Wholesale Oklahoma State Cowboys Jerseys

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Oklahoma State continues to make college basketball as difficult as possible.

Its previous coach (Brad Underwood) left abruptly last March after one season for Illinois.
Underwood’s top assistant Mike Boynton then took over. Head coaching experience? Zero.
In September, Boynton’s associate head coach Lamont Evans was charged with fraud and bribery in the now infamous roundup by the FBI.
Leading scorer Jeffrey Carroll was suspended three games to start the season. Boynton kicked two other players off the team.

Now stuff all that into a current bracketology blender. A victory against Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 tournament Wednesday might leave the men’s basketball selection committee with one of its toughest decisions.

The Cowboys (19-13) have some of the top wins of any team this season. They also began Wednesday with an NCAA RPI of 89. That would be the lowest RPI of any tournament team since the formula was changed in 2005.

A conundrum grows.

“It’s been a heck of a ride,” Boynton said after that 71-60 victory against the Sooners. “I had a lot of stuff to deal with. The character of the kids is what gives you a chance. If I’ve got a bunch of knuckleheads, this thing implodes a long time ago.”

Instead, the Cowboys have become a fingernails-on-chalk-board crew that is a witch to play against. Ask Oklahoma, which was methodically ground down in three meetings. The Cowboys went from allowing 109 in the first meeting to 81 to 60.

Oklahoma State won two of the three and might have knocked the Sooners out of the NCAA Tournament. Previously, the Cowboys became the first Big 12 team to sweep a season series from Bill Self at Kansas (by a combined 23 points). They finished 4-2 against the top three teams in the league (Kansas, West Virginia, Texas Tech).

But that RPI is being weighed down by nonconference games against Charlotte, Houston Baptist and Mississippi Valley State — all three with sub-300 RPIs.

“They’re still alive,” CBS Sports bracketologist Jerry Palm said of the Cowboys. “I said before the Big 12 tournament that they needed to get past Kansas to entertain a conversation about their prospects. That is still true.”

A third meeting with Kansas in the Big 12 quarterfinals on Thursday should be dripping with desperation.

“None,” Boynton countered. “I don’t operate that way. People that have been around me … You don’t have to be desperate when you have success.”

Things are actually sort of falling into place for the Cowboys. Kansas will be without its center Udoka Azubuike due to a sprained MCL. Boynton wasn’t aware of that until after the OU game.

“The thing they do best is shoot threes,” Boynton said of Kansas. “He doesn’t shoot any of them. It’s not like Azubuike plays 35 minutes a game. It’s just that when he’s in there, you gotta have a plan.”

The Cowboys’ plan is to continue to be that team you can’t quite profile. Statistically, they don’t do anything especially well except shoot free throws (35th nationally). Every starter plays at least 20 minutes, only one more than 30 (Carroll). Sophomore forward Cameron McGriff plays the fewest minutes of the starters. He erupted for 18 points and nine rebounds against the Sooners.

“Cam is a microcosm of what our program will be, really embraced the hard work mentality,” Boynton said. “We’re not at a point where we’re bringing in a bunch of McDonald’s All-Americans that people assume are pros. Maybe that’s why people don’t think we’re any good to start with.”

The intent remains to be as difficult as possible. The Cowboys have played their way into the NCAA Tournament conversation by winning four of their past five. Previously, Oklahoma State has won at Allen Fieldhouse and WVU Coliseum. The Cowboys will face an overwhelmingly hostile crowd Thursday at the Sprint Center.

Not bad for a program that lost its coach, was tainted by the FBI probe and had a 36-year-old no-name as Underwood’s replacement.

“Everyone thought I was going to suck …” Boynton told CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander last month.

How hard can it be keeping this roll going? The last time a team beat Kansas three times in a season was Oklahoma State in 1983 — when Self played for the Cowboys.

No sweat.

“I thought we were in [the tournament] all along,” Boynton said.

Wholesale Oregon Ducks Jerseys

SEATTLE — The queen is dead, long live the queen.

One week after winning its first conference title in 18 years, No. 6 Oregon vanquished No. 16 Stanford 77-57 in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game Sunday night at KeyArena.

The top-seeded Ducks (30-4) had never played in a conference tournament final until denying the tradition-rich Cardinal (22-10), seeded second, their 13th conference tournament crown.

Sabrina Ionescu, the Pac-12 player of the year, was named the tournament’s most outstanding player after another legendary performance on a big stage.

The sophomore guard scored a career-high 36 points to lead Oregon to its first win against Stanford outside of Eugene since a 65-51 road victory on March 5, 1987.

