At practice on Friday afternoon in Louisville, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski showed he hasn’t lost that shooting touch, trading elbow jump shots with senior guard Quinn Cook.
The Blue Devils have lost two straight with a Saturday afternoon showdown with No. 6 Louisville. The stroke is great and all, but Coach K will need Duke to put together a better defensive effort if he hopes to avoid a third consecutive ACC loss.
Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg received a lot of attention during the 2014 NCAA Tournament after his Cyclones knocked off North Carolina in a thrilling Sweet 16 game. But it wasn’t necessarily because of his coaching on the floor. Hoiberg did coach a good game against the Tar Heels, but he was in the spotlight for his dance moves in the Iowa State locker room after the win.
Seeing that Hoiberg was a good sport about dancing, Infiniti cast the Iowa State head coach in a new commercial along with Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon. I won’t spoil the rest of the commercial for you. Just watch it before we continue:
The cameo at the end from Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery makes for a great final punchline to an enjoyable commercial. Although Dixon doesn’t do any dancing in the ad he does deserve some credit for some great facial expressions. His deer-in-headlights look when Hoiberg throws the dance to him is priceless and this whole commercial is great.
Super sophomore Michael Porter Jr. is one of the most exciting, young high school basketball players in the country. The 6-foot-8 forward is a five-star prospect already and Rivals rates him as the No. 4 overall player in the 2017 class.
Need proof? Check out this poster dunk in which Porter Jr. effortlessly takes flight from a step inside the free-throw line as he throws it down on a defender.
Reminder: this dude is a sophomore. In high school. Guess this is part of the reason they call him “Baby KD.”
Fairfield junior forward Marcus Gilbert put down a nasty dunk on a Manhattan defender during a Friday-night win for the Stags. Although the dunk isn’t particularly strong in terms of rim action, you’ve gotta respect Gilbert going over his defender with force and then giving him the staredown as he runs to the defensive end.
The 6-foot-6 Gilbert finished with 24 points in a 67-54 win for Fairfield. Here’s the dunk, courtesy of Fairfield athletics:
Miami guard Shelden McClellan had a team-high 17 points in the Hurricanes’ win over South Alabama on Friday night, but this one-handed alley-oop off of an inbounds pass is one of the better oops I’ve seen this season.
McClellan has been a big boost to the Miami rotation this season as he’s currently averaging 16.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3 assists per game for 7-0 Miami.
Dartmouth earned its first win of the season on Friday night as junior forward Connor Boehm’s three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Big Green a 68-67 home win over IPFW.
IPFW’s Joe Reed had a chance to give the Mastodons a three-point lead at the free-throw line with nine seconds left, but split the pair to only make it a two-point game as Dartmouth rebounded his missed free throw, went the length of the floor and found Boehm for the clutch shot.
Boehm finished with a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds for the contest and the stakes are always raised on a shot like this when your team is down two and you go for the win instead of the tie.