Tag:Jeff Goodman
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:15 pm
 

Updated Top 25 (and one)

By Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman

The Top 25 (and one) will be updated on the college basketball page shortly.

Here's how it will look ...
  1. Kentucky (30-1)
  2. Syracuse (30-1)
  3. North Carolina (27-4)
  4. Kansas (26-5)
  5. Duke (26-5)
  6. Missouri (27-4)
  7. Ohio State (25-6)
  8. Michigan State (24-7)
  9. Marquette (25-6)
  10. Baylor (25-6)
  11. Georgetown (22-7)
  12. Michigan (23-8)
  13. Wisconsin (23-8)
  14. Murray State (30-1)
  15. Indiana (24-7)
  16. Florida State (21-9)
  17. UNLV (25-7)
  18. Notre Dame (21-10)
  19. Wichita State (27-5)
  20. San Diego State (24-6)
  21. Creighton (28-5)
  22. Louisville (22-9)
  23. Florida (22-9)
  24. Iowa State (22-9)
  25. Temple (24-6)
  26. *Saint Mary's (26-5)/Gonzaga (25-5)

* We will let Monday night's WCC Tournament title game decide No. 26.

In this week: Creighton, Saint Mary's/Gonzaga

Out this week: Virginia, Vanderbilt

Click this link to see last week's Top 25 (and one) and compare it to this week's Top 25 (and one).

Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:57 pm
 

Canisius parts ways with Tom Parrotta

By Jeff Goodman

The latest coach to lose his job is Canisius' Tom Parrotta. 

Parrotta compiled a 64-121 mark in six seasons - including a 5-25 record overall and just one victory in Metro Atlantic play this season. 

Parrott was a former assistant at Hofstra under Tom Pecora. 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 4, 2012 12:27 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 12:30 pm
 

Source: Rhode Island fires Jim Baron

By Jeff Goodman

Rhode Island has parted ways with Jim Baron. 

Sources confirmed that the 57-year-old was informed of the decision on Sunday morning, following a dismal campaign in which the Rams finished 7-24 overall 4-12 in A-10 play and failed to qualify for the league tournament. 

The news was first reported by New York Times' Pete Thamel via Twitter

Baron spent 11 years in Kingston, R.I. - and won 20 games four consecutive seasons leading up to this year. 

But he was never able to get the Rams to the NCAA tournament and many in the state were upset about his salary. He had two years remaining on his contract which paid him about $600,000 per season. 

Another aspect of dismissal is that his youngest son, Billy, transferred from Virginia in the middle of last season and became eligible at the semester break this year.

Billy Baron averaged 13 points in 20 games this season.  

Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:13 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2012 9:14 pm
 

UNC avoids collapse, enacts revenge on Duke

By Jeff Goodman

DURHAM, N.C. - There was no miraculous comeback this time, no heroic shot from freshman Austin Rivers. 

Just revenge. 

Talent won out -- and that meant that North Carolina did what it was chosen to do, win the ACC regular-season title and also lay claim to a No. 1 overall seed with a fairly resounding victory at Cameron over rival Duke. 

The Blue Devils made it interesting in the second half, but only because the margin had grown to 26 points at one point. 

Duke had a chance to cut it to single-digits with less than five minutes left, but Rivers missed the front end of a one-and-one -- and the Tar Heels were truly never threatened. 

For the first 20 minutes, it was complete dominance in just about every aspect of the game. 

But this time was there no meltdown. 

North Carolina finishes the regular-season 27-4 and 14-2 in league play. Not what we all expected from the preseason number one team in the land, but the win at Cameron showed that this team is still a legit national title contender. 

In case anyone forgot about these guys from Chapel Hill, they may just be Kentucky's biggest roadblock to cutting down the nets in New Orleans. 

It's pick your poison now with the Tar Heels on the offensive end without Dexter Strickland. All five starters finished in double-figures and Roy Williams' team put up 88 points. 


