While the 2013-14 season ended in disappointing fashion for the Cincinnati Bearcats, as they were ousted from the NCAA tournament by Harvard in the Round of 64, there’s no denying the fact that it was a good year for Mick Cronin’s program. Led by seniors Sean Kilpatrick, Justin Jackson and Titus Rubles the Bearcats finished 27-7, winning 15 conference games and a share of the American Athletic Conference regular season title.
The question of “what’s next” for Cincinnati will depend largely upon how they account for the loss of those three pivotal seniors, with returnees such as guards Troy Caupain and Shaquille Thomas and forward Jermaine Sanders among those needed to step forward. The Bearcats will also add seven newcomers, led by forward Gary Clark Jr., and their trip to the Bahamas next month will help on-court chemistry.
Wednesday the school released its non-conference schedule, which includes games against six NCAA tournament teams (the number increases to seven if they meet Creighton in an early-season tournament). Among the teams Cronin’s Bearcats are certain to face are Nebraska (December 13 in Lincoln), San Diego State (December 17 in Cincinnati), VCU (December 20 in Cincinnati) and NC State (December 30 in Raleigh).
Cincinnati will also have its annual contest with city rival Xavier, with that game being played on February 18 on the Cincinnati campus. The games mentioned above will not only help the Bearcats prepare for conference play but also help their strength of schedule numbers with the American’s loss of Louisville to the ACC.
Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson has been known as one of the best dunkers in the country for the last few years. So you knew the 6-foot-6 wing was going to attempt the latest internet dunk craze that’s been going around.
Some call it the, “5-point play” in which the dunker makes a 3-pointer and immediately sprints following the shot release to catch the make for an under-the-legs dunk.
It’s as tough as it sounds and Ferguson makes it look easy.
Bol Bol is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, and the younger Bol is earning quite a bit of attention himself as a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018.
The 6-foot-11 Bol showed off some of his freakish coordination and athleticism on Friday night, by ripping a steal and taking it coast-to-coast for an under-the-legs dunk in the middle of a game at the Jayhawk Invitational.
Bol will be one of the players to watch this spring as he plays with KC Run GMC.
Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long gets hardship waiver to play additional year
“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in the release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”
The 6-foot-4 Long played in eight games last season for Iowa State as he averaged 12 points per game. He missed the rest of the season to deal with pain in his surgically repaired hips. Mitrou-Long has been a very effective three-point shooter during his career at Iowa State and he should be a nice option to have for next season if he’s healthy.
CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state’s LGBT law
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state’s controversial new LGBT law.
The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the CIAA, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and announced it was moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Virginia in 2015.
The CIAA said Thursday that it will continue to “monitor the issues,” as it has since House Bill 2 passed.
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