Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga fired coach John Shulman. The Mocs went 13-19 this season. The specialist held 145-146 overall record with the team. The list of the past achievements is quite long as Shulman's team won Southern Conference Tournament in 2005 and 2009.
College Park, MD - Maryland stormed back late in the second half to steal a win away from Oklahoma State 71-70. Melo Trimble(6'3''-G-95) made two free throws with under ten seconds to play to seal another late nail bitter win for the Terps. Jawun Evans of Oklahoma State made an off balanced floater, but it was after the buzzer had sounded. This game had the feel and energy of a tournament game in March. Leading the way for Oklahoma State was star sophomore point guard Evans (6-1). Evans... [read more]
College Park, MD - Maryland stormed back late in the second half to steal a win away from Oklahoma State 71-70. Melo Trimble (6'3''-G-95) made two free throws with under ten seconds to play to seal another late nail bitter win for the Terps. Jawun Evans of Oklahoma State made an off balanced floater, but it was after the buzzer had sounded. This game had the feel and energy of a tournament game in March.
Leading the way for Oklahoma State was star sophomore point guard Evans (6-1). Evans was a huge force in the first half penetrating the lane at will and putting himself and his teammates in positions to score. He also showed his quickness and pesky play on defense forcing Terps point guard Anthony Cowan into several turnovers. Jawun displayed why NBA scouts in attendance may be keeping a close watch on him despite his lack of size. Evans' wingspan is over 6-4 and is quite noticeable. He fizzled somewhat in the second half however, only scoring six points. Cowan did a solid job guarding him and Damonte Dodd stepped up his pick and roll defense. Evans finished with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Also making a huge impact for the Cowboys was junior 6-6 small forward Jeffrey Carroll. Carroll had a massive impact on the boards. He seemed to have an instinct that only the great rebounders have. He was constantly around the ball keeping it alive or just corralling the board himself. On offense Carroll showed an ability to hit the corner three in catch and shoot situations, as well as put the ball on the floor once the defense over commits. Carroll still has some work to do with his ball handling and playmaking abilities, but he has a solid skill set to start from. Carroll finished with 15 points, 3-of-6 from three and a game high 12 rebounds.
5-11 Phil Forte III struggled shooting the ball all night. He went 3-of-16 from the field, including just 2-of-10 from three. Forte did play some solid defense on Melo and others to contribute in a different way. Forte finished with 14 points, three rebounds and three assists.
For Maryland, the 6-3 Trimble led the way. Trimble impacted the game with his veteran leadership and his defense that has vastly improved over the last two seasons. His shooting woes continued from three going 0-for-5 on the night. Melo's shot looks good and has consistent form it just still isn't falling for him. When Melo struggles from three he just drives the lane and does what he does best. He may be the best penetrator in the country. Trimble finished with 13 points, six assists and four rebounds.
The Terps received unexpected contributions from a some role players on the night. The most impactful in the second half was junior 5-11 guard Jaylen Brantley. Brantley provided a much needed spark when Maryland was down 60-48 late in the second half. He was in the game while Melo was taking a rest as the Terps erased a twelve point deficit and took a 61-60 lead. Brantley made several key jumpers and even attacked the rim where he drew contact on several occasions. He finished with twelve points and two rebounds.
The other impactful player for the Terps was senior 6-11 center Damonte Dodd or also known as Doddzilla. Dodd was a force in the paint on both ends of the floor. On offense he crashed the glass hard, getting five offensive rebounds. Dodd mainly scored off of very close range lay ins or put backs. His offensive game is still very limited and raw. On defense Dodd was a nuisance to anyone who dared to come in the paint. He altered many shots and finished with three blocks. If Dodd can consistently provide this effort and impact for the Terps that will vastly help balance their perimeter heavy attack. Dodd finished with twelve points, eight rebounds and three rebounds.
This game provided positive signs for fans of both teams. For Oklahoma State it showed that they can compete in a tough road environment. They just need more work on how to put away an opponent on the road, which is easier said than done. For Maryland it showed that they will never give up no matter how dim the situation may seem. The question for Maryland is how long can they live on the edge like this?
