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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The top 5 Legendary Coaches in College Basketball History

The top 5 Legendary Coaches in College Basketball History
The sacred halls of college basketball has had its fair share of prominent as well as  notorious coaches. But only a few are legendary, leaving their mark, long after their time has passed.

Some of these coaches are known for their leadership, some for their discipline and some for their panache, but they’re all iconic figures at their respective programs.

Five coaches who have cemented their places in college basketball tradition make our list,  and plenty of worthy candidates were left off.

No. 5 --Bobby Knight--While most fans will remember Knight for his colorful personality and how he chocked a player during  his stint at Indiana or how he threw a chair across the court during a game, some college basketball enthusiast will praise him for running clean programs and graduating most of his players. all while becoming the all-time winningest coach in college basketball with 902 victories, until Mike Krzyzewski surpassed him in 2011. He won three NCAA championships, 11 Big 10 titles and has been the national coach of the year four times. He is one of three basketball coaches to ever win an Olympic gold medal, an NCAA title and an NIT championship before retiring  in 2008.

No. 4--Adolph Rupp--You don't get a stadium named after you unless you deserve it, An Rupp is fourth in total victories by a men's NCAA Division I college coach, winning 876 games in 42 years of coaching. I guess you'd say that qualifies you. Before the reign of Rick Pitino, Rupp was Kentucky basketball. In 42 seasons in Lexington he collected four NCAA championships and would have coached even longer, but the university had a policy that all employees must retire at the age of 70.

No. 3 --Mike Krzyzewski-- The only active coach out of this group, "Coach K" has served as the head men's basketball coach at Duke University for 32 seasons, racking up four NCAA Championships, 11 Final Fours, 12 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season titles, and 13 ACC Tournament championships. On top of his accomplishments on the college level, Coach K also coached the 2010 FIBA World Championship team, as well as the U.S. team to a gold medal in the 2008 summer’s Olympics.

No. 2 --Dean Smith-- Smith, who has been called a “coaching legend” by the Basketball Hall of Fame, will be remembered most for his successful 36-year coaching tenure at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retiring in 1997, he had recorded  879 wins – the third most in the history of college basketball today. He’s won two national championships and appeared in 11 Final Fours. Perhaps the only man loved more in Chapel Hill than Michael Jordan, a player that was on Smith's first national championship team in 1982.

No. 1-- John Wooden-- In 27 seasons the "Wizard of Westwood", he won 664 games and 10 NCAA championships with UCLA No other coach has even come close to those accomplishments. But is wasn't just statistics that  earned Wooden six  national coach of the year awards.  It was his renowned short, simple inspirational messages to his players, including his "Pyramid of Success," that not only were directed at how to be a success in basketball, but in life as well.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What does NIT Stand for? National Invitation Tournament

We have a lot of sports bettors who come to us and ask what the heck the (NIT) stands for. The funny answer is Not in Tournament for those who miss our on the big dance selected college basketball squads are invited to play in the National Invitation Tournament.

The N.I.T. consists of only 32 teams half the size of the former 64 teams that used to be in the bigger tourney until it was expanded with play in games this year.

The invitational was started in 1938 when Temple University beat out Colorado and is still going on strong today. In Fact Coopers Pick has gone 5-1 thus far this year with our betting picks.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Texas Longhorns vs Kansas Jayhawks Picks

No. 10 Texas Longhorns (27-6) vs. No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (31-2)

NCAAB Point Spread: OFF

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This game will be aired on ESPN at 6 PM and while lines are not out they should
be posted later this morning.

The Big 12 Championship pits Texas and Kansas, who was won this tournament
in 4 of the past 5 seasons. The Jayhawks may have a little revenge on their
mind, as the Longhorns snapped their 69-game home winning streak earlier this
season. Both teams are obviously headed for the NCAA Tournament, but this
game is still important to each since Kansas will probably get a top seed if they
can win while Texas will get a very high seed if they win.

Yesterday in the semis of the Big 12 tournament Kansas did not play good
defense, but still beat Colorado 90-83 and Texas had no problems beating Texas
A&M 70-58.