And the Tar Heels, despite a few bumps in the road, still achieved their first goal -- to win the ACC. 
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:19 am
Edited on: March 3, 2012 10:37 am
 

Championship game preview: Big South

No one expected this. 

Eddie Biedenbach's top-seeded Bulldogs were supposed to be here, but not the No. 7 seeded VMI Keydets. 

VMI edged Radford (55-53) in the opening round before pulling the upset over No. 2 Coastal Carolina in the quarterfinals. Then the Keydets knocked off sixth-seeded Winthrop to become the third No. 7 seed in league history to advance to the title game. 

The bad news, though, is that a seventh-seed has never won the league tourney. 

UNC Asheville has rolled through its two victories over High Point and Charleston Southern. The backcourt of J.P. Primm and Matt Dickey will look to lead the Bulldogs to a second consecutive NCAA tournament berth. 

-- Jeff Goodman
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:53 am
Edited on: March 2, 2012 12:43 pm
 

Southern Illinois parts ways with Lowery

By Jeff Goodman

Chris Lowery was one of the hottest names in the country just a few years ago. Now Southern Illinois has decided to part ways with its head coach. 

A news conference is scheduled for Friday at 3:30 p.m. 

Sources have told CBSSports.com that Lowery was fired Friday after eight years that produced a 145-116 record. The Salukis went to three NCAA tournaments in Lowery's first three seasons but have struggled over the past four seasons and failed to reach the postseason each time. Southern Illinois was 8-23 this season. The Salukis lost Thursday night to Indiana State in the opening round of the Missouri Valley conference tournament. 

Lowery, 39, had two years remaining on a seven-year contract worth more than $5 million.

A source told CBSSports.com that SIU will target Illinois' Bruce Weber if Illinois parts ways with its coach after this season. The Illini have lost seven of their past eight games, which has brought Weber's job security into question. Weber coached Southern Illinois from 1998-2003.

Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:18 am
 

What-to-know tourney previews: Big Sky

It was Montana and Weber State neck-and-neck all season. 

Then Wayne Tinkle's Grizzlies knocked off Weber State in the regular-season finale to give Montana its first outright league title since 1991-92. That means the league semis and title game will be in Missoula, Montana.

It also means Weber State star Damian Lillard will have his work cut of for him in order to play in the NCAA tourney.

Montana comes into the postseason tourney on a 12-game winning streak. The Griz returned four starters from last year's squad that came up short against Northern Colorado in the Big Sky championship game.

Weber State has the top player in the league in Lillard and also arguably the elite point guard in the nation, but Randy Rahe's team will have to likely get past a third-seeded Portland State team that is led by the duo of Charles Odum and Chehales Tapscott in the semis. That's no easy task.

I've got to admit, though. I'm rooting for a Montana-Weber State title game. The last time that happened it was a game to remember, when ex-Griz guard Anthony Johnson went for 42 points to knock off Weber in Ogden.

The NCAA tournament loves a player and star like Damian Lillard. But Montana could get in the way. (US Presswire)

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TOURNAMENT BRACKET

Schedule: March 3-7

Title game: Wednesday, March 7 (7 p.m. MT on ESPN2)

BEST PLAYERS

  1. Damian Lillard, Weber State
  2. Charles Odum, Portland State
  3. Will Cherry, Montana
  4. Kareem Jamar, Montana
  5. Chahales Tapscott, Portland State

Conference RPI: 25

KenPom.com rating: 27

Sagarin rating: 24

NCAA Tournament Locks: None

NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams: None

Last NCAA Tournament Appearances:

