Arkansas All-SEC big man Daniel Gafford won’t play in the NIT Tournament,as he has put his name in the draft and signed with an agent.Gafford,a projected first round pick a year ago,decided to come back for another year in Fayetteville.His numbers improved across the board where he averaged seventeen points,nine rebounds,and shot an amazing sixty-six percent from the field.Arkansas will play four-seed Providence in the Indiana region in Bloomington as a five seed.
The ACC did everything that needed to happen to get three number one seeds.That is the first time that has happened since 2009,when the Big East did it with Pittsburgh,Louisville,and UConn.The ACC did it by Duke winning the ACC Tournament (and getting the number one overall seed),Virginia didn’t have to do anything as they were locked in to the one line (but made it to the ACC semifinals,thus locking up the number two overall seed),and North Carolina made it to the ACC semifinals before losing to Duke for the first time this season (and became the third overall number seed).The reason they were the top three overall seeds is because of the body of work and their strength of schedule.
Arkansas womens’ Basketball has become the lowest seed ever in the SEC Tournament (10 Seed) to make the SEC Tournament Championship game.The hogs will face Mississippi State,the number one seed in the SEC Tournament,who has made the SEC Tournament Championship for four straight years but have not won an SEC Tournament Championship yet.Jailyn Mason led the team with fifteen points in the win over three seed Texas A&M and a win previously over two seed South Carolina,snapping their streak of four straight SEC Tournament titles.
Arkansas men’s basketball is on a three game winning streak including a one-point win over Ole Miss,a thirty-six point win over Vanderbilt,and a twelve point win over Alabama (who was in the NCAA Tournament enter Saturday, after loss to Arkansas out of tournament according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi).The Arkansas-Alabama winner got the nine seed in the SEC Tournament (which was Arkansas), and Alabama fell to the ten seed after the loss.The 2019 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played in Nashville,Tennessee again from March 13-17.
Former Texas A&M QB Nick Starkel has chosen to transfer to Arkansas.He has two more years of elgibility.
The Arkansas women’s track and field team won their second national championship on Saturday.
The Dallas Cowboys have rewored a deal with Linebacker Sean Lee,where he will get $3.5 million in his final year of his contract instead of the $7 million he was going to get instead.Dallas Cowboys Defensive Lineman David Irving quit the NFL because of marijuana.
The ACC has three of the country’s top teams however you slice it.2.Virginia led by hot shooting Kyle Guy and a versatile Forward De’Andre Hunter,3.North Carolina led by Freshman Point Guard Coby White’s scoring and Cam Johnson and Luke Maye’s versatile play, and 4.Duke led by the phenoms that are Wings RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish,a defensive stopper of a Point Guard in Tre Jones,and the most dominant player in college basketball in Forward Zion Williamson,who should come back from a mild knee sprain for the ACC Tournament in Charlotte on Thursday.Let’s take a look at each team and what needs to happen to get themselves a one seed.
2.Virginia-The top seed in the ACC and the number two team in the country,have already clinched a one seed according to the NCAA College Basketball guru Andy Katz.Now to get the top overall seed,they need to win the ACC Tournament and have Gonzaga lose in the WCC Tournament (a team that has already clinched a one seed according to Katz).
3.North Carolina-North Carolina needs to win on Thursday to get to a likely rematch with Duke in the ACC Semifinals.If they lose on Wednesday,they need Michigan State,Kentucky, and Tennessee all to lose in their respective conference tournaments.If the Heels get to the ACC Tournament Championship they are almost guaranteed a one seed no matter what happens in Charlotte on Saturday.
4.Duke-Duke will get its superstar back in Zion Williamson back for their ACC Tournament Quarterfinal game.They need to win the ACC Tournament to guarantee themselves a one seed.Duke should at least get to the ACC Semifinals,which will most likely be a third game versus North Carolina,and if they should lose that game losses by Kentucky,Tennessee,and Michigan State would give them a shot at the last one seed.
The ACC should get at least two one seeds with Virginia definitley being one of them with North Carolina having a better shot after their win over Duke yesterday.
