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Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:07 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Report: Auburn G investigated for point-shaving

By Jeff Borzello

Auburn guard Varez Ward is being investigated by federal authorities for alleged point-shaving incidents, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.

Charles Robinson reported on Thursday afternoon that Ward and teammate Chris Denson were suspended in late February and questioned as part of the investigation. Denson was cleared and returned to the team after sitting out one game. Ward has not returned since being suspended on February 25.

The two games in question were Feb. 7 against Alabama and Jan. 25 against Arkansas. Some of the questionable moments during the games:

  • Feb. 7 vs. Alabama: Ward had six turnovers, two assists and shot 1-of-5 from the field. Two of his shots were blocked, one was an air ball and he also missed a free throw. Alabama was favored by five and won by 18.
  • Jan. 25 vs. Arkansas: Ward turned the ball over 19 seconds into his first possession and left the game with an apparent quadriceps injury. He didn’t return to the game. Arkansas was favored by 9.5, but won by only three.

Ward is a former Texas transfer who left the Longhorns in the summer of 2010. He started 17 games this season for Auburn, averaging 8.9 points, 3.8 assists and 2.7 turnovers.

Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Your SEC/Big East Challenge guide



By Matt Norlander


What do you want in a preview? I've been self-assigned (is that even possible?) to give you the rundown on all of the SEC and Big East games coming up over the next 72 hours, and I wasn't quite sure where to go with this. After all, these are early-December games, half of them are afterthoughts, and preview material is usually come-and-go outside of preseason and NCAA tournament talk.

So I looked at the games and decided I'll just give you whatever random thought comes off the top of my head. A conversational tone works best here, since there are no real true tilts of consequence involved outside of the fantastic ones going on Friday night Louisville and Syracuse. (I'll be at the latter.) If there's a stat sited, I do not have it memorized. Those I looked up. I'm not huge on predictions, so you won't find those here.

All this said, I do expect these 12 games to be better than what the ACC and Big Ten gave us Tuesday and Wednesday night, by the way. If you have any other curiosities that go beyond this post, check our SEC/Big East Challenge page, which has the history of this event and stats that go along with it.

Thursday

Providence at South Carolina (7 ET): Oh this is just bad. Providence is a few years away from true relevancy, and Darrin Horn is already coaching for his job at South Carolina. NEXT.

St. John's at Kentucky (7:30 ET): Wildcats get the Johnnies tonight, less than 48 hours before Carolina comes in. I'd say St. John's would have a chance, except they're playing Kentucky. Kind of a problem. SJU doesn't have one senior on its roster and head coach Steve Lavin will not be making the trip. Kentucky will be looking ahead to UNC, but the 'Cats should win by a minimum of 23.4 points.

Ole Miss at DePaul (9 ET): Have a sick interest in this game if for no other reason than I want to know how many people show up to watch it. Have to say, the fact these teams are a combined 9-2 is a welcomed surprise.

Georgetown at Alabama (9:30 ET): Best game of the night, period. Are you sure what Georgetown is yet? We do know the Hoyas take care of the ball very well. That early trend could be bucked in Tuscaloosa, though, because Alabama is on its way to being a top-five defensive team in the country. Teams are shooting a 35.7 effective field goal percentage against the Tide. Second-worst in the country.

Friday

Florida at Syracuse (7 ET): I'll keep this strictly to basketball, because I'm not sure how much I'll be able to do that one I get there to cover the game. Basically, I'm intrigued as hell. I love Bradley Beal's (right, with Billy Donovan) game. I'm still not sold on Florida's four-guard look, even if Patric Young gets his chances to play janitor when that happens. No Erik Murphy for the Gators means they're less dynamic. I like Syracuse is a really fun one. With the Orange, you're just never sure who's going to be the player that has the big game. Looks like someone's going to need to decidedly have a huge night to beat a team a lot of people like to make the Final Four.

Cincinnati at Georgia (7 ET): Car-wreck factor has be interested. When will Cinci start playing at a level that's indicative of the talent it has on this team? Georgia's in a third-gear year, I think.

Vanderbilt at Louisville (9 ET): What do you think about this one? Vanderbilt certainly not expected to win it (I haven't checked, but I'd put the Cards at about -4.5 here). Louisville's still not at full strength, nor is Vandy. Goodman's going to be at this game. I think this one adds up to little, even if it's nice in the moment. Because come late February, both these teams will have personnel on the floor that didn't play in this game. If Vandy/'Ville are vying for the 3-seed line and you want to give the winner of this the bid, by all means, but beyond that there won't be much long-term effect from this game. I think John Jenkins struggles in this one, too.

Auburn at Seton Hall (9 ET): Oh, get it out of my face, please.

