Louisville officially fired Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich “with just cause” this past week. That means interim head basketball coach David Padgett had to fill out his new staff and he plucked a coach who played for a new ACC rival. Continue reading “Louisville fills out new staff with former Duke guard”
Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson has reportedly been fired according to Bobby Blanco of MASNsports.com and confirmed by former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy. This was the initial tweet about his firing and McMurphy’s subsequent confirmation: BREAKING: Kevin Anderson is out as athletic director at Maryland, per sources. Continue reading “Maryland reportedly fires its AD at the most curious time”
The FBI’s investigation into numerous college basketball coaches has already resulted in the arrests of four different assistants and the firing of one legendary coach in Rick Pitino. Apparently the initial wave of arrests were just the “tip of the iceberg”. Continue reading “Report: Dozens of coaches could be let go due to ongoing FBI probe”
North Carolina won the National Championship this past season and they did it without one of their spot up shooters in Kenny Williams. He was injured in practice in February and missed the rest of the season after undergoing surgery. However, he has been cleared to resume basketball activities according to FanRag Sports. Williams will join… Continue reading “Final Four contender UNC gets back key contributor Kenny Williams ahead of season opener”
Louisville assistant coach David Padgett was named the Cardinals’ acting head coach on Friday, two days after Rick Pitino was placed on unpaid leave. The action against Pitino came after he was linked to a federal corruption investigation that affected college basketball. Interim university president Greg Postel announced the promotion of Padgett during a press conference.… Continue reading “Louisville names Padgett as interim head coach”
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Top-seeded North Carolina certainly looked the part Friday night in the South Regional semifinals at FedEx Forum. Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Justin Jackson’s 24 points, five rebounds and five assists led the Tar Heels to a 92-80 elimination of fourth-seeded Butler, advancing them to Sunday’s regional final against the UCLA-Kentucky… Continue reading “North Carolina handles Butler to reach Elite Eight”
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Gonzaga guard Jordan Mathews scored 13 points and made three 3-pointers, the last with 57.3 seconds remaining to help the Bulldogs secure a 61-58 victory over West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament West Region semifinals at the SAP Center on Thursday. Mathews’ 3-pointer made it 60-58, and Silas Melson sank a free… Continue reading “Gonzaga survives West Virginia to reach Elite Eight”
A day after Oklahoma State’s season ended with a one-point loss to Michigan in the NCAA Tournament, head coach Brad Underwood took the vacant position at Illinois on Saturday. Underwood’s hiring occurs exactly one year after he coached 14th-seeded Stephen F. Austin to a double-digit win over West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. Underwood’s tenure with… Continue reading “Illinois hires Oklahoma State’s Underwood as coach”
Kentucky manages to get past Northern Kentucky
INDIANAPOLIS — De’Aaron Fox scored 19 points and Malik Monk sank four clutch free throws during the final 30.3 seconds Friday night, lifting No. 2 seed Kentucky to a 79-70 South Regional victory over No. 15 seed Northern Kentucky in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Bam Adebayo added 15 points for the Wildcats (30-5) and Monk finished with… Continue reading “Kentucky manages to get past Northern Kentucky”
I had a chance to evaluate each of Wake Forest new players against Radford in a home game tonight. Each will have significant roles this season for a young Demon Deacon squad.
Brandon Childress, PG, 6’0”, FR
Played good minutes tonight as the backup PG and looked comfortable at times and rushed at other times. Once he figures out the speed of the college game I expect him to get better and better. He can get to the paint at will with good quickness and ball handling ability but needs to improve his ability to finish. Coming in as a true freshman from local Wesleyan Christian Academy, Childress was known to be a big time shooter from deep. He showed the ability transfers to the college game as he knocked down a few tonight.
Keyshawn Woods, G, 6’3”, R-SO
The transfer from Charlotte coming off of a redshirt season looked full of confidence early on. Provides really good energy, athleticism, and shooting off the bench. Solid on both sides of the ball and is a good overall scorer. Should be a big contributor this year and will see his role increase going into ACC play.
Austin Arians, F, 6’6”, GR
Austin arrives from playing at Milwaukee and will be doing a grad season at Wake. Smart player who got the start tonight. Opened the game with a really nice looking 3. Has a fundamentally sound stroke and his shooting will be counted on this year. Lacks athleticism but uses good basketball IQ and strength to compensate. Moves well without the ball. Underrated passer who plays unselfish basketball.