Monday, February 29, 2016

Genotology for Feb. 29, 2016


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Here is the latest mock bracket with a ton of shake-ups and surprises:


Notable teams who are ineligible for the NCAA Tournament: 



SMU and Louisville


KEY
:

* New entry in the field

> UP

< DOWN




MIDWEST (CHICAGO):



WEST (ANAHEIM):


EAST (PHILADELPHIA):

SOUTH (LOUISVILLE):


Last Four In:

Vanderbilt
Butler
Tulsa
LSU

First Four Out:

Alabama
Temple
St. Bonaventure

George Washington


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Sunday, February 28, 2016

VIDEO- DePaul press conferences at Marquette



After No. 19 DePaul's 98-65 win at Marquette on Saturday, coach Doug Bruno, along with guards Jessica January and Brooke Schulte talked to College Sports Overload.


Bruno:







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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ochefu's double-double puts top-ranked Villanova back on track


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After allowing a season-high 90 points at Xavier on Feb. 24, top-ranked Villanova responded to a feisty challenge from the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday.

Daniel Ochefu's third double-double in BIG EAST play (18 points and 12 rebounds) contributed to Villanova's 89-79 win at Marquette. 

Wright gave Ochefu high regards for overcoming adversity through numerous injuries for his first double-double since the Seton Hall game on Jan. 6.

"Daniel played with confidence and the first Marquette game was where he got hurt and we have got him rolling since returning from the flu and concussion," Wright said. "I am really happy for him and we need to use him because he is a force."

From the outset, Ochefu exerted his will in the paint and as a result, Marquette's Luke Fischer found himself in an all-too familiar predicament with four fouls with 9:49 left in regulation.

Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski sensed utter frustration over Fischer's consistent foul troubles throughout the season.

"Luke was in foul trouble a lot and is a little bit of a mystery to me, but Ochefu is a really great player and a veteran," Wojciechowski said. "Because they surround him with four guys who are deadly open shooters, it is very hard to bring help and what you end up doing is having to play [Ochefu] one-on-one and it is very hard."

Being the de facto team to beat in the BIG EAST since its current incarnation in 2013, Wright mentioned about Villanova being the opponent for National Marquette Day the last two seasons.

"I actually talked to Wojo about how funny that it is two years in a row [National] Marquette Day is Villanova," Wright said. "[National] Marquette Day is cool because there are a ton of fans in the hotel and are very nice. 


Balanced Scoring:

Versatile play by Villanova's guards have been a staple over the years and the Marquette game reinforced the status quo as Josh Hart and Ryan Arcidiacono finished with 19 and 10 points, respectively.


After being limited to 19 minutes at Xavier due to foul trouble, Villanova's Kris Jenkins played 35 minutes and tied a game-high with 19 points, on 5-of-12 shooting.


Attendance at the BMO Harris Bradley Center:

The Wildcats and Golden Eagles played in front of the seventh largest crows in school history with 19,043 on hand for Saturday's game.


Keeping perspective going forward:

Even in victory, Wright feels the Wildcats defense can clean up on miscellaneous errors.

"It would seem disappointing given how sloppy we played with our turnovers, but Marquette is the best in the league in turning people over," Wright said. "We shot 57 percent, but those 17 turnovers committed and every time we turned it over, [Marquette] scored and that was huge."

At 25-4 overall and 14-2 in the BIG EAST, Villanova closes out conference play with home games against DePaul (The Pavilion) on March 1 and long-time rival Georgetown (Wells Fargo Center) March 5.



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VIDEO- Villanova/Marquette press conferences



After No. 1 Villanova's 89-79 win at Marquette on Saturday, coaches Jay Wright and Steve Wojciechowski addressed the media.


Wright:



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Villanova/Marquette Photo Gallery



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Friday, February 26, 2016

The show goes on as Villanova tries to respond on the road at Marquette


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Anything can happen in the BIG EAST conference.

