December 26, 2020 NCAA Basketball Recap

Who Got It Done pt rb ast Ayo DosunmuIllinois vs. Indiana 30 2 5 Miller KoppNorthwestern vs. Ohio St. 23 2 3   3 stl Drew TimmeGonzaga vs. UVa 29 8 3   11-13 ft Trendon WatfordLSU vs. Nicholls St. 22 9 6 Corey KispertGonzaga vs. UVa 32 1 3   9-13 3-pt Damien SearsNicholls St. @ LSU 20 9 2   2 stl Cameron ThomasLSU vs. Nicholls St. 29 3 2 Armaan FranklinIndiana @ Illinois 23 2 0   5-6 3-pt Koby ThomasCoppin St. @ Towson 23 10 4 Davion MintzKentucky @ Louisville 19…

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Ivy League cancels winter sports, delaying spring athletics

Thursday the Ivy League announced the cancellation of 2020-21 winter sports. In addition the conference has also decided that spring sports will be delayed until at least until the end of February and competitions for fall sports will not be conducted during the spring semester, sources told ESPN. Back in July the conference was the first to announce they would not conduct fall sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will there be other conferences to follow suit.

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LSU Frosh Reid declares for NBA draft, hires agent

LSU freshman forward Naz Reid announced his plans to enter the 2019 NBA Draft. Reid took to Instagram to share his plans with the world: The 6’10” big averaged 13.6 points and 7.2 rebounds and helped the Tigers get to the Sweet 16 in the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament. He is projected as a late first round or early second round pick.

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NCAA rules cause Christion Abercrombie gofundme to be taken down

We brought the unfortunate story of Tennessee State University linebacker Christion Abercrombie who collapsed on the sideline in the first half of the Tigers’ game against Vanderbilt. He has been in the hospital since then and there has been an outpouring of support from not only the TSU family but HBCU’s across the land.   Although insurance policies provided by TSU and the NCAA will cover Abercrombie’s medical expenses, a gofundme was launched by Tennessee State to help provide funds for Abercrombie’s family. Two other fundraising efforts were launched by…

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Joe Mixon: Another Case of Biased Media Reporting

Unprovoked violence against anyone, regardless of sex, is wrong. No one has the right to put their hands on another person in an aggressive fashion. The recent footage that was released (somehow I find the timing odd to say the least) of the altercation University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon had with fellow student Amelia Molitor is very telling. Terming the media’s, and particularly the sports media’s, coverage of this story as irresponsible would be giving them an underserved courtesy.  Every news outlet leads with some variation of Mixon…

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De’Andre Johnson Should Get A Second Chance

It came as little shock when last week former Alabama OC Lane Kiffin rejoined the ranks of collegiate Head Coaches. What was a bit of a surprise that he did not land at Oregon, LSU, or even Houston( Kiffin’s name had been tossed around as a possible candidate for all of those positions), but at Florida Atlantic University.  One of Kiffin’s initial signees was quarterback De’Andre Johnson. The name may be familiar to Florida State fans- Johnson was summarily dismissed from the Seminole football team following an altercation with a…

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NCAA rules Army vet ineligible to play basketball

You have to love the National Collegiate Athletic Association. They continually strive to operate in the vein of what is best for student athletes, both current and future.  I submit the case of Isaiah Brock as an example.  Brock, a member of the armed forces, and has served in Afghanistan for the past four years. As a member of the Quartermaster Mortuary Affairs company, his job was to retrieve the bodies of fallen comrades in order to return them home to their loved ones. Brock said of his job: ”…

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Villanova defeats UNC 74-77 on buzzer beater to win Nat’l Title

Well I can admit it, I was wrong. If you read my earlier piece from today, you know I predicted that North Carolina would win tonight’s national championship game against Villanova. I said the Tar Heels’ size and their defense would be more than the Wildcats would be able to handle. How off I was! Carolina was on target from behind the three point line in the first half, shooting a scorching 78% from downtown. This hot shooting helped them take a five point lead 39-34 lead into intermission. In…

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Anticlimactic Final Four culminates in UNC/Nova title clash

So here we are, just a few short hours away from the culmination of the college basketball season. The Final Four has come and went and ,considering some of the games we’d witnessed earlier in the tournament, the contests themselves were underwhelming. In the first game, Villanova served Oklahoma a record setting 45-point beatdown, 95-51. Naismith Player of the Year, Buddy Hield was dogged by the wildcat defense into a 9 point outing. The nightcap saw North Carolina defeat Syracuse, 83-66. The Orangemen tried their darnedest at times to make…

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Day 2 of NCAA Tournament ends with a bang

The round of 64 wrapped up tonight and it did not disappoint. Upsets were the order of the day, the biggest of which was 15 seeded Middle Tennessee State upending 2nd seeded Michigan State, 90-81. Others included in the East, 14 seed Stephen F. Austin bouncing 3 seed West Virginia 70-56; in the South, 13 seed Hawaii ended California’s tournament,77-66. In the West bracket, 11 seed Northern Iowa defeated Texas , 75-72 on a half court heave at the end of regulation by Paul Jesperson that will no doubt go…

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