- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger19 mins ago
As he returned to the bench after arguing with a referee during Tuesday night's victory over Boston College, North Carolina coach Roy Williams collapsed to the ground.
Williams walked slowly to the locker room with the help of team trainer Doug Halverson and remained there for the final 14 minutes, 35 seconds of the game. He did return to the court after the final buzzer to take part in the postgame handshake line.
North Carolina said Tuesday night that Williams' collapse was "vertigo-related" and that he was "doing OK" in the locker room. Williams has suffered from vertigo throughout his coaching career, but typically he has been able to continue coaching even after a bout of dizziness strikes him.
Williams gave a brief statement to reporters in Chestnut Hill after the game.
Issue, happens, Roy says, when he jerks his head quickly. Which is what happened tonight.
"What I want to do is tell you I'm alive, I'm well. I'm kicking. I'm not well, mentally."
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger32 mins ago
Purdue senior Rapheal Davis couldn't be stopped in the first half Tuesday against Michigan State but then couldn't be found for much of the second half and overtime. Yet Davis managed to score the game-winning point at the free throw line thanks to a call that was at least debatable in the final seconds.
Denzel Valentine was guarding Davis with the score tied and the clock dripping away seconds. He elected to try to slip through the front side of a screen from Purdue center A.J. Hammons, who bumped Valentine into Davis. The call went against Valentime putting Davis at the foul line with four seconds remaining.
Davis made the first free throw and missed the second, but Hammons grabbed the offensive rebound with an assist from Vince Edwards and Purdue claimed what is easily its biggest win of its season 82-81 over the eighth-ranked Spartans.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 hr ago
Five weeks after their epic triple-overtime classic with the No. 1 ranking on the line, Oklahoma and Kansas will meet again with plenty at stake.
First place in the Big 12 will be on the line Saturday afternoon in Norman when the third-ranked Sooners get their rematch with the sixth-ranked Jayhawks.
With Oklahoma edging Texas on Buddy Hield's last-second 3-pointer on Monday night and Kansas fighting its way to a 75-65 victory over West Virginia the following night, the two Big 12 favorites will enter Saturday tied for first place. The winner of Saturday's game will leave in no worse than a first-place tie with West Virginia, while the loser will face an uphill climb over the final three weeks of the regular season.
The Big 12 title race is especially meaningful because of the quality and depth of the league and the history at stake. Kansas is trying to extend its remarkable run of league titles to 12 in a row, while Oklahoma, West Virginia and the rest of the contenders are eager to end the streak.
- Brad Evans at The Dagger12 hrs ago
Slaying the sportsbook is a monstrous task. Some days bettors take up residence in a penthouse suite. Other times, they curl up in the nearest ditch, shirtless and toothless. In an attempt to avoid complete destitution, I will post my picks, whether profitable or penniless, through the NCAA tourney. Check out Tuesday's selections below:
West Virginia (19-4, 13-7 ATS) at Kansas (19-4, 12-8) – Though his casual attire and gruff nature would lead many to believe otherwise, Bob Huggins is a sophisticated, highly intelligent basketball tactician. The fiery coach, knowing his team's scoring limitations, instituted a pressing scheme designed to ceaselessly pester and exhaust the opposition while creating easy transition buckets. It's worked brilliantly. This season, WVU opponents have committed a turnover on 26.2 percent of their possessions, tops in the nation. Toss in numerous second-chance opportunities generated by Devin Williams and Jonathan Holton, and the Mountaineers have fired the rifle often.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger23 hrs ago
Thirty-six minutes into a rare night in which he looked mortal, Oklahoma's Buddy Hield finally rediscovered his shooting stroke.
The national player of the year favorite scored the Sooners' final 12 points in their 63-60 victory over Texas including a go-ahead last-second 3-pointer.
With the score tied and the final seconds melting away, Hield lined up at the free throw line, cut hard to the left wing and received a pass with enough time left to drive or shoot. Hield jab stepped to get Texas guard Kendal Yancy back on his heels, took a sideways dribble toward the corner and then buried the go-ahead 3-pointer to give the Sooners a come-from-behind victory.
That Oklahoma was in a position to win at the buzzer was largely due to Hield's surge over the previous three-plus minutes.