Saturday

Arkansas at UConn (3:15 ET): The Hogs are without Marshon Powell and so I don't see how Mike Anderson's new team keeps this within 20. UConn's due for a really impressive, really big win. I want to see how Alex Oriakhi plays in front of the home crowd in Hartford. Oriakhi's been public with this playing-time situation. UConn will grow and stumble a little more in December, but I'm betting we're putting this team in the highest echelon by New Year's Day.

Pittsburgh at Tennessee (5:15 ET): I'd call this game the biggest true toss-up of any listed here. I'm down on Pitt this year in regard to most others. A win here would be very uplifting for Jamie Dixon's team. Same can be said for Cuonzo Martin at Tennessee, who's probably still punching the pillow after his Vols couldn't steal that game against Memphis in Maui.

LSU at Rutgers (7 ET): Just a couple of truly nondescript, non-enthralling 4-3 BCS conference teams. I think I'd rather put away my summer clothes into storage.

West Virginia at Mississippi State (9 ET): The final game of the Challenge, it's the kind of game MSU should win without controversy if it wants to be top-20 caliber. WVU is down, considerably down, this season. The Bulldogs have twice as much talent on this team -- and a lot more size, even if Denis Kilicli will bruise it up down low with Renardo Sidney and/or Arnett Moultrie. The flip side: Huggins has been known to get his team to steal wins in these kind of spots.

Photos: AP
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:09 am
 

Multiple suitors in need of (Wannah) Bail

By Jeff Borzello

Wannah Bail certainly has the name of a basketball player. Extremely long and athletic, Bail also has the build and body of a highly-touted prospect.

This summer, however, Bail felt he didn’t get a chance to show his full host of talents due to a toe injury.

“Not my best, especially coming off injury,” he said. “I had always felt as if I could have done something better, even after giving it my all.”

When healthy, Bail has the physical tools to be a dominant performer. Ranked No. 68 in the CBSSports.com Top 100, the 6-foot-7 power forward runs the floor extremely well and uses his strength to make plays at both ends of the court. He can get solid position for offensive post-ups, and he is a very good shot-blocker and rebounder. If he refines his offensive game, Bail could be a stud.

Bail, a native of the Bahamas, is now enrolled at Lamar Consolidated (Texas) after bouncing around a few high schools in the Lonestar State last year. His recruitment will also begin to sort itself out with coaches finally able to track him during the school season.

“It’s going good,” Bail said of his recruitment. “I’m really enjoying it.”

For now, Bail is hearing from Auburn, St. John’s, Houston, Texas Tech, Florida State, Maryland, Kansas, South Florida, Indiana, Texas A&M, Baylor, Washington State and others. All besides Kansas have offered.

Bail plans to take his recruitment slowly, but did take a visit to Houston on Saturday, when the Cougars beat UCLA in the football season opener. Michael Carey and Chicken Knowles also joined him on campus.

Don’t look for a decision soon.

“I have no favorites,” he said.

Photo: Adidas Nations

Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:32 am
Edited on: August 9, 2011 5:11 pm
 

SEC Offseason Roundup

By Jeff Goodman

SEC Offseason Roundup

Alabama – The Crimson Tide will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and also have non-conference games against Georgetown (12-1), vs. Kansas State (12-17) in Kansas City, vs. Oklahoma State (12-21) in Birmingham and at Georgia Tech (1-3). Jason Carter (Chipola JC) and Kendall Durant (NAIA in Texas) both transferred out of the program.

Arkansas – Mike Anderson brought his staff with him from Missouri: Melvin Watkins, Matt Zimmerman, T.J. Cleveland and Jeff Daniels (director of basketball operations). The Razorbacks will play at Uconn (12-3), at Oklahoma (12-10) and vs. Michigan (1-21). Rotnei Clarke (Butler), Jeff Peterson (Florida State) and Glenn Bryant (Eastern Michigan) all transferred out of the program.

Auburn – The Tigers will play in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii (12-22/25) and also have non-league contests at Seton Hall (12-2) and vs. South Florida (12-15). Earnest Ross (Missouri) and Ty Armstrong left the program while Varez Ward (Texas) and Noel Johnson (Clemson) are both eligible this season.

Florida – Billy Donovan had a major shake-up with his staff as Larry Shyatt took the head job at Wyoming, Richard Pitino returned to Louisville and Rob Lanier went back to Texas as the associate head coach. Donovan’s new staff consists of former Arkansas head man John Pelphrey, ex-St. John’s head coach Norm Roberts and Matt McCall – who was with the Gators in an administrative role. Florida will play in the five-team Global Sports Shootout, along with Ohio State, Jackson State, North Florida and Wright State. The Gators will play at Ohio State (11-15) and also have non-league games at Syracuse (12-2), vs. Arizona (12-7), vs. Texas A&M in Sunrise (12-17), vs. Florida State (12-22) and at Rutgers (12-29). Mike Rosario (Rutgers) is eligible this season after sitting out a year ago.

