Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Geno Green Podcast- Nick Kapetan




On this week's Geno Green Podcast, Nick Kapetan returns to break down tonight and tomorrow's #Sweet16 games.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Akron Zips 2015 College Football Season Preview

                                              Photo Credit: Andrew Mascharka




With spring practices hitting its apex in campuses across the country, what better time than now to produce another preview for the 2015 season.

This one focuses on the Akron Zips and here is the link to my story via College Football Preseason:

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Central Michigan Chippewas 2015 Football Season Preview

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With spring practices hitting its apex in campuses across the country, what better time than now to produce another preview for the 2015 season.

This one focuses on the Central Michigan Chippewas and here is the link to my story via College Football Preseason:

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Eastern Michigan Eagles 2015 Football Season Preview

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With spring practices hitting its apex in campuses across the country, what better time than now to produce another preview for the 2015 season.

This one focuses on the Eastern Michigan Eagles and here is the link to my story via College Football Preseason:

http://www.collegefootballpreseason.com/blog/eastern-michigan-eagles-season-preview


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Purdue Boilermakers 2015 Football Season Preview

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With spring practices hitting its apex in campuses across the country, what better time than now to produce another preview for the 2015 season.

This one focuses on the Purdue Boilermakers and here is the link to my story via College Football Preseason:

http://www.collegefootballpreseason.com/blog/purdue-boilermakers-season-preview


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cincinnati Bearcats 2015 Football Season Preview




While March Madness officially kicks off later today, what better time than now to begin to look ahead to the 2015 College Football season.

Here is the first of many previews I will be doing for the College Football Preseason between now and August. 

Cincinnati Bearcats Preview:

http://www.collegefootballpreseason.com/blog/cincinnati-bearcats-season-preview



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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Villanova's BIG EAST Tournament Championship Ceremony (VIDEO)




Here are some cool videos from Villanova's 69-52 win over Xavier in the BIG EAST Tournament Championship Game at Madison Square Garden.

I decided to cut the video into three parts for everyone's convenience and to make sure that each moment stood out.

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GENOTOLOGY: Penultimate Edition



X= Automatic Bid


MIDWEST (CLEVELAND)


                                                             WEST (LOS ANGELES)



                                                                EAST (SYRACUSE)

                                                          SOUTH (HOUSTON)


LAST FOUR IN:

Indiana

Ole Miss

UCLA

BYU


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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Villanova Wins Its First Conference Tournament Title Since 1995



A lot can happen in 20 years and for the Villanova Wildcats, Saturday night was a night to remember.

Since former coach Steve Lappas led Villanova to an improbable BIG EAST Championship over highly touted Connecticut in 1995, Jay Wright would do the same at Madison Square Garden, but in different fashion.


Top-seeded Villanova (32-2 overall, 16-2 BIG EAST) showed the swagger of a team ready to contend for a national title as it dominated for the majority of the game as it throttled No. 6-seeded Xavier (21-13 overall, 9-9 BIG EAST) 69-52, to win its second BIG EAST Tournament Championship in the school's history.

"I'm thrilled for these guys because these are really special players, but also special Villanovans," Wright said.

The Wildcats' sixth-man and the tournament's Most Outstanding Player Josh Hart played the starring role as he finished with 15 points on 7-of-9 from the field, but deferred to his teammates after the game.

"I got to shout out to my teammates," Hart said. "The confidence they had in me. They kept on finding me when I was open."

From the mid-way point of the first half on, Xavier looked rattled and could not come up with an answer to stop Villanova from playing inside-outside basketball.
Playing three games in as many days is not the excuse coach Chris Mack would make in the post-game press conference.

"Well we weren't very good tonight," Mack said. "Villanova had a heck of a lot to do with it. I know the guys next to me and some of the guys in the locker room are tired of hearing it, but that's where the bar is in this league."


Jalen Reynolds and Dee Davis led the Musketeers with 13 points each. 


In front of a pro-Villanova crowd, Dylan Ennis put the crowd into a frenzy with a three-point make in the opening minute.


Xavier would counter with a couple of layups on back-to-back possessions from Remy Abell. Ennis would counter with a layup to put VU ahead by one.


Despite the tempo at a high level, both teams would miss numerous jump shot attempts before the first media timeout.


The Wildcats would hold the lead for the remainder of the first half as their lead grew to as many as 16 points at 34-18.


Xavier would strike last in the opening half on Abell's three-pointer with 40 seconds left as it trailed by 13.


The beginning of the second half would see VU pick off right where it left off in the opening stanza as it went on an 8-0 run— capped off by a triple from Arcidiacono.