Ask the No. 1-ranked Villanova Wildcats, as they went down to the No. 5 Xavier Musketeers, 90-83 on Feb. 24 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Even in the loss, the show goes on and Villanova continues its two-game road trip at Marquette on Saturday.

Josh Hart comes into the matchup at Marquette as the leading scorer for Villanova with 15.0 points per game, along with an average of 7.4 rebounds.

Wildcats coach Jay Wright credited Hart's improvement to his relentless work ethic.

"[Josh] has done a lot of things well and I think his rebounding has improved the most, along with his decision-making," Wright said. 

"He is taking good shots and has a really good feel for the game on offense."

Marquette comes in with back-to-back wins away from the Bradley Center against DePaul and Creighton.

Wright credits Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski for the development of junior Luke Fischer and freshman Haanif Cheatham in conference play.

"What has made [Marquette] so good is that Wojo has done such a great job in developing Henry Ellenson throughout the year, but also bringing balance with Cheatham, Luke Fischer and JaJuan Johnson's improvement," Wright said. 

Even with Ellenson's 16 double-doubles on the season (13th in Division I), Wright knows other Golden Eagles could step up at any given point and can not take the other options lightly.

"You can't shut down Ellenson because the other players will step up and that is why they are playing so good right now," Wright said.



All-Time Series:


Villanova leads the all-time series 18-9, which dates back to 1960. 

However, 19 of the 27 meetings have come as members of the BIG EAST since Marquette joined in the 2005-06 season.

The Golden Eagles' last win against the Wildcats came on Jan. 28, 2013 (82-78). Since the victory, Marquette has dropped the last six games against Villanova.


Game Planner:


No. 1 Villanova at Marquette

Time: Saturday, 1 p.m. CT

TV/Online: Fox/ Fox Sports Go

Line: Villanova (-10)



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Genotology for Feb. 26, 2016


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Here is the latest mock bracket with a ton of shake-ups and surprises:


Notable teams who are ineligible for the NCAA Tournament: 



SMU and Louisville


KEY:

* New entry in the field

> UP

< DOWN



MIDWEST (CHICAGO):


WEST (ANAHEIM):

EAST (PHILADELPHIA):

SOUTH (LOUISVILLE):



Last Four In:

Vanderbilt
Butler
Florida
Tulsa

First Four Out:

Temple
Alabama
St. Bonaventure
Clemson

VIDEO- DePaul press conferences vs St. John's



After defeating St. John's 83-75 on Thursday night, DePaul guard Billy Garrett Jr. and coach Dave Leitao addressed the media.


Garrett:




Leitao:





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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wichita State/Loyola Photo Gallery


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VIDEO- Wichita State/Loyola press conferences



After Wichita State's 76-54 win at Loyola on Wednesday night, both teams addressed the media.


Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet and coach Gregg Marshall:





Loyola coach Porter Moser:





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Wichita State shows its consistency once more in a double-digit win at Loyola


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A dream plan for any school, big or small is to build a perennial winner year in and year out.

The Wichita State Shockers (22-7, 15-2 Missouri Valley Conference) are one of the models of the system coming to fruition with three straight conference titles and 15 league wins in four of its last five seasons.

The Shockers' 15th MVC win on the season came in a 76-54 win over the Loyola Ramblers (14-15, 7-10 MVC) in their last true road game of the season at the Gentile Center in Chicago, Wednesday night.


Entering the game, Wichita State led the country in road scoring margin (+14.1) and added to its total in a 22-point route of Loyola.

"Loyola played well coming into the game and we did not have our best game," Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said. "We managed to play well enough to win by 22 and our defense was key by holding Loyola to 35.3 percent from the field and 29.4 from three-point range."

Wichita State senior guard Fred VanVleet attributes the statistics to the leadership with fellow classmate Ron Baker have formed in the last four seasons and how the influence has rubbed off on the younger talent.

