The 6-foot-7 forward snatched a baseball pass out of the air near the 3-point line, spun and shot Saturday in game that was tied 50-50. The ball splashed through the nylon and Central Connecticut State snapped an 11-game losing streak with an improbable buzzer-beater 53-50 victory over Wagner.
It was CCSU's first victory since Dec. 10 and only its third win of the season. It was also the first time the Blue Devils walked off the court victorious in a Northeastern Conference game this season.
Peel, a junior from Forestville, Maryland, scored 17 points in the game with 13 rebounds. It was his fifth double-double of the season.
Here is another view of Peel's game-winner.
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Ohio senior Maurice Ndour pulled off a last-second, buzzer-beating dunk Saturday to give the Bobcats a 63-61 victory over Buffalo.
Ndour, a product of Mdour, Senegal, who played his high school basketball in Japan, lingered near the free-throw line and received a long pass from a teammate. He spun and caught Buffalo forward Justin Moss out of position with a wide open lane in front of him. He attacked the rim and sent the winner through just in time.
His team is having a tough season at 7-10 overall and 2-4 in the Mid-Amercan Conference, but Ndour has been one of the league's best players. He came into Saturday's contest averaging better than 15 points and 8 rebounds per game. Ohio has won back-to-back games for the first time since winning the first two games of the season.
Here's another look.
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Momentum can come and go quickly in the middle of the college basketball season for any team, but it's especially true for those slogging their way through conference's as tough as the Big Ten.
In the span of a week, No. 25 Iowa has experienced both ends of the spectrum. The Hawkeyes celebrated their sweep of Ohio State just a week ago and followed it up the next day with smiles from a top-25 ranking.
But they were crushed on the road at No. 6 Wisconsin on Tuesday and lost leading scorer and rebounder Aaron White to a shoulder stinger early in the first half Saturday at Purdue. The Hawkeyes, led by guard Mike Gesell, gave themselves a chance to win late but faltered down the stretch to drop a second consecutive game 67-63 with a rematch against the Badgers looming and questions about White's status.
Aaron White is questionable for the second half after sustaining a stinger early in today's game. #Hawkeyes
Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 2 days ago
Turns out, junior J.P. Tokoto has a stuffed bear friend he calls Gerry whom he brought along to his portion of the press conference.
Nothing like a few laughs to help a team reeling from injuries right now. Tokoto seems happy to provide them. The Tar Heels could be without four players when they host the Seminoles. In addition to Pinson, Joel Berry, Nate Britt and Stilman White could miss the game.
"Gerry is my friend, he's mine," Tokoto explained. "There is no real story behind it. He just popped up one day. We became friends. We hit it off instantly."
Tokoto said teammate Desmond Hubert, a senior forward, originally brought Gerry into the locker room but just stuffed him in his locker. Tokoto said he rescued the bear and named him 'the first name that popped into my head.'
"He's heartless," Tokoto said of Hubert.
Tokoto said he plans to bring Gerry on road trips in the future. It wouldn't be a shocker to see the giant stuffed bear around the bench Saturday afternoon.
http://t.co/Z0HsjKVINv THIS IS THE GREATEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN😂😂
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DePaul was picked last in the Big East at the start of the season, but seven games into conference play the Blue Demons share first place with Georgetown and are off to their best start since dropping independent status in 1991.
Oh yeah, the Blue Demons also shed the weight of a 51-game losing streak against ranked opponents Thursday night by beating No. 24 Seton Hall 64-60. Coach Oliver Purnell's team managed to win despite making just 19 of 33 free throws and three of 17 3-point attempts.
It is the first win on the road over a top-25 team for DePaul since winning at Wake Forest in 2005. The Blue Demons improved to 11-9 overall but 5-2 in the Big East.
DePaul had plenty to overcome to beat the Pirates, but the fact they accomplished it speaks to how Purnell has finally changed the mindset of players in the program. The Blue Demons, now brimming with confidence, went more than 6 minutes in the second half without a field goal and watched leading scorer Billy Garrett Jr., head to the bench for the final 3 minutes after fouling out.