So here the arguments are,please tell me in the comment section how many one seeds the ACC will get a week from now on Selection Sunday.
On Senior night,Senior Guard Kenny Williams scored a season-high eighteen points and Freshman Guard Coby White scored twenty-one points in 3.North Carolina’s win over 4.Duke.Duke wing RJ Barrett led the Blue Devils in scoring with twenty-six points in the loss.North Carolina,26-5 (16-2) ACC, clinched the regular season sweep of Duke (for the first time it feels like in forever) and will head into the ACC Tournament (Charlotte) as the two seed and a share of the ACC title with one seed and 2.Virginia.4.Duke,26-5 (14-4) ACC), goes into the ACC Tournament as the three seed and a chance to meet North Carolina for a third time in the ACC Semifinals next Friday.Duke lost Sophomore Forward Marques Bolden to an injury on a failed block attempt on UNC Forward Garrison Brooks.Duke Freshman Forward Zion Williamson missed his sixth straight game with a mild knee sprain and the Blue Devils have fallen to a five hundred record of three and three without him in the lineup.Williamson should be ready for the ACC Tournament next week.Duke will fall down from a one seed most likely and North Carolina will become a number one seed after this game.
Duke Freshman Forward Zion Williamson has been ruled out for his sixth straight game by the team.
ACC Standings (Top Three) going into Saturday ()=Overall Ranking ()=Conference Record
1.(2) Virginia 27-2 (15-2) ACC (Head to Head win over North Carolina)
2.(3) North Carolina 25-5 (15-2) ACC
3.(4) Duke 26-4 (14-3) ACC
Prediction:The North Carolina bigs (Garrison Brooks and Luke Maye) should have another good game against the Blue Devils.Both should have at least ten points and seven rebounds.Nassir Little should be a the x-factor, and if he can defend RJ Barrett,the Heels should have the edge.Duke Freshman wing RJ Barrett,though,should be the ultimate x-factor in this game,and if he leads Duke well with a thirty point,ten rebound game I don’t see this being an easy one for the Tar Heels.Predicted Score:North Carolina 76,Duke 74
Led by Mason Jones’s twenty-two points on six for eight shooting from behind the arc,Arkansas snapped its six game losing streak.Arkansas honored the 1994 National Championship team for its twnty-fifth year anniversary as well.
As I said in an earlier post,former Dallas Cowboys Tight End Jason Witten will be leaving the Monday Night Football booth to return to the Cowboys.
The Diamond Hogs finished a sweep of Stony Brook on Saturday,with a 15-7 win on Saturday with two home runs.
Former Arkansas Razorbacks Running Back and Baltimore Ravens Running Back Alex Collins has been released by the team because of use of marijuana and therefore wrecking his car into a tree.Collins was released on Friday afternoon.
Going into Monday night,the Kansas Jayhawks,20-7 (9-5) Big 12, had just got blown out by second place Texas Tech and Kansas State,21-6 (10-4), was easily the favorite going into their game at Allen Field House in Lawrence.Despite the great showing that Kansas made and defeating Kansas State,64-49, all Texas Tech has to do is win two of their last four games, and all Kansas State has to do is win two of their last three games to secure the first and second seeds in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City.I don’t see Kansas being able to jump past KSU and TTU,so I’m predicting that Kansas’s streak of fourteen consecutive Big 12 titles will be over.
Duke Forward and the number one NBA prospectZion Williamson’s shoe blew out just around a half minute in to the rivalry game between 1.Duke and 8.North Carolina which led to a grade one sprained right knee,espn reports.Carolina Forwards Luke Maye (30 pts,15 rebs), Garrison Brooks (14 pts,8 rebs) and Guard-Forward Cam Johnson (26 pts,4 assts,7 rebs) led the UNC Tar Heels to easily the best game they’ve played all season.Duke was led in scoring by Guard-Forward R.J. Barrett (33 pts).
I’m not going to be doing college basketball saturday reviews anymore, but instead I’m going to be doing individual game recaps of the top games each time there is a big game.Those will start next week.