"I think we have guys that have been here long enough that have done this and know what it takes to close out possessions with our length," VanVleet said.

Loyola coach Porter Moser complemented Baker and VanVleet's influence on Wichita State's defensive stranglehold over the years.

"You can see with [Fred and Ron], how much defense means and they really get after it and that is contagious. They have some side and length that effects you defensively," Moser said.

Baker set the tone early with seven of the first 10 points for Wichita State in the first 3:04 of the game and finished with a game-high 19 points, on 6-of-10 from the field.

Moser took a different take from Baker's performance. 

"Ron didn't make his first few shots, but got it going," Moser said. "Baker was terrific with his defense on Milton [Doyle]. [Ron] is an elite defender and you can talk about his shots, but I thought he impacted the game defensively."

VanVleet made his presence known as the quarterback of the offense with a game-high and team-high of seven assists and  rebounds, respectively.

The Shockers made their living from the free throw line going 23-of-27 (85.2 percent) compared to the Ramblers going 13-for-21 (61.9 percent).

The MVC Tournament looms on the horizon for Wichita State and Marshall knows after being eliminated in the semifinals to Illinois State last season and losing once this season on the road, Saturday's meeting takes on extra meaning.

"We will deal with [Illinois State] when we get back home and have two days of preparation," Marshall said. "The first day will focus on video and scouting reports and the second day will deal with practice time."

Wichita State has its eyes set on the month of March, but knows beating Illinois State on Saturday and possibly in the MVC Tournament could be the momentum and swagger it needs to be a legit contender in the NCAA Tournament.


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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Wichita State looks to build momentum towards March at Loyola



                             

Fresh off its third straight Missouri Valley Conference regular season title after defeating Illinois State 84-51 on Feb. 21, the Wichita State Shockers are in prime position to make another run in the NCAA Tournament.

Wichita State (21-7, 14-2 MVC) overcame a hamstring injury from senior Fred VanVleet, which forced him to miss four games in non-conference play.

Three of the four games VanVleet missed were losses at the AdvoCare Invitational to potential postseason teams in Alabama, USC and Iowa in late November.

To make matters worse, the Shockers entered conference play at 6-5 and a 1-4 mark against the Power 6 schools—unfamiliar territory given their recent success in postseason play.

With a chip on their shoulders and ready to prove any doubters wrong about its mundane performances in November and December, Wichita State plowed its way through the MVC winning  the first 11 games and climbed as high as No. 21 in the Associated Press Poll on Feb. 1.

The Shockers unexpectedly dropped two of their next three games to Illinois State and Northern Iowa and looked to be back on the bubble for the tournament.

With a full compliment of players at its disposal, Wichita State responded with three consecutive wins and will look to carry momentum into Wednesday night's game on the road against Loyola (CHI) (14-14, 7-9 MVC) at the Gentile Center.

The Ramblers look to win five out of their last six games overall and will count on senior Montel James to carry the load. James leads the team in points (12.3) and rebounds (6.6) per game.

Senior leadership is the name of the game for the Shockers as Ron Baker leads the team in points (13.8) and rebounds (4.8) per game.

This is the 33rd meeting all-time as Loyola looks for its first win in the series against Wichita State since joining the MVC in 2013.

In the last meeting between the teams on Jan. 27, Loyola's James and Earl Peterson scored 11 each, while Shaquille Morris and Rashard Kelly combined for 23 points and 10 rebounds in Wichita State's 80-54 win.


