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: 2016 NCAA Championship Game

Apr 04, 2016 by Scott Ross

#2 Villanova (34-5) vs. #1 North Carolina (33-6) (9pm ET Monday, TBS)
On Saturday, the Villanova Wildcats unleashed a tenacious D and a white-hot shooting hand that culminated in the biggest blowout in NCAA Final Four history. The ‘Cats defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 95-51, hitting 71% from the floor, including 61% from three-point land, while junior guard Josh Hart led all scorers with 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting. As a team, Villanova was so hot of the eight guys who hoisted a shot, only one of them, Darryl Reynolds, hit on less than 60%, and to be fair, he only missed on his lone attempt.

Villanova’s defensive effort was equally suffocating as they held the Sooners to a season-low 55 points (their previous low had been 63) and a... Read More

March Madness on Sling TV: The Elite 8

Mar 27, 2016 by Scott Ross

#10 Syracuse Orangemen (22-13) vs. #1 Virginia Cavaliers (29-7) (6:09pm ET, TBS)

Trailing by one with 23 seconds to play, the Syracuse Orangemen’s Michael Gbinije retrieved the block of his own layup, making good on his second chance to give Syracuse its first lead in nearly 10 minutes on their way to a 63-60 victory over Gonzaga. Gbinije led the Orangemen in scoring 20 (albeit on eight-of-23 shooting), adding four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals.

Virginia went into halftime against the Iowa State Cyclones with a 14 point lead and never looked back, despite a 30-point night from ISU’s Georges Niang by dominating the boards (33-24) and shooting 56% from the floor. The Cavs’ Anthony Gill led the team in scoring with 23 points on... Read More

March Madness on Sling TV: Sweet 16 - Day 2

Mar 25, 2016 by Scott Ross

: #7 Wisconsin vs. #6 Notre Dame The two lowest seeds left in the tournament square off. Wisconsin upset 2-seed Xavier thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Bronson Koenig in the final 13 seconds to win 63-60, while Notre Dame barely survived a scare from 14-seed Stephen F. Austin, needing a last-second layup by Rex Pflueger to win 76-75. (7:27 pm ET, TBS)

#5 Indiana vs. #1 North Carolina: The Indiana Hoosiers beat Kentucky 73-67, behind Thomas Bryant’s 19 points and 5 rebounds, and Yogi Ferrell’s 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The North Carolina Tar Heels scored 51 points in the second half to pull away for an 85-66 victory over Providence, as Brice Johnson led the ‘Heels with 21... Read More

March Madness on Sling: Second Round Day 2

Mar 19, 2016 by Scott Ross

March Madness got Madder still on Friday. A day after two #11 seeds and two #12 seeds advanced, we saw a #15-, #13-, #11- and #10-seed advance. According to ESPN, after Friday’s action, there were just 6 perfect brackets, out of some 13 million. By the time you read this, that number could well have fallen to zero.

#15 Middle Tennessee (25-9, 13-5 CUSA) @ #10 Syracuse (20-13, 9-9 ACC) (6:10pm ET Sunday, TNT) The Blue Raiders shocked the world Friday, beating Michigan State 90-81, becoming just the eighth 15-seed to advance to the second round. “We didn’t guard them good, but man, they made some shots,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said afterward. Middle Tennessee hit 55.9% of their shots, in fact, including 11 of 19 from three-point land,... Read More

March Madness on Sling: Second Round Action

Mar 19, 2016 by Scott Ross

Thursday was one of those days that wreaks havoc on a person’s tournament bracket – the rumor is only .1% of all brackets have yet to be busted. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the rest of the Big Dance. Besides, when else will your boss be sort of fine with you watching TV at work?

Midwest Regional

#12 Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (30-4, 17-3 Sun Belt) @ #4 Iowa State Cyclones (22-11, 10-8 Big 12) (6:10pm ET Saturday, TNT)

The Trojans joined a long line of 12-seeds who’ve risen up to strike down Goliath, beating Purdue in double-overtime. The Boilermakers led by 13 with 7:14 left to play following a Ralph Davis three-pointer. The Trojans’ Josh Hagins went off, scoring 15 points on five-of-seven shooting, two... Read More

March Madness on Sling: First Round Action - Day 2

Mar 18, 2016 by Scott Ross

Another day, another 12 hours of wall-to-wall coverage of the Big Dance. While every game could arguably be called a “big game,” there are a few we’ve got our eye.

