Articles By Nathan Rush

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In the wake of Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone injury suffered during a 27–20 Green Bay Packers loss to the NFC North rival Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, there are several Vince Lombardi quotes that come to mind and could be used as inspiration for Title Town.

“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall,” the Packers’ iconic coach famously said. That advice certainly fits. Although, since Rodgers took over for Brett Favre as Green Bay’s starter in 2008, Cheesehead fans have not had to double-check Rodgers’ status. The 2011 league MVP and Super Bowl XLV MVP has missed only two games. After suffering a concussion the game before, Rodgers missed a Week 15 contest at New England in 2010. And in 2011, Rodgers sat out the Week 17 season-finale against Detroit, watching backup Matt Flynn set franchise records with 480 yards and six TDs.

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have,” Lombardi reminded his players more than once during his Hall of Fame career, which included two Super Bowl wins and six NFL titles with the Packers.

What Green Bay has at quarterback currently is Seneca Wallace, a 5'11", 205-pound, 33-year-old with 31 TDs and 19 INTs over 10 years out of Iowa State. Wallace completed 11-of-19 passes for 114 yards and one INT subbing for Rodgers against the Bears.

The Packers have several other options who are familiar with coach Mike McCarthy’s offense. Flynn, who backed up Rodgers for four seasons from 2008-11, was released by the Buffalo Bills on Monday. Meanwhile, Vince Young, Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman all spent time with Green Bay during the preseason.

“I’m focused on Seneca Wallace right now,” said McCarthy, during a postgame press conference following the loss to Chicago.

Regardless of who lines up under center, he won’t be as good as Rodgers — who completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 2,218 yards, 15 TDs and only four INTs for a 108.0 passer rating prior to landing on his non-throwing left shoulder while being taken to the ground by Bears defensive end Shea McClellin.

“Aaron is a huge part of our offense,” said McCarthy. “This is something that was built over time. Aaron is the centerpiece.”

With a 5–3 record, including a 2–1 mark within the NFC North division, the Packers are still alive in the playoff picture. But with seven games left against NFC opponents, including three divisional contests, the window of opportunity could slam shut unless Green Bay follows its greatest coach’s mantra: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”
 

Teaser:
Will Green Bay remain a contender without Aaron Rodgers?
Post date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 17:35
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Locks of the Week
Two of the best home field advantages in the NFL host a pair of teams with a combined 2–12 record this season.

Seahawks (-16) vs. Buccaneers
Seattle’s average margin of victory at home is 20 points, including a 45–17 win over Jacksonville — Tampa’s misery-loving company in the two-team winless club.

Patriots (-6.5) vs. Steelers
Tom Brady was famously (or infamously) the Wizard of Oz’s Cowardly Lion for Halloween. Expect Brady-to-Gronkowski to roar against the staggering Steelers.

Straight Up Upsets
A couple of NFC East clubs will pull off low-number, mild shockers against the bottom half of the AFC West this week.

Eagles (+2.5) at Raiders
Nick Foles comes back from concussion to replace an injured Michael Vick, who was replaced by a rookie Matt Barkley last week. Chip Kelly wishes he still had Marcus Mariota.

Redskins (+1) vs. Chargers
San Diego will take the dreaded flight to the Eastern Time Zone for an early kickoff. But the triumphant return to form from RG3 will be what cooks the Chargers.

Backdoor Covers
One big number, one small number, but expect the same closer-than-expected results.

Vikings (+10) at Cowboys
Palestine, Texas, native Adrian Peterson returns to the Lone Star State to carry the Vikings to a single-digit loss on the big screen at Jerry’s House.

Rams (+3) vs. Titans
The Jeff Fisher Bowl will certainly be a field goal fest of ball-control, defense and staring contests between Fisher and his former team. Take the under (39.5) in this 17–16 game.

Sucker Bets
Steer clear of these games unless you’re a degenerate or a hometown homer who has to have action on all the action.

Panthers (-7.5) vs. Falcons
Cam Newton had 287 passing yards, 116 rushing yards and three total TDs in a 30–20 win when Atlanta visited Charlotte last year.

Saints (-6) at Jets
This matchup of Rob Ryan vs. Rex Ryan will be a Big Apple heavyweight bout just short of King Kong vs. Godzilla.

Chiefs (-3) at Bills
Alex Smith has posted an impressive 27–5–1 record over the past three seasons. That is serious “game management,” Captain Checkdown.

Ravens (-2.5) at Browns
Baltimore is 10–1 in games following its bye week since 2002 and a perfect 5–0 after the bye under coach John Harbaugh.

Colts (-2.5) at Texans
In two meetings last season, these AFC South rivals came away with a 1–1 record and a combined score of 45–45.

Monday Night Moolah
The oldest rivalry in football gives gamblers a chance to daaa-ble down on winnings or daaa-ble back on this week’s losses.

Packers (-10.5) vs. Bears
Chicago leads the all-time series 92–88–6. But the Cheeseheads from Title Town are riding a six-game winning streak over Bill Swerski’s Superfans from the Windy City.
 

Teaser:
A betting preview of every game (against the spread) on Sunday and Monday in Week 9.
Post date: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 14:43
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The NBA season is about to tip off, which means it’s almost time for fantasy basketball. To win a championship, you’ve got to hit the draft big boards hard, fast break the waiver wire-to-wire and have the ball bounce your way. But in order to cut down the nets with the title for best fantasy basketball team name, all you need is an off-color joke, pop-culture spin or old-school reference. Here’s our list of suggestions for 2013-14:

LeBrontourage

Pass the Rock to Lamar

Kardashian Double-Team

Sprichst Du Dirk?

Lala’s Honey Nut Cheerios

Grand Theft Rondo

Jesus Shuttlesworth

Birdman! Birdman!

LeBron Police Escort

LeBron’s Mom’s Boyfriend

Da Real Lambo

Rupaul Bosh

Bosh Spice

LBJ > MJ

99 Problems, LeBron Ain’t 1

Ninjas in Paris

South Beach Talent

Heir to Jack Nicholson

Goldstein Girls

Pau Gasol Neck-beards

Kobe German Knees

Kobe Blood-Spin Moves

Kobe Wan Kenobi

White Mamba

R.I.P. Lob City

Blake’s Love Triangle Offense

Blake’s Baby Mama Drama

J.J. Redick Prenups

Metta World War 3

Metta World Peace Pipe

Rose Before Hoes

Duck Dynasty Rose

MJ > LBJ

Jay-Z’s My Agent

Sheed’s My Coach

Shaq’s My Coach

Shaqramento Queens

Run DMC

Craig Sager Style

Joakim Noah’s Arc

Deng Girl!

Pippen Ain’t Easy

WTF is Mike Wearing?

Cowbell Fever

Toronto Drakes

Degrassi Raptors

Jurassic Drizzy

Dirks Digglers

Mamma.com Cuban

Let's Get Tropical

Houston Indecision

Temporary Linsanity

D12

Popovich In-game Interviews

Ginobili Geriatrics

7-10 Splitter

Stern Punishment

Adam Silver’s My Homeboy

David Stern Boo-birds

Van Gundy’s Combover

Brooklyn Nyets

Kidd’s Old Men

Hold the Mayo

Shot of Jamison

Westbrook Geek Chic

Lil Wayne’s OKC Seats

Serge I-block-ya

Ibaka Flocka Flame

Chocolate Thunder

Strawberry Thunder

Planet Lovetron

Grizzly Gasol

NOLA Pellies

Unibrow Uni-blocker

LARRY SANDERS!

JaVale McGee Moments

Skyhookers

Por Favors

Rubio’s Thirsty

K. Love and Special Sauce

Game, Blouses

Basin City Blues

Hickory High Hoosiers

Jimmy Chitwood

Pittsburgh Pisces

White Men Can Jump

Denzel Got Game

Zeller Dwellers

8 Points, 9 Seconds

Coca-Scola Classic

Malice at the Palace

Washington Bullets

Frozen Envelopes

Shawn Kemp’s Kids

Chris Mullin YMCA League

That’s the Inside Stuff!

Riggin’ for Wiggins

0-and-76ers

Practice?!
 

Teaser:
These 100 funny fantasy basketball team names will make your league laugh.
Post date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 07:00
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Locks of the Week
Smart money bets against these two quarterbacks with a combined six career NFL starts.

Chiefs (-6) vs. Texans
Houston Cougar legend Case Keenum makes his first NFL start for the Houston Texans on the road at Arrowhead against K.C.’s undefeated top-ranked defense.

Patriots (-3.5) at Jets
Three-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady vs. roller-coaster rookie Geno Smith. The Pats have won six straight against the Jets and are 18–5 with Brady in the series.

Blowout Bargains
Poorly coached teams with marginal talent and backup quarterbacks on the road? Check. Mate.

Packers (-10) vs. Browns
The last time these two teams played, Aaron Rodgers threw three TDs in a 31–3 win.

Falcons (-7) vs. Buccaneers
Atlanta has lost four games by a total of 15 points to teams with a combined 16–7 record.

Backdoor Covers
All year long, I’ve been saying bet on the Broncos and against the Jaguars. Not this week.

Jaguars (+7.5) vs. Chargers
The split stats are actually in Jacksonville’s favor — playing a West Coast team at 1 p.m. Eastern after that team played on Monday night.

Colts (+6.5) vs. Broncos
Peyton Manning should win in the House He Built, but Andrew Luck will keep it close.

Sucker Bets
Stay away from these games unless you’re a degenerate or a hometown homer.

Dolphins (-7.5) vs. Bills
Duke record-breaker turned scout team wunderkind turned Buffalo starter Thad Lewis heads back to his hometown of Miami.

Panthers (-6) vs. Rams
Cam Newton has scored eight of his 11 total TDs in wins and committed five of his six turnovers in losses.

49ers (-4) at Titans
Three straight games against Kansas City, Seattle and San Francisco is not what Tennessee backup Ryan Fitzpatrick was hoping for.

Giants (-3) vs. Vikings
In this chapter of The Book of Manning, Eli earns his first win of the 2013 season but also throws his 16th (or worse) INT of the year.

Lions (-3) vs. Bengals
Athletic freaks Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green should do some sort of skills competition before this contest.

Eagles (-3) vs. Cowboys
Dallas swept the season series last year; Philly swept the season series in 2011. This is just one of those rivalries…

Steelers (-1.5) vs. Ravens
At least the line isn’t three on the number. Eight of the last 10 Pittsburgh-Baltimore games have been decided by exactly three points.

Redskins (-1) vs. Bears
RG3 is not a superhero? Jay Cutler is not a villain? What kind of bizarro season is this?
 

Teaser:
A betting preview of every game (against the spread) on Sunday and Monday in Week 7.
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Locks of the Week
It’s always savvy to make the rounds betting against bad teams with backup quarterbacks.

Bengals (-7) at Bills
Undrafted free-agent rookie Thad Lewis is under center in Buffalo. Light speed, Thaddeus.

Lions (-3) at Browns
Franchise savior Brian Hoyer is out for the year, leaving leftover reject Brandon Weeden in charge.

Eagles (-2.5) at Buccaneers
Rookie Mike Glennon will look to improve upon his two-INT, 55.7-passer-rating debut at QB in TB.

Straight Up Upset
Two home teams and a road squad with a chip on its shoulder could pull off upsets.

Patriots (+2.5) vs. Saints
Last week, Tom Brady failed to throw a TD pass for the first time since Jan. 3, 2010. That will change this week.

Steelers (+2) at Jets
Winless Pittsburgh takes on bipolar New York, a team that lost to Tennessee by 25 before shocking Atlanta by two on MNF.

Chargers (+1.5) vs. Colts (-1.5)
Stanford alum Andrew Luck is going for the California sweep, having already defeated both the 49ers and Raiders.

Backdoor Covers
The two biggest numbers of the week are too big, even for the league’s two best teams.

Broncos (-27) vs. Jaguars
Eight of the previous nine teams favored by 20 or more points have failed to cover. It’s not about Peyton Manning, this is Brock Osweiler’s time to shine.

Seahawks (-13.5) vs. Titans
Gregg Williams’ Tennessee defense has been taking out the head so far, but Ryan Fitzpatrick’s five straight three-and-outs TKO’d the Titans last week.

Cowboys (-5.5) vs. Redskins
Tony Romo vs. Robert Griffin III probably won’t be a Peyton Manning-style shootout, but it could be just as close.

Sucker Bets
Stay away from these unless you’re a degenerate or a homer who has to have action.

49ers (-10.5) vs. Cardinals
Jim Harbaugh has a 3–1 record against Zona, with a 21–19 loss in 2011 and three victories by a combined score of 74–23.

Chiefs (-8.5) vs. Raiders
Oakland swept K.C. last year, winning 26–16 at Arrowhead and 15–0 at the Black Hole. But these are Andy Reid’s Chiefs now.

Texans (-7.5) vs. Rams
Houston is the better team on paper, but Matt Schaub has thrown a pick-six in a record four straight games — on the field.

Packers (-3) at Ravens
These two playoff teams from last year are playing up-and-down mediocre football; flip a coin on this one.

Vikings (-2.5) vs. Panthers
Hopefully Adrian Peterson will run wild after a tragic week. Good luck, A.D.
 

Teaser:
A betting preview of every game (against the spread) on Sunday and Monday night in Week 6.
Post date: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 17:11
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Locks of the Week
These are as good as gold — the San Francisco 1849 kind, not the two-tone Jacksonville helmet shade.

49ers (-4.5) vs. Packers
Remember Colin Kaepernick’s last game against the Packers D? He passed for 263 yards, rushed for 181 yards and accounted for four TDs in a 14-point victory.

Chiefs (-4) at Jaguars
Bet against J-Ville every week until the Jags prove they are not the worst team in the league — which they clearly are.

Blowout Bargains
Early in the season, some spreads aren’t nearly as high as they should be. Get in before the lines are adjusted.

Colts (-10) vs. Raiders
The Silver-and-Bleak are starting Terrelle Pryor. The Indy 500 offense is run by Andrew Luck. Do the math and make some math.

Patriots (-9) at Bills
Tom Terrific has a 20–2 record against Buffalo, tossing 52 TDs and 17 INTs against the AFC East division rival.

Straight Up Upsets
Two division games are a good place to start when looking for outright upsets in the season opener.

Vikings (+5.5) at Lions
Adrian Peterson rushed for “only” 273 yards and one TD in two games against the Lions last year. He might do that in one game this week.

Giants (+3.5) at Cowboys
Big Blue has a 7–3 record against Big D over the last five seasons, expect Jason Garrett’s seat to get as hot as his hair after this home loss.

Sucker Bets
Stay away from these games unless you’re a degenerate or a hometown homer who always has to have action.

Steelers (-7) vs. Titans
Pittsburgh is 3–2 against Tennessee since 2008, losing in Music City 26–23 last year.

Rams (-4.5) vs. Cardinals
It’s trendy to be bullish about St. Louis, but Sam Bradford is 3–3 against Arizona and 0–3 in season openers.

Seahawks (-3.5) at Panthers
Always smart to stay away from Pacific Coast Time Zone teams playing a nooner on the East Coast.

Saints (-3) vs. Falcons
Have you seen these teams play against each other? Flip a coin. That’s also the method Mike Smith uses to decide whether to go for it or kick on fourth downs.

Bears (-3) vs. Bengals
Chicago is coached by a former CFL czar. Cincy has HBO star Marvin Lewis.

Buccaneers (-3) at Jets
Revis Island returns to New Jersey and Greg Schiano is back on his old Rutgers recruiting turf.

Dolphins (PK) at Browns
The expansion Browns are 1–13 in season openers, having lost eight straight.

Monday Night Moolah
A double-header is a good time to double-down the weekend’s winnings or double-back to make up for losses.

Eagles (-3.5) at Redskins
RG3’s return will be overshadowed by Chip Kelly’s unveiling of an offense so diabolical even Shanahanigans won’t be able to stop it.

Texans (-3.5) at Chargers
Get ready to fall asleep to Philip Rivers throwing pick-sixes and making his new coach Mike McCoy look like Norv Turner.
 

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A betting preview of every game (against the spread) on Sunday and Monday night in Week 1.
Post date: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 14:14
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The NFL season is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for everyone’s real favorite sport — fantasy football. It takes a strong draft, savvy free-agent eye and a little luck to win your league. But it just takes an off-color Aaron Hernandez murder trial reference or some other well-crafted joke to take the title belt for best fantasy football team name. Here’s our list of suggestions for 2013:



Dirty Sanchez Butt-Fumblers

Vladimir Putin’s Bling Ring

Connecticut Cholos

The Gronk Abides

Hernandez Hit Men

Duped by a Doper

Jersey Exchange Program

Zombie Al Davis

Smokin’ Jay Cutler

Purple Jesus Juice

All Day 2K

J.J. S.W.A.T.T. Team

Kaepernick Swag

Eli Looking at Things

Waka Flacco Flame

Butt-Fumbling Foot Fetishers

No Romo

Jason Garrett’s Ginger Boys

Monte Kiffin’s 401K

Titletown TDs

Titletown Cheeseheads

Super Bowl Quadruple-Check

Don Beebe’s Hustle

Toronto Bills

Manning’s O-Face

Pray for Mojo

J-Ville RedZone Channel

12th Man Records

Gisele’s Bundchens

Mr. UGGs Boots

RG 3000

RG3’s Wedding Registry

RGIII 4 POTUS

RG3: MCHG

No More Norv

Cry Me a Rivers

Peyton Manning’s 5-Head

Mile High Manning

52 Problems But Big Ben Ain’t One

The Real Chip Shady

Chip Let the Dogs Out

Injured Head & Shoulders

Rolando McClain Mugshots

What You Talkin’ Bout Patrick

Big P-Willie Style

Andy Retread Regime

Somewhere Over Dwayne Bowe

Motown Megatrons

Suh Girls, One Cup

Boy Named Suh

Drinkin’ Fortes

More Bang For Lang’s Buck

Turn Your Head and Coughlin

Vince Young’s Steakhouse

Jeff Fisher’s Son’s Friends

How My Skittles Taste

Mr. Kerry Washington

Nnamdi’s Scandal

Polk High Panthers

DUI: Denver

JaMarcus’ Purple Drank Diet

Jim Haslem’s Accountants

Illiterate Read Option

Springfield Atoms

I Pitta the Fool

Forgetting Brandon Marshall

Ron Mexico’s Perro

It’s Always Runny in Philadelphia

Favre Dollar Footlong

Gotham Rogues

Van Buren Boys

Show Me Your TDs

Makin’ It Wayne

Red Hot Julius Peppers

Straight Cash Homey

 


 

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These 75 funny fantasy football team names will make your league laugh.
Post date: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 15:30
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Fox Sports 1

From those wonderful folks who gave you Bart Simpson and Bill O’Reilly comes FOX Sports 1, “America’s New Sports Network." Rupert Murdoch’s latest underdog upstart follows in the successful footsteps of FOX Broadcasting Company and FOX News, two networks that went from the cheap seats to luxury suites against all odds.

FOX’s newest expansion franchise, which debuts Aug. 17, is attempting to be the fun alternative to staid sports establishment ESPN. But don’t be fooled by the light-hearted schtick — FS1 has the potential to be a serious challenger to ESPN’s status as “The Worldwide Leader in Sports.” 

HOSER HUMOR

ESPN has SportsCenter. Followed by a rerun of SportsCenter. FS1 has FOX SPORTS LIVE, a three-hour bloc of programming that airs from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET and features a variety of shows. Former ESPN SportsNation host Charissa Thompson (pictured above on right) and a slew of retired athletes — including Andy Roddick, Gary Payton and Donovan McNabb — are all on board. 

But the stars of the show are expected to be co-anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, along with Producer Tim. They were stars north of the border on TSN’s SportsCentre in Canada. Onrait and O’Toole have been compared to early-ESPN quick-witted trailblazers like Dan Patrick, Keith Olbermann and Craig Kilborn. There is concern over how their humor will be received stateside, but Canadians everywhere were sad to see the wisecracking Canucks fly south.

CROWD SURFING

For roughly 60 years, Regis Philbin has hosted a talk show. The 81-year-old is back in the saddle with “Crowd Goes W!ld,” a daily (5 p.m. ET) sports-entertainment show shot at Chelsea Piers sports facility in Manhattan.

The rabid New York Yankees fan and Notre Dame alum will be joined by an eclectic lineup that includes YouTube star Katie Nolan, the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay, two-time Super Bowl champ Trevor Pryce, tennis-playing comedian Michael Kosta and British beauty Georgie Thompson.

FS1: Numero Uno?

FS1 has game-day content — with NFL, MLB, college football, NASCAR, UEFA Champions League and UFC. And FS1 has a plan of attack, hoping the Al Bundys of the world would rather laugh and check out foxy girls than dissect X’s and O’s. But only time will tell if FS1 can go toe-to-toe with ESPN. “We’ve always had competition,” ESPN president John Skipper told Businessweek. “But most of that competition has been segmented competition — network television is competing against our network television, Yahoo! Sports is competing against us in digital, Sports Illustrated competing in magazines. We have always been the one entity that had cross-platform assets. But FOX is a different animal than we’ve dealt with in the past.”

PREGAME PARTY

Before kickoff on Saturdays this fall, FS1 will have an expanded two-hour pregame show — a la ESPN’s College GameDay — before Pac-12 and Big 12 coverage. Familiar faces Erin Andrews (of ESPN fame and infamy), Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George and resident referee Mike Pereira are joined by SEC expert fire-starter Clay Travis as well as former radio personalities Joel Klatt and Petros Papadakis.

Cult favorite Gus Johnson is back handling play-by-play with Charles Davis as the color commentator in the booth on Saturdays, with Kristina Pink on the sideline. FS1 will also have a weekly Thursday night game.

IT'S IN THE GAME

FOX Sports 1 has no NBA coverage, but FS1 will more than hold its own against ESPN in the NFL and MLB. 

FOX: 105 NFL regular-season games, four playoff games, Super Bowl every three years 

ESPN: 17 regular-season games

FOX: 92 MLB regular-season games, All-Star Game, NL or ALDS, NL or ALCS, World Series

ESPN: 90 MLB regular-season games, NL or AL Wild Card 

Last year, ESPN made $9 billion. Only $3 billion was generated by advertising revenue. The remaining $6 billion came from cable television companies charged to carry the network. Driving up the price-per-subscriber and, as a result, profits, is the primary reason sporting events like the BCS national title game are aired on ESPN rather than ABC, which Disney also owns. FS1 is expected to initially carry a price-per-subscriber of between 75 cents and $1.

