March 31, 2015
THE THREE No. 1 seeds in the Final Four are 106-7. And then there is Michigan State (27-11), a team that can't be evaluated off regular-season performance because its coach, Tom Izzo, has developed a formula to get the Spartans to peak in mid-March. Saturday's second national semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will not only be a rematch of last year's semi (won by Kentucky, 74-73), with many of the same participants, it will match the nation's most efficient offense (Wisconsin's)
March 20, 2015 |
KENTUCKY opened as 32-point favorites against Hampton. Vegas Vic has them at 34. By the time the game starts tonight (9:40, CBS), the line could be 35. It's Vic's highest spread total since Duke was a 34-point favorite against Alabama State in 2004 and covered it with a 96-61 win. Yep. The Dookies were laying 34 and won by 35. In the SEC semifinals this year, Kentucky was favored by 24 1/2 over Auburn and won by 24 (91-67). In the conference title game, the Wildcats beat Florida by 25. They were 13 1/2-point favorites.
February 27, 2015 |
Jahlil Okafor scored a career-best 30 points, including four in overtime, and No. 4 Duke beat host Virginia Tech 91-86 Wednesday night for the Blue Devils' eighth straight victory. Okafor also grabbed nine rebounds and showed no ill effects of the sprained left ankle that caused him to miss the Blue Devils' last game. Quinn Cook added 26 points and Justise Winslow had 15 for Duke (25-3, 12-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Jalen Hudson scored a career-high 23 points for Virginia Tech (10-18, 2-13)
February 23, 2015 |
Quinn Cook matched a career high with 27 points for No. 4 Duke, and the Blue Devils playing without star Jahlil Okafor, routed Clemson, 78-56, on Saturday in Durham, N.C. Three freshmen - Justise Winslow (20 points), Tyus Jones (11) and Grayson Allen (10) - also reached double figures to help Duke (24-3, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) win its seventh straight. Jaron Blossomgame had 10 points to lead Clemson (15-12, 7-8), which lost for the fourth time in five games and was denied its first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 20 years.
February 19, 2015 |
ONCE UPON a time - January 1992 to be exact - there were rumors the Sixers were about to trade Charles Barkley to the Lakers for James Worthy and Elden Campbell. It never happened, but just the thought of it was enough to drive Barkley to drink. "I get a call from my agent one morning and he said, 'Philly has traded you to the Lakers,' " Barkley told Sports Illustrated. "So I went to lunch and started drinking. I'm [bleeping] so excited that I am going to the Lakers. "Three hours later I get a [bleeping]
February 16, 2015 |
Jahlil Okafor had 23 points and 13 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season, outplaying Syracuse big man Rakeem Christmas as No. 4 Duke beat the Orange, 80-72, on Saturday night in Syracuse, N.Y. Duke (22-3, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its fifth straight and withstood a standout performance from ex-Blue Devil Michael Gbinije, who scored a career-high 27 points for Syracuse. Syracuse (16-9, 7-5) had exhibited plenty of grit in the two games since a postseason ban was announced as the school awaits the results of an NCAA investigation into the athletic department.
January 30, 2015 |
Jerian Grant had 23 points and 12 assists, and No. 8 Notre Dame made two shots in the final 67 seconds as the shot clock ran out to beat No. 4 Duke, 77-73, on Wednesday night in South Bend. Duke (17-3, 4-3) is off to its worst start in Atlantic Coast Conference play since opening the 1995-96 season at 3-4. Jahlil Okafor led Duke with 22 points and 17 rebouinds, but he was 2 of 7 from the free-throw line. Lafayette 59, Colgate 54 - Sophomore Nick Lindner hit both ends of a one-and-one twice in the final 13.3 seconds to ice the road win. Dan Trist led Lafayette (12-8, 4-5 Patriot League)
January 22, 2015 |
MIKE KRZYZEWSKI'S college basketball teams have won 999 games. His Duke teams have won four national championships, been to 11 Final Fours, won 12 ACC regular-season titles and 13 ACC Tournaments. He was also the head coach for the USA when it won two Olympic gold medals and two world championships. Two years ago, Rick Pitino called him "our John Wooden. " Coach K can get win No. 1,000 as early as Sunday against St. John's. Nobody is ever going to touch Wooden's 10 national titles because the game has changed so much from the 1960s and 1970s.
December 24, 2014 |
GIVEN THAT all the superpowers know they will be in the tournament before the season ever begins, regular-season games are rarely must-watch anymore. Kentucky at Louisville on Saturday is must-watch. The teams will arrive at the KFC Yum! Center, hard by the Ohio River in the 'Ville's downtown, with combined records of 23-0 and rankings of No. 1 (Kentucky) and No. 4 (Louisville). Rick Pitino's Cardinals team lost most of the key players from the 2013 national champs and last season's Sweet 16 team, which was knocked out by Kentucky.
November 23, 2014 |
NEW YORK – The emphasis Temple placed on defense this offseason was apparent Friday against Duke. Unfortunately for Temple, there was no offense to go along with it. Facing the No. 4 team in the nation, the Owls made just 37.3 percent of their shots (22 of 59 ) and committed more turnovers (17) than assists (six) in falling to the Blue Devils, 74-54, at the Coaches for Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center. Temple, which will face UNLV here in the consolation game, fell to 2-1. Will Cummings paced the Owls with 18 points.