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November 18th

… CU in the Arena … 

Buffs can use comeback win as a springboard for a better season

From the Daily Camera … Last year, the Colorado men’s basketball team generally utilized a lineup that featured four fifth-year seniors and a fourth-year junior.

This year, the Buffaloes’ active roster includes four true freshmen, two redshirt freshman, and a junior who owns ample big-game experience, yet who nonetheless is coming off major foot surgery. Through three games, it hasn’t been uncommon to see three freshmen on the floor at the same time.

So which group would be less likely to buckle under pressure? The youngsters, naturally.

One of the biggest takeaways from one of the most stirring comebacks in the program’s history Friday night against Quinnipiac was the glaring difference between the composure displayed by this year’s new-look Buffs compared to the frequent late-game dysfunction that was all too common for CU during the 2016-17 season.

Those veterans last year faltered late in nonconference losses against Colorado State and BYU, and it got even worse during an 0-7 start in the Pac-12 Conference. That run included a pair of overtime losses, a one-point loss at Arizona State, and a three-point loss at home against USC. In several of those contests, the Buffs held leads in the final minute but still failed to secure victories.

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November 17th

… CU in the Arena … 

Buffs need late rally and a buzzer-beater to defeat Quinnipiac

Related … “Wright’s buzzer-beater lifts Colorado past Quinnipiac, 70-69” … from ESPN

… Buffs down 13 with four minutes to play … Bobcats miss three free throws in final nine seconds …

From CUBuffs.com … Freshman McKinley Wright IV hit two 3-pointers in the final 16 seconds of the game Friday night, including one at the buzzer, to lift Colorado to a come-from-behind 70-69 win over Quinnipiac in the first round of the Paradise Jam.

Wright’s shot capped a rally that saw the Buffs erase a 13-point second-half deficit as CU improved to 3-0 on the season.

Wright finished with 21 points and Namon Wright added 16. Cameron Young scored 26 for Quinnipiac.

After leading by as many as nine in the first half and still leading by three at the half, 32-29, the Buffs went cold after halftime while the Bobcats reversed their first-half shooting woes.

Paced by four 3-point buckets in the first six minutes of the second half, QU outscored Colorado 17-8 in that span to take a 46-40 lead. The Buffs managed to cut the deficit back to three, 48-45, at the midway point of the half on a Namon Wright layup, but the Bobcats put together a 12-2 run to take a 60-47 lead with just more than four minutes to play.

But the Buffs never quit. A Lucas Siewert 3-pointer with 1:57 to go pulled the Buffs back to within five. Wright hit a 3-pointer to pull CU to within one, 68-67, with 16 seconds to go and the Bobcats then made just one of four free throws in the next nine seconds. Wright grabbed the rebound of the last miss, raced down the floor and hit the game winner just as the buzzer went off.


November 16th

… CU in the Arena … 

Getting to Know: Quinnipiac

Tip-off Friday 4:00 p.m., MT, Radio: 760 AM … Watch online: FloHoops.com

— Colorado is 2-0 for the third time in four years after opening the season with home wins over Northern Colorado (66-51) and Denver (89-62).

— The Buffaloes have spread the wealth early with four players averaging double-digits and those four separated by just three total points.

— Senior George King and freshman McKinley Wright IV have scored in double figures both games and lead the team at 11.5 and 11.0 points per game respectively. Against Denver, Colorado had 12 players score, 10 had at least two  rebounds, eight had an assist and six had a made 3-point field goal.

— Quinnipiac is 1-1 overall splitting in its first two home games of the season. The Bobcats defeated Dartmouth 78-77 in the opener on Nov. 11 and fell to Brown, 79-72, on Nov. 13.

— Quinnipiac is shooting 44 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range. Defensively, the Bobcats have allowed 78 points per game on 42 percent shooting. QU has 15 blocked shots in the first two games.

— Senior forward Chaise Daniels is averaging 19.5 points over the first two contests, shooting 58 percent from the floor. He already has six blocks on the season and is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game. Senior guard Isaiah Washington is averaging 13 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Washington is a graduate transfer from Penn State and was on the Nittany Lions team that Colorado defeated in Las Vegas in November, 2015, but played only a couple minutes with no stats. Freshman guard Rich Kelly is averaging 12.5 points and 8.5 assists per game.

