Archives for March 2012

Ohio State’s Aaron Craft: Best Distributor in College Basketball?

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I believe the best compliment you can ever give a point guard is “excellent distributor.” I asked Ohio State “1” Aaron Craft what he thought of the term at Big Ten media day.

“I’ll take any kind words I can get,” he responded.

Craft has had the benefit of playing with a marquee player in Jared Sullinger; giving him a strong force to work the ball inside to.

“Playing with a guy like Jared, and a guy like Evan Turner (NBA overall #2 pick in 2010) in the summer, makes us better. It’s a lot more fun and you always now what you’re going to get.

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#2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. #2 Kansas Jayhawks: everything you need to know

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The eastern and western outskirts of what we call “the Midwest” will meet on Saturday in the prime time national semifinal game. The 2008 national champion Kansas Jayhawks will meet the 2007 runner-up Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2012 Final Four.

Let’s break it down!

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#1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. #4 Louisville Cardinals: everything you need to know

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It’s a bluegrass, bourbon, basketball battle. The biggest meeting ever between the two rivals from the state of Colonel Sanders’ fried chicken and his secret recipe. It’s the Kentucky Wildcats vs. the Louisville Cardinals at the Final Four in New Orleans. Sounds very Southern (and drunk) to me.

Let’s get to it!

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Kentucky’s Anthony Davis wins AP Player of Year award

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Kentucky’s Anthony Davis joins Kevin Durant (2006-07) as only the second player ever to win the AP Player of the Year award as a freshman. He’s only the 3rd player from the SEC to win AP Player of the Year, joining a pair of LSU Tigers: Shaquille O’Neal, Pete Maravich.

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Kate Upton’s new commercial (video) banned by MTV

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Supermodel Kate Upton adds director to her list of skills and talents with the unveil of ZOO YORK’s new rendition of its commercial “Kate Upton Takes ZOO YORK.” Kate played a central role conceptualizing and directing the new commercial which features an alternate ending to the original version banned by MTV and Adult Swim.

If you haven’t seen the original version go here

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Ohio State Buckeyes spring football preview: offense

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Time to break down the Ohio State Buckeyes spring college football prospects in 2012. In this installment, we go position by position on offense. In such detail…

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Ohio State needs to play more than just 6 or 7 guys

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In 2010, Ohio State won the Big Ten, the Big Ten Tournament and had a #2 seedin the NCAA Tournament. They were loaded with talent yet they only played 6-7 guys regularly, and were overly reliant on National Player of the Year Evan Turner.

They were upset by Tennessee in the sweet sixteen.

Last year, the Buckeyes were the tournament’s #1 overall seed, again loaded and deep, yet again over-reliant on one star- this time Jared Sullinger. Again they were upset in the tournament’s second weekend, and did not make the Elite Eight.

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Indiana Hoosiers have another strong class, led by Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell

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The Indiana Hoosiers could be the preseason #1 next year. If instant impact freshman Cody Zeller and hero of the Kentucky game Christian Watford return, and former star wing Maurice Creek is the same player he was before injury, IU is going to be a juggernaut.

They have a very solid core returning, and  the 3rd rated recruiting class coming in. The Hoosiers have five solid incoming freshmen, one at each position, with Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell leading the way.

Yogi, in Chicago for the McDonald’s All-American game, is the headliner of this class.

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Purdue’s Robbie Hummel wins top senior award

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Purdue All-American forward Robbie Hummel has been selected as the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner. Hummel is Purdue’s first-ever winner of the award, given annually to the most outstanding senior in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.

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Ohio State Buckeyes spring preview: defense

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  Time to break down the Ohio State Buckeyes spring college football prospects in 2012. We start with the defense, going position by position. [Read more…]

More Kentucky Wildcats tourney wins=more emphasis on one-and-done prospects

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There aren’t many songs about Kentucky. However, Elvis (Presley, not Costello, Grbac or Dumervil) did sing about “the cold Kentucky rain.” But with the way Kentucky’s college basketball team whipped Baylor today, and how convincing they look as the favorite to cut down the nets in New Orleans, and it’ll be “Kentucky reign.”

And Kentucky reign is based on John Calipari buying recruiting the top-of-the-line prospects; the one-and-done to the NBA guys. Big Blue has become the destination for blue-chip recruits, year-in and year-out, they keep replenishing them. And if UK wins it all this year, expect more teams to copy their style.

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