The victory earned approval from DePaul fans on the Internet while others around the country also took notice.
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President Barack Obama is a huge college basketball fan. So it only made sense for him to pay the Kansas Jayhawks and coach Bill Self a visit Thursday when he visited campus as part of his post-State of the Union tour.
Obama, who shares his NCAA tournament bracket publicly each year, joked during his visit that he had lost the state in his two presidential elections. He also praised Self and the Jayhawks for winning 10 straight Big 12 Conference titles and being tied atop the conference once again with Iowa State.
The Jayhawks presented Obama with a Kansas jersey bearing his name prior to his speech at Anschutz Sports Pavilion. Kansas players took to Twitter to share their excitement in getting to meet Obama.
Man it was awesome meeting Obama this morning !! Real cool guy! Hope to be chillin with him again this spring after a National Championship!
Just finished coolin' with Obama. 😁
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Everyone has an opinion about the 'DeflateGate' saga swirling around the New England Patriots this week in the wake of their blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts to reach the Super Bowl.
Butler University's mascot, Blue III, let it be known through his Twitter account he can sympathize with the Patriots, who have been accused of cheating by purposely deflating balls in the AFC Championship game against the Colts. Blue apparently has a habit of deflating balls, too.
The Butler men's basketball team beat Creighton 64-61 on Wednesday to improve to 4-3 in the Big East. The Bulldogs host No. 24 Seton Hall on Sunday.
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Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 5 days ago
Oklahoma has fired an unidentified person who worked as a mascot during last weekend's men's basketball home game against rival Oklahoma State for unsportsmanlike conduct.
In a report attributed to sources, NewOK.com reported the person playing one of the costumed horse mascots 'Boomer' or 'Sooner' taunted Oklahoma State fans, including, Heather Ford, the wife of Cowboys' coach Travis Ford. Oklahoma won the game 82-65.
Generally several students alternate playing the school's mascots each schoolyear. Oklahoma issued a statement on the dismissal to KFOR-TV in Oklahoma CIty and the Tulsa World.
“The individual involved has been dismissed from the mascot program for unsportsmanlike behavior. The University of Oklahoma apologizes for this occurrence, which in no way reflects the standards of hospitality and sportsmanship of the University of Oklahoma.”
Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 6 days ago
One year ago on a Monday night in January, Creighton pelted No. 4 Villanova with 21 3-pointers in a surprising blowout victory on the Wildcats' home court. Villanova, ranked No. 4 again in the latest poll, was humbled again Monday night, this time on the road at Georgetown.
If there was any doubt about the Hoyas' chances to contend with the Wildcats for the Big East title going into the game, the doubts were erased in the 78-58 victory. It was just the second loss of the season for the Wildcats and Georgetown students stormed the court to celebrate.
“I think they watch too much TV,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III joked in his postgame television interview. “I’m excited for the students but I really wish they hadn’t done that,”
The young Hoyas seem to be finding themselves and figuring out their roles in the Princeton-style offense. They carried the momentum from a last-minute win over Butler on Saturday into the first half against the Wildcats with a defensive effort Thompson praised.
Villanova didn't play its best, shooting 33 percent and committing 17 turnovers, including 10 in the first half when the game got away. The Wildcats trailed at one point by 26 points.
Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 8 days ago
On a Saturday with one of the best lineups of games of the college basketball season, no one expected a contest featuring two losing teams in the Southland Conference to create a buzz.
But that is just what happened when Houston Baptist came out of the locker room dressed like the Harlem Globetrotters in throwback uniforms designed to pay homage to the best HBU teams of the 1960s and 1970s. The Huskies are celebrating their 50th season by honoring former players and naming All-decade teams this year.
The uniforms were mostly well received as pictures quickly circumlated around the Internet. Some were puzzled by the look and others disapproved.
Dressin' those poor kids up like rodeo clowns. Y'all should be ashamed, @HBUBasketball. What's the lesson here? These kids misbehave?
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