Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Live Screenshot Recap: Eastern Michigan at No. 25 Michigan State

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Greetings, it is the showdown between Eastern Michigan (8-1) and No. 25 Michigan State (7-3) from the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI.

I will be providing screenshots via Twitter throughout tonight's game, so sit back and enjoy.

CSO Podcast- Jeremy Rosenberg

On this edition of the CSO Podcast, Jeremy Rosenberg from the Eagle Totem comes on to preview tonight's game between Eastern Michigan and No. 25 Michigan State at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Photo Gallery- Oregon vs. Illinois (United Center)

Thanks to Damon Warren again for capturing some splendid images from Saturday's Oregon/Illinois game at the United Center.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Five Things To Take Away From Oregon's 77-70 Win Over Illinois

Here are five things to take away from Oregon’s 77-70 win over Illinois at the United Center:

1) Rayvonte Rice’s 29 Points Not Enough:

Rice scored a game and career-high 29 on 9-of-16 from the field and 5-for-7 from three-point range for Illinois (7-3), but his individual stats were the furthest thing from his mind.

“I just wanted to come out with the win,” Rice said.

Those words are an encouraging sign that Rice is willing to sacrifice himself for the rest of the team.

Outside of Rice’s phenomenal effort, the next highest scorer was Nnanna Egwu with ten points and tied a game-high with seven rebounds.
In a somber mood, Egwu realized everyone must step up if the Illini want to contend in Big Ten Conference play.

“We all have to play as hard as we can and get things figured out,” Egwu said.

2) Oregon’s Joseph Young Did Not Start:

Despite coming off the bench due to a violation in which Oregon coach Dana Altman would not elaborate on, Young managed to produce 15 points and grab four rebounds in 33 minutes.

Young came into Saturday’s game as the Ducks’ leading scorer averaging 20.6 points.

3) The Emergence Of Dillon Brooks:

The freshman from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada put on a show as he headlined five Oregon (6-3) players scoring in double figures with a career-high 24.

Even in the win, Altman still believes that Brooks’ potential has yet to be realized.

“You never know how a freshman responds,” Altman said. “If his consistency improves in practice, he can be a special player.”

4) Points In The Paint:

Oregon’s ability to penetrate to the rim turned out to be the difference as it outscored Illinois 40 to 20 in the paint.

Illinois coach John Groce gave credit to Oregon for its ability to attack the rim.

“If you can get to the ball different ways and I think the most difficult thing to guard is dribble penetration and Oregon was great at it tonight,” Groce said.

5) Illini Blow Double-Digit Lead:

Despite leading by as many as 13 points with 4:12 left in the first half, Illinois could not hold on as a 20-point swing in the game’s last 24:12 cost them a chance to redeem itself from the Dec. 9 loss against Villanova.

Looking Ahead:

Both teams are back in action on Dec, 17 as Illinois will look to snap a two-game losing streak as it hosts Hampton at the State Farm Arena in Champaign, Ill., while Oregon returns home to play against Cal State Northridge at the Matthew Night Arena in Eugene, Ore.

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Oregon Press Conference vs. Illinois

Oregon coach Dana Altman and forward Dillon Brooks talk about the 77-70 win against Illinois at the United Center Saturday night.


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Live Game Thread: Oregon vs. Illinois (United Center)

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Greetings from the United Center in Chicago, Ill., as Oregon out of the Pac-12 takes on Illinois from the Big Ten.

Rayvonte Rice going aggressive early as he drew the foul on layup attempt.

Elgin Cook issued a technical foul for taunting an Illinois player after making a layup.

Cook using the rim as protection as he throws down another dunk for Oregon.

First media timeout on the floor as Illinois leads Oregon 12-6 with 15:40 left.

The pace is picking up as both teams are trading baskets. Ore 14, Illinois 18.

Media timeout:  leads  18-14 with 11:41 left in the first half.