  • Eastern Washington: 2004, 15 seed (75-56 loss to Oklahoma State)
  • Idaho State: 1987, 16 seed (95-70 loss to UNLV)
  • Montana: 2010, 14 seed (62-57 loss to New Mexico)
  • Montana State: 1996, 13 seed (88-55 loss to Syracuse)
  • Northern Arizona: 2000, 15 seed (61-56 loss to St. John's)
  • Northern Colorado: 2011, 15 seed (68-50 loss to San Diego State)
  • Portland State: 2009, 13 seed (77-59 loss to Xavier)
  • Weber State: 2007, 15 seed (70-42 loss to UCLA)

- By Jeff Goodman

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:51 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 12:30 am
 

Night Court: Ian Miller new FSU hero

Virginia absolutely let one get away tonight it might come to regret. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Jeff Goodman

(NOTE: We will file a Night Court almost every night this season. Follow @GaryParrishCBS, @GoodmanCBS, @MattNorlander, @JeffBorzello and @EyeOnCBB on Twitter to make sure it gets sent to you as soon as it's posted.)

Here’s everything you need to know about Thursday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day: Michael Snaer has company. Snaer has buried a couple of game-winning 3-pointer this season and now sophomore backcourt mate Ian Miller has one to his credit after a trifecta with less than a second left to beat Virginia, 63-60. Virginia led 58-49 with 3:27 remaining, but the 'Noles went on a 16-2 run to end the game. Tony Bennett's is still on the right side of the bubble, but can't flop in the ACC tourney. 

Win to brag about: Arkansas Pine-Bluff was 9-21 overall and 8-9 in the SWAC. Mississippi Valley State was 17-0 in league play. However, the Golden Lions pulled off the 78-67 upset handing Sean Woods' team its first setback in league play. 

Loss to hide from: Mississippi Valley State. See above. 

Player who deserves improper benefits: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones and even Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague get most of the attention. However, Darius Miller is one of the most underrated players in the nation. He finished with 17 points and drained five 3-pointers on Senior Night, his final home game at Rupp. 

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: I've always been a fan of D.J. Richardson, but the Illinois guard struggled in the loss against Michigan. He played 40 minutes, was 2-of-11 from the field and had just two rebounds and a single assist. 

Numbers don’t lie:

1995: That was the last time Michigan came out on top in Champaign. However the Wolverines snapped a 13-game losing streak on the road against Illinois. 

7: That's what a VMI team that will play in the Big South title game is seeded in the league tourney. The Keydets knocked off Winthrop, 75-55, in the semis and will play top seed UNC Asheville. 

25: Long Island has won that many on its home floor after a 80-68 win over Sacred Heart, second only to Kentucky's 52. 

Other notable results:

Wagner beat Central Connecticut State, 87-77, in the NEC quarterfinals and advance to the semis. It was the Hurley brothers (Dan is the head coach and Bobby is his assistant) 25th victory of the season. 

Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery was as hot as just about any coach in the country a few years back. The Salukis ended the season 8-23 after a loss to Indiana State in the first round of the Missouri Valley tourney. 

Savannah State clinched the outright MEAC title with its win over Maryland-Eastern Shore tonight.

Notes:

Florida State big man Bernard James was ejected after an apparent kick towards Virginia's Joe Harris. 

Michigan State's retired senior Delvon Roe will be on the bench and will participate in the post-game ceremony on Saturday for the Spartans final home game -- against Ohio State. 

Kentucky coach John Calpari has yet to lose a game in his three-year tenure in Lexington. 

On tap: 

Plenty of conference tourney action: 

1) The Horizon second round -- and that means Butler is in action. The Bulldogs face UW Milwaukee at 8:30. 

2) Ohio Valley semis -- Murray State plays Tennessee Tech. 

3) The WCC quarterfinals. That means BYU and Loyola Marymount join the fray. 

4) The CAA tourney starts. The bottom eight teams get going. 

5) The Missouri Valley's top two teams -- Wichita State and Creighton -- will play. Wichita plays Indiana State and Creighton faces Drake. 

6) The A-10 semis. Belmont vs. East Tennessee State and Mercer vs. Florida Gulf Coast. 

 
 
 
 
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