As you may know, Loyola University in Chicago has a men’s basketball team, and that basketball team has had an incredible past few months. After going 28-5 during regular season play, the Ramblers steamrolled through the Missouri Valley Conference tournament to clinch a bid to March Madness, and since the tournament began, the Ramblers have won four straight games as underdogs and are headed to the Final Four. As the Ramblers have made themselves Cinderella, the face of the program is not who one would expect. It is not Porter Moser, the coach who turned the program around as it transitioned from the Horizon League to the Missouri Valley five years ago, nor is it the starting point guard, Clayton Custer, who was selected MVC Player of the Year. No, the face of Loyola Basketball has been its chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt. The 98-year-old nun has exuded more confidence and swag than any of us could have hoped to do ourselves, and it an endearing figure. I love Sister Jean as much as anyone. Having said that, people in wheelchairs are not responsible for winning NCAA men’s basketball tournament games. The people responsible for Loyola’s incredible run are its coaching staff and its players, and it seems that no one knows anything about why this team has made it this far. How is an 11-seed going to the Final Four?Read More
In the one-and-done era, college basketball is nothing more than a way station, a brief crossroads between high school and the NBA for top prospects. This select group of players get one season in the collegiate ranks, a meaningless year that equates to an extended tryout for the NBA. There’s nothing wrong with this path to the league (I fully support the one-and-done rule), but the infusion of talented 18 and 19 year olds into the draft pool has overshadowed a different group of players- the guys that stayed all four years.Read More
The North Carolina Tar Heels and Gonzaga Bulldogs both punched their tickets to the National Championship game in exciting fashion.Read More
March Madness surely lived up to its hype yet again this year. After the Round of 64 had only a few upsets, the Round of 32 made up for its lack of excitement. There were a number of fantastic matchups and gritty hard fought games. And while I wouldn’t say there are any undeserving teams in the Sweet Sixteen, the South has proven to be the best.Read More
Back in the winter of 2012, I began one of my many adventures into sports media as a recent college graduate. As a part-time sports reporter for WMFD TV out of Mansfield, Ohio, my job was to cover a local basketball game every Friday night within the area and report on it during the 'Scores & More' program that took place later that evening. As an avid high school basketball fan, you can imagine my level of excitement every Friday night. But when I covered my first Mansfield Senior Tygers game, my excitement immediately turned to intrigue when a 5'7" point guard stole the show.Read More
The UCLA men’s basketball team continued their magical turnaround season this past weekend by winning back-to-back games on the road for the first time under head coach Steve Alford. At first, that stat may be surprising. How could the mighty Bruins of Westwood not have had a road sweep in the past three and a half seasons? But if you dig a little deeper, it isn’t as crazy as it may seem.Read More
For about the last year or so, I’ve wanted to write about a basketball coach by the name of Rollie Massimino. For those of you that don’t find this name familiar, let me fill you in. As one of the founding coaching members of The Big East Conference, Massimino coached his Villanova Wildcats to a national championship back in 1985, and after stops at UNLV and Cleveland State, the coaching legend is now in his eleventh season at the helm of Keiser University (formerly Northwood) in the NAIA.Read More
Pat Summitt is by all measures a legendary figure. Growing up in Tennessee, there were two people who were revered by the entire state. The first is Peyton Manning. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a football star from an SEC school obtains legendary status. That fits with the culture of a place where football is oftentimes seemingly more important than life itself. Then there is Pat Summitt, a women’s basketball coach. When looking at the nearby states, women’s basketball does not reign supreme. This is part of what makes her legacy that much more impressive.Read More
Note: The Celtics, 76ers, Nuggets, and Suns are all very likely to make a trade involving their first round picks, but I assumed that they could not get any deals they liked when doing this, and drafted the players I thought they would draft.Read More
This is the next article is my series on the NBA draft.
* NOTE: Once again, when listing draft picks, I assume that the draft lottery will hold true to the teams’ final records, which, though unlikely, will still put most teams...Read More
This is the next article is my series on the NBA draft.
* NOTE: Once again, when listing draft picks, I assume that the draft lottery will hold true to the teams’ final records, which, though unlikely, will still put most teams within...Read More
The NBA season is winding down, and most of the league is now looking ahead to the off-season. The draft lottery is scheduled for May 17, which is just a week away...Read More
Over the last four years, UConn’s Breanna Stewart has enjoyed a pretty successful career. Not only did she win four-straight National Championships (something that has never been done before) and average more than 19 points and eight rebounds twice during her four years with the Huskies, but she will arguable go into the history books as one of the greatest women’s college basketball players of all time.Read More
Today, I sat next to Brandon Ingram on the bus. No basketball, no March Madness, just two Duke Blue Devils heading to class. Of course, next year he will go on and make millions in the NBA, and I will return to Duke for my sophomore year, nothing more than a student and Cameron Crazie with a decent pull-up jumper. But for now, the basketball season is over.Read More