1 of 2 View 2 Items Utah State Aggies head coach Craig Smith cheers on his team during a Mountain West Conference semifinal game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Friday, March 15, 2019. While much of the sporting world was focused on the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, with a smattering taking in the San Antonio Spurs' Game 6 victory over the Denver Nuggets, CBS Sports took a little time to give college basketball some love. It was Matt Norlander, in particular, in his story College basketball coaching moves: 2018's top five most immediately rewarding hires, an annual exercise in which he details the five best head coaching moves of the previous season. Utah State head coach Craig Smith made it into that top five, which should come as a surprise to few. Norlander noted that “Smith and Utah State fared well on the whole, unquestionably, winning the regular-season and conference championships in … [Read more...] about Morning links: Utah State’s Craig Smith one of the five best hires in college basketball last season; Optimism abounds about future of Utah Jazz
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Pickett is also the pick -- beating out RJ Barrett -- for the CBS Sports/USBWA Freshman of the Week by Matt Norlander & Kyle Boone Feb 19, 2019 at 1:16 pm ET • 6 min read USATSI CBS Sports has once again teamed up with the United States Basketball Writers Association and its Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award. Every Tuesday we announce a national Freshman of the Week winner in addition to our Frosh Watch, which is a ranking of the top 10 most statistically impressive freshmen in men's Division I college basketball. Freshman of the Week: Jalen Pickett, SienaWhen Duke's RJ Barrett nabbed a triple-double vs. NC State on Saturday, we figured our Freshman of the Week would be an easy call. After all, it was only the fourth triple-double in program history.And then Sunday afternoon came along, and a game in Albany, New York, went historic. Quinnipiac beat Siena 107-100 in a classic MAACtion tussle that rates as one of … [Read more...] about Frosh Watch: Jalen Pickett’s 46-point performance vaults him into top 10 of best freshmen in college basketball
Seniors stars are seemingly a rarity in this day and age of college basketball. If you think you are good enough to go pro after your first three seasons, you usually do so. Reaching your senior year can make people believe you just haven't been good enough as a college player.Jordan Caroline, NevadaChris Clemons, CampbellMike Daum, South Dakota StateRobert Franks, Washington StateCaleb Martin, NevadaLuke Maye, North CarolinaEthan Happ, WisconsinCJ Massinburg, BuffaloJames Palmer Jr., NebraskaEric Paschall, VillanovaAdmiral Schofield, TennesseeReid Travis, Kentucky … [Read more...] about Best seniors in college basketball
Today's freshmen impact college basketball in much bigger ways than ever. Not only do they step into bigger roles immediately now, but several programs rely on them as leaders. There has been a lot of hype surrounding Duke's crop of freshmen, but we are seeing great performances by many first-year players aroudn the country. Even Oregon's Bol Bol, who played just nine games before becoming injured and then declaring for the NBA Draft, made an impact during his short time in Eugene (21 points, 9.6 rebounds).RJ Barrett, DukeCharles Bassey, Western KentuckyIgnas Brazdeikis, MichiganAntoine Davis, DetroitLuguentz Dort, Arizona StateAshton Hagans, KentuckyKeldon Johnson, KentuckyRomeo Langford, IndianaNassir Little, North CarolinaCoby White, North CarolinaLittle was the freshman who got all the publicity heading into Chapel Hill, but White has made the biggest impact. Despite Roy Williams being hard on his point guards, White has stepped in from Day 1 to lead the offense. Sometimes it looks … [Read more...] about Best freshmen in college basketball
Here is everything you need to know when betting the biggest games this weekend. As always, this is coming out before the Vegas lines for Saturday’s games, so we are using projections from KenPom, Torvik and Haslametrics to walk through how the game will play out. No. 16 TEXAS TECH at No. 11 KANSAS, Sat. 4:00 p.m. (CBS) KENPOM: Kansas 66, Texas Tech 63 HASLAMETRICS: Kansas 67, Texas Tech 64 TORVIK: Kansas 67, Texas Tech 64 This matchup is a tough one to parse. On the one hand, Kansas has been in a funk offensively that centers around the fact that they don’t have enough perimeter shooting, Marcus Garrett has been a non-factor offensively and teams can throw two bodies at Dedric Lawson with reckless abandon. But the crux of the issue stems from KU’s size. They’ve been forced to play small without Udoka Azubuike and they’ve struggled on the defensive end of the floor without being able to matchup with the size of teams that go big while being unable … [Read more...] about Best Bets: Where do you want your action in college basketball this weekend?