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Bader will stay put, chase Redick’s record at Oakland next season

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Welcome to the Pollyanna News Report. We’ve heard so much about college basketball stars as “free agents” recently, I thought I’d take a look at a kid who plans to dance with the partner what brung him, even though is skills could theoretically land him a title shot at a major program if he chose to transfer.

Travis Bader is well known to college hoops aficionados as a deadeye shooter who engaged in thrilling scoring duels with SDSU’s Nate Wolters in the Summit League last season. Bader received his Communications degree from Oakland in 2012, but still has a year of eligibility remaining: the classic graduate transfer opportunity. A reliable shooter like Bader could probably have found a Luke Hancock-like role for a contender, but Bader says he’s staying put.

“Oakland has given me this great opportunity and they saw a great player in me when nobody else did,” Bader told the Oakland Press.
“I’m just really comfortable with the coaches and the players here … I couldn’t imagine leaving my brothers here at Oakland.”

Bader also has a shot at a pretty high-profile record, wherever he plays his final year. He currently holds the Michigan school’s record with 357 made three-pointers. The NCAA career record is 457, held by polarizing former Duke Blue Devil J.J. Redick. Bader has averaged well over 100 triples per season over his past two years in Rochester.

The Golden Grizzlies will play in the Horizon League next year, so Bader’s quest for the 3-point title will come against a host of unfamiliar opponents, though the new in-conference rivalry with Detroit should prove to be intense. However it plays out, Bader’s record chase should be an individual effort worth watching in the upcoming season.

Eric Angevine is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew: