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Bengals fans show love to Blake Bortles’ foundation after upsetting Steelers

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:53 PM

Bengals fans are thankful the Jaguars sent the Steelers home. So thankful they’re showing it with their pockets.

Bengals fans have donated roughly $5,000 to the Blake Bortles Foundation since Jacksonville defeated Pittsburgh 45-42 on Sunday.

Perhaps the generosity was motivated from Bills fans, who donated to Andy Dalton’s foundation after the Bengals upset the Ravens to put Buffalo in the playoffs.

Bortles’ foundation thanked Bengals fans on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/BB5Foundation/status/953331083990487041

More information can be found at www.blakebortlesfoundation.com.

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College basketball AP Top 25 rankings for Week 16, plus some analytics ratings

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 5:01 AM

AP Top 25 college basketball rankings are out on Monday after another wild week. Virginia, Michigan State, Villanova and Xavier remain at Nos. 1 through 4. Duke is a big riser this week, moving from No. 12 to No. 5.

Big Ten power rankings: MSU’s on top, and what happened to Purdue?

Here in this post, we also have the KenPom and Massey Composite top 25s, along with last week’s AP Poll, to give it all some context. Here we go:

AP Top 25 college basketball rankings for Week 16

(Previous rank in parentheses)

  1. Virginia (1)
  2. Michigan State (2)
  3. Villanova (3)
  4. Xavier (4)
  5. Duke (12)
  6. Texas Tech (7)/Gonzaga (9)
  7. N/A
  8. Kansas (13)
  9. Purdue (6)
  10. North Carolina (14
  11. Cincinnati (5)
  12. Auburn (10)
  13. Wichita State (19)
  14. Arizona (17)
  15. Clemson (11)
  16. Ohio State (8)
  17. Michigan (22)
  18. Rhode Island (16)
  19. Tennessee (18)
  20. Nevada (24)
  21. West Virginia (20)
  22. Saint Mary’s (15)
  23. Houston (NR)
  24. Middle Tennessee (NR)
  25. Florida State (NR)

For perspective, here are last week’s rankings:

  1. Virginia
  2. Michigan State
  3. Villanova
  4. Xavier
  5. Cincinnati
  6. Purdue
  7. Texas Tech
  8. Ohio State
  9. Gonzaga
  10. Auburn
  11. Clemson
  12. Duke
  13. Kansas
  14. North Carolina
  15. St. Mary’s
  16. Rhode Island
  17. Arizona
  18. Tennessee
  19. Wichita State
  20. West Virginia
  21. Texas A&M
  22. Michigan
  23. Oklahoma
  24. Nevada
  25. Arizona State

KenPom college basketball rankings as of Monday morning

  1. Virginia
  2. Villanova
  3. Duke
  4. Michigan State
  5. Cincinnati
  6. Purdue
  7. North Carolina
  8. Texas Tech
  9. Gonzaga
  10. Auburn
  11. Kansas
  12. Xavier
  13. West Virginia
  14. Wichita State
  15. Tennessee
  16. Clemson
  17. Ohio State
  18. Nevada
  19. Houston
  20. Saint Mary’s
  21. TCU
  22. Arizona
  23. Michigan
  24. Butler
  25. Penn State

What is this? Ken Pomeroy is one of the leading basketball statisticians on the internet, and his rankings are updated every day. His ratings grade teams based on efficiency using Dean Oliver’s four factors of basketball. For a detailed explanation, go here.

Massey Composite college basketball rankings, also updated for Monday morning

  1. Villanova
  2. Virginia
  3. Michigan State
  4. Duke
  5. Purdue
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Xavier
  8. North Carolina
  9. Texas Tech
  10. Kansas
  11. Auburn
  12. Gonzaga
  13. West Virginia
  14. Wichita State
  15. Ohio State
  16. Tennessee
  17. Clemson
  18. Arizona
  19. TCU
  20. Michigan
  21. Nevada
  22. Rhode Island
  23. Creighton
  24. Houston
  25. Kentucky

What is this? Ken Massey is another statistician who develops ratings for all sorts of college sports. His composite basketball ratings incorporate a bunch of other analytical some human-based rankings systems and spits out one list.

College basketball Coaches Poll for Week 16

  1. Michigan State
  2. Virginia
  3. Villanova
  4. Xavier
  5. Duke
  6. Gonzaga
  7. Texas Tech
  8. Kansas
  9. Purdue
  10. North Carolina
  11. Cincinnati
  12. Wichita State
  13. Auburn
  14. Arizona
  15. Ohio State
  16. Michigan
  17. Clemson
  18. Rhode Island
  19. Tennessee
  20. Saint Mary’s
  21. West Virginia
  22. Nevada
  23. Houston
  24. Middle Tennessee
  25. Arizona State

What is this? Thirty-two Division I head coaches are the voters for the Coaches Poll. You can find the list here.

