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Media poll picks Akron, Toledo to win Mid-American Conference divisions in Men’s Basketball


Media that regularly cover the Mid-American Conference have selected Akron and Toledo to win their respective divisions in the annual preseason poll.

The Ohio Bobcats were picked to finish second in the East. Their best player, Maurice Ndour was selected to the All-MAC East team. The Bobcats have a new head coach in Saul Phillips, who took North Dakota State to the NCAA Tournament last season as a member of the Summit League.

The Akron Zips received 17 first-place votes to win the East. They return four starters from the 21-13 team of a year ago.

Toledo, who just a few years ago was one of the worst teams in the MAC, has been picked to win the conference tournament and go to the NCAA Tournament. The Rockets received 18 first-place votes to win the West and returns four starters from last season where they won a school-record 27 games.

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.

West Virginia University working on new contract for Huggins


Bob Huggins (courtesy West Virginia athletics)

Word out of Morgantown is that West Virginia University is working on a new contract for men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins.

Mountaineers’ athletic director Oliver Luck said the new pact should be completed in the next few months.

West Virginia has participated in the NCAA Tournament in each of Huggins’ five seasons at his alma mater.

In 2008, the former Cincinnati Bearcats and Kansas State coach signed a contract that currently pays him at least $20 million in guaranteed income through the year 2019.


Info compiled from Radio & TV news

Jankowski chooses Providence over NHL


Mark Jankowski, who was the first high-school hockey player selected at the 2012 NHL Draft, has decided to attend Providence College in the fall and play for the Friars.

The 17-year-old center was picked in by the Calgary Flames with the 21st overall selection.

(courtesy of Providence athletics via wikipedia commons)

The Friars play in the Hockey East Conference. They’ve played in the Frozen Four in 1964, 1983 and 1985. They’ve appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1964, ’78, ’81, ’83, ’85, ’89, ’91, ’96 and 2001.


Info compiled from Providence College & Internet news

UNC losing three players to NBA; unknown if agents hired


(courtesy of North Carolina via wikipedia commons)

The University of North Carolina announced recently that their basketball program will be losing three of its top players to the NBA.

Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall will be entering the upcoming NBA draft.

This group has made a nice two-year run for the Tar Heels deep into the NCAA Tournament only to fall one game short of the Final Four each season.

It is not known if the players will hire agents or not.

Barnes, a 6’8 sophomore, led the team at 17.1 points a game.

Henson, a 6’11 junior, was a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year.

Marshall is a 6’4 sophomore, who won the Cousy Award which is presented to the nation’s top college point guard and set the ACC’s season assist record.



compiled from North Carolina athletics news



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