College Basketball on Sling: Kentucky Still on Top, Indiana Tumbles, UNC Keeps Pace

Nov 28, 2016 by Sling Staff


#1 Kentucky (6-0) vs Arizona State
7pm ET on ESPN2

The Kentucky Wildcats continued to roll last week with two more victories, 101-70 over Cleveland State, and 111-76 over Tennessee-Martin, as they have yet to win a game by fewer than 21 points thus far. Freshman Malik Monk is leading the team in scoring with 18.7 ppg, along with 2.8 rpg and 2.5 apg, while fellow frosh De’Aaron Fox leads the team in assists with 7.2 apg, while scoring 15.5 ppg, and pulling down 4.8 rpg. Catch these ‘Cats while you can, ‘cuz they won’t be around long.

Second-year head coach Bobby Hurley has the Arizona State Sun Devils off to a 4-2 start following Wednesday’s 127-110 win over Citadel, in which ASU... Read More

NCAA Basketball on Sling TV: #4 Kansas at #14 Iowa State, Texas Tech at #1 Oklahoma

Jan 25, 2016 by Scott Ross

#4 Kansas Jayhawks vs. #14 Iowa State Cyclones (9pm ET Monday, ESPN)
Despite losing two of their last four games, the Kansas Jayhawks find themselves in a four-way tie for first place in the rough and tumble Big 12 at 5-2 in conference play. They’re 16-3 overall, and currently ranked fourth in the country. Kansas beat Texas 76-67 on Saturday despite getting just 4 points from their bench, as senior forward Perry Ellis (no relation) scored 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting.

Iowa State is coming off a big week in which they beat lowly Texas Christian 73-60 after beating #1 Oklahoma 82-77 as Georges Niang, Monte Morris and Abdel Nader all scored at least 20. Now 15-4 overall, the Cyclones have jumped in... Read More

NCAA Basketball on Sling TV: #1 Oklahoma at #13 Baylor

Jan 22, 2016 by Scott Ross

#1 Oklahoma Sooners vs. #13 Baylor Bears (Noon ET Saturday, ESPN)
On Monday Oklahoma became the fifth #1 team to lose this season, falling 82-77 to #19 Iowa State. The teams were tied at 75 with 46 seconds to play following a 3 by Oklahoma’s Isaiah Cousins, but Iowa State pulled away, thanks to 5-for-5 shooting from the free throw line. The Sooners (15-2, 4-2 in Big 12 conference play) are led by senior guard Buddy Hield, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, who’s averaging 26.1 points per game and is among the leading candidates for this year’s Wooden Award.

“He’s so good at basketball!” an opposing fan screamed on Monday at Hield. “Why are you so good at basketball?!”

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College Basketball on Sling TV: Syracuse at #20 Duke, LSU vs. #15 Texas A&M

Jan 18, 2016 by Scott Ross

Syracuse vs. #20 Duke (7pm ET Monday, ESPN)
Syracuse started the season 6-1 before Jim Boeheim excused himself from head coaching duties to serve a 32-day suspension for a number of violations. In his absence, the Orangemen went 4-5; since his return on January 6, they’ve gone 2-1 to bring their record to 12-7, with Michael Gnibije leading the team with 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Tonight is a homecoming of sorts for Gnibije, who started his college career at Duke as a freshman in 2011, before transferring to Syracuse.

The reigning NCAA champion Duke Blue Devils are coming off of back-to-back losses to Clemson and Notre Dame that have dropped them to 14-4, 3-2 in the ACC, and 11 spots in the AP poll. Coach... Read More

NCAA Tournament Insider: Blowouts, Stenographers, Insane Stats, Parting Gifts

Mar 27, 2015 by Robb Todd

Kentucky’s record-setting destruction of West Virginia makes it easy to forget there are other teams in the Sweet 16.

Oh, but there are other teams. Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Arizona made that clear last night, and tonight Duke—hey, remember them?—will have a chance against Utah to put its stamp on things. As will a few other talents squads.

But does even mentioning teams other than Kentucky feel like whistling past a graveyard? Here’s a warning from the Wildcats’ latest victim:

“They were what I thought they were,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said after the 78-39 blowout. “That’s the best defensive team I think that I’ve ever coached against. And when they’re making shots, there’s nobody going to beat them.”

Here’s what else you need to... Read More

NCAA Tournament Insider: Guaranteed Victory, Calipari's Next Move, Viewer's Guide

Mar 26, 2015 by Robb Todd

Kentucky’s quest to go undefeated continues tonight against West Virginia, which also knocked out the Wildcats five years ago, almost to the day. Bob Huggins remembers it well.

Still, with so many people certain that Kentucky will steamroll everyone in their way, there is a lot of focus on Coach John Calipari’s future in the NBA. One report even calls him “desperate” to try again at the professional level.

There’s always a lot of talk about a lot of things and here’s a little more smack from West Virginia freshman guard Daxter Miles, Jr.: “I give them their props, salute them for getting to 36-0. But tomorrow, they’re going to be 36-1.”

To do that, the Mountaineers will rely, as usual, on the press. That’s... Read More

NCAA Tournament Insider: Predictions & More Predictions

Mar 25, 2015 by Robb Todd

If only we could predict the future. That’s what creates the madness in March: we can’t. Not even a little bit, and it reminds us that we don’t really know anything for certain. (That goes for you, too, Kentucky fans – and you, too, IRS!)

Because of this, it emboldens people to make even wilder predictions. Since there’s no prediciting this stuff, anything we say could be correct.

But here are some pretty solid preditions. At least more solid than Jell-o:

• This year’s tournament isn’t over but this story makes predicitions about which eliminated teams will make the tournament again next year.