Just a heads up, Cal’s leading scorer, Tyrone Wallace (15.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.4 apg), broke his non-shooting hand during practice Wednesday, the same hand he broke in January, causing him to miss five games, during which the Bears went 3-2.

#10 VCU (24-10, 14-4 A-10) @ #7 Oregon State (19-12, 9-9 Pac-12) (1:30pm ET Friday, TNT)

The Virginia Commonwealth Rams finished tied atop the A-10, but lost to Saint Joseph’s in the conference final 87-74 as they ran afoul the hot hands of DeAndre Bembry and Isaiah Miles, who scored 56 points on 24-of-32 shooting along with... Read More

March Madness on Sling: First Round Action

Mar 17, 2016 by Scott Ross

March Madness on Sling: First Round Action

There is more college hoops going on this month than any sane person could watch – but that’s no reason not to try.

TBS, truTV and TNT are each showing four games on Thursday, we wanted to make navigating each session much easier by highlighting one from each “day part” (as the folks in ad sales like to call it) along with the full slate of today’s action.

#9 Butler Bulldogs (21-10, 10-8 Big East) @ #8 Texas Tech Red Raiders (19-12, 9-9 Big 12) (12:40pm ET Thursday, TruTV)

Over the previous nine seasons, the Butler Bulldogs had four different coaches, played in three different conferences, made eight NCAA tournaments, went to two conference finals, and compiled a tournament record of 15-7,... Read More

First Four on Sling: Holy Cross Crusaders at Southern Jaguars, Michigan Wolverines vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes

Mar 16, 2016 by Scott Ross

Crusaders @ Jaguars (6:40pm ET Wednesday, truTV)
The Holy Cross Crusaders had a miserable season, going 14-19 overall and just 5-13 in Patriot Conference play. But when the chips were down, the Crusaders stepped up, sweeping four conference tourney games, including wins over the number one, two and four-seeded teams. In the final against Lehigh, the Crusaders were outrebounded 34-23, but Lehigh hit just 38% from the floor. This is Holy Cross’ first NCAA appearance since 2007 and their 13th overall. They’ve gone 7-12 in tournament play and won it all in 1947.

Southern’s season had turned into something of a dumpster fire as they lost four of their last five regular season games, dragging their record down to 19-12. But they got their... Read More

First Four on Sling: Florida Gulf Coast vs. Fairleigh Dickinson; Vanderbilt vs. Wichita State

Mar 15, 2016 by Scott Ross

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles @ Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (6:40pm ET Tuesday, truTV)

The Eagles went into the Atlantic Sun tourney with the second-best record in the conference at just 8-6, but got hot at the right time and won three in a row, including the final, an 80-78 overtime stunner against Stetson. The 20-13 Eagles are led by junior forward Marc Eddy Norelia, who averaged 17.2 ppg and 9.2 rpg. In FGC’s only other tournament appearance in 2013, they upset second-seed Georgetown on their way to the Sweet 16, where they lost to the Florida Gators.

The Knights finished the regular season just 15-14, tied for second in the Northeast Conference, but beat number one-seed Wagner 87-79 to earn a ticket to the... Read More

NCAA Tournament on Sling TV: Round 1 Schedule

Mar 14, 2016 by Sling Staff

Forty-eight teams, 24 games, three networks… more than enough tournament action to get you fired – and it’s all on Sling! As you prepare to fill out your bracket, just remember 16 seeds have never won; 15 seeds are 7-117; 14 seeds are 20-104; 13 seeds are 25-99; 12 seeds are 44-80; 11 seeds are 42-82. Or you can just let election prognosticator, former pro poker player, and erstwhile baseball sage pick your winners for you.

All times Eastern.

