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Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by gatorjjh, Jan 15, 2019.

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    Pitt 75, FSU 62
    FSU can’t get a stop

    Pitt’s McGowens scores 30, keeps Seminoles sliding
    By Will Graves Associated Press

    PITTSBURGH — Trey McGowens had 30 points and seven rebounds, Xavier Johnson scored 16 and Pittsburgh pulled away late for a 75-62 win over No. 11 Florida State on Monday night.

    McGowens, a freshman guard, attacked the bigger, deeper Seminoles relentlessly to help the Panthers (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) end a 13-game losing streak against ranked teams. Pitt’s previous victory over a team in the AP Top 25 came against Florida State on Feb. 18, 2017.

    Last Tuesday, McGowens set a school record by pouring in 33 points in a victory over Louisville. He threatened the mark just six days later thanks in large part to going 18 of 19 from the line. Johnson overcame seven turnovers to score seven points down the stretch, including a driving layup with 2:43 remaining that helped restore Pitt’s advantage to 65-55 after Florida State cut a 10-point deficit in half.

    Trent Forrest scored 19 points for the Seminoles (13-4, 1-3), who lost for the third time in four games. And unlike their setback against No. 1 Duke last Saturday — when the Blue Devils won it at the buzzer — this was no last-second stunner.

    Pitt never trailed over the final 11:46, relying heavily on its freshman backcourt to continue its surprising start under first-year coach Jeff Capel. A season after going winless in the ACC, the Panthers have turned the page quickly.
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    UCF

    Dawkins pleased to see his offense making progress

    But Knights coach says there’s still room to improve

    By Brian Murphy Orlando Sentinel Correspondent
    With 15 games down and 15 to go, the state of the UCF men’s basketball team is strong.

    The Knights have arrived at the midpoint of the regular season as arguably the strongest team in the American Athletic Conference. They are the only undefeated AAC squad in conference at 3-0, and a current seven-game win streak has boosted their overall record to 13-2.
    Once again, head coach Johnny Dawkins’ team is getting it done defensively. The Knights rank among the league’s top three in scoring defense, field-goal percentage allowed, blocks per game, defensive rebounding and many other categories.

    What has been the most encouraging for Dawkins this time around, however, is what’s happening on the other end of the floor.
    Whereas the Knights fielded one of the least potent offenses in all of college basketball last year, they are now averaging 75.7 points per game. That’s third-best in the AAC and an increase of 13 points per game from a year ago.
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    Syracuse topples ailing Blue Devils
    Associated Press
    Tyus Battle scored a season-high 32 points, and Syracuse used its 2-3 zone defense to rattle No. 1 Duke in overtime as the Orange pulled off the upset, 95-91 on Monday night in Durham, N.C.

    Paschal Chukwu added 10 points and a career-high 18 rebounds while Elijah Hughes added 20 points, Frank Howard finished with 16 and Oshae Brissett had 14 for the Orange (12-5, 3-1 ACC).

    Duke point guard Tre Jones left the game with a right shoulder injury after colliding with Howard while chasing a loose ball with 14:23 left in the first half. Jones didn’t return.
    The Blue Devils already down one starter — Cameron Reddish was held out with an unspecified illness.
     
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    UCF basketball
    Surging Knights set to face rebuilding Wichita State
    By Brian Murphy Orlando Sentinel Correspondent
    Gregg Marshall knows all about taking every opponent’s best shot and still coming out with a win. The Wichita State head coach has guided the Shockers to five conference titles and every NCAA tournament since the 2011-2012 season, including a Final Four trip in 2013.

    But this season has been a stark contrast to those fruitful campaigns.

    The Shockers are rebuilding with nine new players on scholarship, and senior forward Markis McDuffie is the lone returner who averaged 15 minutes per game last year. As such, the Shockers are “scuffling along,” according to Marshall. They are 0-3 in conference and have dropped four consecutive games, the program’s longest losing streak in a decade.