• Kentucky Coach John Calipari failed in his first gig in the NBA. Here’s a prediction about how he’d do if he tried... Read More

NCAA Tournament Insider: Sweet 16, Crying Piccolo, & March Madness Money

Mar 24, 2015 by Robb Todd

The Sweet 16 is set and everyone’s bracket is looking pretty darn good. Well, 14 brackets out of 11.57 million are looking good. That’s how many people correctly predicted the Sweet 16 correctly.

If you didn’t get them all right (and you didn’t!) there’s no reason to cry about it. Roxanne Chalifoux has cried enough for all of us, and she cried while playing the piccolo for the Villanova band as she watched her team fall to N.C. State. Those tears earned her a gig with The Roots.

Nova fans know deeply that nobody is invincible but you’ll still have a difficult time persuading anyone that Kentucky can be beaten. The Wildcats are even odds in Vegas to win it all while UCLA is... Read More

NCAA Tournament Insider: A Record of Madness, Wet Your Whistle, & Promises, Promises

Mar 20, 2015 by Robb Todd

Everyone knew there would be upsets, but not as many knew which teams would be upset. Who picked UAB over Iowa St., raise your hands?

Well, maybe you picked Georgia St. too. Maybe you’re a genius! Maybe you thought about picking Wofford over Arkansas because of The No. 5 Jinx but changed your mind at the last second.


You also never doubted that the NCAA made the right choice with UCLA and you are all in favor of NOT reviewing goal tending calls. Sorry, SMU.

There were a record five 1-point games yesterday—madness!—but that’s all history. We have to live in the now and now you need to know this:

A breakdown of every game today.

Even better: a breakdown... Read More

NCAA Tournament Insider: Kentucky, Kentucky, Kentucky ... (Notre Dame?)

Mar 19, 2015 by Robb Todd

There has been so much talk about Kentucky it might get a little tiresome but there is just so much to talk about. But … let’s remember that today’s games tip off with another team worth paying attention to: Notre Dame.

The ACC newcomer is having a moment.

“It is different to say Notre Dame won the ACC championship,” North Carolina Coach Roy Williams said after his Tar Heels fell to the Irish, 90-82, in Saturday night’s title game.

And it’s different to think of Notre Dame as a school that is better at basketball than football.

While not many people think Kentucky can be beaten, the few who do target the Fightin’ Irish as one that could—but first they have to beat Northeastern in today’s first... Read More

NCAA Tournament Insider: Jesus on Speed-Dial, Obama Fills Out Bracket, Cinderellas

Mar 18, 2015 by Robb Todd

BYU blew a 17-point halftime lead against Ole Miss. Surprised? Hey, that’s the type of thing that put the “madness” after March.

Hampton dispatched Manhattan and had fun doing it, even though they now have to face Kentucky. Check out Hampton’s bench celebrate this free throw. That’s a team that seems unconcerned with the carnage that awaits them against the Wildcats. But wait a minute … let’s not forget what happened to BYU and, for that matter, what happened to Duke last year against Mercer.

Maybe the Pirates—that’s Hampton, btw—will pull off the greatest upset in tournament history. That sounds crazy, but it’s not impossible. It’s just nearly impossible. Plus, Hampton coach Edward Joyner has Jesus’s phone number on speed-dial.

“Hey, Jesus, first of... Read More

NCAA Tournament Insider: First Four, Bold Predictions, A Different Kind of Bracket, Fuzzy Math

Mar 17, 2015 by Robb Todd

It will be hard not to feel a little sorry for the winner of the tournament’s first game tonight. Yes, the winner.

Manhattan and Hampton are playing for the right to go up against unbeaten No. 1 seed Kentucky.

But don’t feel too sorry for the Jaspers' RaShawn Stores, no matter what the outcome. Stores, a senior point guard and team captain, has had a storybook career, and this profile in the New York Times is worth reading.

Stores walked on at Manhattan and won over Coach Steve Masiello, who understood very well what Stores was trying to accomplish. Masiello had walked on at Kentucky when he was a player.

“He means everything,” Masiello told the Times. “He’s an extension of me on the court.... Read More

College Hoops: Top 25 and Teams on the Bubble on Sling TV

Mar 06, 2015 by Robb Todd

In addition to three games that pit Top 25 teams against each other, Sling TV has eight other games with squads on the bubble. Of the bubble teams, it’s hard not to have some sympathy for Texas.

The Longhorns end an extremely tough regular season Saturday at home against Kansas State. Nothing against the Wildcats, but after the run of talented teams Texas has faced—Oklahoma, Iowa State, West Virginia, Kansas and Baylor—it would be hard to imagine that the Longhorns won’t be salivating at the prospect of battling a team that is far removed from the Top 25.

After four consecutive losses to teams in the top 20, Texas won in overtime Monday against No. 14 Baylor, 61-59, giving them hope that a win against Kansas State might be enough... Read More

9 Things You Didn’t Know About the UNC-Duke Basketball Rivalry

Feb 17, 2015 by Robb Todd

The rivalry between Duke and UNC’s men’s basketball teams never needs an emotional boost.

However, Wednesday’s contest at Cameron Indoor Stadium between the No. 4 Blue Devils and No. 15 Carolina is shadowed by the loss of legendary Tar Heel coach Dean Smith, who passed Feb. 7.

“We have lost a man who cannot be replaced,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who wore a Carolina blue tie to Smith’s funeral. “He was one of a kind and the sport of basketball lost one of its true pillars. Dean possessed one of the greatest basketball minds, and was a magnificent teacher and tactician. While building an elite program at North Carolina, he was clearly ahead of his time in dealing with social issues. However, his greatest gift was his... Read More

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