Austin Hatch has had a rough high school career. And almost all of his trials have come off the court.
The 6-6 forward, who has stuck with his commitment to Michigan since his sophomore year (and they to him), survived not one, but two plane crashes, the first killing his mother and two siblings, another taking the lives of his dad, stepmother and a family dog and landing him in critical condition.
As a result of his injuries, he missed almost a full year of high school and was granted an additional prep year to get his academics in order and fully recover from his injuries.
Now, Hatch has decided to finish his prep career in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times is reporting Hatch will enroll at Los Angeles Loyola High School, where he will live with a family member in Pasadena while he finishes high school. Hatch had previously attended the Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Ind.
He’s still recovering from a severe head injury he suffered in the June 24, 2011 plane crash and it’s unclear whether he’ll be physically able to play. And more importantly, he’ll need approval from the California Interscholastic Federation, Southern Section, first. He was granted the extra year of high school eligibility by the Indiana High School Athletic Association, so this will be an entirely different appeal process.
If he is able to play, Hatch will go against stiffer competition in the CIF than he would’ve in the IHSAA. But he also steps into a solid program. Loyola has won three CIF titles in boy’s basketball since 2002 — four in total — the last coming in 2011. It was also named one of the top all-boys prep athletic programs in the nation by ESPN Rise from 2008-2011.
No. 15 Cincinnati pounced on Memphis from the start, taking a 51-32 lead into halftime.
Then, Gary Clark decided to add insult to injury to start the second half. Seriously, how did he catch that?
Mick Cronin’s team is much better offensively than in previous seasons. I’m sure fans in the Fifth Third Arena can get used to seeing more plays like this.
Michigan State freshman guard Cassius Winston had just one field goal in the first half. And it was a half-court buzzer-beater as the Spartans capped a sizable run to take a 49-31 lead over Nebraska going into the break.
The Spartans ended the half on a 21-5 run.
Winston provided a serious boost off the bench during that stanza. Moments earlier, he helped the Breslin Center erupt when he lobbed a pass off the backboard to teammate Miles Bridges.
Michigan State opened the day projected as one of the final at-large bids in the NCAA Tournament. The margin for error is thing and it appears the Spartans are playing with a sense of urgency.
Wednesday’s slate of games had several wild results.
Former Ohio State walk-on turned blogger turned author Mark Titus, who is currently writing for The Ringer, joined Rob Dauster on the latest episode of the CBT Podcast to go over last night’s games. The two also discussed who is the best team in the nation at the moment, as well Frank Mason III’s rap single from several years ago #BIFM
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North Carolina’s Roy Williams called fellow Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino to apologize for a fan’s behavior during Wednesday night’s game in Chapel Hill.
While leaving the floor at halftime, Pitino had to be restrained by members of the Louisville coaching staff and he and a UNC fan exchanged words as he made his way to the locker rom. There’s video of Pitino pointing and shouting at a fan, who reportedly said, “Pitino, you suck!”
“I don’t like that,” Williams said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “I mean we’re in North Carolina. We don’t have to be like everybody else. We can raise Cain. You can boo, but you don’t have to say the stuff that we as coaches have to put up with.”
“I hope that never happens at North Carolina ever again.”
No. 8 North Carolina defeated No. 7 Louisville, 74-63.
STILL TO PLAY
Georgia at Alabama (RPI: 68, KenPom: 61, next four teams), 7:00 p.m.
Nebraska at Michigan State (RPI: 43, KenPom: 55, No. 10 seed), 7:00 p.m.
Towson at UNC Wilmington (RPI: 41, KenPom: 57, No. 12 seed), 7:00 p.m.