Digital Sports Daily Buzz for Friday March 27th 2015
—West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins was asked after Kentucky doubled up his 78-39 Thursday night if he thought freshman guard Daxter Miles Jr.’s prediction that Kentucky would be 39-1 had any influence on the game.
His response: “No. You know what, honestly, I think that’s a bunch of BS.”
Huggins continued, “I think once you throw the ball up, you play. It was a freshman that said it and I’m kind of happy he had some confidence. I’m kind of happy he wasn’t hiding under a chair somewhere, you know? There’s nothing wrong with having some confidence and wanting to go out and compete. They just were way better than we were.”
If you read Daily Buzz yesterday , or any other digital outlet, we brought you the quotes of Miles Jr prediction WVU would give UK its first L. It was the next best story line other than “Kentucky is going to Wollap WVU-watch out.”
Miles Jr. then of course became the most mentioned name on social media during Thursday night’s drubbing. But enough is enough. And yes I will use the age old excuse “these are kids” and the age old rhetorical question “How many of still to this day well beyond our teen years say something for a reaction unaware of the unintended consequences.” Because its so cliche but it fits so well.
Well Miles Jr did just that. He said something that he probably didn’t think through. He just happened to have microphones and recorders and smartphones within distance, manned by overeager reports needing a pregame story for what would likely be a Kentucky W.
When drilled post game by reporters regarding his failed prophecy, Miles Jr went Bill Belichick and answered each question with “Kentucky played great.” He’s learning the game. The media game. Yes he is.
As it turned out Kentucky showed no mercy to Huggy Bears boys. Final Score 78-39. For those of us who flunked freshmen division, that 78 is exactly divisible by 2. Kentucky matched and then one upped the Mountaineer scoring output. The “Press Virginia” will have to wait for next season, it was not effective last night.
Kentucky can shoot.
“I think pretty much what I was afraid could happen (happened),” Huggins said.
“They shot the ball really poorly the last game, and they’re too good to have a probably back-to-back bad days shooting the ball, and they came out and made a bunch of shots. We’re trying to scramble around and leave the right guy open. They were aggressive, they took it to the basket and we couldn’t score, which was my biggest fear was that we would have a hard time scoring.”
Stat of the Day:
West Virginia’s 39 points were the fewest scored in a Sweet 16 game since the tournament expanded to 32 teams in 1975. It’s also a school record for fewest in an NCAA tournament game and the fewest scored by any team in this year’s tournament. Via ESPN Stats and Information
Vine of the Day:
Tyndall fired for “cause”
Tennessee has fired head men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall, as first reported by Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com. Tyndall is currently being investigated for infractions committed while head coach at Southern Mississippi.
The school released the following press release:
The University of Tennessee announced today that it has terminated its employment agreement with head men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall for cause. The decision was made based on information the university received during the NCAA’s investigation of another institution.
The university concluded that Tyndall is highly likely to be found responsible for serious (e.g., Level I and/or Level II) violations of NCAA rules that occurred during his tenure as head men’s basketball coach at another institution.
“It is disappointing that we have to take this action.” said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. “It is highly likely that Coach Tyndall will face significant penalties at the conclusion of the NCAA’s infractions process. We believe that this decision is in the best interests of the University of Tennessee.”
Barnes on slightly warm seat
Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reports that according to sources, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson is requiring head coach Rick Barnes to make “significant changes” to his program in order to keep his job.
The question is what’s to change? Fans don’t like seeing early exists in the Tournament. What do you change to make your team a tournament winner? Recruit better, coach better?
No Twitter for UConn Women
For the past four years, UConn’s coaches have not allowed their players to use Twitter from the first day of practice until the last day of the season.
Dean Smith’s amazing gift
Dean Smith left each of the varsity letterman he coached at North Carolina $200 for a “dinner out,” according to a letter one of his attorneys sent to his former players that was posted to Twitter on Thursday.
Tim Breedlove, a Charlotte accountant who is the trustee of the Dean E. Smith Revocable Trust, confirmed the authenticity of the letter during a phone interview on Thursday.
Breedlove said on Monday he’d mailed “about 180” of the letters – with a $200 check enclosed – to Smith’s former players.
Breedlove said he was still tracking down the addresses of a few of Smith’s former players.
“Hope Solo entered therapy for the first time to deal with “pain and anger” issues during her U.S. Soccer-imposed 30-day suspension last month, the U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper revealed this week in a blog post on HopeSolo.com.
During my month away from the national team, I had a lot of time to think, and to reassess my life and career. I also learned a lot about myself. I wanted a place to continue that process and share my experiences with you – about our team, my teammates and our quest to win the World Cup this summer.
If Dekker’s brilliant performance was merely a flash rather than a breakthrough, at the very least it was a well-timed one. Wisconsin needed a hero to emerge to keep its Final Four hopes alive with national player of the year candidate Frank Kaminsky off to a slow start, Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig misfiring from the perimeter and upset-minded North Carolina burying threes and scoring in transition at an unnerving clip.
Jonathan Martin released
The 49ers have released offensive lineman Jonathan Martin. Martin most known for taking the abuse of teammate Richie Incognito, went to San Fran to play for his college coach Jim Harbaugh who of course had a split with the Niners and is in Ann Arbor as the head man.
Mariotti in Print
Former ESPN and Chicago Sun Times writer/commentator Jay Mariotti has found new work, he is now sports director and columnist for SF Weekly. SF Weekly editor Mark Segal Kemp defended his hire by stating it was “In the spirit of Gonzo”. Via Awful Announcing
Today in Sports History:
March 27th 1989 Sports Illustrated exposed Pete Rose’s gambling activities. The magazine article alleged baseball’s all-time hits leader bet on baseball from the Riverfront dugout using hand gestures with an associate. via The Sports Network:
Sports Quote of the Day: “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King