“She’s just awesome,” Oregon freshman forward Satou Sabally said of Ionescu, who broke the record for points in a Pac-12 Tournament championship game held by Stanford’s Candice Wiggins (30, 2008). “One time she hit a three, and I was just smiling like, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s crazy.’

“I don’t know, she’s just amazing and an inspiration to me.”

Oregon avenged its 78-65 loss to the Cardinal on Feb. 4 in the only regular-season meeting between the teams. Brittany McPhee, who scored 31 of her career-high 33 points in the second half to will Stanford to the comeback win, was held to 12 points in the rematch.

“It was the Ionescu show today,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “I think she’s a competitor. Last time we played them, beating them up there was a great accomplishment, and it was the Brittany McPhee show. Britt really torched them.

“And then today Sabrina torched us.”

The Ducks have won nine consecutive games and are 19-2 against Pac-12 teams, including a 14-0 record when senior Lexi Bando is in the lineup.

The March Madness will continue in two weeks at Matthew Knight Arena, where the Ducks will host first- and second-round games after making a strong final argument for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

“I love it,” said Bando, the former Willamette High star, after cutting down the nets with her teammates. “Everyone laughed, they said, ‘Why didn’t you cry on your senior night?’ I’m like, ‘Well I still have games to play at Matthew Knight.’

“It will be amazing. Our fans are unbelievable, I think the best in the Pac-12, so to be able to play in front of them hopefully a couple more times, it would just be amazing.”

Winning big games and collecting trophies is the new normal for the Ducks.

Oregon’s invitation to the Big Dance was a given, but winning the conference tournament qualifies the team automatically.

A year ago, after losing to Stanford in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals, the Ducks made it to the Elite Eight as a No. 10 seed with upsets of Temple, Duke and Maryland on the East Coast.

This year coach Kelly Graves will enter the bracket with a team that knows it has a chance to get to the Final Four.

“We’re still loose,” Graves said after cleaning the cupcake out of his ears deposited there by his players during the postgame celebration. “I don’t know if I’ve ever coached a group that is this close, and you can tell they play for each other. They’re great teammates, they’ve got talent and great leadership.

“So we’ve got all the pieces. We’ll see how far we can take this. I know we’re guaranteed one game.”

Maite Cazorla, who finished with 10 points and six assists, made a three-pointer and then found Ionescu in the corner for another three-pointer to give the Ducks a commanding 66-47 lead with 6:15 remaining.

Sabally, playing through a painful pelvis injury suffered during a collision in Saturday’s intense semifinal win over UCLA, made a pair of three-pointers early in the third quarter to give Oregon a 41-28 lead.

The Pac-12 freshman of the year finished with 12 points, three rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.

“I wanted to play this game no matter what,” Sabally said. “I just had to go through it. Adrenaline helped a lot and the crowd helped a lot, just like pushing.”

For the second consecutive Sunday, the Ducks were posing for pictures with a Pac-12 championship trophy in the locker room.

“It’s kind of unreal,” Sabally said. “I’m in my freshman year and it’s kind of normal for me now.”

Ionescu set the tone for both halves with 12 points in the first quarter and 11 points in the third quarter.

“I think we had some unfinished business,” Ionescu said. “Our coaches did a great job on the scouting. We adjusted from what we did last game, and I was just ready to come out.”

Graves sensed a special performance was coming from his best player before the team even arrived at the arena.

“I saw a little twinkle in her eye coming off the bus today and at shoot around and at pregame meal,” he said. “She had a different look about her. I didn’t know what that was going to translate into, but now I know the look.”

Stanford led 15-11 after a frenzied start in which the teams combined to make 12 of 19 shots before the first media timeout.

The Cardinal had a seven-point head start before Ionescu scored after grabbing an offensive rebounds. Then she buried a three-pointer to get Oregon within 13-11.

Ionescu was 5-for-7 from the field in the first quarter and gave the Ducks their first lead with a three-point play to make the score 18-17.

Stanford never regained the lead.

“When you have somebody like Sabrina, she shines the brightest in the biggest moments,” Graves said. “She sure did that tonight. That’s part of her competitive greatness.”

The second quarter began with Ionescu knocking down a deep three-pointer and then taking a steal in for a layup to give Oregon a 23-17 advantage.

Cazorla beat the shot clock with a desperation three-pointer, and Sabally drove the baseline for a basket to give the Ducks a 31-21 advantage.

Stanford finished 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) behind the arc. Forward Alanna Smith was the bright spot offensively with 17 points on 8-for-17 shooting.

Oregon scored 24 points off 16 Stanford turnovers, 19 points off 15 offensive rebounds and had a 30-24 rebounding edge.

Now Ionescu and the Ducks wear the crown.

Wholesale Penn State Nittany Lions Jerseys

Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State Nittany Lions

Coming off a season that ended with a Fiesta Bowl victory and another solid recruiting class in the fold, Penn State looks to continue working hard to prepare for a run at the Big Ten title once again in 2018. That work begins in the spring, with James Franklin and his staff looking to raise the bar and keep their eyes on a few key players that could have a significant impact in the fall.

Whether they are new faces or players looking to fill some big shoes or coming back from an injury, the spring will be a good opportunity to see what these Nittany Lions have in them as Penn State begins to write another chapter in the program’s history.

John Reid, CB

A year ago, Reid was beginning the spring expecting to be a key member of the Penn State defense, but a torn ACL put his 2017 season on ice. Now ready to get back in the swing of things, Penn State will welcome back an experienced starter at defensive back as Reid bounces back from the injury. Reid started 14 games for the Nittany Lions in 2016 and will give them a veteran upperclassman to rely on in a key spot. Don’t be surprised if Penn State keeps his workload a tad lighter when possible though.

Lamont Wade, S

Staying in the defensive backfield, Wade should be watched closely as a strong candidate to fill one of the vacant starting jobs this spring. One of the top cornerback recruits in the Class of 2017 and one of the top players in Pennsylvania, Wade enrolled early at Penn State to get a jump on his college career. Though his playing time in 2017 was as a garbage-time backup, Wade appeared in 12 games and made 31 tackles to get his feet wet. Now, Wade is expected to continue to grow and step foot into a bigger role in the defense. Though he has worked at defensive back, Penn State currently lists him as a safety, but his athleticism and versatility may come in handy.

Miles Sanders, RB

With Saquon Barkley on his way to the NFL, the torch will be passed to Sanders. A junior, Sanders (above, right) has had to wait for his time to shine in the leading role on the ground, but Penn State has taken steps to prepare him for the job, including some more opportunities in the Fiesta Bowl (six carries, 15 yards, TD) in addition to his special teams duties. Sanders may not be Barkley, but he was a five-star recruit and the No. 1-ranked running back in the nation in the Class of 2016, according to 247Sports. This spring will be his chance to prove worthy of carrying the running game this fall.

Zach Kuntz, TE

Not only is Penn State losing a top running back, but the Nittany Lions also have to replace Mike Gesicki at tight end. Jonathan Holland and Nick Bowers each have limited playing experience to build on, but Kuntz was a four-star recruit in this year’s class who enrolled early. By getting to campus now, Kuntz can get right to work this spring and make a push for consideration to jump right into the starting lineup, or at least find a consistent role on offense.

Backup Quarterback

Trace McSorley is going to be the starter for a third straight season, but what happens in the event McSorley gets banged up and has to miss some playing time? As last football season showed, having a reliable backup option can save your season (see: Alabama and the Philadelphia Eagles). So who ends up being the No. 2 guy in State College? This spring could have something to say with that especially with a new offensive coordinator in charge. Tommy Stevens has been used in receiver formations to get him on the field, and Jake Zembiec and Sean Clifford each arrived with some high praise and potential. A strong spring by any of these three could go a long way, and seeing one of these names move on (Stevens or Zembiec) after the spring may not be a shock either.

Wholesale South Carolina Gamecocks Jerseys

South Carolina makes the list of Athlon’s Top 40 Football-Basketball Coaching Duos in college athletics, but just barely.

The tandem of Will Muschamp and Frank Martin enter the list at No. 38, which ranks the Gamecocks as seventh in the Southeastern Conference. Leading the SEC was Alabama, which came in third on the list with Auburn at No. 5 and Kentucky at No. 8.

Muschamp, entering his third season at South Carolina with spring practice starting on Wednesday, brought a formerly 3-9 team to a bowl game in his first year in charge and upped his win total from six to nine in his second year as head coach of the program.

Martin took a team that hadn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 2004 and hadn’t won a game in the Big Dance since 1973 to the Final Four last season. The Gamecocks have gotten gradually better each season under Martin and this is likely to be the first year that his team won fewer games than the previous season.

Athlon wrote about South Carolina’s coaching duo:

Muschamp has improved his reputation nationally — which wasn’t great after his struggles at Florida — by guiding South Carolina to a bowl game in 2016 and then a nine-win season in ’17. Martin broke through with a trip to the Final Four in his fifth year at South Carolina — it’s his only trip to the NCAA Tournament at the school — but the Gamecocks will miss the NCAAs this season.

The men’s basketball team, which certainly seems destined for the NIT unless it can win the SEC Tournament next week, hosts LSU for Senior Night on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Network. Muschamp and the football team begin spring practice on Wednesday at a time still to be announced.

