The death of the Big East as we know it hit home last week as 14 teams arrived at the World’s Most Famous Arena (Connecticut was ineligible). Next season, the “Catholic 7” will be reportedly joined by Butler, Creighton, and Xavier in a basketball-only conference that has paid to keep the Big East name.
It’s that time again! See which teams hoops expert Jon Rothstein has moving on from each region in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
Syracuse and Georgetown, one more heavyweight clash in Madison Square Garden. Two original Big East titans toe-to-toe on the New York stage. Jim Boeheim. John Thompson III. One … last … time.
I’m well aware of what Duke has accomplished with Ryan Kelly in the lineup, but there’s just something about this group of Cardinals that makes me believe that Rick Pitino will wind up winning his second national championship.
King played with the Nets from 1977-1979 and with the Knicks from 1982-1987. He finished his career with New Jersey in 1993. The Brooklyn native was a four-time NBA All-Star and the 1985 NBA scoring champion.
Tuesday night’s showdown with the Golden Gophers is the beginning of a pivotal nine-day stretch for Florida State. The Seminoles also host Florida next Wednesday, December 5, in Tallahassee.
Texas coach Rick Barnes doesn’t have a go-to guy like he did last year with J’Covan Brown but he’s absolutely thrilled with what he’s seen from his team so far this fall.
Just how good is Louisville? Well, this has the potential to be Rick Pitino’s best team since he stepped back into the Commonwealth 11 years ago.
Steve Masiello, who was an assistant under Pitino for six years at Louisville, once told me he planned to incorporate 99.9% of what he learned from his mentor into his own program. And that’s exactly what’s happened.
With early entries to the 2012 NBA Draft set, college hoops insider Jon Rothstein updated his early Top 25.
Only one person has been in the type of high-profile position in sports that John Callipari is in and handled it with such poise, and that was Joe Torre when he was manager of the New York Yankees.
The Buckeyes don’t wow you offensively but are exceptionally tough and seem to land every 50-50 ball. On Saturday, that will be the difference.
A major element in Saturday’s Final Four showdown between Louisville and Kentucky will be the Cardinals’ match up zone.
Rick Pitino and John Calipari have met before in the Final Four — it was 16 years ago in 1996 when Pitino was at Kentucky and Calipari was at Umass — but this is different.
Cardinals finished the game on a 23-8 run for a 72-68 victory over Donovan’s stunned Florida team.