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Coach K, yoga master?

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Social media has allowed us to take a look into the inside teams that we typically don’t see, especially during the Olympics.

The United State Men’s Basketball Team has been especially fun, with players tweeting pictures of other players in less-than-flattering situations, including this gem of Carmelo Anthony sleeping.

We got another good one, courtesy of Deron Williams, who posted to his Instagram page what appears to be a photo of head coach Mike Krzyzewski doing yoga at practice.

The tweet garnered over 220 retweets on Twitter and, above all else, is a different look at a legendary college coach.

As Eamonn Brennan points out over at, it looks like Coach K is practicing his “child’s pose,” which is supposed to relieve stress and fatigue, as well as gently stretch the hips, thighs, and ankles.

Have we uncovered the secret to Coach K’s success at Duke? Unlikely, but at least we’re having some fun during what is an intense grind for Team USA in London.

The Americans defeated France in their first game of Olympic competition, 98-71, and take on Tunisia at 5:15 PM EDT Tuesday.

In another note related to college basketball, former Kentucky star Anthony Davis could see minutes against a Tunisian team that is the only in Olympic competition to not have an NBA player on the roster.

Team USA is the heavy favorite.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Tim Frazier looking to lead a Nittany Lion resurgence in 2012-13

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Tim Frazier’s impact on Penn State Basketball grew exponentially in the 2011-12 campaign, as the point guard nearly tripled his scoring average from the season before and led the Big Ten in assists.

But the first season of the Patrick Chambers era in Happy Valley wasn’t a joyful one, as a Nittany Lion team that was adjusting not only to a new coaching staff but also to the loss of some vitally important seniors went 12-20 overall.

With the Big Ten getting even tougher as Indiana continues their rise and a host of teams possessing the look of a contender, rebounding from such a tough season could be difficult.

But the familiarity between Frazier and his head coach, along with a summer that’s included trips to the Deron Williams and LeBron James skills academies, could mean even bigger things for the senior point guard.

“At this time last year I was coming in not knowing what kind of person [Coach Chambers] was or what his style of play was, or what I was getting myself into,” said Frazier in an interview with on Saturday.

“But now with a year under my belt we’ve [developed] a great relationship that will definitely help the program so I know what he expects and I know what he’s looking for.”

Frazier averaged 18.8 points, 6.2 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game for Penn State, but the Nittany Lions struggled as a team offensively with just one other player averaging double figures (Jermaine Marshall- 10.8 ppg).

How important is Frazier to Penn State? According to Ken Pomeroy’s numbers (subscription required), Frazier ranked tenth nationally with a possession percentage of 32.6% and finished with an offensive rating of 103.8.

Only two other Nittany Lions finished the season with an offensive rating higher than 101, and neither of those players played a role in at least 20% of Penn State’s possessions.

The question now is what does Penn State have to do in order to take steps in the right direction as a program, with Chambers already winning some important battles on the recruiting trail.

“We just have to play Penn State Basketball,” remarked Frazier. “Coach Chambers has brought a new attitude to the program and he’s had some success in the past, and I have no doubt that we’ll have success in the future.”

The presence of Frazier gives Penn State a shot at turning things around in 2012-13, and there aren’t many point guards in America that would be taken ahead of him either.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Report: Anthony Davis to be a finalist for Team USA

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According to a report from Sam Amrick of, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis will be getting a shot as a replacement candidate to compete with Team USA in this summer’s Olympic Games in London.

There has been quite a bit of speculation about Davis’ potential candidacy, but with the torn ACL that Derrick Rose suffered in the opening game of the NBA Playoffs, Team USA is now down four players from the group of 20 finalists that were announced in January.

The current finalists for Team USA include: Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Odom, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams.

There is no guarantee that Davis would make the team, but with his skill set and potential, it would make sense to get him involved with the National Team program as early as possible.

As a sophomore in high school, Anthony Davis was a 6-foot-2 shooting guard for a bad high school team in Chicago. As a junior, he was a 6-foot-6 forward getting recruited to places like Cleveland State. After one season in college, he’s got a shot to be on Team USA.

That, my friends, is a meteoric rise.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

Five great NCAA tourney rallies that weren’t Tuesday night


Two epic comebacks during Tuesday’s First Four games — BYU’s 25-point rally vs. Iona and Western Kentucky’s furious finish against Mississippi Valley State — will only be a footnote on the rest of the Tourney because it came in a 16 vs 16 play-in game. Here are some of the comebacks that are remembered:

1. Kansas over Memphis, National Title Game, 2008.  20 years after Danny and the Miracles won a National Title for Kansas, Mario and the Miracles did the same thing. John Calipari’s Memphis team held a 9 point lead with 2:12 to play, but missed four of five FTs down the stretch. Then Mario Chalmers hit his shot to put the game into overtime, where KU was able to pull away.

2. Illinois over Arizona, Elite 8, 2005.  Trailing by 15 with less than four minutes to go, Illinois guard Dee Brown claims what happens next was divine intervention. From that point Brown, Deron Williams and Luther Head took over, and by “took over” I mean they couldn’t miss. After a Williams three in the waning seconds, this game went to overtime as well, where Illinois won by one.

3. UCLA over Gonzaga, Sweet 16, 2006. This is the game that ended with Zags star Adam Morrison face down and  crying on the court (who can blame him, considering they almost beat a UCLA team with 6 future NBA players). Gonzaga held an 9-point lead with 3 minutes to play, and UCLA scored the final 11 points.

4. Kentucky over Duke, Elite 8, 1998.  How many great comebacks involve a walk-on? The Wildcats would end up winning the National Title, but first they had to overcome a 17-point Duke lead in the 2nd half. They ended up winning by two, and got a key three-pointer from walk-on Cameron Mills, which sparked a hit rap song (okay, I made that part up).

5. Stanford over Rhode Island, Elite 8, 1998. Contributing to one of the greatest Elite 8 rounds in Tournament history, the Cardinal overcame a 6-point deficit in the final minute to beat Rhode Island and move on to the Final Four.