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  • DII school brawl ends with fan hitting player in the head with a chair

    Malika Andrews at The Dagger 20 mins ago

    A brawl between DII schools LeMoyne-Owen and Lane College got out of hand during a game on the night of Jan. 14. Where most fights in basketball end as scuffles, this escalated into a fight where a fan hit a player over the head with a folding chair.

    Lemoyne Vs Lane… Literally ????????????

    — Queen Ray (@raycelliott) January 15, 2017

    According to, the fight broke out in the first quarter. Tensions were high the entire game, but after was a player tripped, other players began swarming the court and throwing punches.

    The game was postponed after the fight and may be made up at a later date. According to a LeMoyne-Owen spokeswoman, the man that threw the chair was not a student. She said that his behavior is “not welcomed on campus.”

    Later, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic conference announced that they were working with the Memphis Police Department to investigate the situation.

  • Oregon holds its breath after Dillon Brooks suffers another injury

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 2 hrs ago

    Any joy Oregon might otherwise have gotten from its 86-63 rout of Cal was tempered by a worrisome injury.

    Pac-12 player of the year candidate Dillon Brooks left the game at the end of the first half with what the Ducks are calling a lower left leg injury.

    The injury appears to have happened on an innocuous play with less than a minute left in the first half when Brooks stepped awkwardly trying to avoid a teammate. Brooks walked to the locker room without assistance but did not return to the floor for the second half.

    What’s especially concerning is that it’s Brooks’ left foot that required surgery after he hurt it during the offseason. Oregon coach Dana Altman would not say after the game whether Brooks had reinjured that foot and offered little clarity on his status going forward.

    Altman would not confirm if foot injury for Brooks. Just said wait and see results.

    — Steve Mims (@SteveMims_RG) January 20, 2017

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  • College basketball Power Rankings, Jan. 19: North Carolina into the top 5

    Henry Bushnell at The Dagger 13 hrs ago

    Heartbreaking is too strong a word. As Creighton coach Greg McDermott said at a Wednesday press conference that was both reflective and upbeat, nobody died. Nobody was diagnosed with a serious illness. It’s just an ACL.

    But nonetheless, something about Maurice Watson’s season-ending injury was heart-twinging. The fact that McDermott had to give that reminder in the first place spoke volumes about the response to the news.

    “Someone in the national media said, ‘Maurice Watson’s injury is bad for Maurice, it’s bad for Creighton, and it’s bad for college basketball,” McDermott said Wednesday. “I think that’s the ultimate compliment. This little guy has had an impact on our game that people really, really appreciate.”

    1. Villanova | 18-1 | KenPom: 2 | Last week: 1

    This GIF appears in this week’s Thursday power rankings. You’ll have to read to see why.

    2. Kansas | 17-1 | KenPom: 7 | Last week: 2


  • Basketball has been Kodi Justice's release during life-long bout with dyslexia

    Malika Andrews at The Dagger 13 hrs ago

    When Arizona State guard Kodi Justice was a kid, he went into a local store in his hometown of Dobson, Arizona, put his bags up on the counter, and pulled out his wallet. His total appeared on the cash register screen: $12.32.

    Justice gave the cashier $12.23 and couldn’t understand why the man kept saying that he had shorted him nine cents.

    “I kept arguing with him and saying it was enough but then I realized I was wrong because I saw the numbers backwards,” Justice told Yahoo Sports.

    In first grade, Justice was diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disorder that causes the brain to rearrange letters, numbers and words. To this day, he sees D’s as B’s and mixes up number sequences.

    Despite those challenges, Justice has successfully balanced basketball and academics the past two-plus years at Arizona State and is on pace to graduate in 2018. The 6-foot- 5 junior credits his work ethic for helping him push through his learning disorder despite having to focus twice as hard as others to learn to do things like read street signs and emails, activities that most people take for granted.

    Says Justice, “I think it gave me my work ethic.”

  • Jonathan Isaac's rapid ascent makes Florida State even scarier

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 1 day ago

    In five jaw-dropping minutes Wednesday night, Jonathan Isaac accomplished more than just leading Florida State to an 83-80 victory over Notre Dame.

    The heralded freshman forward also offered a glimpse of what he can become and how an already formidable Seminoles team can get even scarier.

    All the momentum was on Notre Dame’s side with 5:25 to go in the second half and the 15th-ranked Irish having just surged in front. It was then that Isaac turned things around with a shot that gave No. 10 Florida State the lead back for good.

    With Notre Dame in a zone designed to wall off driving lanes and force contested jump shots, Isaac used his 6-foot-10 frame to his advantage. He elevated over 6-foot-1 Matt Farrell with ease and buried a go-ahead 3-pointer from the right wing.

    Isaac’s deep ball sparked an 11-1 Florida State run that put the Seminoles in control of what had been a tightly contested game. The highly touted freshman had nine of Florida State’s points during the spurt including a 3-point play to extend his team’s lead to four and a second shot from behind the arc to push it to eight.

