Month: September 2020

Stephen Curry-produced ‘Benedict Men’ documentary series takes compelling look at storied high school program

Near the conclusion of the new “Benedict Men” docuseries produced by Stephen Curry, an assistant coach and main character in the 12-part shortform series offers the high school basketball players under his tutelage an ultimatum of sorts. He explains they can either obsess over the pursuit of basketball scholarships or band together to reach their …

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ESPN expected to move ‘Jimmy V Classic’ to Orlando | What it could mean for Rutgers

It sounds like Rutgers’ marquee non-conference game is headed south. Will the Scarlet Knights follow? ESPN is reporting ESPN is expected to move the Jimmy V Classic, and most of its other early-season college basketball events, to Orlando, Florida, amid the coronavirus pandemic. NJ Advance Media reported in May that Rutgers had agreed to play …

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Bubbles, buy games and bid worries — Inside the frenzy to save college basketball’s nonconference season

Last week’s announcement that college basketball will start on Nov. 25 brought a sense of relief to the sport. We are going to have a 2020-21 season, it won’t be delayed too long and it will include all the usual staples of a season: nonconference games and holiday tournaments, conference play and conference tournaments and …

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College basketball’s season could be saved in part by plans for bubbles in big cities

College basketball’s scheduling infrastructure is a mess at the moment.  If you’re curious about who your school of choice is going to play and when, know this: league schedules have never affected nonconference play more than right now.  Only one conference, the MAAC, had the foresight to not only advance-plan for exactly when it will …

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Louisville responds to NCAA’s notice of allegations from investigation into corruption scandal

Getty Images The University of Louisville publicly released its formal response Monday to the NCAA’s recent notice of allegations tied to the corruption scandal uncovered by the FBI in 2017. The response is laid out in a 104-page document in which the university argues that the case “arises out of a criminal conspiracy to defraud the …

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Return of Big Ten football means you’ll be bombarded with Donald Trump, Joe Biden TV ads

Good news, Rutgers fans. You’ll get to see the return of Greg Schiano next month. Bad news, Rutgers fans. You could be slammed with political ads featuring President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Sign up for Rutgers Sports Insider: Get exclusive news, behind-the-scenes observations and the ability to text message directly with …

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Duke, the only team in canceled Battle4Atlantis not in South Dakota replacement tournament, aims for own event

The Battle 4 Atlantis has officially canceled its 2020 tournament, which was scheduled to be played Nov. 25-27 in the Bahamas. A verified Twitter account connected to the event confirmed as much Friday.  But just because the event is officially canceled doesn’t mean all the teams scheduled to play in the Battle 4 Atlantis are …

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Stanford basketball recruiting: Five-star forward Harrison Ingram commits to Cardinal

247Sports The Pac-12 landed its second five-star commitment from a basketball prospect this week when top-flight prospect Harrison Ingram announced his commitment to Stanford. Ingram, a 6-foot-6 forward, is considered the No. 13 overall prospect in the 2021 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite ranking. Ingram is the top-ranked prospect in Texas from the …

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Maui Invitational is moving to Asheville, North Carolina; will be played a week later

USATSI The 2020 Maui Invitational is moving to Asheville, North Carolina. The perennial most prestigious in-season tournament is now scheduled to be played from Nov. 30-Dec. 2, it was announced Friday.  The event will be held at Harrah’s Cherokee Center.  This season’s Maui Invitational field includes Alabama, Davidson, Indiana,  North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and …

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Dribble Handoff: How successful will the 2020-21 college basketball season be?

Now that we know college basketball will start on Nov. 25, we can turn our attention to what it will actually look like. It’s unlikely that a COVID-19 vaccine will be widely available by then, but perhaps testing advancements will be in place that can allow the sport to avoid the disruptions that have plagued …

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