Price-per-subscriber

$5.06 » ESPN

$2.71 » ESPN 3D

$1.21 » TNT

$0.97 » Disney Channel

$0.84 » NFL Network

$0.82 » Fox News

$0.67 » ESPN2

$0.62 » USA Network

$0.59 » TBS

* Information from 2012 via SNL Kagan

 

 

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Post date: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 17:01
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Carolina Wozniacki

Two-time major championship winning golfer Rory McIlroy has gotten grief about his tennis starlet girlfriend from just about everyone, including Gary Player and Johnny Miller. Whether or not the 24-year-old golf phenom from Northern Ireland has been distracted by his 23-year-old 5'10" blonde Danish bombshell isn't really anybody's business. But until McIlroy contends again or wins another major championship, Wozniacki will be considered bad luck — which is better than a case of the yips, I guess.



Kate Upton

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander and America’s “it” girl Kate Upton kept it coy regarding their official relationship status until recently splitting up. But dating the voluptuous bikini model did not help JV’s pitching in the playoffs last year. Then the AL’s reigning MVP and Cy Young winner, Verlander was rocked by the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series, allowing five runs in four innings of a losing effort.





Clearly, every man alive would love to do the Dougie, or Cat Daddy, or just about any dance with the 20-year-old bombshell. But it would be hard to pay attention to your curve ball after attending to her curves. Ask Justin Verlander.



Jessica Simpson

Back when she was Tony Romo’s cowgirl, Simpson became Enemy No. 1 of Cowboy Nation. From wearing a pink jersey to taking a pre-playoff vacation to Cabo, Simpson made all the wrong moves. She is the perfect blueprint of what not to do as well as the definitive bad luck WAG.



Rihanna

Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp hit .249 with 28 HRs, 89 RBIs and had 19 steals the year he dated Barbados babe Ri-Ri. After the break up, Kemp was an MVP runner-up who hit .324 with 39 HRs, 126 RBIs and had 40 steals. Rihanna had more hits than Kemp did while they were dating.



Kim Kardashian

Both Reggie Bush and Miles Austin know the split stats with and without Ray J’s flick co-star and Kanye West’s current beautiful dark twisted fantasy. Kim K and her best asset end up putting football players on their backside.



Khloe Kardashian

After Lamar Odom married Khloe — who some have speculated to be O.J. Simpson’s illegitimate daughter — his life fell apart. He was traded from the L.A. Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks, berated publicly by Mark Cuban and had a bout with depression that bordered on mental breakdown. Other than that, though, things are great.



Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes

The late TLC star went chasing waterfalls and ended up with a scrub she didn’t want. In less lyrical words, volatile wide receiver Andre Rison cheated on her, so she set fire to his Atlanta mansion — the lowlight of a combustible relationship between two of Hot-lanta’s craziest residents.



Tawny Kitaen

Pitcher Chuck Finley filed for a restraining order against the actress after being attacked — a fight that allegedly included her stomping his foot with her high heel, pressing the car accelerator to the floorboard during the in-car domestic dispute. It’s a baseball superstition to leave your wife if she beats you up before going on Celebrity Rehab.



Anna Benson

Pitcher Kris Benson would have come and gone without anyone noticing him had it not been for his batwing crazy model wife. She was a dumpster fire with D-cups, telling Howard Stern that she would have sex with the entire Mets team if Kris ever cheated on her and generally sabotaging her husband’s middling career.

 




Madonna

The Material Girl has an all-star roster of athletes she has vogued with. Jose Canseco, Dennis Rodman and Alex Rodriguez all got into the groove with Madge. Those dudes get worse reviews than Guy Ritchie’s 2002 Madonna vehicle Swept Away. Recently, Ozzie Guillen blamed the fall of A-Rod on Madonna. And judging by the beefed-up arms of the 54-year-old cultural icon, maybe A-Rod was sharing some of his alleged Biogenesis secrets with his ex-Kabbalah crush.



Cameron Diaz

Back to A-Rod, whose nickname apparently isn’t just a reference to his name. Remember when the Bad Teacher fed him popcorn at Super Bowl XLV? Nothing has gone right for lucky No. 13 since then. He hit a rock bottom .120 (3-for-25) before getting benched in the AL playoffs last year. And things have only gone downhill since then.



Evelyn Lozada

Who? Oh yeah, the wacko from Basketball Wives who coincidentally left the lives of both Antoine Walker and Chad Ochocinco Johnson in shambles. You still probably don’t know who she is, but ‘Toine is penny-less and shimmy-less while Ocho is clearly no bueno, jobless and allegedly resorting to Twitter stalking.
 

Teaser:
These beautiful women are bad luck WAGs, having seemingly ruined athletes' seasons, careers and/or lives.
Post date: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 08:01
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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has taken Major League Baseball by storm since defecting from Cuba, fleeing to Mexico and signing a seven-year, $42 million deal last season.

Yet despite the fact that the 22-year-old wunderkind has dominated the nightly highlights and is undeniably the top storyline of the season’s first-half, Puig will not participate in the All-Star Game at New York’s Citi Field on Tuesday. These are five reasons why Puig should play in the Midsummer Classic:

1. Star power
Forget range factor, Puig has got off-the-charts “it” factor. The toolsy 6’3”, 245-pounder has a flair for the dramatic, whether he’s gunning down runners, mashing two homers in his second big league game or partying with Jay-Z at the 40/40 Club in New York.

2. Awesome numbers
The manchild has had a monsterous season thus far — hitting .391 with a 1.038 OPS, eight HRs, 19 RBIs, five stolen bases and 28 runs scored in 151 at-bats over 38 games since making his debut on June 3. It’s a small sample size, but Puig has done more damage than just about anyone not named Miguel Cabrera or Chris Davis thus far.

3. Chance for breathtaking plays
Remember when Bo Jackson took over the 1989 All-Star Game? Puig is a “Bo Jackson-type package,” according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Whether or not that comp is all hype or simply hyperbole, there’s no denying Puig’s penchant for spectacular plays reminiscent of Bo.

4. Freddie Freeman is injured
Puig was runner-up to Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman in the fan vote for the final National League roster spot. Freeman is unable to play due to a thumb injury. Rather than let Giants manager Bruce Bochy select a replacement, the fans should be heard — that’s the whole concept of a fan vote, right?

5. Vin Scully Loves Yasiel Puig
Even if Commissioner Bud Selig doesn’t care about star power, TV ratings, big plays or the fans, he should at least care about iconic Dodgers voice Vin Scully. The 85-year-old loves Puig, thinking his accomplishments are “not to be believed, because this game is not that easy. … His talent is absolutely breathtaking.” No one knows better than Uncle Vin, who remains the best in the business.
 

Teaser:
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will not play in the MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field, but he should.
Post date: Monday, July 15, 2013 - 16:40
All taxonomy terms: NFL, NBA, MLB, Monthly
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Jay-Z has built an empire in the worlds of music and fashion. Now the 43-year-old is set to try his hand at building the brands of athletes across the sports landscape. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports has teamed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) — which represents everyone from Tom Cruise to Justin Timberlake to Derek Jeter — to form an alliance with the potential to become an immediate power player. 

“Because of my love of sports, it was a natural progression to form a company where we can help top athletes in various sports the same way we have been helping artists in the music industry for years,” Jay-Z said.
 
After serving as the posterboy of the Nets’ move from New Jersey to his home borough of Brooklyn, Jay-Z’s time as an NBA “owner” — his shares totaled less than one percent of the franchise — is over.
 
“Our newest endeavor is committed to building the brands of professional athletes as we have done for some of today’s top music artists,” Jay-Z wrote on his website, LifeandTimes.com. “For Roc Nation Sports to function at its full potential, NBA rules stipulate that I relinquish my ownership in the Brooklyn Nets.”
 
Jay-Z came out swinging for the fences, signing Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano as Roc Nation Sports’ first client. Fitting, since Jay-Z boasts that he “made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can.” But Cano is more than just the best player on Jay-Z’s favorite team. Cano is a pending free agent and a former client of Scott Boras — the most feared agent in baseball. If Jay-Z can play hardball and beat Boras at his own game, the rest of the industry should be on high alert.
 
Roc Nation Sports’ first NFL client is cha-cha dancing New York Giants wideout Victor Cruz, whose “prior relationship” with Jay-Z allowed the music mogul to side-step the NFL’s “runner rule,” which bans anyone who is not a certified agent to recruit players.
 
Recently, the NFLPA enacted what has been called the “Jay-Z Rule,” which states: “Whereas, the Regulations Governing Contract Advisors requires applicants to hold an undergraduate degree and post-graduate degree from an accredited college or university.” Apparently, the School of Hard Knocks is not an accredited university.
 
To counter that, Roc Nation Sports hired Kimberly Miale as its first agent certified by the NFLPA. Although she has never negotiated an active NFL contract, Miale is the de facto face of the franchise. Miale’s status had many NFL agents crying foul following Roc Nation Sports’ signing of New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who infamously fired his agents after falling in the draft. Smith was photographed with Jay-Z before signing with Miale — but really Jay-Z.
 
Signing with Jay-Z has more perks than just the occasional photo-op, though. Roc Nation Sports’ first female athlete, WNBA rookie Skylar Diggins, was gifted a new Mercedes Benz (photo to right) as a surprise present at Notre Dame graduation, prompting Diggins to reference Jay-Z in a tweet: “99 Problems but a Benz Ain’t One.”
 
Another wave of hoopers is expected to join Jay-Z's expanding empire. Among the most likely candidates are three-time scoring champion and national ad campaign pitchman Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the current consensus No. 1 prospect in the 2013 NBA Draft, Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel.
 
Boras and other established sports agents can compete with buying their clients new cars. But it will be tough to compete with Jay-Z’s crossover appeal to a generation of athletes who grew up singing his songs.
Teaser:
<p> Jay-Z is Becoming Sports' Newest Super Agent&nbsp;</p>
Post date: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 11:15
All taxonomy terms: high school, MLB, NBA, NFL, NFL, NBA, MLB, High School
Path: /nfl/greatest-high-school-classmates-sports-history
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Some high schools have only one big man on campus. Others have a whole gang of future stars running the hallways. These are the 10 greatest high school classmates in sports history.



Robert Nkemdiche and Austin Meadows
Grayson High School (Loganville, Ga.)

The class of the Class of 2013, Nkemdiche and Meadows were this year’s consensus top prospects in football and baseball, respectively. Nkemdiche is a chiseled 6’5”, 260-pound defensive end, while Meadows is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound five-tool center fielder. Nkemdiche has stardom ahead of him at Ole Miss while Meadows was selected ninth overall by the Pirates in the MLB Draft.

Randy Moss and Jason Williams
DuPont High School (Belle, W.Va.)

One of the greatest jump-ball receivers in NFL history was one of West Virginia’s best-ever high school dunkers, catching alley-oops from a mop-topped “White Chocolate” in the mid-1990s. Jerry West may be the greatest prep player in Mountain State history, but Moss and Williams were so fun to watch that their highlights were later turned into a Nike commercial.

John Havlicek and Phil Niekro
Bridgeport High School (Bridgeport, Ohio)

“Hondo” was an eight-time NBA champ with the Boston Celtics. “Knucksie” was the godfather of the knuckleball, most notably for the Atlanta Braves — for whom he pitched a no-hitter in 1973. They lived on the same street, went on fishing trips together and were high school classmates in the late 1950s. Now each is a member of his sport’s respective Hall of Fame.

Matthew Stafford and Clayton Kershaw
Highland Park High School (Dallas, Texas)

Before becoming an NFL Draft No. 1 overall pick quarterback and NL Cy Young-winning starting pitcher, respectively, Stafford and Kershaw were childhood buddies who grew up playing on the same basketball and soccer teams before becoming a dominant pair of arms — righty and lefty, to boot — at the top of Highland Park’s pitching rotation in the early 2000s.

Jason Segel and Jason Collins
Harvard-Westlake School (Los Angeles, Calif.)

The first openly gay NBA player teamed up with the comic actor best known for his work on the cult classic Freaks and Geeks and CBS hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The Collins twins (Jason and Jarron) were McDonald’s All-Americans. Segel, however, was a high energy “low budget Mark Madsen” who even won a dunk contest back in the day.



Victor Oladipo and Cyrus Kouandjio
DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, Md.)

Fun names to say, Oladipo and Kouandjio. Oladipo was a high-flying Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year on the hardwood at Indiana, while Kouandjio is a national championship-winner on the gridiron at Alabama. Two physical freaks and future millionaires — Oladipo is expected to be a top-five pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and Kouandjio is a preseason All-American penciled into the top 10 of every 2014 NFL Draft mock.

Marv Albert and Neil Diamond
Abraham Lincoln High School (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Yessshhh!!!! The leather-loving NBA announcer was a classmate of the seventh-inning stretch “Sweet Caroline” soft rocker. Two of the best voices in sports attended the same high school that Jesus Shuttlesworth played for in Spike Lee’s “He Got Game” — not to mention ballers Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair and Lance Stephenson, and legendary authors Arthur Miller and Joseph Heller.

Snoop Dogg and Cameron Diaz
Long Beach Polytechnic (Long Beach, Calif.)

Don’t act like Snoop and Cam aren’t in the world of sports. Snoop Dogg coaches pee-wee football and gave Oregon speedster De’Anthony Thomas his “Black Mamba” nickname. Diaz was a cheerleader, played an owner in "Any Given Sunday" and stole the show by feeding A-Rod popcorn at the Super Bowl. But back in the late-80s, these two owned the halls at Long Beach Poly.

Donovan McNabb and Antoine Walker
Mount Carmel High School (Chicago, Ill.)

Before McNabb was dry-heaving in the Super Bowl and Walker was shimmy-ing following yet another bad 3-point attempt, the duo teamed up in Chi-town. McNabb played football, ran track and hooped with Walker — as well as future NFL star Simeon Rice. Despite having three future pro athletes on the same court, Mount Carmel failed to win a state championship during the mid-1990s run.

Bill Belichick and Buzz Bissinger
Phillips Academy (Andover, Mass.)

Classmates with Florida governor Jeb Bush, the three-time Super Bowl winning coach and Friday Night Lights author are just two of the seemingly endless list of distinguished alumni from Phillips Andover — which also boasts the likes of both Presidents George Bush (H.W. and W.), John F. Kennedy Jr. and Dr. Benjamin Spock.
 

Teaser:
<p> Greatest High School Classmates in Sports History, including Robert Nkemdiche and Austin Meadows, John Havlicek and Phil Niekro, Matthew Stafford and Clayton Kershaw, Randy Moss and Jason Williams, Jason Segel and Jason Collins, Victor Oladipo and Cyrus Kouandjio, Marv Albert and Neil Diamond, Snoop Dogg and Cameron Diaz, Donovan McNabb and Antoine Walker, Bill Belichick and Buzz Bissinger.</p>
Post date: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 17:49
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The craziest parents in sports have all had strange twists and turns along the way to fame or infamy. Many plotted every step of their child’s life. Others got in the way. Some were successful. Some failed. Every one of them made their kid’s journey a wild ride — for better or worse.

1. Marv Marinovich, father of Todd Marinovich
The undisputed worst sports parent in history, Marv was Dr. Frankenstein of “Robo QB” son Todd — who was dubbed “America’s first test-tube athlete” due to Marv’s extreme Eastern Bloc training methods. Only Ivan Drago was more programmed. Every aspect of Todd’s career was choreographed by Marv, who dictated diet, workout and daily routine — going over-the-top at every stop.

Todd’s success in high school and at USC (Marv’s alma mater) resulted in a first-round selection by the L.A. Raiders (Marv’s old team). But after eight games over two seasons, Todd’s NFL career ended with a 50.7 completion percentage, 1,345 yards, eight TDs, nine INTs, a 66.4 passer rating and 3–5 record as a starter.

The sad story of Todd’s post-NFL life has been well-documented. But the key words are heroin addiction, herniated disc, blown-out knee, CFL, Arena League and innocence lost. Oh, and Marv. Most people blame Marv.

2. Minna Wilson, mother of Tony Wilson
Mrs. Wilson remixed the LL Cool J hit “Mama Said Knock You Out” into “Mama Said No Knock Out.” When Steve McCarthy trapped Tony Wilson against the ropes, Mama Minna jumped into the ring and took a few swings of her own — resulting in a Wilson Family disqualification.



3. Andrea McDonald, mother of Alex Collins
One of the top running backs in the Class of 2013, South Plantation (Fla.) product Alex Collins could dodge or bulldoze just about anyone in his way — with the notable exception of his mom.

When Collins decided he was de-committing from Miami and heading to Arkansas, not only did Andrea McDonald refuse to sign his letter of intent, she stole the document and hid it before he could fax it in. When Collins’ dad signed the paperwork instead, McDonald hired The Cochran Firm to represent her. Soo wee! That’s overprotective.

4. Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena
Call Richard crazy like a fox — or crazy like Joe Jackson. It’s hard to argue with results. Richard coached both of his daughters from the Compton, Calif., public courts all the way to No. 1 world rankings.

An outwardly angry man who, rightfully, made race an outspoken issue on his rise to the top, Richard was questioned by the tennis world for holding his daughters back from the traditional youth tournament circuit. But it worked. His public outbursts, paranoia and media ramblings are no big deal these days.

5. Earl Woods, father of Tiger Woods
“My first conscious memory… is my father crazy-gluing this plastic golf club to my hands. His hair was all messed up, and he had this crazy look in his eye,” Tiger Woods, parodied brilliantly by Tim Meadows, says in a classic skit on Saturday Night Live. That’s probably not so far from the truth, consider Earl introduced Tiger to golf before he was age two.



6. William Sanders, father of Barry Sanders
William was an Oklahoma fan who rooted for the Sooners when his Heisman Trophy-winning son Barry was playing for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Seriously. William was Barry’s presenter at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at which point he took time out of his son’s big day to “say hello to the greatest running back that ever lived, the No. 1 running back that ever lived. He’s not with us today, I think he’s with his family in Los Angeles — Mr. Jim Brown. So, I want to say hello to him.”

William wrapped up by saying, “I want to introduce you to the third best running back that ever lived, Barry Sanders.” Thanks, dad.

7. Larry Fitzgerald Sr., father of Larry Fitzgerald
Larry Sr. is a sportswriter at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder who was both praised and criticized nationally for covering Larry Jr.’s first trip to the Super Bowl as a neutral “journalist” in the press box and not as a cheering “parent” in the stands.

But he didn’t stay out of it this season when his son’s team — which plays roughly 1,600 miles away from Larry Sr.’s beat — went on a nine-game losing streak. “Definition of team quitting? 9 losses n a row. 9th loss 58-0! Injuries handling of offense worst NFL. Adrian Wilson & Darnell Dockett situations!” he tweeted. “…This is the NFL. Humbling embarrassing frustrating angering disappointing painful. What happens when u quit!”

8. Lynn and Rick Raisman, parents of Aly Raisman
While their little girl Aly had a gold-medal-clinching floor routine, Lynn and Rick Raisman had a national-spotlight-stealing fan routine at the 2012 London Olympics — complete with Team USA Polo uniforms, a flair for the dramatic and a knack for knowing where the cameras were placed. They stuck the landing.



9. Cecil Fielder, father of Prince Fielder
The big beef between history’s only father-son duo to each hit 50 home runs in a single season — Cecil hit 51 HR for the Detroit Tigers in 1990 and Prince hit 50 HR for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007 — revolves around Cecil wasting his own money, allegedly stealing six-figures of Prince’s money and calling Prince a fat boy — I’m sorry, an “obese kid.” Who will be the bigger man?

10. A.P. Indy, sire of 1,119 foals
Arguably the greatest stud in thoroughbred horse racing history, A.P. Indy did not attend a single race of his 1,119 foals — of which 142 were stakes winners.

Sharing bloodlines with both Seattle Slew and Secretariat, A.P. Indy was sold for $2.9 million as a yearling, posted an 8–2–1 record in 11 starts and commanded a $300,000 stud fee during his lengthy heyday, before retiring prior to the 2012 breeding season. Absolutely crazy.
 

Teaser:
<p> The craziest parents in sports, including Marv Marinovich, Richard Williams, Earl Woods, William Sanders, Larry Fitzgerald Sr., Lynn and Rick Raisman, Cecil Fielder, Minna Wilson, Andrea McDonald and A.P. Indy.</p>
Post date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 11:25
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The 29th NBA Draft Lottery ping-pong balls will be bouncing behind closed doors Tuesday with 1,000 permutations in play and the top three picks in this year’s NBA Draft (Thursday, June 27) at stake. Ever since the New York Knicks won the lottery (and the opportunity to draft Patrick Ewing) in 1985, the process has been a magnet for conspiracy theories.

“It’s too delicious. If you want to go on YouTube you can see the (1985) lottery where I supposedly had the frozen card. It’s all too delightful,” said Commissioner David Stern, discussing the NBA Draft Lottery with ABC during the 2012 NBA Finals and referencing the popular urban legend that the New York Knicks’ envelope had been frozen prior to the 1985 lottery, ensuring that Stern would be able to pick the Knicks’ envelope for the No. 1 overall pick Patrick Ewing.

The NBA Draft Lottery has evolved from the Commissioner pulling envelopes out of a spinning bin to today’s complicated ping-pong ball method overseen by the accounting firm of Ernst & Young — the pillar of integrity who recently settled with the feds, paying $123 million to squash a tax-fraud probe stemming from $2 billion in unpaid taxes.

The weighted system gives the team with the NBA’s worst record (Orlando Magic in 2013) a 25 percent chance to win, the second-worst club (Charlotte Bobcats) a 19.9 percent chance, the third-worst (Cleveland Cavaliers) a 15.6 percent chance and on down the line to the 14th and final non-playoff team (Utah Jazz) with a 0.5 percent shot at the No. 1 overall pick.

After the top three picks have been determined by lottery, picks 4-through-14 are placed in reverse order of record. The lottery is intended to give the worst teams a chance to draft the best players, without handing the worst team the No. 1 pick outright. Sometimes the ball bounces your way and sometimes it doesn’t. But the results can be the difference between LeBron James and Darko Milicic.

There have been a few statistical anomalies in the draft lottery over the years. And each long shot has had a suspicious story to tell.

1.52 %
1993 – Orlando Magic – Chris Webber

The Magic won their second of back-to-back lotteries, having selected Shaquille O’Neal with the top spot the year before. Orlando traded the Fab Five leader Webber for Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, a castmate of Shaq’s in Blue Chips. Despite having the best record of any non-playoff team, the Magic — who nearly made the playoffs with a roster that included a rookie Shaq and little else — won the lottery (and a Superman sidekick) despite having the longest odds. Doesn't take the Big Aristotle to do the math on this one, which was so shady it actually resulted in a rule change in the lottery process.

1.70 %
2008 – Chicago Bulls – Derrick Rose
Shy Chicago native Derrick Rose landed in his hometown despite the odds. The joke was that the Bulls weren’t going to unretire Michael Jordan’s No. 23 — the jersey number that Rose wore at Memphis — but the local legend could wear No. 1.7 to honor his unbelievable lottery luck.

2.80 %
2011 – Cleveland Cavaliers – Kyrie Irving
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert (and son Nick) were winners in their first post-LeBron James lottery. Don’t let LeBron’s pregame chalk get in your eyes, though. There’s more. Cleveland won not with its own lottery ball, but with that of the longshot L.A. Clippers, who traded the rights to their selection as part of a bad Baron Davis deal. So, the Cavs’ lottery winnings resulted in both the No. 1 overall pick and the No. 4 pick — not to mention the minor celebrity of lucky charm Nick Gilbert.

4.40 %
2000 – New Jersey Nets – Kenyon Martin
Rod Thorn went from being David Stern’s right-hand man in the league office to the top spot in the Nets’ front office, immediately winning the lottery in a one-man draft class. This was a must since the other top prospects included Stromile Swift, Darius Miles and Marcus Fizer.

5.30 %
2007 – Portland Trail Blazers – Greg Oden
The Blazers were given the chance to carry on their tradition of drafting injury-prone 7-footers, winning the lottery and taking “can’t miss” center Greg Oden one spot ahead of Kevin Durant. Bill Walton, Sam Bowie and Arvydas Sabonis can empathize with Oden.


It doesn’t take a longshot winning the lottery to raise a few eyebrows, however. There are a few other interesting winners and statistics.

– Last year, the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) won the lottery while technically owned by the National Basketball Association itself.

– The worst team in the NBA has only won the lottery four times. The third time was a charm, with Ohio native LeBron James going to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003.

– Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin passed away on Nov. 24, 2009. The Wiz won the very next lottery in 2010, with Abe’s widow Irene Pollin in attendance.

– Basketball history was altered by the bounce of a ping pong ball when Tim Duncan’s destination was David Robinson’s San Antonio Spurs rather than coach Rick Pitino’s Boston Celtics, who owned two picks and had a 36 percent chance of winning No. 1.

Since then, Duncan has won four NBA championships (with a shot at a fifth this year) and Pitino has gone back to school, where he led Louisville to the 2013 NCAA title.

The NBA Draft Lottery is more important than the NBA Draft itself, tune in to ESPN (8:30 p.m. Eastern) to witness the results prior to Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs.
 

Teaser:
<p> Is the NBA Draft Lottery Rigged?</p>
Post date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 15:40
All taxonomy terms: Monthly
Path: /monthly/best-performances-sports-biopic-history
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Chadwick Boseman plays Jackie Robinson in the biopic “42,” which co-stars Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey. But they are far from the first actors to portray iconic figures from classic true stories on the silver screen. Here are a few of the all-time great performances in sports biopics.


Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy
The Blind Side (2009)
Bullock earned the Academy Award for Best Actress by playing Michael Oher’s fiery adopted mother from Memphis in the highest grossing ($255 million) sports biopic ever.

Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Cooper plays the “Iron Horse” in a baseball classic that also includes cameos from Gehrig’s “Murderer’s Row” teammates Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel and Mark Koening.

Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar
Invictus (2009)

Clint Eastwood directed Damon as the South African rugby star and Morgan Freeman as President Nelson Mandela in an emotional, politically charged “undefeated” drama.

Robert DeNiro as Jake LaMotta
Raging Bull (1980)

Martin Scorsese’s magnum opus featured arguably the most realistic fight scenes ever and earned De Niro the Academy Award for Best Actor for his gritty performance.

Tobey Maguire as Red Pollard
Seabiscuit (2003)

Maguire hung up his Spiderman costume and hopped in the saddle to play the once angry, one-eyed jockey Pollard in an uplifting Depression-era tale of redemption.

Barry Pepper as Roger Maris
61* (2001)
Pepper’s turn as Maris and Thomas Jane’s effort as Mickey Mantle highlight Billy Crystal’s labor of love in the HBO film based on Maris’ historic 1961 season.

Brad Pitt as Billy Beane
Moneyball (2011)
Pitt stars as the Oakland A’s general manager in another successful biopic based on a book by Michael Lewis, who also wrote the source material for The Blind Side.

Ronald Reagan as George “The Gipper” Gipp
Knute Rockne, All American (1940)
Before becoming the 40th President of the United States, Reagan urged Rockne — the iconic Notre Dame coach played by Pat O’Brien — to “win just one for the Gipper.”

Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks
Miracle (2004)
Russell sends chills of exhilaration through the audience with Brooks’ now famous — and parodied — pregame speech to the 1980 U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team.

Will Smith as Muhammad Ali
Ali (2001)
Smith gained 35 pounds of muscle, going from 185 to 220 pounds, in order to play the champ in the Michael Mann film that also stars Jon Voight as Howard Cosell.

Denzel Washington as Herman Boone
Remember the Titans (2000)

Denzel also played boxer Rubin Carter in The Hurricane, but his best sports biopic role is that of the football coach attempting to inspire and unify a racially divided team.
 

RELATED: A Chat with Chadwick Boseman, Star of Jackie Robinson Biopic "42"

Teaser:
<p> From De Niro as Jake LaMotta in "Raging Bull" to Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy in "The Blind Side."</p>
Post date: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 14:00
Path: /nfl/10-amazing-feats-shortened-sports-seasons
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Labor disputes, strikes and lockouts happen in the billion-dollar business of pro sports. This year’s NHL season started in the second period. Last year’s NBA schedule didn’t tip off until midway through the second quarter. But sometimes, short seasons produce the craziest results. These are 10 of the best and worst historic moments from such seasons.

1. Mark Moseley, 1982 NFL strike
The only kicker in NFL history to win the Most Valuable Player award, Moseley was nearly automatic for the eventual Super Bowl XVII champion Washington Redskins — connecting on 20-of-21 field goals, yet just 16-of-19 extra points. Moseley hit his NFL-record 21st straight field goal on a game-winner against the Giants that clinched the Skins’ first playoff berth since 1976.

2. Chicago Blackhawks, 2012-13 NHL lockout
When the lockout ended and the puck finally dropped in January, the Blackhawks were ready to rock. Chicago got off to the best start in NHL history, earning at least one point in the first 24 games of the season. When the Hawks finally lost, 6–2 to the Avalanche, it was their first defeat since a 6–1 beatdown against the Predators on March 25, 2012.

3. Rollie Fingers, 1981 MLB strike
The only relief pitcher in history to be named Most Valuable Player, Fingers’ first season in the American League resulted in both an MVP and Cy Young Award. Rollie curled his mustache to the tune of a 6–3 record, 1.04 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 28 saves and 61 strikeouts in 78.0 innings for the Milwaukee Brewers. Fingers narrowly beat out Rickey Henderson — who hit .319 and had 56 stolen bases in 108 games — in what was essentially a two-man race for MVP honors.

4. Curt Flood, 1972 MLB strike
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Major League Baseball, 5–3, over Curt Flood, who has since become synonymous with free agency in MLB. After refusing a trade from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1969, Flood fought for players’ rights and — although he was unsuccessful in front of the Supreme Court — he ultimately ushered in the era of free agency (and inflated salaries) we know today.

5. Suge Knight, 1987 NFL strike
Before becoming one of the most feared men in the music industry during the 1990s, the Death Row Records CEO was a replacement player during the 1987 NFL strike — as a defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams, or “L.A. Shams” as they known. Fellow scabs included Sean Payton and Rick Neuheisel. But neither of those quarterbacks-turned-coaches has the street cred of the intimidating big man who was in the car when Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas after a Mike Tyson fight in 1996.



6. Fernando Valenzuela, 1981 MLB strike
“Fernandomania” jumped out to an 8–0 start with five shutouts and an ERA of 0.50 before finishing the season with a 13–7 record, 2.48 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and a NL-leading 180 strikeouts in 192.1 innings. Valenzuela’s leg kick windup and larger-than-life persona won over baseball fans everywhere during a dark strike-interrupted time. As a result, Fernando became the first rookie to win the Cy Young Award, while also claiming Rookie of the Year honors for the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

7. Tony Gwynn, 1994 MLB strike
Mr. Padre was attempting to become the first player to hit .400 since Ted Williams (.406) in 1941. Instead, Gwynn was forced to settle for a .394 average over 419 at-bats in 110 games. The 1994 season ended premature and a completely different type of history was made, as the World Series was canceled for the first time since 1904.

8. LeBron James, 2011-12 NBA lockout
The NBA regular season was shortened from 82 to 66 games the year that King James finally won his first ring. Does that add an asterisk to the Miami Heat star’s championship? Michael Jordan won his six rings after 82-game seasons, right? Well, James did average 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists in the 62 regular season games he played — before an eye-popping 30.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists over 23 playoff games.

9. Tim Duncan, 1998-99 NBA lockout
The first of Duncan’s four NBA Finals wins and three NBA Finals MVP Awards came following a lockout-shortened regular season that shrunk from 82 to 50 games. In just his second season, the “Big Fundamental” averaged 21.7 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots in 50 regular season games — before posting 23.2 points, 11.5 boards and 2.6 blocks in 17 playoff games alongside David Robinson.

10. Gary Bettman, 2004-05 NHL lockout
There was no Stanley Cup awarded for the first time since 1919, because there was no NHL season in 2004-05 — the first time in major pro sports that an entire season was canceled due to a labor dispute between players and owners. There were 1,230 games canceled over the 10 months and six days that the lockout lasted. No big deal for Commissioner Bettman, who has gone through three labor disputes since taking over the top spot in 1993.
 

Teaser:
<p> 10 Amazing Feats From Shortened Sports Seasons. Strikes and lockouts have resulted in some of the best, worst and strangest moments in sports history, including Mark Moseley, Rollie Fingers, Curt Flood, Suge Knight, Fernando Valenzuela, LeBron James, Tony Gwynn, Tim Duncan and the Chicago Blackhawks.</p>
Post date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 15:30
Path: /golf/10-best-players-never-win-major-championship
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Most golfers would rather be the worst player ever to win a major championship than to be given the title of “best player never to win a major.”

Sure, the BPNTWAM post was most famously held by Phil Mickelson, who was a 33-year-old with 22 PGA Tour wins, 46 major appearances and 17 top-10 finishes in majors before finally breaking through at the 2004 Masters. Lefty is now a four-time major champion, and his days as BPNTWAM are a distant memory from another era.

Here are our picks for the BPNTWAM most likely to win his first jacket, jug or trophy at the 2013 Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and/or PGA Championship.



Next Tiger?
The Aussie bomber and Spanish waggler were both called the “next Tiger” at one point. Each has missed a career-altering putt on the final hole of a major. The time is now.

1. Adam Scott, Australia
Age: 32
World Ranking: 7
PGA Tour wins: 8
Major Appearances: 47
Best Finish: 2 (’12 British), T2 (’11 Masters)
Top 10 Finishes: 8

2. Sergio Garcia, Spain
Age: 33
World Ranking: 16
PGA Tour wins: 8
Major Appearances: 57
Best Finish: 2 (’07 British, ’99 PGA), T2 (’08 PGA)
Top 10 Finishes: 17

American Dream
Since Tiger Woods won his 14th and most recent major at the 2008 U.S. Open, five Americans have claimed their first major championship. Is this foursome up next?

3. Dustin Johnson, USA
Age: 28
World Ranking: 19
PGA Tour wins: 7
Major Appearances: 16
Best Finish: T2 (’11 British)
Top 10 Finishes: 5

4. Brandt Snedeker, USA
Age: 32
World Ranking: 5
PGA Tour wins: 5
Major Appearances: 21
Best Finish: T3 (’12 British)
Top 10 Finishes: 4

5. Matt Kuchar, USA
Age: 34
World Ranking: 10
PGA Tour wins: 4
Major Appearances: 29
Best Finish: T3 (’12 Masters)
Top 10 Finishes: 4

6. Steve Stricker, USA
Age: 46
World Ranking: 8
PGA Tour wins: 12
Major Appearances: 57
Best Finish: 2 (’98 PGA)
Top 10 Finishes: 10

English Curse
A different sort of announcer jinx has been cast upon the blokes across the pond, as no Englishman has won a major championship since Nick Faldo won the 1996 Masters.

