Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:00 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 4:07 pm

Duke doc to depict title teams as temperamental

By Matt Norlander

If it's about Duke, we're always interested.

If it's about Duke's much-hated, much-respected title teams from the early '90s, we're increasingly interested.

And if's about that team being a group of troublesome, dysfunction miscreants, then GOODNESS WHERE DO WE SIGN UP.

According to USA Today, there is a documentary being made about the Blue Devils' '91 and '92 championship teams that's set to air on Turner Sports' networks in March. Grant Hill and Christian Laettner (pictured above, right, with immortal hair god Thomas Hill) are co-executive producers of the doc, which will be filled with interviews from players, coaches and team managers who played a part in creating one of the most polarizing teams in the history of college basketball.

Turns out, there was plenty of tension on the team as well, some of it intentionally planted by Mike Krzyzewski, who told Laettner and other captains behind closed doors to keep the team on edge.

Here's an anecdote courtesy of USA Today:
Hurley, a street smart player from Jersey City, drove the lane anticipating Laettner would step in for the charge, but instead of dumping a pass to Laettner's man, who was open, Hurley whipped the ball into Laettner's face. "Of course it was intentional," Laettner said. The 6-11 Laettner chased Hurley, listed at 6-2, out of the gym but couldn't catch him. ...

"I taunted him, told him he sucked and he needed to go home, and I've apologized for all that," Laettner said. "I was hard on Bobby, but I also remember the first time I saw him play. It was like, 'Wow, I get to play with this kid.'"

The documentary, according to (Grant) Hill, will tell how Duke's 1992 team stayed on an edge that Laettner and Brian Davis helped create. That whole season was about the big picture, a legacy. In 1992, Duke was 17-0 before it finally lost, 75-73 to North Carolina on Feb. 5, and Hill figured Krzyzewski would not waste time re-sharpening the blade.

"The next day I took a nap because I figured practice that day was going to be long and hard," Hill said. "You know what Coach K did? He took us over to the football stadium for an ice cream sundae party. I was thinking, 'Did Coach bump his head or something?' It shows you something about the genius of the man."
That is genuinely hysterial.

Well-done sports documentaries have become more and more frequent in the past three years, and I think we're in a golden age of storytelling in the genre. College basketball has plenty of serial and seminal moments from its past still worth going back and visiting. Duke's back-to-back title-winning seasons are chief among the most interesting subject matter we have. Really looking forward to this doc, as I'm pretty certain it will only reinforce my unabashed hate for Laettner and love for Tommy Hill.

(Oh my God, oh my God.)

We'd better get at least 10 minutes devoted to Duke-Kentucky in '92.

Photo: AP
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 9:01 pm

Obama will attend Carrier Classic

By Matt Norlander

Though we've not yet heard official word from the White House (UPDATE: Now we do.), according to Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis, President Obama will indeed make an appearance at next month's Carrier Classic.

Season tips Nov. 7
Hollis broke the news -- where else -- on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

"Honored to have Pres. Obama at the Carrier Classic as we pay tribute to those men & women who serve our nation and our freedom. #whitehouse," Hollis tweeted. He also sent a direct tweet to Magic Johnson, saying "White House confirmed today President Obama will attend 11.11.11 Carrier Classic between Michigan State & North Carolina."

On Friday, we told you Obama had been formally invited by the event's organizers. It's a little surprising the news is coming out so early -- someone asked me if this was a national security risk by putting the RSVP out there so publicly so soon -- but I'd imagine that ship will be as secure as Fort Knox.

The game is the first of its kind. Basketball on an aircraft carrier on Veterans Day on the ship that laid Osama bin Laden to rest.

You can bet apple pie will be part of the media buffet.

Photo: AP
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:16 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 9:52 am

The 2011-12 CBS college hoops TV schedule

By Matt Norlander

Our television overlords released today the terrific slate of games we've got assembled for the upcoming season. Bookmark/print out this page so you know what's coming when.

