team completely fold at home on Sunday in a 74-46 rout to Iowa, Miles had had enough.

    Miles, widely known as affable and accessible and a fun follow on Twitter, told reporters after the game he is barring his players from their lavish locker room until further notice. Apparently, Miles believes his team isn't playing at a level worthy of big screen televisions, a pool table and smoothie bar all of which are a part of their accomodations at Hendricks Training Complex.

    “There will be chains on the doors locking it from the outside,’’ Miles was quoted by the Omaha World-Herald, “until further notice.’’

    Terran Petteway scored 16 points for the Huskers but he needed 15 shots to get them. Nebraska has now lost five straight and seven of its past eight. The Huskers rank 320th in the nation in assists per game (10.6). Nebraska is now one-game under .500 at 13-14 overall and 5-10 in the Big Ten.

  • Dwayne Polee 'back home' on the court 61 days after collapsing during game

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 5 days ago

    San Diego State forward Dwayne Polee collapsed during a December game against UC Riverside at Viejas Arena because of what was later determined to be a heart condition.

    The incident left the fifth-year seniors basketball future in doubt.

    But after several months of monitoring and easing back into workouts, Polee returned to the court Saturday on the road at San Jose State. He scored three points with a steal and a turnover in 13 minutes and appears ready to play out the rest of his senior season.

    “I shook his hand, and they cheered like crazy.”

    Polee first resumed light workouts in January and slowly built back up to a level where he was ready for practices and games at the college game's highest level. He received clearance to play earlier in the week, but San Diego State brought a team doctor on the trip to monitor Polee throughout.

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  • VCU fans use old trick to fool refs, coax turnover from UMass

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 6 days ago

    VCU beat UMass on Saturday 78-72 in a game that was obviously decided by just a few possessions. Credit the VCU fans for stealing one of those possessions by fooling the Minutemen into launching a desperation shot believing the shot clock was about to expire early in the first half.

    This just goes to show that old tricks can still work in certain situations if executed properly. Every fan base in the nation attempts to fool an opponent or two at some point in the season with the fake shot clock countdown and it actually worked here.

    The thing is, it also fooled the officials, who called a shot clock violation with 3 seconds still showing on the shot clock. You don't often see the referees fall for this, but they did in this one. .

    It helped the ball landed in the hands of UMass freshman Donte Clark, who panicked and hoisted a wild 30-footer. He was credited with a turnover instead of a missed shot on the play. The officials huddled up, realized their error and awarded the ball to the Rams. 

    Well done Rams fans, Well done.

    (h/t Sporting News)

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  • Roosevelt Bouie's jersey retirement at Syracuse marred by misspelling of his name

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 6 days ago

    It wasn't a banner day at Syracuse on Saturday.

    Not only did the Orange lose their 10th game of the season 65-61 to Pittsburgh, a halftime tribute to two former Syracuse greats was marred by misspelling Roosevelt Bouie's name on a framed jersey given to him during the ceremony. The name on the jersey Bouie was given said Bowie. The jersey given to Louis Orr was spelled correctly. They played together at Syracuse in the late 1970s.

    Judging by the sense of humor Bouie displayed in this story written before his jersey retirement ceremony, we're betting he took the error in stride.

    It should be noted the the two players' jerseys hanging from the rafters at the Carrier Dome did have the correct spellings.

    Syracuse Post-Standard writer Brent Axe tweeted about the mistake and most of the reactions found some humor in the error instead of overreacting.

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  • Dunk of the year nominee: J.D. Weatherspoon with inbound nastiness

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 8 days ago

    Toledo senior J.D. Weatherspoon has played in more than 80 games in his career for the Rockets. He's bound to have some great memories from all those contests, but we're betting the dunk he threw down off an inbound pass from Julius Brown on Wednesday will be at or near the top of the list.

    Weatherspoon snagged the ball with one hand and smashed it through the rim. The dunk accounted for  two of his 11 points in the 68-66 Toledo win. He also grabbed seven rebounds.

    Toledo is one of four teams in the Mid-American Conference with a 9-4 conference record. It should be a fun race down the stretch and a competitive league tournament. We could be seeing Weatherspoon and his teammates in the NCAA tournament in March. The Rockets haven't been to the tournament since 1980.

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    Previous Dunk of the Year nominees:

    Norman Powell splits a double team

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