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Video: Dakari Johnson’s turnaround at the foul line

After making just 12 of 25 free throws in Kentucky’s first five games, Dakari Johnson made his first seven on Tuesday night against Texas-Arlington. The sophomore finished 12-of-14 from the foul line, both career-highs. What was the difference? At today’s … Continue reading →
Via John Clay's Sidelines
1 hour ago

Draft Profile: Montrezl Harrell

Is Montrezl Harrell the best upperclassman in the country when looking to the 2015 NBA Draft? TeamLouisville YearJunior PositionPower Forward Age20 Height6-8 Weight240 Big Board Ranking8 Draft ProjectionLottery Pick Strengths: Terrific athlete Excellent rebounder Tough, high-intensity motor Can score inside and outside Improving set jump shooter Good post defender Great hands...
Via The Lottery Mafia
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Pressure’s On: Rakeem Christmas Needs to Avoid Decline as Competition Improves

Rakeem Christmas has been steady, but he cannot decline now. The senior big man for the Orange is averaging 16 points per game. Entering this season, Christmas had not scored more than 15 points in any game of his collegiate career. He is grabbing necessary rebounds, just under 10 per game. This is the type of play Orange Nation has waited for since he came out of high school. Why...
Via Orange Fizz
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Dakari Johnson, Tyler Ulis talk Providence, Thanksgiving and slowly improving (VIDEO)

The Kentucky Wildcats will play host to the Providence Friars on Sunday, and the Cats talked about the big game, as well as what they did over Thanksgiving, and what they’re doing in practice to keep improving, despite their red-hot start to the season. . Want to continue this Kentucky Wildcats discussion? Then be sure […]
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

North Carolina vs. Florida game preview

North Carolina hasn't played Florida since the 2000 NCAA tournament, when the Gators beat the Tar Heels for a chance to play in the championship game. Friday night's showdown in the Bahamas doesn't have nearly as much at stake. Looking to knock off its second consecutive ranked opponent, No. 5 North Carolina takes on No. 18 Florida in the Battle 4 Atlantis' fifth-place game. The...
Via AP on Fox
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State basketball preview: Marquette

Opponent: Marquette Golden Eagles When: Friday, November 28th at 9:00 pm Where: HP Field House in Orlando, Florida TV: ESPN2/WatchESPN Preview In the Orlando Classic semifinal on Friday night, the Spartans will try to slow down Marquette in a matchup that may be closer than people think. The winner of the game will face either No. 11 Kansas or Tennessee, who are playing in the...
Via isportsweb.com
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kansas Rolls Past Rhode Island: Four Factors

Kansas passed their first test at the 2014 Orlando Classic defeating Rhode Island, 76-60, on Thanksgiving. The Jayhawks were again led by junior forward Perry Ellis who finished with 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field. Ellis took advantage of the Rams’ smaller front line, which doesn’t feature a player taller than 6-foot-8, to continue his efficient shooting over...
Via Rock Chalk Blog
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Coll. of Charleston-West Virginia Preview

There are plenty of things Bob Huggins likes about his West Virginia team, but its recent work on the boards isn't one of them. The No. 21 Mountaineers might have a good chance to improve their rebounding Saturday night when hosting the College of Charleston, which has been among the nation's worst on the glass. Off to the program's best start since going 11-0 in 2009-10, West Virginia...
Via AP on Fox
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

North Carolina vs. Florida game preview

North Carolina hasn't played Florida since the 2000 NCAA tournament, when the Gators beat the Tar Heels for a chance to play in the championship game. Friday night's showdown in the Bahamas doesn't have nearly as much at stake. Looking to knock off its second consecutive ranked opponent, No. 5 North Carolina takes on No. 18 Florida in the Battle 4 Atlantis' fifth-place game. The...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

What Can Indiana Do to Overcome Its Glaring Issues Inside?

Collin Hartman’s play off the bench has been a consistent bright spot for Indiana this season. (Image via @IndianaMBBThere are certain circumstances surrounding the Hoosiers’ recent game against Eastern Washington that should not normally affect the team the remainder of this season. Assembly Hall will usually have a more raucous crowd than the one present on Monday, affected...
Via The Assembly Call
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Beyond the Box Score: Wisconsin 68, Georgetown 65

Last night we gave a recap of the big semifinal win in the Bahamas. Today let’s dig a little deeper into that box score. As we mentioned last night, this was a great team win. It was a nice test as the previous five teams gave little resistance to the Badgers. Having to come back against a good team is what Wisconsin needed early in this season. Bronson Koenig and Duje Dukan combined...
Via Madtown Badgers
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Valentine, Spartans look to stifle Marquette

Smothering each opponent since suffering its lone loss, Michigan State will likely have its sights set on slowing down Marquette's long-distance marksman. Denzel Valentine and the 20th-ranked Spartans will look to stifle Matt Carlino after he shot the Golden Eagles into Friday night's semifinal matchup in the Orlando Classic. Michigan State (4-1) has won three games by 27...
Via AP on Fox
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Valentine, Spartans look to stifle Marquette