Joseph Young scores his first points of the game for  on a jumper from the wing as it trails  23-20 with 8:01 left.

Rayvonte Rice on his A-game tonight with impressive drive and lay-up as Illinois leads Oregon 25-20 with 7:36 left in the first half.

Rice going untouched with a double clutch and layup. He now has a game-high 14 points for the Illini.

Illinois with its largest on Oregon at 35-22.

Young starting to warm up as he hits another three. Ill 39, Oregon 33.

 closes the half on a 13-4 as it trails  39-35.

Oregon and Illinois are now tied at 41 with 17:57 left.

Illinois head coach John Groce ripping into his team during the timeout.

The continuation for a layup on a foul doesn't exist in college basketball. 

Media Timeout:  46,  44, 15:36 left in regulation.

Media Timeout: 53, 51. 11:49 left in the first half.

Rayvonte Rice putting Illinois on his back as he has 20 points. Game tied at 55 with 9:20 left.

Joseph Young silences the Pro-Illini crowd with a a layup and a foul.  60,  57 7:39 remaining in regulation.

Cook with his first points of the second half of an assist from Young.

Final media timeout as #Oregon leads #Illinois 66-64 with 3:23 left.

Mid-range jumper by Brooks increases Oregon's lead to 68-64 with 2:21 left.

Ahmaad Rorie draws the foul on Ahmad Starks while going for a three on the wing.

Rorie just iced this one with a pretty floater from Madison as leads 75-70 with 12 seconds left.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CSO Podcast- Adam Biggers

On this week's CSO Podcast, I talk to Adam Biggers from Bleacher Report about the College Football Playoff Group of Six and matchups, along with NJIT's upset of then No. 17 Michigan.


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Wisconsin Forwards Josh Gasser and Frank Kaminsky Press Conference vs. Marquette

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Five Things To Take Away From Wisconsin’s 49-38 win over Marquette

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Here are five things to take away from No. 2 Wisconsin’s 49-38 road win over Marquette at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday:
1) Wisconsin’s Perimeter Shooting:
Despite shooting 8-of-30 from long range as a team, it was two makes from Josh Gasser and Frank Kaminsky late in the second half that propelled the Badgers (8-1) to a bounce back win on Saturday after losing to Duke on Dec. 3.
Gasser and Kaminsky would not get away from the original plan of patience instilled by coach Bo Ryan and it paid off in the end.
“It was big [for us],” Gasser said. “Every time the crowd got into it, we always made a shot. We are a veteran club and we have some tough guys, so we expect nothing less. It would have been nice for us to make some throughout the game, but we made enough to get the job done.”
Kaminsky finished with a team-high 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting and 4-for-4 from the foul line, to go along with 10 rebounds, while Gasser scored 12— all coming from long range.
2) Field Goal Shooting:
If you’re a fan of finesse and high-scoring hoops, then this one’s probably not the best one too clamor over as Wisconsin shot 17-of-52 (32.7 percent), while Marquette (4-3) went 13-for-45 (28.9 percent).
Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski was proud of his team for keeping the score close despite the missed opportunities on offense.
“I thought we were able to make [Wisconsin] uncomfortable offensively,” Wojciechowski said.  “They like to score a vast majority of their points in the paint and at the free-throw line. We wanted to make them shoot contested shots and overall, we did a great job of doing that defensively.”
3) Size Matters:
Despite its tallest player being a mere 6-7, Marquette held its own on defensive rebounds as it collected 23 compared to Wisconsin’s 27. Its achilles heel would be on the offensive end as it grabbed five compared to 14 from Wisconsin.
The 16:39 mark of the second half summed up the Golden Eagles’ rebounding woes as it failed to grab attempts from Kaminsky, Duje Dukan and Nigel Hayes. Gasser would eventually drain a three-pointer 23 seconds later in the same possession to put the Badgers up 28-22.
4) Turnovers:
For only the second time this season, Wisconsin turned the ball over more than its opponent. The Badgers committed 11 compared to the Golden Eagles’ 10.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan embraced the mistakes made and credited his team for pulling through.
“A couple of guys got a little leery [after committing the turnovers] about getting the ball in the paint,” Ryan said. “[Despite the mistakes], it was one of those games where we could play seven because of the pace.”
5) Matt Carlino:
Marquette’s second leading scorer coming into Saturday’s game stepped up when it mattered as Carlino finished with a game-high 18 on 6-of-11 from the field, 3-for-5 from downtown and 3-of-4 from the foul line.
Carlino’s five turnovers would help play a part in Marquette’s demise late in the second half.
In the loss, Carlino still believes that Marquette will only get better as the season progresses.
“We are getting better,” Carlino said. “We just have to capitalize on the opportunities we’re getting against these good teams.”
Looking Ahead:
Wisconsin will return to the Brew City on Dec 10 as it will go next door from the Bradley Center to play Milwaukee at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2 from UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, while Marquette won’t return to the court until Dec. 16 as it will host Arizona State at 8 p.m. CT on Fox Sports 1.
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Live Game Thread Recap: No. 2 Wisconsin 49, Marquette 38

