- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger4 hrs ago
One of the most memorable ankle-breaking crossover in college basketball history occurred in the 1995 ACC tournament when Wake Forest's Randolph Childress dropped Jeff McInnis and took the time to taunt the North Carolina guard before burying a deep 3-pointer.
The move Oakland's Kahlil Felder pulled off Wednesday night isn't in that class, but it's one of the better crossovers we've seen in a while.
When Youngstown State forward Bobby Hain switched onto Felder after a high ball screen, the Oakland guard recognized the mismatch and tried to take the 6-foot-10 junior off the dribble. Felder drove left and then crossed over through his legs back to the right, freeing himself for a wide-open layup when the off-balance Hain tripped trying to recover.
Felder's crossover was the signature moment of a 20-point, 10-assist night for the sophomore guard in an 82-71 Oakland victory. The Golden Grizzlies are now only one game behind first-place Valparaiso in the Horizon League standings, and Felder's emergence as the team's leading scorer and best facilitator is a big part of that.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger5 hrs 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.
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.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger9 hrs ago
It's now abundantly clear why Louisville dismissed starting point guard Chris Jones only two days after reinstating him from an indefinite suspension.
New disciplinary issues had arisen.
Jones pleaded not guilty on charges of raping one woman and sodomizing another Thursday morning. A Jefferson County judge released Jones on home incarceration in lieu of a $25,000 bond.
The alleged sexual assaults occurred Saturday night hours after Jones returned from suspension to lead Louisville to a victory against Miami. According to the arrest warrant obtained by the Louisville Courier-Journal on Thursday, one of the alleged victims was hospitalized Sunday. The women are 19 and 20.
- Brad Evans at The Dagger9 hrs ago
Still recuperating from your midweek bar crawl? Are you nostril deep in term paper research? Have no fear, fellow bracketeers. As a companion to the Bracket Big Board, the I.D. is here to highlight all the college hardwood action from the week that was and preview the most pivotal matchups of the weekend.
On March 20, 2010, college basketball fans were struck by sudden wonderment.
Transfixed on a NCAA Tournament second-round game in Oklahoma City, they watched as a classic David vs. Goliath story unfolded.
Northern Iowa, a No. 9 seed and heavy underdog, waged war against top-ranked Kansas. After falling behind double digits midway through the second half, the Jayhawks, knowing their Final Four hopes were quickly fading, mounted a furious comeback. Within minutes the Panthers’ cushion deflated to one. Momentum swung. For Cinderella, midnight was fast approaching.
However, with roughly 35 seconds to go, a grind-it-out guard sporting a champion’s name caught a pass from Kwadzo Ahelegbe, toed the arc and, instead of eating clock, let loose, levying a knockout blow of epic proportions.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger17 hrs ago
At a timeout with about five minutes left in Wednesday night's game between Florida State and Miami, one of Xavier Rathan-Mayes' teammates approached him with a challenge.
"Montay Brandon looked at me and told me that he needed me," Rathan-Mayes said. "When one of your brothers says that he needs you, you're going to do anything you can to respond to that call."
Florida State indeed desperately needed a spark from Rathan-Mayes after falling behind by 18 points on the road against a Miami team determined to play its way into the NCAA tournament. Whatever slim chance the defensive-oriented Seminoles had of mounting a comeback depended on their leading scorer emerging from a game-long slump and shooting them back into striking distance.
Inspired by his teammate's words, Rathan-Mayes unleashed a late-game shooting display that will linger in the memory of those who witnessed it long after they've forgotten that Florida State still lost 81-77 in spite of his heroics. The 6-foot-4 guard scored 30 points in the final 4:38 of Wednesday's game, a stunningly swift barrage that included six 3-pointers, a pair of layups and eight free throws.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger20 hrs 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.
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.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger21 hrs ago
The only hole in VCU coach Shaka Smart's otherwise sterling résumé is proving more difficult than expected for the Rams to fill.
Their bid to secure Smart's first regular season league title is in jeopardy after city rival Richmond completed a season sweep Wednesday night with a thrilling 67-63 double-overtime victory.
Preseason Atlantic 10 favorite VCU (21-7, 11-4) now finds itself in a four-way tie for first place with Dayton, Rhode Island and Davidson. The Rams do not have an easy finishing schedule either as they host the Flyers on Saturday and visit the Wildcats a week from Thursday before closing at home against last-place George Mason.
VCU's inability to maintain control of the Atlantic 10 after a 7-0 start is a product of both ill-timed injuries and a rival who seems to play the Rams tougher than anyone else.
- Danielle Elliot at The Dagger1 day ago
Lauren Hill couldn't make it to her team's end-of-the-year banquet, so her Mount Saint Joseph teammates came up with a better idea: they brought the banquet to her. The team celebrated in a private room at the hospital where Hill is being treated.
Hill is battling inoperable brain cancer. The team has made sure she's been included throughout the season, first by playing the season opener early, on Nov. 2, to make sure that she had a chance to realize her dream of playing college basketball.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 day ago
Whichever colleges are already recruiting 10-year-old LeBron James Jr. might be wise to back off for a few more years.
It isn't making his father happy.
The elder LeBron told reporters in Detroit at Cavaliers shoot-around Tuesday that colleges have already begun to send recruiting letters and offer scholarships even though his son won't finish fourth grade until this spring.
"Yeah, he's already got some offers from colleges," James said. "It's pretty crazy. It should be a violation. You shouldn't be recruiting 10-year-old kids."
The younger LeBron popping up on the radar of college coaches is a testament to his famous name, his prodigious talent and to the recruiting process starting younger and younger. College coaches occasionally offer scholarships to top prospects before they enter high school in hopes that those players will remember who showed interest first when they're ready to choose a college.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 day ago
On the day of NC State student Deah Barakat's wedding two months ago, freshman forward Abdul-Malik Abu told his friend that his gift would be the Wolfpack securing victories over in-state rivals Duke and North Carolina this season.
The promise took on more meaning for Abu when Barakat, new bride Yusor Abu-Salha and sister-in-law Razan Abu-Salha were brutally murdered in a Feb. 10 shooting in Chapel Hill.
NC State had already fulfilled half of Abu's guarantee with an 87-75 victory over the Blue Devils on Jan. 11. The Wolfpack finished off the second part on Tuesday night, snapping a 12-game losing streak in Chapel Hill with a 58-46 victory over the Tar Heels.
Abu honored his friend before leaving the Dean Smith Center on Tuesday night by reposting an Instagram picture of them together at Barakat's wedding and adding a heartfelt message. Wrote Abu, "Thanks Deah for being a special person to all of us. This one was for you your family and and the wonderful people of #WPN !!!!! Love you man #RIP #WeDidIt #iPromisedYouMan"