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Xavier University's Mike Bobinski is introduced as the Georgia Institute of Technology's new athletic director, at a welcoming presentation in Georgia Tech's athletic center, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/David Tulis)
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Purdue hires former NCAA tournament chair as new AD

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Purdue has hired Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski to replace Morgan Burke.

Purdue confirmed the news on Tuesday morning.

“While I regret that Mike is leaving us, I appreciate his tremendous efforts the last three years to forge a unified, strategic direction for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association and to energize our coaches, student-athletes and fans,” said Georgia Tech president G.P. “Bud” Peterson. “He has led with integrity, and we wish him the best.”

Bobinski has a reputation for being an AD that cares quite a bit about basketball. Part of that is because he made his mark on the industry at Xavier, where he helped usher the Musketeers into the Big East and hired Thad Matta, Sean Miller and Chris Mack. He was also the chair of the 2013 NCAA Tournament committee.

This past spring, Bobinski fired Georgia Tech basketball coach Brian Gregory and hired Josh Pastner from Memphis to replace him.

VIDEO: Buzz Williams is stronger than you

Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams celebrates in the final moments of the Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech NCAA basketball game in Blacksburg, Va., Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Virginia Tech won 65-63.  (AP Photo / The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)    LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT;  CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT
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Here’s a video of Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams knocking out 17 deadlifts with 315 pounds on a hex bar while blasting some Brooks & Dunn:

He’s got me beat. I wonder how many of his players he has beat?

ACC/Big Ten, SEC/Big 12 Challenges have broadcast dates, times, networks announced

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ESPN announced the date, time and channel that all of the games featured in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Here are the highlights that you need to know about:

Kentucky squares off with Kansas on Jan. 28th at 6:00 p.m. on Rupp Arena, which is a matchup between two of the preseason top three teams in the country.

Duke’s showdown with Michigan State in Cameron Indoor Stadium will be on Nov. 29th — a Tuesday — in a 9:30 p.m. tip. That will, of course, be on ESPN.

North Carolina’s Sweet 16 rematch with Indiana in Bloomington will be at 9:00 p.m. on the following night, Nov. 30th.

Beyond that, the schedule isn’t all that moving. Syracuse at Wisconsin on Nov. 29th, Purdue at Louisville on the 30th, Texas A&M at West Virginia on Jan. 28th. Those are all nice matchups. But it’s those first three that are going to be must-see TV.

Anyway, here is the full schedule.


Mon, Nov. 28:

  • 7:00 p.m. Minnesota at Florida State, ESPNU
  • 9:00 p.m. Wake Forest at Northwestern, ESPNU

Tues, Nov. 29

  • 7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh at No. 14 Maryland, ESPN2
  • 7:00 p.m. Georgia Tech at Penn State, ESPNU
  • 7:30 p.m. No. 17 Syracuse at No. 9 Wisconsin, ESPN
  • 9:00 p.m. Iowa at Notre Dame, ESPN2
  • 9:00 p.m. NC State at Illinois, ESPNU
  • 9:30 p.m. No. 13 Michigan State at No. 1 Duke, ESPN

Wed, Nov. 30

  • 7:00 p.m. No. 16 Purdue at No. 5 Louisville, ESPN
  • 7:00 p.m. Virginia Tech at Michigan, ESPN2
  • 7:00 p.m. Rutgers at Miami, ESPNU
  • 9:00 p.m. No. 6 North Carolina at No. 8 Indiana, ESPN
  • 9:00 p.m. Ohio State at No. 7 Virginia, ESPN2
  • 9:00 p.m. Nebraska at Clemson, ESPNU


Sat, Jan. 28

  • Noon No. 19 Texas A&M at No. 15 West Virginia, ESPN
  • 2:00 p.m. Florida at No. 18 Oklahoma, ESPN
  • 2:00 p.m. Kansas State at Tennessee, ESPN2
  • 2:00 p.m. LSU at Texas Tech, ESPNU
  • 4:00 p.m. Texas at Georgia, ESPN
  • 4:00 p.m. No. 22 Iowa State at Vanderbilt, ESPN2
  • 4:00 p.m. Arkansas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU
  • 6:00 p.m. No. 4 Kansas at No. 3 Kentucky ESPN
  • 6:00 p.m. Baylor at Ole Miss, ESPN2
  • 6:00 p.m. Auburn at TCU, ESPNU

FGCU wins game they finished with just three players

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Florida-Gulf Coast is in the Bahamas for their foreign trip, abut their team is not whole.