Greetings from Milwaukee, WI, where it is cold outside, but hot inside for this in-state showdown between the No. 2-ranked Wisconsin Badgers and the Marquette Golden Eagles at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Wisconsin is coming off a 78-70 loss against Duke in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 3, while Marquette defeated Tennessee 67-59 in the Orlando Classic on Nov. 30.

Frank Kaminsky leads the Badgers in scoring with 16.6 per game, while Duane Wilson leads the Golden Eagles with 14.0.

The Badgers come into today's game with a 7-1 record while the Golden Eagles are 4-3.

The atmosphere is electric at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The arena has filled up and the Marquette crowd is ready for this one.

First media timeout as Wisconsin leads Marquette 9-7 with 14:52 left in the first half.
The up-tempo pace favors Marquette despite trailing and if can stay in its favor, then it will be close throughout.

Wisconsin slowing the pace down is showing on Marquette's end as Carlino air balled a three-pointer from the wing and went out.

Media timeout: 12 7, 11:44 1st Half. Nigel Hayes leads all scorers with five.

Both teams struggling from the perimeter as Wisc is 1-5 while Marquette is 1-3.

Despite leading by seven, Wisconsin is relying way too much on perimeter shooting as it is 1-7.

The Badgers get a three to fall as Duje Dukan hits one to put them ahead of Marquette 17-7 with 8:16 left.

Marquette has struggled to string anything together in the half court sets as Wisconsin's big men have had their way in the paint.

Carlino responds for Marquette with a triple from wing.

Media timeout: No. 2 17, 10 7:42 left in the first half.

Marquette's zone is starting to cause problems for Kaminsky as he is getting very little room from the defenders to operate.

Gasser with his first points of the game on a three from the wing wide open.

Splash city as Gasser makes back to back three's forcing Wojo to call timeout as Wisc leads Marquette 23-13 with 4:01 in the first half.

Timeout on the floor as Marquette's zone has kept them in it trailing Wisconsin 25-15 with 30/4 seconds left in the first half.

 unable to score on its final possession of the half as it goes into the locker room up 25-15 on .

Marquette starts the second half on a 7-0 run forcing Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan to call a timeout.  25,  22 17:02 left.

It took a million minutes and a 1,000 rebounds lol but Josh Gasser finally hits a three for .

Marquette's bench has given the team a second wind coupled with Wisconsin's struggles from long range are giving them a puncher's chance.

Final Media Timeout: No. 2 44, 36, 2:05 left in regulation.

And Frank Kaminsky hits his first three of the game to seal it for Wisconsin. 47-38 with 31.9 left.

Final: No. 2 #Wisconsin 49, #Marquette 38.