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South Carolina basketball: Frank Martin updates status of Brian Bowen

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 7:16 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. – On Monday, South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin was asked for update on the status of Louisville transfer Brian Bowen.

Bowen, who was suspended by Louisville after his alleged involvement in pay-for-play investigation by the FBI, enrolled at South Carolina earlier this semester, but is still waiting to be granted eligibility by the NCAA.

Martin told reporters that he’d rather not “get into every step of what’s happening” with Bowen’s quest to be eligible to suit for the Gamecocks during the 2018-19 season.

“Whenever there’s real information that’s valid stuff – we’re not trying to hide anything – we’ll be more than happy to share,” Martin said. “I think everyone knows his story, so it’s not like we’re trying to hide anything from anybody.

“First of all, I’m an open book. I’m not trying to hide stuff. Second of all, that’s a process that our compliance people are handling. There has been some stuff going on, but nothing to sit here and tell you that there’s any kind of resolution or that kind of stuff.”

A former McDonald’s All-American, Bowen was a 5-star recruit coming out of La Lumiere High School in La Porte, Ind. Since joining the Gamecocks in January, he’s practiced and been on the bench for home games.

 

“He can actually play a little point guard, if he wanted to,” Martin said in January. “He’s multi-skilled, great team player. He’s not one of those guys who just plays for himself. He plays for his teammates. He’s humble, very talented. Offensively, very gifted. Can really shoot, can really pass.”

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College basketball AP Top 25 rankings for Week 16, plus some analytics ratings

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 5:01 AM

AP Top 25 college basketball rankings are out on Monday after another wild week. Virginia, Michigan State, Villanova and Xavier remain at Nos. 1 through 4. Duke is a big riser this week, moving from No. 12 to No. 5.

Ohio State suffered from its losses to Penn State and Michigan, dropping from No. 8 to No. 16.

Big Ten power rankings: MSU’s on top, and what happened to Purdue?

Here in this post, we also have the KenPom and Massey Composite top 25s, along with the Coaches Poll and last week’s AP Poll, to give it all some context. Here we go:

AP Top 25 college basketball rankings for Week 16

(Previous rank in parentheses)

  1. Virginia (1)
  2. Michigan State (2)
  3. Villanova (3)
  4. Xavier (4)
  5. Duke (12)
  6. Texas Tech (7)/Gonzaga (9)
  7. N/A
  8. Kansas (13)
  9. Purdue (6)
  10. North Carolina (14
  11. Cincinnati (5)
  12. Auburn (10)
  13. Wichita State (19)
  14. Arizona (17)
  15. Clemson (11)
  16. Ohio State (8)
  17. Michigan (22)
  18. Rhode Island (16)
  19. Tennessee (18)
  20. Nevada (24)
  21. West Virginia (20)
  22. Saint Mary’s (15)
  23. Houston (NR)
  24. Middle Tennessee (NR)
  25. Florida State (NR)

For perspective, here are last week’s rankings:

  1. Virginia
  2. Michigan State
  3. Villanova
  4. Xavier
  5. Cincinnati
  6. Purdue
  7. Texas Tech
  8. Ohio State
  9. Gonzaga
  10. Auburn
  11. Clemson
  12. Duke
  13. Kansas
  14. North Carolina
  15. St. Mary’s
  16. Rhode Island
  17. Arizona
  18. Tennessee
  19. Wichita State
  20. West Virginia
  21. Texas A&M
  22. Michigan
  23. Oklahoma
  24. Nevada
  25. Arizona State

KenPom college basketball rankings as of Monday morning

  1. Virginia
  2. Villanova
  3. Duke
  4. Michigan State
  5. Cincinnati
  6. Purdue
  7. North Carolina
  8. Texas Tech
  9. Gonzaga
  10. Auburn
  11. Kansas
  12. Xavier
  13. West Virginia
  14. Wichita State
  15. Tennessee
  16. Clemson
  17. Ohio State
  18. Nevada
  19. Houston
  20. Saint Mary’s
  21. TCU
  22. Arizona
  23. Michigan
  24. Butler
  25. Penn State

What is this? Ken Pomeroy is one of the leading basketball statisticians on the internet, and his rankings are updated every day. His ratings grade teams based on efficiency using Dean Oliver’s four factors of basketball. For a detailed explanation, go here.