— Quinnipiac was 10-21 in 2016-17, tying for eighth place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Game Story … 

From CUBuffs.com … After opening the season with two games at the Coors Events Center,  Tad Boyle‘s Colorado Buffaloes will get a taste — a very big taste — of life away from home this weekend.

Beginning Friday, the Buffs will play three games in three days in the Paradise Jam in Lynchburg, Va. The tournament, originally scheduled to be played in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was moved to the campus of Liberty University after Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria struck the islands in September.

The 2-0 Buffs open play Friday afternoon with a 4 p.m. game with Quinnipiac. Colorado will then play either Drake or Wake Forest on Saturday, followed by a Sunday game against one of the remaining four teams: Mercer, Drexel, Liberty or Houston.

The entire tournament will be broadcast by FloHoops, a subscription-service provider.

Boyle likes the challenge the tournament will provide his young team, especially that of having to prepare and learn game plans for three different teams in such a short period of time.

“We have to make sure our guys are dialed in to what we want to do,” Boyle said. “That’s going to be a test for us, especially with this young group. The game plan changes and we have to adjust. Quinnipiac is going to be different than Drake or Wake Forest. And then whoever we play that third day … it will be another opportunity for our guys with really quick turnarounds.”

While the Buffs do have four scholarship freshmen on the active roster — and two more redshirt freshmen — they also have a handful of seniors who should be able to help the youngsters make the necessary adjustment.

“What helps is a love for the game,” senior George King said. “I want to play all the time. Obviously you have to take care of your body when doing that, but I want to play all the time. The toughest part is going from team to team in three nights. … It will be very pivotal for the freshmen to really understand how important it is to be elite in our concentration and effort.”

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November 14th

… CU in the Arena … 

Buffs dominate boards, pull away from out-manned DU to open season 2-0

Related … “Defensive surge after halftime pushes CU basketball past Denver Pioneers” … From the Daily Camera 

From CUBuffs.com … Dominant rebounding and a strong perimeter game added up to Colorado’s second win of the season Tuesday night as the Buffs dealt visiting Denver an 89-62 defeat at the Coors Events Center.

CU junior Namon Wright led the Buffs with 14 points, sophomore Deleon Brown scored 13 off the bench and freshman McKinley Wright IV added 12 in his second start for Colorado. George King chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds as Colorado improved to 2-0 while Denver fell to 0-2.

The Buffs dominated the Pioneers on the boards, finishing with a 46-23 rebounding edge, while also limiting the Pioneers to just 42 percent shooting (24-for-57) from the floor. But the Buffs didn’t put the game away until midway through the second half, when they pushed the lead to double digits and never let the Pioneers back in the game after that.

“I like this team and I like our upside,” head coach Tad Boyle said. “Right now we’re functioning probably on a scale of 1 to 10, probably around a six, and that’s exciting. … This is going to be a fun team to watch”

Tuesday night’s game also marked the return of Rodney Billups to the Coors Events Center. Now in his second year as DU’s head coach, Billups served on Boyle’s staff for six years.

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Game Notes … 

— Colorado doubled up Denver on the boards 46-23. That plus-23 margin is Colorado’s best since outrebounding Fort Lewis by the exact same count (46-23) on Dec. 2 2015.

— Colorado improves to 58-25 all-time against Denver, winning seven straight and eight of the last nine. Denver’s last win in this series was in 1964.

— The Buffaloes have won 18 of their last 19 non-conference regular season games at the Coors Events Center. Overall, Colorado has won 23 of its last 27 and 33 of its last 38 at Coors (all games).

— Colorado had 12 players score, 10 had 2+ rebounds, eight had an assist and six had a made 3-point field goal.

NEXT UP: The Buffs head to Lynchburg, Va., to take part in the Paradise Jam at Liberty University. The Buffs will play three games in three days, beginning with a 4 p.m. matchup Friday vs. Quinnipiac.


