2013 NBA Draft

The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

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Arizona’s Sean Miller: Being ranked No. 1 a ‘great compliment’ (Sporting News)
On Monday Arizona reached the top spot in the national polls for the first time since 2003, and while it’s only December this is still an important achievement for Sean Miller’s team. When he took over the program wasn’t in the best shape, but that certainly has changed under the former Xavier head coach. And instead of running from the top ranking and the pressure that comes with it, Arizona’s going to embrace it’s position.

Michigan’s John Beilein remains split on college basketball rules changes (MLive.com)
While the loudest opinions regarding the rules “changes” in college basketball tend to be either for or against them, there are a number of coaches who sit in the middle so to speak. One of those coaches is Michigan’s John Beilein, who likes the new hand-checking initiative but remains a bit skeptical of the block/charge initiative.

Iowa State men, women sitting atop college basketball world (Des Moines Register)
There are now just two schools in the country whose men’s and women’s basketball teams are currently undefeated: UConn and Iowa State. And for the Cyclones that’s quite the achievement for the programs currently run by Fred Hoiberg and Bill Fennelly.

High Point forward Allan Chaney’s career ends due to heart concerns (CBS Sports)
High Point forward Allan Chaney was one of the sport’s greatest comeback stories last season, returning to the floor after a heart ailment nearly ended his career to lead the Panthers to a 12-4 conference record while earning first team All-Big South honors. But due to a mid-game incident involving his internal defibrillator during a game last month Chaney’s been forced to retire.

CCSU/Hartford basketball rivalry is blooming once again (Hartford Courant)
After struggling for much of the early portion of the season both Central Connecticut State and Hartford are in good spirits entering their meeting tonight. The Hawks dealt with a tough travel schedule while also being without the services of forward Nate Sikma, whose return should benefit Mark Nwakamma inside. Meanwhile CCSU has begun to give the effort on the defensive end that head coach Howie Dickenman didn’t think they were giving earlier in the year.

Real Basketball Moms of Kentucky (New York Times)
The way in which parents support their sports-playing children has been a point of conversation in recent years, with there being both positives and negatives to that. In Kentucky six parents whose sons play basketball have signed deals with a production company that specializes in reality television shows.

K-State basketball shows signs of progress (Topeka Capital Journal)
Bruce Weber’s Wildcats will be looking for their fourth straight win on Tuesday night when they host South Dakota, but despite the recent run of success there are still areas in which the Wildcats are looking to improve. Those areas include turnovers (16.5 per game over their last four contests) and free throw shooting.

Purdue’s Sterling Carter – student-athlete, father and not necessarily in that order (Indianapolis Journal)
Purdue fifth-year senior Sterling Carter has a lot on his plate these days with the birth of his daughter last month.

Five-star 2017 guard Lonnie Walker cuts list to five schools

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Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker is coming off of a very good summer as he trimmed his list to five schools on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-4 native of Reading, Pennsylvania is still considering Arizona, Kentucky, Miami, Syracuse and Villanova, he announced on Twitter.

Regarded as the No. 26 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, Walker played with Team Final in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer as he averaged 16.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Walker shot 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and 72 percent from the free-throw line.

An efficient scorer who is learning to drive with both hands, Walker is very talented and the type of guard who might also be able to handle a bit as well.

VIDEO: Jim Boeheim makes TV appearance to talk Carmelo Anthony

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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has drawn attention for some recent comments about former Orange star Carmelo Anthony.

After Anthony captured his record third gold medal with USA Basketball, his former college coach told Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard that Anthony didn’t have a great chance at winning an NBA title.

“He’s unlikely to win an NBA title,” Boeheim said of Anthony. “He’s never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title.”

Boeheim maintains that he was speaking of Melo’s legacy being about more than an NBA title and that he’s one of the game’s greats thanks to other accomplishments like the Syracuse title and gold medals. On SportsCenter, Boeheim made sure to stress where those comments were coming from, while also making sure his kids would stop being mad at him.

It’s much easier to understand where Boeheim is coming from in this instance and it clears up something that will probably go away now.

Big Ten releases conference schedule

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 22:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts against the Virginia Cavaliers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 22, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The Big Ten released its 2016-17 conference schedule on Thursday as the conference season begins on Dec. 27 with a four-game set.

Conference play will conclude on March 5th before the 20th annual Big Ten Tournament is played at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. from March 8-12.

Some notable games include Penn State hosting Michigan State at the Palestra on Jan. 7.

You can view the full Big Ten schedule here.

Arizona’s Talbott Denny injures knee, out for season

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona senior forward Talbott Denny will miss the season after tearing the ACL and medial meniscus in his left knee.

The school said Wednesday that the 6-foot-5 graduate transfer from Lipscomb will have surgery.

Denny, from Tucson’s Salpointe Catholic High School, missed all of last season at Lipscomb because of a shoulder injury.

Roy Williams: ‘There’s no question’ more ACC games equal no Kentucky in non-conference

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 23: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the Iowa State Cyclones at the AT&T Center on March 23, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Back in June, when the ACC officially announced that they would be expanding the league schedule to 20 games in 2019, I tried to warn you that it was going to put a dent into the non-conference schedule and the amount of quality, on-campus games that we’ll get prior to January.

Roy Williams essentially confirmed this as fact this week.

The North Carolina head coach hopped on a podcast with ESPN and more or less said that the bigger league schedule is going to lead to an end of some of UNC’s marquee home-and-home series.

“My feeling right now, and it could change by ’19, heck I could be fired by ’19, but my feeling right now is to play our conference schedule, play one exempt event where you have really good teams, and other than that play home games to help out your revenue and help out your budget,” Williams said. “We have the ACC/Big Ten and that’s not going to go away. So it’s 21 games already scheduled.”

When asked specifically if this would put an end to UNC’s series with Kentucky, Williams said, “Oh yeah, there’s no question. Why would I need to do that?”

There’s two reasons this makes sense. On the one hand, North Carolina needs to fill their home arena a certain number of times to help with the bottom line of the athletic department. They make enough off of ticket sales, merchandise sales, parking fees and food and beverage that they can afford to pay out more than $50,000 to bring a smaller opponent into their arena. More than that, playing a series of weaklings early in the year allows players to gain confidence, it allows Williams to figure out what his rotation will be and who can handle playing at this level, and it gives newcomers a chance to assimilate into his team against players that just aren’t that good.

And when a larger ACC schedule severely limits the number of non-conference games that UNC will be able to play, what’s going to get cut are the contracts that require the Tar Heels to play on the road when they don’t have to.

So buh-bye, Kentucky, it is.