Leading up to the 2009 NIT Season Tip Off on November 16th, Pickin’ Splinters will be counting down the top 25 of the college hardwood nation.
On this day like so many other days, with sports stories swirling through the ticker, the Memphis Tigers’ 2007-2008 season faces extinction. Like a common advertisement delivered by the post man quickly wisked to the circular file, college basketball fans can dispose of the Memphis run to the NCAA finals.
On the whole, the Ivy League can still compete with the nation’s best teams, but probably not on a consistently high level. It’s been over a decade since one of the Ancient Eight have won a first round tournament game.
I thought of perhaps the greatest backcourt in Ivy League history, the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Allen and Matt Maloney. NBA fans remember Matt Maloney more than Allen because of his performances with the Houston Rockets in the late-1990s where he started all 82 games his rookie year.
The purpose of college for High School teens post graduation is intended to prepare them for the grind and rigors of everyday life. Some are still searching for their niche, while others have a good idea what they want to do and college will help them get there. For a lot of NBA-bound basketball players all college does is serve as a nuisance and prolong their arrival to “The League.”
Quite a few Temple University guards continued their careers at the highest level of professional basketball these last two decades. Some became first round draft picks while others signed after going undrafted.
All NBA draft prospects have the month of June to make their final decision of whether to stay or return to their collegiate programs. Some have already forgone their college eligibility by hiring an agent. There remain, however, a host of players who have not and thus can still return. There are many players still […]
by Patrick ‘Rey’ Reynell The past two seasons have brought some hardware for the Temple Owls by way of two Atlantic 10 tournament championships. Unfortunately, high hopes of upsets in the NCAA tourney never came to fruition in either season. A first round exit to Michigan State in 2008 and Arizona State in 2009 has […]
Thinking of these species reminds of the coaching carousel that happens every year around this time in NCAA Men’s basketball.
Last week, Colin Cowherd of ESPN offered the opinion that Tyler Hansbrough’s NBA career will … shall we say … lack luster. I’m being polite, but Colin made it sound as if TH will be lucky to even be drafted by the end of round 2 and that he’d be amazed if TH’s career even […]