November 13th

… CU in the Arena … 

CU taking on Denver University Tuesday night

Related … “DU’s Rodney Billups, Ricardo Patton return to Coors Events Center” … from the Daily Camera

From CUBuffs.com … It’s not often that Colorado coach Tad Boyle leaves a scheduling decision up to an opposing coach.

But then, it’s not often that the opposing coach is one of Boyle’s former assistants who has set up shop just down the road.

That will be the case Tuesday when the 0-1 Denver Pioneers, coached by former Boyle aide Rodney Billups, pay a visit to the Coors Events Center for a 7 p.m. meeting with the 1-0 Buffaloes.

“We’re playing DU because of Rodney Billups,” Boyle said Monday morning. “I told him we’ll play this game if you want to play this game. … I think he felt it was good for his program this year so we’re playing it. The same will be true next year. If he wants to play, we’ll honor that because I do respect him, because I want to help him in any way that I can.”

Billups, who also played at DU, is in his second year at the helm with the Pioneers after a six-year stint as an assistant under Boyle.

He isn’t, however, the only CU connection on the Pioneers’ staff. One of Billups’ assistant coaches, Ricardo Patton, served as Colorado’s head coach for 11 years, including two seasons that produced NCAA Tournament appearances. And, Billups’ director of operations, Dwight Thorne II, played four years for the Buffs, including one under Patton.

“Obviously I’m always pulling for Rodney and his staff,” Boyle said. “He also has Ricardo Patton on his staff, who was the head coach here for many years, and I’m always pulling for those guys. (But) when the ball goes up, all that stuff goes out the window.”

Indeed, friendship — even close friendship — has its limits. With Tuesday night’s game serving as the latest chance for Boyle to accelerate the learning curve for his young team, his hopes for Billups’ success will no doubt be taking a one-night hiatus. His main focus will be on seeing whether a team that includes four true scholarship freshmen can take another step in the development process.

“We’re expecting them and challenging them to elite-level effort and elite-level concentration,” Boyle said. “If you get those two things early in the year, usually good things happen. We’re going to have to eventually get to elite-level execution. But right now give me elite-level effort and elite-level concentration, I’ll take it. We’ll work on the execution as we go along.”

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Preview: Colorado v. Denver University …. Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Pac-12 Mountain, 850 KOA radio

Game Notes

— Colorado secured a win in its 10th straight home opener with a 66-51 decision over Northern Colorado on Nov. 10;

— Six players made their Colorado debuts against UNC. The Buffaloes have nine players on their roster (eight active) that had never played a minute in a Colorado uniform in a regular season game;

— Colorado’s three senior regulars – George King, Tory Miller-Stewart and Dominique Collier – have combined for 282 career games and 128 starts. The other 12 players on the roster (11 active) have a combined eight starts and 88 career games. Out of those 88 games, 17 of those belong to senior walk-on Josh Repine accounting for a total of 21 career minutes played.

The book on DU …  Denver opened its season on Nov. 12 with an 83-69 home loss to UC Irvine. Senior post Daniel Amigo had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Joe Rosga had a team-high 15 points and three assists. Amigo led Denver last year at 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game earning All-Summit League Second Team honors. Rosga was honorable mention All-Summit League averaging 15.3 points and 3.2 assists per game. He led the Pioneers in 3-point shooting a year ago, hitting 44 percent (74-167). Senior guard Jake Pemberton was third in the Summit League in assists in 2016-17 at 4.4 per game, led the Pioneers in steals (1.4 spg) and ranked fourth in scoring at 9.2 an outing.

— Denver was picked to finish fifth in the Preseason Summit League poll. Amigo was a Preseason All-Summit First Team selection while Rosga was a second team pick.

Series history … This will be the 83rd meeting between Colorado and Denver with the Buffaloes holding a 57-25 all-time lead. It’s a series that dates back nearly 115 years to a 57-14 CU win in Denver on Jan. 29, 1903. Colorado and Denver met almost every year from 1913-47, but this will be just the ninth meeting since the 1947-48 season. The Buffaloes have won seven of the last eight and six-straight. The two teams last met in Denver on Nov. 28, 2007, a 54-44 Colorado victory. Denver’s last win in the series was an 84-73 decision on Dec. 4, 1964.


