The Shockers will be part of the CBE Classic, and will be one of four teams competing at the Sprint Center in Kansas City as part of the College Basketball Hall of Fame inductions. If you combine this with the report that a doubleheader with the Big 12, also in Kansas City, is in the works, the Shockers could be calling the Paris of the Plains their home away from home this coming season. Unlike this season when he lost four starters from last year, Gregg Marshall should return the majority of his team for 2013-14, making the Shockers an early pick to make another NCAA Tournament run. Texas, BYU and DePaul will also be part of the event.
Gregg Marshall has gotten some praise for his pre-game speeches that CBS has shown throughout the run to this point. But maybe they need to stick a camera in the huddle to see what he is doing differently. Luke Winn's final Power Rankings have the Shockers last, and the entirety of the detail on the Shockers points out that they are not exactly good at scoring after a timeout. Of the Final Four squads they are the worst, which is odd for a team that plays slow, and therefore would be in a number of close games where each possession is measured out by the man on the sidelines.Definitely worth a look.
Nate Hicks is on the Florida Gulf Coast basketball team, only you haven't heard anything about him. He is a transfer who will be eligible next season for the Eagles.
And that is making him take a roundabout trip to Dallas to see his team play. Under NCAA rules, there are a lot of things that the redshirt transfer can't get.
CBS' Matt Norlander catches up with Hicks on a plane to Dallas and reveals all the
hurdles... workarounds...crap that he has to go through just to be in the same city as his team as they make history Friday night.
This is a neat story about the money involved in the NCAA Tournament, and how it effects us little guys. So Florida Gulf Coast (like every NCAA tournament team) brings in roughly $1.41 million for the conference for each tourney game they play, and they have also seen a 700% increase in merchandising revenue compared to this time last year. And yet, like many other schools, they are hoping just to break even this post-season.
On Tuesday morning, Mid-Major Madness's Adam Hermann joined in on a Google+ hangout with CBS's Clark Kellogg to talk about the Naismith POY award, which our mid-major sweetheart Doug McDermott is up for. Check out the video over here on AT&T's YouTube page.
Jeff Goodman at CBS is reporting that Jackson State will hire former Mississippi assistant coach Wayne Brent for its vacant head coaching position. Brent is the coach at Calloway High School and has won five state titles, four with his current program.
Michael White did the unthinkable, leading Louisiana Tech out to an impressive start within the WAC before losing its final three games of the season (two in conference and the opening round in the conference tournament). That performance was enough to earn White a contract extension with the Bulldogs, the terms of which won't be released until it is approved by the board.The scary thing here is that White led Louisiana Tech to its best season since a little guy named Karl Malone played there, and this team will be mostly upperclassmen next season. That could spell trouble for Conference USA, where the Bulldogs will be moving in 2013-14.With the best team leaving that conference after this year, there is a lot of opportunity for Louisiana Tech to steal away the title and be dancing next March.
Gary Parrish was on the floor in Philadelphia to get the raw reaction from the Florida Gulf Coast team. They are just as blown away by this as the rest of us are. #DunkCity lives on.
The Florida Gulf Coast bookstore already has the official Sweet 16 shirts available for sale. These don't last until Wednesday.