October, 2014


No surprise: Kentucky picked by media to win SEC hoops title

John Calipari

 Kentucky was predicted to win the 2015 Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members. The Wildcats, who are the overall preseason favorite for the 10th time since the 1998-99 season, tallied all 20 first-place votes. Kentucky sophomore Aaron Harrison was the choice of the media for SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Aaron Harrison was one of five Wildcats that received votes in the preseason Player of the Year voting, joining Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress andRead More

Morphing defense could be Tennessee’s calling card this season

Donnie Tyndall

This time of year, practice having only recent started and games still a few weeks away, college basketball coaches often talk about how their team’s defense is ahead of its offense. Tennessee’s Donnie Tyndall is no different, but it’s a refrain he might be stuck on all season. That’s because the Vols’ defense might have to carry them. This isn’t to suggest there aren’t players on this team that can score. Senior Josh Richardson proved he could be an elite scorer during an impressive run in the NCAA tournament lastRead More

Old school Punter’s position change key to Tennessee’s season

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KNOXVILLE—The American Heritage Dictionary describes the term old school as “adhering or conforming to an earlier or original style.” Wikipedia says “the term is commonly used to suggest a high regard for something that has been shown to have lasting value or quality.” The Oxford Dictionary says old school is “used, usually approvingly, to refer to someone or something that is old fashioned or traditional.” Tennessee guard Kevin Punter has been branded old school for as long as he can remember, which is why, when a writer brought it upRead More

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook begins shipping today

Blue Ribbon College Yearbook has arrived from the printer and has begun shipping. Books will be sent in the order in which they were pre-ordered, so if you ordered back in August, your book will ship first. We’ve got thousands of books to get out the door, but we will do that as quickly as possible. If you haven’t ordered, go to www.blueribbonyearbookonline.com and make sure you get a copy. Last year we sold out! Our spiral-bound “lay-flat” editions are still being finished and we will ship them as soonRead More

Blue Ribbon Summit League forecast

  BLUE RIBBON SUMMIT LEAGUE FORECAST 1. Denver 2. Oral Roberts 3. South Dakota State 4. IPFW 5. North Dakota State 6. South Dakota 7. Nebraska-Omaha 8. Western Illinois 9. IUPUI   ALL-LEAGUE TEAM F-Cody Larson, SR, South Dakota State F-Steve Forbes, SR, IPFW G-Brett Olson, SR, Denver G-Brandon Bos, SR, South Dakota G-Obi Emegano, JR, Oral Roberts   PLAYER OF THE YEAR Brett Olson, SR, Denver   NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Deondre Parks, JR, South Dakota State  

Blue Ribbon Big Sky forecast

BLUE RIBBON BIG SKY FORECAST 1. Sacramento State 2. Weber State 3. Eastern Washington 4. Northern Arizona 5. Northern Colorado 6. Portland State 7. Montana 8. Idaho 9. North Dakota 10. Idaho State 11. Montana State 12. Southern Utah   ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM F-Venky Jois, JR, Eastern Washington F-Joel Bolomboy, JR, Weber State G-Quinton Upshur, SR, Northern Arizona G-Tyler Harvey, JR, Eastern Washington G-Mikh McKinney, SR, Sacramento State   PLAYER OF THE YEAR Joel Bolomboy, JR, Weber State   NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Martin Breunig, JR, Montana  

Blue Ribbon America East forecast

  BLUE RIBBON AMERICA EAST FORECAST 1. Stony Brook 2. Albany 3. Hartford 4. Vermont 5. Binghamton 6. New Hampshire 7. UMBC 8. Maine 9. UMass Lowell   ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM F-Mark Nwakamma, SR, Hartford F-Jameel Warney, JR, Stony Brook F-Sam Rowley, SR, Albany F-Jordan Reed, JR, Binghamton G-Peter Hooley, JR, Albany   PLAYER OF THE YEAR Jameel Warney, JR, Stony Brook   NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Ernie Duncan, FR, Vermont  

Blue Ribbon Southland forecast

BLUE RIBBON SOUTHLAND FORECAST 1. Stephen F. Austin 2. Sam Houston State 3. Northwestern State 4. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 5. Incarnate Word 6. McNeese State 7. Nicholls State 8. Southeastern Louisiana 9. New Orleans 10. Houston Baptist 11. Lamar 12. Abilene Christian 13. Central Arkansas   ALL CONFERENCE TEAM F-Jacob Parker, SR, Stephen F. Austin G-Jalan West, JR, Northwestern State G-John Jordan, SR, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi G-Thomas Walkup, JR, Stephen F. Austin G-Kevin Hardy, SR, McNeese State   PLAYER OF THE YEAR Jacob Parker, SR, Stephen F. Austin   NEWCOMERRead More

Blue Ribbon SoCon forecast

BLUE RIBBON SOCON FORECAST 1. Wofford 2. Chattanooga 3. VMI 4. East Tennessee State 5. Furman 6. Mercer 7. The Citadel 8. Western Carolina 9. UNC Greensboro 10. Samford   ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM F-Lee Skinner, SR, Wofford G-Rashawn Rembert, SR, ETSU G-Karl Cochran, SR, Wofford G-Stephen Croone, JR, Furman G-QJ Peterson, SO, VMI   PLAYER OF THE YEAR Karl Cochran, SR, Wofford   NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Justin Tuoyo, SO, Chattanooga

Blue Ribbon Patriot League forecast

BLUE RIBBON PATRIOT LEAGUE FORECAST 1. Holy Cross 2. Lafayette 3. American 4. Army 5. Bucknell 6. Boston University 7. Lehigh 8. Colgate 9. Loyola University Maryland 10. Navy   ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM F-Seth Hinrichs, SR, Lafayette F-Malcolm Miller, JR, Holy Cross G-Chris Hass, JR, Bucknell G-Kyle Wilson, JR, Army G-Darius “Pee Wee” Gardner, SR, American   PLAYER OF THE YEAR Seth Hinrichs, SR, Lafayette   NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Kahron Ross, FR, Lehigh