Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday Morning Dump

Things you may have missed:Baylor's Perry Jones was deemed ineligible by the NCAA. Rutgers got screwed by the referees. Bubble-talk is nothing more than, well, talk. Day 9 of The Real March Madness. Previews for the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big-Ten Conference. Mic Cronin and Jim Calhoun do a bit of verbal sparring

- Your must-read of the day comes courtesy of the Kansas City Star's Brady McCullough. He details the final time Thomas Robinson saw his mother, and how his life as a teen helped him to become the man he is today

- Mike Vorkunov details the rise in popularity Jay Bilas has received since he took the twitter world by storm

- Ryan Fagan does his best to analyze the teams still stuck on the bubble

- The head of NCAA officiating says the way the refs handled the end of the Rutgers/St. John's game was "unacceptible

- Andy Glockner has your Thursday edition of The Bubble Watch

- Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post details Georgeotwn's recent funk and chides Austin Freeman for his lack of emotion. Speaking of the Hoyas, Jeff Goodman explains why they won't win a tournament game unless they have Chris Wright back

- John Rothstein provides a descent list of five teams that could bust the bracket wide open

- Former Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez believes the Pirates would have been significantly better this year if he still worked there (In other news, scientists determine Gonzalez to be out of his god-damn mind)

- Northern Illinois head coach Ricardo Patton will not be back next year

- Keno Davis will part ways with Providence
- The Tulsa World Sports Extra makes an interesting comparison to Kansas head coach Bill Self

- Speaking of Big-12 head coaches, Jeff Capel is not too concerned about his future at Okalahoma

- UConn head coach Jim Calhoun will not appeal the sanctions handed to him and his program by the NCAA for compliance violations

- When coaching vacancies at power-6 conference schools start to open up, look for Oakland's Greg Kampe and North Texas' Johnny Jones to have their names in the discussion

- In case you can't keep up with all these coaching changes, Fox Sports has put together a hand-dandy list

- Other than the poor refereeing at the end of the Rutgers/St. John's game, the news story of the day was the suspension of Baylor's Perry Jones. Mike DeCourcy believes that the way the NCAA handled it was par for the course

- Has Villanova played it's way onto the bubble? After five consecutive losses, one has to assume they are close

- After going one-and-done in the CAA tournament, the George Mason Patriots may have to tweak their game prior to the NCAA tournament

- Boston College head coach Steve Donahue is trying to stay even-keeled amindst the heavy bubble talk surrounding his team

- It seems like every year, Virginia Tech lands firmly on the bubble. But does their bubble status actually bother them? Speaking of Virginia Tech, freshman Jarrell Eddie will miss the opening game of the ACC tournament because of a marijuana charge brought against him in February. The Hokieswill be down to just seven scholarship athletes

- As the Big-12 quarterfinals get under way, a handful of juicy storylines have emerged

- It's a good thing Tre'Von Willis doesn't get to vote for Mountain West player of the year

- In the MWC tournament, it's all about the Big-3 (Sorry UNLV, you get to be Chris Bosh)

- Northern Colorado deafeated Montana last night to win the Big Sky Conference tournament. But during their semifinal game against Northern Arizona, there was a scorekeeping error that may have cost Northern Arizona a chance to play in the title game instead of Northern Colorado

- Apparently, Stanford University was known to guide student athletes toward easier class loads. ESPN reports that this will no longer occur

- Now that Brandon Davies is no longer playing for BYU, how has the shape of the MWC tournament changed?

- Due to all the great hoops action going on last night, you probably forgot all about this: St. Anthony's beat up on St. Patrick's to win the unofficial high school national championship

- Take a gander at this: a profile peice from Rick Reily on Kendall Marshall from when the UNC point guard was in fifth grade

- It's about damn-time somebody did a bracketology post for the N.I.T. (Come on folks, I know you all secretly yearn for the Not Invited Tournament)

- An interview with Gus Johnson. Need I say more?

- John Wall attended a MEAC basketball game at Howard University last week, and did "The Dougie" for the fans in attendance

- I'd be lying if I said something like this never happened when I worked at my college's television station

Long Island fans are the best

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