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Champs have new look but same approach

Champs have new look but same approach

CHARLOTTE -- What a difference a year makes in college basketball and there is no better example these days than Virginia coach Tony Bennett and his team. The Cavaliers showed up for this year’s ACC Operation Basketball media day on Tuesday in Charlotte as NCAA defending...

The two smartest guys are ones to watch

The two smartest guys are ones to watch

The NBA early entry withdrawal deadline spawned a spate of stories projecting college teams as winners and losers. They were based on players staying in school and those gone to the NBA – actually, overseas or to the G-League for most of them. Those evaluations were a little...

No Inspector Renault moments around Izzo

No Inspector Renault moments around Izzo

Sportswriters are both romantics and cynics. That’s why Inspector Renault, a cynical character in Casablanca, a romantic movie, so often appears in sports stories.The latest example of Inspector Renault declaring he’s “shocked, shocked,” results from Christian Dawkins testifying...

Shedrick knew more than national media

Shedrick knew more than national media

There are dozens of highly recruited high school basketball seniors and hundreds of ranked prospects overall, but only two watched March Madness unfold with the satisfaction of knowing they committed to the school that won the 2019 NCAA title. One of those Virginia-bound...

Lipscomb travels reverse Tobacco Road

Lipscomb travels reverse Tobacco Road

Tobacco is no longer North Carolina’s economic engine, Tobacco Road as an old label for college basketball in the state and Lipscomp University is located in Nashville, Tenn. But there is still a reverse Tobacco Road trip for the Bison to complete. Lipscomb, which won three NIT...

How the good guys beat Duke and Kentucky

How the good guys beat Duke and Kentucky

A Michigan State fifth-year senior and an Auburn junior slew a pair of NBA Combine team dragons, leaving Duke and Kentucky short of an NCAA title – not to mention a Final Four – a fourth straight year. Experience still matters most in college basketball. Michigan State’s Kenny...

Mathews puts on ACC show to beat NC State

Mathews puts on ACC show to beat NC State

By Tom Shanahan, Special to the TennesseanRALEIGH, N.C. — Lipscomb not only earned a historic trip to New York for the NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden, a basketball mecca, the Bison won with theatrics befitting the Big Apple.Garrison Mathews scored a Division I school...

Comparing two record Raleigh scorers and eras

Comparing two record Raleigh scorers and eras

NOTE: Campbell's Chris Clemons scored 32 points in his final game as UNC-Greensboro beat the Camels 84-69 Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT. Clemons finished No. 3 on the career scoring list. So, unfortunately, no trip to Madison Square Garden.By Tom ShanahanChris...

Bowman defies NFL with NBA draft promise

Bowman defies NFL with NBA draft promise

The smart NFL teams -- ones that find prospects in college basketball dating to Dallas Cowboys scout Gil Brandt converting Pete Gent and Cornell Green in the early 1960s from the hard-court to the gridiron -- safely tucked away their file on Ky Bowman. That meant once Bowman...

Clemons leaving NCAA scoring footprints

Clemons leaving NCAA scoring footprints

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Chris Clemons arrived at Campbell University in this Mayberry-like North Carolina town as a little-known recruit that major conference coaches overlooked, fearing his 5-foot-9 height didn’t measure up. Now, four prolific scoring seasons later at the Big South...