Ryan Kelly Single-Handedly leads Duke to Victory over Miami

In last Saturday’s big game with Duke versus Miami, Ryan Kelly the 6-foot-11 Senior shocked everyone with his amazing return to the court. Kelly sat out the last 2 months with a foot injury and in his return, Kelly only practiced 20 minutes and scored a career high of 36-points leading Duke to their 79-76 victory over Miami.

Everyone in the gym was overwhelmingly amazed that night, along with some of his own teammates. Teammate Mason Plumee responded, “we’re going to get back to how we were playing.” “Having him back is uplifting. He kept saying he wanted to come back, but no one really knew if he’d be able to,” Plumlee added. March is finally here and Duke is going no where, they are hungry and they aim high for the NCAA title.

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Gonzaga is ranked No. 1 in college basketball for the first in school history   Gonzaga (29-2) currently has the best record in Division I with 51 out of 65 first place votes in the AP top 35.  Indiana now takes No. 2 and only received 7 first places votes after losing to Minnesota lat week.  Gonzaga also received 29 out of 31 top votes in the coaches poll.  The latest Top 25 teams of the NCAA:

1. Gonzaga (51) 29-2

2. Indiana (7) 25-4

3. Duke (5) 25-4

4. Kansas 25-4

5. Georgetown (2) 23-4

6. Miami 23-5

7. Michigan 24-5

8. Louisville 24-5

9. Kansas St. 24-5

10. Michigan St. 22-7

11. Florida 23-5

12. New Mexico 25-4

13. Oklahoma St. 22-6

14. Ohio St. 21-7

15. Marquette 21-7

16. Saint Louis 23-5

17. Syracuse 22-7

18. Arizona 23-6

19. Oregon 23-6

20. Pittsburgh 23-7

21. VCU 23-6

22. Wisconsin 20-9

23. UCLA 22-7

24. Notre Dame 22-7

25. Memphis 25-4

Big Games of The Weekend

Posted: March 2, 2013 in Crucial, Predictions

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1. Miami (23-4, 14-1) at Duke (24-4, 11-4), Saturday 6 p.m. EST

Predicted to win: Duke

2. Michigan State (22-6, 11-4) at Michigan (23-5, 10-5), Sunday 4 p.m. EST

Predicted to Win:Michigan State 

3. Butler (22-6, 9-4) at VCU (22-6, 10-3), Saturday, 12 p.m. EST

Predicted to Win: VCU

 

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Player of the Month: Otto Porter,Georgetown

–¬†He averaged 19.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.4 APG and a 145.3 offensive rating during the month. This included a career-best 33 points at Syracuse.

Defensive Player of the Month: Zeke Marshall, Akron

-Opponents shoot just 40.8 percent against Akron, fourth lowest in the nation.  Marshall averaged 7.7 RPG, 3.3 BPG and 1.0 SPG during the month.

Freshmen player of the Month: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

-His month included 25 points in a win at Kansas and career-high 28 in a win over Oklahoma. He averaged 17.4 points per game, 3.1 steals per game.

Scorer of the Month: Nate Wolters, South Dakota State

-Wolters led all scorers with 27.6 PPG in February, while shooting 57.7 percent from the field.  He’s the first player to average 27 PPG and 6 APG in February since Earl Boykins and Charles Jones did it in 1998.

Free Throw Shooter of the Month: Russ Smith, Louisville

-Smith had a 90.8 free throw percentage during the month, while averaging 8.4 makes per game

3-Point Shooter of the Month: Marland Smith, Southeast Missouri

-Smith emerged as one of the nation’s top long-distance shooters. Entering the month he averaged 7.8 PPG with a 33.3 3-point field goal percentage. But in February, he averaged 17.4 PPG and shot 62.0 percent from beyond the arc.

Rebounder of the Month: Jarnell Stokes, Tennesse

–¬†He averaged 11.4 RPG during the month, fourth in the nation.

Distributor of the Month: Vincent Council, Providence

-Council finished fifth in the nation with 7.7 APG in February, and his 3.8 assist-to-turnover ratio separated him from the point guard pack. Over the last five games, he’s handed out 37 assists compared to just six turnovers.

Potential All-Star Players.

Posted: February 28, 2013 in Players, Predictions

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Shane Larkin continues to push hard for Miami Hurricanes at the No. 5 defeating Virginia Tech at 76-58. ¬†Larkin, the Sophomore Guard, originally from Orlando, Florida, is one of Miami’s most crucial players. ¬†

In Miami’s game versus¬†Virginia¬†Tech, Larkin scores 22-points and plays outstanding defense on Erick Green, Virginia Tech’s top player. ¬†This lead to Miami’s victory against Virginia. ¬†Prior to this game, Miami took a hard loss against Wake Forest, which ended their 14-game winning streak. However, this loss did not phase Larkin. ¬†He responded,¬†”A lot of people wanted to see how we would respond to a loss, I think we came out and imposed our will.” Larkin shot 8 for 12, including 3 of 5 3-pointers and 6 assits. With Larkin shutting down Virginia’s best player and scoring 22 points, this lead to the big W for Miami. ¬†From the looks of it, it seems as if Larkin and his teammates are getting ready for their big game on Saturday against Duke Blue Devils. ¬†The big question is, will Shane Larkin be able to shut down major players Seth Curry and Mason Plumee of Duke? .. We’ll find out Saturday!