Massey Composite college basketball rankings, also updated for Monday morning

  1. Villanova
  2. Virginia
  3. Michigan State
  4. Duke
  5. Purdue
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Xavier
  8. North Carolina
  9. Texas Tech
  10. Kansas
  11. Auburn
  12. Gonzaga
  13. West Virginia
  14. Wichita State
  15. Ohio State
  16. Tennessee
  17. Clemson
  18. Arizona
  19. TCU
  20. Michigan
  21. Nevada
  22. Rhode Island
  23. Creighton
  24. Houston
  25. Kentucky

What is this? Ken Massey is another statistician who develops ratings for all sorts of college sports. His composite basketball ratings incorporate a bunch of other analytical some human-based rankings systems and spits out one list.

College basketball Coaches Poll for Week 16

  1. Michigan State
  2. Virginia
  3. Villanova
  4. Xavier
  5. Duke
  6. Gonzaga
  7. Texas Tech
  8. Kansas
  9. Purdue
  10. North Carolina
  11. Cincinnati
  12. Wichita State
  13. Auburn
  14. Arizona
  15. Ohio State
  16. Michigan
  17. Clemson
  18. Rhode Island
  19. Tennessee
  20. Saint Mary’s
  21. West Virginia
  22. Nevada
  23. Houston
  24. Middle Tennessee
  25. Arizona State

What is this? Thirty-two Division I head coaches are the voters for the Coaches Poll. You can find the list here.

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AP Top 25: Texas Tech, Kansas rise in rankings as WVU slips

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 7:10 AM

On Monday, the second-to-last AP Top 25 of the regular season was released.

After featuring four ranked programs a week ago — No. 7 Texas Tech, No. 13 Kansas, No. 20 West Virginia, and No. 23 Oklahoma — the Big 12 isn’t quite as well represented this time around.

Texas Tech entered the weekend riding a seven-game winning streak, but that’s now over, as the Red Raiders fell on the road against Baylor on Saturday, 59-57. Despite the narrow defeat, is a slight drop from No. 7 to No. 6 on Monday thanks in part to an 88-78 win against Oklahoma on Tuesday.

Texas Tech will travel to Oklahoma State on Wednesday before hosting Kansas on Saturday with ESPN’s College GameDay in town.

When the Jayhawks arrive in Lubbock, Texas., Bill Self’s club will do so as the nation’s No. 8 team, as Kansas climbed up five spots from No. 13 a week ago. The Jayhawks are currently enjoying a two-game winning streak after notching victories over Iowa State on Tuesday and West Virginia on Saturday.

The latter is to blame for the Mountaineers’ drop from No. 20 to No. 21. After previously losing six of its last nine, West Virginia cruised pasted TCU on Monday, 82-66,  before finding itself back in the losing column after visiting the Jayhawks on Saturday.

At risk of yet another losing streak, West Virginia will visit a surging Baylor squad on Tuesday. The Bears are riding a five-game winning streak.

Oklahoma, on the other hand, is in a free fall. Despite entering last week on a three-game losing streak, the Sooners were ranked No. 23 nationally. Now, after dropping contests against Texas Tech and Texas, the Sooners are slogging through a five-game losing streak and have fallen completely out of the AP Top 25.

The Sooners have lost eight of their last 10 and after once sitting at 14-2, Oklahoma is now 16-10. The Sooners will visit Kansas on Monday.

Here’s the full top 25:

1
Virginia (42)
ACC
Record: 24-2
PV Rank

1

Points

1,601

2
Record: 26-3
2
1,565
3
Villanova (4)
Record: 24-3
3
1,509
4
Record: 24-4
4
1,398
5
ACC
Record: 22-5
12
1,292
6
Record: 22-5
7
1,206
6
Record: 25-4
9
1,206
8
Record: 21-6
13
1,166
9
Record: 24-5
6
1,130
10
ACC
Record: 21-7
14
1,074
11
5
954
12
SEC
Record: 23-4
10
873
13
19
870
14
Record: 21-6
17
831
15
ACC
Record: 20-6
11
683
16
Record: 22-7
8
680
17
Record: 22-7
22
615
18
Record: 21-4
16
455
19
SEC
Record: 19-7
18
427
20
Record: 23-5
24
330
21
Record: 19-8
20
329
22
Record: 25-4
15
291
23
263
24
Record: 22-5
87
25
ACC
Record: 19-8
63

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