Posted on: May 2, 2010 1:42 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2010 1:46 pm
Saint Mary's associate head coach Kyle Smith is the new coach at Columbia.
"I am very grateful to Dr. M. Dianne Murphy and President Lee C. Bollinger for this tremendous opportunity," Smith said. "I look forward to the challenge of building an Ivy League championship men’s basketball program at Columbia."
Smith has been at Saint Mary's the past nine seasons.
He's replacing Joe Jones, who left to become the associate head coach at Boston College.
Posted on: March 9, 2010 12:36 am
Edited on: March 9, 2010 12:39 am
Fairfield blew a nice lead.
Saint Mary's did not.
Here's Tuesday morning's Gettin' In.
Teams that punched tickets Monday: Old Dominion, Siena, Saint Mary's and Wofford each earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on Monday. That means nine of the 65 spots in the field are claimed.
Best game: Fairfield was up 13 with less than 18 to play Monday night, and bubble-watchers everywhere were debating whether Siena could get an at-large bid after the sure-to-come loss in the MAAC tournament title game. My opinion: No, the Saints probably wouldn't have received an at-large bid given that they own zero top 50 victories. But guess what? It doesn't matter now because the Saints stormed back, forced overtime and recorded a 72-65 victory that made them the MAAC's automatic qualifier. Now they'll sit back and wait for the selection committee to give them a No. 12 seed, then we'll all pick them to beat some No. 5 seed.
Team whose dream remained alive: North Texas was nearly upset in the Sun Belt quarterfinals, but the Mean Green easily handled Denver in Monday's semifinals. The 63-56 victory will allow them to take a 10-game winning streak into Tuesday's title game.
Team whose dream was crushed: Western Kentucky fell behind by 16 points late in the first half and only scored 48 in the game, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Hilltoppers lost Monday in the semifinals of the Sun Belt tournament. What's surprising is that they had a chance to win, and that they actually led 48-47 with less than four minutes remaining. WKU seemed in control. But Troy countered with a 7-0 run, won 54-48 and ensured WKU's NCAA tournament streak will stop at two.
Performance I hope you witnessed: The West Coast Conference was probably going to be a two-bid league regardless, but Mickey McConnell ensured as much with a 26-point effort that keyed Saint Mary's 81-62 victory over Gonzaga in Monday's WCC tournament title game. McConnell hit 10 of 17 shots -- including four of seven 3-point attempts -- and helped the Gaels prevent Gonzaga from winning this event for the 11th time in 13 seasons.
Performance I hope you missed: David Schneider hit a big shot to lift William & Mary to the title game of the Colonial tournament, but missed pretty much every shot in said title game. He was 2-of-13 from the field in Monday's 60-53 loss to Old Dominion, 3-of-22 from the field in his past two games.
Three random notes
1. The Big East tournament starts Tuesday with four games. If you're a fan of a bubble team, you should root for St. John's to beat Connecticut, for DePaul to beat South Florida, and for Providence to beat Seton Hall.
2. The Horizon League title game is Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. If you're a fan of a bubble team, you should root for Butler to beat Wright State because the alternative outcome would turn the Horizon into a two-bid league, which would effectively shrink the field by one.
3. The Oregonian newspaper reported late Monday that P.J. Carlesimo is a serious candidate to replace Ernie Kent at Oregon. Kent is expected to be officially fired at the conclusion of the Pac-10 tournament.
Final thought: Nothing in the Top 25 (and one) got folks fired up like Purdue down at No. 11.
But I don't understand the argument.
I mean, where do you think Purdue belongs?
No question, the Boilermakers were on their way to the No.1 seed in the NCAA tournament three weeks ago. But everything changed when Robbie Hummel tore his ACL, and this clearly isn't the same team. They looked average in a home loss to Michigan State, then backed that with a couple of wins over bad Big Ten teams, and I honestly think placing Purdue 11th is pretty darn generous.
It's unfortunate, but the fact remains that Hummel is gone.
So we'll never know what the Boilermakers might've otherwise been.
But I think I know what they are right now.
And that's something slightly less than a top 10 team.
Posted on: June 15, 2009 5:41 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2009 5:46 pm
Saint Mary's sophomore Patrick Mills has decided to remain in the NBA Draft, Gaels coach Randy Bennett told CBSSports.com on Monday.
"Yes," Bennett said via text message. "[He] stayed in."
Mills was the last of the relevant underclassmen to have their final decision made public. The Australian point guard is expected to go in the late first or early second round after a season in which he averaged 17.8 points for the West Coast Conference school.
The deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft was Monday at 5 p.m. ET.
The following is how the day's developments broke down:
Who stayed in the NBA Draft on Monday?
Posted on: March 23, 2009 10:48 am
Edited on: March 23, 2009 10:49 am
Assuming you're not basketballed out -- and why would you be? -- there are a couple of nice NIT games Monday night.
First, at 7:30 p.m. ET, Kentucky visits Creighton, and though it's just an NIT game, it's still nice to see Creighton get a program like Kentucky in its building. Then, at 11:30 p.m. ET, Davidson visits Saint Mary's, which means we get Stephen Curry vs. Patrick Mills in a match-up of guards as good as (if not better than) anything the NCAA tournament will offer this week (except for a possible Ty Lawson-Jonny Flynn match-up in the Elite Eight in Memphis).
So Kentucky vs. Creighton and Davidson vs. Saint Mary's on Monday night.
Perhaps the NIT isn't so bad after all.
Posted on: March 10, 2009 1:11 am
Edited on: March 10, 2009 2:01 am
The NCAA tournament selection committee will have quite a decision to make.
Will they take Saint Mary's based on a 19-2 record with Patrick Mills?
Or will they pass on Saint Mary's because of a 46 RPI?
Honestly, who can tell at this point?
And though you know where I stand on the subject, I'd be lying if I wrote that the Gaels did anything but hurt themselves the past two days, because there's no debating Mills just had the two worst games of his season, which might provide certain committee members the ammunition they need to send Saint Mary's to the NIT.
Gonzaga pounded Saint Mary's late Monday.
You heard that by now, I'm sure.
But did you know Mills was 2-of-16 from the field in the 83-58 loss?
And that he was 3-of-12 from the field 24 hours earlier in a win over Portland?
Add it up, and Mills has missed 23 of 28 shots in his two performances since returning from a broken hand, including 14 of his 16 3-point attempts. That's rough by any measuring stick. And if the committee's excuse to omit Saint Mary's revolves around the theory that the team with this version of Mills isn't the same team that started 18-1 with a healthy Mills, well, they're going to have the stats to back it up, I'm afraid.
Posted on: March 5, 2009 2:31 pm
Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...
Posted on: March 4, 2009 3:04 pm
Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...
Swear to God, I will argue this point until I die.
And I don't plan on dying young.
Posted on: January 30, 2009 8:02 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2009 11:22 pm
There is good news and bad news for Saint Mary's.
The bad is that Patrick Mills is out for a month with a broken right hand. That's really bad. But the good news is that as long as Mills returns by the NCAA tournament, any losses incurred during his absence should be recorded with an asterisk, including Thursday's loss at Gonzaga, and I hope that's something the NCAA tournament committee remembers on Selection Sunday.
Put another way: Saint Mary's should be judged by what it does with Mills, not what it will do without him. That's the fair way to grade a team, the way the selection committee should judge a team. So while losing Mills for a month is unfortunate, the development shouldn't hinder the Gaels' hopes of earning a high seed, because Saint Mary's shouldn't be penalized for losing games without its point guard provided its point guard is projected to be healthy for the postseason.