November 10th

… CU in the Arena … 

Buffs open season with hard-fought win over Northern Colorado

Related … “Defense, rebounding propels CU men’s basketball in opening win against UNC” … from the Daily Camera

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado seniors George King and Tory Miller-Stewart did what seniors are supposed to do Friday night.

CU freshman McKinley Wright IV did what Buffs fans were hoping he would do — and the combination of all three led the Buffs to a season-opening 66-51 win over Northern Colorado at the Coors Events Center.

After missing most of the first half with two fouls, King led the Buffs with 12 points — all in the second half — and nine rebounds.  Miller-Stewart added 11 points and five rebounds while Wright added 10 points, four rebounds and three assists in his first game as a Buff.

All three were instrumental in a 12-0 run midway through the second half that broke open a tight game and helped Tad Boyle‘s crew to the double-digit win.

Andre Spight led UNC with 19 points, but was just 3-for-16 from 3-point range, part of a 6-for-37 night from long distance for the Bears.

 “I can breathe a sigh of relief,” said Boyle, who grew up in Greeley and began his college head coaching career with the Bears. “I was a little nervous about this game, I’m not going to lie. … But I thought our players really responded to the challenges we gave them with game planning, as well as their effort and focus. This is a good win.”

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Up next … Buffs take on Denver University (and former assistant coach Rodney Billups), Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., MT, Pac-12 Networks


November 9th

… CU in the Arena … 

Northern Colorado – A tougher than expected opening night opponent

... Bears stayed with CSU in an exhibition game last week, falling 83-79 … 

Related … “Big challenge awaits CU men’s basketball in season-opener against UNC” … from the Daily Camera

From CUBuffs.com …  Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle isn’t exactly overjoyed with the guy who approved the Buffs’ schedule this season.

Problem is, it’s Boyle who is in charge of such things — and now his Buffs face a 6 p.m. season opener Friday against a seasoned Northern Colorado squad at the Coors Events Center.

“Not a very good schedule from my end,” Boyle said only half-jokingly Thursday morning. “I’d rather be playing some directional school from someplace nobody’s ever heard of.”

But truth is, the game is not the picture-perfect opener for a young team that has nine players — including six true freshmen — who have yet to suit up in an official game for Colorado.

They will be facing a veteran, talented Bears lineup that includes three seniors who all redshirted last season while UNC served a self-imposed postseason ban. Now those seniors are back in uniform, and they showed their potential last week in an 83-79 exhibition loss at Colorado State, a game that was a two-point affair in the final minute.

“It will certainly a good barometer for where we’re at,” Boyle said. “I know our guys will be ready. The Buffs will be ready. … We have to exert our will. We’re playing at home and hopefully we can get the crowd involved and play with great energy and get them behind us as well.”

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November 8th

… CU in the Arena … 

Buffs sign two guards to National Letters of Intent

From CUBuffs.com … Every year in recruiting there are the standard checklists for the University of Colorado men’s basketball program.

Recruit based on the program’s needs…Check

Get the top player in the state of Colorado…Check

Once Colorado is taken care of, scour the basketball hotbeds in Texas and California…check.

Tad Boyle and his staff took care of all three as Daylen Kountz and Elijah Parquet signed their National Letters of Intent to attend and play basketball at Colorado in 2018-19. Boyle made the announcement Wednesday, the first day of the early NCAA signing period.

Kountz is a 6-foot, 4-inch, 180-pound guard from Denver’s East High School. Parquet is a 6-3 185-pound combo guard out of West Brook High School in Beaumont, Texas. That duo will fill right in for outgoing senior guards Dominique Collier and George King.

“They’re both very athletic guys with great speed, great quickness,” Boyle said. “They’re both very good shooters from the perimeter and they can put the ball on the floor and attack the basket. They’ll be great additions to our program.”

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Bracketology – Only four Pac-12 teams making the NCAA tournament

If the preseason projections are to be believed, there are only four teams from the Pac-12 who are destined to make the NCAA tournament next March.