The Musketeers looked rattled and could not find an answer as it would get no closer than 13 points as the Wildcats cut down the nets in a sea of dark blue and white fans at the mecca of hoops in New York City.


Looking Ahead:


While Villanova will likely receive a No. 1-seed going into next week's NCAA Tournament Sunday night, Wright likes the possibility of going back to Pittsburgh for an early-round game either Thursday or Friday.


"It would be nice if that happened in Pittsburgh," Wright said. "[Back] in 05, we were shocked how welcoming everybody from Syracuse was. It was unbelievable."

Xavier's seeding in the tournament will not be decided until Sunday's Selection Show.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

GENOTOLOGY (3-13-15)



KEY:        
> UP    
< DOWN 
 * NEW ENTRY INTO THE FIELD
x AUTOMATIC BID


MIDWEST (CLEVELAND)

WEST (LOS ANGELES)

SOUTH (HOUSTON)


EAST (SYRACUSE)

Conference Breakdown:

Big Ten: 7

Big 12: 6

ACC: 6

Big East: 6

SEC: 5

Pac-12: 4

Atlantic 10: 4

Mountain West: 3

American: 2

Missouri Valley Conference: 2

West Coast Conference: 2


LAST FOUR IN:

UCLA

BYU 

Indiana

Ole Miss


FIRST FOUR OUT:

Texas

Temple

Miami (FL)

Tulsa


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Marquette (9) vs. Seton Hall (8): BIG EAST Tournament Preview




By: DaVaughn Lucas


Marquette and Seton Hall brings us a match-up that is part of the “old” Big East conference that had the likes of Syracuse, Notre Dame and others in it before the league split up two years ago.

Marquette will be led by sharpshooting senior Matt Carlino, who has been the fourth leading scorer in the BIG EAST this season (17.2 points per game), first in 3-point percentage and 3-pointers made. Along with his strong scoring, Carlino has been a dominant force on defense, coming in third in the BIG EAST in steals at 1.9 per game.

Carlino has great help in this game in super-freshman Duane Wilson, who earned an All-Rookie selection in the BIG EAST.

At 12.1 PPG, Wilson gives Carlino a bit of a break when it comes to the scoring load and with his strong outside game, the guard play of Marquette will be a true force in putting pressure on Seton Hall’s guards to play both ways.

In the frontcourt, the big man down low who eats up the rebounds is junior Steve Taylor, Jr., who has grabbed 29 rebounds in the last two games.

He has been accounting for large percentages of the team’s totals over the last few games and is clearly playing with a strong confidence right now as being a guy who can kill possessions for other teams as well as giving his offense second chances for scoring.

The Seton Hall Pirates are also coming into the game with strong All-BIG EAST selections. Junior Sterling Gibbs was voted to the All-BIG EAST East second team and freshmen Angel Delgado and Isaiah Whitehead were All-BIG EAST Rookie Team selections.

All are strong scoring threats and can work hard on the offensive and defensive ends, particularly Gibbs, who has nine 20-point games this season, including a 40-point breakout game earlier this season in the finals of the 2014 Paradise Jam.

Delgado and Whitehead have been strong in their freshman campaigns, with Delgado becoming one of the top rebounders not only in the Big East, but in all of college basketball, which could lead to a great match-up with Taylor from Marquette down low.

Whitehead has battled injury trouble this year, but still had a strong year with averaging 12.2 points & nearly four assists a game in the BIG EAST.

Along with the big stage, the coaches of both squads also understand the magnitude of the BIG EAST Tournament.

Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski understands the growth of the BIG EAST & sees strong potential in the future.

"The BIG EAST is what I thought it would be. It's one of the best conferences in the country,” Wojciechowski said in Monday’s BIG EAST Teleconference. “I'd put our league up there with any in the country.”

Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard also sees the growing strength of the conference, but also understands the importance of having a true power team heading the league in Villanova.

“I think it’s important that Villanova is a flagship and the level of play from the start to now has given the league an opportunity to be highlighted from top to bottom,” Willard said.

No. 9-seeded Marquette (12-18, 4-14 BIG EAST) vs. No. 8-seeded Seton Hall (16-14, 6-12 BIGEAST)

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.

Tip-off: Wednesday 6 p.m. CT

TV/Online: Fox Sports 1/Fox Sports Go

Commentators: Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst) and Molly McGrath (sideline)


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Creighton (10) vs. DePaul (7): BIG EAST Tournament Preview



By: DaVaughn Lucas



Creighton (13-18 overall, 4-14 Big East) and DePaul (12-19 overall, 6-12 Big East) are coming into the tournament with under .500 records this year and needing to win four games in as many nights to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, along with winning the Big East conference.