Up next for Maryland is a home game vs. Howard on Wednesday. Oklahoma State has an away game vs. Tulsa on Saturday.
Madison, WI - Heading into Wisconsin's match-up with Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon, missing from a listing of the top 30 scorers in the Big Ten was the name of Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes(6'8''-F-94), voted as the conference's preseason player of the year. Rebounding from a slow start to the season, Hayes had a statement game on Tuesday when he posted a double-double in leading the Badgers to a 77-60 victory over Syracuse. He had a breakout game on Saturday afternoon scoring 28 points... [read more]
Madison, WI - Heading into Wisconsin's match-up with Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon, missing from a listing of the top 30 scorers in the Big Ten was the name of Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes (6'8''-F-94), voted as the conference's preseason player of the year. Rebounding from a slow start to the season, Hayes had a statement game on Tuesday when he posted a double-double in leading the Badgers to a 77-60 victory over Syracuse. He had a breakout game on Saturday afternoon scoring 28 points on only 13 shots to lead Wisconsin to a 90-70 victory over Oklahoma.
Struggling with his shot for much of the early going of the season and entering the game with a 40 percent field goal percentage and a three-point percentage south of 30, Hayes started strong making half of his six shots in the first 20 minutes of play in scoring ten points. He finished even stronger going off for 18 second-half points including converting on all eight of his free throw attempts.
'Nigel has a unique skill set,' said Wisconsin Coach Greg Gard. 'He's a hard match-up for people. But the further away from the basket he gets, the more the hard match-up levels off or dissipates.'
Wisconsin ran its offense through Hayes the whole game, but the Badgers made a concerted effort to find him in the second half. Receiving passes at the elbow and mid-post areas of both sides of the lane, Hayes took the mid-range jump shot when given space and drove the ball when his defender pressed up on him. He was especially effective posting up his defender and using his vision to find open teammates. Building on a ten-assist game against Syracuse, Hayes followed up with six assists against the Sooners.
'I wanted to shoot in rhythm and get to the free throw line and I think I did a decent job of that in the second half,' said Hayes. 'We wanted to play inside-out.'
Asked how challenging it was to defend Hayes, Oklahoma Coach Lon Kruger answered, 'Very challenging. He's a terrific player and even more difficult to stop when knocking down jump shots like he did today.'
Hayes had plenty of help from senior guard Bronson Koenig, sophomore center Ethan Happ and freshman guard D'Mitrik Trice, each of whom finished with 16 points shooting a highly efficient 19-for-32 combined from the field.
Koenig, who rediscovered his shooting touch against Syracuse connecting on 6-of-9 shots from behind the three-point arc, made 4-of-10 attempts from distance against the Sooners. He made 3-of-5 shots from distance in the second half, shooting off the catch, off the bounce and one time draining a straight-on three from well behind the stripe.
Happ is one of the most efficient scorers in college basketball. At 6-10 with broad shoulders and long arms, Happ does most of his work from the short corner to the rim and is especially skilled at using the rim for protection to finish his shot on the opposite side. Entering the game third in the Big Ten with a .687 shooting percentage, Happ raised his percentage to .697 by making 7-of-9 shots against the Sooners.
'He (Happ) is quick enough, strong enough to where he doesn't have to shoot jump shots to be effective,' said Gard in explaining Happ's ability to score primarily at the rim. 'Today he just came up short (nine rebounds) of a double-double against an athletic front line.'
The last name of 'Trice' will be familiar to Big Ten fans who watched D'Mitrik's brother, Travis, play a key role for four years on highly successful teams at Michigan State in recent years. Following up a solid game against Syracuse coming off the bench to score six points on 2-of-4 shooting from long distance, Trice made all four of his three-point tries against Oklahoma and added two field goals inside the arc to account for his 16 points.
'From day one that he's come in here, he's done a terrific job of doing his job and fitting in,' said Gard of Trice. 'He's watched his brother and his dad (a high school coach) and he brings a calming influence to our backcourt. He's also had the experience of playing an extra year at IMG so he's had advantages other freshmen don't have.'
