March 17, 2008

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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March 10, 2008

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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March 05, 2008

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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January 15, 2008

Tuesday Thoughts

Here are some quick thoughts from around the nation on this Tuesday evening in the middle of the conference season:

After missing Saturday's game against Georgetown, longtime UConn coach Jim Calhoun was absent from practice Monday due to flu-like symptoms, but it's still unknown if the 65-year-old will be feeling well enough to take the court Thursday when the Huskies host Providence.

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December 28, 2007

Friday's Five Topics

Here are five topics around the nation that I'm burning on during another slow late December night in college basketball:

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November 14, 2007

UNC Hangs Tough

Not a ton of action going on for a typical Wednesday night during the college basketball season, but North Carolina kept us on the edge of our seats for two-plus hours down in Charlotte.

After falling behind for much of the second half, the top-ranked Tar Heels survived a major scare from in-state rival Davidson to earn a 72-68 victory in its season-opener.

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November 13, 2007

West Coast Winners

Wrapping up another day at the office here in Hang Time, and there was some good action to catch out on the West Coast Tuesday night.

The state of Washington, in particular, saw its two Top 25 teams take the court tonight as No. 14 Gonzaga blasted Idaho, 80-34, with freshman Austin Daye leading the way with 18 points.

But the Bulldogs didn't exactly play mistake-free basketball, committing 18 turnovers and making just 22 of 36 free throws. Fortunately for Mark Few and company, Jeremy Pargo also stepped up, finishing with 14 points while Matt Bouldin added 12.

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November 12, 2007

Freshmen Shine In Debuts

Week 2 of the 2007-08 college basketball season kicked off with a full slate of action from around the country Monday night, and while there's so much to talk about already, I'll try to keep the rambling to a minimum -- at least for now.

Freshmen seemed to be theme of the night as Syracuse's Johnny Flynn and Indiana's Eric Gordon both shined for their teams in early-season victories at home.

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