Jack Gibbs scored 34 points to lead No. 8 seed Davidson past top-seeded Dayton in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Missouri’s fired men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson will receive $650,000 as part of a severance package.
Under the agreement released to media outlets Thursday, when the Tigers’ season ended in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, Anderson will receive $450,000 for “liquidated damages” and $200,000 “for meeting or exceeding the academic accomplishment and social responsibilities” spelled out by the school’s athletics department administrators.
Anderson also is entitled to $300,000 that Missouri deposited into an annuity account, amounting to $100,000 for each of the three seasons he coached the Tigers, who with Thursday night’s loss to Mississippi finished 8-24. Missouri lost seven of its final eight games.
The deal, which was signed March 6 by Anderson and the Columbia school’s interim chancellor, Hank Foley, calls for Anderson to remain employed at his current salary until April 4, or earlier if he’s hired elsewhere.
Missouri announced last Sunday that Anderson had been asked to step down with two seasons remaining on his contract to run the team, for which he starred in the 1970s and later spent two successful stints as an assistant to beloved coach Norm Stewart.
After losing to Ole Miss, Anderson said he wasn’t bitter about being fired from his dream job, where he totaled a 27-68 record. Missouri’s 2-14 record in SEC play this season tied a school and conference record for losses.
“I think we did some good things,” Anderson said. “But obviously we didn’t win enough games. We didn’t generate enough money. And when you don’t do that in college athletics, you don’t get to keep your job.”
New jerseys, so Michigan.
The Wolverines won their second straight game to kick off the Big Ten tournament, advancing to the semifinals as the No. 8 seed for the second straight season with a 74-70 overtime win over top-seeded Purdue at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. D.J. Wilson was the star for the Wolverines, going for 26 points and helping keep Purdue’s all-american, Caleb Swanigan, in check.
Michigan was unlucky not to win the game in regulation.
After the Wolverines tied the game with less than five seconds left, they stole the ensuing inbounds pass and looked to have an open, potentially game-winning layup. But right before Swanigan inbounded the ball, the referees blew the play dead, as the clock had continued to run after Zak Irvin’s game-tying layup.
Wilson would block Carsen Edwards’ potential game-winning three to force the extra frame.
Michigan looks like they are going to be a dangerous team come March. They’ve now won eight of their last ten games and are 11-5 since a team meeting that followed a 16-point loss to Illinois in January. Derrick Walton Jr. is playing like the best point guard in the Big Ten, their front court of Wilson and Moe Wagner is one of the most difficult to guard and they have turned into one of the most potent offensive teams in the country.
Prior to today’s win, they projected as a No. 8 seed in the latest NBC Sports bracketology, and with the way the bracket has broken down, the Wolverines look like a real threat to win the Big Ten tournament title.
Purdue should be fine. Given the defensive limitations of their front court, Michigan is not a great matchup for them; they lost to the Wolverines by 12 at home two weeks ago. The Boilermakers will likely end up as a No. 4 or No. 5 seed and should have a shot at being able to get to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament.
Washington point guard Markelle Fultz is declaring for the NBA Draft.
Fultz is a 6-foot-4 combo-guard and the potential No. 1 pick in the 2017 Draft. His decision is not a surprise.
Washington went 9-22 this season and just 2-16 in the Pac-12, losing their last 13 games. Fultz did not play in six of Washington’s final eight games on the season due to a nagging knee injury. He did average 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 boards in the games he did play.
Bob Knight joined the Dan Patrick Show to talk about an upcoming documentary on the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers basketball team, and he reaffirmed that he will never, ever set foot on that campus again.
He also went as far as to wish death on the people that forced him out.
“I think I’ve always really enjoyed the fans,” Knight said. “I always will. On my dying day I will think about how great the fans at Indiana were. As far as the hierarchy at Indiana University at that time, I have absolutely no respect whatsoever for those people. With that in mind I have no interest in ever going back to that university.”
Aren’t all those people out of there?
“I hope they’re all dead.”
Some of them are.
“I hope the rest of them go.”
The good stuff happens around the 9:30 mark.
Michigan will be back to normal on the floor on Friday afternoon when they take on No. 13 Purdue.
One day after the Wolverines were forced to play in their practice jerseys because their gear was still stuck in a plane that skidded off the runway with the team on board on Wednesday.
Michigan has received all of its belonging from a plane that skidded off the runway at Willow Run Aiport on Wednesday afternoon, according to U-M video sports reporter Ed Kengerski. He said the program’s bags and equipment were shipped in two parts — some arriving on Thursday night, some on Friday morning.