For the Creighton Blue Jays, the team is trying to bounce back after losing possibly the best player in the history of the program last season in Doug McDermott, who is the all-time leader in scoring for the Blue Jays.

Guard Austin Chatman is leading the team in scoring per game (11.6) and assists per game (3.7). James Milliken and Rick Kreklow are averaging nearly 10 points per game in the Big East for the Blue Jays.

Creighton head coach Greg McDermott has been baffled by the different ways the team has lost games in the Big East this season.

“There has been no pattern to how we have lost games this season,” McDermott said in Monday’s BIG EAST Conference call. “We’ve had guys hit some tough shots in the last few seconds. We've lost three games in the last four seconds. Hopefully, there is a silver lining in all of this and we'll play well in NYC.”

Even though Creighton’s record is a bit misleading as opposed to the effort that the team is putting out, many of its games have been close. The Blue Jays have lost their last seven league contests in the final minute of games after being ahead or tied.

The DePaul Blue Demons are coming into the Big East Tournament with struggles of their own. Even with a victory over Creighton this season, DePaul has lost 10 of its last 11 games.

DePaul is led by Billy Garrett, Jr., with an average of 12.4 PPG and 3.8 APG this season. Garrett Jr. is one of four players averaging double figures for the Blue Demons, who average 69 PPG, but have had troubles on the defensive end with allowing 73 PPG.

During the Big East conference call Monday, DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell spoke about the All-Big East Honorable Mention honor for Garrett, Jr.

“Billy being named honorable mention speaks to the depth of our conference, Purnell They have size and quick penetrating point guards.” 



No. 10-seeded Creighton vs. No. 7-seeded DePaul

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.

Tip-off: Wednesday 8:30 p.m. CT

TV/Online: Fox Sports 1/Fox Sports Go

Commentators: Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst) and Molly McGrath (sideline)

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Monday, March 9, 2015

St. John's (5) vs. Providence (4): BIG EAST Tournament Preview



Wednesday afternoon’s match-up between the St. John’s Red Storm and Providence Friars will be a defensive showcase with Sir’Dominic Pointer and Kris Dunn on respective sides.
Dunn and Pointer were named winners of the BIG East Defensive Player of the Year award Monday by coaches within the conference.
After Dunn became the second Friar to win the Defensive Player Of The Year award, Providence coach Ed Cooley talked about the ability of his star overcoming injuries to play this season in Monday’s BIG EAST Teleconference.
“Kris is in a good space emotionally,” Cooley said. “And credit to our doctors and trainers for keeping him in a good place." 
SJU coach Steve Lavin emphasized Pointer’s special instincts on the floor, calling his traits the best he’s seen in his coaching career.
"I've never seen a player as unique as Dom in the way he is able to influence the game,” Lavin said.
Both teams have a lot to play for as NCAA Tournament seedings are up for grabs and Providence and St. John’s meeting for the third time this season.
St. John’s took both regular season meetings against Providence— an 83-70 road win at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Jan. 14 and a 75-66 victory at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 31.
Cooley knows the Friars are motivated to pick up a win against the Red Storm, but knows it will come down to fundamentals.
"I think urgency and toughness is the key, but it is going to come down to execution and who wants it more,” Cooley said.
Phil Greene IV is another player to watch for the Red Storm as he was snubbed from making it onto any of the BIG EAST postseason teams.
Lavin came to the defense of Greene as he realizes the importance of having Greene IV on the floor.
“Naturally like every coach and parent, I would have loved to see Phil Greene get recognized,” Lavin said. “Phil’s teammates know how critical his success is.”
One of the special features of the conference tournament is the opportunity for each team to hit the reset button and Lavin knows anything can happen in this format.
“The entire conference is 0-0 in league play,” Lavin said. “Independent of how well you did, everyone gets the same shot come championship week and we're looking forward to facing Providence.”


No. 5-seeded St. John’s (21-10 overall, 10-8 BIG EAST) vs. No. 4-seeded Providence (21-10 overall, 11-7 BIG EAST)
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
Tip-off: Wednesday 1:30 p.m. CT
TV/Online: Fox Sports 1/Fox Sports Go
Commentators: Justin Kutcher (play-by-play), Donny Marshall (analyst) and Molly McGrath (sideline)


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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Steve Wojciechowski Press Conference vs. DePaul (VIDEO)



After snapping a six-game losing streak on Saturday with a 58-48 win over DePaul, Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski took the podium to address the media.

