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SEC Hoops Roundup 11/27/2013

gfx-hoops-round-up1. Arkansas 87 – Minnesota 73. 10-0 run for Razorbacks part of 52-point second-half total.  Arkansas moves to 4-1 on the season.

2. Ole Miss 84 – North Carolina A&T 50.  4-0 Rebels now head to Brooklyn to face Georgia Tech. Derrick Millinghaus led all scorers with 16 points. Video Highlights

3. Auburn 76 – Tennessee State 73.  Tigers move to 4-1 behind 17 second-half points from Chris Denson. Video Highlights

4. Texas A&M 88 – Ark Pine Bluff 55. 6-0 Aggies shoot 60 percent from the field. Game-high 18 points for Jamal Jones. Video Highlights


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Brentwood Quarterback Calls Alabama ‘Best In The Country’

Alabama will have a good chance of landing Max Staver if it decides to offer the quarterback from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy.

Staver, whose offer list includes Mississippi State, Louisville and Tennessee State, recently visited Alabama’s campus and plans to throw in front of Tide coaches in the future. Staver told ESPN RecruitingNation that Alabama is one of his top two schools despite the absence of an offer.

“It’s obvious it’s the best (program) right now in the country,” Staver said of Alabama. “I think the depth chart is favorable right now for a 2013 quarterback to come in.”

He’s right. Alabama is still looking for its first quarterback commitment for the class of 2013.

But the Crimson Tide could soon be facing more competition for Staver, who’s being recruited by Auburn, Tennessee, Duke, Florida State, Purdue and Virginia.

Staver believes his ability will show he deserves more offers than the three he currently holds.

“I see all these quarterbacks on the internet, and everybody’s talking big about them,” Staver told ESPN. “I’m only a two- or three-star on most things, but I’ve been to camps and competed against a lot of guys who are four-stars, and I’ve whooped their (butt), basically.”

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Dickerson, Cooper Mentioned In Connection With USC Hoops Gig

When South Carolina gave the boot to Darrin Horn, hope took over for Gamecock fans.  Messageboards were filled with mentions of Shaka Smart, Frank Martin and other “hot name” or proven head coaches.

Now reality is setting in.  If Illinois can’t lure Smart from VCU for more than $2.5 million and Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall won’t leave Kansas for less than $2 million and — reportedly — a seven- or eight-year deal… well, then Carolina’s going to have to go another route.

Two such “other route” candidates are now getting more discussion.  Both have ties to South Carolina.  Both are African-American.  Neither is a “name” candidate.  (Both are bald, too, as you can see from the photo at left… not that matters.)

First is current Ohio State assistant Dave Dickerson (at right in the photo).  A former Maryland player — who was actually a freshman the year Len Bias died — Dickerson served as an assistant at the school under Gary Williams until taking the head coaching job at Tulane in 2005.  Think about that timing.  Just months after accepting his first head coaching job, his program — along with much of New Orleans — was hammered by Hurricane Katrina.  The Green Wave actually relocated to Texas A&M’s campus for a while. 

He was fired after the 2009-10 season, but there aren’t many people who could’ve succeeded under those circumstances.  His tie to the USC job?  The 44-year-old — who’s been on Thad Matta’s staff for two years — is from Olar, South Carolina and was raised in Beaufort.  He’s also said that he does “want to be a had coach again and I feel this time I will be able to right some wrongs.”

More importantly, The State is reporting that Dickerson has expressed interest in Carolina’s opening.  “I have not been contacted by USC about their coaching job, but I would be very interested.”  (Beware, that paper’s info is behind a paywall.)

The other coach who’s starting to get some ink in connection to the USC gig is 43-year-old John Cooper of Tennessee State.  Cooper served as an assistant under Eddie Fogler in Columbia from 1995 through 2001.

The Kansas City native served as an assistant at Oregon and Auburn between his stops at Carolina and, now, TSU.  Hired in 2009, Cooper led the Tigers to 20 wins this season, one of which was the only loss suffered by Murray State during the regular season.  He also happened to come into the Colonial Life Arena and hand Horn a loss.  That win was the first for Tennessee State over an SEC foe in 24 games.

Perhaps AD Eric Hyman can still pull a surprise and land a head coach from a large school.  More likely, he’ll go the assistant route — on that front, Duke aide Jeff Capel can’t be ruled out as Hyman went after him four years ago.  But Dickerson and Cooper are names to watch as the Cocks’ process continues to play out.

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Weekend SEC Hoops Round-Up

Looking for a quick recap of this weekend’s SEC hoops action?  Look no further:

Alabama (5-0) — Beat Wichita State 70-60 on Friday and then topped Purdue 65-56 yesterday to capture the championship of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.  Next game: versus Alabama A&M on Wednesday

Kentucky (4-0) — John Calipari’s squad knocked off Penn State 85-47 on Saturday and Old Dominion 62-52 yesterday to win the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic in Connecticut.  The Cats survived ODU’s slow-down tactics on Sunday.  Next game: versus Radford on Wednesday.