CBS Sports 2011 College Basketball Schedule
Date Time (ET) Game
Saturday, Dec. 3 12:00-2:30 p.m. North Carolina @ Kentucky
Saturday, Dec. 10 12:00-2:00 p.m. Duke vs. Washington
Saturday, Dec. 17 2:00-4:00 p.m Butler vs. Purdue
4:00-6:00 p.m Memphis @ Louisville
4:00-6:00 p.m Gonzaga vs. Arizona
Saturday, Dec. 31 12:00-2:00 p.m. Louisville @ Kentucky
Saturday, Jan. 7 2:00-4:00 p.m Michigan State @ Penn State (Women's)
4:00-6:00 p.m. UConn @ Notre Dame (Women's)
Sunday, Jan. 8 1:30-4:00 p.m. or 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wisconsin @ Michigan
Saturday, Jan. 14 3:30-6:00 p.m. or 1:00-3:30 p.m. Oregon @ Arizona
Sunday, Jan. 15 4:30-6:30 p.m. or 1:30-4:00 p.m. Indiana @ Ohio State
Saturday, Jan. 21 12:00-2:00 p.m. Alabama @ Kentucky
2:00-4:00 p.m. Michigan @ Arkansas
4:00-6:00 p.m. Kansas @ Texas
4:00-6:00 p.m. UConn @ Tennessee
Sunday, Jan. 28 1:00-3:00 p.m. Texas @ Baylor
Sunday, Jan. 29 12:00-2:00 p.m. Michigan @ Ohio State
Saturday, Feb. 4 1:00-3:00 p.m. Marquette @ Notre Dame
Sunday, Jan. 29 1:00-3:00 p.m. Vanderbilt @ Florida
Sunday, Feb. 5 1:00-3:00 p.m. Michigan @ Michigan State
Saturday, Feb. 11 1:00-3:00 p.m. UConn @ Syracuse
Sunday, Feb. 12 1:00-3:00 p.m. Illinois @ Michigan
Saturday, Feb. 18 1:00-3:00 p.m. UCLA @ St. John's
1:00-3:00 p.m. UNLV @ New Mexico

Sunday, Feb. 19

1:00-3:00 p.m. Big Ten Wildcard

Michigan State @ Purdue
Indiana @ Iowa
Penn State @ Wisconsin

Saturday, Feb. 25 12:00-2:00 p.m. Vanderbilt @ Kentucky
2:00-4:00 p.m. UCLA @ Arizona
2:00-4:00 p.m. Villanova @ Georgetown
4:00-6:00 p.m. Missouri @ Kansas

Sunday, Feb. 26

1:00-3:00 p.m. Big Ten Wildcard

Wisconsin @ Ohio State
Indiana @ Minnesota
Purdue @ Michigan

Saturday, Mar. 3

12:00-2:00 p.m. Memphis @ Tulsa
2:00-4:00 p.m. LSU @ Auburn
2:00-4:00 p.m. Pac-12 Wildcard

Washington @ UCLA
Utah @ Oregon
Colorado @ Oregon State
Washington State @ USC

4:00-6:00 p.m. Louisville @ Syracuse
Sunday, Mar. 4 12:00-2:00 p.m. Kentucky @ Florida
2:00-4:00 p.m. Missouri Valley Championship
4:00-6:00 p.m. Big Ten Wildcard
  Ohio State @ Michigan State
Michigan @ Penn State
Illinois @ Wisconsin
Saturday, Mar. 10 11:30-1:40 p.m. Conf USA Championship
1:40-3:40 p.m. Big Ten Semifinal #1
4:00-6:00 p.m. Big Ten Semifinal #2
6:00-8:00 p.m. Pac-12 Championship
Sunday, Mar. 11 1:00-3:30 p.m. Atlantic 10 Championship
3:30-6:00 p.m. Big Ten Championship
Posted on: October 7, 2011 5:04 pm

Obama could appear at Carrier Classic on Nov. 11

By Matt Norlander

Will the ship that sunk Osama host Obama?