Wholesale Texas Longhorns Jerseys

Texas Longhorns
Texas Longhorns

At some point in the next several months, the Texas Longhorns will receive a visit from Honolulu (Hawai’i) St. Louis defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele:

Though Tuitele hasn’t announced it yet on his Twitter page, there are also multiple reports that he now holds an offer from the Longhorns, which makes sense. Why make the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle visit to receive one?

Tuitele also took a recent trip to Oregon and will visit Oklahoma and LSU — Texas was his third choice on that particular trip.

USC currently has the lead in his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, with Oregon and Alabama also holding picks.

Tuitele is a consensus five-star prospect ranked as the nation’s No. 23 player and the No. 1 player in Hawai’i, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

 

Wholesale Ucla Bruins Jerseys

It’s really pretty simple. UCLA needs a win tonight.

Tonight’s game against Arizona is UCLA’s best chance to pick up a road win against a quality opponent. If the Bruins can pull it off, it will go a long way to helping UCLA get into the NCAA Tournament.

Oh, and, of course, it would definitely improve the Bruins’ chances of winning the Pac-12 regular season title. Right now, they are two games behind the Wildcats and a win would cut that deficit to just one game.

But, if UCLA cannot defeat Arizona, it could be the first game of a long final stretch of the season.
Listen to the Game Here on BN!

This season, we are proud to, again, have today’s audio feed for everyone who opts to use the Tune In player embedded below. For optimum results, start the audio feed then pause your DVR and sync them up together. Personally, I don’t know why anyone would want to do that this afternoon with Bill Walton calling the game, but I get that some of you don’t like listening to him. I think he makes the game more entertaining.

For those who don’t think like me, you can listen here on BN!

Join your fellow fans discussing today’s game below. This is your UCLA Bruins at Arizona Wildcats game thread.

 

Go Bruins!!!

Wholesale Usc Trojans Jerseys

Usc Trojans
Usc Trojans

I don’t think it’s crazy to say that today’s game against the USC Trojans was a must-win for the Bruins. I do think it’s crazy that UCLA is in a position where they have must-win games against USC in basketball, but that’s a story for another day.

The point is, the UCLA Bruins needed a win in the worst way today, and were able to secure victory in a back-and-forth 82-79 victory over the Trojans at Pauley.

This really was a defense-optional game for both teams; the Bruins shot 50.9% (29-57) from the field, and while USC shot a much-lower 42.9%, it should be noted that that came on 70 shots, as the Trojans were able to dominate UCLA on the glass (38-32 rebounding advantage, including 14-7 on the offensive glass) and took advantage of 12 Bruin turnovers, scoring 16 points off of those. For their part, UCLA was able to take advantage from a poor shooting night from distance from the typically-streaky USC shooters (30% on 9-30 attempts from 3) while shooting extremely well from distance on their own end (46.3% on 12-26 shooting). And while USC dominated the paint to the tune of 34-22, UCLA was able to routinely kill the Trojans with a bevy of midrange shots, repeatedly finding the hole in the USC defense for easy looks.

In big games, you want your best players to show up, and that happened for the Bruins. Aaron Holiday led the team with 23 points on 7-10 shooting, including 5-7 from distance as he almost single-handedly willed the Bruins back into the game late in the second half. He also threw in a team-high 9 assists and cleaned up his play in the second half, as he had 3 turnovers by halftime but only 1 the rest of the way. Thomas Welsh, meanwhile, threw in 21 points on 8-15 shooting, and put in the final 5 points for the Bruins, including a 3 while the game was tied at 77, and then hitting two FTs to give the Bruins a 3 point lead with 8 seconds left. Kris Wilkes threw in 13 points of his own, while Jaylen Hands had 9 as both freshman got their first taste of the Crosstown Rivalry. GG Goloman also had a solid game, as he had 9 points and a series of big momentum plays, including 2 monster blocks and a big slam dunk, and the UCLA comeback was keyed in part by replacing Prince Ali with Goloman on the floor.

In fact, if there’s one player that really didn’t play well, it’s Prince Ali. It’s hard to say what’s going on with Ali; since coming back from a knee injury that kept him out all of last year, it’s looked like a struggle for the sophomore for stretches this season and today was no different, as Ali was kept scoreless. Worse, Ali only saw 16 minutes of game time, and those who watched the game may have felt those were 16 minutes too many, as he looked out of sorts while on the court. When he’s on, Ali gives UCLA a solid scoring option, so UCLA’s tournament chances may still rest on getting Ali hot.