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Carlino Shines On Senior Day As Marquette Snaps Six-Game Losing Streak


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With emotions running high on Senior Day, Matt Carlino's 20 points helped Marquette (12-18, 4-14 Big East) snap a six-game losing streak with a 58-48 win over DePaul (12-19, 6-12 Big East) on Saturday at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisc.

15 of Carlino's 20 points came on three-pointers (5-for-14) and was glad to get a split out of the season series against DePaul.

Marquette coach Steve Wocjiechowski knows this one was a big win especially with the rivalry against DePaul.

"It was big for us to get a win against DePaul given that we lost to them in the first game in BIG EAST play," Wojciechowski said.

DePaul struggled from the field as it finished with a season-low 32.8 percent (17-of-52) from the field, while Marquette went 32.7 percent (21-of-64).

Blue Demons coach Oliver Purnell knows it is mighty difficult to win games when shots do not fall.

"We couldn't make shots to get over the hump," Purnell said. "We simply couldn't make simple shots in the first half."

Luke Fischer took advantage of DePaul's lack of size as he finished with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting and nine rebounds.

Jamee Crockett led the Blue Demons with 14 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Sloppy play and turnovers kept both teams from scoring in the early going until Jamee Crockett's three-pointer opened the scoring for DePaul at the 17:27 mark.


After a layup from Crockett to put the Blue Demons ahead 5-0, the Golden Eagles would respond with a 7-0 run within a 2:06 stretch to take control.

Coming out of the timeout, DePaul's R.J. Curington would respond with a three-point make from the wing, but Marquette would counter once more with a 10-2 run, highlighted by a pair of triples from Carlino.

Marquette's lead increased to as many as 12 with Fischer as the main source handling DePaul's big men, getting any looks he wanted in the post.

Jamee Crockett would give DePaul some momentum going into the locker room with a three from the top of the key to close the first half trailing 28-19 to Marquette.

Marquette continued to dominate in the early stages of the second half with a highlight, one-handed dunk by Juan Anderson with 15:15 left in the game to go ahead 37-28, but seconds after the score, Derrick Wilson went to the ground holding his left ankle and eventually hopped to the locker room.

Wilson would come back into the game at the 13-minute mark to a standing ovation.

The Blue Demons would get no closer than seven points in the second half as the Golden Eagles came out on top 58-48.

Looking Ahead:

Marquette (9) and DePaul (7) each have games in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on Mar. 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Marquette will play No. 8-seeded Seton Hall at 6 p.m. CT, while DePaul meets No. 10-seeded Creighton at 8:30 p.m. CT.

Seton Hall and Marquette won a game each against each other in regular-season play.

Wojciechowski embraces the chance to play the Pirates a third time.

"The beauty of the BIG EAST is playing each team twice and [Seton Hall] is a good team and has one of the best guards in the country in [Sterling] Gibbs," Wojciechowski said. 


DePaul and Creighton split both meetings in the regular season and for Purnell, the preparation won't be as hard given its familiarity with playing Creighton.

"It will be about execution," Purnell said. "I'm thinking about winning the first round game [against Creighton], not four games in four days."

Every game of the 2015 BIG EAST can be seen on Fox Sports 1 and online on the FOX Sports Go App.




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Carlino, Anderson and Taylor Honored At Marquette's Senior Day (VIDEO)

                                                  Photo Credit: gomarquette.com


One of the greatest joys of being a college athlete is being recognized for four years of hard work and commitment.

For Matt Carlino, Juan Anderson and Derrick Wilson, Saturday was the final frontier at The Bradley Center as they were honored before tip-off against DePaul.


Video:





Despite missing four games in February due to a concussion and transferring from Brigham Young University, Carlino managed to come back and be the Golden Eagles' floor leader.

"It's been different for me adjusting to a new area and dealing with a lot of other things, but more importantly today, the crowd came out and supported the team," Carlino said.

Wilson has seen a lot at Marquette— with coaches from Buzz Williams to Steve Wojciechowski and deep runs into the NCAA Tournament, but today was as special of a moment as it gets.

"I've been through a lot here for four years and thankful to be in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight and win a BIG EAST Title," Wilson said. "As a team, we accomplished a lot in my time here.

Wilson also talked about how the bonding with Anderson on and off the court over the past four years.

"Me and Juan have been through a lot in the last four years and to add Matt along this year, has been a great addition," Wilson said.

These three gentlemen are shining examples of what college sports is all about— class and determination.

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