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College Conference Tourneys - Mar 11, 2019


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COLLEGE
2019 NCAA March Madness Selection Show, featuring the exclusive live first-time announcement of the pairings for the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, which will be televised on TBS - Sunday, March 17, at 6 PM.

Ahsan Asadullah (203-C) and the Lipscomb men's basketball team (25-7) came agonizingly close to winning back-to-back ASUN Tournaments on Sunday afternoon, but the Bisons fell just short, losing to Liberty 74-68 in Nashville. Asadullah, an ASUN All-Freshman Team selection, contributed in a multitude of ways with eight points, nine rebounds including five on the offensive end to go along with two steals and a block. In its debut in the ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Championship, Liberty (28-7) came away the conference title and automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Lipscomb, a strong candidate for an at-large bid, will be tuned into next Sunday's show having already guaranteed themselves a spot in the NIT as the top seed in the conference tournament.

D1 Conference tourney remaining
De'Quon Lake (208-F)< and the Arizona State Sun Devils play next at the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas against the winner of Stanford/UCLA game on Thursday, March, 14 at 8 p.m. Live Stream at PAC-12.com

Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99) and Georgia will be the No. 13 seed in the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The Bulldogs will play in the tourney's first game on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., facing Missouri on the SEC Network.

Jahmiah Simmons (193-F-98), Shakeem Alcindor (203-F-98) and North Texas (20-11, 8-10) earned the 10th-seed for the upcoming Conference USA Championship. They will face the same FIU (19-12, 10-8) team in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. CT at the Star in Frisco. The game will air live on ESPN+. It will be the third time in the last month UNT and FIU have met.

KJ Lewis (200-F) and Middle Tennessee will travel to the Air Force Reserves Conference USA Basketball Championship in Frisco, Texas. They will be the 12 seed and will play fifth-seeded UAB on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. CT. The Blue Raiders beat the Blazers in back-to-back games on Jan. 30 and Feb. 2.

Romani Hansen (203-F), Collins Joseph (183-PG) and the No. 6 seed Savannah State (11-19, 8-8) takes on the No. 11 seed Delaware State (5-24, 2-14) in the Mid-Eastern Conference Tourney First Round, Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia; Monday, 5 pm. Delaware State and Savannah State are prepared to match up in the first round of the MEAC tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Feb. 2, when the Tigers outshot Delaware State en route to the 76-73 victory. Collins picked up all MEAC new comer first team award. All games will be available on the conference's official website and the tournament's official website, www.MEAChoops.com. Sav State will be leaving the conference as well as Division I to return to Division II and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference next season.

With Sunday's Big Ten games completed, Jordan Murphy (201-F-97) and the Minnesota Gophers (19-12, 9-11) are locked into the 7-seed for the Big Ten Tournament. They get to face Penn State (7 p.m. Thursday on the Big Ten Network) who has won 5 of their last 6 games and are kind of dangerous right now. In their only matchup of the season, Minnesota won a very close one in mid-January with a dominating perfomance by Murphy.

Rashawn Fredericks and Cincinnati (25-6, 14-4 American) earns the No. 2 seed as the Bearcats have won at least 14 conference games in five of their six years in the league. UC also posted its third-straight season with at least 25 wins and begins tournament play on Friday, March 15 at 2 p.m. against the winner of No. 5 Memphis and No. 12 Tulane on ESPNU.

WOMEN
Anisha George and the UNT Mean Green begin play in the 2019 Air Force Reserve C-USA Basketball Championships Wednesday at 11 a.m. against Southern Miss. CUSA-TV

D2 NCAA Tournament
Tyra Aska and SWOSU Women's Basketball used their automatic bid to the NCAA Division II National Tournament to claim the No. 2 seed in the Central Regional and a rematch with No. 7-seed Emporia State in the opening round, which will be played at Gross Memorial Coliseum in Hays, Kansas. The opening round pits SWOSU against Emporia State, the only team to have defeated the 30-1 Lady Bulldogs this season. Since suffering a 68-60 loss to the Lady Hornets on November 9th, SWOSU has won 30 consecutive games and they enter the postseason with the second-longest active win streak in NCAA Division II.
Aska carried the Lady Bulldog offense as she scored game-high 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting as SWOSU captured the 2019 Great American Conference Women's Basketball Championship crown with an 87-66 victory against Arkansas Tech. Aska also went 4-for-5 from the 3-point arc. She also grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out five assists.

Sherelle George and the California University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team earned the fourth seed as an at-large selection in the upcoming Atlantic Regional of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night. The Vulcans will be making their 16th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and will face fifth-seeded Charleston (W.Va.) (25-6) in the first round.

Shaun Willett (193-F) and the Queens University of Charlotte men's basketball team (28-4, 19-1 SAC) earned the No. 1 seed in the Southeast Region of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championships, the selection committee announced on Sunday. As a result, Queens will host the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament at the Levine Center Mar. 16-19. The region also features two other teams with Virgin Islanders on their teams. Miguel Arnold (180-PG) and No. 24 Augusta University Jaguars (26-5) will face seventh-seeded Francis Marion (21-8) and Shaquan Jules (201-F) and No. 16 University of South Carolina Aiken (26-5) tackles Lenoir Rhyne (26-10).

