Big 12 MBB coaches impressed with Spurs (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

The home crowd went crazy as the San Antonio Spurs hoisted the championship trophy for the first time since 2007.

“You showed the world how beautiful this game is,” Commissioner Adam Silver said during the postgame award ceremony.

And they did.

Transfers in the Big 12 (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Transfers are as important, if not more, than high school recruiting these days in NCAA men’s basketball. Just look at what Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg has done this offseason.  Sure, he signed a 6-1 guard from high school but he also inked a 7-1 forward from Greece as well as brought on a pair of transfers out west. Whatever downside left by the departure of DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim will be filled with transfers. Shot blocker Jameel McKay at 6-9 will be eligible to play on Dec. 20 after he transferred in from Marquette after the fall semester.

Cavs get the top pick. Again. (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

For the second straight year, and the third time in four years, the Cleveland Cavaliers earned the No. 1 overall draft pick.

This year, the Cavs had a 1.7 percent chance of winning the lottery this year and will have their choice at Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid or Jabari Parker to fill their need at the small forward and center positions.

2014 NBA Draft Lottery: The works and the odds

The 2003 draft class had LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony.

This year's class has Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker, Dante Exum, Julius Randle and Doug McDermott to name a few.

The NBA Draft Lottery takes place on Tuesday and the worst teams of the 2013-14 season have something to cheer about.

The lottery, this being its 30th year, will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Donnan not guilty in investment case (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan was found not guilty on all 41 counts against him Friday.

Prosecution witnesses included former Texas Tech coaches Tommy Tuberville and Billy Gillispie as well as North Carolina State basketball coach Mark Gottfied, Texas State football caoch Dennis Franchione.

How the Big 12 sized up at the NBA Combine

Baylor's front court was known for its length with Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson.

At the NBA Combine on Thursday, they combined for a wingspan of 14' 5.00" Austin had the longest wingspan at 7' 4.50" while Jefferson was at 7' 0.50". 

The lane is 12 feet wide on an NCAA court, 2' 5.00" shorter than Austin and Jefferson combined. The radius from the middle of the hoop to the outside of the three-point line is 20' 9".

Texas Tech men's basketball head coach shares stories of leadership, teamwork with other coaches during his visit to D.C.

May 14, 2014 - 10:47pm

NBA Combine (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

While no Red Raiders were invited to participate in the 2014 NBA Combine this weekend, 12 of their opponents were.

That number would be 14 but Jayhawks Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid decided not to participate, along with Jabari Parker. 

Those three are considered the top prospects in this year's draft, but keep in mind that last year's No. 1 pick, Anthony Bennett, skipped the combine due to a shoulder injury.

Tuberville, Gillispie among coaches who testified in Donnan investment scheme case

Former Texas Tech coaches Tommy Tuberville and Billy Gillispie were among a group of four coaches who testified Monday about losing money in an alleged investment scheme for which former Georgia football coach Jim Donnon is on trial in federal court.

According to, Gillispie said he had a net loss of $700,000 after recovering some money through the bankrupty proceeding and an agreement with Dennis Franchione.

Tuberville said he and his wife had a combined loss, but the amount wasn't specified.

NCAA MBB Rules Committee suggests changes (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Go back with me to February 22. 

With 11 seconds remaining and Syracuse down by two to Duke, CJ Fair got the ball on the left wing and drove to the basket.

Once Fair beat his man on the perimeter, Duke's Rodney Hood slid down from his man on the left elbow to the paint and took a charge.

In my opinion, it looked like Hood was still sliding over to take position as Fair started his upward motion. But let's be real. That was a close call and had to be hard to make live.