Jordan McRae-ning all over No. 8 Florida Gators

Looks like the Tennessee Volunteers (17-10) have a reason to party as they beat an already beaten up No. 8 Florida Gators (22-5) Tuesday night. Tennessee guard Jordan McRae scored 27 points proving to be a key player towards his teams chances at a postseason.
Gators were playing without two key players, forward Will Yeguette (knee) and guard Michael Frazier II (concussion).Proving the team needs their talents for the success of their season. The tides are turning as injury-prone Gators are showing signs of weakness so close to March. If you were betting on the Gators for this years March Madness, I’m sorry to say that their performance level is not up to par for NCAA champions.

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Allen Crabbe, Junior guard from Cal Golden Bears was named one of three honor payers of the year, along with Otto Porter and Kendall Williams.  

Crabbe is a Junior guard originally from Los Anegeles, California. As a Pac-12 Player of the Year candidate, he has also led the conference in scoring the entire season and is currently ranked 27th nationally with a 19-points-per-game average.

Crabbe also ranks among the Pac-12 leaders in three-point field goals made (T-6th, 2.0) free-throw percentage (7th, .798), defensive rebounds (11th, 4.8) steals (13th, 1.3) and minutes played (2nd, 36.2).¬†A two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week honoree this season, Crabbe has scored 20-points or more 13 times this season and has also scored 30-point games twice. He scored a career-best 33 points in the win against Pepperdine and 31 points to lead Cal to a victory at No. 7 Arizona. With 1442 points, Crabbe is well on his way to shatter the school’s all-time scoring record set by¬†Jerome Randle¬†(1,835 points from 2007-10). ¬†

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On Tuesday night, the Minnesota Golden Gophers defeat the No. 1 team Indiana Hoosiers 77-73, for the first time since 1989. ¬†Minnesota is currently not ranked, so this was a big win for the Gophers. ¬†Minnesota¬†did most damage from inside the paint grabbing 23¬†offensive¬†rebounds and scoring 40 points in side the key. ¬†Minnesota senior forward Trevor Mbakwe scored a season-high of 21-points and added 12 rebounds. ¬†The unranked team shut down Indiana with solid defense, leaving Indiana’s lead scored with only 9-points and fouled out for the second time in his college career. ¬†

The latest NCAA basketball rankings have been posted. Indiana comes in at the #1 spot on the AP list for a fourth consecutive week after gaining 64 of the 65 first place votes. Gonzaga is the runner up with the #2 spot on the AP list by gaining 1/65 votes. Following these two  programs are Duke (24-3), Michigan (23-4), and Miami FL (22-4) to round out the top 5. Saint Louis Billikens (21-6) made the biggest jump in the AP polls after being ranked 26th last week and coming in at the 18th spot this week. Michigan State (22-6), Butler (22-6), and Marquette (19-7) made the biggest falls in the polls this week with each school dropping five spaces in the top 25. The top 25 should receive an incredible shakeup by this time next week as the Miami Hurricanes travel to Durham to take on the Duke Blue Devils, Louisville travels to Syracuse, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish  travels on the road to take on Marquette. With the month of February approaching an end, things shall get very interesting on the road to Selection Sunday.

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Aaron Craft is a junior basketball player for the Ohio State Buckeyes has been known to be one of the Nation’s top defenders. Buckeye fans would have never guessed him making major contributions on the other end of court. In his Sunday game against Michigan State ranked 4th, Craft continually slashed through the lane reaching a career-high of ¬†21-points reaching a victory of 68-60. ¬†He hit¬†7-of-12 shots — almost all of them on drives through a thicket of players in the paint. ¬†

Craft was named the Academic All-America of the Year last week. ¬†It’s been discussed how effective Craft has been at carrying his academic load during his career at Columbus. ¬†Craft has been one of the best perimeter defenders in the country. He’s been assigned to guard the opponent’s best scoring guard on a nightly basis for the last few seasons — and has excelled. As a junior, though, Craft has become more of a scoring option and that’s something that will need to continue down the stretch for Ohio State. ¬†Taking some of the offensive responsibility off his teammates’ shoulders will be a major plus for the Buckeyes in the NCAA tournament. Craft finding ways to be a consistent offensive threat will determine whether that happens.