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A Mother’s Day story for all

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Let’s all take a brief break from looking at what lies ahead for the 2013-14 college basketball season, speculating where Andrew Wiggins will be playing next season, and how Rick Pitino has been on the hottest of hot streaks lately.

Stories like what Pete Kahler and his family have been going through for the better part of a year truly put the game we all love in perspective.

Pete Kahler is the video analyst and editor for the University of Michigan basketball team. Like all people who pursue a career in college basketball, Kahler has been working his way up the ladder beginning as a graduate assistant video coordinator at Ohio University for then coach Tim O’Shea, moving to Smithfield, RI to become the Director of Basketball Operations for O’Shea when he took the head coaching position at Bryant University, and finally reaching his current position at Michigan in 2010.

Kahler was well on his way, but in the spring of 2012, while working in the Michigan Stadium press boxes as the basketball offices were being remodeled, his entire life turned upside down after receiving the most devastating call of his life informing him that his mother, Katie Kahler, suffered a massive stroke. In the coming days, she would undergo multiple brain surgeries to remove an aneurysm that caused a blood clot, and doctors were unsure whether she would make it or not.

The weeks leading up to and after the surgeries were exceptionally trying for Pete and his family, but when Katie awoke from her initial surgery, he knew his mom would pull through this.

“That was the point I knew she was going to be all right,” he said. “I didn’t really care what anybody else told us. I just knew it at that point. I knew it wouldn’t be easy. There would be setbacks. But I knew she was going to be OK—and OK for me was alive.”

Fast forward a year, and Katie is alive and well. Of course, she has the doctors and her family’s unending support to thank for her recovery, but the Michigan basketball team contributed, as well:

“[Katie] would call me (Pete) and we’d talk about basketball. I can tell she’s really getting into it. She became the biggest Michigan basketball fan. She hounded my dad to go to a game.”

As difficult as this time has been for Pete, his parents have continued to support him despite the many distractions off the court:

“My dad told me, ‘You worked at places [Bryant] where you were 1-29. You might not ever get to be part of something like this again. You need to realize that and live in the moment.'” Pete said. “My mom’s nodding and saying, ‘Absolutely you do.’

The Kahler’s hail from Ohio, so cheering on the Maize and Blue has been difficult at times, but Katie has developed into one of their biggest fans. When Michigan advanced to the Final Four in Atlanta, there was little doubt Katie would be making the trip south:

“The fact that she was there … nothing else mattered at that point. I looked at her in the stands [after beating Syracuse] and got a little choked up thinking, ‘She’s alive and she’s here.’ This [game] was just the cherry on top of everything.”

Katie Kahler’s miraculous recovery demonstrates how sports have an uncanny way of providing hope and something to believe in even during the darkest and bleakest of times. Watching Pete’s Final Four run with Michigan was a welcoming distraction for Katie, and what a beautiful distraction it was as Michigan nearly won the National Championship.

Here on Mother’s Day, let’s all be thankful for the beautiful and wonderful mothers out there.

You can find Kevin on twitter @KLDoyle11

Carter leads No. 2 Maryland past Cleveland State, 80-63

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Robert Carter had 17 points and eight rebounds to help No. 2 Maryland beat Cleveland State 80-63 on Saturday night.

Jared Nickens added 16 points, and freshman Diamond Stone had a season-high 15 points for Maryland (6-0), set for a showdown with No. 9 North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.

Demonte Flannigan scored 11 of his 20 points in the first half, and Rob Edwards added 14 points for Cleveland State (2-4), which was 3 of 12 (25 percent) from 3-point range. Vinny Zollo went 5 of 7 from the field and had 11 points for the Vikings.

Maryland led by just four at the break and took control by increasing the pressure to open the second half. A dunk by Stone capped an 8-0 run and the Terrapins led 45-33 with 17:06 left.

From there, the Terps used their size and depth to wear down the Vikings, who could not get closer than nine points the rest of the way. Nickens and Jake Layman hit 3-pointers and Maryland opened a 64-49 lead with 7:43 remaining.

