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RTF Fan Series: Florida State

Previously on the Run the Floor fan series, we've done Q&A's with a fan from UNLV who was on vacation with his team in Canada, with Nicole the hoops junky from Indiana and, with a 79-year-old fan of Kentucky. Now it's on to Florida State. Joining us is Luke Loucks. He's the all-time leader in games played for the Seminoles, and along with Deividas Dulkys and...
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October 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Season Predictions: Mountain West Conference Basketball

1. UNLV. There's no way that UNLV should be considered a mid-major, but they don't play in one of the BCS conferences so they're often lumped in. Regardless, UNLV is the last team not from a power conference to win the National Title (1990). Since then, either 22-0 or 0-22, depending on perspective - it's been all big boys. Now Dave Rice enters his 2nd year in Las...
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October 09, 2012  |  Discuss

John Calipari's John Hancock on the Final Floor - It Can Be Yours

Credit John Calipari for squeezing maximum value out Kentucky's first National Title since 1998. This is a guy who owns social media (more followers on Twitter than every other head coach combined), who is the defending National Champ, and who - apparently - has a PR team that is on top of their game. First, for recruiting purposes, 3,000 square feet of last year's floor...
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October 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Position rankings: SEC Shooting Guards

1. Kenny Boynton, Sr., Florida. Boynton was a consensus top-10 recruit in the same class as John Wall, Demarcus Cousins and Renardo Sidney. He wasn't an instant performer like Wall or Cousins, but he was never a liability like Sidney either. He's just been a guy who was over-rated to begin with, but has developed very nicely in his time in Gainesville. And now with Erving...
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October 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Season Predictions: WAC Basketball

1. Utah State. Preston Medlin. Preston Medlin. Preston Medlin. Who had the highest offensive rating in the WAC last year? I'll give you a hint - it was Preston Medlin. After a quiet freshman year, Medlin redshirted for a season and by all appearances that was a great decision. He still needs to get stronger and understand his roll on defense, but he made 43% of his threes, 58...
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October 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Season Predictions: West Coast Conference

1. Gonzaga. Robert Sacre is gone, but coach Mark Few has two more 7-footers ready to plug in. They just need to play defense and clean up around the rim. Meanwhile, the rest of this team can score from anywhere, and on anyone. This team is a lock for their 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament, with the only question being if they can crack a top-4 seed for the first time since 2009....
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October 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Let the John Calipari Love-fest Commence

I haven't even completed the first sentence of this and I can already feel Kentucky fans taking it the wrong way. So let's get this straight. What John Calipari is doing is remarkable. On the recruiting trail he had ESPN's No. 1 class in 2009, 2010, 2011 and the No. 2 class in 2012. And after yesterday's Harrison Twin announcement, he's on his way back...
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October 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Douchebags of Twitter vs the Harrison Twins

@aaronice2 @drewroc5 **** YOU — Alex Marks (@alexmarks8) October 4, 2012   I hate my life. **** you @aaronice2 @drewroc5 — Adam Koffler (@AdamKoffler) October 4, 2012   **** @aaronice2 @drewrock5 u choose money over loyalty hope ya suck dick and tear ur acls — Mr. Freeze (@HanginwitPcoop) October 4, 2012   @drewroc5 @aaronice2...
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October 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Texas Tech makes it official: Chris Walker will serve as interim coach for season

In a press conference Thursday, Texas Tech, it has been confirmed, will announce what everyone already suspected: Associate Head Coach Chris Walker will take over for the resigned Billy Gillespie as head coach of the Red Raiders on an interim basis. Walker, who was hired last season away from his development, recruiting and scouting duties as an assistant at Villanova...
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October 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Gators hosting a basketball Dream Team for the LSU game

One of the perks of coaching at a school that has a big time football program is that you get to bring recruits on visits during the big games. There might not be a bigger football game this weekend than the Florida Gators vs the LSU Tigers. Both schools are ranked in the AP Top-10, and a win will instantly vault either team into prime position for the National Title game...
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October 04, 2012  |  Discuss

ACC Basketball Rivalries - Out With the Old?

When Boston College joined the ACC in 2005, this put the conference at 12 members. With a 16-game basketball schedule, it obviously was not possible for each team to play everyone else twice. So a rotational schedule was implemented, which was voted on in 3-year increments. The previous rotation ended last season, and the new teams (Pitt, Syracuse and Notre Dame) won'...
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October 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Breaking down the Atlantic 10 TV deal

It was nice to see the Atlantic 10 ink a tv deal with NBC Sports. That's a conference which plays some serious hoops, and having more of it on my television is a good thing. And they're getting paid, so everyone wins. The response by bloggers was tentative. First, the financials hadn't been released, and second, there aren't that many people searching...
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October 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Tanner Smith reaches out for your prayers

