Syracuse men’s basketball is back in the NCAA Tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 11, 2018 at 6:14 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer Syracuse (20-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) was selected to compete in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Orange earned a No. 11 seed and will face off against No. 11 Arizona State (20-11, 8-10 Pac-12) in a first-four game on Wednesday at 9:10 p.m. in Dayton, Ohio. The winner will play No. 6 seed TCU. The Orange was firmly on the bubble for the latter part of the year. Since the start of February, different bracketology sites shuffled SU between “last four in,” “first four out” and “next four out.” In the end, Syracuse did just enough to secure a bid.Entering the year, the Orange had relatively low expectations. Four out of five starters from last season were gone, and the only known commodity on the team was Tyus Battle.Syracuse got off to a blazing 11-2 start in the nonconference part of the schedule, though, with the only two losses coming to then-No. 2 Kansas and St. Bonaventure. The Orange also picked up a home win over Maryland, a road win over Georgetown and a neutral-site win over Connecticut.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team hit a road bump in the ACC, losing back-to-back games (on the road to Wake Forest and home to Notre Dame without its two best players) to teams that would eventually finish in the bottom six of the conference. In the penultimate game of the regular season, a loss to Boston College, head coach Jim Boeheim said, “We had our opportunity earlier to win two games that we really should have won, and we didn’t finish.”The Orange kept its Tournament chances alive though, picking up road wins at Louisville and Miami and a home win over a ranked Clemson team. Each one of those wins came after a loss.Last season was nearly the exact opposite. That SU team came into the year ranked and had high expectations, but went just 8-5 in the nonconference portion of the schedule. It picked things up in the ACC, earning three wins over teams ranked inside the Top 10. But a lack of road wins, and the poor start, doomed the Orange as it missed the NCAA Tournament and played in the National Invitation Tournament instead.Now, Syracuse is back in the Big Dance. Commentslast_img read more

Egwim to Be Sidelined for Four Months after Successful Surgery

first_img*El Kanemi goalkeeper, Yekini, sorry over injuryEnugu Rangers striker, Ifeanyi Egwim, is expected to make a return to competitive football in four months barring any hitch.Rangers’ club’s doctor, Emeka Onyia, disclosed to yesterday that the former Dolphins man has undergone a first operation at the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Enugu following a tibia-fibular fracture he sustained during his team’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) final day game against El-Kanemi Warriors on Sunday. Onyia confirmed that the Rangers man is in stable condition after having his broken leg operation upon at the hospital in Enugu and should make his way to playing in the sport in four months once he goes through rehabilitation.He further explained why the hospital decided to operate on Egwim in Nigeria despite the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, ordering that the player be flown abroad for treatment.“We just left the operating theatre not long ago and the operation on Ifeanyi went well and he is currently stable. The operation had to be carried out on him considering that the fracture he sustained on his tibia-fibular was an open one, so we had to operate rather than fly him abroad if we take into cognisance of the process it might take to get visas and other documents.“Mind you, money in flying him abroad isn’t the issue here but we needed to put the career of Ifeanyi into consideration first before thinking of the option of flying him abroad considering the nature of his injured.However if there is need to fly him abroad that will be done.“The time-frame for his return should be four months,” the Rangers team doctor revealed.Egwim suffered a leg fracture in his team’s 4-0 win after coming off the bench to replace Ocheme Edoh in a one-on-one situation with El-Kanemi goalkeeper, Kazeem Yekeen. Television replays have shown that Egwim simply slipped and fell leading to the fracture without any contact from Yekeen, who was sent off for the incident with Rangers being awarded a spot kick.Meanwhile, Kazeem has described as regrettable the sour incident on that almost marred the end chapter of the top-flight.Kazeem said he has no intention whatsoever to cause any form of injury on the Rangers man, Egwim.“I feel very bad over the unfortunate incident I have not been myself since that day.“The truth is that the guy has cropped the injury prior to getting in contact with me.“I could not have gone out of my way intentionally to hurt him knowing what we players face in the hands of club managements whenever we are injured.“It was a one-on-one situation I went for the ball but I could not. He jumped up to avoid me and in the process went down wrongly.“When I looked up, it was red card from the referee to me. I was surprised because I did not have any contact with him. However, the injury overshadowed every other thing for all of us that Sunday evening. It was really painful.“I’m a careful goalkeeper so it was naturally for me to feel very sad and sorry for the whole incident.“I’m willing to personal visit him in the hospital to wish him quickest recovery,” said the former Bayelsa United shot stopper to this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Memorial Day Parade Kicks Off Series of Events for Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe city of Alpena was a busy day celebrating Memorial Day, starting off with the annual Courthouse Ceremony and Parade.It was a gorgeous Monday morning as families, Veterans, and organizations gathered outside of the Alpena County Courthouse to kick off Memorial Day celebrations with the annual Courthouse Ceremony, and Parade.The March from South 9th Avenue to Little Flanders Field is a day for Boys and Girl Scouts, along with Veterans, and other community members to join forces to pave the walkway for those who died serving the United States.The Boys Scouts of Alpena have been in the parade for over 50 years.Scout Leader, Chris Harsh said he has been apart of the event for at least 17 years, and makes it mandatory to march for those who lost their lives fighting in wars for the country.Before the parade the guest speaker reminded everyone that Memorial Day was not only about taking time off to enjoy barbeques, with family and friends, but to reflect on those who died. Following the ceremony was a lying of flowers along with the National Anthem and prayer before the parade march.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: memorial day, Memorial Day ParadeContinue ReadingPrevious Locals Honor Heroes Lost at Sea for Memorial DayNext Rogers City Memorial Day Paradelast_img read more

Houston lands Quentin Grimes, top transfer from Kansas

first_img Legendary Chicago-area HS coach, ‘Hoop Dreams’ star dies at 83 “We’ve all enjoyed coaching Quentin this past year and certainly appreciate his efforts,” Self said in a press release.“We initially anticipated him staying in the draft but he and his family decided to return to college but not return to the University of Kansas. We totally support and respect Quentin and his decision and wish him the very best moving forward. We believe Quentin will have a long professional basketball career and look forward to watching his development.”Grimes will look to fill a void for the Cougars left by Galen Robinson, Corey Davis Jr. and Armoni Brooks. Houston won 33 games last season and reached the Sweet 16 under coach Kelvin Sampson. Related News Grimes, who finished last season averaging 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 27.4 minutes per game, was considered to be a future lottery pick entering his freshman season. He struggled with consistency, though he started all 36 games. He was one of four Jayhawks players to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, but he withdrew his name after attending the combine. Kansas coach Bill Self shared his support for Grimes’ decision. center_img Quentin Grimes announced Thursday his decision to transfer from Kansas to Houston for the 2019-20 season. The 6-foot-5 guard also was considering Texas A&M, according to 247Sports, as The Woodlands, Texas, native wanted to make a move closer to home. He is expected to apply for a waiver to be eligible immediately at Houston as he has three years of eligibility left. However, Grimes would have to sit out next season if the NCAA declines his waiver. Oklahoma State hires top hoops prospect Cade Cunningham’s brother as assistantlast_img read more