Michigan State set to take on Kentucky in second top-five matchup in five days
“I think this is the best Kentucky team I’ve seen,” the veteran Michigan State coach said on Monday. 4 Kentucky team when the Wildcats and Michigan State play in a Tuesday night Champions Classic matchup in Indianapolis (7 p.m., ESPN). This version of the Wildcats, Izzo said, stands out largely for its experience. Michigan State will be playing its second top-five opponent in a span of five days, after the Spartans fell to No. “Another game for us where we’ll learn a lot about our team,” Izzo said.mlive.com
As Mady Sissoko surges for MSU, Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe questionable entering matchup
Throughout the summer, the center matchup in Michigan State’s scheduled game against Kentucky looked about as lopsided as could be. 4 Wildcats have the returning national player of the year on its roster at the center position who has proven a dominant force in college basketball. Michigan State has a junior starting center who has two career starts and little playing experience under his belt. That’s because Oscar Tshiebwe is questionable to suit up for Kentucky in the matchup while Michigan State’s Mady Sissoko is coming off an eye-opening performance. So we’ll have to see.”Tshiebwe’s potential absence could prove a break for Michigan State when it takes on the No.mlive.com
Calipari calls Kentucky a 'basketball school,' riling Stoops
John Calipari’s push for upgraded practice facilities for his Kentucky basketball team drew a sharp jab from Wildcats football coach Mark Stoops on Twitter after the Hall of Fame coach referred to the university as a “basketball school” in an interview.
Central Michigan names Kentucky assistant Tony Barbee new men’s basketball coach
Former Auburn and Texas-El Paso men’s basketball coach Tony Barbee will take over as the Central Michigan University men’s basketball coach, athletic director Amy Folan announced Friday. In four years at UTEP, Barbee was 82-52, leading the Miners to a Conference USA title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2010. “I’m humbled and excited to be the next head coach at Central Michigan University,” Barbee stated in a press release. He served as an assistant coach at Massachusetts, Wyoming and Memphis before taking the UTEP head coaching job. MOREKeno Davis out as Central Michigan men’s basketball coachmlive.com
Kentucky NCAA hopes end after being bounced from SEC tourney
But things began spiraling downward for the Wildcats long before Thursday's disappointing 74-73 setback against Mississippi State that sealed their fate: No NCAA Tournament this year. AdDigesting the reality and enduring a losing season at college basketball's winningest program will make for a long offseason for the Wildcats. “But at the end of the day, you've gotta win games and you've gotta be tough and you've got to play winning basketball. The Wildcats rebounded to win their first three SEC games, only to seesaw between a four-game skid and three-game winning streak. One of the main issues for the Wildcats was putting up points, as Kentucky ranked 200th in Division I in scoring.
John Chaney, commanding Temple basketball coach, dies at 89
John Chaney, one of the nations leading Black coaches and a commanding figure during a Hall of Fame basketball career at Temple, has died. He was twice named national coach of the year and his teams at Temple won six Atlantic 10 conference titles. “Coach Chaney was like a father to me,” McKie said. AdIn 1994, he had a heated exchange following a game against UMass in which he threatened to kill coach John Calipari. “John Chaney was more than just a Hall of Fame Basketball coach.
Ranking the 10 most disappointing teams in college basketball so far
Kentucky coach John Calipari scratches his head late in the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. Tennessee won 81-73. Both are currently fringe NCAA Tournament teams, so it all combines to form a very lackluster resume. Washington went 27-9 and won an NCAA Tournament game in 2019, but so far this year, the Huskies are 1-11 and winless in the worst power conference in the sport. Most bracketologists had the Panthers penciled in as an 11 or 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Many of the other struggling blue bloods are dominating media attention, but if Cincinnati misses the NCAA Tournament, it shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Florida's Johnson rejoins team, works as coach amid recovery
(AP Photo/Matt Stamey, File)GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida forward Keyontae Johnson is back with the team and working as a coach in practice, coach Mike White said Monday. Johnson was released from the hospital last week, 10 days after collapsing on the court at Florida State and needing emergency medical attention. “Our guys are ready to move forward, not move on from Keyontae, but move forward with him," White said. Witnesses said Johnson was standing near midcourt and suddenly fell forward and landed on his face. White said Johnson already has mentioned that he's “ready to roll” and wants to practice, but doctors will decide when and if that happens this season.
