hawkeyes

Late Night Snacks: No. 14 Iowa beats Minnesota

Leave a comment

GAME OF THE DAY: Monmouth 83, Canisius 82

With Manhattan losing at Fairfield on Saturday the Golden Griffins could have grabbed sole possession of first place in the MAAC with a win at Monmouth. But two three-pointers in the final 14 seconds from Monmouth’s Andrew Nicholas gave the Hawks the upset victory. Nicholas scored a game-high 28 points to lead the way for Monmouth, with Canisius’ Billy Baron scoring 21 points to lead five Golden Griffins in double figures. But Canisius turned the ball over 24 times, leaving the door open for a Monmouth rally.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) No. 14 Iowa 94, Minnesota 73

Fran McCaffery’s team didn’t play its best in the first half but reserve Josh Oglesby picked up the slack, scoring 14 of his 17 points in the game’s first 20 minutes. And in the second half Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White got going, resulting in a comfortable home win for the Hawkeyes. Michigan and Michigan State are both undefeated in Big Ten play, but the Hawkeyes will also be heard from in the title race.

2) Oregon State 80, Oregon 72

Roberto Nelson scored 22 points to lead four Oregon State players in double figures as the Beavers beat a reeling Oregon squad in Corvallis. Oregon’s starters shot 7-for-35 from the field and as a team the Ducks assisted on just six of their 25 made field goals. It was a game both teams needed to get, and due to their hot start and willingness to share the basketball (19 of their 23 baskets were assisted) Oregon State was able to get the job done. As for Oregon, they’re a team in search of answers but seemingly unsure of where to look for the solutions.

3) Southern Miss 80, Louisiana Tech 71

The Golden Eagles won a key Conference USA matchup in Hattiesburg and rebounding was a big reason why. Donnie Tyndall’s team rebounded nearly 48% of its misses, scoring 22 second-chance points as a result. Daveon Boardingham (20 points) and Michael Craig (17 points) led the way offensively for Southern Miss, which shot 2-for-15 from beyond the arc.

STARRED

1) Andrew Nicholas (Monmouth) 

28 points (10-for-16 FG), two rebounds and two steals in the Hawks’ 83-82 win over Canisius.

2) Anthony Henderson (Bowling Green) 

Shot 7-for-10 from three and scored 27 points to go along with four steals in the Falcons’ 69-64 win at Western Michigan.

3) Christian Standhardinger (Hawai’i) 

Late Saturday night Standhardinger tallied 27 points (11-for-11 FT), 11 rebounds and three steals in the Warriors’ 100-69 win over UC Riverside.

STRUGGLED

1) Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights shot 31.2% from the field in their 77-55 loss at Houston, assisting on just five of their 24 made baskets.

2) Cleveland State

Shot 32.7% from the field and 5-for-21 from three in their 49-46 loss to Wright State. The Raiders weren’t much better, shooting 33.3% overall and 5-for-18 from three.

3) Oregon’s starters

Oregon’s starting five combined to shoot 7-for-35 in their 80-72 loss at Oregon State.

NOTABLES

  • Jerrelle Benimon scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, with Mike Burwell adding 18 points, to lead Towson to a 72-57 win at The College of Charleston.
  • Alec Brown scored 23 points and Keifer Sykes added 21 (19 in the second half) to lead Green Bay to a 69-64 win at UIC, moving to 5-0 in Horizon League play.
  • Iona bounced back from its loss to Canisius, beating Siena 88-74 behind 25 points from Tre Bowman and 20 from Isaiah Williams.
  • Pat Connaughton scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Notre Dame to a 70-63 win over Virginia Tech, ending their three-game losing streak.
  • Kyle Wilson scored 28 points and Josh Herbeck added 18 in Army’s 74-67 win over Bucknell.
  • Two Mitch Bruneel (20 points) free throws with a couple seconds remaining proved to be the difference in Utah Valley’s 52-51 win at Seattle. Dick Hunsaker’s Wolverines currently lead the WAC with a 4-0 record.

VIDEO: Central Michigan’s Marcus Keene hits ridiculous three

Leave a comment

You should know the name Marcus Keene by now.

He’s the nation’s leading scorer, the only guy in the country averaging better than 30 points this season; at just 5-foot-9, he’s averaging 31.4 points, 5.1 assists and 4.6 boards. On Tuesday night, Keene went for 40 points. He was in such a zone, he felt the need to make this little pirouette before banging home a three.

I mean, just check this out:

Here’s what makes that shot so crazy: this game wasn’t close to over!

Central Michigan was up by six points with more than two minutes left, and Keene not only buried that shot, he actually shot it.

Former Kentucky coach Gillispie announces retirement

CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 18:  Head coach Billy Gillispie of the Kentucky Wildcats looks on during the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Dean E. Smith Center on November 18, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
2 Comments

One of the most mercurial college coaching careers of recent years is coming to a close.

Billy Gillispie, who rose in the profession to helming Kentucky and then fell to the junior college ranks, is retiring amid health concerns, he told the Dallas Morning News.

“No one’s ever enjoyed coaching more than I have, I promise, and no one’s ever been luckier in the coaching profession than I have,” Gillispie told the newspaper in a text message. “What a wonderful career!

