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Monday, 03/31/08

King Leaving Duke After One Season

When Mike Krzyzewski recruited Taylor King last year to come to Duke, Blue Devil fans thought they were getting another McDonald's All-American to go along with a stellar freshmen class that already included Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith.

But the 6-foot-6 guard-forward won't be sticking around Durham, N.C., much longer after announcing Monday that he's decided to leave the university.

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Posted by Josh Herwitt at 03:02 PM | Comments (1)

Sunday, 03/30/08

Office Hours: Final Four Look-Ahead Edition

HOUSTON -- The Memphis Tigers locker room had been cleared out of pesky media types and there remained four of the key elements to the team's Final Four run: The beefy Joey Dorsey; The elastic Chris Douglas-Roberts; The phenom frosh Derrick Rose; and The inimitable John Calipari.

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Posted by David Scott at 11:03 PM | Comment

Sunday, 03/30/08

Uh Oh, Canada

DETROIT -- I spent part of the off day here in Detroit thinking of the movie, "The Terminal." That is the one where Tom Hanks plays an Eastern European who spends a month at JFK because the US won't let him into the country when he arrives, and there are no flights back to his home country, so he's stuck...

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Posted by Jerry Palm at 11:50 AM | Comment

Saturday, 03/29/08

Small-Town Coaches, Big-Time Game

HOUSTON -- They will share an ovesized stage on Sunday afternoon, underneath an enormous retractable roof in front of a mass of 30,000-plus fans and oh yes, a few folks from the little towns of Hickory, N.C., and Moon Township, Pa., will probably tune in.

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Posted by David Scott at 07:06 PM | Comment

Friday, 03/28/08

When Student-Athlete Isn't An Oxymoron

HOUSTON -- There are, as you may be aware after watching the last couple of years of NCAA programming, over 380,000 NCAA student-athletes.

"And," as the Association's public service announcement proclaims, "just about all of them will be going pro in something other than sports."

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Posted by David Scott at 12:14 PM | Comment

Monday, 03/24/08

Mile Highs and A Few Lows

Back in my home base in Northwest Indiana, I have had some time to reflect on a few of the bright spots, and some not so bright, of the Denver sub-regional.

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Posted by Jerry Palm at 01:00 PM | Comment

Sunday, 03/23/08

Office Hours: Sweet 16 Edition

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Professor is re-opening the Grade Book once again with an eye towards the first weekend of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

Our trip to the land of Clinton (and, as it turned out for one day, Jack McClinton), afforded us an up-close look at the Top 2 seeds in the South region, Memphis and Texas. Our TV viewing of CBS's unparalleled coverage allowed us to assess the other three regions from afar.

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Saturday, 03/22/08

Will The Tigers' Bear Awaken?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Bear was in his makeshift cave, hidden from the on-coming intruders and protected by the thin blue apron skirting the table holding Powerade and water in the Memphis locker room .

"It was comfortable under there," said The Bear. "I was going to hide from you all today. I was trying to hibernate."

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Posted by David Scott at 08:01 PM | Comment

Saturday, 03/22/08

One Day, One Bar and Lots Of TVs

DENVER -- I set out yesterday determined to find the best sports bar in Denver, plop myself down, and watch about 12 hours of hoops. I succeeded in finding the Blake St. Tavern, where every seat in the house had a view of at least 4 TVs with different games. It ended up being a great day to watch games in a crowd, even if you were alone in the crowd.

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Posted by Jerry Palm at 07:06 AM | Comment

Thursday, 03/20/08

Kid Rock Added To Final Four Musical Lineup

A rather important announcement today, as Kid Rock has been added to the list of entertainers who will in San Antonio for the Final Four.

According to a release, "Kid Rock, the Grammy Award-nominated artist known for his unique mix of Southern rock, hip-hop, and blues-and country-tinged ballads, will perform at Pontiac Garage at the Final Four on Saturday, April 5 as part of The Big Dance -- a free, four-day entertainment extravaganza in celebration of the NCAA Men’s Final Four. With over 22 million albums sold throughout his career, Kid Rock’s San Antonio appearance comes in the midst of the successful release of his 2007 Rock N Roll Jesus album -- his first album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

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Posted by David Scott at 02:41 PM | Comment

Tuesday, 03/18/08

Drake's Davis Begins Career With A Bang

For those of you who might not know Keno Davis, you should get to know him.

