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  • 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 […]

     
  • Pitino excited and honored as NIT Champion

    NEW YORK CITY- The game capped off arguably the most memorable week of college basketball at this famed edifice. In a seven day period, Madison Square Garden was host to seven games of thrilling proportion. On this Thursday evening game number seven saw Minnesota and SMU battle for the championship of the National Invitation Tournament. In a game decided in the final minute but still not settled until that final possession, Minnesota emerged victorious 65-63. The celebration lasted a little longer on the court. The Minnesota players, coaches and devoted followers wanted to hold onto this moment. Phones captured pictures […]