“I’ve been very sick with blood pressure issues since the summer, but I’ve tried to fight it out. I got a report Monday that told me if I didn’t address this blood pressure situation immediately, irreversible, bad things were very likely to happen here relatively soon and my long-term health could be compromised.

“Timing isn’t great, but I’ve decided to do what I was told and try to return to healthy ASAP.

“I’ve had a wonderful career and in the last two years some of the best days I’ve ever experienced as a coach. I hate leaving this team because they are really coming around, but they understood me being sick. That’s the worst part of it, not coaching.”

After lengthy stints as an assistant, Gillispie got his first head coaching job at UTEP in 2002 and turned the Miners into an NCAA tournament team by his second season, which paved the way for his exit to Texas A&M and the Big 12. He won 20-plus games in all three of his seasons with the Aggies and brought them to back-to-back NCAA tournaments, spending much of the 2006-07 season ranked in the top-10.

Gillispie then took over for one of the most storied programs in the history of the sport when Tubby Smith bolted for Minnesota, but he would last just two seasons in Lexington before being fired after missing the 2009 NCAA tournament.

Two years later he resurfaced at Texas Tech, but didn’t make it to a second season in Lubbock after allegations of player mistreatment.

He’s spent the last year-and-half at Ranger College in Texas.

Report: Former Buckeye Mitchell headed to Arizona State

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 11: Head coach Thad Matta of the Ohio State Buckeyes talks to Mickey Mitchell #00 against the Michigan State Spartans in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 11, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Leave a comment

Yet another one of the members of the heralded 2015 Ohio State recruiting class won’t be playing at his second choice of school either.

Mickey Mitchell will transfer to Arizona State after initially planning on going to UC-Santa Barbara upon his exit from the Buckeyes, according to Scout.

Thad Matta lost four players from that top-10 five-man recruiting class with Austin Grandstaff, Daniel Giddens and A.J. Harris all also deciding to leave Columbus.

Grandstaff also did not play at his first choice after Ohio State, deciding to ultimately depart Oklahoma for DePaul after heading to Norman from OSU.

Mitchell, once a four-star recruit, appeared in 23 games for the Buckeyes as a freshman, averaging 2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He is expected to enroll at Arizona State in time for the next semester and will be eligible at the semester break next year for the Sun Devils.

Utah’s Krystkowiak reveals he had cancerous thyroid removed

Larry Krystkowiak
Leave a comment

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak had surgery this spring to remove his thyroid after cancer was discovered in it, he revealed Monday during his coach’s radio show, according to the Deseret News.

“I had my thyroid taken out this spring,” Krystkowiak said. “Found some cancer in it.”

Krystkowiak made light of the situation, mentioning it contributed to some weight game.

“It’s OK if I skip a meal from time to time,” he said. “I gotta watch the midsection. That’s one of the byproducts of not having a thyroid. I guess you get a little chunky.”

Krystkowiak, who has been at Utah since 2011, and the Utes are currently 6-1 with their lone loss coming to Butler. They travel to face Xavier on Saturday.

Bobby Hurley ridicules his Arizona State team’s effort in loss

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 16:  Head coach Bobby Hurley of the Arizona State Sun Devils yells to his players during their game against the UNLV Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center on December 16, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arizona State won 66-56.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Ethan Miller/Getty Images
3 Comments

NEW YORK — A totally forgettable Arizona State performance in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night led to some truly unforgettable comments from head coach Bobby Hurley.

Hurley, who has a reputation for having something of a temper, teed off on his team in the press conference after the game, criticizing them as harshly as you’ll ever see a coach do in public. He called them “embarrassing” and the performance “disturbing”.

“I thought we competed for about eight minutes out of 40,” Hurley said. The Sun Devils were down 47-21 at the half, by as many as 42 points in the second half and eventually lost 97-64 to a Purdue team that scored 19 first half points against Louisville exactly a week ago. “It’s unfortunate that our team didn’t even come close to the energy that Jimmy V had in his life and his passion. We had no passion for playing. We did a disservice to this game and this event and what he represented.”

It’s not often that you see a coach publicly ridicule players like that. Humiliation isn’t always the best motivating tactic. Oftentimes, it’s the easiest way to lose a locker room.

Hurley wasn’t done.

“For a city that’s a blue-collar city and an arena that has so much tradition and so many good players that have played on this court — to look like that, it was embarrassing,” he said. “And then the cause, such a great cause that we’re playing for tonight. Did my players play as hard as the people that are going through what they go through in cancer, as families go through in their personal situations? I don’t think so.”

Oh, there’s more.

“That was really disturbing, how we competed,” Hurley said. “It’s not a reflection of my personality or the teams I’ve coached in the past, so we have to make some changes.”

For better or worse, this is the second time in Hurley’s tenure with Arizona State that he’s made national headlines. Last season, he went viral during a theatrical ejection in an Arizona State loss against in-state rival Arizona.

Hurley is trying to make Arizona State relevant, which is why he’s scheduling games against anyone and everyone in an effort to get his brand on national television.

And he’s succeeded in a sense.

After this rant, you’ll see his name on every sports website this morning.

I’m not so sure that’s the best way to build recruiting momentum.