Because after the way the first-year Drake coach has handled his business so far in Des Moines, Iowa, there could be a lot more good things coming Davis' way.

For now, though, he can be happy with the fact that he helped lead the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament berth and Missouri Valley Conference championship in 37 years, good enough to earn himself this year's Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

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Posted by Josh Herwitt at 02:11 PM | Comment

Monday, 03/17/08

Weak CBI Field Announced

The inaugural College Basketball Invitational (CBI) finally got announced early Monday morning. It's quite a lackluster field as we expected. Teams like Utah, Richmonf and Washington are 16-win teams (the Huskies were .500) and RPIs for the teams mostly hover near 100. Cincinatti finished 13-18 and lost its last six in a row! Thirteen wins? Give us a break.

Fortunately for the Gazelle Group, they got some dutiful soldiers in coaches like Tom Penders and Lorenzo Romar.

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Posted by David Scott at 09:20 AM | Comment

Sunday, 03/16/08

Surprises and Suspense On Selection Sunday

For many teams all across the country, Selection Sunday is a day full of suspense and surprise.

It's a day of jubilation for some and a day of misery for others.

And while the bubble talk has dominated the airwaves and media rooms across the country for the past two weeks, that can finally subside with the brackets being announced tonight on CBS.

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Posted by Josh Herwitt at 07:00 PM | Comment

Sunday, 03/16/08

Beale Street Baskets: On The Bus With Memphis

MEMPHIS -- Wireless card permitting, we've got a special treat for you this afternoon around 4:30 EDT when we'll exclusivel join the Memphis Tigers for their third annual pre-selection show Bus Tour of Memphis. All the Tigers and staff will board a tour bus leaving from John Calipari's East Memphis home and travel throughout the city to thank fans for their support and to energize them for the NCAA Tournament.

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Posted by David Scott at 03:18 PM | Comment

Sunday, 03/16/08

Office Hours: NCAA Tournament Edition

MEMPHIS -- The Professor once again finds himself in the Bluff City for a Sunday night edition of the Grade Book and once again we've commandeered the player's lounge in the Tigers' basketball offices in order to hold our Office Hours. While the Tigers' coaching staff busily prepares for its first round opponent (Texas-Arlington) and potential Round of 32 opponents Mississipi State and Oregon, we busily get all smart-alecky. We never took any bracketology classes and would never work at an institute that offered such a shamockery of a course, but we do like the actual release of the bracket so that certain folks (and definitely not our own dead-on Jerry Palm) can go back into moth balls on Hawk Hill for another 11 months.

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Posted by David Scott at 12:52 AM | Comment

Saturday, 03/15/08

UNLV Basks In Repeat

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV became the first team in the nine-year Mountain West Conference tournament history to win back-to-back titles.

The Rebels have guard Wink Adams to thank as well as the rebounding of Corey Bailey and Rene Rougeau.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 11:37 PM | Comment

Saturday, 03/15/08

Fights Break Out In Stands

LAS VEGAS -- Second-seeded UNLV won its second straight Mountain West Conference tournament title with a 76-61 victory over No. 1 BYU, but the postgame ceremony was marred by numerous fights breaking out in the stands.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 09:16 PM | Comment

Saturday, 03/15/08

UNLV Pushes Ahead

LAS VEGAS -- Offensive rebounds and UNLV's Wink Adams are combining to kill BYU down the stretch.

Adams just hit back-to-back three-pointers from the left wing to give UNLV a 64-56 lead with 4:08 remaining.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 08:47 PM | Comment

Saturday, 03/15/08

Nearly Even Again

LAS VEGAS -- The swings continue.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Joe Darger gave UNLV a 45-38 lead and extended its opening run to 12-1.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 08:26 PM | Comment

Saturday, 03/15/08

UNLV Starts Hot

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV came out of halftime on a 6-1 run to take a 39-38 lead on a rebound putback by Rene Rougeau.

It marks UNLV's first lead since 2-0. BYU called a timeout to quickly try to regroup before the spurt grows larger.

It is similar to last year's game when BYU gave up a first half lead and lost. The Cougars still have time to make sure history does not repeat itself.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 08:09 PM | Comment

Saturday, 03/15/08

Fight To The Finish

LAS VEGAS -- There is a big boxing match in this city later tonight, but BYU and UNLV are playing the undercard by trading blows in the championship game.