Georgia – The Bulldogs are in the CBE Classic (12-21/21) and also have non-conference contests at Xavier (11-25), at Colorado (11-28), vs. Cincinnati (12-2), vs. Georgia Tech (12-6) and at USC (12-17).

Kentucky – The Wildcats will play in the Hall of Fame event (11-19/20) and also will face Kansas in the Champions Classic (11-15) in NYC. John Calipari’s team’s non-conference slate includes contests vs. St. John’s (12-1), vs. UNC (12-3), at Indiana (12-10) and vs. Louisville (12-31). Ryan Harrow transferred in from N.C. State and Twany Beckham becomes eligible this season after transferring from Mississippi State last year.

LSU – The Tigers took a trip back in May to Italy. Lynn Nance retired and Nick Robinson slid over into his role as an assistant. LSU will play in the Charleston Classic (11-17/20) and also has non-league games at Rutgers (12-3), vs. Marquette (12-19) and against Virginia (1-2 or 3).  Three players – Aaron Dotson (Utah), Garrett Green (San Diego State) and Matt Derenbecker – left the program. Justin Hamilton is eligible this season after transferring in from Iowa State.

Mississippi – Andy Kennedy’s staff completely turned over. Mike White got the head gig at Louisiana Tech while Owen Miller and Torrey Ward are also gone. Kennedy replaced them with former FIU head coach Segrgio Ruoco, Al Pinkins and he also moved up Bill Armstrong. Robi Coker took Armstrong’s spot as the director of basketball operations. The Rebels will play Miami (11-25) at home, at DePaul (12-1), at Penn State (12-4), at Southern Miss (12-17) and at Dayton (12-30), Donald Williams, Will Bogan (Valparaiso), Trevor Gaskins (Louisiana Tech) and Isaiah Massey (Louisiana Tech) all left while Murphy Holloway (South Carolina) returned and may be eligible this year. Jelan Kendrick (Memphis) will be eligible after sitting out last season.

Mississippi State - The Bulldogs are currently on a trip to Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris and will also play in the Coaches vs. Cancer event (11-17/18). Rick Stansbury’s team will face West Virginia (12-3), Baylor in Dallas (12-28) and Utah State at home (12-31). Arnett Moultrie is eligible after sitting out last season following a transfer from UTEP.

South Carolina – Orlando Early (N.C. State) left and Darrin Horn bumped up Cypheus Bunton and also promoted Justin Phelps to director of basketball operations. The Gamecocks will play in the Las Vegas Invitational (11-25/26) and also face Providence (12-1) at home, go to Clemson (12-4) and play Ohio State (12-17) at home. Ramon Galloway (La Salle), Murphy Holloway (Ole Miss) and Stephen Spinella transferred out.

Tennessee – New coach Cuonzo Martin brought Jon Harris and Kent Williams from Missouri State and added Tracy Webster. He also kept Houston Fancher as the director of basketball operations. The Vols will play in the Maui Invitational and also a non-conference schedule that includes games against Pittsburgh (12-3), at Memphis (1-4) and vs. UConn (12-21).

Vanderbilt – King Rice left for the head job at Monmouth and was replaced by David Cason (Tulsa). The Commodores will play in the Legends Classic in New Jersey and also have non-league games vs. Xavier (11-28), at Louisville (12-2) and at Marquette (12-29). Andre Walker (Xavier) and Darshaun McClellan (Louisiana-Lafayette) both transferred with one year left of eligibility.

Offseason reports: Big 12 Pac-12 | Big Ten | ACC | Big East



Posted on: June 14, 2011 4:06 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2011 11:00 am
 

Missouri adds Auburn's leading scorer, rebounder

By Jeff Goodman

Auburn’s leading scorer and rebounder is headed to Missouri.

Earnest Ross, a big, strong 6-foot-5, 220-pound wing who averaged 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds a year ago for Tony Barbee and the Tigers, confirmed he will transfer to Missouri on Tuesday.

"It’s the best fit for me,” Ross told CBSSports.com. "It’s a family atmosphere, the fans are crazy and they really treated both me and my mother like a part of the family."

Ross will sit out this season and have two years left.

Ross said he also considered Marquette, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Clemson.

"I think I can make an immediate impact here and can also get national exposure," said Ross, who said he will work to improve his consistency shooting the ball next season while sitting out.

New Missouri coach Frank Haith has focused on trying to add a few transfers to the equation since the Tigers will lose six players after this season. He added one-year transfer George Goode, who is eligible to play this season, from Louisville and is close to getting Pepperdine guard Keion Bell. 