Smothering each opponent since suffering its lone loss, Michigan State will likely have its sights set on slowing down Marquette's long-distance marksman. Denzel Valentine and the 20th-ranked Spartans will look to stifle Matt Carlino after he shot the Golden Eagles into Friday night's semifinal matchup in the Orlando Classic. Michigan State (4-1) has won three games by 27-plus points...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Off the Court with GSU Basketball: R.J. Hunter

R.J. Hunter, son of head coach Ron Hunter, is one of the most recognized students on campus. Earning first team all-conference honors twice, he became the first player to hit 100 3-pointers in program history during his sophomore season. Following Georgia State's 83-78 win over Oakland, Hunter is now sixth on the all-time scoring list with 1,264 points.
Via Georgia State - Official Site
4 hours ago

BBL: Cats give back for Thanksgiving

Big Blue Links for Friday: Illinois women upset Kentucky 77-71 in the Paradise Jam, reports Herald-Leader. Matthew Mitchell’s team fell behind 17-5 and never recovered, losing for the first time this season. UK plays Oklahoma today. John Calipari’s Cats showed … Continue reading →
Via John Clay's Sidelines
5 hours ago

Game Notes: La Salle @ Virginia

La Salle at Virginia  11/28/2014 9:30:00 PM |  TV:NBCSN | LIVE STATSI’m not terribly familiar with La Salle’s basketball program, only knowing for sure that they spent most of their 15-year NBA career with the Indiana Pacers.  The Explorers went 15-16 last season, but we’re just two years removed from them winning three NCAA Tournament games (with an asterisk, one ...
Via SCACC Hoops
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

FAIL: Wisconsin's Sam Dekker Celebrates ..... Punches Basketball into Teammate's Head

Wisconsin's Sam Dekker celebrates a win against Georgetown..by punching the ball...which smacks the head of a teammate. [Bleacher]Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
Via Bob's Blitz
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Wisconsin's Sam Dekker punches basketball into teammate's head during celebration (VIDEO)

The Wisconsin Badgers got a big 68-65 win on Thanksgiving over the Georgetown Hoyas, helping them advance to the Battle 4 Atlantis Finals. Wisconsin's Sam Dekker was so happy after the final buzzer he slammed the ball down before inadvertently punching it into teammate Nigel Hayes face. If Hayes is wearing a protective face mask in the finals, we'll know who to blame.
Via The Other Paper
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Baylor reaches Vegas title game as Memphis goes cold

LAS VEGAS -- The Baylor Bears' No. 6 ranked defense in the country was on full display in the second half against Memphis. Baylor held the Tigers to 19 percent (4 of 21) from the field in the half and went on to a 71-47 victory Thursday night at the Orleans Arena and advanced to the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday night. Baylor will face Illinois (5...
Via AP on Fox
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

UC Santa Barbara beats Washington State 71-43

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Zalmico Harmon scored 17 points, Alan Williams had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and UC Santa Barbara beat Washington State 71-43 on Thursday night in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout. UCSB (2-2) built a 34-12 first-half lead after Washington State shot 3 of 33 from the field and 0 for 14 from 3-point range. The Cougars (1-3) shot better in the second...
Via AP on Fox
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Baylor pulls from Memphis in 2nd half, wins 71-47

LAS VEGAS (AP) Taurean Prince scored 20 with five rebounds and Royce O'Neale added 16 to lead Baylor past Memphis 71-47 in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational Thursday night. Baylor (5-0) held Memphis to 19 percent (4 of 21) from the field in the second half to advance to the championship game against Illinois (5-0) Friday night. In the second half, the Bears outscored...
Via AP on Fox
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Huskies beat Spartans 78-56 in Wooden opener

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) Donaven Dorsey scored 17 points and Robert Upshaw tied his own school record with seven blocked shots, powering Washington to a 78-56 rout of San Jose State on Thursday night in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy tournament. It was the third time in four games that the 6-foot-11 Upshaw had at least seven blocks. He didn't have any in the Huskies'...
Via AP on Fox
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s win over UAB

Some thoughts following UF’s 56-47 win over UAB: – Florida coach Billy Donovan acknowledged that part of the offensive struggles in the halfcourt have to do with grasping the intricacies of his motion offense. Donovan says he tries to talk to his players about attacking schemes: “You can become very, very patterned, and very, very easy to scout. Or you can play with multiple...
Via Gatorsports.com - Hoops Scoop
13 hours ago

Mercer beats Rice 77-71 in OT in Alaska Shootout

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Ike Nwamu scored 21 points and Mercer made its last eight free throws in overtime to hold off Rice 77-71 on Thursday night in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout. Mercer (3-2) took a 71-66 lead when Nwamu recovered Seth Gearhart's turnover with 26 seconds left in overtime and made the first two of the Bears' final eight free throws. Rice (1-3) trailed...
Via AP on Fox
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Post-game awards: Rhode Island

On Thanksgiving, Kansas took down Rhode Island in the Orlando Classic quarterfinals, 76-60. Kansas got out to an early lead and never let it go. Kansas was fantastic in the first half, scoring 43 and giving up 25 points. Kansas moved the ball around and they made five of their first seven three-point attempts. Kansas dominated in every aspect of the game from field goal percentage...
Via Rock Chalk Blog
13 hours ago  |  Discuss
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