Only eight healthy players are in the islands and suiting up for the Eagles, which creates a tricky situation when dealing with referees that have a tight whistle. With 1:36 left in a game against the Providence Storm — which featured, among others, members of the Bahamian National Team — a fourth Eagle fouled out, meaning that FGCU had to try and defend an 88-83 lead with just four players on the court.

Making matters worse, a fifth FGCU player fouled out with 40 seconds left, meaning that Joe Dooley’s club had to try and defend an 89-87 lead with just three players — Kevin Mickle, Christian Terrell and Maxx Bleecher.

It didn’t work.

The Bahamians tied up the game at 89.

But after Mickle made a free throw with 13 seconds left and the Eagles managed to force a turnover on the ensuing possession, they left with a 92-89 win.


You can see the video of the crazy final sequence below:

Josh Hart shines as Villanova rolls in Spain

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 26:  Josh Hart #3 of the Villanova Wildcats reacts in the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at KFC YUM! Center on March 26, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Villanova won their first two games during a tour of Spain over the weekend, beating a team of Spanish professionals by 40 in Barcelona on Friday and following that up with an 87-80 win over a team in Madrid on Sunday.

The game in Madrid featured a team of players that play in the highest level of European professional basketball. That’s a nice test for the defending national champions to get, and they passed.

And, not surprising, Josh Hart was the star. Just a couple of weeks after shining at the Nike Skills Academy in Los Angeles, Hart has been the best player for the Wildcats in Spain, scoring 16 points in the opener and following that up with 27 points and 13 boards in the second game.

“Josh was dominant, by far the best player on the floor today,” stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “If that was a regular season game he probably could have had 40. We were trying some different things late. But when we needed a bucket, we went to him every time and he came through.”

There isn’t too much that can be taken out of games on foreign tours, but there are a couple of interesting things to note.

For starters, Wright started Fordham transfer Eric Paschall and brought Mikal Bridges off the bench against the team in Madrid. That may have something to with Omari Spellman being unavailable to play, but Bridges did wind up scoring 16 points in 31 minutes.

That’s interesting because of the possibility of a ‘Death Lineup’ for the Wildcats: Hart, Bridges and Kris Jenkins in the front court with Phil Booth and Jalen Brunson tasked with handling the ball. They’re not going to shoot it as well as Golden State’s death lineup — the one that features Draymond Green at center — but there is a lot of versatility and toughness that will be on the floor with that group.

Anyway, that’s all just August boredom fueling my speculation.

The important thing to take away from this game is that Josh Hart looks like he’s going to be awesome, and when Josh Hart is awesome it makes Nova really dangerous.

Syracuse freshman Matthew Moyer injures foot

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Incoming Syracuse freshman Matthew Moyer suffered a right foot injury at some point this summer, but the details of the injury are not known at this time.

On Friday, a picture of Moyer using crutches and wearing a walking boot showed up on twitter. The picture was taken of Moyer with a fan at the Syracuse basketball camp. The injury occurred during a workout, but the program won’t release any other specifics until Jim Boeheim returns from Rio de Janeiro, where he is an assistant with the USA Men’s Basketball team.

Moyer is part of a three-man recruiting class for the Orange that also includes Tyus Battle and Taurean Thompson. The 6-foot-8 forward will provide depth up front for the Orange, who also add graduate transfer John Gillon and Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu. Five of the nine scholarship players on the Syracuse roster did not play for the Orange last season.

The good news, if there is any here, is that this injury occurred to someone in the Syracuse front court. The Orange just have three perimeter players on scholarship — Battle, Gillon and Franklin Howard.