2014 Conference Tournament Schedule for every league

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It’s March, which means that it is time for more brackets and tournaments than you can possibly handle. Here, I give to you a schedule for every conference tournament in the country. Have fun planning your appointment viewing!

AAC TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, FedEx Forum, Memphis

  • March 12: First round games (ESPNU)
  • March 13: Quarterfinals (ESPNU)
  • March 14: Semifinals (ESPN or ESPN2)
  • March 15: Championship (ESPN)

ACC TOURNAMENT: March 12-16, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.

  • March 12: First round games (ESPNU)
  • March 13: Second round games (ESPNU)
  • March 14: Quarterfinals (ESPN2)
  • March 15: Semifinals (ESPN)
  • March 16: Championship (ESPN)

AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT: March 8-9 in Albany, NY; March 15 at higher remaining seed

  • March 8: Quarterfinals
  • March 9: Semifinals
  • March 15: Championship (ESPN2)

ATLANTIC 10 TOURNAMENT: March 12-16, Barclays Center, New York

  • March 12: First Round
  • March 13: Second Round (NBC Sports Network)
  • March 14: Quarterfinals (NBC Sports Network)
  • March 15: Semifinals (CBS Sports Network)
  • March 16: Championship (CBS)

ATLANTIC SUN TOURNAMENT: March 4th, 6th and 9th, at higher seeds

  • March 4: Quarterfinals
  • March 6: Semifinals
  • March 9: Championship (ESPN2)

BIG 12 TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, Sprint Center, Kansas City

  • March 12: First round (Big 12 Network)
  • March 13: Quarterfinals (Early games on ESPN2; late games on Big 12 Network)
  • March 14: Semifinals (ESPNU)
  • March 15: Championship (ESPN)

BIG EAST TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, Madison Square Garden, New York

  • March 12: First round (Fox Sports 1)
  • March 13: Quarterfinals (Fox Sports 1)
  • March 14: Semifinals (Fox Sports 1)
  • March 15: Championship (Fox Sports 1)

BIG SKY CONFERENCE: March 13-15, hosted by regular season champ, likely Weber State

  • March 13th: Quarterfinals
  • March 14th: Semifinals
  • March 15: Championship (ESPNU)

BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT: March 5-9, Conway, SC

  • March 5: First Round
  • March 7: Quarterfinals
  • March 8: Semifinals
  • March 9: Championship (ESPN2)

BIG TEN CONFERENCE: March 13-16, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

  • March 13: First round (ESPN2)
  • March 14: Quarterfinals (Early games on ESPN or ESPN2; late games on Big Ten Network)
  • March 15: Semifinals (CBS)
  • March 16: Championship (CBS)

BIG WEST TOURNAMENT: March 13-15, Honda Center, Anaheim, CA

  • March 13: Quarterfinals
  • March 14: Semifinals (ESPNU)
  • March 15: Championship (ESPN2)

CAA TOURNAMENT: March 7-10, Baltimore, MD

  • March 7: First Round
  • March 8: Quarterfinals
  • March 9: Semifinals (NBC Sports Network)
  • March 10: Championship (NBC Sports Network)

CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT: March 11-15, El Paso, Texas

  • March 11: First Round
  • March 12: Second Round
  • March 13: Quarterfinals
  • March 14: Semifinals (CBS Sports Network)
  • March 15: Championship (CBS)

HORIZON LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: March 4, 7, 8 and 11 (all games hosted by higher seeds)

  • March 4: First Round
  • March 7: Quarterfinals
  • March 8: Semifinals (ESPNU)
  • March 11: Championship (ESPN)

MAAC TOURNAMENT: March 6, 8-10, MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA

  • March 6: First Round
  • March 8: Quarterfinals
  • March 9: Semifinals
  • March 10: Championship (ESPN2)

MAC TOURAMENT: March 10, 12-15 in Cleveland

  • March 10: First Round
  • March 12: Second Round
  • March 13: Quarterfinals
  • March 14: Semifinals
  • March 15: Championship (ESPN2)

MEAC TOURNAMENT: March 10-15 in Norfolk, Va.

