N.C. State hires UNC Wilmington’s Kevin Keatts

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 6:11 PM

Head coach Kevin Keatts of the North Carolina-Wilmington watches on against the Virginia Cavaliers during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Amway Center on March 16, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Head coach Kevin Keatts of the North Carolina-Wilmington watches on against the Virginia Cavaliers during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Amway Center on March 16, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)(Rob Carr/Getty Images)

North Carolina State will hire UNC Wilmington’s Kevin Keatts as its men’s basketball coach, according to multiple reports Friday.

N.C. State was rumored to be interested in Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller, a N.C. State grad. Keatts will replace Mark Gottfried, who coached for six seasons. N.C. State announced in February Gottfriend would coach to the end of the season and not return.

Keatts coached three seasons at Wilmington and compiled a 72-28 record. He made the NCAA tournament the last two seasons.

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Rose Bowl loss still haunts Baker Mayfield, ‘We should have won’

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:10 AM

It’s been nearly two months since Baker Mayfield walked off the field at the Rose Bowl, wearing an Oklahoma uniform for the final time.

And the sting of an overtime loss to Georgia in the “granddaddy of them all’ hasn’t let up that much for the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner.

Mayfield, in a recent Q&A with Oklahoma Football, maintained that Oklahoma “should have won” in a game where a double-digit halftime lead got away from the Sooners, ultimately costing them a trip to the national title game.

From Mayfield:

“..we matched up better against Alabama in the championship game than they did. I’ve talked to I don’t know how many people about that. I wish we would have finished it the way we should have; the way we were capable of. I can’t go back and change it, but would obviously love to….and feeling like you didn’t play your best, that’s the biggest regret. That’s why it’s the hardest pill to swallow.”

Oklahoma, in its second College Football Playoff appearance under Mayfield, led Georgia 31-17 at halftime. Georgia, however, roared back with 21 unanswered points to begin the second half. Oklahoma responded with two touchdowns, including a Steven Parker scoop and score, to take a fourth quarter lead, but Georgia tied the game late before a blocked field goal ultimately doomed the Sooners in double overtime.

Mayfield compared the match-up to his final game at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas. Lake Travis was defeated by Pflugerville in a stunning upset in the opening round of the Texas 5a Division 2 playoffs in 2012, 23-20. Lake Travis was riding a record 30-game postseason win streak entering the contest.

Just more than five years later, it was a similar feeling for Mayfield in Pasadena, Calif — though that hasn’t kept him away from the west coast since. Mayfield said in the Q&A that he has been living in the Los Angeles Area following the season — having been training at Westlake Village, Calif. based Proactive Sports Performance.

Mayfield finished out his career at Oklahoma with 1,157 passing yards and 119 touchdowns in three years with the Sooners. He’ll participate in the upcoming NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., which begins on Feb. 27.

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Former LSU LB Arden Key needs to make some noise at NFL combine this week

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Arden Key has nowhere to hide this week.

The former LSU outside linebacker will be under 32 different microscopes at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. There, the questions that have followed him for an entire year will finally be answered.

“He’s the most intriguing prospect probably since Tyrann Mathieu,” said Louisiana-based draft guru Mike Detillier. “LSU hasn’t had a prospect like him [since then] who is so immensely gifted. Every team would like to have him, because pass rushers are gold in the NFL. But there is the question mark about off the field.”

Mathieu’s problems were painstakingly documented on public record.

He was dismissed from the LSU program in August 2012. After briefly considering a transfer to FCS McNeese State, he entered a drug rehab program. A month later, he enrolled back at LSU as a regular student — but by the end of October, he was arrested along with three former teammates on a marijuana possession charge.

With all that out in the open, Mathieu was seen as an obvious risk in the 2013 NFL Draft. But after meeting with him, the Arizona Cardinals still believed in Mathieu enough to invest a third-round pick. He was honest about how he got himself into trouble, and what he would do to stay out of it.