 
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 12, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Finally comfortable, Michael Carey is motivated

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By Jeff Borzello

BRONX, N.Y. – After going through multiple high schools in the span of five months last summer and fall, Michael Carey is content with where he is now.

He attended Lamar Consolidated (Tex.) this past year, and is happy with the way things turned out there.

“I’m going to be there for good,” the rising senior said.

One thing Carey is not content with is his standing nationally. Not ranked in anyone’s top 100, the Bahamas native is out to prove people wrong.

“I want to become an elite point guard in the country,” Carey said. “People are starting to see me as a point guard, that’s what they’re going to see at the next level.”

The 6-foot-5 Carey is an offensive-minded player who can handle both guard positions. He is extremely aggressive off the dribble, getting past defenders into the lane and using his length and athleticism to finish strong at the rim. With his size, Carey is able to see over most opponents and also make plays inside.

In order to get recognized as a full-time point guard, Carey realizes there’s work to do.

“I can run a team and break down anybody,” he said, “but I need to get faster. I’m fast, but not fast enough. I need to get quicker.”

After an impressive spring, Carey was set to continue to make a name for himself with a solid June heading into the July live period. Unfortunately, at the Rumble in the Bronx on Saturday, Carey reinjured a toe that he had originally hurt during the school season.

It is unclear the extent of the injury, but Carey will undergo an X-ray back home on Thursday to determine whether he needs surgery now or after the July period.

“My coaches think I should do it now,” Carey said. If he decides to do that, he likely won’t be able to play in any events until the Desert Duel in late July.

“Just as I was playing really well,” Carey said, showing signs of disappointment.

Even the injury won’t keep him down for too long, though.

On Monday, Carey will take a trip to Tallahassee, Fla. for Florida State’s elite camp. The Seminoles are one of the schools to offer Carey, with new assistant coach Dennis Gates taking the lead in his recruitment. Carey has also spoken to head coach Leonard Hamilton.

“I like their style of play, and the way they develop players,” he said. “They have good players, and they can take me to the next level. I’m looking forward to [the visit].”

Carey also holds offers from Nebraska and Houston, and has been offered in the past by Marquette, USC, Baylor, Arkansas and Oklahoma State. Kansas, Auburn, Florida, West Virginia and Tennessee are also in the mix.

One interesting facet in his recruitment is his relationship with highly-touted forward Wannah Bail. Bail is also a native of the Bahamas, and plays on the same high school and AAU team as Carey.

“I mean, we’ve talked about it,” Carey said of going to the same college. “That’s my boy, but I’ve gotta do what’s best for me.”

Carey does not have any visits planned besides Florida State, although he did say he wanted to take a trip to Tennessee at some point.

Despite not having a favorite or a specific timeline for a decision, Carey could be ready to end his recruitment.

“It could happen anytime,” he said. 

Photo: Houston Roundball Review

Posted on: June 11, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Auburn picks up second 2012 commitment

By Jeff Borzello

At this rate, Tony Barbee is going to field one of the most athletic teams in the SEC in a couple of years.

Adding to a recruiting class that includes explosive leaper Shaquille Johnson, Barbee picked up a commitment from top-100 guard Jordan Price on Saturday.

“I just felt like it was the best fit for me and my family,” Price told Evan Daniels of Scout.com. “It’s not too far away from my home so family and friends can come watch.”

Price, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Southwest Dekalb (Ga.), has a thick body and is able to overpower opponents with his strength. He is adept at getting to the basket, but can also knock down jumpers from the mid-range and outside the arc. Despite his stocky frame, Price is also very athletic when it comes to finishing at the rim. Due to his strength, he is a good rebounder and defender at his position.

He visited the Auburn campus on Saturday morning, and clearly liked what he saw. Price chose the Tigers over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Mississippi, Miami (Fl.) and others.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Earnest Ross, Ty Armstrong leave Auburn

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Throughout all the struggles Auburn went through last season, one of the main constants was Earnest Ross. With a solid recruiting class and several returnees, Ross was expected to lead the Tigers’ turnaround in 2011.

Today, Auburn head coach Tony Barnee announced Ross and fellow junior Ty Armstrong were both leaving the team.

“I have mutually agreed with Ty Armstrong and Earnest Ross for them to go in a different direction both academically and athletically,” Barbee said. “We wish them the best in their future.”

Ross was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder last season, averaging 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds. Armstrong tore his ACL last summer, but averaged 1.7 points and 1.4 rebounds in 12 games when he returned.

Auburn went just 11-20 last season, reaching double-figure victories by winning two of its final three games. The Tigers had a stretch when they lost 12 of 14. Now, they’ll attempt to improve without their best player.

Photo: US Presswire

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Auburn, SEC
 
 
 
 
 
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