ESPN’s bracket can be found here … Seeds: No. 1 Arizona … No. 3 USC … No. 6 UCLA … No. 8 Oregon  … Stanford “next four out’

CBS bracket can be found here … Seeds: No. 1 Arizona … No. 3 USC … No. 6 UCLA … No. 10 Oregon … Stanford “first four out”

Tad Boyle: “We’re not a very good defensive team” 

From the Daily Camera … After generally getting dominated by SMU in a closed scrimmage Saturday, Boyle officially is concerned about his team’s ability to defend and rebound going into the opener against Northern Colorado. A team as young as the Buffs can be expected to battle more than a few flaws at the beginning of the season, yet for a program that generally has highlighted defense and rebounding as its most basic tenets, these particular shortcomings are problematic.

“We’re not a very good rebounding team, and we’re not a very good defensive team. And those are the two things we like to hang our hat on,” Boyle said. “We did some good things (against SMU) but we have to guard the ball better, and that’s really going to be true Friday night. And we have to guard the 3-point line better. We didn’t do either one of those things against SMU very well, and they really beat us on the boards badly.”

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Three UCLA players arrested for shoplifting in China

From ESPN … Three UCLA men’s basketball players — including LiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball — were released on bail early Wednesday morning in Hangzhou, China, after being arrested for allegedly shoplifting Tuesday afternoon, a source told ESPN.

The three players, a group that also includes freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were questioned about allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins had been staying before leaving for Shanghai on Wednesday.

“The players were treated with the utmost respect, kindness and professionalism at all times by the Hangzhou police,” the source, who had firsthand knowledge of the release, told ESPN. “The players questioned were respectful at all times. None of this was confrontational.”

Police arrived early Tuesday morning at the Hyatt Regency in Hangzhou, where both UCLA and Georgia Tech were staying ahead of their Friday matchup in Shanghai, and questioned three players from each team. Team representatives and interpreters were with the players during that time, according to a source.

Afterward, Ball, Riley and Hill were taken to the police station in Hangzhou, where they were kept for a number of hours. UCLA representatives, including coach Steve Alford, were at the police station along with the players.

Ball, Riley and Hill were released around 4 a.m. Wednesday and were staying at a luxury hotel in Hangzhou along with a UCLA representative, according to a source. They are being required by Hangzhou police to remain at the hotel until the legal process is over, the source said.

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November 1st 

… CU in the Arena … 

Two teams from Pac-12 in Associated Press preseason top ten

From CBS Sports

1. Duke
2. Michigan State
3. Arizona
4. Kansas
5. Kentucky
6. Villanova
7. Wichita State
8. Florida
9. North Carolina
10. Southern California
11. West Virginia
12. Cincinnati
13. Miami (Fla.)
14. Notre Dame
15. Minnesota
16. Louisville
17. Xavier
18. Gonzaga
19. Northwestern
20. Purdue
21. UCLA
22. St. Mary’s
23. Seton Hall
24. Baylor
25. Texas A&M

Others Receiving Votes: Alabama (0-0) 86; Virginia (0-0) 57; Rhode Island (0-0) 49; TCU (0-0) 46; Providence (0-0) 34; Missouri (0-0) 19; Virginia Tech (0-0) 16; Wisconsin (0-0) 14; Butler (0-0) 13; Texas (0-0) 10; Maryland (0-0) 7; Nevada (0-0) 7; Oklahoma (0-0) 7; Michigan (0-0) 6; Dayton (0-0) 5; Middle Tennessee (0-0) 4; Ball State (0-0) 4; SMU (0-0) 3; Oakland (0-0) 2; Oregon (0-0) 2; Harvard (0-0) 1; South Carolina (0-0) 1; UCF (0-0) 1


October 31st

… CU in the Arena … 

Buffs overcome sluggish first half to top Colorado Mines, 78-52, in exhibition 

From CUBuffs.com … If exhibition games were meant for experimentation, Colorado coach Tad Boyle got his money’s worth out of Monday night’s game with Colorado Mines.