  • March 10 and 11: First Round
  • March 12 and 13: Quarterfinals
  • March 14: Semifinals
  • March 15: Championship (ESPNU)

MISSOURI VALLEY TOURNAMENT: March 6-9, Scottrade Center, St. Louis

  • March 6: First Round
  • March 7: Quarterfinals
  • March 8: Semifinals
  • March 9: Championship (CBS)

MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

  • March 12: First Round
  • March 13: Quarterfinals (CBS Sports Network)
  • March 14: Semifinals (CBS Sports Network)
  • March 15: Championship (CBS)

NEC TOURNAMENT: March 5, 8 and 11 at higher seeds

  • March 5: Quarterfinals
  • March 8: Semifinals
  • March 11: Championship (ESPN)

OHIO VALLEY TOURNAMENT: March 5-8, Nashville Municipal Auditorium

  • March 5: First Round
  • March 6: Quarterfinals
  • March 7: Semifinals (ESPNU)
  • March 8: Championship (ESPN2)

PAC-12 TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas

  • March 12: First round (Pac-12 Network)
  • March 13: Quarterfinals (Fox Sports 1)
  • March 14: Semifinals (Fox Sports 1)
  • March 15: Championship (Fox Sports 1)

PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: March 3, 5, 8 and 12 at higher seeds

  • March 3: First Round
  • March 5: Quarterfinals
  • March 8: Semifinals
  • March 12: Championship (CBS Sports Network)

SEC TOURNAMENT: March 12-16, Georgia Dome, Atlanta

  • March 12: First round (SEC Network)
  • March 13: Second round (SEC Network)
  • March 14: Quarterfinals (Early games on ESPNU; late games on SEC Network)
  • March 15: Semifinals (ABC)
  • March 16: Championship (ESPN)

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT: March 7-10, U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville, N.C.

  • March 7: First Round
  • March 8: Quarterfinals
  • March 9: Semifinals
  • March 10: Championship (ESPN2)

SOUTHLAND TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, Merrell Center, Katy, Texas

  • March 12: First Round
  • March 13: Quarterfinals
  • March 14: Semifinals
  • March 15: Championship (ESPN2)

SUMMIT TOURNAMENT: March 8-11, Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, S.D.

  • March 8: Quarterfinals
  • March 9: Quarterfinals
  • March 10: Semifinals
  • March 11: Championship (ESPN2)

SUN BELT TOURNAMENT: March 13-16, New Orleans, Lakefront Arena

  • March 13: First Round
  • March 14: Quarterfinals
  • March 15: Semifinals
  • March 16: Championship (ESPN2)

SWAC TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, Toyota Center, Houston

  • March 12: First Round
  • March 13: Quarterfinals
  • March 14: Semifinals
  • March 15: Championship (ESPN2)

WAC TOURNAMENT: March 13-15, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

  • March 13: Quarterfinals
  • March 14: Semifinals
  • March 15: Championship (ESPNU)

WCC TOURNAMENT: March 6, 8, 10 and 11, Las Vegas

  • March 6: First Round
  • March 8: Quarterfinals
  • March 10: Semifinals (ESPN2)
  • March 11: Championship (ESPN)

Report: Elite prospect Mitchell Robinson not expected to play in college in 2018

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It now appears as if college is off the table for Mitchell Robinson, a top ten recruit in the Class of 2017 and a potential lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, as Yahoo! Sports is reporting that he has passed on the idea of playing for his hometown university, New Orleans.

Robinson was initially a Western Kentucky-signee, and he spent two weeks over the summer practicing and attending classes as a Hilltopper. But he left school earlier this summer, which puts him in a bind: He’s a one-and-done player, but if he spends that year in college, he’ll do so as a transfer that must sit-out as a redshirt.

There were three schools that Robinson was eventually considering: LSU, Kansas and UNO. LSU stopped recruiting him two weeks ago. Bill Self told reporters last week that Kansas would not be adding anymore players this season. And now, according to Yahoo!, he will not be attending UNO.