According to USA Today, which quotes Morale Entertainment executive Mike Whalen, there's already been an invitation extended to the most powerful man in the world. When North Carolina and Michigan State play on the USS Carl Vinson in the first Carrier Classic on Nov. 11, the President could very well be on hand to watch some college hoops, which he's done before on multiple occasionssince earning the gig in the Oval Office.

"President Obama has been invited," Whalen told USA Today. "(The White House) is very interested. We're cautiously optimistic."

Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy, is already on board to attend, per Whalen. Obama (pictured at right, presumably reading the latest news on Sarah Palin's presidential-race decision) would increase the security detail on the ship 20-fold. And it's already arguably the toughest ticket in the sport this season, Carolina-Duke game included.

Additionally, James Worthy has been locked in as the honorary captain for the Tar Heels. Worthy played under Dean Smith at UNC in the early '80s and is one of the biggest names in the history of the program. Initially Michael Jordan was the target for honorary captain, but a "personal conflict" is preventing him from showing up.

How perfect, though, since Magic Johnson will rep the Spartans. Magic and Worthy were teammates throughout the '80s and early '90s on the Lakers, of course.

Photo: AP
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: October 7, 2011 10:33 am

Va Tech's Marquis Rankin out 6-8 weeks

By Jeff Borzello

It was going to be hard enough for Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg to replace Malcolm Delaney no matter who was on the Hokies’ roster. Now, he will be without a top-100 point guard for up to two months.

Marquis Rankin, a freshman floor general from Hargrave Military Academy (Va.), underwent surgery on his left knee Thursday morning and will miss six-to-eight weeks. He injured the knee during a preseason drill, and the surgery was done to clean up cartilage in his knee.

Season tips Nov. 7

Delaney averaged 18.7 points and 4.0 assists last season, but Greenberg had a few options to replace his production. Erick Green is more of a combo guard, but he distributes fairly well and can also score well inside the arc. Sophomore Tyrone Garland saw inconsistent minutes last season, but he brings energy.

Rankin, despite his 170-lb. stature, is very quick and loves to push the ball. He is adept at getting into the lane and making plays for himself and teammates. He also has good length, which he uses to his advantage on the defensive end.

If Green can handle the point next to scorer Dorenzo Hudson, Greenberg will have an explosive offensive backcourt. However, if he is more comfortable off the ball, it will be interesting to see how much Rankin’s injury hurts the Hokies in the early part of the season.

Virginia Tech opens with East Tennessee State on November 12.

Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2011 12:05 pm

The Big East is standing still, getting killed

By Gary Parrish

The next move in the ongoing game of conference realignment has been made.

And the Big 12 made it.

Which is why the Big 12 seems poised to survive in this eat-or-be-eaten world of college athletics while the Big East continues to get picked apart by anybody and everybody. Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced last month that they're leaving for the ACC; that took the Big East down to seven football-playing schools. Now TCU, according to my colleague Brett McMurphy, is headed to the Big 12 and leaving the Big East with just six football-playing schools ... at least one of which (Connecticut) has made it clear it would like to find a new home, too. Meantime, the Big East has done nothing of note. The league is just sitting there taking punches to the face, one after another, and, consequently, sooner or later, it'll be down for the count and in no position to adequately recover.

The possible additions of Army and Navy won't fix the Big East's problems.

At this point, I can't imagine anything really will.

What the Big East should've done is tried to take advantage of the Big 12's turmoil last month and offered invitations to any Midwest school willing to leave the Texas-Oklahoma fight behind. It might not have worked, obviously. But if we've learned anything over the past few years it's that one way to strengthen yourself is to damage the competition, and that's something the ACC highlighted when it targeted Pittsburgh and Syracuse. The Big 12, under new leadership, also understands this approach. But the Big East never has and apparently never will. So it can add Army and Navy if it wants, and perhaps East Carolina, Temple, UCF and SMU, too. But the decision to be reactive rather than proactive has put the Big East in a nearly impossible situation, and, truth be told, the storied league has only itself to blame.
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:34 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 11:38 am

Black head coaches numbers falling in D-1 hoops

By Jeff Goodman

Just a few years ago, there were seven black head coaches in the ACC.

