Villanova Basketball: 5 Reasons We Can’t Wait for Wildcats’ 2014-15 Season

Following last week’s schedule announcement for the 2014-15 season, the excitement level for the new season grew a bit for Villanova fans. 

Now that we know the who, what and where for the games played by the Wildcats, it is time to find more reasons to get excited for the season that is now just two months away.

Continue reading on for a look at the five reasons why we can’t wait for the action to begin. 

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Charles Barkley Can’t Find the Strike Zone on 1st Pitch at Wrigley Field

Having already proven himself on the basketball court, Charles Barkley decided to try his luck at baseball this week.

Barkley threw out the first pitch before Tuesday night’s Cincinnati Reds-Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Although the NBA analyst’s pitch didn’t quite find the strike zone, there have certainly been worse first pitches.

It should come as no surprise that he was able to laugh at himself after the pitch bounced by Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

During the game, Barkley discussed the pitch and even talked some basketball.

[MLB.com]

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Pittsburgh Basketball: 5 Reasons We Can’t Wait for the Panthers’ 2014-15 Season

The Gregorian calendar says we are less than a week from the autumnal equinox. The NCAA calendar says, that with college football entering the fourth week of its season, fall is essentially already here.

And if fall is here, then logically we’re that much closer to college basketball season. We consider that a plus.

There are certain rites of passage throughout those four or five months that can not go unappreciated. Some of them, to Pittsburgh fans who have witnessed the rebirth of their men’s program, might have a “been there, done that” feel. But a little perspective never hurts.

This is our opportunity to provide that perspective. Let’s take a look at a couple obvious and not-so-obvious reasons we’re looking forward to watching the 2014-15 Panthers play.

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10 Reasons We Can’t Wait for the 2014-15 NCAA Basketball Season to Begin

Although the start of the 2014-15 NCAA basketball season is still a couple of months away, hoops fans have good cause to be excited to see the year tip off. When preseason hype turns into on-court reality, there are going to be some entertaining answers to the biggest questions of the summer.

One of those mysteries is whether Kansas can sustain its amazing run of Big 12 dominance. After nine straight conference titles, Perry Ellis and his mates are in for major competition this year, and even Bill Self’s usual influx of high-powered freshmen may not be enough to keep his team on top.

Read on to find out who poses the most dangerous threat to the Jayhawks’ reign, and to catch up on nine more great opportunities that we, as fans of college basketball, will enjoy once the games begin in the fall.

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New schedule’s out: 10 games you can’t miss

LeBron James returns to Cleveland, then Miami. The Spurs raise their banner. And more!

      
 

 

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New schedule out: 10 you can’t miss

LeBron James returns to Cleveland, then Miami. The Spurs raise their banner. And more!

      
 

 

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Individual Matchups We Can’t Wait to See in 2014-15 College Basketball Season

College basketball is not like the movies where the sequel invariably pales in comparison to the original.

Thanks to the lessons that players learn from film, the rematch of any great game has the potential to be even better. The same goes for any great individual battle that takes place as a subplot to those games.

North Carolina defeated both Kentucky and Louisville last season, thanks to Marcus Paige outdueling the Harrison twins and Montrezl Harrell struggling against the Heels’ green, but plentiful, crew of big men. Both games get a sequel this season, and with them Harrell and the Harrisons get a chance to redeem themselves.

These are just a pair of the great individual matchups we have to look forward to as the college basketball season draws near. There are a couple of other sequels in the offing, but many of these are potential blockbusters that we may never see again.

So start forming a line to the left, because tickets are going fast. And make sure your popcorn is ready.

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Cleveland forgives, can’t wait to cheer LeBron

USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt took to the streets of Cleveland and found that Cavaliers fans are ready to forget the past and cheer LeBron James in his return.

      
 

 

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Andrew Wiggins’ Big Hops Can’t Help Him with a Jump Rope

Andrew Wiggins may be one of the most athletic players in the 2014 NBA draft, but there are still some activities that he struggles with.

On the day before the draft, Wiggins attempted to jump rope at an NBA Cares event in New York. The kids around him didn’t have much trouble with the jump ropes, but the 6’8″ prospect had a trouble getting into a rhythm. 

Luckily, Wiggins can shoot a basketball better than he can jump rope.

[KUsports.com, h/t Lost Lettermen]

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6 Reasons You Can and Can’t Believe in Portland Trail Blazers’ Playoff Success

The Portland Trail Blazers could advance to the second round of the playoffs or possibly even the Western Conference finals.

The Trail Blazers started out the season by winning 21 of their first-25 games, which prompted many to believe they could win perhaps a round or two in the postseason given how dominant they looked early.

Portland has since lost a bit of a steam. Head coach Terry Stotts has watched his team lose nine of 13 contests in March, and the losses have turned the Trail Blazers into a question mark more than anything.

Granted, the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge has been part of the reason for the stumbles. Aldridge has missed seven straight games due to back spasms.

With that said, the Trail Blazers have shown their best and worst stretches of basketball, and it helps paint a picture of what to expect in the playoffs.

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