- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 hr ago
Irate that guard Wade Baldwin had clapped in the face of opponent just after time expired Thursday night, Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings yanked the freshman out of the postgame handshake line and berated him for showing such poor sportsmanship.
Stallings' message was spot-on. The way he worded it could have been better.
TV microphones picked up Stallings profanely screaming at Baldwin "f***ing apologize," "don't do that" and "I'll f***ing kill you" after Vanderbilt's 73-65 victory at Tennessee. Stallings reiterated his disappointment in Baldwin in calmer fashion during his postgame news conference before quickly issuing a statement soon afterward apologizing profusely for what he said on the floor.
- Kyle Ringo at The Dagger2 hrs ago
It was a big day Tuesday for the West Virginia basketball program hosting Texas and beating the Longhorns, but it was a day Nicholas Wince will never forget.
The 5-year-old from Middlebourne, W.V. 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
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger2 hrs ago
One of the few complaints many Michigan State fans have about Tom Izzo is his disdain for the strategy of intentionally fouling when ahead by three points in the final seconds of a game.
The foul the Spartans committed at the end of regulation Thursday night was probably not what their fans had in mind.
Instead of fouling to prevent the Gophers from having a look at a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, Michigan State chose to defend straight up and then committed the ultimate sin. Gavin Schilling not only helped too far off Carlos Morris to recover, he also closed out too hard and fouled the Minnesota guard just after he released a left-wing 3-pointer to tie the game.
Morris missed the go-ahead free throw with 2.2 seconds to go, but Minnesota emerged with a 96-90 victory in overtime. Fourteen of 20 free throw shooting during the extra session enabled the Gophers to finish off the upset and snap a 15-game losing streak in East Lansing that dates back to 1997.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger9 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 Dagger10 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 Dagger14 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 Dagger14 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 Dagger23 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 Dagger1 day 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 Dagger1 day 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.