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  • Around the Rim in the ACC: Here Come the Cardinals

    Around the Rim in the ACC: Here Come the Cardinals

    Check out what’s happening above the rim in the ACC since the NCAA Tournament ended in April. Here Come the Cardinals The ACC is, by and large, a conference noted for it’s basketball, so that’s why adding the Louisville Cardinals with their steeped hoops tradition made perfect sense.  For a historical refresher, the Cardinals have 20 Sweet Sixteens, 13 Elite Eights, 10 Final Fours, and three National Championships to add to the mix in the ACC.  Then, look at the richness of the Rick Pitino Era.  He has accumulated 11 of 13 NCAA berths in his tenure with five Elite Eights, […]

     
  • Around the Rim in the SEC: Auburn dominates off-season with Pearl hiring

    Around the Rim in the SEC: Auburn dominates off-season with Pearl hiring

    In the next few weeks, I will be dribbling across the hardwood in the major conferences examining what’s since the seasons have ended and attention is turned to the 2014-15 campaigns.  First up is the SEC where a familiar face returns to the sideline but in a different venue. In the News: Pearl already making a splash at Auburn Auburn basketball has wallowed in the catacombs of the SEC long enough.  AD Jay Jacobs agreed and hired one of the top coaches in the game in Bruce Pearl, who had made his presence felt at ESPN after an unnecessary three-year show-cause […]

     
  • Northern Arizona’s Vic Sfera – Fall in love with the process

    Credit: NAU Athletics

    March 13th officially marked the end of the 2013-14 season for the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks. We had won our last four regular season games, finished the conference season tied for 2nd place, and were hoping to ride that momentum into our conference tournament. Unfortunately we fell a little short, losing our quarterfinal game by two points. While we did not accomplish everything we wanted to do this season we were much improved from the year before and we went out with a fight. As a a staff, we were extremely proud of the way our guys battled and showed […]

     
  • Pearl already moving Auburn forward in new era of Tigers hoops

    Credit: Auburn University

    Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs not only hit a home run with the hiring of popular Bruce Pearl on March 24; he hit a grand slam, out of the ball park, and across the street.   Tabbing the successful 54-yard old coach almost immediately was a stellar move on Jacobs’ part based on the fact that Pearl literally was going to be an employable basketball coach for “about 15 minutes,” once the NCAA’s quizzical three-year show-cause ended. “It’s been really, really busy,” noted Pearl, “You know the reception has been beyond my wildest expectations since I got off the plane-from the […]

     
  • National champion Huskies do it their way

    Credit: UConn Athletic Communications/Stephen Slade

    This felt like 1999 all over again. It’s exactly the way in which Jim Calhoun – a gravedigger and granite cutter in the Boston suburbs during his spare time off the court in his formative basketball days – would have done it. It wasn’t pretty, sexy or overwhelming. It won’t corner the market on the -est words – greatest, sweetest, toughest, etc. – that we associate with so many championship teams. But if there was ever a group representative of the new college basketball kingdom carved out of a cow pasture in central Connecticut, this year’s group of Huskies are […]