Tag:Big 10
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Finally, 12 vs. 12: ACC/Big Ten Challenge Preview


By
Jeff Borzello

Prior to two years ago, the ACC/Big Ten Challenge had lost much of its luster.

After all, the Atlantic Coast Conference had won the competition the first 10 years it was held, rolling through the Big Ten every season. However, the Big Ten turned the tables the past two years, winning the Challenge. With each conference finally getting 12 teams, every team will be involved in the Challenge. Now, there can’t be any complaints about which teams aren’t playing and how it gives the other league an advantage.

This season, there is plenty of attention focused on the challenge. There are two matchups between top-10 teams, along with several other interesting tilts. Can the Big Ten keep its streak rolling, or will the ACC get back on top? Let’s go game-by-game and make a pick.

Tuesday

No. 14 Michigan at Virginia: Don’t expect an up-and-down contest here. Both teams prefer to slow the game down and play in the half-court. Michigan will be a Big Ten contender this season, while Virginia has the ability to be a sleeper in the ACC. PICK: MICHIGAN

Northwestern at Georgia Tech: Northwestern is currently undefeated, with only one of the wins coming by more than seven points. The battle to watch on the perimeter could be Drew Crawford vs. Glen Rice Jr. I think Northwestern’s John Shurna will be the difference. PICK: NORTHWESTERN

Illinois at Maryland: Both teams still seem to be looking for the right combination, athough Illinois has rolled to a 6-0 record behind an 11-man rotation. Maryland has struggled, with two 20-plus-point losses to Iona and Alabama. High-scoring guard Terrell Stoglin has been a highlight, though. PICK: ILLINOIS

Miami (Fl.) at Purdue: I have a feeling these two will look drastically different come March. Purdue is still feeling itself out, while Miami is just trying to survive with only seven guys in the rotation. In the end, Robbie Hummel will make the big shots and Purdue’s defense will be too much for the ‘Canes. PICK: PURDUE

Clemson at Iowa: Probably not the most attractive matchup of the day, but each team has had some bright spots. Guard Matt Gatens has been good for Iowa, but he will need help against Clemson. The Hawkeyes have already lost to Campbell by 16. Clemson dropped games to Charleston and Coastal Carolina, but things figure to get better. PICK: CLEMSON

No. 3 Duke at No. 2 Ohio State: The marquee matchup of the Challenge. Duke is coming off a Maui championship, while Ohio State has already defeated top 10 Florida. It’s going to be fun to watch Aaron Craft defend Austin Rivers, but does Duke have anyone to match-up with Jared Sullinger down low? PICK: OHIO STATE

Wednesday

Indiana at North Carolina State: A couple of programs looking to get back on the right track – and each team is doing a decent job of it this year. Indiana is 6-0, behind the stellar play of freshman Cody Zeller. When NC State has all its pieces working together, it’s a solid opponent. PICK: NORTH CAROLINA STATE

Penn State at Boston College: Um, not the best game of the Challenge? Penn State has a good record at 5-2, but they’ve been blown out by Saint Joseph’s and embarrassed by Kentucky. On the other side, Boston College looks like one of the worst BCS-conference teams in the country. Could be a long year for both. PICK: PENN STATE

Florida State at Michigan State: Should be a battle between two physical, defensive-minded outfits. Florida State is looking to bounce back from two losses in the Bahamas, while Michigan State is still figuring itself out. Draymond Green going against FSU’s deep frontline should be fun. PICK: FLORIDA STATE

Virginia Tech at Minnesota: This game lost a little bit of its excitement when Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe, one of the best forwards in the country, tore his ACL on Sunday. He will miss the season. It remains to be seen who will pick up the slack. Va. Tech counters with the backcourt of Erick Green and Dorenzo Hudson. PICK: VIRGINIA TECH

Wake Forest at Nebraska: This could be an interesting test for Nebraska. Wake Forest is not very good, but the Cornhuskers have been up-and-down defensively so far. A few underrated scorers will look to make their mark in Nebraska’s Bo Spencer and Wake Forest’s Travis McKie and C.J. Harris. PICK: NEBRASKA

Wisconsin at North Carolina: Another marquee matchup. One of the best head-to-head battles all season will take place, as UNC’s Kendall Marshall takes on Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor at the point guard position. They are two of the three or four best point guards in the country. The question will revolve around Wisconsin’s frontcourt; can it contain UNC’s great frontline? PICK: NORTH CAROLINA

FINAL VERDICT: BIG TEN, 7-5

Photos: US Presswire

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:01 am
 

NC State's Leslie among three suspended Friday

By Jeff Borzello

North Carolina State announced on Friday that forward C.J. Leslie will sit out the first three games of the season due to receiving impermissible benefits.

Leslie and his half-brother accepted $410 from a friend after a car accident last May. The friend, a former NC State student, allowed Leslie to borrow his car and also paid an apartment application fee for Leslie’s half-brother.

NC State reported the violations to the NCAA.

“I understand the issue and regret what has occurred,” Leslie said. “I will support my teammates in every way possible and look forward to getting back on the court.”

Leslie missed the Wolfpack’s 84-75 win over UNC-Asheville on Friday, and will also be on the sidelines for Sunday’s contest against Morehead State, and Wednesday’s game against Princeton.

He averaged 11.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season.

Glen Rice Jr. suspended for violating team rules

Shortly before Georgia Tech opened its season against Florida A&M, head coach Brian Gregory announced that Glen Rice Jr. had been suspended for three games for a violation of team rules.

Gregory did not get into specifics.

“The guys are learning that there are consequence, but there’s also going to be growth,” Gregory told reporters after the Yellow Jackets’ 92-59 victory. “We’re here to help him grow from this.”

Rice Jr., a 6-foot-5 swingman, averaged 12.8 points and 5.6 rebounds last season. He sat out last night’s game and will also miss next week’s matchups against Delaware State and Saint Joseph’s.

Marquette’s Juan Anderson suspended for three games

The NCAA has suspended Marquette freshman forward Juan Anderson for three games because he accepted a free ticket to a Brewers’ playoff game.

The Golden Eagles self-reported the violation.

“My college eligibility is much too valuable for me to risk,” Anderson said.

The freshman from California had been receiving rave reviews for his performance in early workouts and practices.  

Photo: US Presswire

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Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:05 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Photos: Mackey Arena's renovation



By Matt Norlander


There it is, the new floor and newly renovated Mackey Arena. Thanks to someone on the inside, CBSSports.com was able to pluck a few photos of the new facilities in West Lafeyette, Ind., which include a revamped weight room and a spiffy exterior appearance (both pictured below).

Mackey was due to be renovated in 2012, but after massive flooding warped the basketball floor in the spring, Purdue opted to go full-throttle with renovation projects this summer and into the fall. If you've forgotten what the old Mackey court looked like, peek.

The B1G logo isn't yet stickied on, but it will move from inside each lane to just beyond the center court line in the out-of-bounds area.  The 'Mackey Arena' text moves to where the Big Ten logo used to be. And it is Gene Keady Court, as a reminder. New look, still the same, hilarious student section.

What I love most about this: Purdue has a Mackey Q&A for you at the ready. Baby-changing stations, umbrellas, lost and found, the works. The arena gets its hoops debut Nov. 11, when the Boilers host Northern Illinois. 







Photos via Purdue athletics
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:41 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Catching up with Robbie Hummel



Jeff Goodman sits down with Purdue's Robbie Hummel to discuss Hummel's return from injury -- and then they compete in a vertical leap contest. It's close, but will Hummel pull out the win?
 
 
 
 
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