Cincinnati, Nebraska agree to home-and-home series

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Both Cincinnati and Nebraska moved one step closer to finalizing their respective non-conference schedules, as it was announced Thursday that the two schools have agreed to a home-and-home series.

The first of the two meetings will take place at Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Arena on December 23, with the Huskers hosting the return meeting during the 2014-15 season.

Cincinnati’s entering its first season as a member of the American Athletic Conference, and while there are still some quality conference opponents on the schedule it’s nothing like the gauntlet that awaited them annually as a member of the Big East.

With that in mind, head coach Mick Cronin and athletic director Whit Babcock will need to do more when it comes to the non-conference portion of the schedule in future seasons. Why? Doing so will ensure that Cincinnati’s strength of schedule numbers put them in a good spot when NCAA tournament time rolls around.

The question regarding the Cincinnati/Nebraska series is this: which sport did the influencing, basketball or football? Also announced was a two-game series in football, which will provide a considerable boost to the Bearcats’ schedule in that sport.

The Bearcats and Huskers will play at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. on Sept. 12, 2020 season. Nebraska will return the game and play at Cincinnati on Sept. 13, 2025.

Cincinnati (1885) and Nebraska (1890) have combined to play 248 seasons of football, but have met only once on the gridiron, a 41-0 road loss for the Bearcats in 1906.

The strength of schedule dilemma is even more pronounced in football (especially when Louisville and Rutgers leave the American in 2014), and that was even an issue when the Big East (football-wise) was intact.

As for Nebraska, the addition of Cincinnati to the schedule gives head coach Tim Miles a tough opponent on a non-conference schedule that currently includes FGCU, Miami and a spot in the Charleston Classic (the Huskers open against UMass, which should be a contender in the Atlantic 10).

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson’s coach is holding a sleeping baby

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LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:

This is peak AAU basketball.

It will never be more AAU than that.

PHOTOS: Zion Williamson, LaMelo Ball showdown was, of course, insane

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In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.

The crowd was insane for the game:

According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.

Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:

At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:

(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.

South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.

Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.

The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan:

VIDEO: Kentucky’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge

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A day after Grayson Allen threw an alley-oop to Trevon Duval for Duke’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge, Kentucky’s team of freshmen decided to do one of their own:

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/889947577734574085

That would be, in order, Johnny David, Jarrod Vanderbilt, Nick Richards, PJ Washington and Kevin Knox abusing some poor sap’s rim somewhere in Lexington.

But was that better than John Calipari’s attempt?