Just finished watching Dakari Johnson lead his Montverde team to the National High School Invitational Tournament championship. Heck of a game, decided on the last play by a 3-point shot from the corner by one of Dakari's teammates, Jalen Patterson. Montverde was down as many as sixteen points during the game, and won 67-65.
Of course, tonight is the Final Four featuring Louisville vs. Wichita St. and Syracuse vs. Michigan. We'll have the open thread around game time.
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We are looking like a football team!
Coaches are crazy. UCLA is paying Ben Howland $3.2 million not to coach but he wants the Rutgers job? Find a beach! nj.com/rutgersbasketb…— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) April 6, 2013
Sounds like good advice.
- A video from spring practice:
- Rejuvenated TE Aumiller appreciates new staff having clean slate, giving all players a chance to earn playing time // vaughtsviews
Mark Stoops said UK's third scrimmage was the offense's best day of the spring. Some of that can be chalked up to the natural "ebb and flow" of spring football - borrowing Brown's words - but Saturday marked a significant step forward as the Wildcats install a new offensive system.
Word is that Josh Clemons had a very big day.
If Stoops and Brown make the decision based on potential, Towles could very well be the choice. A former Kentucky Mr. Football, Towles came to Lexington with outstanding credentials. He was a Parade All-American, the Gatorade Player of the Year in the Bluegrass and a four-star recruit from Highlands High School in Ft. Thomas, Ky.
Why would they do that? Seriously, what coach picks a starter based on "potential?"
- Kentucky recruits showing their stuff at the McDonald's game. A new mix, via Sam Henson;
Nerlens Noel is in Atlanta to root on his boyhood friend Michael Carter-Williams, point guard for Syracuse.
I'm none too pleased with the Big Blue Nation blaming Nick Wiggins and accusing him of "wanting attention." That's absurd. He was asked these questions directly, and he tried to answer them honestly. Just because we don't like the answers he game does not mean he was making self-serving commentary.
Kentucky fans really have to stop this absurd blaming of others when somebody says something they find uncomfortable. We are all a little paranoid, including yours truly, and we should respond harshly to absurdities. But I feel it's important we try to avoid the knee-jerk reaction, especially ones that accuse older brothers of our recruits of essentially being dishonest.
I'm sure Andrew has his own opinion, and it's quite likely they are not the same as his brother. But leave Nick alone -- he did nothing wrong, even if we may not like the message.
There has never been a better time to pledge allegiance to the Louisville Cardinals.
For those loyal to University of Kentucky sports, that means what exactly?
It means that some UK fans will pull for them and some won't. I'm pretty indifferent.
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Ouch. To be fair, LSU is a really good team and UK is on the road.
With that said … what in the heck is he [Michael Jordan] doing on THIS list? Yes, Jordan at North Carolina made the jump shot that ended up as the difference against Georgetown in the 1982 championship game (though you will remember that Georgetown had the ball with a chance to win and Fred Brown threw the pass away). But Jordan was a freshman then and was probably the third best player on that team behind James Worthy and Sam Perkins. He averaged 13 points a game during that tournament. Not exactly legendary stuff.
This is exactly right. Moreover, he is right to bemoan the absence of David Thompson.
There are a couple of choices that, to me, are questionable. Magic Johnson for one, who competed in only two tournaments. Jack Givens competed in more, including two NCAA finals, winning one and scoring 41 points in the process.
Larry Bird is even more suspect, participating in only one NCAA tournament and not even winning it.
I can't accept that this is a fact. If I were the Rutgers trustees, I would demand an explanation. There seems to have been plenty of cause under Rice's contract to justify a "with cause" finding.
Perhaps Rutgers' president is simply too incompetent to continue. I'm beginning to become convinced of that.
That's an interesting possibility. Funny how fired UCLA coaches wind up in former Big East schools.
From what I have read,this lawsuit will not succeed. His contract was not renewed, and no matter what Mike Rice said to him, the University did not terminate him. He is not entitled to an automatic renewal of the contract, and even New Jersey is an at-will state.
My opinion? No, Rice shouldn't be prosecuted. I think it would do little to advance the cause of justice and cost the New Jersey taxpayers more money than it's worth. Could he be prosecuted? Sure, but I think discretion, in this case, is not to do so.
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In Emmert's defense, it is a difficult issue.