There’s no such paper trail with Key. His temporary departure from the program last spring was for the ever-ambiguous “personal reasons.” His only media interview since then was with NFL.com last week. The leave of absence was only addressed in one passing sentence.

Arden Key’s junior season was further hampered by a shoulder procedure that forced him to miss LSU’s first two games. (Sam Spiegelman/SEC Country)

The lack of evidence may make it tempting for Key to tap-dance around the questions he’ll be asked. For his sake, the people advising him need to make sure he does exactly the opposite. Key needs to approach questions about his whereabouts and character the same way he does quarterbacks — head-on and without hesitation.

“The NFL knows about his issues. He’s got to come clean about that,” Detillier said. “They know the answers to any questions they give him. You have to be forward about it. It’s not the first time a player has had issues off the field.”

Detillier said that if Key does not come clean, teams are going to view him as warily as they did Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory in 2015. Gregory was viewed as a top-10 prospect, but plummeted all the way to the 60th overall pick, where he was picked by Dallas.

Other teams were wise to pass on him. Gregory has played only 14 games in three seasons with the Cowboys because of multiple suspensions for failed drug tests.

Gregory serves as the ultimate cautionary tale and perhaps an unfair comparison for any other player. But because he set the precedent, teams will always exercise extreme caution with a perceived risk.

“If I’m investing a lot of money in you, I want to find out about you,” Detillier said. “He had a tremendous sophomore year. We saw glimpses last year. The Alabama game was best. I think the off-the-field issues are paramount. That’s where he has to clear this up for the NFL.”

Key could have done that months ago, but was cordoned off from interviews by LSU despite weekly requests. Though he will still be grilled by NFL teams this week, the silent treatment may not have done him any favors.

“If I’m around him, I’d have said, ‘Hey, address it now and it’s finished,’ ” Detillier said. “Especially to hometown reporters. They’re not going to hit me with a pitchfork.”

But provided Key has the right answers with NFL general managers, none of that will matter all that much.

“I don’t know if there’s a right way or wrong way to handle that,” Detillier said. “I can see the other part — play the season out and we’ll address it when we have to address it.”

On top of all that, Key has plenty to prove in drills after an underwhelming junior season. He seems confident he’ll be able to do so after dropping back to 245 pounds from somewhere around 280.

“The junior Arden Key doesn’t exist anymore,” he said in his NFL.com interview. “He’s gone.”

For the sake of this Arden Key’s still promising future, the key is proving that’s true in more ways than one.

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Big Ten Tournament 2018: Bracket, schedule, seeds

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

Big Ten Tournament 2018 starts on Wednesday, February 28. Find the bracket, schedule and seeds below as they get updated and finalized.

All 14 Big Ten teams make the conference tournament, which goes until Sunday, March 4. All games will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The top four teams receive a double-bye into the quarterfinals.

Big Ten Tournament 2018: Bracket

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Big Ten Tournament 2018: Schedule


Wednesday, February 28

No. 12 seed vs. No. 13 seed, 5:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network

No. 11 seed vs. No. 14 seed, around 8 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network


Thursday, March 1

No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed, 12 p.m. on Big Ten Network

No. 5 seed vs. No. 12-13 winner, 2:30 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network

No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 seed, 6:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network

No. 6 seed vs. No. 11-14 winner, 9 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network


Friday, March 2

No. 1 seed vs. No. 8-9 winner, 12 p.m. on Big Ten Network

No. 4 seed vs. No. 5-12-13 winner, 2:30 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network

No. 2 seed vs. No. 7-10 winner, 6:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network

No. 3 seed vs. No. 6-11-14 winner, 9 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network


Saturday, March 3

Semifinal No. 1, 2 p.m. on CBS

Semifinal No. 2, 4:30 p.m. on CBS


Sunday, March 4

Semifinal winners, 4:30 p.m. on CBS

Big Ten Tournament: Seeds, standings

NOTE: As of Saturday, February 24 games

  1. Michigan State 15-2
  2. Ohio State 15-3
  3. Purdue: 14-3
  4. Michigan: 12-5
  5. Nebraska: 12-5
  6. Penn State: 9-8
  7. Indiana: 9-9
  8. Maryland: 8-9
  9. Wisconsin: 7-10
  10. Northwestern: 6-11
  11. Minnesota: 4-13
  12. Illinois: 3-14
  13. Rutgers: 3-14
  14. Iowa: 3-14