Overall, though, this was a competitive game that saw 18 lead changes on top of 12 ties. USC led the majority of the game, and that was the story for most of it, as the Bruins would claw their way back to a 1 point game before USC would extend the lead, but the Bruins finally put things together late. The final minute did see the return of Steve Alford, Tactical Neophyte, as he again chose not to foul USC with 8 seconds left while up 3, leading USC to get off 2 good shot attempts to attempt to tie the game, but luckily USC’s cold shooting from distance held out in the end.

If you’re an optimist, this could be the kind of victory that gets things clicking and leads the Bruins to a late-season run and eventual Steve 16 berth. For pessimists, this may feel like an empty win that does nothing but prolong the inevitable. Either way, a UCLA victory over just$c should feel good, no matter the circumstances.

Aaron Holiday led the Bruins with 23 points, and had a team-high 9 assists. Thomas Welsh led the team in rebounds with 8. Elijah Stewart led the Trojans with 20 points.

3 Takeaways

  1. Player of the Game: Aaron Holiday – Big players play big in big situations, and Holiday had himself a game exactly when the Bruins needed him to. 23 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds showcased what an all-around excellent performance Holiday had, but maybe a better example would be the events in the second half. USC went on a 14-2 run to take a 9 point lead with 8:09 remaining. After a UCLA timeout, Aaron Holiday went on an 8-0 run (with an Alex Olesinski FT thrown in) to tie the game, and a Welsh basket 10 seconds later would give the Bruins the lead. Holiday was not going to be denied a victory in this game.
  2. Point of emphasis: 3-point defense – Don’t let the percentages fool you; UCLA did not do a great job of defending the 3-point line in this game, which might as well be a statement I could say in any UCLA game. USC shot almost 10% lower than they have on the season from distance, but that wasn’t due to increased defensive effort – USC’s 30 3FGAs is a testament to how many open looks UCLA was content to give up, especially when in the zone defense, as USC constantly took advantage of poor weak-side defense. At this point in the season, it’s hard to believe UCLA will ever become decent at defending the three, which means all I can do is just sit here and constantly mention this failure of defense.
  3. Underrated stat of the game: Bench points – Even after watching the game and looking at the stats, the biggest shock for me was that UCLA did not lose the bench points battle to the Trojans. Much was made of USC possessing superior depth to the Bruins, and to be fair 4 UCLA starters were forced to play over 30 minutes (including the entire game for Aaron Holiday) compared to only 2 for the Trojans, but even in limited time, the UCLA bench was able to outscore their rival’s counterparts 16-15. GG Goloman really stepped up when it was recognized how ineffective Ali was going to be, while Chris Smith and Alex O both chipped in a few key baskets. More importantly, the Bruins were able to make gains whenever the USC bench was on the floor, which kept them close enough to make their last push late. Despite everything, UCLA’s bench won their battle, and that was a key difference.

The Bruins now head on the road for their second rivalry game in 2 games, as they take on the Arizona Wildcats for the first and only time in the regular season on Thursday (and again, great job on scheduling there, Pac-12!). Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM PST.

Wholesale West Virginia Mountaineers Jerseys

West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia Mountaineers

The West Virginia Mountaineer coaching staff is working hard to close out the 2018 recruiting class and fill the remaining positions of need, after signing a large portion of the class back in December, and they may have found just what they needed along the interior offensive line in Joe Brown.

Brown originally committed to the University of Miami out of high school, and earned a job as a starter as a redshirt freshman. Brown transferred to BYU after two years in Coral Gables, but eventually ended up at Eastern Arizona Community College, alongside his brother – and fellow West Virginia commit – Mike.

Brown will play his final year of eligibility at West Virginia, and is expected to make a push for playing time as soon as he arrives in Morgantown.
Vitals

Hometown/School: Paramount, CA (Eastern Arizona C.C..)

Height/Weight: 6’4”, 320 lbs

Position: Offensive Guard

Rankings:

247Sports (composite): Not yet ranked

247Sports: Not yet ranked

ESPN: Not yet ranked

Rivals: N
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For three full months, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team has been the undisputed No. 1 team in the country.

The Badgers were the top-ranked team in Monday’s USCHO.com Division I women’s poll with all 15 first-place votes.

In polls conducted in November, December and January, UW has been the only team receiving a first-place vote.

That continued after the Badgers swept St. Cloud State last weekend at LaBahn Arena to improve to 26-1-1 overall and 17-0-1 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association

play.

With three weekends left in the regular season, UW can wrap up a third straight WCHA regular-season title and first-round playoff bye with one victory in a series at

No. 6 Ohio State on Friday and Saturday.