BYU has grabbed a 37-33 halftime lead as UNLV narrowed the gap when Mareceo Rutledge put home an airball of teammate Kendall Wallace just before the buzzer.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 07:56 PM | Comment

Saturday, 03/15/08

Terry Has An Answer

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV's Curtis Terry just hit a deep pull-up three-pointer to bring the Rebels back from an 11-point deficit and cut BYU's lead to 28-23 with 3:58 remaining.

The Rebels are going to need to ride Terry if they want to keep this one close before halftime.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 07:38 PM | Comment

Saturday, 03/15/08

Collinsworth Throws It Down

LAS VEGAS -- That play is sure to make the highlights.

BYU freshman forward Chris Collinsworth has been playing solid all tournament for the Cougars, and now he has a poster shot to put on his wall.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 07:21 PM | Comment

Saturday, 03/15/08

No Shortage Of Points

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV's defensive formula has been to put intense pressure on BYU's guards to rattle them.

The strategy worked early as BYU had trouble just inbounding the ball, but now both teams have found their range.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 07:12 PM | Comment

Saturday, 03/15/08

More Compelling Game On Tap?

LAS VEGAS -- BYU and UNLV traded blowouts on their home floors during the regular season, but everyone is hoping for a more compelling game tonight.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 06:46 PM | Comment

Saturday, 03/15/08

Title Game Will Be A Rematch

LAS VEGAS -- The 2008 Mountain West Conference Tournament championship game will have a familiar feel.

No. 1 BYU will play No. 2 UNLV tomorrow night in a rematch of last year's title game. The Rebels just held off No. 6 Utah 61-55 in the second semifinal tonight in front of their home fans at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 01:58 AM | Comment

Friday, 03/14/08

BYU Back In Title Game

LAS VEGAS -- BYU will get another shot to play for the Mountain West Conference title.

The top-seeded Cougars pulled away down the stretch and hit their free throws late to beat No. 4 San Diego State 63-54.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 11:27 PM | Comment

Friday, 03/14/08

BYU Establishes Slight Cushion

LAS VEGAS -- BYU has started to create some separation in the second half.

The Cougars have taken their largest lead - 7 points at 46-39 - with 7:41 remaining. Lee Cummard has helped establish the cushion with a pull-up three-pointer and a shot inside.

San Diego State guard Richie Williams just went down at midcourt and had to be assisted off the floor. He is on the bench, but appears to be OK. The trainers are not working on him.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 11:00 PM | Comment

Friday, 03/14/08

Miles Increases Production

LAS VEGAS -- BYU has received some offense from an unlikely source to take a 38-36 lead with 12:21 remaining in the game.

Sophomore forward Chris Miles has nearly tripled his season average in the last three minutes. He has scored BYU's only three baskets from the field in that span. Miles is averaging only 2.5 points per game.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 10:43 PM | Comment

Friday, 03/14/08

Wade Back On Floor

LAS VEGAS -- Lorrenzo Wade is back in the game to start the second half and he showed what San Diego State was missing.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 10:29 PM | Comment

Friday, 03/14/08

Another Close Encounter

LAS VEGAS -- Did you expect any different?

BYU and San Diego State played close games in their first two meetings, and the tournament version is following the same script after one half.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 10:03 PM | Comment

Friday, 03/14/08

Forwards Join The Fray

LAS VEGAS -- The guards had their chance, now the inside game is in the mix.

San Diego State's Billy White and Ryan Amoroso have made their presence felt with an array of baskets inside.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 09:59 PM | Comment

Friday, 03/14/08

A New Two For SDSU

LAS VEGAS -- The two players hurting BYU most aren't the ones many would have predicted.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 09:46 PM | Comment

Friday, 03/14/08

BYU Starts With Defense

LAS VEGAS -- Defense has been key for BYU at the outset.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 09:31 PM | Comment

Friday, 03/14/08

Semifinals On Tap

LAS VEGAS -- It will be hard for the semifinal games at the Mountain West Conference tournament to match the compelling two quarterfinal games last night.

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Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 08:53 PM | Comment

Thursday, 03/13/08

C-USA: Beale Street Baskets

MEMPHIS -- The food has arrived. David is enjoying the chicken nachos and I have a big ass piece of veggie pizz with Kalamata olives, tomatoes and other unidentifiable veggies. Good stuff.

. . . David informs me that 'Nova has come out strong in the second half and is now down just six. I'm too focused on blogging to be concerned with games. Not true, actually. I'm eating.