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  • Concern about O.G. Anunoby casts pall over Indiana's buzzer-beating win

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 1 day ago

    On a night when Indiana suffered a key injury and a stunning late-game collapse, James Blackmon made sure the Hoosiers’ woes didn’t deepen further.

    Blackmon sank a pull-up right-wing 3-pointer at the buzzer on Wednesday night to send Indiana to a 78-75 win at Penn State.

    Blackmon. Cold.

    — Big Ten Geeks (@bigtengeeks) January 19, 2017

    The game-winning 3-pointer from Blackmon came after Indiana squandered a 14-point lead in the final 10 minutes and a seven-point lead with less than a minute to go.  Penn State reeled off seven straight points prior to Blackmon’s shot, tying the game on a pair of Lamar Stevens free throws with just over four seconds to go.

    Had Indiana failed to win at Penn State, it would have been the Hoosiers’ fifth loss in their last seven games. The Hoosiers instead notched their first true road win of the season to improve to 13-6 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten.

    — Alex McCarthy (@akmccarthy) January 19, 2017

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  • Jordan Woodard's late-game heroics doom No. 7 West Virginia to puzzling home loss

    Henry Bushnell at The Dagger 1 day ago

    Through the first two weeks of Big 12 play, there didn’t appear to be too many easier games than a home date with Oklahoma. The Sooners started 0-4 in the league, were under .500 overall, and had lost seven in a row over a 32-day span.

    Those Sooners, however, didn’t have Jordan Woodard.

    The Sooners that travelled to Morgantown, West Virginia on Wednesday night did, and they shocked the seventh-ranked Mountaineers, 89-87 in overtime.

    Woodard hit a circus shot to send the game to an extra-session, and actually missed the and-one free throw that could have won Oklahoma the game in regulation.

    WOODARD. AND 1. #Sooners

    — OUHoops (@ouhoops) January 19, 2017

    Then, the senior guard — the lone returning star from last year’s Buddy Hield-led Final Four team — did it again to give the Sooners a lead with under a minute to play in overtime:

    — OUHoops (@ouhoops) January 19, 2017

  • Allonzo Trier failed drug test in preseason, but could return this season

    Henry Bushnell at The Dagger 1 day ago

    Arizona sophomore guard Allonzo Trier hasn’t played a game yet this season, and the reason for his absence, as first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and later confirmed by a statement from Trier, is a failed drug test in September.

    Trier was initially suspended by the NCAA for the entire 2016/17 season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs during the preseason, but appealed the decision, won the appeal in December, and has been cleared to return to action once the drug completely exits his system.

    Trier said in the statement that he was “shocked” by the initial positive test.

    “I have never knowingly taken a banned substance,” Trier said. “After finding out that I was given a banned substance by a well-intentioned, but misguided person not associated with the University after an injury, I presented this information to the NCAA. The NCAA agreed that I had no knowledge of receiving the substance and my eligibility was restored.”

  • How Matt Farrell went from fringe player to Notre Dame's beating heart

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 1 day ago

    The leading candidate to be named college basketball’s most improved player this season struggles to hide his contempt for that title.

    Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell insists he was pretty good the past two years too even if he didn’t get many chances to prove it.

    Buried behind future NBA draft picks Jerian Grant and Demetrius Jackson as a freshman, Farrell didn’t leave the bench in more than half Notre Dame’s games and played scant minutes in the rest. Farrell also fell out of the Irish rotation at the start of conference play last season and only averaged 2.6 points and 1.6 assists per game.

    With Grant and Jackson both playing pro ball now, Farrell finally ascended to starting point guard this season and quickly proved that Notre Dame wouldn’t experience a drop-off at the position. The 6-foot-1 junior has scored 14.1 points per game, tallied more than twice as many assists as turnovers and repeatedly rescued the Irish with massive plays late in close games.

    There were many nights when Bob would arrive home from work to find his younger son alone in the garage, rivers of sweat cascading off his face.

    “He played with an edge about him,” Brey said. “Reminded me of Hurley.”

  • Siena coach shakes imaginary hands after Rider skips handshake line (Video)

    Henry Bushnell at The Dagger 2 days ago

    Siena beat Rider 78-68 in what should have been a run-of-the-mill Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Tuesday night. But as we can tell from what transpired immediately following the final horn, it turned out to be anything but ordinary.

    After two ejections and two additional technical fouls late in the second half, Rider’s coaches and players walked off the court without shaking hands. Siena coach Jimmy Patsos, thinking on his feet, made the controversy into a wonderfully comedic moment:

    Siena wins 78-68. Rider walks off, no handhakes. Jimmy Patsos does the handshakes on his own, anyway.

    — Michael Kelly (@ByMichaelKelly) January 18, 2017

    Here’s an up-close view of Patsos, who is completely in the zone! He doesn’t even crack a smile!

    That's @SienaMBB coach Jimmy Patsos with the phantom handshake line after Rider left early

    Here’s video of the altercation and, specifically, the punch: