Tag:Morehead State
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Podcast: Year in Review, Part One

By Matt Norlander

Gonna have today's and Wednesday's podcasts dedicated in part to looking back on the year in college hoops and sharing our favorite memories. So Borzello joins me today to do just that.

We also touch on Washington/Pac-12, underachieving teams with chances to win their leagues, and a whole bunch of Christmas talk that's sure to get you into the spirit, primarily because we discuss Home Alone and Voltron.

The rundown:
  • From the beginning: Pardon Borzello and mine's voices, as we've been clogged up with colds since the weekend.
  • 2:51: Borzello's five favorite memories from college basketball in 2011.
  • 7:49: Three of my five favorites (I'm saving two more for Wednesday's podcast).
  • 13:53: Lots of teams out there with five losses. Good teams, too. We each picked two teams that fit such a description as those we believe will make the NCAA tournament/likely win their conference.
  • 17:57: Whoa, I think that's a shot at Jon Rothstein!
  • 22:15: Christmas talk, OH YEAH! We have passions about our favorite and least favorite Christmas songs. You will surely agree with one of us.
  • 29:13: Wherein we come to the agreement: Home Alone 2 was the last classic Christmas movie.
  • 33:30: Wrapping up the podcast with holiday chatter and cheer.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts are posted here and simultaneously through iTunes (link below). Each Wednesday CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on to banter and bicker. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for the most prominent voices in and around the game. Here's the iTunes subcription link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. I don't believe they are making Zunes anymore, but nonetheless, I've been instructed to link you on how to listen via that device, too.


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Posted on: June 8, 2011 9:52 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Louisville grad George Goode considering three

By Jeff Borzello

It's been a whirlwind four years for George Goode.

When he first arrived at Louisville, Goode was ruled ineligible by the NCAA and had to sit out his entire freshman season after the minimum on core-curriculum requirements was raised. Now, Goode could be on the verge of taking advantage of a different NCAA rule that gives him the opportunity to transfer for a final year of eligiblity at a different school.

On Wednesday, Goode told CBSSports.com he was down to Kansas State, Missouri and Morehead State for his next destination.

While Goode has not yet visited any of the three schools involved, he has the ability to provide a frontcourt boost to whichever program he chooses.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Raytown, Mo. averaged 2.9 points in 8.0 minutes per game last season for the Cardinals.

Posted on: April 22, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Morehead State erects 6 billboards in Kentucky



Posted by Matt Norlander


Talk about getting a lot of mileage out of one win.

Morehead State gave us one of the biggest upsets of this year's NCAA tournament when the 13th-seeded Eagles knocked off in-state foe, No. 4 Louisville, in the second round of the Big Bracket. The drama came on the opening Thursday, in Denver, and not only was I there to write about it, I also predicted such an occurrence. (I'll continue to ride off that trifecta upset pick for a few more weeks, so just deal.)

The 62-61 Eagles win delivered a lot of great things, including some of the best photos from this year in college basketball. But nothing's as fantastic as what's popping up along the interstate pathways of Kentucky: a gleeful reminder for Morehead State fans; a depressing recollection for Cardinals lovers who hoped to make a deep run in this year's Dance; and as good of an excuse as any other for Kentucky's faithful to laugh their heads off while they cruise about the Bluegrass State.

KentuckySportsRadio.com, the site whose proprietor is our very own Matt Jones, spread the knowledge about the Eagles' billboards yesterday, so a tip of the hat to them for tipping us off to this. But now the local pride is spreading national, as many sites have picked up on the roadside reminders. The blog can't deny a good showing of school pride, local ribbing and thinly veiled jocularity.

With that in mind, we give props to Card Chronicle for taking the joke in stride. All in good fun. Let the billboards do the talking in the offseason, and how about Louisville and Morehead State schedule each other every year from now on? The teams, separated by 138 miles of I-64 highway (Lexington serves as a halfway point), have sporadically played each other in recent years, Louisville winning every meeting in history until the most recent one. It's time to make this an annual thing.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 5, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Counting down the top 10 moments

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Monday night’s title game between Connecticut and Butler ended the 2011 NCAA tournament on a somewhat sour note, as Butler had a historically bad shooting night and neither team was particularly impressive for 40 minutes. This year’s Big Dance, though, was a lot more than just the national championship game. The Final Four was the most unpredictable in history, with zero No. 1 or No. 2 seeds reaching the national semifinals for the first time ever. Two mid-majors reached Houston, including one that would not have been included in the NCAA tournament last season. There was Cinderella runs, upsets, buzzer beaters and outstanding individual performances – everything you could ask for in an NCAA tournament. When we reflect on the 2011 NCAA tournament, what moments will stand out? Here’s one man’s take.

10. John Calipari and DeAndre Liggins: The battle between Kentucky and North Carolina in the Elite Eight was one of the best games in the NCAA tournament. Big baskets by both teams, trash-talking from players, intensity all over the place. Up one with 35 seconds left, Kentucky’s DeAndre Liggins knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a four-point lead they would never relinquish. Liggins went over to head coach John Calipari, who hugged Liggins and gave him a kiss. Kentucky was going to the Final Four.

9. First day finishes: The first Thursday of the NCAA tournament is always must-see basketball. Last year was arguably the greatest first day in history, but 2011 gave it a run. Within the first seven games of the day, we had Butler senior Matt Howard’s game-winning layup against Old Dominion; Temple’s Juan Fernandez’s leaner to beat Penn State; and Richmond’s Kevin Anderson’s running fallaway with 18 seconds left to clinch a win over Vanderbilt. There were two other buzzer-beaters in that first set that we’ll get to in a bit.

8. Derrick Williams’ block: Similar to what he did against Washington in the regular season, Arizona forward Derrick Williams saved the Wildcats’ win against Memphis with his block of Wesley Witherspoon in the final seconds. It seemed as if Witherspoon had an open lane to the basket, but Williams stepped over from the other side of the basket to send Witherspoon’s shot the other way. Arizona would escape, 77-75.

7. Bradford Burgess’ layup: Down one with the ball under Florida State’s basket with 7.1 seconds left in overtime, everyone was curious what Shaka Smart was going to design. Bradford Burgess slid to the basket, though, getting a perfect pass from Joey Rodriguez and beating Derwin Kitchen for a game-winning layup. Florida State would fail to get a shot off at the other, allowing VCU to win, 72-71, and advance to the Elite Eight.

6. Title game guards: Connecticut’s Kemba Walker and Butler’s Shelvin Mack knocked down too many big shots throughout the tournament – we could make a top 10 of plays by just Walker and Mack. Walker scored 33 points against Cincinnati, 36 against San Diego State and hit a clutch step-back jumper against Arizona to help get the win against the Wildcats. On the other side, Mack simply refused to miss in the final minutes of games. He knocked down a huge 3-pointer against Florida with 1:21 left to give Butler a lead, then went on a tear against VCU in the national semifinals.

5. Demonte Harper’s jumper/Kenneth Faried’s block: This was another one of the fantastic finishes from the first Thursday. Trailing by two in the final seconds, Morehead State’s Demonte Harper hit a pull-up jumper from the top of the key with 4.2 seconds left to give the Eagles a one-point lead. At the other end, Louisville’s Mike Marra seemed to have an open 3-pointer to win it – but Kenneth Faried skied out and blocked the shot, preserving the first round’s biggest upset.

4. VCU beating Kansas: Everyone knew VCU needed to play the perfect game to beat Kansas. Well, the Rams weren’t exactly perfect – and they still managed to win by double-figures. They became the third No. 11 seed to reach the Final Four, but they were the first team that needed to win five games in order to get to the national semifinals. Just three weeks earlier, people had been complaining that VCU was even in the NCAA tournament – Shaka Smart and company proved everyone wrong.

3. Arizona vs. Texas ending: Talk about a change of emotions. Texas led Arizona by two in the final 15 seconds, when Derrick Williams was blocked by Tristan Thompson. Jordan Hamilton called timeout when he picked up the loose ball. On the ensuing inbounds, Cory Joseph was called for a five-second violation – although the five seconds were only about four and change in reality. Arizona would throw it in to Derrick Williams, who finished a 3-point play to give the Wildcats a one-point lead. J’Covan Brown missed at the other end – Arizona would survive. Again.

2. Brandon Knight’s game winners: Both of Brandon Knight’s last-second shots could be top-five moments. In the second round, Knight drove the lane and made his only basket with 2.0 seconds left to hold off upset-minded Princeton. Knight was at it again in the Sweet 16. Facing top-seeded Ohio State, Kentucky was tied in the final 10 seconds. Knight drove past Aaron Craft and pulled up from the right elbow, knocking down a jumper with 5.4 seconds left to give Kentucky the win.

1. Pittsburgh vs. Butler ending: As soon as it happened, everyone knew it would be the defining moment of the 2011 NCAA tournament. Andrew Smith gave Butler a one-point lead with 2.2 seconds left on a layup. On the ensuing desperation play, Pittsburgh’s Gilbert Brown was bumped out of bounds by Shelvin Mack. Brown went to the free-throw line, making the first. He would miss the second free throw, with the rebound falling in the arms of Butler’s Matt Howard. When Howard tried to turn and heave it towards the other end, Pitt’s Nasir Robinson barreled into him, committing a foul 90 feet from the basket. Howard would hit the game-winning foul shot and send top-seeded Pitt packing.

Photo: US Presswire

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Posted on: March 28, 2011 3:49 am
Edited on: March 28, 2011 8:49 am
 

Southwest wrap-up: VCU makes history

VCU celebrates a Final Four berth

Posted by Jeff Borzello

SAN ANTONIO – Well, where to start?

How about the most impressive Final Four run in NCAA tournament history?

VCU’s First Four to Final Four story is the first of its kind, and certainly won’t be repeated for a very long time, if not ever. Two weeks ago, the majority of people were saying the Rams didn’t belong in the NCAA tournament. Now, there’s very little room left on the bandwagon. The chances of VCU making the first Final Four in program history after finishing fourth in the CAA were next to nothing; this run is absolutely mind-boggling.

The emergence of Shaka Smart as the hottest name in the coaching world has been a story itself. The affable young coaching whiz has had a weirdly interesting relationship with the media throughout the entire regional. Media members love him, swoon over him, stop at nothing to praise him. At the same time, Smart has played the “nobody believes in us” card every game, using media clips to demonstrate the doubt.

A loose, easygoing group of disrespected kids led by a likeable young coach who feeds into that personality? It’s easy to fall in love with the Rams, and their play on the court has cemented that feeling. They pressure the ball defensively, knock down 3-pointers on the offensive end and get up and down the court in a hurry.

Write off VCU at your own peril. Your words are sure to be repeated over and over, and then rubbed in your face afterwards.

And you’ll still love this team and its leader.

Regional MVP: Jamie Skeen, VCU. Skeen’s performance against Kansas on Sunday was nothing short of extraordinary. Going up against three future first-round picks in the Morris twins and Thomas Robinson, one might think Skeen was at a disadvantage. All he did was go out and finish with 26 points and 10 rebounds, knocking down four 3-pointers in the process. He played 38 minutes and didn’t pick up a single foul.

All-regional team

  • Joey Rodriguez, VCU
  • Bradford Burgess, VCU
  • Jamie Skeen, VCU
  • Brandon Rozzell, VCU
  • Marcus Morris, Kansas

Game to remember: VCU 72, Florida State 71. The only overtime game in the regional, and a welcomed change after four third-round blowouts and a 20-point Kansas-Richmond margin. Florida State overcame a nine-point deficit in the final seven minutes to force overtime, and it looked like VCU’s run might be over. Not with Shaka Smart at the helm. With six seconds left, Smart designed a play that got Bradford Burgess a wide-open layup to give VCU the one-poiint win.

Game to forget: Florida State 71, Notre Dame 57. Blowouts are ugly. Florida State plays ugly. When the Seminoles are on the winning end of a blowout? Hideous. Second-seeded Notre Dame shot 32 percent from the field, and Florida State led by as many as 23 points in the second half. The Seminoles completely dominated the Fighting Irish with their physicality and athleticism.

Biggest disappointment: Everyone. With only three higher-seeded teams advancing out of the round of 64, this region had its share of disappointments. Purdue and Notre Dame were manhandled in the third round and Kansas also fell earlier than expected. When a No. 11 seed wins the region, it’s tough to single out just one disappointment.

Best individual performance in a losing effort: JaJuan Johnson, Purdue. It wasn’t Johnson’s fault that Purdue was blown out by VCU, 94-76. Johnson went for 25 points and 14 rebounds, blocking three shots and shooting 11-for-20 from the field.

Most memorable moments

Team to watch out for next year: Louisville. The Cardinals vastly outperformed expectations this season, despite not having much talent on the roster. Next season, that will change. Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan are McDonald’s All-Americans, and Rakeem Buckeles and Jared Swopshire should finally be healthy. Peyton Siva and Kyle Kuric are also primed for breakout seasons.

Photo: US Presswire

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Posted on: March 17, 2011 4:56 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Morehead St video: crowd reaction, Harper, Faried

Posted by Matt Norlander

DENVER -- Amazing how everything just GOES once a game ends. It's over, and the interviews begin, the mob flows in the bowels of the arena, chasing down quotes, and the race is on to churn out game stories on what's only one of a handful of great endings so far this afternoon.

But as of now (Kentucky going to hold on?) there's been no bigger upset than No. 13 Morehead State 62, No. 4 Louisville 61. Below I've got an interview with the man who the game winning shot for the Eagles, Demonte Harper, followed by a one-on-one with Kenneth Faried, who grabbed 17 boards and prevented Louisville from getting a game winning shot off. Lastly, it's the Eagles fans in the crowd, seconds after their team pulled off the first true upset of the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Harper:



Faried:



Fans:




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Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 17, 2011 4:40 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Morehead State shoots down Louisville

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Matt Howard had the first buzzer-beater, Morehead State has the first upset.

Demonte Harper knocked down a pull-up 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left to beat fourth-seeded Louisville, 62-61. 

The Cardinals had a chance to win it on a last-second shot, but Kenneth Faried made a terrific defensive play to block Mike Marra's 3-point attempt. 

In such a volatile year, this could be the first of many Round of 64 upsets.


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Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:26 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Your Thursday NCAA tournament viewing guide

Posted by Matt Jones


Thursday begins the best four days of sports television viewing of the year. From noon until night fall on Sunday, nonstop hoops action hits the television set and true fans know that our attention can be placed in no other endeavor. Those of us experienced from the past know that it is a marathon, not a sprint. Racing out to an early start and consuming games with friends, food and other spirits can make what should be four full days of action, end up in early evening crashes that do no one any good. Thus it is important to plan a schedule as to how you will attack the greatest four days in sports television viewing.

This year, planning is even more important than in the past. Because of the new CBS/Turner deal, EVERY game will be available on your home cable package at any point. This will revolutionize your tournament experience and give you the chance to catch all of the action at any point. But it will also raise the possibility of sensory overload if you don’t attack the day with a plan. Thus I will give you a guide to each day’s action here on CBSSports.com, to maximize your enjoyment and minimize your headache. 

NOON:

The action begins at 12:15 pm in Tampa, as West Virginia takes on Clemson (CBS). This is a good early focus of your attention, if for no other reason than to get some chuckles at the “dress” apparel Bobby Huggins is using for his 2011 tournament debut. Stay with this game until 12:40 pm and then flip the channel over to Butler vs Old Dominion (TruTV), one of the best games of the day and a battle of talented mid-major powers.

1 PM

We are still rolling with Butler-Old Dominion, only pausing to hear whatever funny comments Charles Barkley might make at halftime of the West Virginia game. At 1:40 pm, Louisville takes on Morehead State (TBS) in a game that could end up being the first major potential upset of the day. Make sure to watch the tip of this game, just to get a glimpse of Morehead State’s Kenneth Faried, the nation’s leading rebounder and a future NBA first round pick.

2 pm

This is where it starts to get confusing. You need to go back to CBS to see the end of the West Virginia-Clemson game, which is likely to go down to the wire. As that game is ending, Temple will tip versus Penn State (TNT). This is the first completely missable game of the day and should be your priority only if you live alone. As soon as WVU and Clemson finish, go back and catch the end of Butler and ODU, to watch the late game heroics of Shelvin Mack. When that game ends, its time to flip to Kentucky vs Princeton (CBS), which will tip at 2:45.

3 pm

You have a chance to breathe for the next 30 minutes or so as you keep partial track of Louisville-Morehead State and the UK-Princeton games. Pittsburgh begins against UNC-Asheville at 3:10 pm (Tru TV), but like with Penn State and Temple, can be but far on the backburner and might even be a good chance to call your mother, who you don't talk to nearly enough.

4 pm

If Penn State and Temple hasn’t bored you to tears, watch the final minutes while preparing for potentially the most exciting game of the afternoon, Vanderbilt vs Richmond at 4:10 (TBS). Kevin Stallings may have the most underrated team in the tournament but also has a history of losing to lesser teams in March. With the only other game to start this hour being San Diego State vs Northern Colorado (TNT), Vanderbilt vs Richmond can be your focus until the evening sessions begin.

5 pm

While watching Vanderbilt and Richmond, explain to your significant other that you do have time to have dinner with her/him for 45 minutes between 6:15 and 7 pm. Say this with a smile and a look of understanding that lets him/her know that while you do love them, priorities are priorities. Plus you can even suggest that the fact you are leaving during the San Diego State/Northern Colorado game showcases how much you love her/him. Just don’t also add that it is the worst game of the day.


7 pm

With four games tipping this hour, it is now upon you to decide which game will hold your interest. Florida goes up against UC Santa Barbara at 6:50 (TBS), which is only interesting if you are an emo kid with an affection for the stylings of the long-haired Chandler Parsons. BYU plays Wofford and gives you a chance to drool a bit over the Jimmer show at 7:15 pm (CBS). UCONN plays Bucknell at 7:20 pm (TNT), which won’t matter unless Kemba Walker doesn’t make the team bus. Thus your primary focus should be on Wisconsin and Belmont at 7:30 (Tru TV), which is the best chance to get a shocker in the evening sessions. No game is a bigger contrast of styles and TruTV may see record ratings as it goes to its climax.

8 pm

Flip back and forth between the best games, pausing at times to make sure your family members are still alive and haven’t left you lying in your own pool of saliva on the couch. Also try to watch any interplay between Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Greg Anthony and Seth Davis, while wondering just how much they have to be making fun of Seth when the cameras are off.  “Come on guys....just give me back my notes....please...Greg Gumbel never used to do this!”

LATE NIGHT

As the final games of the night begin, be prepared to use the remote heavily.  All four games have potential for excitement and the schedule makers did none of us any favors by bumping them all in the last session.  9:20 pm will see Michigan State go against UCLA (TBS) in the biggest name matchup of the first round. I think if the Spartans win this one, Tom Izzo could have another late tournament run in him making this game will be fascinating from Tampa.  Two teams from the extreme different poles of the country face off at 9:45 pm as St. John’s goes up against Gonzaga (CBS). Steve Lavin and Mark Few combined have under five strands of hair move during the course of a day and will play an entertaining offensive game in Denver. Cincinnati and Missouri tip off at 9:50 pm (TNT), in the battle of teams with very little national respect from the pundits. And the final game of the night is between Kansas State and Utah State at 10 pm (Tru TV), two teams that have the potential to make a deep run or flameout in round one.  All four matchups are good and all four could have close finishes, meaning the order of importance will solely be dictated by score. This is the time of night when a person should have on the CBSSports.com live chat to know where the action is at any given point.

By midnight EST, all the games will be nearing completion and you can get ready to do it all over again on Friday. The best action on Thursday is to start and end the day, with games being a little less glamorous in between. But as a true fan, you will watch all of it and if you are like me, have even learned what channel “Tru Tv” is in anticipation. This is the time of year that we college basketball fans dream of. Use the guide above and attack it wisely. We still have three more days to come.

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