He had a huge 3-pointer to cut Texas' lead to three with 3:20 to go. Then came a smooth driving layup and four straight free throws to put Oklahoma ahead by two. Texas star Isaiah Taylor answered with a pair of free throws with 57 seconds left, but Hield delivered the dagger two possessions later.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 day ago
As Grayson Allen missed a 3-pointer late in the second half on Monday night, the most winnable game of Duke's toughest stretch of the season was in jeopardy of slipping away.
The Blue Devils had squandered the entirety of a 15-point second-half lead and were tied with Louisville with just over three minutes remaining.
It was then that Marshall Plumlee outfought several Louisville players for an offensive rebound, drew a foul and sank two free throws to put Duke back in front. The Blue Devils fed off Plumlee's aggressiveness for the rest of the game and pulled away for a crucial 72-65 victory over the 13th-ranked Cardinals.
Duke's victory was vital because wins should be hard to come by during a two-week stretch in which the Blue Devils (18-6, 7-4) face nothing but the ACC's top three teams. They host No. 7 Virginia on Saturday before visiting No. 9 North Carolina and this same Louisville team next week.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 day ago
University of Rochester guard Sam Borst-Smith is a 76.6 percent free throw shooter, but it's the 6-foot-2 junior's skill at missing foul shots that's receiving national attention.
Borst-Smith intentionally missed a free throw so adroitly late in his team's 77-76 victory over the University of Chicago that it perfectly set up a game-winning shot.
With Rochester trailing by three on Saturday, Chicago fouled Borst-Smith intentionally with 2.7 seconds left so that the Yellowjackets would not be able to attempt a game-tying 3-pointer. Borst-Smith made the first free throw but fired the second free throw hard at the front rim in such a way that the ball came directly back to him.
Borst-Smith grabbed the rebound and kicked to a wide-open teammate in the left corner. Mack Montague buried the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired, giving Rochester an unlikely 77-76 victory that has since garnered plenty of attention for the small Division III program.
- Brad Evans at The Dagger1 day ago
Slaying the sportsbook is a monstrous task. Some days bettors take up residence in a penthouse suite. Other times, they curl up in the nearest ditch, shirtless and toothless. In an attempt to avoid complete destitution, I will post my picks, whether profitable or penniless, through the NCAA tourney. Check out Monday's selections below:
Louisville (19-4, 10-9 ATS) at Duke (17-6, 10-11) – In light of the Cardinals' untimely self-imposed ban, the sand in the hourglass is running thin on their season. Instead of sulking about the penalty, UL throttled a JV-level Boston College team 79-47 last Saturday. And that was without star transfer Damion Lee (knee). Though the opponent is much stiffer this time around, Lee's expected return combined with the Cardinals' sterling D (No. 3 nationally in D efficiency) give them the edge.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger2 days ago
With top-ranked Oklahoma and second-ranked North Carolina both losing on Saturday night, it's likely that college basketball will have a new No. 1 team on Monday.
The question is who should it be?
In a jumbled mess of a season with plenty of good teams but no elite ones, there is no clear-cut answer to that question. The margin between the top teams is so paper-thin that at least six teams can make a legitimate case to be No. 1 on Monday including Oklahoma in spite of its 11-point road loss at Kansas State.
Here's a side-by-side look at the six leading contenders to be No. 1 in order of how I'd rank them. Unless the Sooners retain the No. 1 ranking, their heir apparent will be the sixth different team to claim the top spot this season, joining North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State and Kansas.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger3 days ago
The next AP Top 25 poll should probably just start at No. 2.
In a chaotic, upset-riddled season with lots of good teams but no great ones, it's abundantly clear nobody is worthy of the No. 1 spot.
Oklahoma became the latest top-ranked team to fall on Saturday night when the Sooners lost 80-69 on the road against a Kansas State that had previously won only two conference games. Second-ranked North Carolina also lost about an hour later, suffering an 80-76 upset at Notre Dame five days after it also lost to Louisville.
The back-to-back losses from the Sooners and Tar Heels marked only the seventh time in NCAA history that No. 1 and No. 2 fell against unranked opponents on the same day. The last time it happened was Jan. 21, 2006 when Duke lost at Georgetown and Florida lost at Tennessee.
It's highly likely a new team will replace Oklahoma atop the polls next week, but good luck predicting who that will be.