Basketball

1:44am

Thu March 28, 2013
Sports

Deflections: The Unofficial Stat That Measures Success

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 10:08 am

Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals is adamant about recording his team's deflections. It seems to be paying off: The Cardinals have been doing well during the NCAA tournament.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

The Louisville Cardinals are among the teams dominating at this year's men's Division 1 NCAA basketball tournament, which resumes Thursday night. The team credits harassing, active defense for its wins.

But there's something else at work, too: deflections. The team puts a lot of stock in them, though deflections aren't an officially tracked statistic.

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9:53am

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

How To Hit A Big Dunk: Griner Tweets A Prediction As Women's Sweet 16 Is Set

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:50 pm

Baylor's Brittney Griner (42) dunks as Florida State's Leonore Rodriguez (10) and Alexa Deluzio (3) look on; Baylor defeated Florida State 85-47 on Tuesday in Waco, Texas.
Tony Gutierrez AP

There's nothing like encouragement to help you succeed. Or maybe you can just create it for yourself. Baylor's Brittney Griner had both Tuesday night as her top-seeded team blew past Florida State 85-47. She had a double double: 33 points and 22 rebounds, as Encourager-In-Chief and former President George W. Bush looked on with former first lady Laura Bush in Waco, Texas. But that wasn't all.

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8:03pm

Tue March 26, 2013
Sweetness And Light

It's Been An Ugly Year For College Basketball

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 2:40 am

This photo illustration released by Adidas shows the uniforms for NCAA basketball teams (from left) University of Cincinnati, University of Kansas, University of Notre Dame, Baylor University, UCLA and the University of Louisville.
Aaron Hewitt AP

There once was a wise old basketball coach named Arad McCutchan who led the Evansville Purple Aces to five national championships in the small-college division, dressing his Purple Aces in bright orange T-shirts. I've been reminded of this recently as a number of grubby athletic directors have sold out to the sporting goods companies, allowing their teams to be costumed in the most hideous outfits.

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6:42am

Tue March 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Women's Hoops: UConn Rolls As Kansas And Oklahoma Score Upsets

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 9:07 am

Connecticut's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis shoots over Vanderbilt's Elan Brown during the team's game Monday night in Storrs, Conn.
Bill Shettle CSM /LANDOV

If it's March and there's madness, then the University of Connecticut women's basketball team must be in the middle of it all.

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11:51am

Mon March 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Florida Gulf Coast University: This Year's Cinderella Story In 10 Shots

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 3:59 pm

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles mascot picks up an Eagles cheerleader after the team's 81-71 victory against the San Diego State Aztecs on Sunday in Philadelphia.
Elsa Getty Images

There's no bigger sports story in the nation this week than what Florida Gulf Coast University's team did during the first weekend of the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship.

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