7. Lee Westwood, England
Age: 39
World Ranking: 13
PGA Tour wins: 2
Major Appearances: 59
Best Finish: 2 (’10 Masters, ’10 British)
Top 10 Finishes: 14

8. Luke Donald, England
Age: 35
World Ranking: 4
PGA Tour wins: 5
Major Appearances: 38
Best Finish: T3 (’05 Masters, ’06 PGA)
Top 10 Finishes: 7

9. Justin Rose, England
Age: 32
World Ranking: 3
PGA Tour wins: 4
Major Appearances: 35
Best Finish: T3 (’12 PGA)
Top 10 Finishes: 7

10. Ian Poulter, England
Age: 37
World Ranking: 12
PGA Tour wins: 2
Major Appearances: 40
Best Finish: 2 (’08 British)
Top 10 Finishes: 6
 

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The best team doesn’t always win the NCAA Tournament. Many of greatest rosters ever assembled failed to cut down the nets in the one-and-done, single-elimination Madness of March. These are the 15 best teams that never won the NCAA Tournament.



1. 1991 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
(34–1, 18–0 Big West)
Coach Jerry Tarkanian
Lost to Duke, 79–77, in Final Four


Vegas was the undisputed, undefeated heavyweight champion of the world in college basketball before falling to Duke in a rematch of the 1990 title game, in which the Runnin’ Rebels humiliated the Blue Devils, 103–73. With three 1991 NBA Lottery picks — national player of the year forward Larry Johnson (No. 1 overall), wingman Stacey Augmon (No. 9) and point guard Greg Anthony (No. 12) — and the reigning Final Four MOP in Anderson Hunt, UNLV was as intimidating as it was dominant.

2. 1975 Indiana Hoosiers
(31–1, 18–0 Big Ten)
Coach Bob Knight
Lost to Kentucky, 92–90, in Elite Eight


Bob Knight and Joe B. Hall nearly went to blows during a 98–74 IU win over UK in December 1974. The Hoosiers were riding a 34-game winning streak heading into their rematch with the Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament. But without a full strength Scott May — who scored two points due to a broken arm, after scoring 25 in the first meeting — undefeated Indiana fell to Kentucky, a team that went on to lose the national title to UCLA in John Wooden’s final game.

3. 1983 Houston Cougars
(31–3, 16–0 Southwest)
Coach Guy Lewis
Lost to NC State, 54–52, in NCAA title game


Texas’ tallest fraternity, “Phi Slama Jama” was led by a pair of future Hall of Famers in shot-swatting big man Akeem Olajuwon and high-flying Clyde “the Glide” Drexler. The middle of three straight Final Four appearances and first of two national title game runner-up finishes was the most painful, as NC State pulled off one of the greatest Cinderella upsets in Big Dance history.

4. 1985 Georgetown Hoyas
(35–3, 14–2 Big East)
Coach John Thompson
Lost to Villanova, 66–64, in NCAA title game


The Patrick Ewing-led Hoyas were runner-up to North Carolina in 1982, national champs in 1984 and heavily favored to repeat as champs in 1985. But the overwhelming edge in talent for Ewing, Reggie Williams, David Wingate and Co. was no match for the magical shooting night of Rollie Massimino’s Wildcats, who shot 22-of-28 from the field to beat “Hoya Paranoia” on April Fools’ Day.

5. 1984 North Carolina Tar Heels
(28–3, 14–0 ACC)
Coach Dean Smith
Lost to Indiana, 72–68, in Sweet 16


On paper, this was Dean Smith’s most talented team, on the court and on the bench. National player of the year Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Brad Daugherty and freshman Kenny Smith headlined a loaded roster, while Roy Williams, Bill Guthridge and Eddie Fogler served as assistants coaches for a group of Tar Heels that couldn’t even make it to the Final Four.

6. 1993 Michigan Wolverines
(31–5, 15–3 Big Ten)
Coach Steve Fisher
Lost to North Carolina, 77–71, in NCAA title game


The sophomore season of the Fab Five — Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson — produced the same (since vacated) results as their freshman campaign. Michigan marched all the way to the national title game with their signature baggy shorts, black socks and swagger, only to lose to ACC power UNC, after losing to Duke in the championship game the season before.

7. 1997 Kansas Jayhawks
(34–2, 15–1 Big 12)
Coach Roy Williams
Lost to Arizona, 85–82, in Sweet 16


KU had it all, with NBA size down low in Raef LaFrentz and Scot Pollard, clutch shooters in Paul Pierce, Jerod Haase and Billy Thomas, and steady point guard play from Jacque Vaughn and Ryan Robertson. But Roy Williams’ Jayhawks could not close the deal against Miles Simon, Mike Bibby and eventual champion Arizona.

8. 1973 NC State Wolfpack
(27–0, 12–0 ACC)
Coach Norm Sloan
Banned from postseason play


David Thompson and Tommy Burleson led NC State to an undefeated regular season but were unable to go dancing after being banned from postseason play due to NCAA sanctions. When the ban was lifted, the 1973-74 Wolfpack went 30–1 cut down the nets following a national championship.

9. 1974 UCLA Bruins
(26–4, 12–2 Pac-8)
Coach John Wooden
Lost to NC State, 80–77 in 2OT, in Final Four


The next-to-last team coach by the Wizard of Westwood ended UCLA’s streak of seven consecutive NCAA titles. Despite being led by Bill Walton and Jamaal Wilkes, the Bruins were unable to outlast NC State in double-overtime in the Final Four.

10. 1954 Kentucky Wildcats
(25–0, 14–0 SEC)
Coach Adolph Rupp
Elected not to participate


Coach Adolph Rupp chose to take a stand against the NCAA by keeping the unbeaten Wildcats out of the Tournament after Frank Ramsey, Cliff Hagan and Lou Tsioropoulos were ruled ineligible due to a graduation rule that is no longer in place.

11. 1999 Duke Blue Devils
(37–2, 16–0 ACC)
Coach Mike Krzyzewski
Lost to Connecticut, 77–74, in NCAA title game


One of Coach K’s most talented teams was anchored by No. 1 overall pick Elton Brand, sharpshooting senior Trajan Langdon, point guard William Avery and athletic freak frosh Corey Maggette — all of whom went in the top 14 of the 1999 NBA Draft.

12. 1962 Ohio State Buckeyes
(26–2, 13–1 Big Ten)
Coach Fred Taylor
Lost to Cincinnati, 71–59, in NCAA title game


Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek are two of the greatest players in Ohio State history, playing in three consecutive NCAA title games — losing the last two trips as a heavy favorite against in-state rival Cincinnati.

13. 1957 Kansas Jayhawks
(24–3, 11–1 Big Seven)
Coach Dick Harp
Lost to North Carolina, 54–53 in 3OT, in NCAA title game


Kansas’ Wilt Chamberlain was unable to follow in the championship footsteps of San Francisco’s Bill Russell — who led the Dons to titles in 1955 and 1956. The Stilt lost in triple-overtime in what old timers have called the greatest game ever played.

14. 1963 Cincinnati Bearcats
(26–2, 11–1 Missouri Valley)
Coach Ed Jucker
Lost to Loyola-Chicago, 60–58, in NCAA title game


In their fifth straight Final Four appearance, the Bearcats were aiming for a three-peat before the term existed. But back-to-back champion Cincinnati was shocked by underdog Loyola-Chicago in the final.

15. 1979 Indiana State Sycamores
(33–1, 16–0 Missouri Valley)
Coach Bill Hodges
Lost to Michigan State, 75–64, in NCAA title game


The Legend of Larry Bird sprouted from the Sycamores undefeated 33–0 run to the NCAA title game, where Bird vs. Magic made the contest the highest rated college basketball game in history.
 

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<p> 15 Best Teams That Never Won the NCAA Tournament, including the 1991 UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 1975 Indiana Hoosiers, 1983 Houston Cougars, 1985 Georgetown Hoyas, 1984 North Carolina Tar Heels, 1993 Michigan Wolverines, 1997 Kansas Jayhawks, 1973 NC State Wolfpack, 1974 UCLA Bruins, 1954 Kentucky Wildcats, 1999 Duke Blue Devils, 1962 Ohio State Buckeyes, 1957 Kansas Jayhawks, 1963 Cincinnati Bearcats and 1979 Indiana State Sycamores.</p>
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EAST
Washington, D.C.

Top Dog — Indiana (1)
The Hoosiers are headed to their second straight Sweet 16. But IU has not advanced to the Elite Eight since 2002, when Indiana was an unlikely national runner-up to Maryland. After cruising past James Madison, 83–62, the Hoosiers earned a hard fought victory over Temple, 58–52. Victor Oladipo hit a top-of-the-key three — on a kick-out swing pass from Cody Zeller — with 14 seconds to play to take a four-point lead Indiana would not relinquish, as the Hoosiers capped their come-from-behind win over the Owls on a 10–0 run. Now IU prepares for a Sweet 16 showdown with Syracuse in a rematch of the 1987 national title game.

Underdog – Syracuse (4)
Coach Jim Boeheim is making his 16th trip to the Sweet 16, with his signature 2-3 zone defense leading the charge yet again. The Orange suffocated Montana, 81–34, to get the party started. Syracuse then outlasted California, 66–60, in front of a partisan San Jose crowd, holding the Bears to just 4-of-21 shooting (19.0 percent) from 3-point range. The triumph over Cal marked Boeheim’s 50th career NCAA Tournament win.

Player to Watch – Shane Larkin, Miami (2)
Barry Larkin’s son has been a catalyst for the Canes all season, earning ACC Player of the Year honors along the way. After advancing to the school’s second Sweet 16, Miami will continue to lean on Larkin on the second weekend of the Tournament. In a Sweet 16-clinching 63–59 win over Illinois, Larkin capped a 17-point night with a clutch go-ahead 3-pointer.

The Quote
“I know everybody on our team — we weren’t ready to go home. We had two close games. We had a lot of those this year. What we went through earlier this year prepared us for this weekend.” — Marquette guard Vander Blue, who scored 29 points on 9-of-15 shooting in a 74–72 victory over Butler and 16 points in a 59–58 win over Davidson.

Sweet 16 Previews:
Midwest Region
West Region
South Region
East Region

 

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SOUTH
North Texas

Top Dog — Kansas (1)
Coach Bill Self earned his 300th career win with a 70–58 victory over North Carolina — and former Kansas coach Roy Williams. The Jayhawks struggled to pull off a 64–57 win over No. 16 seed Western Kentucky in the Round of 64. KU’s leading scorer this season, redshirt freshman shooting guard Ben McLemore has disappeared during the Tournament, with just 13 total points on 2-of-14 shooting from the field and 0-of-8 from 3-point range over two games. Senior big man Jeff Withey has picked up the slack, however, averaging 16.5 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks per game over the Tournament’s first weekend.

Underdog – Florida Gulf Coast (15)
Andy Enfield was a cult hero heading into the Tournament because he is a self-made millionaire with a supermodel wife. Now the Eagles coach is leading the greatest Cinderella story in Big Dance history. FGCU upset No. 2 seed Georgetown, 78–68, before taking down San Diego State, 81–71, to become the first No. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16.