Game Planner:

Wichita State at Loyola (CHI)

Time: Wednesday, 8 p.m. CT

TV: CSN Chicago+/ESPN3


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Monday, February 22, 2016

Genotology for Feb. 22, 2016



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Here is the latest mock bracket with a ton of shake-ups and surprises:


Notable teams who are ineligible for the NCAA Tournament: 



SMU and Louisville


KEY:

* New entry in the field

> UP

< DOWN





EAST (PHILADELPHIA):





WEST (ANAHEIM):



MIDWEST (CHICAGO):




SOUTH (LOUISVILLE):




LAST FOUR IN:

Florida

Clemson

Butler 

Vanderbilt


FIRST FOUR OUT:

Temple

Creighton
Alabama
Tulsa

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

VIDEO- Oakland/UIC press conferences



After a 74-63 win at UIC on Sunday, Oakland coach Greg Kampe and guard Kay Felder addressed the media, along with UIC coach Steve McClain.


Kampe and Felder:



McClain:





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Felder's double-double good enough in OU's 74-63 win at UIC despite fouling out







Another game, another Kay Felder showcase.

Felder scored 20 points and dished out 10 assists and finished with at least 15 points and 10 assists for the 15th time this season, but fouled out with 2:31 left in regulation.

Oakland picked up the slack and used four free throw makes from Nick Daniels in the final minute of play for a 74-63 win on the road at Illinois-Chicago on Sunday afternoon at the UIC Pavilion.

For the first time since the 2011-12 season, the Golden Grizzlies hit the 20-win mark, but for coach Greg Kampe, the loss to the Valparaiso Crusaders on Feb. 19 still rings fresh in his mind.

"On Friday night, we were playing for the championship [at Valparaiso] and had an emotional basketball game in which we came out on the short end of things, but knew if we win out, we can get the No. 2 seed and it was a huge game for us [at UIC]," Kampe said. "I was really pleased with our effort despite not having great energy at certain points of the game."

Felder's 10 assists stuck out to Kampe because of the unselfishness creating opportunities for other players to shine.

"That's Kay being Kay," Kampe said. "He can get his own shot at anytime and score 30, but I don't think we would be a great basketball team. The great thing about Kay is that he gets all of the players involved and is an unbelievably unselfish player."

Jalen Hayes showed why he tops the Horizon League in rebounds per game at 9.2 with a game-high 13, to go along with 15 points.

UIC coach Steve McClain witnessed first hand what Hayes and others did with Felder in foul trouble for the majority of the game.

"They have really good depth," McClain said. "Their ability to withstand Felder's loss shows how far they can go."


Game Summary:

Felder impacted the first eight points of the game for Oakland with a step back jumper from 17-feet out to open the scoring and back-to-back precise passes to Daniels for long range makes.

The lead exchanged on three different occasions as Felder scored two in the stanza and with Kampe rotating players in and out of the lineup looking for consistency.

With the Golden Grizzlies down 23-20 with 6:59 left in the first half and in a need of a spark, Felder arrived once more and spawned a personal 9-3 run in 2:02 to go ahead by six.

The Golden Grizzlies would maintain the lead for the remainder of the half and went into the locker room with a 39-34 advantage over the Flames behind 15 points and six assists from Felder.

Once Felder fouled out with 2:31 left and Oakland ahead 68-62, he believed his teammates would pull through.

"It was a boneheaded play like coach [Kampe] said, but I knew our guys pulled out just like at Milwaukee and that is what great teams do," Felder said. "When great players go down, ones like Nick Daniels stepped up."

Daniels blossomed with four straight makes in the final minute after seven straight misses by Oakland beforehand.

Oakland came into Sunday's game as the second-best free-throw shooting team in Division I, but Kampe would never have known after an 11-of-21 performance.

"We are the second best free-throw shooting team in the country, but if you didn't know any better, than you would have thought we were awful tonight," Kampe said. "Nick was our player of the game and stepped up down the stretch and made free throws."

Kampe believes the Golden Grizzlies are not one-dimensional and can lean upon other players outside of Felder to contribute and will play a big part in clinching the No. 2 seed in the Horizon League Tournament with a win against Detroit Mercy on Feb. 26.

"We have a lot of great players that go deep, not just shooting from Felder and rebounding from Jalen and that is what makes us a great team," Kampe said.



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