Thursday, March 17

Texas Tech vs. Butler (12:40pm, truTV)
Colorado vs. Connecticut (1:30pm, TNT)
Iowa State vs. Iona (2pm, TBS)
Virginia vs. Hampton (after Texas Tech/ Butler, truTV)
Kansas vs. Austin Peay (after Colorado/UConn, TNT)
Purdue vs. Little Rock (after Iowa State/Iona, TBS)
Miami vs. Buffalo (6:50pm, TNT)
North... Read More

NCAA Basketball on Sling TV: Championship Week

Mar 11, 2016 by Scott Ross

With Selection Sunday looming this weekend, conferences all across the land are wrapping up their own tournaments. The Big 12, ACC, Big 10, SEC, and the American, to name just a few, will be crowning champions and awarding bids to the Big Dance, and once the dust has settled, the bracket for this year’s NCAA Tournament will be unveiled.

Big 12

The NCAA’s best conference finished the regular season with the highest winning percentage (.631), three Wooden Award finalists, and six teams in the top 25, including the #1 team in the country, Kansas. While the Jayhawks, led by 6-8 senior forward Perry Ellis, are the favorites, having posted the best overall and conference record, #9 West Virginia, Oklahoma State and #21 Iowa State, featuring Georges Niang, have each beaten... Read More

NCAA on Sling: Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga In The WCC Final

Mar 08, 2016 by Scott Ross

Gaels @ Bulldogs (9pm ET Tuesday, ESPN)

The Saint Mary’s Gaels jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first six minutes of play against the Pepperdine Waves in their WCC semifinal showdown and never looked back. A Calvin Henderson three-pointer made it 44-22 with a minute to play in the half. From there, it was smooth sailing as the Waves never got closer than 10 before finally falling 81-66. Saint Mary’s sophomore guard Emmett Naar played 39 minutes, scoring 14 points and dropping nine dimes. The Gaels are 27-4 overall and 17-3 in WCC play.

The ‘Zags got more trouble from the BYU Cougars than they’d anticipated as they trailed 50-49 early in the second half before an Eric McClellan... Read More

NCAA on Sling: Monmouth at Iona In The MAAC Championship Game

Mar 07, 2016 by Scott Ross

Hawks @ Gaels (7pm ET Monday, ESPN)

Monmouth, the number one seed in the MAAC tourney, fell behind Fairfield by nine with 5:54 to play in the first half of their MAAC semifinal showdown before awaking from their slumber to go on a 21-6 run and take the lead once and for all on their way to a 76-63 victory. Freshman Micah Seaborn led all scorers with 17, but it was 5’-8” guard Justin Robinson who filled up the box score with 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals. The win was the Hawks fifth in a row and 13th in their last 14 games.

The Iona Gaels, the number two seed in the conference tournament, find themselves in their fourth... Read More

NCAA on Sling: #8 North Carolina at #17 Duke

Mar 05, 2016 by Scott Ross

#8 Tar Heels @ #17 Blue Devils (6:30pm ET Saturday, ESPN)

It’s the final regular season game of the year for two of the most storied teams in college basketball: the Tar Heels roll down Tobacco Road to confront the Cameron Crazies and the Blue Devils.

The Heels have struggled of late, losing four of their last nine games, but, on Monday, they defeated Syracuse 75-70 as coach Roy Williams started an all-senior lineup for the team’s final home game. The senior bench players soon gave way to the younger starters, however, creating an upside-down box score that showed the UNC subs scoring 53 points. But it was still senior starter Brice Johnson, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, who was tops in both categories with 14 points... Read More

NCAA on Sling TV: #19 Baylor at #6 Oklahoma

Mar 01, 2016 by Scott Ross

The Baylor Bears maintained their place in the polls last week despite losing to then-number two Kansas 66-60, but they recovered to defeat Texas Christian 86-71. Baylor jumped out to an early lead over TCU, opening the game with 11 unanswered points and never looked back. Taurean Prince and Jonathan Motley led Baylor with 22 points apiece on a combined 17-of-27 shooting as the Bears dominated the board 43-18. The Bears are 21-8 overall, 10-6 in the Big 12.

Oklahoma took it on the chin Saturday, losing 76-63 to the Texas Longhorns on a night when the Sooners’ star guard Buddy Hield scored 33 points on 12-of-24 shooting. Unfortunately for Hield, his teammates made just 11 of 37 (29.7 percent) from the field and... Read More

NCAA on Sling TV: #1 Kansas at #23 Texas

Feb 29, 2016 by Scott Ross

Happy Leap Day, everybody!