Big Ten Tournament: History, champions

1998 Michigan (vacated) 76-67 Purdue Chicago Robert Traylor, Michigan
1999 Michigan State 67-50 Illinois Chicago Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State
2000 Michigan State 76-61 Illinois Chicago Morris Peterson, Michigan State
2001 Iowa 63-61 Indiana Chicago Reggie Evans, Iowa
2002 Ohio State (vacated) 81-64 Iowa Indianapolis Boban Savovic, Ohio State
2003 Illinois 72-59 Ohio State Chicago Brian Cook, Illinois
2004 Wisconsin 70-53 Illinois Indianapolis Devin Harris, Wisconsin
2005 Illinois 54-43 Wisconsin Chicago James Augustine, Illinois
2006 Iowa 67-60 Ohio State Indianapolis Jeff Horner, Iowa
2007 Ohio State 66-49 Wisconsin Chicago Greg Oden, Ohio State
2008 Wisconsin 61-48 Illinois Indianapolis Marcus Landry, Wiscnosin
2009 Purdue 65-61 Ohio Stae Indianapolis Robbie Hummel, Purdue
2010 Ohio State 90-61 Minnesota Indianapolis Evan Turner, Ohio State
2011 Ohio State 71-60 Penn State Indianapolis Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
2012 Michigan State 68-64 Ohio State Indianapolis Draymond Green, Michigan State
2013 Ohio State 50-43 Wisconsin Chicago Aaron Craft, Ohio State
2014 Michigan State 69-55 Michigan Indianapolis Branden Dawson, Michigan State
2015 Wisconsin 80-69 (OT) Michigan State Chicago Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
2016 Michigan State 66-62 Purdue Indianapolis Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
2017 Michigan 71-56 Wisconsin Washington, D.C. Derrick Walton, Jr., Michigan

Big Ten Tournament: Standings, records

TEAM Conf. W-L GB Pct. Overall W-L Pct.
Michigan State 15-2 .882 27-3 .900
Ohio State 14-3 1 .824 23-7 .767
Purdue 13-3 1.5 .813 24-5 .828
Nebraska 12-5 3 .706 21-9 .700
Michigan 12-5 3 .706 23-7 .767
Penn State 9-8 6 .529 19-11 .633
Indiana 9-8 6 .529 16-13 .552
Maryland 8-9 7 .471 19-11 .633
Northwestern 6-10 8.5 .375 15-14 .517
Wisconsin 6-10 8.5 .375 13-16 .448
Minnesota 4-13 11 .235 15-15 .500
Illinois 3-13 11.5 .188 13-16 .448
Rutgers 3-14 12 .176 13-17 .433
Iowa 3-14 12 .176 12-18 .400

Big Ten Tournament: Records

Ohio State 26 13 .667 4 4
Michigan State 28 15 .651 5 1
Illinois 27 18 .600 2 4
Wisconsin 23 17 .576 3 4
Michigan 17 17 .500 1 1
Maryland 2 3 .400 0 0
Iowa 15 18 .455 2 1
Minnesota 14 18 .438 0 1
Purdue 12 19 .387 1 2
Indiana 12 20 .375 0 1
Penn State 12 20 .375 0 1
Nebraska 3 6 .333 0 0
Northwestern 9 20 .310 0 0
Rutgers 1 3 .250 0 0

Here’s what happened in last year’s Big Ten Tournament:

