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Tag:College Basketball
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 5:13 pm

Senderoff gets improbable 1st win against Huggins

By Jeff Goodman

This wasn't about Rob Senderoff, the adversity and how his first career win came against a future Hall of Famer in Bob Huggins.

"We have four seniors and I know how long it had been," Kent State's rookie head coach said following the season-opening win over West Virginia. "We hadn't talked about it, but I wanted them to start the year the right way."

What Senderoff was referring to was the fact that Kent State, a program that has tasted no shortage of success over the past decade, got its first road win over a BCS team in 37 years on Tuesday.

Senderoff is thankful - to his wife and all that have supported him after he was fired for his role in the Kelvin Sampson mess.

"But my focus was all about my team," he said.

His team played extremely well. The ESPN cameras were on him at halftime when he said that West Virginia would "crumble under the pressure."

The cameras also caught him when he leaped (OK, that may be a little strong) in the air following a picturesque alley-oop in the second half.

"I'm a little embarrassed about jumping up and down," Senderoff said. "First of all, with the lack of athleticism. I also talk to the guys about keeping their composure - and obviously I got caught up in the moment a little bit."

Senderoff spoke about how hard his team played on Monday - and how they came out with the right mentality.

He also praised Huggins for agreeing to play the Golden Flashes.

"Very few would do what he did - especially with such a young team," Senderoff said. "Look at how many high-major teams played mid-major programs today on the marathon. We really appreciate that."
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:37 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2011 6:42 pm

Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

By Jeff Goodman

It couldn't have set up any better.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will go into Tuesday night's Champions Classic - a three-year round-robin event that also includes national powers Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State - with an opportunity to make history.

With a victory at Madison Square Garden against Michigan State, Coach K will become the NCAA Division 1 all-time winningest coach.

Krzyzewski, whose team suffered a close call on Friday night in a one-point win over Belmont, tied Bob Knight's record of 902 on Saturday afternoon with a convincing win over Presbyterian.

Now he'll have a chance to make history with a win over Michigan State and another future Hall of Famer, Tom Izzo.

While Izzo's Spartans aren't ranked and are coming off a loss to top-ranked North Carolina at the Carrier Classic on Friday, this isn't exactly a layup for Coach K and the Blue Devils.

Krzyzewski will have a chance to break his old coach's mark in New York City with the nation watching. If it doesn't happen, it'll likely occur at home against Davidson four days later.

It's inevitable, but it would be cool for him to do it on Tuesday night in an event that was created to give a much-needed jolt to the start of the college basketball season.

The 64-year-old Krzyzewski, whose career mark is 902-284, has a chance to shatter the record if he goes another five or so years - as many close to him expect to be the case.

"He wants to put it out of reach," said one Coach K confidant.

Coach K moved into exclusive company - one that includes only John Wooden and Adolph Rupp - when he won his fourth national title a couple years ago.

He won't ever catch Wooden's 10 national championships, but the same may be said for his win total - when K ultimately decides to call it a career.

Photo: AP
Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:03 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 8:15 pm

Texas A&M without its coach - and now Middleton

By Jeff Goodman

Texas A&M has been without its coach - and now the Aggies will also be without their top player.

Texas A&M star Khris Middleton will be out for the next few weeks after surgery on a partially torn meniscus in his right knee.

Middleton suffered the injury - which was initially diagnosed as a hamstring injury - in the first half of the Aggies win over Liberty on Wednesday.

Middleton averaged 14.4 points and 5.2 rebounds last season.

No. 19 Texas A&M will play Southern on Sunday, and will also be without Middleton next week when the Aggies play at Madison Square Garden in the 2K Sports Classic.

The team is also without coach Billy Kennedy - who is away from the team after being diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson's disease. It's unclear when Kennedy will return to coach the Aggies.
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:40 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 8:15 pm

Here at the new and improved Mackey Arena

By Jeff Goodman

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - While Gary Parrish is on an aircraft carrier in sunny San Diego, I'm in the new Mackey Arena in chilly West Lafayette, Ind.

Purdue finally has bells and whistles.

Let's face it: It's difficult to compete for players these days with outdated facilities.

That's what Matt Painter has had to deal with - until now.

Purdue has upgraded its locker rooms, film room, meeting room, weight room - and even laundry facility.

It was much-needed. 

"We only had one toilet before," Purdue senior Robbie Hummel half-joked.

There's a new practice facility so that the team doesn't have to practice in the rec center (where Hummel tore his ACL for the second time).

There's a premium club, a courtside club and even a new ticket office.

Mackey Arena got a serious facelift this offseason - in just about every way. In addition, Painter - with the help of his little dance he did with Missouri - also secured higher salaries for his staff.

The arena's rededication is tonight - on the same night that Hummel makes his much-anticipated return to the court.

We'll have much more on Hummel later.
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