Tom Archdeacon: Final Four coach an admirer of UD hire Anthony Grant

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 12:46 PM

Anthony Grant and Frank Martin were friends as high school teammates, before going onto success as coaches in college and in the NBA. Getty Images
Anthony Grant and Frank Martin were friends as high school teammates, before going onto success as coaches in college and in the NBA. Getty Images

New University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant inspired one current Final Four coach and former high school teammate to put pen to paper.

Grant is close friends with South Carolina coach Frank Martin, who has the Gamecocks in their first ever Final Four.

The two were high school teammates at Miami High School in Florida. Grant was the All City star, Martin was a glorified manager but was just as dedicated to the Stingarees’ success.

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Eventually both were assistant coaches for their high school head coach Shakey Rodriguez and then each worked their way up through the ranks to the lofty status followed.

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Martin was a successful coach at Kansas State before moving to South Carolina, where he became famous for his in-game intensity and his scowling look, which could scare the paint off the court. But there are no scowls when it comes to Grant.

Martin made Grant the godfather of one of his sons. Before that he did something more telling.

After high school, when Grant went to Dayton on a full scholarship, Martin was a regular student at Miami Dade Community College.

For the very first college paper for his English 1101 class, he was asked to write about someone he admired.

He wrote about Anthony Grant.

“He cared about people, his school, his friends,” Martin told a reporter a couple of years ago. “He walked in the hallways and teachers and students all respected him.

“That’s something I’ll never forget.”

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LSU basketball vs. Georgia: Game time, TV channel, how to stream online (Feb. 24, 2018)

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:04 AM

LSU basketball takes on the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday in Athens, Ga. See below for information on how you can watch, listen to and stream this game.

After guaranteeing a winning season with a win over Vanderbilt on Tuesday, the LSU men’s basketball team travels to Georgia this weekend for the chance to fight its way back to .500 in SEC play this season.

Standing in LSU’s way is a Georgia team with similar motivations. Both Georgia and LSU are on the outside of the “bubble” conversation for the NCAA Tournament, but both can play their way into the field with strong showings at the end of the regular season and a couple of wins in the SEC Tournament. Georgia defeated LSU by 1 point at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center earlier this season.

LSU basketball versus Georgia game time, details

Who: LSU (16-11, 7-8 SEC) versus Georgia (15-12, 6-9 SEC)

When: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 1:00 p.m. CT

Where: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.

What TV channel will LSU basketball versus Georgia be on?

Saturday’s game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

How can I listen to LSU basketball versus Georgia on the radio?

Baton Rouge residents can listen to the game on the radio by tuning to 98.1 FM Baton Rouge. Internet users can find a stream of the broadcast at  LSUSports.net/live.

How can I stream LSU basketball versus Georgia online?

Saturday’s game will be streamed through  WatchESPN.com. Mobile users can access the stream through the Watch ESPN App. Both the SEC Network Plus and WatchESPN require cable or satellite passwords to log in.

How can I follow along with the game live?

For live game updates, follow  @LSUBasketball on Twitter or visit  LSUstats.com. You can also follow SEC Country’s beat writers  @bigahickey and  @nicksuss for additional commentary and updates.

Projected starting lineup: LSU basketball

Point guard: Sophomore Skylar Mays

Point guard: Freshman Tremont Waters

Shooting guard: Junior Daryl Edwards

Power forward: Senior Aaron Epps

Power forward: Senior Duop Reath

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LSU baseball: How to watch, stream, listen to, buy tickets for game vs. Texas (February 24, 2018)

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

LSU baseball hosts the Texas Longhorns at Alex Box Stadium. Follow the article below for information on how to watch, listen to and stream the game.

Paul Mainieri’s LSU baseball team took the first steps toward casting off any and all doubt surrounding the team Friday, plowing through a dominant pitching Texas team with a 13-4 victory. Things shouldn’t get easier for LSU on Saturday, when the Longhorns send out another pitcher who blanked his opponent in his first start of the season in right-hander Chase Shugart.

To combat this, LSU will start junior right-hander Caleb Gilbert. Gilbert started LSU’s season-opening victory over Notre Dame, receiving a no decision after allowing 5 earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched on 9 hits.

LSU baseball vs. Texas baseball game information

  • What: No. 22 LSU (3-2) vs. No. 14 Texas (3-2)
  • When: 6:30 p.m. CT, Saturday, February 24
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.

What TV channel will LSU baseball vs. Texas baseball be on?

This game will not be televised.

How can I listen to LSU baseball vs. Texas baseball on the radio?

LSU vs. Notre Dame will be broadcast on 98.1 FM Baton Rouge. Online users can find a stream of the broadcast through the LSU Sports Radio Network at  LSUsports.net/live.

How can I stream LSU baseball vs. Texas baseball online?

The game will be streamed online through the SEC Network+ on  WatchESPN. Mobile users can find the game on their wireless enabled devices using the Watch ESPN App.

How else can I follow LSU baseball?

For updates on the Tigers, be sure to follow  @LSUbaseball on Twitter, and also follow SEC Country’s LSU beat writers  Nick Suss and  Alex Hickey for color and commentary. For live stats of the game, visit  LSUstats.com.

