- The Dagger1 hr ago
Former Kentucky guard Doron Lamb isn’t happy with how his college team is playing of late, especially following Saturday’s poor showing at Florida in the regular season finale.
Lamb, a guard for the Orlando Magic these days, took to Twitter to share of few comments following the Wildcats’ 84-65 loss to the SEC champion Gators. Considering Lamb is living and working in Orlando these days, it's safe to assume he's getting his share of grief about the under-achieving Wildcats in Gator country.
UK should have prac 2nite
U can't lose by 19 on CBS
The Wildcats lost three of their final four to end the regular season and haven't scored more than 70 points in a game decided in regulation since Feb. 4. The SEC is littered with mediocrity this season and at 22-9 overall and 12-6 in conference play, Kentucky is still somehow in a second-place tie with Georgia or Lamb might be even more distressed.
The Wildcats are still loaded with talent and could turn things around in the postseason. Maybe Lamb is thinking being called out by a former national champion from the school will help that happen.
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- The Dagger2 hrs ago
With eight days remaining until Selection Sunday, the NCAA tournament bubble is beginning to take shape. Bubble Breakdown is the Dagger's daily look at the results that impact who's in and who's out.
Only a month after Oregon was left for dead after falling to 3-8 in Pac-12 play, the Ducks completed an improbable revival.
They won for the seventh straight time Saturday afternoon in Eugene, upsetting Pac-12 champion Arizona 64-57 to all but ensure themselves an NCAA tournament bid.
Oregon hadn't beaten a single surefire NCAA tournament team when it fell by a combined four points at Arizona and Arizona State the first weekend of February, but the Ducks have amassed some impressive scalps since then. Among the teams they beat during their current win streak are UCLA, Arizona State and now Arizona, a good list when combined with non-league victories over BYU and Georgetown.
- The Dagger4 hrs ago
Marcus Smart's unseemly reputation for flopping inspired Iowa State students to have some fun at his expense.
As the Ames Coliseum PA announcer introduced the Oklahoma State guard before Saturday afternoon's regular season finale for both teams, the Iowa State student section fell backward en masse to imitate the way Smart often exaggerates contact. One of the leaders of the student group known as "Cyclone Alley" passed out instructions for the stunt before the game.
The taunting of Smart continued throughout Iowa State's 85-81 overtime victory over Oklahoma State\. One Iowa State student unveiled a "Marcus Smart flop counter" that reached four by midway through the second half. The rest repeated the flopping stunt from pregame introductions every time Smart went to the foul line.
- The Dagger6 hrs ago
At the end of their team's dismantling of SEC rival Kentucky on Saturday afternoon, Florida fans saluted the top-ranked Gators by chanting "No. 1" over and over.
The way Florida has finished season, their fans won't get many arguments.
An 84-65 rout of the fading Wildcats was Florida's 23rd consecutive victory and likely secured a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the Gators no matter what they do in the SEC tournament. Florida also finished SEC play with an unbeaten record, something not even either of its back-to-back 2006 and 2007 national championship teams managed to do.
Only three SEC teams have navigated league play without a loss since 1956. The Gators are in elite company, joining Kentucky's 2012 and 1996 national championship teams and a 2003 Wildcats team that was upset in the Elite Eight by Dwyane Wade's Marquette team.
For long stretches of Saturday's game, Florida certainly looked the part of a team that can make a similarly deep March run.
- The Dagger6 hrs ago
Kansas diminished its chances of securing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament Saturday on the road at West Virginia despite the best efforts of fabulous freshman Andrew Wiggins.
No team ever has earned a No. 1 seed with more than seven losses. The 92-86 loss to the Mountaineers was the eighth of the season for the Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks seemed to be sleepwalking through the first half and fell behind by 25 points at one point playing without Wiggins’ fellow freshman star Joel Embiid, who was out with an injury.
