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Craig Robinson, brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, fired as Men’s Basketball coach at Oregon State

Craig Robinson at his introductory press conference in 2008 at Oregon State (photo by LuckyBucky via wikipedia commons)

Several factors can cause a college head basketball coach to lose his job.

A losing season record, overall losing record at the current school, second-half of game failures, losing games in the final moments, losing to your arch-rivals, most of all a half-filled arena and no enthusiasm from the student section.

All of those factors led Oregon State University to fire head coach Craig Robinson.

Robinson finished with a an overall record of 95-105 with the Beavers. He had one season above .500 at 21-15, two .500 seasons at 18-18 and 16-16, his first and last seasons respectively. And three below .500 seasons. His first team in 2008-2009,  went on to post a 5–1 record and captured its first post-season tournament championship ever with a final series victory over the UTEP Miners in the finals of the College Basketball Invitational. He would take the Beavers to the CBI Tournament four times. But the administration frowned on the fact that Oregon State never made it to the NCAA Tournament. His teams rarely beat their arch-rivals, the Oregon Ducks during his tenure.

The 52-year-old Robinson, who stands 6’6 inches tall,  is the older brother of United States First Lady Michelle Obama. He was a forward for Princeton University in the Ivy League from 1979-1983. Robinson was a two-time Ivy League forward and led the league in field goal percentage both years. He is the fourth highest scorer in school history. He played for the legendary Pete Carril.

The Jeremy Lin factor continues as the Knicks win sixth straight; beats Toronto


Jeremy Lin of Knicks in December 2011 (photo by Gary King via wikipedia commons)

Jeremy Lin canned a three-point basket with less than a second to play, allowing the New York Knicks a 90-87 comeback win over the Toronto Raptors Tuesday night.

The win extends the Knicks winning streak to six games.

Lin made a pull-up jumper from the top of the key with half a second to play, giving New York their first lead since the first quarter.

Lin scored 27 points and a career-high 11 assists in his first game since being selected as the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

On a down note, Lin did commit 8 turnovers.

The 23-year-old Lin, a 6’3, 200-pound guard from Los Angeles, played at Harvard from 2006-2010.

Lin finished his career as the first player in the history of the Ivy League to record at least 1,450 points (1,483), 450 rebounds (487), 400 assists (406) and 200 steals (225). He graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a degree in economics and a grade-point average of 3.1.

He played in 2010-2011 with the Golden State Warriors.


Info compiled from NBA, New York Knicks & Harvard news

Harvard debuts in AP men’s poll at 8-0 under Tommy Amaker


(courtesy of Harvard athletics via wikipedia commons)

When Tommy Amaker was head coach at Michigan, the fans said he could not coach.

Well, in his fifth year at Harvard University, the former Duke basketball star has his team amongst college basketball’s elite.

The Crimson, at 8-0 and a win over then-ranked Florida State, joins four other teams in the recent AP top 25. Georgetown, Illinois and Creighton have been there before, but not Harvard.

Amaker guided the Boston area school to its first Ivy league title last season.

Harvard is the first Ivy League school to be ranked since the Princeton Tigers move into the top 10 in the 1997-98 season.

The only other Ivy League school to be ranked since 1970 is Pennsylvania, which last visited the polls in January 1995.

Brown University is the only school from the Ivy League not to ever make the polls.


Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Harvard University news


NCAA TOURNAMENT:East Regional, 2nd Round Sunday Results

compiled by the staff


#12 seed Cornell became the first Ivy League team in 30 years to go the Sweet 16 by upsetting the 4th-seeded Badgers in Jacksonville, Florida.

Louis Dale scored 26 points and he was supported by Ryan Wittman with 24 points. Cornell stretched their lead out to 20 points in the second half.

Cornell, 29-4 will play Kentucky in Syracuse, New York which is an hour away from their campus.

Cornell Basketball team (Photo credit Patrick Shanahan)


2nd-seeded West Virginia rolled behind the scoring of Da’Sean Butler, who had 19 points in the first half and 28 for the game. The 26-9 Mountaineers are in the Sweet 16 for the 5th time.

Missouri ends the year at 23-11.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: East Regional, First Round

compiled from staff and wire reports


The Badgers held their own against  pesky Wofford.  Wisconsin used their defense and NCAA experience to put the game away late.

Jon Leuer led the way with 20 points for the 4th-seeded Badgers, who’ll be playing in the second round for the fourth consecutive year.

The 13th-seeded Terriers end the year at 26-9 while the Badgers move on at 24-8.


Cornell Basketball team (CU)

One of Friday’s surprising games as Cornell (28-4) from the Ivy League upset the more athletic and quick Temple Owls who lost in the first round for the third straight year.

The 29-6 Owls from the Atlantic 10 Conference, never got untracked as Cornell. the best team to come out of the Ivy League in 10 years, never let lost control of the game.


Clemson Head coach Oliver Purnell will have to wait until next year to win an NCAA Tournament game. He has taken three schools to the “Big Dance”, Old Dominion, Dayton and Clemson and has yet to win a game. Clemson ends up at 21-11.

23-10 Missouri was led by Kim English and Keith Ramsey each scoring 20 points and the Tigers swarming defense shut Clemson.


Morgan State (27-10) had delusions of grandeur as they led early in the contest 10-0 while the Mountaineers missed their first 11 shots.

But West Virginia (28-6) rebounded to win the game and advance.