. . . We're going to switch over to Cover It Live as our blogging software to make it easier for commenting.

Just join in below...

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Posted by David Scott at 01:22 PM | Comment

Thursday, 03/13/08

C-USA: Beale Street Baskets

MEMPHIS -- Things are picking up here a bit. Four tables of fans are eating lunch. Whitney is about half way done polishing. Big Al has called back to his old high school, Bishop Ready High School, where he was AD and head basketball coach, and informed the hard-working students to log on to CSTV.com.

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Thursday, 03/13/08

C-USA: Beale Street Blogging

MEMPHIS -- We're changing pace a bit for today's liveblog as we come to you from a Beale Street establishment to get a flavor-flave for the C-USA Tournament from a little different perspective. Namely, a bar. More specifically, the Flying Saucer bar on the corner of Second and Peabody Place.

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Monday, 03/10/08

Second CBI On Verge of First Tournament

Perhaps the biggest beneficiary of the College Basketball Invitational - America's newest NCAA Division I post-season basketball tournament - will be the already-established Collegiate Basketball Invitational.

In fact, when a curious Googler emails the original CBI's founder to inquire as to whether the second year of his post-season tournament will take place, he just about sends a limo to shuttle the inquisitor to northeastern Ohio.

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Posted by David Scott at 09:57 PM | Comments (1)

Monday, 03/10/08

Atlantic 10 Tourney Pairings Set

The pairings for the upcoming Atlantic 10 Tournament at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., next week have been released as the first round gets underway on Wednesday.

In the first game of the day, Dayton, who at one point this season topped our Searching For Cinderella rankings, will take on Saint Louis as the No. 8 seed in this year's tournament. While the Flyers were one of the biggest surprises in the country during the non-conference season with big wins over Big East foes Louisville and Pittsburgh, Brian Gregory's team was plagued by injuries in January and February and will need to advance to the championship game in order to have a chance at qualifying for the NCAA Tournament now.

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Posted by Josh Herwitt at 04:24 PM | Comment

Sunday, 03/09/08

Office Hours: Calm Before The Storm Edition

It was, until Sunday afternoon's William & Mary takedown of VCU, a pretty ho-hum start to the NCAA's post-season and The Professor was getting a little antsy for some nail-biting. The Professor was also in deep anticipation for the series finale of "The Wire."

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Posted by David Scott at 05:55 PM | Comment

Friday, 03/07/08

Sac State Says Goodbye To Jenkins

It took eight seasons for Sacramento State to finally pull the plug on Jerome Jenkins, but on Friday, athletic director Terry Wanless finally thought it was time to make a change.

Jenkins, who went 80-147 during his tenure, saw things hit rock bottom this season with the Hornets going 4-24, finishing last in the Big Sky and missing their conference tournament for the second straight year.

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Posted by Josh Herwitt at 03:00 PM | Comment

Wednesday, 03/05/08

NCAA Hoping For Exemption In Hoosier State

The NCAA has always stood as college sports' higher authority.

The NCAA has always been known to do the "right thing," preaching fairness, honesty and good sportsmanship on and off the playing field at all times.

But when it comes to paying taxes for the men's and women's NCAA Tournament, well, the NCAA doesn't exactly hold itself to those mottoes.

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Posted by Josh Herwitt at 07:19 PM | Comment

Monday, 03/03/08

Big Dance Acts Announced

The NCAA today announced some of the acts who will perform at the Final Four in San Antonio.

Hang Time was very happy to hear of the involvement of Robert Earl Keen, a true Cinderella of music. You can be sure we'll figure out a way to either meet REK or, at the very least, live-blog from his show.

There are more acts to be announced in the coming weeks, but so far, so good for what has become a really valuable part of Final Four Weekend - outdoor entertainment and music. (John Cougar in Indy was outstanding a couple of years back.)

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Posted by David Scott at 05:31 PM | Comment

Monday, 03/03/08

Office Hours: Mad, Mad, World Edition

Why doesn't In-N-Out burger sponsor this entire two-week run up to CBS's Selection Show?

There's so damn much bubble talk that I get indigestion at the mere sight of Digger or Davis (Seth). The Professor himself gets drawn into the bracketry on occasion, but we also try to remember that the best part of this time of year comes once the "ball is tipped" on that first Thursday of competition. All this politicking and posturing that happens at full-throttle between now and the 16th is nothing but hot air and wasted breaths.

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