Kansas missed Embiid badly, particularly on the defensive end. West Virginia freshman forward Devin Williams had his way in the post in the first half. Williams came in averaging eight points and seven rebounds and finished with 22 points and 13 boards. Guard Eron Harris led the Mountaineers with 28 points.
After Bill Self used his final timeout with 17 minutes remaining, the Jayhawks rallied to cut the lead to five in the final two minutes but couldn’t claw all the way back.
- The Dagger7 hrs ago
One of the best parts of March is that beautiful moments can come at the most unexpected times.
In this case, an emotional, teary-eyed Max Good delivered one Thursday night after a reporter asked how proud he was of his Loyola Marymount team for upsetting seventh-seeded Portland 67-64 in the opening round of the West Coast Conference tournament.
“Oh, I can’t begin to tell you to be honest,” Good said, choking back emotion. “These guys pick me up everyday. I apologize for this, but don’t care. I come to practice everyday and they pick my ass up. I hate the day off. I can’t wait to get in the gym and see these guys every day. They grind and they grind and they grind.
“I jumped on [forward] Nick Stover unmercifully tonight and he stuck it right up my behind. I jumped [point guard] Anthony [Ireland] for throwing him the ball and Nick heard that and how do you think that makes him feel and he said, ‘Oh I’ll show you, you old S.O.B.’ and he showed me and in the process showed Portland.
“I can’t begin to tell you how much it means for me to be around these guys. They keep you old as hell and young as hell at the same time.”
- The Dagger23 hrs ago
In the 61 years prior to Tommy Amaker's arrival in 2007, Harvard basketball never won 20 games in a season, never captured the Ivy League title and never reached the NCAA tournament.
It's a testament to the job Amaker has done that those feats are gradually becoming the norm.
Siyani Chambers scored a team-high 17 points on Friday night as Harvard defeated second-place Yale 70-58 to earn its thid straight outright Ivy League title and secure a third straight bid to the NCAA tournament. The Crimson are the first team to guarantee itself a spot in the field of 68 this season.
The next step for Harvard is to establish itself as a program capable of consistently doing damage in the NCAA tournament.
Despite the season-long suspensions of all-conference point guard Brandyn Curry and forward Kyle Casey, Harvard upset third-seeded New Mexico in the opening round of the NCAA tournament last March before getting clobbered by Arizona in the round of 32. With Casey and Curry returning for their senior seasons and last year's young nucleus also back, this is clearly a deeper, more talented team than the one that upset the Lobos last March.
- The Dagger1 day ago
New Mexico at San Diego State (Saturday, 10 p.m. EST): New Mexico's rout of San Diego State at the Pit last month signified that the Lobos weren't going to hand over the Mountain West crown without a fight. Now the two league rivals meet again in San Diego with the Mountain West title at stake. The key to New Mexico's success in the first meeting was that it dominated the paint at one end and focused its defensive attention on locking down Xavier Thames at the other. Cameron Bairstow had 26 points to lead the Lobos, while Thames found the rim walled off and went 3 of 15 from the floor. San Diego State's supporting cast has done better recently making opponents pay for sending two and three defenders at Thames. That will have to continue Saturday for the Aztecs to avenge their previous loss and win the outright Mountain West crown. Projected winner: San Diego State.
- The Dagger1 day ago
Andre Smith didn't waste any time after seeing a short jumper from High Point sophomore Adam Weary fall through the basket with 6 seconds left in a Big South Conference quarterfinal game and his team trailing by one.
Smith took the inbound pass, raced up the sidelined, turned a complete 360 to avoid defenders and fired the game-winning 3-pointer from well behind the arc The fourth-seeded Eagles upset top-seed High Point 62-60 on Friday advancing to the semifinals and earning their 19th victory of the season.
Winthrop attracted national attention just a week ago for paying tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012 by wearing the names of victims on their jerseys in the regular season finale and hosting the family of one of the young victims with whom coach Pat Kelsey has developed a strong friendship.
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