The Jayhawks on Saturday clinched a share of their twelfth straight Big 12 title with a 67-58 win over Texas Tech. Kansas’ star senior forward Perry Ellis had an off day, scoring just eight points on four-of-13 shooting, but sixth man Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and guard Frank Mason picked up the slack, scoring 17 and 16 respectively. The win makes Kansas 25-4 overall, 13-3 in the Big 12, and keeps them firmly in the hunt for a number one seed come the tournament.

Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield dropped 33 points on Texas on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as the Longhorns dominated the game, outshooting the Sooners 45 percent to 38 percent and outrebounding them 38 to 29 on their way to... Read More

NCAA on Sling TV: #7 North Carolina at #3 Virginia

Feb 27, 2016 by Scott Ross

#7 North Carolina vs. #3 Virginia (6:30pm ET Saturday, ESPN)

Led by six-foot-nine senior forward Brice Johnson, the North Carolina Tar Heels beat the Miami Hurricanes Saturday 96-71 as Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead all players in both categories. It was a big win for UNC, who desperately wanted to put behind them their heartbreaking loss to Duke just three days earlier. They followed up with an 80-68 win over NC State as Johnson went 22-11. The ‘Heels are 23-5 overall and sit atop the ACC at 12-3.

The Virginia Cavaliers hope to rebound from a dispiriting loss to Miami on a night when the ‘Canes were deadly from downtown, hitting 10 of 19, while the Cavs hit on... Read More

NCAA on Sling TV: #2 Kansas at #19 Baylor

Feb 23, 2016 by Scott Ross

#2 Jayhawks vs. #19 Bears (8pm ET Tuesday, ESPN 2)

The Kansas Jayhawks shot 50 percent from the floor and controlled the boards 34-29 on their way to a 72-63 victory Saturday over Kansas State. The win lifted Kansas’ record to 23-4 overall, which helped them maintain their #2 ranking, bring their conference record to 11-3, and secure their position atop the Big 12. But, it was a tough night for Perry Ellis, the Jayhawks’ best player, as he suffered a cut behind his ear that required 12 stitches, and Kansas State used his absence to close within four points. Upon Ellis’ return, he helped right the ship, but then caught a finger from teammate Wayne Seldon in the eye, sending him back to the sidelines with his eye... Read More

NCAA on Sling TV: #3 Virginia at #12 Miami

Feb 22, 2016 by Scott Ross

The Virginia Cavaliers took a well-deserved week off following a 73-53 defeat of North Carolina State last Monday with Malcolm Brogdon pouring in 22 points along with five assists. The win brought the Cavs’ record to 21-5 overall, 10-4 in the ACC, and helped rinse out the bad taste of a 63-62 loss to Duke two days earlier. The Cavaliers made the Sweet 16 the last two seasons and hope to go even further this year.

The Hurricanes took it on the chin Saturday as the #5 North Carolina Tar Heels trounced them 96-71 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicates. The ‘Canes trailed by as much as 38 midway through the second half before slowly chipping away at the difference during garbage time. Sheldon McClellan,... Read More

NCAA on Sling TV: Duke at Louisville, Oklahoma at West Virginia

Feb 19, 2016 by Sarah Moffatt

#20 Duke vs. #18 Louisville (12 noon ET Saturday, ESPN)

The Duke Blue Devils are back.

On Wednesday, Duke defeated their most hated rival: the #9 North Carolina Tar Heels. The Devils came out on top 74-73, thanks in large part to a last-second block of a Joel Berry jumper by Derryck Thornton. The Blue Devils got it done with almost zero help from their depleted bench as five guys played all but 14 minutes and scored all 74 points, while the ‘Heels torpedoed their own cause by making just 1 of 13 3-point attempts. Duke is now 20-6 and have won five in a row, and if they win today, they could rocket themselves into the top 10.

It’s been a brutal... Read More

NCAA Basketball on Sling TV: #20 Duke vs #5 North Carolina

Feb 17, 2016 by Scott Ross

Since an 80-69 loss to Miami, Duke has been won four in a row, including victories last week over #13 Louisville and #7 Virginia. Brandon Ingram led the scoring against Virginia, dropping 25 on the Cavaliers, but it was Grayson Allen who was the hero, scoring the final two of his 15 points on a last-second jumper for a 63-62 win. The Blue Devils are 19-6, 8-4 in the ACC.

The North Carolina Tar Heels jumped four spots this week, from number nine to number five, but it’s unclear what they did to deserve it. Yes, they went 2-0 last week to run their record to 21-4 overall and at 10-2 atop the ACC, but it was against a terrible Boston College team, and a just okay Providence team –... Read More

NCAA Basketball on Sling TV: #13 Iowa State vs #25 Baylor

Feb 16, 2016 by Scott Ross

In January, the Iowa State Cyclones looked like they were gonna be a major factor when March Madness rolled around, defeating then-number one Oklahoma and then-number four Kansas within eight days of each other. But since then, they’ve lost three of five. On Saturday, however, they defeated #24 Texas, 85-75, as Wooden Award contender Georges Niang and teammate Monte Morris led all scorers with 24 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists apiece. The Cyclones are 18-7, 7-5 in the Big 12.

The Baylor Bears have lost three of their last four, most recently falling to Texas Tech 84-66 on Saturday. Though Baylor controlled the boards 31-22, Texas Tech was shooting the lights out, making 26 of 45, including nine of... Read More

NCAA Basketball on Sling TV: Oklahoma St. at #2 Kansas

Feb 15, 2016 by Scott Ross

Oklahoma State on Saturday barely squeaked by the Kansas State Wildcats for a 58-55 overtime win, as the Cowboys’ Leyton Hammond led the team in scoring with 13 points, and Jeff Newberry chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Since starting the season 9-4, the Cowboys are now 12-13, victims of the thresher that is the Big 12, and five of the Cowboys’ final six games are against nationally ranked Big 12 teams, starting with…

The Kansas Jayhawks this week leapfrogged from #6 to #2 in the nation thanks to a 75-65 win against #10 West Virginia, followed by a 76-72 victory over #3 Oklahoma. The latter game was billed as a showdown of Wooden Award Late-Season Top 20 finalist Perry Ellis, (16.6 points, 6.5 rebounds) and the Sooners’... Read More

NCAA Basketball on Sling TV: #6 Kansas at #3 Oklahoma

Feb 12, 2016 by Scott Ross

It’s two former #1 teams, currently tied atop the Big 12 Conference, in a rematch of one of the most thrilling games of the year, as the 20-3 Oklahoma Sooners play host to the 20-4 Kansas Jayhawks. When these teams met in January, the Jayhawks came out on top, winning 109-106 in triple overtime. It was a game that saw Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield score 46 points, but fall short to the Jayhawks trio of Perry Ellis, Devonte’ Graham and Wayne Selden Jr, each of whom scored more than 20 points.

Kansas is riding a four-game winning streak during which they’ve beaten #20 Kentucky and #10 West Virginia. The Sooners recovered from their loss last Saturday to Kansas State by beating the #24 Texas Longhorns,... Read More

NCAA Basketball on Sling TV: #10 West Virginia vs. #6 Kansas

Feb 09, 2016 by Scott Ross

It was a great week for Mountaineers, as they first defeated #13 Iowa State, 81-76, and then #15 Baylor, 80-69. Senior guard Jaysean Paige led the way in scoring with a combined 40 points, and junior forward Devin Williams chipped in with 33 points and 25 boards over the two games. The wins lifted West Virginia to 19-4, and to 8-2 and first place in the Big 12.

The Jayhawks have won three in a row, most recently defeating Texas Christian on Saturday, 75-56, behind senior forward Perry Ellis’ third double-double of the season. Ellis scored 23 points and pulled down 10 boards, and a tough Mountaineer D held the Horned Frogs to 14-of-49 shooting.

The last time these two teams met was... Read More

NCAA Basketball on Sling TV: Texas at #3 Oklahoma

Feb 08, 2016 by Scott Ross

Javan Felix, the 5-11 junior guard out of New Orleans, led the Longhorns with 20 points to a 69-59 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday. The Longhorns have won 6 of their last 7 to bring their overall record to 16-7, and are 7-3 in Big 12 play, good enough for second place in the conference. Texas has not yet cracked the top 25 this season, however, despite a 4-2 record against ranked opponents, including wins over Iowa State and North Carolina.