'I'm really proud of his aggressiveness,' said Koenig. 'He was fearless pulling up for a three-point shot at the end of the shot clock. We trust him to make the right plays.'
Oklahoma played a strong first half getting four or more points from seven different players in shooting 50 percent from the field and a scorching 63 percent from behind the three-point arc. The Sooners like to play fast to showcase the skills sets of guards/wings Jordan Woodard, Rashard Odomes, Christian James, Kristian Doolittle and Kameron McGusty, all possessing instincts to score. Woodard started on Oklahoma's Final Four team of last season and entered the game leading the Sooners in scoring (17 ppg), assists (28) and steals (16).
Forced to play in the halfcourt, Oklahoma runs a dribble handoff offense hoping to create an angle for one of its guards to attack the rim off the dribble. McGusty, a 6-5 freshman and Odomes, a 6-6 sophomore, repeatedly found their way to the paint in the first half and entered halftime with nine and five points, respectively.
'We had some issues with their dribble handoffs and weaves in the first half,' said Gard. 'Two things: we had miscommunication at times on their exchanges and sometimes we had two guys going right when the ball was going to the left.'
Thinking longer about his team's first half defense, Gard added a third thing he didn't like about his team's halfcourt defense in the first half. 'We were also playing too far back and allowing their players to get too much of a head of steam and playing downhill. In the second half, we forced them into taking tougher shots. We got better defensively as the game went along, but we need to be better from the start. I don't want us to have to be dependent on scoring 90 points every time.'
In addition to Woodard, Oklahoma returns one other starter from last year in 6-9 junior center Khadeem Lattin. Lattin is a lean, long, energy big who provided one of Oklahoma's first half highlights catching a lob pass abovet the rim and flushing it with force. He was active on both backboards and his seven rebounds led the Sooners. Making all five of his free throw attempts, Lattin finished with nine points.
Both teams return to action on December 7 with Wisconsin entertaining Idaho State and Oklahoma hosting intrastate rival Oral Roberts.
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In a hostile road environment, Bob Huggins and the West Virginia Mountaineers flexed their muscles in the battle of the Virginias, knocking off the No. 6 Cavaliers 66-57. The win, which ended Virginia's 24-game home win streak, marks WVU's first over an AP top-10 team in a non-conference road game since beating No. 5 Kentucky ... in 1957.
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Courtesy Of cbsssports.com In a hostile road environment, Bob Huggins and the West Virginia Mountaineers flexed their muscles in the battle of the Virginias, knocking off the No. 6 Cavaliers 66-57. The win, which ended Virginia's 24-game home win streak, marks WVU's first over an AP top-10 team in a non-conference road game since beating No. 5 Kentucky ... in 1957.
It was a back-and-forth slugfest in Hooville, as expected. Both teams feature two of the most stout defensive units in the country, and it was a struggle in the second half. There were 15 lead changes and five ties. Down the stretch, WVU went on an 11-2 run while the Cavaliers went 1 of 6 from the field over the final two minutes. This play was a heartbreaker for Virginia:
We all know Virginia plays defense as well as anyone in the country, but when you don't score a lot of points, or certainly not very quickly, you can't give up possessions, and Virginia coughed up 14 turnovers. They settled for long jumpers and forced 3-pointers, especially late. UCLA upsets Kentucky Parrish: UCLA back among nation's elite Highlights: UK gives up record points under Cal Norlander: UCLA more than Ball, Alford Rankings: Villanova will be new No. 1 WATCH: Lonzo Ball hits Curry-like 3-pointer WATCH: UK's Fox puts Lonzo Ball on skates They need an extra scorer, clearly. That's where the absence of Austin Nichols, arguably their best player, really showed in this game and will continue to haunt the Cavaliers. Before being dismissed from the program, he was averaging 11 points per game and allowed them to space the floor on offense. They had a more balanced attack down low and he could extend it out to the perimeter with his shooting ability. This is the recipe to beat Virginia, who is still a legit top-10 team in my opinion. And West Virginia, by the way, looks pretty good. Currently No. 25 in the country, expect them to rise a decent amount after this win.
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