    “When you’re playing as many freshmen as we are and as many new players as we are, it’s hard to finish a game and get a victory,” Marshall said Monday. “These guys are learning how to play college basketball. They’re just going to have to continue to take their licks until they get better and make you do something about it.”
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    COLLEGE BASKETBALl

    KU’s De Sousa asks for reinstatement

    News services Orlando Sentinel
    Silvio De Sousa’s attorney Thursday asked the NCAA to reinstate the University of Kansas sophomore forward immediately.

    The Kansas City Star reported that Kansas declared De Sousa ineligible this week, formally acknowledging that a violation took place, and submitted a request to the NCAA for reinstatement.

    “Silvio has cooperated fully and completely with the investigation of his NCAA eligibility, which has now caused him to miss over half of his sophomore season,” attorney Scott Tompsett said in a statement. “He came to the United States from Angola at the age of 15, and he did everything he was supposed to do and was asked to do to become an eligible student-athlete at the University of Kansas. Silvio followed the rules. He did nothing wrong.
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    UCLA, USC meet amid rocky seasons
    By Beth Harris Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — A fired coach. A transfer. Suspensions. Injuries. UCLA and Southern California have experienced it all barely halfway through the season.
    Things began promisingly enough for the Bruins. They were an AP top 25 team and were predicted to finish second in the Pac-12 before early consecutive losses to ranked Michigan State and North Carolina knocked them out. Then came stunning defeats at home to mid-majors Belmont and Liberty. Those precipitated the biggest shocker of all: coach Steve Alford’s firing on New Year’s Eve.

    Murry Bartow was quickly tabbed as interim coach for the Bruins (10-7, 3-1 Pac-12). They’ve won three out of four games under him.

    “We had a lot of ups and downs,” UCLA freshman Moses Brown said, “but I think we caught our stride and the sky is the limit for us.”

    USC was predicted to finish fifth in a weakened Pac-12. The Trojans got off to a 5-2 start before dropping four in a row. They regrouped to reel off four straight wins, including a home sweep to open conference play. But they dropped a pair on the road, where freshman Kevin Porter Jr. got suspended last weekend.
    In the midst of rocky seasons, the crosstown rivals meet Saturday at Galen Center. The Bruins have won four in a row in the series and are 8-4 at USC’s arena since it opened.
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    UCF BASKETBALL
    Large gift arriving
    6-11 TCU transfer Alok should help ease loss of Fall

    By Iliana Limón Romero Orlando Sentinel
    The UCF men’s basketball team has landed TCU center Yuat Alok, who was once ranked the No. 1 junior college prospect in the nation and could help offset the departure of 7-foot-4 center Tacko Fall at the end of this season.
    Alok, a 6-foot-11 center from Auckland, New Zealand, has signed with the Knights, UCF coach Johnny Dawkins announced Thursday.

    “We’re excited to bring in a player of Yuat’s caliber,” Dawkins said in a news release. “He brings plenty of six and skill, and will be a welcome addition to our front court. We can’t wait to get him integrated into our UCF family.”

    Alok comes to UCF from TCU, where he played in 10 games this season before suffering a hand injury. With the Horned Frogs, he averaged 3.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game.
    Alok was born in Kenya and raised in New Zealand. He came to the United States when he was 17 and played at Impact Academy in Sarasota as a senior in high school. He competed for the U19 New Zealand National Team.
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    COLLEGE BASKETBALL
    Neither coach sees game’s end
    Tulsa’s Haith, UConn’s Hurley ejected

    Associated Press
    TULSA, Okla. — The coaches weren't around to see all of it, but reserve Jeriah Horne scored a career high 27 points and Tulsa defeated UConn 89-83 Wednesday night, snapping a two-game conference losing streak.

    Both Tulsa coach Frank Haith and UConn coach Dan Hurley were ejected with 11:40 to play in the second half and Tulsa leading 61-47. Haith protested a foul call against his forward DaQuan Jeffries and Hurley began yelling at Haith. The two exchanged words and officials assessed both two technicals before play resumed.