Player to Watch – Trey Burke, Michigan (4)
The National Player of the Year candidate got off to a rocky start, scoring just six points on 2-of-12 shooting in a 71–56 win over South Dakota State. But Burke bounced back with 18 points, seven assists and two steals in a 78–53 statement win over VCU to advance to Michigan’s first Sweet 16 since 1994. Burke will need to bring his A-game in order for U-M to earn a trip to the Final Four for the first time since the Fab Five in 1993.

The Quote
“The one thing that coach talked to me before I transferred here (from Rutgers), he said ‘You’re putting yourself in big moments and big games.’ … I really took full advantage of it tonight and I told myself, ‘If I’m open, I’m going to knock down the shot.’” — Florida guard Mike Rosario, who scored 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting in a 78–64 win over Minnesota.

Sweet 16 Previews:
Midwest Region
West Region
South Region
East Region

 

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WEST
Los Angeles

Top Dog — Ohio State (2)
The Buckeyes were the only top-four seed in the West Region to advance to the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles. And it wasn’t easy. Ohio State edged No. 10 seed Iowa State 78–75 on an Aaron Craft 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining. The Buckeyes, who led by 13 points at one point of the second half, fell behind on two separate occasions with less than four minutes to play. While it was tougher than most OSU fans would have liked, beating Iowa State could be a good omen: The last three single-digit seeds to defeat the Cyclones in the NCAA Tournament went on to win the national title — 2012 Kentucky, 2005 North Carolina and 2000 Michigan State.

Underdog – La Salle (13)
According to the official seed list released by the NCAA, La Salle was the second-to-last at-large team to make the field of 68. Now, the Explorers are two wins away from the Final Four. Led by Ramon Galloway, a transfer from South Carolina, La Salle defeated Boise State, Kansas State and Ole Miss in a magical five-day stretch. Galloway averaged 21.3 points and converted 22-of-41 from 3-point range in La Salle’s three wins.

Player to Watch – Mark Lyons, Arizona (6)
Lyons, a senior point guard at Arizona, will become the first player to play in the Sweet 16 in consecutive seasons for two different teams. Lyons played his first three seasons at Xavier, which advanced to the Sweet 16  in 2010 and ’12, then enrolled at Arizona as a post-graduate transfer for his final season of eligibility. He scored 23 points in Arizona’s 81–64 win over Belmont then followed up with 27 in a 74–51 in over Harvard.

The Quote
“You know what I asked them? ‘On Oct. 15, down eight with eight minutes to go, would you take it for the right to go to Los Angeles in the Sweet 16?’ And they did it from there.” — Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall, on what he told his team when they fell behind No. 1 seed Gonzaga by eight points in the second half.

Sweet 16 Previews:
Midwest Region
West Region
South Region
East Region

 

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MIDWEST
Indianapolis

Top Dog — Louisville (1)
Louisville is playing like the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals advanced to the Sweet 16 with a surprisingly easy 82–56 win over a very good Colorado State team. Shooting guard Russ Smith, never known to be the most efficient player on the Cards’ roster, scored 27 points on only 15 shots to lead the way for Rick Pitino’s club. In its two wins, Louisville is shooting a combined 56.9 percent from the floor and has forced an average of 20.5 turnovers. That’s a formula for success at any level of basketball.

Underdog – Oregon (12)
It flew a bit under the radar, but No. 12 seed Oregon recorded one of the most impressive wins of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, rolling past Saint Louis 74–57 on Saturday. The Ducks, grossly underseeded by the Selection Committee, knocked off the No. 5 and No. 4 seeds by a combined 30 points. Oregon is led by a pair of senior forwards, E.J. Singler (younger brother of former Duke star Kyle Singler) and Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi. The Ducks are outstanding on the defensive end of the court and are a very good rebounding team. They do, however, struggle from the 3-point line, ranking 298th in the nation at 27.5 percent.

Coaching Showdown to Watch: Izzo vs. Coach K
Two of the great NCAA Tournament coaches of all time — Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski will meet in the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis. Duke, the No. 2 seed, is a slight favorite over the No. 3-seeded Spartans. Izzo is 1–7 all-time vs. Coach K, but the one victory came in the 2005 Sweet 16. These teams last met in November 2011 at Madison Square Garden. Duke won 74–69.

The Quote
“I don’t want to put the pressure on Rick and his guys, but they’re special. They need a little luck like everybody does to win it all, but that’s as impressive team as I‘ve been against, certainly.” — Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy, after his team lost to Louisville.

Sweet 16 Previews:
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There was plenty of action on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Florida Gulf Coast became the first No. 15 seed Cinderella to make the Sweet 16 of the Big Dance. Wichita State “shocked” No. 1 seed Gonzaga to become just the fifth No. 9 seed to advance to the Sweet 16 since 1985. Buzzer-beaters and pep bands, coeds and coaches, commercials and cheerleaders — all the usual March Madness was in full effect. But there were also a few letdowns in the Rounds of 64 and 32.

1. Overreaction to Aaron Craft charge call
The Zapruder film was replayed in super-slow-mo fewer times than Craft’s controversial, momentum-shifting charge taken with 1:41 left and Ohio State trailing Iowa State by one. The call wiped out a made basket and free-throw attempt by Will Clyburn and gave the Buckeyes the ball. Craft eventually nailed a game-winning 3 with 0.5 seconds to play. But all anyone wanted to talk about was the charge call.

2. Over-hyped, over-seeded mid-major “powers”
Gonzaga (No. 1 seed), New Mexico (No. 3) and Saint Louis (No. 4) entered the NCAA Tournament with a combined 89–16 record as the champions of the West Coast, Mountain West and Atlantic 10 Conferences, respectively. Then the Zags, Lobos and Billikens lived up to their untrustworthy nicknames and soft resumes, belly-flopping on the biggest stage in college basketball.

3. UCLA, especially Shabazz Muhammad
Ben Howland was kicked to the curb after the underachieving Bruins were bounced from the Tourney with their usual lackluster showing. But the bigger news was that of Muhammad’s reported age bouncing from 19 to 20 years old, thanks to the slip of the tongue from an apparent snake-oil salesman father. UCLA’s dumpster fire season caused so much stress, every Bruin fan this side of Bill Walton likely aged in Shabazz years, too.

4. Ben McLemore’s disappearing act
Ray Allen comparisons and talk of going No. 1 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft had McLemore sitting pretty prior to the start of the Big Dance. But a combined 2-of-14 shooting effort, including 0-of-8 from 3-point range, has the Jesus Shuttlesworth fantasy cooling off. McLemore has scored just 13 points over two NCAA Tournament games, missing layups, mishandling alley-oops and bricking wide open corner threes.

5. Scootie Randall’s shooting vs. Indiana
Temple’s second leading scorer was 0-of-12 from the field and 0-of-6 from 3-point range in a 58–52 loss to Indiana. The Owls’ go-to guy, Khalif Wyatt, dropped 31 points but got no help from his partner-in-crime. Randall joined Connecticut’s Khalid El-Amin as second player to shoot 0-of-12 or worse in an NCAA Tourney game since 1985.

6. Lack of Dick Vitale announcing
After all these years, college basketball fans are forced to wait one more week before they are graced with the voice of Dick Vitale. In his 34-year career, Vitale has yet to work the Final Four. Needless to say, fans of international TV are ready for Dickey V. He still won't be a PTPer, but he'll be at the Big Dance, baby.
 
7. Davidson late-game meltdown vs. Marquette
Steph Curry was not walking through that door for Davidson in the Round of 64 against Marquette. The No. 14-seed Wildcats were outscored 13–5 over the last 1:33 of a 59–58 loss to the No. 3-seed Golden Eagles, including a game-winning drive to the rim by Vander Blue.

8. Marshall Henderson meltdown vs. La Salle
Everyone’s favorite villain in college hoops left the court with birds a’ blazin’ — flipping off the crowd with a double-barreled effort at the Sprint Center in Kansas City following Ole Miss’ 76–74 loss to La Salle. That seems so tame for Marshall, yet such an appropriate ending for the Rebel.

9. Lame TruTV, Wichita State Shocker jokes
What channel is TruTV, anyway? There’s a team called the Shockers? Insert lame joke. Really? This is Twitter comedy at its worst.

10. Wardrobe of Amanda Marcum Enfield
The wife of Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield isn’t even wearing a bikini. What? But at least FGCU isn’t playing Wichita State. Or Brent Musburger isn't calling games.
 

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<p> 10 Biggest Disappointments in NCAA Tournament, including the overreaction to the Aaron Craft charge call, over-hyped mid-major powers exiting early, Shabazz Muhammad's false age, Ben McLemore's disappearing act, Marshall Henderson's meltdown and Andy Enfield's wife.</p>
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The NCAA Tournament is a results-based business for coaches. Having the best players or fanbase or reputation isn’t enough. Dean Smith couldn’t even make the Final Four with a team that had Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Brad Daugherty and Kenny Smith. Jim Valvano ran wild after motivating a group of nobodies past the future Hall of Fame-laden “Phi Slamma Jamma” of Akeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler.

Like it or not, the NCAA Tournament is a proving ground for coaches. And the best in the business inevitably rise to the top. Who are the best suits with dry erase boards in this year’s Field of 64? (Sorry First Four losers.)

Here’s a rundown of the coaches in this year’s NCAA Tournament, broken down by tier — in terms of best results in previous tournaments — and ranked within their group of similarly accomplished peers.

NCAA Champions
It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got a ring. These are the nine coaches who have cut down the nets, for a combined 14 NCAA titles between them. It’s a mix of program builders and powerhouse caretakers. But each has proven capable of sealing the deal with a championship on the line.

1. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
29th NCAA Tournament
11 Final Fours
4-time Champion (1991, ’92, 2001, ’10)
4-time Runner-up (’86, ’90, ’94, ’99)

Coach K finds a way, even if it takes a miracle shot from Christian Laettner to advance or an unanswered Hail Mary from Gordon Hayward at the buzzer to hold on for the win.

2. Rick Pitino, Louisville
18th NCAA Tournament
6 Final Fours
1996 Champion
1997 Runner-up

Pitino has famously taken three different schools (Providence, Kentucky and Louisville) to the Final Four and carries a perfect 10–0 record in Sweet 16 contests. 


3. Tom Izzo, Michigan State
16th NCAA Tournament
6 Final Fours
2000 Champion
2009 Runner-up

The method to Izzo’s March Madness has proven successful year after year, thanks to a physical, possession-by-possession, down-and-distance strategy that is football-like.

4. Roy Williams, North Carolina
23rd NCAA Tournament
7 Final Fours
2-time Champion (2005, ’09)
2-time Runner-up (1991, ’03)

Ol’ Roy has been an underachieving nice guy with several teams at both Kansas and North Carolina. But there’s no denying the Tourney success of Dean Smith’s protégé.


5. Billy Donovan, Florida
13th NCAA Tournament
2-time Champion (2006, '07)
2000 Runner-up
Billy the Kid went from being Rick Pitino's go-to-guy and right-hand-man to having one more title ring than his mentor along with a Pitino-esque 5–1 record in Sweet 16 contests.


6. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
30th NCAA Tournament
2003 Champion
2-time Runner-up (1987, ’96)

Boeheim was a victim of IU’s Keith Smart and a dominant UK team before riding Carmelo Anthony to a title. Still, the overrated Orange are usually overripe by March.


7. Bill Self, Kansas
15th NCAA Tournament
2008 Champion
2012 Runner-up

Self has coached three schools (Tulsa, Illinois and Kansas) to the Elite Eight, but also staggered to early losses — Round of 64 in 2005 and ’06, Round of 32 in ’10 — at KU.