Tanner Smith, who last year concluded a solid career with the Clemson Tigers, is now playing professionally in Holland.This would typically mean that his time to be referenced at Run the Floor has passed, as we focus solely on the college game. But today I'm breaking the rules after he reached out with a heartfelt request for our prayers. When I first read about Tanner'...
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October 03, 2012  |  Discuss

the Baller's Almanac: October 3

It's Dave Winfield's birthday, born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1951. Winfield, a tremendous all around athlete, starred in basketball and baseball for the University of Minnesota. Bill Musselman called him the best rebounder he's ever coached. Winfield helped the Gophers win the 1972 Big Ten Title, their first in 53 years. He would be drafted into four professional...
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October 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Should you buy it? Lindy's Sports preseason guide

This is the second of our evaluations for the preseason guides. We'll spend the money on all of them so that you can spend your money on just the best. First up was Athlon Sports, and now we're moving on to Lindy's Sports. Cost: $7.99 Pages: 220 Full page ads: 1 (0.4% of the guide). Oddly, it's an NRA ad. Cover: Regional. I purchased the California...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

RTF Fan Series: Kentucky

On a flight from Sacramento to San Diego, I was lucky enough to sit next to a gentleman by the name of Winston Clark. After some small talk, Mr. Clark and I both discovered that we were diehard hoops fans. I told him he absolutely had to be part of my interview series, so I opened my laptop and typed as fast as I could. RTF: First, tell me how you became a Kentucky fan...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Ready for the passing lane? 2012-13 Georgia Tech basketball preview

During the press conference after Brian Gregory was hired to be the new head coach for Georgia Tech, Gregory stated fans should prepare for some seriously exciting basketball, because he liked his teams to get out and run. And while that was partially coach-speak (he was taking over a bad program), and partially nonsense (his Dayton teams had never been in the top half of...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

DePaul wants to actually play in Chicago: The options

Contrary to what you may have thought you knew about DePaul's men's basketball team, they've been playing their home games for the past 32 years in a Chicago suburb about 15 miles from campus. The Allstate Arena is actually located in suburban Rosemont, and the Blue Demons have struggled to get fans into the arena's 17,500 seats since they started playing there...
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October 01, 2012  |  Discuss

RTF Fan Series: Indiana

Next up in our Run the Floor fan series is Nicole Slivensky from Indiana University. Her bio on Twitter pretty much sums things up: "Crimson functions as a neutral in my wardrobe. HOOSIERS, Cubs, Blackhawks, college basketball." She, like Shawn Cunningham who we profiled last week, is a diehard hoops fan, which makes her alright in my book. I asked her for a...
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October 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Should you buy it? Athlon Sports preseason guide

This is the first of our evaluations for the preseason guides. We'll spend the money on all of them so that you can spend your money on just the best. First up: Athlon Sports. Cost: $6.99 Pages: 192 Full page ads: 16 (8.3% of the guide) Cover: Regional. I purchased the California version which features Stanford's Chasson Randle and Cal's Allen Crabbe...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Position rankings: ACC 2-guards

1. Michael Snaer, Sr., Florida State. Every few years Leonard Hamilton builds a team around an all-everything senior - Tim Pickett, Al Thornton, Toney Douglas, and now Michael Snaer. Hamilton has called Snaer the best defensive player he's ever coached. And he's not too bad offensively either, especially after he burst onto the scene as a junior. Snaer made 40% of...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

the Baller's Almanac: September 30

Hal Uplinger was born on this day in 1929. A guard for Long Island, Uplinger played one season of professional basketball, but really made his mark as a producer for CBS. He made his niche in broadcasting music for humanitarian fundraising, most notably LIVE AID. John Drew was born on this day in 1954, in Vredenburgh, Alabama. After a successful career at Gardner-Webb, Drew...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

the Baller's Almanac: September 29

Hersey Hawkins was born in Chicago on this day in 1966. Hawkins would play his college hoops at Bradley, where he became the All-Time leading scorer in the Missouri Valley Conference. He averaged over 36 points a game as a senior, and was the consensus National Player of the Year. Hawkins also played on the disappointing 1988 US Olympic Team, which finished with the bronze...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Position rankings: Horizon League point guards

The Horizon League has always had a reputation for turning out great point guards. Norris Cole was the pre-eminent example in the 2010-2011 season, and last season there was Kaylon Williams. Only four players in the nation dished assists at a higher rate (with an assist in 43.8 percent of his possessions) than Williams did. Cole and Williams along with Ron Nored (34.4 percent...
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September 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Get on the bus, Gus. Tennessee Volunteers basketball preview 2012-13

As a forward looking fan I maintain constantly evolving lists of coaches my school should look at in the event that Leonard Hamilton retires or moves on to another position. Hamilton is 64 years old. So who should FSU be looking at for his replacement? Cuonzo Martin used to be at the top of that list. And then, a little more than a year ago, he was hired at Tennessee...
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September 28, 2012  |  Discuss
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