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Duke Blue Devils picked as the #1 men’s basketball team i preseason poll

The defending national champion Duke Blue Devils are the popular choice as the nation’s number 1 men’s basketball team.

The ranking is from the Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll.

(courtesy of Duke athletics)

The Blue Devils have two starters back on a rsoter that features ballyhooed freshman Kyrie Irving and transfer Seth Curry, the younger brother of NBA star Stephen Curry and the son of former NBA and Virginia Tech great Dell Curry.

The rest of the top five include Michigan State at #2, Kansas State was third and Ohio State 4th and Pittsburgh fifth.

The rest of the top 10, Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida and Syracuse.

The only other Big Ten teams who were ranked, include #13 Illinois and #14 Purdue.

compiled from staff & Duke athletic news

Field for 2010 NIT Season Tip-Off is set


Villanova, Tennessee, UCLA and Wake Forest will be the regional hosts for the 2010 NIT Season Tip-Off tournament.

The first-round pairings for the 16-team tournament were announced earlier this week.


The first-and-second round games will be played November 15-17 with the winners advancing to Madison Square Garden for the semifinals on November 24. The championship game will be played November 26.

Consolation games will be played November 22-23 at sites to be determined later.

The East Regional has Hampton at Wake Forest and Virginia Commonwealth against Winthrop. UCLA will host Pepperdine in the West Regional and Nevada plays Pacific.

The North Regional will have Villanova hosting Marist and George Washington against Boston University. The South Regional has Belmont at Tennessee while Missouri State faces Arkansas State.

Duke University beat Connecticut to win last year’s Tip-Off Classic.

compiled from staff, wire and NIT news

Turner selected First Team Associated Press All-American

compiled from staff, wire reports and Ohio State Athletics

The 2009-2010 Associated Press All-American basketball was announced on Monday and it includes two freshman.

Kentucky’s John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins join Ohio State junior Evan Turner, Syracuse junior Wes Johnson and Villanova senior Scottie Reynolds.

With the 2008-2009 season passing and no freshman being selected, Wall and Cousins are the ninth set of teammates to be selected and the first since Duke’s J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams in 2006.

The 6’4 Wall averaged 16.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists.

The 6″11 Cousins became one of the nation’s top big men and was the only player selected to the team who averaged a  double-double with 15.3 points and 10.1 rebounds. Wall and Cousins helped the Wildcats reach number 1 for one week.

Ohio State's Evan Turner (osu)

As a 6’7 point guard, Turner is considered to be one of the best all-around players in recent seasons, received all but one first-team vote from the 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.  Turner missed six games after breaking bones in his back when he fell after a dunk in December.  The Buckeyes went .500 without him and then went on to the Big Ten title when he returned. Says Turner, “I’m definitely honored to be a part of a team like that and to be recognized. It’s really cool.”

Wall received 62 votes, while Johnson had 45, Reynolds 32 and Cousins 26 in voting conducted before the NCAA tournament.

Johnson, a transfer from Iowa State became an instant star with Syracuse this season.  The 6’7 forward averaged 16.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in leading the Orange to its number 1 ranking since 1990.

The 6’2 Reynolds averaged 18.5 points and shot 40 percent from 3-point range in becoming Villanova’s go-to-player with several spectacular second-half efforts.

James Anderson of Oklahoma State was sixth in the balloting with 27 votes and was joined on the second team by Sherron Collins of Kansas, Greivis Vasquez of Maryland, Jon Scheyer of Duke and Da’Sean Butler of West Virginia.

The third team was Greg Monroe of Georgetown, Cole Aldrich of Kansas, Damion James from Texas, Luke Harangody from Notre Dame and Darington Hobson of New Mexico.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Midwest Regional, Elite Eight Sunday Result

compiled by the staff

When it comes to Michigan State basketball, they may lose players as the years roll on, but they are always a program that is an NCAA championship contender year-in and year-out. But the main constant is head coach Tom Izzo, who has made the Spartans “masters of the NCAA Tournament and the month of March and early April.

The fifth-seeded Spartans are on their way to their second Final Four in a row and sixth in 12 years after Raymar Morgan’s free throw with 1.8 seconds left vaulted Michigan State to a 70-69 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers in the Midwest Regional Final on Sunday.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo (msu)

No other team in the country, not Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina or UCLA, has been better during the Spartans run under Tom Izzo.

Izzo, is a disciple of the legendary coach Jud Heathcote, who was his mentor. Izzo took over from Heathcote in 1995-96. Izzo is 6-1 in regional finals.

The Spartans, last year’s national runner-up, will be looking for championship number 3 next weekend in Indianapolis. They will play the hometown favorite, Butler University, in the semi-finals Saturday night.

It’s hard to believe, but Michigan State is the only team from last year’s Final Four to make it back. North Carolina, which manhandled the Spartans in last year’s title game, didn’t even make the NCAA tournament field. Neither did Connecticut and Villanova was knocked out in the second round.

The 28-8 Spartans led the game by as many as eight in the second half, but Brian Williams pulled sixth-seeded Tennessee, now 28-9, to within one, 69-68 on a rebound follow shot with 2:10 left. Korie Lucious, the fill-in point guard for the injured Kalin Lucas, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 29 seconds left and Scotty Hopson got the rebound.

Hopson was fouled at the other end, and made the first.  But after a Michigan State timeout, Hopson missed the second  and Lucious grabbed the rebound. Raymar Morgan was fouled by J.P. Prince with 1.8 seconds remaining and he made the first.  After timeouts by both teams, Morgan bricked the second shot of purpose.

Tennessee’s Brian Williams grabbed the rebound and head coach Bruce Pearl called a quick timeout. But J.P. Prince fumbled the inbounds pass and had to just throw up a prayer from midcourt just before the buzzer sounded. Michigan State was on its way from St. Louis and headed 5 hours east  to  Indianapolis and the Final Four.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: South Regional, 2nd Round Saturday Results

compiled from staff and wire reports


Randy Bennett St. Mary's coach (SMC)

Providence, Rhode Island–St. Mary’s College, the 10th seed upset 2nd-seeded Villanova. The 28-5 Gaels were led by unstoppable Omar Samhan who scored 32 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Villanova, 25-8 couldn’t get their best player, Scotty Reynolds untracked. He missed 9 of 11 as his stellar career came to an end.


New Orleans, Louisiana–The Baylor Bears (27-7) and from Waco, Texas will play in the Sweet 16 in Houston, Texas after defeating Old Dominion, 76-68.

LaceDarius Dunn Baylor (BU)

LaceDarius Dunn led the 3rd seeded Bears with 26 points.

#11 seed Old Dominion ends the season at 27-9, were led by Kent Bazemore’s 13 points.

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