Can I buy tickets for LSU baseball vs. Texas baseball? 

For ticket information, visit  LSUtix.net.

Starting pitchers

LSU: RHP Caleb Gilbert (0-0, 10.38 ERA, 4.1 IP, 0 BB, 2 K)

UT: RHP Chase Shugart (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.2 IP, 0 BB, 3 K)

Projected starting lineup: LSU baseball

Pos. Player AVG RBI R HR SB
C Hunter Feduccia .286 1 2 0 0
1B Bryce Jordan .182 5 5 1 0
2B Brandt Broussard .533 4 8 0 2
3B Jake Slaughter .067 0 2 0 0
SS Hal Hughes .444 2 4 0 0
LF Daniel Cabrera .222 5 3 0 0
CF Antoine Duplantis .300 3 5 0 0
RF Beau Jordan .375 6 6 2 0
DH Austin Bain .364 3 2 0 0

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Arkansas baseball vs. San Diego State: Preview, TV, how to watch (February 24, 2018)

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

Mountain West Conference baseball is only a one-bid league, but the winner from the conference can pull an upset or two in the NCAA Tournament in June.

Arkansas gets one of the best teams in the MWC on Saturday in the Tony Gwynn Classic. San Diego State, the host team, was coached by Gwynn for 12 seasons. The Aztecs have made the NCAA Tournament four of the last five years.

San Diego State, like the Diamond Hogs, is coming off a loss. Both teams were just dealt their first defeat of the season. Arkansas fell in the opener of the Classic on Friday to Cal Poly, 4-3. San Diego State lost to cross-city opponent San Diego University on Tuesday. Arkansas finishes the Classic on Sunday against those Torreros.

The Aztecs are picked to finish second in the Mountain West this year, but did pick up a couple of first-place votes in the preseason poll. Coach Mike Martinez has typically made SDSU into a power in recent years with pitching. Arkansas, which has only scored 4 runs its last two games after scoring 51 in its season-opening series against Bucknell, could have issues.

Still, the Razorbacks would be considered the favorite. Even with Friday’s loss, the Hogs don’t figure to drop significantly in the polls come Monday. They probably don’t need another, though.

Arkansas baseball vs. San Diego State series information

Arkansas gets San Diego State, the de facto host of the Tony Gwynn Classic, for a one-off game in the three-game trip as part of the tournament.

  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 — 9 p.m. ET from San Diego, Calif.

How can I watch?

The game is available on Cox Sports Television.

Who is calling the Arkansas game?

Brett Dolan has the TV play-by-play with Troy Eklund as analyst. Scott Inman has the call on radio.

Next up

The Tony Gwynn Classic finishes on Sunday. Arkansas plays San Diego, from the West Coast Conference, to cap the trip.

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Kansas-Texas Tech: Time, TV channel, how to watch online

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

The Kansas Jayhawks are traveling to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a game that will essentially decide who wins the Big 12 regular season title.

The Jayhawks are fresh off a 104-74 pounding of Oklahoma and Trae Young, and will heave the benefit of four days of rest coming into the road matchup. Texas Tech is no slouch, but without Zach Smith and potentially without Keenan Evans, their chance at a win is greatly diminished.

The Red Raiders have already beaten the Jayhawks once this season, an 85-73 win in Allen Fieldhouse that solidified them as contenders. The X-factor in the game is simple, if Texas Tech is healthy they’ll be favored. If they aren’t, Kansas could hold the early edge.

Kansas-Texas Tech game time, details

Time: 3:15 P.M. Central Time

Where: United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas

Date: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Odds: Line unavailable

Which TV channel is Kansas-Texas Tech on?

The Kansas-Texas Tech basketball game will be broadcast on ESPN.

How can I watch Kansas-Texas Tech online?

You can watch Kansas-Texas Tech online using the WatchESPN app on your mobile devices, computers, or TV.

How can I listen to Kansas-Texas Tech on the radio?

You can use this guide to find the Jayhawk radio affiliate in your area, or use TuneIn.com to find an online broadcast.

Kansas-Texas Tech preview, keys to the game

  • Hit open shots. If you get an open shot on Texas Tech, you need to hit it. The Red Raiders boast one of the best defenses in the Big 12 Conference, and you have to take what they give you. If Texas Tech is down Keenan Evans, then it could end up being a defensive slugfest. Take what they give you.
  • Don’t get swept up in the crowd. Lubbock is a rowdy place, with some insane fans. There will be some heckling, and some of it might cross the line. The time to debate and talk about that behavior will be after the game ends, not during it. If the Jayhawks want to win, they need to keep their eyes on the prize.
  • If Keenan Evans plays, don’t let him take over the game. Evans is a dominant scorer in college basketball, and if he’s healthy, he should be focused on tremendously by the Jayhawks. Texas Tech is undefeated at home in conference games this season, and with Evans healthy, they’ll be even tougher. It’s up in the air whether he plays or not, but if he does, Kansas can’t let him take over. No easy shots, and no free shots.

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