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Looking ahead to the AAC Tournament

Looking ahead to the AAC Tournament

His name is Semi Ojeleye, but there is nothing semi about SMU’s transfer from Duke who is fully the best basketball player on the AAC’s regular-season championship team.In Texas, Semi is an ironic antonym to half, thanks to the great Dan Jenkins and his iconic football novel from...

Looking back at the past calendar year

Looking back at the past calendar year

We’re close to the start of conference play and the New Year, so let’s review college basketball’s calendar year rather than last season. No story overlaps last and this season more than the childish behavior of Duke’s Grayson Allen.— Duke’s junior guard tripped Louisville and...

AAC trailing major conferences in NCAA bids

AAC trailing major conferences in NCAA bids

The American Athletic Conference each week pointed to examples of football success to argue for the AAC’s involvement in a Power 6 along with the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12.The reasons are debatable, but the conference can make a stronger case of...

Tubby establishing Memphis roots

Tubby establishing Memphis roots

Memphis basketball coach Tubby Smith’s late hire on April 14 has him off to a slow recruiting start. He has only one modest commitment in the Class of 2016 from a two-star guard, Keon Clergeot.But that doesn’t mean the sage coach is failing to find his way around the recruiting...

My roundup of NCAA Raleigh Regional stories

My roundup of NCAA Raleigh Regional stories

My roundup of NCAA regional games played in Raleigh Mach 17 and 19 in the East and Midwest.March 20Virginia can look ahead without facing Michigan State as roadblockMarch 19Wisconsin can continue winning on gritMarch 19Kris Dunn turned down NBA for degree and legacyMarch 18Roy...

Texas Tech looks to next year to build on NCAA trip

Texas Tech looks to next year to build on NCAA trip

RALEIGH, N.C. – Texas Tech’s first NCAA Tournament game in nine years started optimistically with a 19-11 lead midway through the first half against Butler in the Midwest Regional Thursday at PNC Arena.Advancing to the second round still seemed possible despite a tight...

Texas Tech win prepares Butler for Virginia

Texas Tech win prepares Butler for Virginia

RALEIGH, N.C. – Butler Coach Chris Holtmann studied Texas Tech’s game film all week and knew his Bulldogs were in for what he called “a grinder” for their NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional opener.What better way to prepare for top-seeded Virginia in the second round?...

Tubby Smith returns to North Carolina for NCAA

Tubby Smith returns to North Carolina for NCAA

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith wandered over to the sideline midway through an open team practice Wednesday in preparation for the Red Raiders’ first-round NCAA Tournament game against Butler.He waved to Texas Tech fans and called out it was good to see them....