Boyle mixed and matched his lineup combinations all night, getting a good look at his freshmen as well as his returnees in a 78-52 win over Mines at the Coors Events Center.

CU senior George King led Colorado with 13 points, and he also added four rebounds and a pair of assists. Freshman point guard McKinley Wright and senior post Tory Miller-Stewart each added nine points for the Buffs while Namon Wright and Dominique Collier had eight points each.

HOW IT HAPPENED: After holding a narrow three-point lead at the half, 32-29, the Buffs slowly pulled away after intermission to provide the final margin.

“A little ugly out there would be a fair statement, especially in the first half,” said Boyle, who has always preferred closed scrimmages to exhibition games. “But in the second half some things started to come together and we wore them down a little bit.”

Boyle used 13 different players in the game, with 11 getting at least 13 minutes of playing time.

“We need to get a little bit more cohesiveness in terms of rotation and we will,” Boyle said. “(Tonight) was just more, ‘Here’s your three minutes, let’s see what you can do.’ I told them before we took the court that everybody’s going to play. Don’t count the time, make the time count.”

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12 Responses to “Colorado Basketball”

  1. ep

    the Quinnipac game reminded me of the time the Buffs got bounced in the dance by Baylor and their little dweeb who was pathetic at every facet of the game except hitting threes.
    Not a big fan of the three. It reduces the team work and other skill portions of the game. Still whether its 2 or a 3 you gotta guard it.

  2. buffalobilly

    Quinnipiac game ended just the way Booker ended it vs. Arizona not so long ago. Great finish Buffs.

  3. VK Berlin

    Wow…….lotta sensitivity going on around here.

    When the Buffs are bad………..The Buff fans are mad ……….not sad……….and then there is TAD

    A win is a Win………..But almost a loss………….Didn’t pay the $9 to watch it on some slow ol internet connection. This game was one of the few CBB games not on some type of TV Couldn’t even get them on the euro sites that swipe the signals.

    Lucky stuff going on at the end. Buffs deserve some lucky stuff.


    Maybe some lucky stuff for some Buffs tonight. A little salt in the wound eh?

    Last game? Really.

    This is the most important game of the season. It is worth 12 extra practices. go get it please.

  4. VK Berlin

    Okay then be clear here.

    This team is not your “Normal Tad-Team”

    I could go through the roster, but suffice to say, this is across the board the most athletic team Tad has ever had. And the Ol guys are pretty dang good. But they do no compare to this freshman class (real and redshirt). Not close.

    Now up to Tad.

    Hey they even played some zone. Nice.

    Tad has made the jump. HOPEFULLY it will continue.

    In game management
    Rigid substituion rules (His) Get rid of them.
    Time out management. Never been his strength.

    But I must say “I have become a believer in Tad


    Note: I will never be a believer in Lindy

    Note 2: My belief in MickeyMac is dwindling.

  5. Chirality

    Former CU head coach Ricardo Patton is an assistant coach at DU under former CU assistant coach Rodney Billups? What a strange world

    • ep

      its the same ol who ya know good ol boy world. The sad thing is Patton hasnt found something else to do albeit DU has plenty of money and might pay assistants well

  6. ep

    Tad has complained about the rebounding in the SMU scrimmage but he also appears to be stocking up with his recruiting in case the NCAA creates a 6’3″ and under league

  7. 83Buff

    Hmmmm, the two PAC 12 teams being investigated by the FBI are in the top 10? But Battey can’t play? Seems like the NCAA has its priorities all screwed up. Miller and Enright keep their mouths shut and keep cheating and keep getting rewarded for it. Very discouraging. If anyone believes that Miller or Enright didn’t know what was happening in their own programs, then they’re fooling themselves. Especially USC. They have no history of basketball success, and now all of a sudden they’re in the top 10 at the same time they’re being investigated by the FBI?

    • Marcus

      Agree, and I ask, if the FBI has enough to arrest the assistants, then how are those players they recruited still eligible or have their scholarships even? Those players knew what they were doing was wrong, they should lose their scholarships and all their college eligibility.

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