Baltimore, MD - Loyola (MD) held off a late Boston University run with several important late game free throws, closing a 77-69 win. Boston opened conference play on a five game winning streak sitting atop the Patriot League standings. Loyola has been a little inconsistent to say the least, and started play at 2-3.
This game was different than many would have expected, even with Boston being on the road. Loyola got off to a great start and never looked back leading the entire game. The Greyhounds were led by sophomore 6-0 point guard Andre Walker (6'0''-PG)'s 35 points, on 9-of-12 from the three point line. Walker was scorching hot and at one point was 9-of-10 from three. Conference leading Boston battled throughout, but ultimately came up short in the end. Boston was led by senior 6-5 shooting guard Eric Fanning, who scored 27 points and chipped in 13 rebounds.
Fanning did his best to keep his team close throughout, but when a team finishes shooting 1-of-18 from three it was a miracle they only lost by eight. Fanning, a solidly built guard, bullied his way to the basket overpowering his defender. He has an array of isolation moves he uses to get into the lane, where he then uses his body and strength to get shots off at the rim. Fanning finished the game by going 13-of-15 from the free throw line. He has a knack for taking on contact and using his great body control to hang in the air and finish. He plays more like a point forward than just a guard. He sets the offense, as well as defends and rebounds at a high level. Fanning will be a candidate for Patriot League player of the year.
Other contributors for Boston were junior 6-8 forward Nick Havener who had 15 points and eight rebounds, and sophomore 6-1 point guard Kyle Foreman who finished with six points, four assists and three steals.
Walker bested his previous career high of 31, by dominating the game from deep. Walker was shooting from NBA range. He came off screens, shot pull-ups and even on the move. When Walker released from the catch and shoot, it was as good as automatic on the night. Walker scored in bunches and forced Boston to blitz him when he had the ball on the perimeter. This really opened the entire floor up for his teammates. The scoring guard proved that he will be a deadly force from downtown for the rest of the Patriot League to keep tabs on.
Senior 6-6 forward Jarred Jones did not have the best game shooting or on offense in general. He struggled with his decision making and had a hard time knocking down open mid range jumpers. Jones found other ways to contribute though. He made an impact on defense and used his vision to set up his teammates when he knew it wasn't his night to score. Jones may be Loyola's most important player on the team, so finding other ways to impact the game should provide dividends for the Greyhounds in the rest of conference play. Jones finished with 14 points, ten rebounds, eight assists, four steals and six turnovers.
The other main contributor for Loyola was junior 6-8 power forward Cam Gregory. The long and slender, but physical forward was a force in the paint for the Greyhounds. Gregory was active on the boards, as well as on defense. He recorded a steal that led to a monstrous open floor dunk over a defender in the first half, which invigorated the student section. Gregory finished with 15 points, twelve rebounds and three steals.
Boston will likely not shoot this poorly from three for the rest of the season during a game. They came into the game at 38%, so shooting 1-of-18 is an anomaly. Loyola will need to build on this win. They have a chance at being in the top half of this league and need to become more consistent.
Boston next faces Colgate at home on Wednesday while Loyola is at Bucknell, also on Wednesday.
Kansas City. MO - Since Chris Boucher went down with a knee injury in the Pac-12 Tournament, Tyler Dorsey and Jordan Bell stepped up their games to help Oregon get to the Elite Eight. Dorsey and Bell stepped it to another level tonight to lead the Ducks past Kansas 74-60 in the Midwest Regional Finals to send Oregon to their first trip to the Final Four since 1939. And then it wasn't really a Final Four [read more]
Kansas City. MO - Since Chris Boucher went down with a knee injury in the Pac-12 Tournament, Tyler Dorsey and Jordan Bell stepped up their games to help Oregon get to the Elite Eight. Dorsey and Bell stepped it to another level tonight to lead the Ducks past Kansas 74-60 in the Midwest Regional Finals to send Oregon to their first trip to the Final Four since 1939. And then it wasn't really a Final Four. They will face the winner of the South Regional final between North Carolina and Kentucky in the national semifinals.
Dorsey led the game with 27 points hitting several key three-pointers, the most important after Kansas cut Oregon's lead to 66-60 with slightly under two minutes left. That was the icing on the cake as the Jayhawks did not score again. Bell was all over the court, scoring 11 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, blocking eight shots and even getting four assists. On one series Bell got free for a dunk and then sprinted down the court in time to block a shot a the rim. Dillon Brooks added 17 points including a long, key second half three-pointer and Dylan Ennis added an efficient 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Kansas seemed out of sorts in this game after freshman sensation Josh Jackson picked up his second foul in the first three minutes of action. Coach Dana Altman mixed up Oregon's defense using a zone press to slow the Jayhawks offense down and mixing in zones and man-to man. Jackson and guard Devonte' Graham each went scoreless in the first half. All-American guard Frank Mason kept Kansas relatively close with 17 first half points but he couldn't do it alone. Mason needed 20 shots to score his team-high 21 points and had to take the offense on himself as he received little help from his teammates.
Dorsey's long three-pointer at the close of the first half gave Oregon a 44-33 halftime lead. They extended the lead to 18 points (55-37) before Kansas made a run to close the deficit to six. Then Oregon scored the final eight points of the game.