  • First Round: No. 13 Penn State 76, No. 12 Nebraska 67 (OT)
  • First Round: No. 14 Rutgers 66, No. 11 Ohio State 57
  • Second Round: No. 8 Michigan 75, No. 9 Illinois, 55
  • Second Round: No. 5 Michigan State 78, No. 13 Penn State 51
  • Second Round: No. 10 Indiana 95, No. 7 Iowa, 73
  • Second Round: No. 6 Northwestern 83, No. 14 Rutgers 61
  • Quarterfinals: No. 8 Michigan 74, No. 1 Purdue 70 (OT)
  • Quarterfinals: No. 4 Minnesota 63, No. 5 Michigan State 58
  • Quarterfinals: No. 2 Wisconsin 70, No. 10 Indiana 60
  • Quarterfinals: No. 6 Northwestern 72, No. 3 Maryland 64
  • Semifinals: No. 8 Michigan 84, No. 4 Minnesota 77
  • Semifinals: No. 2 Wisconsin 76, No. 6 Northwestern 48
  • Championship: No. 8 Michigan 71, No. 2 Wisconsin 56

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Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament 2018: Bracket, schedule, seeds

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

The 2018 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament starts Wednesday, Feb. 28. Find a bracket, schedule and seeds below as they get finalized.

All 14 teams qualify for the conference tournament. The championship is set for Sunday, March 4. All games are in Indianapolis.

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament 2018: Bracket

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Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament: Schedule

First Round

Wednesday, February 28

No. 12 vs. No. 13, 1:30 p.m. ET on BTN2Go

No. 11 vs. No. 14, 25 minutes after previous game (around 4 p.m.), BTN2Go

Second Round

Thursday, March 1

No. 8 vs. No. 9, 12 p.m. on BTN2Go

No. 5 vs. No. 12-13 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 2:30 p.m.), BTN2Go

No. 7 vs. No. 10, 6:30 p.m. on BTN2Go

No. 6 vs. No. 11-14, 25 minutes after previous game (around 9 p.m.), BTN2Go


Friday, March 2

No. 1 vs. No. 8-9 winner, 12 p.m. on BTN2Go

No. 4 vs. No. 5-12-13 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 2:30 p.m.), BTN2Go

No. 2 vs. No. 7-10 winner, 6:30 p.m. on BTN2Go

No. 3 vs. No. 6-11-14 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 9 p.m.), BTN2Go


Saturday, March 3

First semifinal, 6 p.m. on Big Ten Network

Second semifinal, 25 minutes after previous game (around 8:30 p.m.), Big Ten Network


Sunday, March 4

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. on ESPN2

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament: Standings, seeds

NOTE: As of after Saturday, February 24, games

  1. Ohio State: 12-3
  2. Maryland: 11-4
  3. Nebraska: 11-4
  4. Iowa: 11-5
  5. Minnesota: 10-5
  6. Michigan: 10-6
  7. Indiana: 9-7
  8. Purdue: 9-7
  9. Rutgers: 7-8
  10. Michigan State: 7-9
  11. Penn State: 6-9
  12. Northwestern: 3-12
  13. Wisconsin: 2-14
  14. Illinois: 0-15

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament: History, champions

1982 Ohio State 69-66 Illinois
1995 Penn State 68-63 Ohio State Missy Masley, Penn State
1996 Penn State 71-69 Purdue Angie Potthoff, Penn State
1997 Iowa 63-56 Illinois Angela Hamblin, Iowa
1998 Purdue 59-49 Penn State Andrea Garner, Penn State
1999 Purdue 80-76 Illinois Stephanie White, Purdue
2000 Purdue 71-63 Penn State Helen Darling, Penn State
2001 Iowa 75-70 Purdue Cara Consuegra, Iowa
2002 Indiana 75-72 Penn State Heather Cassady, Indiana
2003 Purdue 67-65 Ohio State Shereka Wright, Purdue
2004 Purdue 59-58 Penn State Shereka Wright, Purdue
2005 Michigan State 55-49 Minnesota Kristin Haynie, Michigan State
2006 Ohio State 63-60 Purdue Brandie Hoskins, Ohio State
2007 Purdue 64-52 Ohio State Katie Geralds, Purdue
2008 Purdue 58-56 Illinois FahKara Malone, Purdue
2009 Ohio State 67-66 Purdue Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
2010 Ohio State 66-64 Iowa Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
2011 Ohio State 84-70 Penn State Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
2012 Purdue 74-70 (OT) Nebraska Brittany Rayburn, Purdue
2013 Purdue 62-47 Michigan State Drey Mingo, Purdue
2014 Nebraska 72-65 Iowa Rachel Theroit, Nebraska
2015 Maryland 77-74 Ohio State Lexie Brown, Maryland
2016 Maryland 60-44 Michigan State Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland
2017 Maryland 74-64 Purdue Brionna Jones, Maryland