Texas got good games yesterday from their big guns of Tristan Thompson and
Jordan Hamilton, as they combined for 31 points and 21 rebounds. In the 3
conference tournament games for Texas Thomson has had a double-double in
every game.

The Longhorns shot 49.1% from the floor in the win over Texas A&M, but the
main reason they won by 12 points is that they played great defense holding the
Aggies to only 35.4% and held them to 24 points in the first half.

The F duo of the Morris Twins of Marcus and Markieff did not play well in the
loss to Texas earlier this season combining for 26 points and 12 boards, but in
their win over Colorado yesterday they combined for 40 points and 21 boards.
The Texas’ D will key on these guys again and there will be a lot of pressure on
guards Tyrel Reed (9.8 ppg) and Brady Morningstar (6.7 ppg) to hit their open
shots from the outside so Texas does not drop down in the lane to stop the
Morris twins. In yesterday’s game against Colorado Reed did his part scoring 15
points and hit 3/6 of his 3-pointers while Morningstar was only 3/9 from the field
and he missed all 3 of his 3-pointers.

Kansas has to play better defense than they did yesterday when they allowed
Colorado to shoot 49.2% from the floor. This is especially the case if Kansas
struggles with their shot like they did in the home loss to Texas earlier this
season where they only shot 35.9%.

Texas is 3-0 ATS in their Big 12 tourney games while Kansas is 0-2. Kansas has
not been a good ATS team lately, as they are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games

and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. Texas has covered the spread in
their last 5 games held at a neutral site.

This season Texas has been a better betting team going 20-8 ATS while Kansas
is only 15-15-1 ATS. Kansas has not covered the spread in their 2 games in the
conference tourney and Texas has covered in their 3 games and is 5-0 ATS in
their last 5 neutral site games.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

10 Toughest Places to Play in College Hoops

The 10 Toughest Places to Play in College Hoops

So what makes these hallowed halls inspire terror into the hearts of even the most self-assured players?

Is it the raucous fans, the agonizing taunts, the deafening chants, or maybe the aura of legends and lore?

Chances are it’s all of the above and then some.

Here we take a look at 10 of the nation’s most frightening arenas in college hoops today, in hopes of discovering why they are some of the most menacing places in all of sports.

No. 10: The Kohl Center- Home of the Wisconsin Badgers, the place has become somewhat of a black hole where teams rarely emerge victorious. Since 1998, the Badgers have registered an astonishing home record of 169-17.

This hallowed hall of the frigid north played host to a 38-game winning streak in the early 2000s, which came to an end in 2004 at the hands of the Illinois Fighting Illini, who were ranked number one in the nation at the time.

The student cheering section is a frenzy each and every game, and has been dubbed the "Grateful Red".

No. 9: Memorial Gymnasium- The Commodores home court is distinctly recognizable by its elevated floor giving a rather peculiar sense that the players are playing on a stage.

Built in 1952, and following a setup that was rather common at the time, the team benches are located at the ends of the hardwood. A one of a kind design in today’s college basketball configurations.

This makes things interesting as coaches are forced to call the shots from the baseline.

The sheer design gives Vandy a distinctive home court advantage as the fans, which seem to embrace the peculiarity of the arena, only create a bigger nuisance for visitors.

No. 8: The Breslin Center- Visiting teams should consider themselves one of the lucky few if they have been fortunate enough to snatch a win at the Breslin Center. You might liken the event as rare as the Clippers making the postseason.

The fans, bedecked in green or white, are known as the "Izzone" and create a ruckus like no other. According to a 2006 Sports Illustrated study, the Izzone is the third most guttural cheering section in the nation.

The Spartans recorded a ridiculous 53-game home-winning streak at the Bres between 1998-2002, and a 28-game winning streak from 2007 to 2009. The arena's current basketball court is the same floor where the Spartans won the 2000 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, which was at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis

No. 7: Peterson Events Center- The “Pete”, home to the Panthers, is one of the nation’s premier arenas. This enigmatic place was voted the toughest place to play in the Big East Conference in an anonymous player poll conducted by Sports Illustrated in 2006.