Kansas, the favorite playing before a virtual home crowd, was dominant in their first three games winning them by an average of 30 points and scoring at least 90 points in each. Oregon's defense held them to 60 and their perimeter defense helped Kansas shoot a paltry 5-of-25 from deep. Oregon, helped by Dorsey's 6-of-10 from distance, shot 11-of-25 from beyond the arc. Oregon had a +4 edge in rebounding but what was more important was Bell's eight blocks. On many possessions you could see Kansas hesitate in taking the ball inside. Kansas did not have the rim protector that Oregon had and that was a big difference in the game.
Overall Oregon shot 51 percent for the game while holding Kansas to 35 percent shooting. Jackson finished with 10 second half points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Graham only made three free throws while shooting 0-of-7 from the field.
When Boucher went down with his injury most prognosticators assumed Oregon would be eliminated by now. However the injury created an urgency in the rest of the team, particularly Dorsey and Bell who are now playing at a level far above their performance during the regular season. While the Ducks are down to mainly a six man rotation they've proven that they can beat anyone as long as they can keep Jordan Bell on the floor protecting the basket.
It's on to Phoenix and the Final Four for the Oregon Ducks.
This article was written by Carl Berman, Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball.
Archie Miller to be named new IU coach - 12 hours ago
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IndyStar has confirmed that Dayton coach Archie Miller will be Indiana basketball's next head coach. The news was first reported Saturday by Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported Miller and IU are finalizing a seven-year contract. The 38-year-old Miller is considered one of the nation's top young coaches and has a 139-63 record. He was 2017 Atlantic 10 coach of the year and has guided Dayton to four-straight NCAA tournament appearances, including a 2014 Elite Eight appearance. Miller... [read more]
IndyStar has confirmed that Dayton coach Archie Miller will be Indiana basketball's next head coach. The news was first reported Saturday by Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported Miller and IU are finalizing a seven-year contract. The 38-year-old Miller is considered one of the nation's top young coaches and has a 139-63 record. He was 2017 Atlantic 10 coach of the year and has guided Dayton to four-straight NCAA tournament appearances, including a 2014 Elite Eight appearance. Miller has built Dayton into a consistent power in the Atlantic 10, winning regular-season conference titles in each of the last two years. He did it this year largely without the help of Josh Cunningham, one of his best players, who missed much of the season through injury. Dayton has picked off its share of high-major opponents lately, either in the NCAA tournament, or in nonconference play. He also boasts excellent bloodlines - his father is a legendary high school coach in Pennsylvania, his brother Sean is the coach at Arizona, and Archie spent time under Thad Matta at Ohio State. Courtesy of: indystar.com
Berry leads North Carolina past Butler 92-80 - 18 hours ago
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Joel Berry II (6'0''-G-95) II scored 26 points and Justin Jackson (6'8''-F-95) added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA South Region on Friday night. Luke Maye (6'8''-F) recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for Carolina (30-7). The Tar Heels never let their lead get under double digits in the second half. Andrew Chrabascz (6'7''-F) led the fourth-seeded Bulldogs... [read more]
Joel Berry II (6'0''-G-95) II scored 26 points and Justin Jackson (6'8''-F-95) added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA South Region on Friday night. Luke Maye (6'8''-F) recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for Carolina (30-7). The Tar Heels never let their lead get under double digits in the second half. Andrew Chrabascz (6'7''-F) led the fourth-seeded Bulldogs (25-9) with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Kelan Martin (6'6''-PF) finished with 16 points for Butler, which struggled shooting early and did not recover. Carolina, which reached the Elite Eight for the 27th time, will face the winner of Friday's second game between UCLA and Kentucky. The Tar Heels connected on 54.4 percent of their shots, while Butler was at 43.5 percent. The Tar Heels broke out of the gate early, building a double-digit lead and really weren't threatened after halftime, although Butler did get within 10 at one point. North Carolina used early accurate shooting to build a 16-point lead as the Tar Heels connected on 13 of their first 18 shots, including missing only one of seven from outside the arc. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs were suffering through a scoring drought the stretched beyond 4 minutes. That helped Carolina build the advantage to 30-14 when Maye connected on a 3-pointer near the midway point of the first half. While Butler managed to whittle the deficit to single digits on a couple of occasions before halftime, North Carolina would simply answer with another rally, the last one of the half stretching the Tar Heels lead to 52-32 on its eighth 3-pointer of the half. By halftime, Jackson had 17 points, and Maye had already reached his career-high in points with 14, plus grabbing nine of the Tar Heels' 22 boards. That helped Carolina carry a 52-36 lead into the break. Chrabascz led the Bulldogs with 11 points. The Tar Heels lead would stretch the lead back to 20 near the 12-minute mark of the second half, but Butler didn't exactly allow North Carolina to coast home. A 13-4 Bulldog run made a dent in the advantage as Martin had seven in the stretch with Avery Woodson (6'2''-PG) connecting on a 3-pointer. Martin closed out the run with another 3-pointer to pull Butler within 71-60. But while the Bulldogs would cut the Carolina advantage to 10 points 2 minutes later, they would get no closer the rest of the way. Courtesy of: reviewjournal.com
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