8. Tubby Smith, Minnesota
17th NCAA Tournament
1998 Champion

Won it all — with “Pitino’s players,” according to the Big Blue Nation — in his first season at Kentucky, after leading both Tulsa and Georgia to the Sweet 16 previously.


9. Steve Fisher, San Diego State
13th NCAA Tournament
1989 Champion
2-time Runner-up (1992, ’93)

Made the NCAA title game three times in his first five seasons at Michigan, winning a championship as an interim coach and losing twice with the Fab Five. Not much since.

Runners-up
These guys have come within one win of a big pay raise and bump in historical status. They’ve been there, but they haven’t quite done that. Keep in mind, four of the top six coaches on this list lost the NCAA title before they climbed the ladder to cut down nets.


10. Brad Stevens, Butler
5th NCAA Tournament
2-time Runner-up
(2010, '11)
It doesn’t take Nate Silver or Joe Lunardi to know that the 36-year-old wunderkind Stevens is a chess master in March.


11. Ben Howland, UCLA
10th NCAA Tournament
3 Final Fours
2006 Runner-up

Howland’s star has faded considerably since making three straight trips to the Final Four (2006-08) in his early days at UCLA.

12. Thad Matta, Ohio State
11th NCAA Tournament
2 Final Fours
2007 Runner-up

It took a healthy Greg Oden to get Matta to the title game. Generally speaking, the Buckeyes treat NCAA games like BCS bowls.


13. Bruce Weber, Kansas State
9th NCAA Tournament
2005 Runner-up

The bottom has fallen out on Weber’s brackets since Deron Williams and Dee Brown led the Illini to the final Monday in 2005.


Final Four
This group has either shocked the world or barely lived up to Final Four expectations. Experiencing the final weekend is huge. Handling the hype is easier said than done, but much easier after seeing how it’s done — albeit from a loser’s prospective.

14. Shaka Smart, VCU
3rd NCAA Tournament
2011 Final Four
Havoc ensues when Smart’s teams take the court. No one should be Shaka-ed if and when the Rams win in March.

15. Jim Larranaga, Miami
6th NCAA Tournament
2006 Final Four

Leader of arguably the greatest Cinderella story in Big Dance history — CAA at-large berth George Mason’s run to the Final Four.


16. Jay Wright, Villanova
10th NCAA Tournament
2009 Final Four
4 Sweet 16s

The best-dressed coach has never been best in show at the Big Dance but Wright has lived up to expectations most years.


17. Tom Crean, Indiana
7th NCAA Tournament
2003 Final Four
2 Sweet 16s

Dwyane Wade showed flashes of otherworldly superstardom en route to Marquette making the Final Four. Can Crean take credit?


18. John Thompson III, Georgetown
9th NCAA Tournament
2007 Final Four
2 Sweet 16s

The son and namesake of the 1984 NCAA champion Georgetown coach, JT3 has yet to match is dad’s level of Tourney success.


19. Lon Kruger, Oklahoma
14th NCAA Tournament
1994 Final Four
3 Sweet 16s

Kruger has taken five schools (Kansas State, Florida, Illinois, UNLV and Oklahoma) dancing, but has just three Sweet 16 trips.

20. Mike Montgomery, Cal
16th NCAA Tournament
1998 Final Four
3 Sweet 16s

Monty knew how to disappoint when he was the boss On the Farm at Stanford. Luckily, hopes haven’t been as high at Cal.


Elite Eight
These coaches have all been one win away from the promised land of the Final Four, where the buffalo wings are hot, the beer is cold and the brackets are completely broken.

21. Sean Miller, Arizona
6th NCAA Tournament
2 Elite Eights
3 Sweet 16s


22. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin
12th NCAA Tournament
2005 Elite Eights
5 Sweet 16s


23. Bob McKillop, Davidson
7th NCAA Tournament
2008 Elite Eight


24. Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh
9th NCAA Tournament
2009 Elite Eight
3 Sweet 16s


25. John Beilein, Michigan
8th NCAA Tournament
2005 Elite Eight
2 Sweet 16s


26. Mark Gottfried, NC State
9th NCAA Tournament
2004 Elite Eight
2 Sweet 16s


27. Larry Eustachy, Colorado State
5th NCAA Tournament
2000 Elite Eight


Sweet 16
The second weekend of the NCAA Tournament is the bare minimum for some programs and a rare thrill for others. There’s plenty of name recognition in this group. But the potential has yet to match the production in March.

28. Buzz Williams, Marquette
5th NCAA Tournament
2 Sweet 16s


29. Mark Few, Gonzaga
14th NCAA Tournament
4 Sweet 16s 


30. Steve Alford, New Mexico
7th NCAA Tournament
1999 Sweet 16


31. Mike Brey, Notre Dame
11th NCAA Tournament
2003 Sweet 16


32. John Groce, Illinois
3rd NCAA Tournament
2012 Sweet 16


33. Mick Cronin, Cincinnati
5th NCAA Tournament
2012 Sweet 16


34. Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's
4th NCAA Tournament
2010 Sweet 16


35. Tommy Amaker, Harvard
3rd NCAA Tournament
2000 Sweet 16

Round of 32
Coaches who have a win on Thursday or Friday, but have yet to triumph on Saturday or Sunday in order to punch their tickets to the second weekend of the Big Dance. For a few small school underdogs, one win in the Tourney is a David vs. Goliath story that lives forever. For others, failing to move forward is a major step backward.

36. Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State
2nd NCAA Tournament
2012 Round of 32

37. Bob Thomason, Pacific
4th NCAA Tournament
2 Rounds of 32

38. Dana Altman, Oregon
9th NCAA Tournament
2 Rounds of 32

39. Travis Ford, Oklahoma State
4th NCAA Tournament
2010 Round of 32

40. Mike McConathy, Northwestern State
3rd NCAA Tournament
2006 Round of 32

41. Greg McDermott, Creighton
5th NCAA Tournament
2012 Round of 32

42. Gregg Marshall, Wichita State
9th NCAA Tournament
2007 Round of 32

43. Fran Dunphy, Temple
15th NCAA Tournament
2 Rounds of 32

44. Tad Boyle, Colorado
2nd NCAA Tournament
2012 Round of 32

45. Jim Crews, Saint Louis
5th NCAA Tournament
1989 Round of 32

46. Frank Haith, Missouri
3rd NCAA Tournament
2008 Round of 32

Winless in NCAA
Earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament implies either a conference tournament championship or national respect — or both. But it doesn’t guarantee a win once the Tourney tips off. These coaches have yet to earn a ‘W’ in the Dance.

47. Rick Byrd, Belmont
0–5 in NCAA Tournament

48. Will Brown, Albany
0–2 in NCAA Tournament

49. Marvin Menzies, New Mexico State
0–2 in NCAA Tournament

50. Keith Dambrot, Akron
0–2 in NCAA Tournament

51. Josh Pastner, Memphis
0–2 in NCAA Tournament

52. Dave Rice, UNLV
0–1 in NCAA Tournament

53. Dave Paulsen, Bucknell
0–1 in NCAA Tournament

54. Scott Nagy, South Dakota State
0–1 in NCAA Tournament

55. Wayne Tinkle, Montana
0–2 in NCAA Tournament

56. Tim Cluess, Iona
0–1 in NCAA Tournament

First Four Winners
Still trying to figure out the First Four. Still not liking it. But they’ve survived and “advanced,” I guess.

57. Cy Alexander, North Carolina A&T
6th NCAA Tournament
2013 First Four

58. Ray Harper, Western Kentucky
2nd NCAA Tournament
2012 First Four

59. John Giannini, La Salle
1st NCAA Tournament
2013 First Four

60. Matt Brady, James Madison
1st NCAA Tournament
2013 First Four

First Big Dance
A great group of coaches making their debut in the NCAA Tournament, highlighted by Mr. One Shining Moment and a man whose supermodel Mrs. has been stealing the show.

61. Bryce Drew, Valparaiso

62. Andy Enfield, Florida Gulf Coast


63. Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss

64. Roman Banks, Southern


 

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Top Two

(1) Gonzaga Bulldogs (31–2, 16–0 WCC)
The Zags locked up the West Coast Conference Tournament title with a 65–51 win over Saint Mary’s, capping a perfect season in-conference — albeit a league without much competition to speak of. Coach Mark Few’s team lost only twice this season, handily to Illinois (85–74) in early December and on a crazy floater as the buzzer sounded at Butler (64–63) in late January.

Cinderella’s no more, Gonzaga earned its first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs are hopeful that this will finally be the Final Four breakthrough season they’ve been waiting for. Five trips to the Sweet 16 — all since 1999 — have resulted in just one Elite Eight (the inaugural 1999 Cinderella run) and zero Final Four appearances. Long-locked big man Kelly Olynyk, versatile wing Elias Harris and a stable of guards, led by Kevin Pangos, Gary Bell and John’s son David Stockton, will look to change that.

(2) Ohio State Buckeyes (26–7, 13–5 Big Ten)
One of the most impressive teams in the country coming down the stretch, Ohio State enters the NCAA Tournament on an eight-game winning streak that includes an upset at Indiana, two wins over Michigan State and a Big Ten Tournament title-clinching victory over Wisconsin. And while the Buckeyes may not jump off the page, they are a steady veteran team with no embarrassing losses — having suffered defeats at Duke, Kansas, Indiana, at Michigan State, at Michigan in overtime, at Wisconsin and at Illinois.

Coach Thad Matta’s team is top heavy, however. Wingman Deshaun Thomas scored 28 percent (627-of-2,237) of the Bucks’ points this season, while point guard Aaron Craft is leaned on for a disproportionate amount of OSU’s ball-handling. Injury or foul trouble for either Thomas or Craft would make it nearly impossible for Ohio State to advance to its 12th Final Four or sixth title game appearance — the most recent coming at the site of this year’s Final Four, with Greg Oden leading a runner-up effort in Atlanta in 2007.

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Sweet 16 Sleeper

(7) Notre Dame Fighting Irish
It’s hard not to notice the Irish when they’re wearing those Digger Phelps’ highlighter jerseys they wore in the Big East Tournament. Wins over Louisville (in 5OT), Marquette, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati (twice), Villanova and Kentucky (with Nerlens Noel) are just as hard to overlook. Unlike Manti Te’o’s girlfriend, those wins are real, as are the Irish’s impressive shooting percentages as a team (46.3 FG, 70.7 FT, 37.3 3PT). Also, Jerian Grant — much like his bespectacled father and uncle Harvey and Horace — is unafraid of the big stage.

Upset Watch

(11) Belmont Bruins vs. (6) Arizona Wildcats
Coach Rick Byrd won an NAIA national championship with Belmont in 1989 and is leading the Bruins to their sixth NCAA Tournament berth since 2006. But Belmont has yet to pull off a first-round upset, coming painfully close in a 71–70 loss to Duke in 2008. Could this finally be the year? Senior guards Ian Clark and Kerron Johnson give the Bruins valuable leadership and surprising athleticism. Arizona can not afford to overlook the team on the other side wearing red, white and blue.

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Cinderella Superstar

Kendall Williams, Jr., New Mexico Lobos (3)
The lead Lobo dropped 46 points, on 12-of-16 shooting (including 10-of-13 from downtown), in a statement win at Colorado State in late February. But it is Williams’ all-around game that drives coach Steve Alford’s club. The junior from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., averages 13.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Originally a UCLA commit, Williams brings size (6’4”, 185), speed and a point guard’s mentality to a dangerous New Mexico team.

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