College basketball players aren’t lacing up their Converses anymore.
Instead, there’s a battle of sorts between Nike, Adidas and Under Armour, to name a few as to what shoe players choose to wear.
During Tubby Smith’s time at High Point University in North Carolina, it was simple.
Lace up the All-Stars and get buckets.
While Smith was at High Point, the Panthers averaged 73.6 points per game.
The highest scoring average for a single season across the country hasn’t been that high since reaching 74.2 points in 1995.
Adams leaves Tech for job at UALR
Mark Adams is leaving his position as Director of Basketball Operations for Texas Tech to become an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
During his two seasons for coach Tubby Smith, Adams helped the Red Raiders defeat five top-20 opponents.
He assisted the program budget and organized the non-conference portion of the Texas Tech schedule.
I’m all about defensive basketball.
Maybe it’s because of all the grueling defensive stance drills I did growing up that made me appreciate the hard work done on that side of the ball.
The offense has a game plan, and the defense is there to crash the party.
But by crash, I mean steal the ball and throw down a fast break dunk on the other end. Not reach and hand check, making it hard for the offensive player to score because the defense is all over him.
Kansas freshmen Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Cliff Alexander have decided to enter the 2015 NBA Draft.
Oubre, a 6-foot-7 wing, started 27 games for the Jayhawks and averaged 9.3 points and five rebounds per game.
Alexander, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game with six starts.
Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith has been selected as the 2015 honoree at the NABC and NCAA Office of Inclusion’s “Celebration of Champions” event in conjunction with the Final Four slated for Sunday 3-5 p.m. at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“I cannot thank NABC and the NCAA Office of Inclusion enough for this honor,” Smith said in a press release. “It is more of an honor for the men and women I have worked with and the players I have coached for the last 24 years. Our successes through the years have been a team effort.”
Sophomore guard Randy Onwuasor has decided to transfer from Texas Tech.
“Randy Onwuasor has declared his intention to transfer and has started the process,” according to a text message from Trenten Hilburn, a spokesperson for Texas Tech.
Onwuasor played in 30 games this season and averaged 4.2 points per contest.
His freshman year, Onwuasor played in all 32 games and averaged 2.9 points.
Marcus Smart ejected after punch
Boston guard and Oklahoma State product Marcus Smart was ejected after being assessed a flagrant foul 2 for delivering an uppercut to Matt Bonner’s groin with 9 minutes remaining in the Celtics game against the San Antonio Surs on Friday.
The Spurs never trailed Friday night, holding off the Boston Celtics 101-89.
Smart was trying to fight through one screen, fell off-balanced and began winding up for a low close-fisted punch as he slammed into Bonner’s midsection.
Sophomore forward Alex Foster has been granted his release from the basketball program, Texas Tech confirmed Friday morning.
“We have enjoyed having Alex as a part of our program,” coach Tubby Smith said in a statement. “We wish him the best of luck in the future.”
This past season, the Illinois native played in 23 games and averaged 1.0 point and 0.8 rebounds in 6.0 minutes per contest.
Three teams from the top RPI league in the country were out of the NCAA Tournament before I could pick my jaw up off the floor.
Texas was understandable.
Even though the Longhorns had been playing inspired basketball over the last two weeks, there’s no counting Butler out.
They are the darling of the NCAA tournament — and have been for a while.
But Iowa State and Baylor?
I’ve been a fan of the way the Iowa State basketball team plays the past two seasons.