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament: Teams

The following players were named to the All-Tournament team.

Ashley Berggren, G, 1997
Katie Coleman, F, 1997
Tauja Catchings, F, 1999-00
Allison Curtin, G, 1999-01
Rebecca Harris, G, 2008
Jenna Smith, F/C, 2008-09

Heather Cassady, G, 2002
Jill Chapman, C, 2002
Cyndi Valentin, G, 2006

IOWA (13)
Angela Hamblin, F, 1996-97
Samantha Logic, G, 2014
Tangela Smith, C, 1997-98
Cara Consuegra, G, 2001
Randi Peterson, C, 2001
Kachine Alexander, G, 2010
Kelly Krei, F, 2010
Kamille Wahlin, G, 2010
Ally Disterhoft, G, 2014
Bethany Doolittle, C, 2014-15

Lexie Brown, G, 2015
Brionna Jones, C, 2016-17
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, G, 2016-17
Destiny Slocum, G, 2017

Molly Murray, F, 1998

Paula Sanders, F, 1997
Kristin Haynie, G, 2005
Kelli Roehrig, C, 2005
Liz Shimek, F, 2006
Allyssa DeHaan, C, 2007
Jasmine Thomas, G, 2013
Aerial Powers, F, 2016

Janel McCarville, C, 2004-05
Jamie Broback, F, 2005
Amanda Zahui B., C, 2015

Jordan Hooper, F, 2012-14
Lindsey Moore, G, 2012-13
Rachel Theriot, G, 2014

Nia Coffey, F, 2016

Peggy Evans, F, 1995
Katie Smith, F, 1995
Kim Wilburn, G, 2003
Caity Matter, G, 2003
Brandie Hoskins, G, 2005-06
Jessica Davenport, C, 2006-07
Star Allen, F, 2009
Jantel Lavender, C, 2009-10-11
Samantha Prahalis, G, 2010-11-12
Tayler Hill, G, 2011
Ameryst Alston, G, 2014
Alexa Hart, F, 2015
Kelsey Mitchell, G, 2015-16

Missy Masley, F, 1995
Angie Potthoff, F, 1995-96
Tina Nicholson, G, 1995-96
Andrea Garner, F/C,1998-00
Helen Darling, G, 2000
Kelly Mazzante, G, 2002-04
Tanisha Wright, G, 2002-03
Jess Strom, G, 2004
Alex Bentley, G, 2011
Maggie Lucas, G, 2011-13

Jannon Roland, F, 1996
Stacey Lovelace, F, 1996
Ukari Figgs, G, 1998-99
Stephanie White, G/F, 1998-99
Katie Douglas, G/F, 1999-00-01
Camille Cooper, C, 2000-01
Shereka Wright, F, 2003-04-05
Erika Valek, G, 2003
Katie Gearlds, F, 2004-06-07
Erin Lawless, F, 2006-07
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, F, 2007-09
FahKara Malone, G, 2008
Keshia Mosley, F, 2008
Kalika France, F, 2008
Danielle Campbell, C, 2008
Brittany Rayburn, G, 2009-12
KK Houser, G, 2012-13
Drey Mingo, F, 2013
Courtney Moses, G, 2013
Ashley Morrissette, G, 2017
Dominique Oden, G, 2017

Jessie Stomski, F, 2002

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