The raucous Oakland Zoo is one of the most dedicated student sections in the country and is over 2,000 strong.

Since taking up residence at the Pete in 2002, Pitt boast an exceptional 132-11 home record, which includes a 31-game home winning streak from 2008-2010.

No. 6: Comcast Center-The Comcast Center is home to some of the most brutal and merciless fans in the country. The student section is based upon a loyalty points system, which ensures that the most passionate fans always gain seating.

The students of "Terp Mountain" have been known to get a little rowdy. Filling the first 10 rows of seats on all sides of the court, students are all over the visiting opponents. The opposing basket in the second half of games may be the most noticeable as the 2,600 seats that are located behind the basket, more commonly known as “The Wall” is an intimidating factor in its own right.

Just ask any opposing player attempting to hit a clutch free throw.

No. 5: The Carrier Dome- The mere mention of its name makes visiting players shake in their Nike’s. With a capacity of 33,000, it the nation's largest on-campus basketball arena, and there is always an endless sea of orange in attendance in Rochester.

Because of that, Syracuse has set numerous attendance records throughout the years including breaking the record for the largest on-campus attendance for a basketball game (34,616), as the Orange played cordial host and then dismantled the Villanova Wildcats, 95-77.

The atmosphere is like a rock concert – deafening.

No. 4: Gallagher-Iba Arena- Also known as the "Madison Square Garden of the Plains," Oklahoma State's arena was named the best college gymnasium in the country in 2001 by CBS Sportsline.com and the rowdiest too.

Pokes fans live up to that title, feeding the frenzy and intimidating all who enter through its doors. Throw in a visit by conference rival Oklahoma, and it’s pure pandemonium.

Through 71 tradition-rich seasons, historic Gallagher-Iba Arena remains home to more national championships than any other facility. From its original white maple floor to the numerous banners that fill the rafters, the place is a cathedral to the sport of basketball and a place where the ‘Boys have amassed nearly 700 victories.

No. 3: Rupp Arena-Maximum Capacity- Hailed as the Mecca of college basketball, the “Rupp” has led the NCAA in attendance 22 times, including 14 out of the last 15 seasons.

The legacy of the legendary players, coaches and teams that once roamed the bowels of this sacred site, still haunt opponents who visit here.

But it’s the fans -- especially those in the "eRUPPtion zone" -- that put the fear into visiting teams and make Rupp Arena one of the most intimidating places to play in the country.

The Wildcats are 445-60 at home with a .881 winning percentage -- among the nation's best – so it's easy to see why "Cawood’s Court" provides one of the most spectacular big-game atmospheres in the college sports world.

No. 2: Allen Fieldhouse- The Rock Chalk Chant is one of the great traditions of Phog Allen Fieldhouse, where the Jayhawks have posted a record of 633-106 since it opened in 1955.

When the opposing team is introduced, members of the student section traditionally take out a copy of the campus newspaper, the University Daily Kansan, and pretend to read it in attempt to demean the opposition.

When the Jayhawks are introduced, students rip up the papers, throwing them in the air to produce a confetti-like effect all across the stadium.

"Pay Heed, All Who Enter, Beware of the Phog!"

No. 1: Cameron Indoor Stadium- It's hard to believe the Blue Devils play in an arena that only seats 9,300. But the famous "Cameron Crazies," make up for capacity, turning Duke's home turf into one of the scariest college courts in the land where the volume has been recorded as high as 116 decibels.

Duke's overall record at Cameron Indoor is an astounding 737-150.

One of the unique charms to Cameron is the village that surrounds the arena for the biggest home games of the year. Aptly named for its coach, Krzyzewskiville is home to hundreds of fans in the days leading up to game day.

Face paint, body paint, and loss of voice is not only commonplace at Cameron indoor; it is expected as the “Crazies” are famous for jumping up and down for the entire game, hollering chants of "Let's Go Duke."

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Matt Martz is a sports writer for the Bakersfield Californian, the Oregonian, and Utah Spectrum. Blessed is the gambler who expects nothing, for ye shall not be disappointed.


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