Georgia (3-0) — No games last weekend.  Next game: versus #22 California tonight.

Auburn (2-0) – No games last weekend.  Next game: versus Nicholls State on Friday.

Tennessee (2-0) — No games last weekend.  Next game: versus #6 Duke this afternoon.

Mississippi State (4-1) — The Bulldogs upset #16 Arizona 67-57 on Friday — a night after knocking off #18 Texas A&M — to win the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden.  Next game: versus Louisiana-Monroe tonight.

Ole Miss (3-1) — Ole Miss slipped past Drake 63-59 on Friday and then were thumped by #19 Marquette 96-66 at the Paradise Jam in the Virginia Islands.  Next game: versus TCU this evening.

Vanderbilt (3-1) — Kevin Stallings’ team snuffed out NC State 86-79 on Saturday.  Next game: versus Oregon State tonight in the title game of the Legends Classic in New Jersey.

Arkansas (2-1) — The Razorbacks fell to Houston 87-78 on Friday night.  Next game: versus Utah Valley tomorrow.

Florida (2-1) — No games last weekend.  Next game: versus Wright State tonight.

LSU (3-2) — Trent Johnson got a pair of needed wins over Western Kentucky (76-57) on Friday and Georgia Tech (59-50) on Saturday.  Next game: versus South Alabama on Wednesday.

South Carolina (1-2) — The Cocks dropped their second game this season to a small school when Tennessee State bested Darrin Horn’s team 64-63 in Columbia last night.  Next game: versus Mississippi Valley State tomorrow.

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Franklin Wants An Indoor Practice Facility At Vandy

When Vanderbilt hired James Franklin last December, chancellor Nick Zeppos said that the new coach would be given every tool necessary to recruit and compete in the SEC.

“I told James if he needs a rocket to go to the moon to get a player — get the rocket.”

Fast-forward to yesterday.  An electrical storm forced Vanderbilt off its practice field for a full 45 minutes.  Franklin saw an opportunity to reiterate a request he’s made before.

“Here’s another example of why we need an indoor facility,” the coach said.  He also pointed out that even Tennessee State — an FCS program just down the road from Vandy — has an indoor facility.

That’s all well and good, but The Tennessean’s Jeff Lockridge writes:

“While Vanderbilt’s campus is virtually landlocked, Franklin is adamant that there can be some solution.  However, right now an indoor facility is merely a discussion point and not in the administration’s plans.”

Maybe Franklin should ask for a rocket instead.

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SEC Headlines – 8/12/11 Part One

1.  Former Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson — now on UK’s staff — has plenty of praise for current QB Morgan Newton.

2.  Here’s more on the Cats’ new “in your face” D-coordinator.

3.  Linebacker Qua Huzzie is transferring to Murray State.

4.  Shaq Wilson’s return gives South Carolina a boost at linebacker.

5.  Derek Dooley was using a copy of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” to teach his Vols that one small mistake can bring down a whole team.  (Dooley is quickly becoming the SEC’s version of “The Most Interesting Man In The World.”)

6.  Sophomore Alex Bullard is Mr. Versatility on UT’s offensive line.

7.  The Vols’ defensive lineman have been getting the best of the team’s offensive linemen this week.

8.  James Franklin has his Vandy players cooling off between practice sessions in five jumbo tubs of ice water.

9.  Commodore players worked out with players from nearby Tennessee State this summer during unsupervised workouts.  (Not sure it’ll help much as the teams combined to go 5-18 last season.)

10.  Senior quarterback Larry Smith is starting to “separate himself a little bit from the pack.”

11.  VU gunner John Jenkins poured in 24 points for Team USA in the World University Games yesterday.

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UK-WKU Football Game Moved To Thursday

Kentucky’s season-opening game against Western Kentucky has been moved from Saturday, September 3rd to Thursday, September 1st.

The game at Nashville’s LP Field will be moved to make room for a Tennessee State game.  TSU has first dibs on LP Field.  Which begs the question: Why are two Kentucky teams playing in Nashville in the first place?  (We know, we know… recruiting.)

A kickoff time and broadcast partner have not been named yet.

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Tennessee State live blog at Walton

The New Media team brings you coverage from Bud Walton Arena for women's basketball.

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Bulldogs Continue Homestand Against Mountaineers

After opening the season a week ago with a 10-point victory against Tennessee State, Mississippi State returns to action at 7 p.m. on Friday in a key showdown against Southern Conference foe Appalachian State. It will be the first meeting between the two schools, and the Mountaineers are one of four teams this season MSU is facing for the first time.

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Bulldog Hoops Notches Victory In Season Opener, 75-65

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State's Ravern Johnson poured in a career high 32 points as the Bulldogs defeated Tennessee State 75-65 in the season-opening men's college basketball game of the 2010-11 season played Friday night in Humphrey Coliseum.

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