As we wrote on Monday, the options for Robinson are now simple: He can either sit out for a year, working out on his own to train for the 2018 NBA Draft, or he can head overseas, where there is a market for his services; Australia, where Terrence Ferguson played last season before getting selected in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, has been a place where Robinson has been linked.

Ball State forward Zach Hollywood found dead in off-campus apartment

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Zach Hollywood, a redshirt freshman on the Ball State basketball team, has died, the university confirmed to multiple local news outlets Tuesday.

Muncie police are investigating the death at Hollywood’s off-campus apartment, according to WTHR-TV. Multiple outlets are reporting that the death has been ruled a suicide.

Hollywood was 19 years old.

This is his final tweet, from 5:39 a.m. Tuesday morning:

Hollywood redshirted last season at Ball State after averaging 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game as a senior at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School in Bradley, Ill.

“On behalf of Ball State University, it is with profound sadness that we learned today of the passing of Zachary “Zach” Hollywood, a student from Bradley, Illinois,” the school said in a statement. “Zach has been a part of our family for the past year. During his time on campus, he was a member of men’s basketball team and made many positive impressions throughout campus.”

“This is a tragedy. Our heartfelt condolences are with his family, friends and teammates.”

Hollywood’s teammates reacted on social media:

Hollywood’s death is a tragic turn in an already devastating story for his family, which lost Zach’s mother, Susan, suddenly just over one year ago.

3-on-3 at the Final Four for $100,000? It’s happening

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The Final Four just got more exciting.

On Tuesday, Intersport announced a 3-on-3 tournament that they will be hosting at the Final Four with a $100,000 payout for the winners. The participants must be seniors that have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, the teams will be created based on conference and the rules will be standard, international 3-on-3 rules: one-point for a bucket inside the arc, two points for a bucket outside the arc, 12-second shot clocks and games played to 21 points, or whoever has the highest score after 10 minutes. Each all-star team will feature four players, including one sub.

And, well, this is awesome.

I cannot express enough how much I love this idea.

One potential pothole here is that teams that are playing in the Final Four will, quite clearly, not have players eligible to participate.

It also should be noted that since “three-pointers” are now worth two points and “two-pointers” are now worth one, the value of long-range shooting is increased even more.

With all that in mind, why don’t we make a quick power ranking of the teams that can be created from the nine biggest conferences in college hoops:

  1. ACC: Grayson Allen (Duke), Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame), Joel Berry II (North Carolina), Ben Lammers (Georgia Tech)
  2. Big East: Angel Delgado and Khadeen Carrington (Seton Hall), Trevon Bluiett (Xavier), Marcus Foster (Creighton)
  3. Big 12: Devonte’ Graham (Kansas), Jevon Carter (West Virginia), Jeffery Carroll (Oklahoma State), Zach Smith (Texas Tech)
  4. AAC: Rob Gray (Houston), B.J. Taylor (UCF), Gary Clark (Cincinnati), Obi Enechionya (Temple)
  5. Pac-12: Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart (USC), George King (Colorado), Thomas Welsh (UCLA)
  6. Big Ten: Nate Mason (Minnesota), Scottie Lindsay (Northwestern), Vince Edwards and Isaac Haas (Purdue)
  7. Atlantic 10: E.C. Matthews and Jared Terrell (Rhode Island), Peyton Aldridge (Davidson), Jaylen Adams (St. Bonaventure)
  8. SEC: Yante Maten (Georgia), Deandre Burnett (Ole Miss), Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford (Arkansas)
  9. WCC: Jock Landale and Emmett Naar (Saint Mary’s), Jonathan Williams III (Gonzaga), Silas Melson (Gonzaga)

I had way too much fun putting this together.

What did I miss?

Harsh Reality: Indiana did not do Grant Gelon wrong, getting cut is part of sports

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What happened to Grant Gelon sucks, and I’m not sure anyone in their right mind would try to argue otherwise.

