As part of last season’s Marquette Madness there was an epic karaoke showdown between head coach Buzz Williams and starting point guard Junior Cadougan.
While the point guard sang Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” the coach went with “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, and who won the contest…well I don’t really know who won a display like that.
But the senior from Toronto needed something to do after the Golden Eagles’ season ended in the Sweet 16, much to the delight of the choir that he “joined.”
Here’s a video that Marquette put together of things some of their players did to pass time in the off-season:
The Golden Eagles lost two starters from last season’s Sweet 16 team but they were major losses as Big East Player of the Year Jae Crowder and guard Darius Johnson-Odom were both first-team All-Big East selections.
Their departures means that more will be asked of players such as Cadougan, Jamil Wilson, Vander Blue and Todd Mayo this season.
Cadougan averaged 6.3 points and a team-best 5.4 assists per game last season, with the latter figure ranking 5th in the Big East.
There clearly will be more opportunities for the senior with Crowder and Johnson-Odom gone. But more opportunities for Junior to sing? We’ll see.
La Salle announced on Friday that they are parting ways with head coach John Giannini.
Giannini had been the head coach of the program for 14 seasons, amassing a record of 212-226. Before taking over at La Salle, he spent seven seasons as the head coach at Rowan and eight seasons coaching at Maine.
“Today Bill Bradshaw and I mutually agreed that La Salle University could benefit from a new voice in leading the program,” said Dr. Giannini. “It is difficult to admit this but I have given every effort possible for success and I have received nothing but support and encouragement from Bill and President Hanycz. Greater things may be accomplished for this storied program and great university with the approach of a new coach. I am forever grateful, especially to my loyal staff and dedicated student-athletes. I look forward to my next challenge and La Salle’s future success.”
Kentucky clarifies ‘false reports’ they did not shake Kansas State hands after loss
After Kansas State knocked off Kentucky in the Sweet 16, the purple Wildcats alleged that the blue Wildcats did not shake their hands after the game.
“They didn’t shake our hands,” Kansas State junior guard Amaad Wainright told ESPN last night. “It’s sorry.”
“They know what they did.”
Kentucky bristled at the allegations.
There were several false reports last night that our players didn’t shake hands after the game. Our student-athletes did shake hands with the K-State staff while the team was celebrating. Good luck to @KStateMBB and @RamblersMBB in the Elite Eight. pic.twitter.com/lvo8tQjcME
BOSTON — The NCAA has changed their interpretation of the rule that kept Isaac Haas out of the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Haas broke his elbow in Purdue’s first round win over Cal St.-Fullerton, but he was not allowed to play in a second round game against Butler because his brace did not meet NCAA standards.
So they changed those standards.
“With ample time this week to review the intent of the playing rule, the committee decided to provide a more contemporary interpretation, while keeping health and safety for all players the highest priority,” said Gavitt. “Technology has improved materials used in braces, so now there will be more flexibility in applying the rule as long as the brace is fully covered and padded. Isaac and other players in similar circumstances should be able to play, as long as the brace is safe for all.”
Sources have told NBC Sports that, despite Haas’ lobbying to get onto the court, he is not expected to play on Friday night. If he does, it will be in a very limited capacity.
“He didn’t practice the last two days,” Painter said on Thursday, “and when you don’t practice, you don’t play.”
“I don’t see him playing until he can practice and show me he can shoot a right-handed free throw and get a rebound with two hands.”
USC junior forward Chimezie Metu announced on Thursday evening that he will be declaring for the NBA draft:
Thanks for all the love today! 🙏🏾 Also want to use this chance to announce that I have declared for the NBA Draft. HUGE thanks to my teammates, coaches, and all of the great ppl at SC the last 3 yrs have been unforgettable #FightOnForeverpic.twitter.com/Ei9irBRsDD
This decision is not surprising. Metu finished his degree — Law History and Culture — in three seasons. He held himself out of USC’s NIT games in an effort to keep himself from getting injured with NBA workouts on the horizon.
Metu averaged 15.7 points, 7.4 boards and 1.6 blocks for the Trojans this season. He is considered a borderline first round pick.
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