College Basketball

Kentucky Basketball: Aligning the Stars in Lexington

Kentucky Basketball, since Calipari’s arrival, has given some optimism to a city that has been on the rise in unemployment since November of 2007. Ironically, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Lexington has risen every Quarter since the 3rd Quarter of 2009, when Calipari began his first season with Kentucky.

For the third consecutive year John Calipari is bringing the number 1 rated recruiting class into Lexington. Despite the ongoing list of NBA studs Calipari has produced, this one may be one of his best recruiting classes in his 20 years as a Head Coach on the College level. Going into his third season at Kentucky, and already three top rated recruiting classes, Coach Calipari has successfully restored the culture of Kentucky Basketball. Continue reading

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North Carolina Returns Starting 5, Favorite for 2011-2012 Season

Could it be the trend that has haunted college basketball since the 2006 season, when the NBA banned players from entering the draft out of High School, is finally over?

It has become the norm for players to jet to the NBA after spending one season on campus.

Maybe the cancellation of the NBA Summer League, that is so monumental to an NBA rookies’ development, is having an impact on them staying in school rather than going pro. Maybe the thought of a potential NBA lockout is scaring these kids back to campus. Maybe they  just are not ready to leave the college environment. Whatever the case may be, it gives us a lot to look forward to for the upcoming college basketball season. Continue reading

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Kemba Walker: Wildin’ for Respect

 The UConn Huskies entered the 2010-2011 season unranked and virtually ignored by everyone outside of Storrs, CT. 3 consecutive upset wins in the opening week of the season the Maui invitational propelled them into the national spotlight. A very pedestrian 9-9 record in the Big East

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One on One: Lawrence Jackson

I was talking to Syracuse University student, radio show host, and good friend of mine Lawrence Jackson and there were a few events going on in sports that he wanted to hear my opinion on. Lets get right to it.

Lawrence Jackson: Why do you think there are so many upsets in the NCAA Tournament?

Tariq Ferguson: There are a lot of factors that go into an upset. Some coaches under prepare while looking ahead to later match-ups, while some coaches over prepare assuming they wont advance unless they play a perfect game against their first opponent. There are also some good teams with good players that play hard and execute their game plan to perfection in these smaller conferences while some teams in bigger conferences get by on talent alone. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

LJ: Does the return of Kyrie Irving hurt Duke’s chemistry or make them more versatile?

TF: I don’t think it hurts their chemistry for three reasons. 1. Kyrie Irving is their Point Guard, their floor general, who not only was top 10 in the conference in scoring but he led the conference in assists when he went down In December. 2. Coach K teams are more synonymous with the term family than team, they all are happy to have him back. 3. They become the most versatile team in the tournament now, assuming he gets back to game shape. He creates offense for everyone, takes Nolan Smith off the ball, and will get Kyle Singler more involved in the offense because it seems that they got away from that when Irving went down.

LJ: Are the Miami Heat overrated? Continue reading

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Morehead State: More Than A 13 Seed

Morehead State

95.5% of the 5.9 million people who filled out a bracket on ESPN had Louisville beating Morehead State. 76 Percent of those had Louisville advancing to the Sweet 16. Its safe to say most brackets have been busted! Much credit given to the Morehead State players and coaching staff but this doesn’t come as much of a surprise to Morehead followers. The Eagles went down to Florida in November to take on the 10th ranked Gators and lost a close one 61-55. Continue reading

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