Scoop Jardine debuts as a commentator Wednesday

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While his former head coach Jim Boeheim goes for win No. 903 tonight – which will give him the second-most wins all time in men’s Division I basketball – Scoop Jardine begins his career as a television commentator.

Jardine will join SNY’s Big East Preview Show at 5:30 p.m. tonight, according to Donna Ditota of the Post Standard. Ditota also reported that Jardine will be in the SNY studio and will appear several times throughout the evening, as SNY airs two games Wednesday night.

“I was contacted about Scoop and my thought was, I knew he had a big personality, why not try him out on a preview show?,”SNY’s Vice President for Studio Programming and Production, Brian Como told the Post Standard. “He’s got an effervescent personality. He smiles a lot and he seems to have a nice cache about himself. And on TV, you need big personalities.”

According to Como, Jardine will talk about the Big East’s biggest storylines as conference play started this week.

The former Syracuse point guard is working as a television commentator after his hopes of playing professional were put on hold. Following his playing career at Syracuse, which ended this past spring, Jardine broke a bone in his right foot during a workout with the Utah Jazz. The Post-Standard stated that Jardine still wants to play professionally, but is still recovering from his injury suffered in June.

“It’s the first step to something special,” Jardine told the Post-Standard. “It’s a great opportunity for me to be on TV in the New York City area.”

“I feel like I’m networking,” added Jardine. “I’m getting television work until I’m back playing basketball. Hopefully, I can do this three times a week.”

The Philadelphia, Pa. native spent five years in Syracuse (redshirted in 2008-2009) averaging 8.9 points and 4.9 assists per game as a senior. Syracuse University is home to the renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, which has produced some of the top television commentators and personalities in sports, however Jardine majored in health and wellness.

Boeheim and Syracuse hosts Rutgers tonight in the conference opener for both teams. This is the Orange’s final season as a member of the Big East.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

Virginia, Seton Hall, Rhode Island, Vandy in NIT Tip-Off

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NEW YORK (AP) — Virginia and Vanderbilt will meet in one semifinal of the NIT Preseason Tip-Off on Thanksgiving Day at Barclays Center.

Rhode Island and Seton Hall face off in the other semifinal with the winners meeting on Friday, Nov. 24.

This is the third straight year the Tip-Off has been held at Barclays Center. Eventual NCAA champion Villanova won the event in 2015. All games will be televised on ESPNU.

Non-bracketed teams in the NIT Season Tip-Off who will play games at campus sites are: Austin Peay, Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, Oakland City and UNC Asheville.

Miles Bridges explain why he returned to Michigan State

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Miles Bridges changed the landscape of the 2017-18 college basketball season on April 13.

The Michigan State forward spurned the NBA for another year in East Lansing. The decision not only meant that Bridges was a frontrunner for national player of the year, but solidified the Spartans as a national title contender.

But Bridges’ choice to return was still puzzling to many. The 6-foot-7 forward was projected as a lottery pick. Bridges explained his decision to Mike Decourcy of Sporting News in a story published on Thursday.

“He says, ‘You know what, Coach? I want to get better. I don’t want to be in the D-League. I’ve got buddies that are, and I just want to make sure when I go, I’m ready,’ ” Izzo recalled to Sporting News. “I looked at him and I said, ‘Done deal.’ For me, that was a done deal. It was a reasonable, sensible argument.”

Agents, friends, reporters, scouts, acquaintances, fans, strangers and family members — oh and, as we said, coaches — all had one opinion about how Bridges should spend the next year of his life. Miles had another, opposing, viewpoint.

Bridges told Decourcy that support came from his teammates, many of whom were returning to the team as well. Assuming the backcourt of Cassius Winston and Josh Langford make a leap forward, as well as incoming freshman Jaren Jackson providing an immediate impact, the Spartans’ title hopes could become a reality.

Bridges averaged 16.9 points, 8.3 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.5 blocks as a freshman at Michigan State. He’s rated as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.

Four conferences sign on to basketball officiating alliance

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Four more Division I conferences will join a men’s basketball officiating alliance formed last year by the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East, the Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association.

The Big South, the Ivy League, the Northeast and the Patriot League are joining ahead of the 2017-18 season, according to announcements from the leagues Thursday. The alliance launched last summer for conferences to work together on officiating matters and enhance training, development, recruitment, retention and feedback for officials.

John Cahill, the Big East’s supervisor of officials, and Bryan Kersey, the ACC’s coordinator of men’s basketball officiating, will continue to lead the alliance operations.

ACC commissioner John Swofford says the new additions to the alliance “provide an even greater opportunity to build chemistry and quality” across the officiating ranks.

North Carolina to unveil national championship banner in October

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The latest addition to the rafters of the Dean Dome will be unveiled this fall.

North Carolina will raise the banner for its 2017 national championship on Oct. 13, according to a report from Inside Carolina.

The event will coincide with the Tar Heels’ “Late Night With Roy” event that marks the public start to the season for the program and also serves, like many other top programs, as a recruiting tool.

North Carolina won its sixth NCAA national championship in April by defeating Gonzaga, 71-65, in Phoenix to avenge its last-second loss in the title game to Villanova the year prior. It was the Tar Heels’ first championship since 2009.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.