Month: September 2020

Class of 2023 recruiting rankings headlined by DaJuan Wagner Jr., Mikey Williams and Bronny James

The top 50 basketball recruits in the Class of 2023 was released by 247Sports on Wednesday. The list is as star-studded as ever led by the offspring of current and former stars of the sport in DaJuan Wagner, a former top-10 draft pick, and LeBron James, the Lakers star on the precipice of winning his …

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How Buzz Williams lured NBA Finals starters Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder from JUCOs to Marquette

Buzz Williams was sitting at home with his family late Sunday, like millions of other Americans, enthusiastically watching the Eastern Conference Finals, where the underdog Miami Heat upset the Boston Celtics for the fourth time in six games to advance to the NBA Finals against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Not long after …

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Hot board – Predicting where the top men’s basketball prospects will land

The Hot Board is back … kind of. Typically, we would have published weekly Hot Boards beginning around Labor Day weekend, when prospects around the country began to take their five official campus visits and college coaches began to conduct in-home and high school visits. But recruiting has been in a dead period since March, …

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Chris Mack jabs at John Calipari, revives Kentucky-Louisville rivalry

You like Duke–North Carolina? We all do. Great games, great teams, great entertainment. But if you want piss and vinegar with your college basketball rivalry instead of wine and cheese, you must salute the hate of Kentucky-Louisville. You must respect the petty. You must embrace the enmity of two fan bases that really, really—no, really—despise …

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Louisville’s Chris Mack goes on hilarious rant and then allows Kentucky to change date of annual game

USATSI A scheduling feud in the commonwealth of Kentucky was resolved in part via social media on Tuesday. After Kentucky coach John Calipari went on the record to say a game between Louisville and Kentucky was scheduled with a date and time unless “[Chris Mack’s Cardinals] choose not to play,” Mack went on an epic …

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Chris Mack jabs John Calipari as Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals rivalry escalates

Louisville men’s basketball coach Chris Mack fired back Tuesday at John Calipari’s assertion that the Cardinals don’t want to play Kentucky this season, releasing a video on Twitter that ended with him announcing the annual rivalry game indeed will be played. “I keep getting asked, ‘Coach, are we playing the game? Are you scared? Are …

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College basketball’s biggest question: Will daily testing allow avoidance of contact-tracing quarantine rules?

In just over three weeks’ time, college football has helplessly watched as 22 of its 94 games were postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. That’s an eye-catching 23.4% of its schedule. Remember, four of the 10 FBS leagues (Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West, MAC) haven’t played a game. The SEC just started this past weekend.  …

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Coronavirus outbreak on Notre Dame’s football team is getting worse, not better (UPDATE)

UPDATE (2:12 p.m.): ESPN reports Notre Dame will resume practice on Wednesday after identifying the root cause of the football team’s coronavirus outbreak. Read more about that here. Things are getting worse, not better, for No. 5 Notre Dame, which is dealing with a coronavirus outbreak on its football team. The latest round of testing …

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Notre Dame identifies source of coronavirus outbreak, makes plans to resume football practice

No. 5 Notre Dame plans to resume practice Wednesday after identifying the source of the coronavirus outbreak among the Fighting Irish football program. According to ESPN, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly “said team doctors learned the outbreak, which resulted in 25 players in isolation and 14 others in quarantine, stemmed from two events surrounding …

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Why mid- and low-major college basketball programs are in big trouble without buy games

Montana Grizzlies men’s basketball coach Travis DeCuire stayed close to his phone last week. The Grizzlies’ seventh-year coach was busy trying to salvage his Division I program’s nonconference schedule one week after the NCAA approved a Nov. 25 start date that was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. In most years, the 49-year-old DeCuire would …

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