Time to take a break from the day and catch up on your college basketball news:
Collinsworth, English, Warney, Walkup, headline Portsmouth rosters: The rosters for the 2016 Portsmouth Invitational were released last night. The games tip off Wednesday. Personally, I am going with the Sales Systems, Ltd. team that features Jameel Warney, Wes Washpun and Egidijus Mockevicius. Represent boys.
Some Ohio State fans are not thrilled with playing Navy: The Veterans Classic is a great preseason event, but someone is probably going to end up not liking their scheduling at the end of the day. Navy is the host next season, and the Midshipmen finished this year just 9-9 in a down Patriot League, with a KenPom ranking of 197. Unless a miracle happens next year, things aren't looking to improve much in Annapolis. As a result, Ohio State didn't quite get the draw they wanted in the event, and will take a hit on their RPI.
Phil Martelli gives Big 5 award to Jay Wright: Phil Martelli was a little shocked to win the Coach of the Year award among the Philadelphia Big 5 coaches considering that one of them, you know, won the whole thing. He quickly made it up to Jay Wright using a Post It note, and promised to deliver the newly corrected trophy to Wright's house. Side note: Who voted for this thing and didn't give it to Wright?
Tomorrow's Oakland paper will say goodbye to Kay Felder: He was one of the best, and just missed winning our Player of the Year award. Tomorrow, he gets a two-page spread in the Oakland paper.
Where you going, Joe Dooley?: The Florida Gulf Coast coach is reportedly considering a move to join Mark Gottfried's staff at North Carolina State, which has a lot of people scratching their heads. You probably wouldn't have been surprised with him interviewing for other head jobs, as he did with Wright State earlier this offseason, but to move and take a second chair? It seems that money may be a factor as Dooley only makes a base salary of $235,000 with the Eagles, and reportedly took a pay cut to go there from Kansas. You would still think he would work on building a winner at FGCU for a chance at a bigger pay day in the head spot though, much like Andy Enfield did.
Jeremy Lin and James Ennis had nice nights in the League: Ennis scored 29 in a loss to Chicago, and Jeremy Lin notched 25 to go with seven rebounds, five assists and five steals in a win over Boston. Represent.
Stephen Curry is going to be your NBA MVP, again: Just keep thinking about all those scouts that doubted his ability to score and play in the league. Of course, they aren't voting.
Curry's magic is pulling in some big money: When you make waves like Stephen Curry did in the NCAA Tournament, it can pay off. Davidson is set to receive $2.5 million in support of scholarships from an anonymous donor. The money will go primarily to endow a basketball scholarship in Bob McKillop's name. This is pretty much the most awesome way to honor a coach that has proven that he can succeed again and again, and has stuck with the program for 27 years. Only five Division 1 coaches have been at their schools longer: Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Coach K (Duke), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Rick Byrd (Belmont) and Gregg Nibert (Presbyterian). There is your weird bar trivia for the day.
And in other news...
Apparently Cuba has a beer shortage because of all the new tourists from the United States. This gives a totally new meaning to BYOB.