Oklahoma lost Saturday for the second time since taking over the top spot on the AP rankings, losing to 80-69 to unranked Kansas State, despite 23 points from Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield. The Sooners fell victim to a cold shooting touch from beyond the 3-point... Read More

NCAA Basketball on Sling TV: #18 Purdue at #4 Maryland

Feb 05, 2016 by Scott Ross

The Boilermakers, 19-4 overall and 7-3 in the Big Ten, are playing for the first time since Saturday’s 89-74 win over Nebraska, in which senior center A.J. Hammons scored 32 on 14-of-17 shooting, adding 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks – the points and assists representing career highs. Purdue is 0-2 against ranked opponents, as they head into a stretch of four games out of six against top 25 teams.

The Terps are 20-3, 9-2 in the Big Ten, and currently riding a three-game winning streak, most recently getting past Nebraska 70-65, on a night when 6'11" freshman Diamond Stone scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked 8 shots. Maryland’s leading scorer and dime-dropper this year has been sophomore guard Melo Trimble with 14.8 points and 5.3... Read More

NCAA Basketball on Sling TV: Texas Christian vs. #1 Oklahoma

Feb 02, 2016 by Scott Ross

The Texas Christian Horned Frogs have the misfortune of playing in the Big 12, easily the strongest conference in the land, and so they are just 1-7 in conference play and a middling 10-11 overall. But five of their losses have come against ranked opponents, they’ve outscored their opposition in the aggregate, and they’ve played one of the tougher schedules in the country…. all of which is to say TCU is not your average sub-.500 team. On Saturday they snapped a 5-game losing streak, beating Tennessee 75-63, as Malique Trent led TCU with 15 points and 5 assists.

Oklahoma and senior Buddy Hield barely survived a showdown with LSU and superfreshman Ben Simmons, 77-75. Oklahoma won on a Isaiah Cousins jumper with 6 seconds on the clock, but it was... Read More

NCAA on Sling TV: #2 North Carolina at #19 Louisville

Feb 01, 2016 by Scott Ross

The Tar Heels enjoyed a quiet week, playing just one game in which they decimated the Boston College Eagles 89-62 for their 12th straight win. BC managed to keep it close for about 5 minutes, trailing 24-23, before UNC scored 15 unanswered points to make the score 39-23. At that point it was just a matter of time. Brice Johnson led the way for Carolina, scoring 17 points, to go along with 11 rebounds and 3 steals. UNC is now 19-2 overall, and 8-0 in ACC play.

The Louisville Cardinals fell from #16 to #19 as a result of their worst game of the season, a thorough 63-47 dismantling at the hands of #11 Virginia on Saturday. The Cards shot a reasonable 4-of-11 from 3, but made just 12... Read More

NCAA Basketball on Sling TV: Oklahoma at Louisiana State

Jan 28, 2016 by Scott Ross

#1 Oklahoma Sooners vs. LSU Tigers (5pm ET Saturday, ESPN)
A tough conference loss to #14 Iowa State last week wasn’t enough to knock the Sooners from atop the rankings. Since then, they’ve restored poll-voters’ faith by beating #13 Baylor by 10 and then burying Texas Tech 91-67, as Buddy Hield scored 30. Hield is now averaging 25.9 points per game, second-best in the country. The Sooners are now 17-2 overall and 6-2 in the Big 12, where they’re tied for first with West Virginia and Baylor.

LSU is a more humble 13-7, but features freshman Ben Simmons – perhaps Hield’s biggest competition to win the Wooden Award and be the top pick in the NBA’s June draft. The 6’-10’ Aussie is third in... Read More

NCAA Basketball on Sling TV: December

Dec 14, 2015 by Sarah Moffatt

As college football begins its final descent into the postseason, college basketball is just taking off, and we are excited to bring you the roughly 12,000 games that ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, and ESPNEWS are carrying.

We’ve compiled an easy reference for all the games this month so you don’t need to miss a moment of the action, so grab a cold one and enjoy:

All times Eastern.