NBA
Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93, college: Baylor)< and the Utah Jazz (37-28) toughest remaining contest of the year is hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. O'Neale is expected to start with Ricky Rubio out. From there, the Jazz will visit the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, and then return for a two-game home stand against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday and the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. The Suns are obviously struggling this season, but the Wolves have looked improved of late and the Nets are close to a playoff lock in the East. In other words, this week will still be a challenge, and the Jazz will need to be much more focused and prepared than they were a week ago

Collins is Leading Atlanta's Young Core
John Collins (208-PF-97, college: Wake Forest) is nothing if not an overachiever. Going from a prospect outside of most major recruiting service's rankings to NBA draft pick in just two years is already a feat; becoming basically a 20-and-10 in another two is almost unbelievable. But it's not just his stats and raw numbers that have increased. He's improved in a variety of ways and, at just 21 years old, there's plenty of time for that to continue.
First, there's his shooting. His three-point numbers have been the most noticeable difference, but it goes beyond that. For example, Collins hit just 69 percent of his free throws during his first year in college, while he's up to around 77 percent from the line this season. He's also upped his assists per game and assists percentage since last season while cutting down on his turnover percentage. His rebounding rate has also increased, especially on the offensive end. It's easy to look at Collins' advanced numbers and determine that he's already a better player than he was just a season ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-X7YMVNcKU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZC_gGpxXb8

Desi Rodriguez (198-F-96, college: Seton Hall) and the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (23-21) inch closer to the final playoff spot after defeating rival South Bay Lakers (17-27), 122-110, on Saturday night. The win puts the Clippers half a game back of the Memphis Hustle (24-21) and Salt Lake City Stars (24-21) for the sixth and final playoff spot in the G-League Western Conference with seven games remaining on their schedule.

CBSSports.com reported before Christmas that Marcus Georges-Hunt (196-F-94, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pensack Sports)t underwent knee surgery and would miss extended playing time for the Maine Red Claws in the G League, though there has been very little reported about it. Georges-Hunt had averaged 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals over 36 minutes per game in nine games for the Red Claws.

PRO ABROAD
BULGARIA -Since LaRon Smith (204-F-93, college: Auburn) joined Yambol, the team has been playing a much better brand of basketball. With the 6-9 post in play their defense has improved and the confidence of the other Yambol (7-10) players has produced a four game winning streak. Smith had 22 points (11/14 FG), five rebounds and three blocks in blow out win over Academic Sofia, 107-77, on Saturday in NBL action. Yambol moved-up to sixth place which they share with Spartak Pleven. Yambol will step up in class and play against the league's leader Levski Lukoil (15-2) at home in this weekend.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H_vYON4uOA

UNITED KINGDOM -- Justin Gray (198-F-95, college: Texas Tech) had a fabulous week. Gray had a superb game with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists but the Bristol Flyers (9-12) were unable to claim their second win of the weekend, narrowly missing out to the visiting Surrey Scorchers, 89-83, on Saturday.
Gray came close to a double-double as the Bristol Flyers claimed the season series over their South West rivals with a dominant performance at the SGS College Arena. The Flyers jumped out to a fast start and never looked back, establishing a commanding 24 point lead at the half. Plymouth Raiders increased their scoring output in the second half, but the gap was too large to overcome, 95-79. Gray had 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

LEBANON -- Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) was stellar but Homenetmen (10-3) dropped to second place after a tough loss to new league leader Champville (11-2), 96-80, Friday night in the Lebanese Basketball League at Dik al-Mehdi. Hodge torched the nets for 34 points including 16-of-18 at the free throw line with three rebounds and three assists.

TURKEY -- Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) and Tofas (12-6) were upset on a last second shot by Banvit, 90-89, Sunday evening in the Turkish Basketball League. Elegar's free throws at 1:34 gave Tofas a three point cushion, 86-89. However, TOFA couldn't procure a basket and former San Antonio Spurs' Gary Neal's last second field goal from the park was the difference. Elegar had a good day with 14 points and nine rebounds.

UKRAINE-- Deon Edwin (190-G-92, college: Kent St., agency: Interperformances) and Khimik had the week of because of the Ukraine Cup but return to action this week. Khimik and Cup Winner Dnipro both share first place in the standing with 18-8 records.

TUNISIA -- Jason Perry-Murray (206-PF-94, college: Grambling St.) and CA Bizertin (2-2) defeated JS Manazeh, 86-81, in Play Out.

VENEZUELA -- Georgio Milligan (187-PG-90, college: Franklin & Marshall) and the two time champs Guaros de Lara traveled to Ponce and finished the preliminary phase with a 3-0 record. The second Semi-Final Group will take place March 15-17 and will feature CD Las Animas (Chile), Guaros de Lara (Venezuela), Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico) and the defending champion of the DIRECTV Liga de las Americas and host San Lorenzo de Almagro (Argentina). Following three days of competitions, where the teams will play in round-robin format, the top two teams will continue to the Final 4. http://www.fiba.basketball/ligamericas/2019/

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC -- Jamaal Samuel (206-F-93, college: La-Monroe) and Plaza dropped both games in the early stages of the Semi-Finals of the Baloncesto Superior Santiago. Plaza was outclassed by GUG, 111-83, Friday night in front of a raucous arena. Samuel contributed 18 points and four rebounds in the loss.
The loss was the second in the round of the final four, with Plaza dropping a hotly contested game to league leader Sameji, 104-94, on Wednesday. Samuel poured in 24 points, 7 boards and three assists.

  




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