Texas Tech Coach Tubby Smith Crashes Motorcycle During School’s ‘Showtime’ Event

It’s that time of the year when schools try to hype up their fans for college basketball season.

On Friday night, we all saw Drake’s big entrance to Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness event with a lint roller.

Not to be outdone, Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith came flying in on a motorcycle as Shaft to the school’s Midnight Madness “Showtime” event.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned.

Smith ended up taking a fall on his bike, but luckily, he was okay. The Red Raiders coach seemed more concerned with the condition of the court.

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Derrick Rose schools Ty Lawson with killer crossover (Video / GIF)

Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose schooled Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson with a killer crossover while scoring a fast break layup during the first quarter of Monday night’s preseason game at the United Center.Rose used his speed to blow right by Lawson and made it look so easy.  Lawson had no chance to even slow him down.Rose finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists as the Bulls beat the Nuggets 110-90.Video via NBA.
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NCAA schools’ responses to domestic violence

College athletic administrators are cutting loose athletes who commit acts of violence.

      
 

 

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NCAA schools have similar responses to domestic violence

College athletic administrators are cutting loose athletes who commit acts of violence.

      
 

 

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Acting independently, NCAA schools have similar responses to domestic violence

College athletic administrators are cutting loose athletes who commit acts of violence.

      
 

 

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U.S. senators demand answers from Power Five schools

The letter demanded answers regarding athlete welfare.

      
 

 

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Meet the Guards of the Future: High School’s Elite Prospects

Many of the top guard prospects in the country gathered at Stephen Curry’s Under Armour SC30 Select Camp this summer to improve their games and receive some top-level coaching.

Bleacher Report put together the ultimate 57-second mixtape highlighting their dunking abilities and detailing why they are the guards of the future.

Watch the video and be enthralled by some of the most spectacular athletes of the next generation.  

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The Most Exciting NCAA Basketball Players from Schools You’ve Never Heard Of

Can a high-scoring player be considered a star if he plays for a school that never plays nationally televised games?

Players like Incarnate Word’s Denzel Livingston and UMKC’s Martez Harrison are the college basketball version of the tree falling in the forest with no one around to hear the sound.

Fortunately, we have the box scores to confirm that these 10 players are actually excelling at No Name Tech and Anonymous A&M.

You might have to find some grainy online feeds to keep up with these guys during the 2014-15 season, but you won’t be disappointed if you make it a point to watch each of these players at least once before he graduates.

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Nebraska among 2 big-time schools with no NCAA win (Yahoo Sports)

Now that Nebraska has made it back to the NCAA tournament, the next challenge is to get a win there. The Cornhuskers (19-12) go into Friday’s West Region game against Baylor (24-11) in San Antonio with the distinction of being one of two power-conference programs to have never won a game in the tournament. Nebraska coach Tim Miles has repeatedly said he doesn’t want his name associated with anything that has or hasn’t happened before his arrival last year. The Huskers’ 0-6 NCAA record might not be an albatross to him, but he does feel the fans’ pain and likened the situation to that of two Major League Baseball teams.

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Arizona State Basketball: Sun Devils Stumble at Rocky Mountain Schools

Hot on the heels of one of the biggest victories in Arizona State basketball history over the No. 2-ranked in-state rival Arizona Wildcats, the Sun Devils (19-8, 8-6 Pac-12) went on the road and fell flat—hard.

Traveling to the newer basketball arenas in the Pac-12 and escaping with a victory at Colorado and Utah is not easy, just ask the aforementioned Wildcats, who needed overtime to escape the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City unscathed. 

When Arizona State arrived at the Coors Event Center in Boulder, the Buffaloes were fresh off a road victory over USC and had won four of their last five games including a thrilling overtime win over Utah. The Sun Devils had only lost one game in the previous month, including two overtime games and the epic victory over Arizona.

The Sun Devils were embarrassed in Boulder, shooting a meager 31.5 percent from the floor and 28 percent from beyond the arc. Arizona State was out-rebounded by the largest margin all season, 48-27, including a 15-5 advantage on the offensive glass. Five offensive rebounds—by the entire team—in 40 minutes.

Jermaine Marshall, who had been clutch in the past three overtime victories over Cal, Oregon State and Arizona, went ice cold. Marshall shot 3-of-13, including 1-of-8 from three-point territory, in Boulder and 3-of-10 from the field, 1-of-7 from three, in Salt Lake City.

Jordan Bachynski, the Pac-12 all-time leader in blocks, who leads all Division I players averaging 4.4 per game, had one block against Colorado and three at Utah. Bachynski nearly averages a double-double on the season with 8.9 rebounds and 11.7 points per game. In the past two games, he averaged 4.5 points and rebounds per game.

Jahii Carson, the most NBA-ready player on the team, was like Jekyll and Hyde on the roadie. Carson nearly missed a double-double in Boulder, netting 18 points and seven rebounds, but he was nowhere to be found in Salt Lake City, with eight points and one rebound.

The most consistent player of the Rocky Mountain trip was senior forward Shaquielle McKissic, who averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game, a sizable improvement from the 8.8 points and 5.3 rebounds he averaged before leaving on the road trip. 

The Sun Devils played horribly on the road trip and head coach Herb Sendek would be the first to admit it. 

“We played horrible basketball,” Sendek told Doug Haller of azcentral.com. ”I have no explanation. You’d have to ask them. We didn’t make plays. We didn’t defend. Couldn’t make shots, couldn’t make free throws. It’s really inexplicable and quite a dismal performance.”

With all the work that Sendek has done to extinguish his hot seat over the past two seasons, will this horrible road trip re-ignite the flame? Arizona Republic sports columnist Paola Boivin tweeted this assurance for Sendek:

 

It’s not all doom and gloom for Sendek and the Sun Devils as they still maintain a quality RPI of 32 and are 3-3 against teams with an RPI of 50 or better; their College Basketball Power Index (BPI) is also respectable at No. 38, which places them as a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament. 

America’s foremost bracketologist, Joe Lunardi, has the Sun Devils as a No. 9 seed playing against Virginia Commonwealth in the South bracket in Orlando. Regardless of the seeding, ASU Basketball had this to say on Twitter Monday afternoon after the new bracketology prediction was announced:

The Sun Devils are 14-1 at home this year and 30-5 in the past two seasons, including victories over two ranked teams in Arizona and Marquette. This week, Arizona State welcomes two teams with better conference records in Stanford and California, so victories over the Northern California schools will dramatically improve their seeding in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament.

Arizona State finishes on the road again this season against a pair of struggling Oregon teams. Regardless of the competition, if the Devils repeat this past road trip in Oregon, everything could all be for naught.

 

David A. Bowers is the featured columnist for Arizona State Athletics. Follow him on Twitter— @asudave. 

 

 

    

 

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