Marcus Hayes: Donte DiVincenzo could be helping the Sixers as a Philadelphia darling, as Jay Wright knew
MILWAUKEE — It seems The Ghost of Mikal Bridges will haunt his hometown team for years, painfully, pointedly, and very close to home. That haunting continues in the form of a former college teammate.Donte DiVincenzo and the Milwaukee Bucks will host the Sixers on Saturday in a referendum game: A first-place team with the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and a surging, reconfigured club whose All-Star point guard, Ben Simmons, entered the break like a freight train and whose All Star center, Joel Embiid, exited the break like a rocket ship.DiVincenzo’s 31 points in Villanova’s NCAA Champion...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Marcus Hayes: Sixers should treat Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons like children
PHILADELPHIA — I spent the past week wondering what Brett Brown was thinking about his two enigmatic All-Stars, Goofball and Gun-Shy. The ones who won’t do what they should. The ones who can’t win playing the way they’re playing.If my job was at stake coming out of the break, with the trade deadline passed and 27 games to play, what strategy would I use to maximize the effectiveness of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons? How would I give the Sixers the best chance to reach the Eastern Conference Finals?I’d treat them like children, not employees.Often, the healthiest and most productive parenting met...
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Ayo Dosunmu returns in a big way, and 2 other takeaways from Illinois' big 62-56 road win against No. 9 Penn State
A week ago, Illinois fans fretted about whether their star player would be lost to injury after Ayo Dosunmu took an awkward, nasty fall that legitimized their fear in the final seconds of a one-point loss to Michigan State in Champaign. On Tuesday night at Penn State, Dosunmu returned to the starting lineup after a one-game absence and cemented his legacy.Dosunmu scored a game-high 24 points, including a victory-clinching runner with 16 seconds left for a marquee 62-56 victory for Illinois against No. 9 Penn State.The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Illini while ending the surgin...
Michael Cunningham: Georgia Tech can prove beating Louisville wasn't a one-off
Georgia’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament hopes have been extinguished since I tried giving the Bulldogs the benefit of the doubt. I was ready to toss dirt on Tech, too, before the Yellow Jackets upended Louisville. That’s all it took for me to start pondering whether the Yellow Jackets can make a run even though they’ve shown no ability to do it all season.I was believing they could do it by the time I left Josh Pastner’s Tuesday media session. Tech’s relentlessly positive coach can have that effect.Pastner boasted that the Yellow Jackets (12-13, 6-8 ACC) are a “hard scout” because he switch...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Devon Dotson erupts for 29 points in Kansas Jayhawks' 91-71 victory over Iowa State
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas claimed its 800th men’s basketball victory in tradition-rich, 65-year-old Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night.Sophomore point guard Devon Dotson scored 29 points on 11-of-14 shooting (6 of 8 from three), while Ochai Agbaji scored 14 points and Udoka Azubuike and Christian Braun 13 apiece as No. 3-ranked KU (23-3, 12-1 Big 12) upended unranked Iowa State (11-15, 4-9), 91-71, before a crowd of 16,300 fans that included former KU standout Marcus Morris, who had his jersey No. 22 retired in the south fieldhouse rafters in a halftime ceremony.Marcus Garrett scored five points w...
The Kansas City Star
Report: New York Knicks have strong interest in Villanova coach Jay Wright
A report on Forbes.com published Monday quoted an NBA source as saying there is a “strong possibility” that Villanova’s Jay Wright could become the next head coach of the New York Knicks.The Knicks have been interested in hiring Wright since 2018, after he led the Wildcats to their second national championship in three seasons. But Wright has rejected all outside overtures, including one last year from UCLA, while repeating how much he loves coaching at Villanova.Asked to comment on the Forbes report, Villanova men’s basketball spokesman Mike Sheridan said, “We don’t comment on speculative rep...
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2 former college volleyball stars, their 2 daughters killed in Missouri car crash
Two former star college volleyball players, including one who played at Syracuse University, were killed in a car crash Friday along with their daughters.Carrie McCaw, 44, and 12-year-old daughter Kacey and Lesley Prather, 40, and 12-year-old daughter Rhyan were on their way to a club volleyball tournament in Kansas City, Mo., when a pickup truck crossed the barrier into the westbound lanes, where it hit their minivan, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.McCaw and Prather were pronounced dead at the scene, while the two girls died at local hospitals.The truck driver, 29-year-old Eli...
New York Daily News
ACC throws support behind Big Ten proposal for one-time transfer for all athletes
The ACC is the latest conference is throwing its weight behind a proposal by the Big Ten that would allow athletes a one-time transfer waiver.In a statement, the league said “During the league’s annual winter meetings (February 12-14), the ACC discussed the transfer environment and unanimously concluded that as a matter of principle we support a one-time transfer opportunity for all student-athletes, regardless of sport.“As a conference, we look forward to continuing the discussion nationally.”Current NCAA legislation prevents athletes who transfer from being immediately eligible to play for t...
Kansas Jayhawks having a No. 1 seed kind of season, yet are chasing Baylor in Big 12
At 11-1, Kansas men’s basketball is off to its best Big 12 start in a decade. The Jayhawks have won 10 straight, played the nation’s strongest schedule, stand No. 3 in the national polls and are pointed toward another top seed in the NCAA Tournament.“Before the season … every coach in America would sell out for that in conference play, I would think,” Kansas coach Bill Self said.Yet, KU remains in chase mode.Baylor is the front runner, in the Big 12 and nationally. The Bears are poised to be ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for the fifth straight week after walloping West Virginia on ...
The Kansas City Star
Gophers' NCAA hopes take a hit in painful 58-55 loss to Iowa
MINNEAPOLIS — Teams with double-digit losses in mid-February like Richard Pitino’s Gophers can’t afford to drop too many more games to stay in contention for the NCAA tournament.Sunday felt like it had heavy March Madness implications for one team in particular, the Gophers blew a chance to help their postseason chances with a disappointing 58-55 loss against No. 21 Iowa in front of a sellout crowd at Williams Arena.Daniel Oturu led the Gophers (12-12, 6-8) with 15 points, but his errant free throw in the waning seconds was just one of several missed opportunities.Minnesota led by six points w...
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