Al Skinner, Paul Hewitt, Dave Leitao, Sidney Lowe, Oliver Purnell, Frank Haith and Leonard Hamilton.

Now just one remains.


He's currently the only black head coach in the ACC.

"This decline, while drastic in the ACC is not a pattern that has not gone unnoticed by the BCA (Black Coaches and Administrators)," BCA's Floyd Keefe said in a statement to CBSSports.com.

Keefe pointed out that the 19 percent ratio of black head coaches to black D-1 men's basketball players back in 1987 is what inspired the BCA. Just 11 percent (excluding the historically black colleges and universities) of head coaches were black at that time.

In 2005, that number more than doubled to an all-time high of 25.2 percent, according to the BCA.

Since then, it has dipped a bit to 22.6 percent - and just 20 percent among BCS schools.

Here's the list of black head coaches in the Power 6 Conferences:

ACC - Leonard Hamilton
Big Ten - Tubby Smith
Big 12 - Frank Haith
Pac-12 - Craig Robinson, Johnny Dawkins, Lorenzo Romar
Big East - John Thompson III, Oliver Purnell, Ed Cooley, Stan Heath
SEC - Anthony Grant, Mike Anderson, Tony Barbee, Trent Johnson, Cuonzo Martin

"From the BCA's perspective, there appears to be a "slow leak in the plumbing" and we (BCA) have to examine the problem?" Keefe said.

One coach, who wished to remain anonymous, had a legitimate explanation.

"It's all about trends," he said. "Right now, everyone is out there trying to find the Brad Stevens lookalike. Back in 2005, Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt was coming off a national title game appearance."

Category: NCAAB
Tags: ACC, Jeff Goodman
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:36 pm

Sean May takes his '05 team over '11-12 Heels

By Jeff Goodman

Sean May doesn't even think there's a debate.

North Carolina's national title team in 2005 or this year's Tar Heels group?

Take your pick.

My colleague, Gary Parrish, wrote about that notion in a column recently -- and we continued the conversation on our weekly podcast.

"It's not even close," said May, reached Wednesday morning in Croatia. "Overall, talent-wise, I think we were better."

I'd tend to agree with May, although it's hardly a no-brainer.

For a full perspective, here's the comparison between the two teams:


SG - Jackie Manuel
PG - Raymond Felton
SF - Rashad McCants
PF - Jawad Williams
C - Sean May

F - Marvin Williams
F - David Noel
G - Melvin Scott
G - Quentin Thomas


SG - Dexter Strickland
PG - Kendall Marshall
SF - Harrison Barnes
PF - Tyler Zeller
C - John Henson

F - James McAdoo
G - P.J. Hairston
G - Reggie Bullock

Williams (2), Felton (5), May (13) and McCants (14) were all taken in the lottery after winning the national title in 2005. Noel was selected in the second round the following season. This year's Tar Heels team could well have four players taken in the lottery as well: Barnes, Henson, Zeller and McAdoo. Marshall could also find his way into the first round, according to multiple NBA executives.

Hairston and Bullock -- with their size and ability to shoot the ball -- both have a chance to play in the league as well.

"Obviously, Harrison is really good," May said. "John is still a little raw. He's a great player, though. We had more talent on our team. Our most talented player, Marvin, was coming off the bench."

"Rashad would give Harrison a run for his money," added May. "And while Kendall is great, you can't even bring that conversation to me between him and Ray. I played with Ray and he made me the player I was in college."

However, what may have separated that 2005 team was the "role guys." Jaward Williams was a veteran who came to understand his place on the team and Manuel was a terrific defender who could have cared less about scoring.

Can McAdoo accept his this season as a supporting guy, an energy guy coming off the bench. Will Strickland continue to develop into that Manuel-esque role and be able to run the team when Marshall is out of the lineup?

"They've got a lot of talent," May said. "But we had more."

Photo: AP
Category: NCAAB
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