BATON ROUGE - University of Louisiana Monroe guard Daishon Smith has been named the men’s college basketball Player of theWeek by the Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association. Smith was the leading vote getter among the six nominees for the week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6. Smith averaged 33 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals per game while leading the Warhawks to a home sweep over Little Rock and Arkansas State to open Sun Belt Conference play. He shot 66 percent (21-of-32) from the field, including 70 percent (14-of-20) from 3-point range, and 91 percent (10-of-11) from the free-throw line. The senior from Jacksonville, Florida, scored a career-high 42 points in ULM’s 97-84 victory over the Little Rock Trojans on Jan. 3 in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams. His 42 points tied for the eighth-highest single-game total in ULM history. He hit 14-of-19 field-goal attempts against the Trojans, including 10-of-12 3-pointers. … [Read more...] about ULM’s Daishon Smith is state men’s college basketball Player of the Week
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APPLETON - The Lawrence University men's basketball team went cold over the final five minutes Wednesday, and Ripon College got hot and pulled away for an 80-67 Midwest Conference victory at Alexander Gymnasium. Lawrence led for a stretch of nearly 30 minutes until Ripon took the lead for good with 4:36 left. The Red Hawks finished the game on a 20-4 run to take the victory. Bryce Denham paced Lawrence (7-6, 4-2 MWC) with 18 points, six rebounds and three assists. Brad Sendell added 11 points, three assists and two steals for the Vikings, and Mason Materna had 10 points and five rebounds. Cal Schultz led Ripon (6-6, 3-2) and all scorers with 26 points and nine rebounds. Trent Jones added 16 points and eight rebounds for Ripon. Lawrence led 56-49 after Julian DeGuzman's layup with 10:58 remaining, but Ripon went on an 11-4 run to tie the game at 60-60 with 7:34 left. Materna answered with a 3-pointer for the Vikings, but Jones hit a triple, and Tyson Tully's jumper gave Ripon … [Read more...] about Ripon rallies to knock off Lawrence in men’s college basketball action
USA TODAY Sports college basketball writers Lindsay Schnell and Scott Gleeson provide their picks for the 2017-18 All-America first, second and third teams. First team ► G Jalen Brunson, Villanova: The junior guard took the reins as the Wildcats' go-to player, and his style of leadership fit perfectly for this veteran team. Brunson averaged more than 19 points and nearly five assists a game, but his imprint is felt off the stat sheet with his efficiency and consistency. ► G Devonte’ Graham, Kansas: The senior guard stepped into the shoes of last year's national player of the year, Frank Mason. He spearheaded the Jayhawks to their 14th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title, a terrific accomplishment because the league was as tough as it's ever been. Graham averaged more than 17 points and seven assists. ► G Trae Young, Oklahoma: Although the Sooners have plummeted — and so have Young's shooting percentages — in the … [Read more...] about USA TODAY Sports 2017-18 All-America college basketball team
VILLANOVA, Pa. — He is, according to Villanova coach Jay Wright, everything that’s right with college basketball, and “everything we should be celebrating.” Jalen Brunson is smart, tough, efficient, experienced and a terrific leader. He’s already a national champion, having averaged 9.6 points as a freshman starter on Villanova’s 2016 NCAA title team. And in a season dominated by one-and-done superstars, it’s Brunson, the veteran, who stands out. He is the 2018 USA TODAY Sports national player of the year in men’s basketball. “What Jalen does isn’t always appreciated publicly,” Wright told USA TODAY “What he’s trying to do is be the best leader and best example of a Villanova player to our young guys that he can be — and trusting that doing that is going to make him the best version of himself.” FRESHMAN OF YEAR: Oklahoma's Trae Young made instant impact for Sooners COACH OF … [Read more...] about USA TODAY Sports college basketball player of the year: Villanova’s Jalen Brunson
ATLANTA — Up on stage Tuesday, as he addressed a convention of women administrators from across college sports, NCAA president Mark Emmert almost seemed wistful talking about the public’s pronounced loss of faith in American institutions. From Congress to the news media to higher education, Emmert said, opinion polls show the trend lines of approval declining. And his field is no different, as Emmert acknowledged that the public trust of college sports is “still high, but moving the wrong direction.” Emmert’s diagnosis? “It’s often failure to look at the facts,” he said. But perhaps the real answer is taking place in a federal courtroom in Manhattan, where plenty of facts are being laid out about the sport Emmert’s organization oversees and, in fact, relies on to fund the NCAA’s very existence. Based only on the small amount of evidence and sworn testimony available in the first of three trials related to the … [Read more...] about College basketball under assault in federal trial, but how much does NCAA care?