    Both coaches said they felt the officiating crew overreacted to what Haith called “a competitive discussion.” Hurley said he wanted to let Haith know that his team hadn't been getting the call on similar fouls to the one whistled on Jeffries. He said that it escalated to the ejections was “embarrassing for me, for the university and the conference and shouldn't have happened.

    “I've never seen anything like that,” Hurley said. “It was surreal, I would say. . . Watch what happened on TV. It's very clear. I was talking to the official, and then I was engaged by someone on the other sideline. They said my name, in my direction, so I turned and looked (with) kind of a look of surprise.
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    UCF 64, Tulsa 62
    Going from forgettable to simply unforgettable

    Knights’ Smith leads charge back from 15-point hole
    By Brian Murphy Orlando Sentinel Correspondent
    Collin Smith, much like his UCF men’s basketball teammates, had a forgettable first half during Saturday’s game versus Tulsa.
    Then the sophomore forward turned into the best player on the court and perhaps the player most responsible for the Knights’ 64-62 comeback victory over the Golden Hurricane.

    “Collin Smith had one of his best games in his career for us,” coach Johnny Dawkins said.

    The victory pushed UCF to 14-3 this season and 4-1 in the American Athletic Conference. That represents the Knights’ best start in the AAC since joining the league in 2013.
    Smith scored all 13 of his points after the half. Nine of them came during a four-minute stretch that saw him propel the Knights from a seven-point deficit to a three-point lead. He also sank two free throws within the final minute that gave UCF the lead for good.

    Such an outburst was totally unexpected after Smith was benched for the final seven minutes of the first half. He couldn’t make a shot. He committed two turnovers and two fouls in just 10 minutes of playing time. Dawkins pulled him in favor of senior forward Chad Brown, whom Dawkins knew would give his floundering offense more energy.
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    North Carolina 85, UM 76

    ‘Valiant effort’ not enough as Heels down ’Canes

    By Christy Cabrera Chirinos South Florida Sun Sentinel
    CORAL GABLES — Entering their Saturday showdown against the North Carolina Tar Heels,the Miami Hurricanes weren’t just looking to notch an upset over one of the ACC’s blue-blood programs.

    After beating Wake Forest last week, the Miami men’s basketball team was hoping to win back-to-back games for the first time since late December when they closed out non-conference play with victories over FAU and Campbell.
    But as has been the issue for the Hurricanes most of the season, Miami’s lack of depth proved costlyas its seven-man rotation kept pace with North Carolina early before the Tar Heels took over late.

    No. 13 North Carolina hit a span of three 3-pointers in five late possessions and ultimately, that allowed the Tar Heels to escape the Watsco Center with an 85-76 win, despite a spirited effort from the Hurricanes.
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    UCF
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    What a concept!
    UCF basketball team has fair, equitable opportunity to win national title

    You’re not going to believe how they determine a champion in this wacky, crazy sport of college basketball.
    Do you realize that if coach Johnny Dawkins’ UCF hoops team continues on its current path, the Knights will — and I swear I’m not making this up — actually earn their way into a postseason playoff that gives equal access to all 351 programs across the entire country?

    What a radical, revolutionary concept!!!

    “It’s blessing to be playing college basketball,” said UCF forward Collin Smith on Saturday after he scored all 13 of his points in the second half to lead the Knights to a 64-62 victory over Tulsa. “I just wish our football team would have had the same chance that we have because they’ve been doing this [winning all their games] for two straight years and it would be nice to see them get the opportunity to play for a national championship.”

    Added UCF point guard B.J. Taylor of college basketball’s bizarro postseason playoff in which every team has a chance to earn a national title: “In basketball, everybody goes to the conference tournament and if you win your conference tournament, you go to March Madness. We control our own destiny.”

    WHAT?
    Control your own destiny?
    What a dumb idea!
    What a concept!
     
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