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23:15  21 november  2019
23:15  21 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

John Clay: Parity may rule college basketball, but only one team has the Marvelous Tyrese Maxey

  John Clay: Parity may rule college basketball, but only one team has the Marvelous Tyrese Maxey NEW YORK - Say hello to the Marvelous Tyrese Maxey. We had heard about Mr. Maxey. The smile. The personality. The engaging game of the terrific Texan, the 6-foot-3 guard who was the highest-rated recruit of yet another top-shelf Kentucky recruiting class, No. 10 in the Recruiting Services Consensus Index. Watching his dazzling debut Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, the spark that ignited Kentucky’s 69-62 spanking of the No. 1-ranked Michigan State Spartans, you wondered how the Marvelous Tyrese Maxey wasn’t No. 1.“It was fun,” said Maxey afterward, flashing that winning smile.Guess so.

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There are not a lot of subjects on which John Calipari, Roy Williams and Jim Boeheim can reach agreement. Each is a member of basketball’s Hall of Fame. Each knows what it’s like to win an NCAA championship. Each has sent players on to become NBA stars. So they’ve got much in common but still are rivals at their core.

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Except when they are teammates — as members of the Coaches vs. Cancer program.

They are three of nearly two dozen coaches who will be featured in a new series of public service spots that will be included in 80 game telecasts on CBS, Fox Sports, FS1 and Big Ten Network. The first spot will air Sunday on BTN during Cal Poly’s visit to Iowa, and another will appear Monday on FS1 during Pitt’s game against Kansas State.

Kentucky new No. 1 in AP Top 25 after beating Michigan State

  Kentucky new No. 1 in AP Top 25 after beating Michigan State Kentucky has climbed to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 men's college basketball poll. The Wildcats rose one spot after winning a 1-vs-2 matchup with Michigan State to open the season in the Champions Classic, followed by an easy win against Eastern Kentucky. Kentucky (2-0) earned 64 of 65 first-place votes in Monday's poll, marking the first time the Wildcats have reached No. 1 since early in the 2016-17 season. This marks the seventh of coach John Calipari's 11 seasons that the Wildcats have spent at least one week atop the AP poll.

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The spots feature multiple coaching greats, including Tubby Smith of High Point and Tom Izzo of Michigan State, as well as ACS researchers and cancer patients discussing the continuing fight to conquer the disease.

“Cancer is universal — everyone is affected in some way. That’s why the college basketball coaching fraternity annually puts aside our rivalries and takes collective action to join the fight against this devastating disease,” Williams said in a release from ACS. “I’m proud to stand alongside my peers to raise awareness for increased access to early screening and detection. Together, we encourage all our fans to donate at CoachesVsCancer.org to help join the fight.”

Kentucky's No. 1 ranking will have others 'trying to take our heads off'

  Kentucky's No. 1 ranking will have others 'trying to take our heads off' LEXINGTON, Ky. - Sophomore Immanuel Quickley drew a big laugh when asked his reaction to Kentucky being voted No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll released on Monday. "Well, we haven't been No. 1 that long," he said. "I think it's been, like, 20 minutes." When the reporters' laughter subsided, Quickley acknowledged that a No. 1 ranking can inspire opponents. For instance, it inspired Kentucky against then No. 1 Michigan State in the season’s opening game.“Definitely,” Quickley said. “Just the atmosphere of that game. We knew it was a big game. … We knew what was on the table.”Teammate Kahlil Whitney said he expected Kentucky to be voted No. 1.

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Coaches vs. Cancer has been around for nearly three decades, launched by Missouri legend Norm Stewart after his successful fight against colon cancer. Embraced by college basketball coaches from coast to coast and sponsored by the American Cancer Society, it has raised more than $125 million for the fight against various forms of this disease.

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a man holding a basketball: Georgia Bulldogs guard Anthony Edwards (5) reacts after Georgia defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Stegeman Coliseum on November 20, 2019.

Hold on tight: UK season will be a roller-coaster ride, Vitale says .
Four No. 1-ranked teams in the first month of the season should send a message, longtime ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale said Wednesday. The message: No team will dominate; all teams will experience adversity. "There's no doubt in my mind you're going to have a rocky road in terms of up-and-down roller coaster," Vitale said on a teleconference. "There are a lot of good teams. But there are no dominant teams.” Vitale, who worked his first college basketball game for ESPN 40 years ago Thursday, said that label of good, if not great fits Kentucky.“This Kentucky team is going to be a good team,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt.

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