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Posts Tagged ‘DePaul.’

UC men’s basketball announces Big East home-and-home games for 2012-2013

UC's Fifth Third Arena (photo by Greenstrat via wikipedia commons)

The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team will play four Big East teams in a home-and-home basis during 2012-13, one more than in year’s past.

Those teams will be Connecticut, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.

The Bearcats will hit the road for games at 2012 national semifinalist Louisville, and defending regular-season league champion Syracuse.

UC will also travel to DePaul, Providence and Seton Hall.

 

Info compiled from UC athletics & the Big East Conference

WRIGHT STATE visits OHIO STATE: WSU’s Donlon ready to use own recruits in second season

 

Billy Donlon (courtesy of Wright State athletics)

The Wright State Raiders will try to upset the Ohio State Buckeyes when they travel to Columbus tonight for a Big Ten Network game at Value City Arena at 9 p.m.

The Raiders head coach Billy Donlon looks just as young as his players.

Only 34 years old, Donlon is a coach on the rise in just his second-year. He took over last season, when his mentor, Brad Brownell bolted for Clemson as soon as Oliver Purnell left to take the job at DePaul.

Donlon earned a 19-14 mark, 10-8 in the tough Horizon League, good for 5th-place.

This year, armed with many of his own recruits, he is looking to improve on those records of a year ago.

Some experts who cover the Horizon League feel that this is a rebuilding job for Donlon and his staff. The only returning starter is 6’8, 245-pound center Johann Mpondo, who takes up space in the middle, plays good defense and rebounds.

There are seven newcomers on the roster and one of those is North Carolina State transfer Julius Mays, who is a shooting guard with two years of eligibility left. He is much better than the 4.7 points per game he earned with the Wolfpack.

Junior college transfer John Balwigaire shot 44.o percent from three-point land last year.

The other two players who have experience under Donlon is Cole Darling and Matt Vest.

The Raiders usually are good for 15-20 wins a season. And with Donlon at the helm, he won’t settle for rebuilding.

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Cincinnati beats hapless DePaul

Sean Kilpatrick (photo by BH photography courtesy of Cincinnati athletics)

When Oliver Purnell bolted the Clemson Tigers as head coach during this past off-season, people said he was crazy for leaving the ACC for the Big East and the downtrodden DePaul program.

Purnell says he can rebuild the program into a powerhouse. Well, it won’t be happening this year.

The Blue Demons dropped to 6-18 overall and 0-11 after their latest loss to Big East opponent Cincinnati, 71-68 in Chicago.

Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points for the Bearcats who blew a 17-point lead but held on.

Cincinnati is 19-5, 6-5.

compiled from staff & Cincinnati athletics news

Ohio State basketball gets commitment from Trey McDonald

Thad Matta has a reason to smile (file photo)

The Ohio State men’s basketball program keeps reeling in the top prospects. It’s like the football program, reloading not rebuilding.

Trey McDonald, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward-center from Battle Creek Central High School in Battle Creek, Michigan, on Monday night, said he has committed to Ohio State and will be signing a letter of intent during the early signing period November 10-17.

McDonald, who chose Ohio State over DePaul, Marquette, Oakland and Wake Forest, said he fell in love with the Buckeyes during his official visit October 2 & 3.

McDonald joins Scott Shannon of Alpharetta, Georgia, LaQuinton Ross of Jackson, Mississippi and Sam Thompson of Chicago in the 2011 Ohio State recruiting class.

compiled from staff & basketball news

Clemson University calls, Brownell leaves Wright State for another challenge

compiled from staff and wire reports

Brad Brownell (megasportsnews.com)

Former Wright State University head coach Brad Brownell has a new address for next season. It is Littlejohn Coliseum, home of the Clemson University Tigers of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The 41-year-old Brownell showed up at the South Carolina school on Tuesday to meet his players, visit with school administrators and take hold of a program that has gone to the past three NCAA tournaments.

He replaced Oliver Purnell, who left after seven successful years to rebuild DePaul.  When Brownell heard that stunning news, he knew that he was a good fit for the Tigers.

But there were other coaches who were on a short list of athletic director Terry Don Phillips. Those included former Boston College coach Al Skinner, Wofford Coach Mike Young, current Tigers interim coach Ron Bradley and Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury. But Phillips offered the job to Brownell on Monday with a phone call and he accepted.

It’s the second straight time that Phillips has gone to a Ohio for his basketball coach, selecting Oliver Purnell from Dayton after the 2003 season.

Brownell went 84-45 in four years at Wright State, leading the program to 20 + wins every year and 2nd place finishes and in 2007, the Horizon League championship and the NCAA tournament.

Brownell also coached at UNC Wilmington, leading the Seahawks to the NCAA’s in 2003 and 2006. That was where, the Indiana native learned about ACC basketball and the passion it stirred in the region.