A 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Crown Point, Indiana, Gelon accepted a scholarship offer from then-Indiana head coach Tom Crean as a member of the Class of 2016. His commitment was something of a surprise at the time; Gelon was a two-star prospect, according to Rivals, and ranked 402nd in the class, according to 247 Sports. At the time, Gelon reportedly had seven scholarship offers: Central Michigan, UIC, Toledo, Iona, Youngstown State, IUPUI and Western Carolina.

It was a reach for Crean, but it was also a dream come true for an Indiana kid getting a chance to don the cream and crimson.

Which is what made what happened this spring particularly painful.

Crean was fired on March 16th. Indiana hired Archie Miller to replace him on March 27th. Five weeks later, after a handful of workouts with the new coaching staff, Miller called Gelon into his office — the date, according to the Northwest Indiana Times, was May 3rd — and told him that he was being cut. There was not going to be minutes available, the staff said, for a sophomore that played in just 12 games last season, and that finding a place to transfer would be Gelon’s best option.

“I told them I wanted to stay,” Gelon told the Indy Star. “I told them, I’m making my mind up, I’m gonna push hard, show them what I can do, I’m here for a reason. When I said that, it was like, ‘Whoa, slow down.’ They were kind of making that sound like it wasn’t an option.”

That’s because it wasn’t.

Miller was cutting Gelon.

He was not cutting his scholarship, mind you. The Indiana student-athlete bill of rights protects players from losing their tuition due to poor performance on the court or the field. Gelon would still be getting his education paid for if he opted to remain at Indiana, he just wouldn’t be playing for the Hoosiers. Gelon’s departure opened up a scholarship for the Hoosiers that eventually went to Race Thompson, a four-star power forward that reclassified into the Class of 2017 in order to enroll at Indiana this year.

“Coach Miller believes honesty in evaluating talent, while often difficult, is the appropriate measure to take at all times and in the best interest of each player,” a statement released by the Indiana athletic department read. “Grant was made aware that our staff believed his abilities were not of the caliber that would allow him to receive playing time of any kind in the future for the IU program.”

I feel for Gelon here. I really do. Getting cut sucks, and everyone reading this now has probably gone through it at some point in their life. It happens all the time, in every sport, at every age group. Once you get to a level in athletics where you’re playing in more than your hometown rec league, it gets competitive. If you’re not good enough, you don’t make the team. That is how this works. Gelon found that out the hard way.

And frankly, what Miller did is not uncommon. It’s called running a player off, and it happens all the time at every program. Gelon had a bad enough season as a freshman that there is no guarantee that he would have kept his spot on the team had Crean kept his job. Simply put, he is not a Big Ten basketball player. I’d wager that two out of every five transfers at the Division I level are the result of a player transferring out of a school — either because he was forced or because the writing was on the wall — to a lower level, one more in line with his skill-set.

That’s what happened with Gelon. He’s now at State Fair Community College in Missouri, where he’ll spend a year before looking to climb his way back into the Division I ranks, most likely at the low-major level.

And no matter how many interviews that he or his family gives, you won’t find me saying that Indiana handled this the wrong way.

Was Miller callous?

That wouldn’t surprise me. He’s not the type of guy to mince words, and there really is not a good way to sugar-coat, ‘You are not good enough for us.’

But Gelon was not having his scholarship taken away. Indiana was living up to their promise of paying for his education. They did not do him wrong. The staff gave him more than a month to prove himself as a player and, eventually, made the decision he would not be in their plans moving forward.

So he was cut. That opening allowed a four-star power forward to enroll this year.

That’s the harsh reality of life in the Big Ten.

And there’s nothing wrong with the coach of a basketball team doing what Miller and Indiana did.

VIDEO: UConn’s Kwintin Williams would win the NBA dunk contest

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Think that’s too strong?

Look at this dunk:

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He also did this over the summer:

Williams is a 6-foot-7, 215 pound JuCo transfer that should provide UConn with some minutes in the frontcourt this season.