Florida's Johnson leaves hospital 10 days after collapse
(AP Photo/Matt Stamey, File)GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida forward Keyontae Johnson is being released from the hospital Tuesday, 10 days after collapsing on the court at Florida State and needing emergency medical attention. Kentucky's John Calipari is one of many coaches in college basketball who have said they would like to know if Johnson's collapse was related to his positive COVID-19 test months earlier. Witnesses said Johnson was standing near midcourt and suddenly fell forward and landed on his face. Like many of his Florida teammates, Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 during the summer. The SEC mandates strict protocols, including rigorous heart testing, before players can be cleared to return to play following positive COVID-19 tests.
No. 22 Tar Heels top Kentucky for Wildcats' 5th loss in row
North Carolina won 75-63. Armando Bacot scored 11 of his team-high 14 points in the second half Saturday, rallying No. 22 North Carolina from a double-digit deficit to beat Kentucky 75-63 at the CBS Sports Classic. ... North Carolina has completed its nonleague schedule and will play its next 20 games in the Atlantic Coast Conference. UP NEXTNorth Carolina: Plays at North Carolina State in its ACC opener Dec. 22.
Gonzaga, Baylor remain atop AP Top 25 after game scrapped
West Virginia and Gonzaga play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Indianapolis. Gonzaga was scheduled to play Baylor but the game was cancelled due to COVID. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Gonzaga and Baylor remained atop the AP Top 25 men's basketball poll Monday after their hotly anticipated weekend game in Indianapolis was called off about 90 minutes before tipoff because of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing within the Bulldogs' program. Wisconsin was tied with the Longhorns, followed by Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Texas Tech, Virginia, Richmond and Florida State. The final five were Rutgers, Ohio State, Arizona State, San Diego State and Louisville.
Wright powers Georgia Tech past slumping No. 20 Kentucky
Moses Wright scored 21 points and Georgia Tech recovered from a poor start to the season to beat No. Georgia Tech (1-2) rebounded with a strong performance following losses to state rivals Georgia State and Mercer. BIG PICTUREEven by Kentucky standards, this is a major rebuilding job and the Wildcats' youth showed against Georgia Tech. It was a key recovery for coach Josh Pastner's Georgia Tech team. Georgia Tech: At Nebraska on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Michigan's Juwan Howard lands top-rated recruiting class
Juwan Howard's coaching acumen was never in doubt when he took over as Michigan's coach in 2019. Howard's 2021 class, rated No. The first day of the early signing period was Wednesday, but Michigan won't officially announce its 2021 recruiting class until the last player in it has signed on Friday. 4 overall recruiting class, topped by Trey Patterson, a 6-7 forward from Somerset, New Jersey, rated No. Coach Leonard Hamilton and the Seminoles still have three more commits expected to sign soon, including five-star players Matthew Cleveland and Jalen Warley, in a class rated No.
Kentucky hits No. 1 in AP Top 25 after Michigan State win
Kentucky head coach John Calipari urges his team on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Eastern Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. 1 in the AP Top 25 men's college basketball poll. The Wildcats rose one spot after winning a 1-vs-2 matchup with Michigan State to open the season in the Champions Classic, followed by an easy win against Eastern Kentucky. Kentucky (2-0) earned 64 of 65 first-place votes in Monday's poll, marking the first time the Wildcats have reached No. ___For more AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25___Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap
Maxey leads No. 2 Kentucky past No. 1 Michigan State 69-62
1 Michigan State on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. Michigan State entered the season as the No. This Kentucky team is built around returning contributors instead of one-and-done freshmen, but Maxey asserted himself in his first game. 2 matchup in college basketball in the last 10 years, and the third involving Michigan State in the Champions Classic. Kentucky supporters and Michigan State traded "Go Big Blue!"
Spartans Quest For Championship Begins Tonight In The Big Apple
The nations top teams dont have to wait long to find out how they measure up against some of the best competition. 4 Duke in the Champions Classic, the marquee event in college basketballs opening week. The Jayhawks and Blue Devils meet Tuesday night in New Yorks Madison Square Garden, followed by the Spartans and Wildcats in the 42nd meeting of the Top 25 polls top teams. Like Calipari, Kansas coach Bill Self said he would typically prefer to play a game or two before playing in this event. Previously, two ACC teams last met in a season-opening conference matchup in December 1967, according to the league.detroit.cbslocal.com