The 6-foot-7 Flannagan picked up his fourth foul with just under 10 minutes left, hampering the Vikings at both ends of the court. A putback by Nickens and a pair of free throws boosted Terrapins’ margin to 70-53 with 5:18 left and they were never threatened the rest of the way.

Maryland was 15 of 18 from the free-throw line and had a 27-22 rebounding edge.

Maryland could not shake Cleveland State in the opening half and a jumper by Kenny Carpenter gave the Vikings their first lead, 25-24, with 8:03 left. Nickens responded with three straight 3-pointers that helped the Terps take a 37-33 lead at halftime

Maryland shot 14 of 23 (60.9 percent) in the opening half.


Cleveland State: The Vikings also lost their only other matchup against the Terrapins, 95-84, on Dec. 5 1984. … Maryland was Cleveland State highest-ranked opponent since Nov. 26, 1999, when it lost to No. 1 Cincinnati, 90-56.

Maryland: The Terrapins won their 29th consecutive game at home against an unranked team. … Maryland extended its winning streak in November to 16 games, having not lost since Nov. 17, 2013, against Oregon State (90-83).


Cleveland State is at Toledo on Wednesday night.

Maryland plays at No. 9 North Carolina on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Kris Dunn vs. Denzel Valentine; Two 6-0 teams from Ohio battle in Orlando

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 3 Michigan State vs. Providence, 9:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Two Player of the Year candidates lock horns on Sunday night as Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine battles Providence’s Kris Dunn. Both players are strong threats to record a triple-double each time they take the floor and both are key reasons why their teams are 6-0. The Friars could probably use this game a bit more than Michigan State since they enter this game unranked and could use another confidence-boosting win for a team filled with newer players. As for the Spartans, winning the Wooden Legacy would mean another great accomplishment before December even started for a team that has national title aspirations.

THIS ONE’S GOOD TOO: No. 23 Xavier vs. Dayton, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

These two 6-0 teams from Ohio will meet in Orlando in the championship game of the AdvoCare Invitational. The Musketeers have six different players averaging at least 9.7 points per game this season as they’ve received great balance on the offensive end. As for Dayton, Charles Cooke as emerged as a go-to player early this season while guard Scoochie Smith has also been outstanding. This will be the first time these two schools have played since Feb. 16, 2013.


  • One of the fun teams to watch this week has been Monmouth and their amusing end-of-bench antics. On the floor, the Hawks knocked off Notre Dame and gave Dayton a scare and they’ll face USC for the second time this season to close out the AdvoCare Invitational. The Trojans won the first one 101-90, but this is a 12:30 p.m. EST tip, so that could benefit Monmouth the second time around.
  • Wisconsin visiting No. 7 Oklahoma is an intriguing Sunday matchup. The Badgers could certainly use a true road win here as they’re off to a 4-2 start. The Sooners get more of a real test after only playing Memphis as a notable opponent their first three games.
  • Also going on in the AdvoCare Invitational is No. 20 Wichita State facing Iowa and No. 17 Notre Dame battling Alabama. The Shockers are going without senior starters Fred Van Vleet and Anton Grady as they try to escape Orlando with a win. Notre Dame is hoping to close out the event strong after its surprising upset to Monmouth.
  • Action also continues in Anaheim at the Wooden Legacy as No. 11 Arizona will take on Boise State, while Boston College plays Santa Clara and UC Irvine faces Evansville. Arizona will look to get back on the right track after the close loss to Providence in the semifinals.
  • No. 6 Duke gets an afternoon tilt with Utah State at home before they face Indiana during the week. It’ll be interesting to see if Blue Devil freshman wing Brandon Ingram keeps his strong play going from earlier in the week.
  • UCLA returns home and could badly use a win against Cal State Northridge. The Bruins went a disappointing 1-2 in the Maui Invitational and need to get back on the right track before the face No. 1 Kentucky next week.


  • Brown vs. No. 25 SMU, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)


  • Jackson State at Marquette, 12:30 p.m.
  • Rider at Rhode Island, 1:00 p.m.
  • Savannah State at South Florida, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • South Carolina State at Kansas State, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • Northern Colorado at Colorado, 2:00 p.m. (PAC12)
  • UC Santa Barbara at Arizona State, 4:00 p.m. (PAC12)