Tuesday, December 15
Georgia Southern at #6 Duke, 7pm, ESPN2
Norfolk State at #24 Cincinnati, 7pm, ESPNU
Louisiana Tech at Ole Miss, 7pm, SEC Network
Drexel at South Carolina, 7pm, SEC Network
Mercer at Auburn, 9pm, SEC Network
Longwood at Oklahoma State, 9pm, ESPNU
VCU at Georgia Tech, 9pm, ESPN2

Wednesday, December 16
Gardner-Webb at #22 LSU, 7pm,... Read More

NCAA Basketball On Sling TV: November

Nov 13, 2015 by Sling Staff

As college football begins its final descent into the postseason, college basketball is just taking off, and we are excited to bring you the roughly 12,000 games that ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, and ESPNEWS are carrying.

We’ve compiled an easy reference for all the games this month so you don’t need to miss a moment of the action, so grab a cold one and enjoy:


Friday, November 13
Colorado vs #7 Iowa, 5pm, ESPN2
Northwestern State at Ole Miss, 5pm, SEC Network
Pittsburgh vs #9 Gonzaga, 7pm, ESPN
Albany at #2 Kentucky, 7pm, SEC Network
Siena at #5 Duke, 7pm, ESPNU
Chattanooga at Georgia, 7pm, SEC Network
Austin Peay at #18 Vanderbilt, 8pm, SEC Network
Southern at Arkansas, 8pm, SEC Network
Kennesaw State at Alabama, 8:30pm,... Read More

This Week On Sling TV

Mar 30, 2015 by Sling Staff

There are only two more episodes in a first season of Better Call Saul that has shattered all the modest expectations of a prequel series swimming in the wake of an all-time great. Last week’s episode brought the season into focus, and our expectations for this week’s episode and next week’s season finale are now properly recalibrated. (10pm Monday, AMC)

It’s been a lot of laughs, a lot of love, and a lot (a lot) of wine, but the time has come for Courteney Cox and the rest of the Cul-de-Sac Crew to say goodbye in the series finale of Cougar Town, a show that diverged even farther from its original premise than VH1. (10:30pm Tuesday, TBS)

... 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

This Week On Sling TV

Mar 23, 2015 by Sling Staff

After getting his first-ever teleplay assignment and turning in the devastating Mike-centric “Five-O,” Gordon Smith was immediately given another episode of Better Call Saul to write: tonight’s “RICO,” which given the show’s subject matter could refer to either a Hispanic male or the federal anti-racketeering statute. Either way, it ought to be worth tuning in for. (10pm Monday, AMC)

After five full seasons of build-up, backstabbing, and fake-outs, the identity of the mysterious “A” will finally be revealed on tonight’s season finale of Pretty Little Liars. SPOILER ALERT: It’s Keyser Soze. (8pm Tuesday, ABC Family)

Last year’s People’s Choice Award winner for Best Sitcom Young & Hungry returns for its second-season premiere as the tension... 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

Selection Sunday & 8 Questions for the NCAA Tournament

Mar 13, 2015 by Robb Todd

The field will be set Sunday and the mayhem—dare we call it “madness”?— will begin Tuesday. But a lot of the wagering has already begun, surely only where it’s legal.

Did you know that about $9 billion is bet on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament?

That was question No. 1. Here are a few more.

2) Can anyone beat Kentucky?

This might be the only question that matters. We should have saved it for last.

3) Is North Carolina State, despite coming of a loss to Duke on Thursday, the team most likely to shock the nation by upsetting a one or two seed in the second round?

The answer is no because if you know anything at all about... Read More

NBA on Sling TV

Mar 09, 2015 by Sling Staff

The four games Sling TV has on tap this week will bring you some of the NBA’s biggest stars and preview what could be some key playoff matchups. The biggest game this week is probably the Cavs at the Spurs. LeBron has been shaping Cleveland into a contender while San Antonio has been floundering. But you can never count the Spurs out, can you?

Wednesday, March 11
LA Clippers at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. EST (ESPN)

The Thunder have Russell Westbrook back. Will Kevin Durant be back in time for this game, too? The Magic 8 Ball says: DON’T COUNT ON IT

Houston at Portland, 10:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)

Point guard Damian Lillard has Portland back on track but this might be an MVP... Read More

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