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Sport John Clay: Maybe there just isn't a No. 1 team in college basketball this season

01:40  12 december  2019
01:40  12 december  2019 Source:   kentucky.com

Iowa tops No. 12 Texas Tech 72-61 at Vegas Invitational

  Iowa tops No. 12 Texas Tech 72-61 at Vegas Invitational Iowa held off No. 12 Texas Tech 72-61 on Thursday in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational. Iowa (5-1) will play in the championship game Friday night against San Diego State or Creighton.BOX SCORE: IOWA 72, NO. 12 TEXAS TECH 61Joe Wieskamp had 16 points and six rebounds for the Hawkeyes, and CJ Fredrick scored 10. His 3-pointer off a broken play as the shot clock expired put Iowa up 64-59 with 1:29 left. He followed that up with two free throws with 1:07 remaining to put it away.

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This season, pity the cursed who are No. 1 in the AP college basketball poll.

  John Clay: Maybe there just isn't a No. 1 team in college basketball this season © AP Photo/Kathy Willens

— Michigan State was preseason No. 1. Until the Spartans lost to Kentucky. UK became No. 1. Until the Wildcats lost to Evansville. Duke became No. 1. Until the Blue Devils lost to Stephen F. Austin. Louisville became No. 1. Until the Cardinals lost Tuesday night to Texas Tech.

All four could return to the top line before the season is complete. The door will revolve. NBA dreams continue to water down college teams. If recent trends continue, those with just a few veterans appear to be in better position to survive the long haul.

USC reportedly 'steamed' that 'inaccurate' news of Clay Helton's eventual firing surfaced

  USC reportedly 'steamed' that 'inaccurate' news of Clay Helton's eventual firing surfaced Time will tell if Helton is, in fact, done at USC. But for now, the university is at the least upset that this fire was stoked before it was ready to deal with it. Related slideshow: Best of college football season (Provided by imagn)

College basketball picks: Does being (or beating) No . 1 matter? For Arizona as indeed for college basketball as a whole, this is a period of uncertainty the likes of which we have Kind of like Wichita State this season . The Shockers have all five starters back (or will, when they get healthy ) from a

FAVORITE: Duke is the No . 1 team in college basketball right now. I think that means the are the favorite to win this event. This will be their toughest test of the young season , and they get a talented-but-enigmatic Georgetown team in the opener with a shot to make a statement against Duke

— After Louisville, Maryland and Butler lost Tuesday night, five undefeated teams remained before Wednesday night play. The Fab Five: Liberty (11-0), San Diego State (10-0), Ohio State (9-0), Auburn (8-0) and Duquesne (8-0).

— Likely new AP No. 1 Ohio State has two games before it plays Kentucky in Las Vegas on Dec. 21. The Buckeyes are at Minnesota on Sunday, then play host to Southeast Missouri State next Tuesday.

— Terrible news out of Bowling Green concerning Charles Bassey. The Hilltoppers’ sophomore star is out for the season with a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg. A five-star recruit and possible first-round NBA draft pick, Bassey was averaging 15.3 points and 9.2 rebounds for 7-3 WKU.

— Early College Football Playoff Predictions: LSU over Oklahoma in a Peach Bowl romp before Lincoln Riley becomes head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Ohio State edges Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Then Joe Burrow beats his old team in the national title game.

Clay Helton remains USC's football coach — for now

  Clay Helton remains USC's football coach — for now Clay Helton remains USC's head football coach for now, in spite of a report suggesting otherwise. Multiple people familiar with the situation confirmed to The Times that no decision has yet been made on the embattled Trojans coach. But the fact that Helton's status has yet to change, following the official conclusion of the regular season on Saturday, does not mean that Helton is officially safe. A report from Sports Illustrated on Sunday morning first suggested that Helton had already been fired. But that report has since been refuted by USC, as well as by other outlets, including another reporter from Sports Illustrated.

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No Events at this time. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TALKCBT Select Team . After seeing Michigan State, Kentucky and Duke lose as the No . 1 team in the country, I feel like a man that has According to the indefatigable Jordan Sperber, there have been just six games this season where a KenPom

— Don’t expect exemplary 3-point shooting when Kentucky plays Georgia Tech on Saturday in Rupp Arena. Each team is making 29% of its 3-point attempts.

— Don’t expect even good free-throw shooting from Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are shooting 58.6% at the foul line. That ranks 340th out of 353 Division I teams.

— Saturday’s Tennessee-Memphis basketball game in Knoxville should be fun. It’s the second of a three-game series. The first ended with Tennessee’s Rick Barnes and Memphis’ Penny Hardaway sparring in their respective postgame press conference. The teams play next season in Nashville. After that? “I don’t know where it goes from here,” Barnes said this week.

— Not sure you can overestimate the contribution Dean Hood made to Mark Stoops’ UK football staff. The former Eastern Kentucky head coach coached the outside linebackers and then safeties. He guided the special teams, which included recruiting All-SEC punter Max Duffy. Hood was a smart Stoops hire and, if reports are correct, a good choice by former UK associate AD Kevin Saul as the new head coach at Murray State.

Source: Clay Helton to return at USC for the 2020 season

  Source: Clay Helton to return at USC for the 2020 season Source: Clay Helton to return at USC for the 2020 seasonAccording to a memo obtained by Yahoo Sports, Bohn explained the rationale behind his decision for Helton to “continue to be our head coach.” The letter stated: “Heading into 2020, Coach Helton and I will work together to take a hard look at all aspects of the football enterprise and will make the tough decisions necessary to compete at a championship level.

These are the best wings in college basketball . 9. Trevon Blueitt, Xavier: Edmond Sumner is the guy that has been getting all the hype this season , which is why it may surprise you to Gillespie saw the floor enough, though, for some college recruiters to pay attention – just not at the Division I level.

This season college basketball lacks a recognizable face of the sport. John should go 45-0 with that talent." Another team , in the truest sense of the word, can be found in Madison, Wis Though no freshman is garnering as much attention as Wiggins, Parker or Kentucky's Julius Randle did -- hype

— Name the award and Lynn Bowden is deserving. He might not be the most deserving, but he’s deserving.

— To these eyes, UK’s future quarterback situation sits up nicely. Terry Wilson and Sawyer Smith are seniors in 2020. Walker Wood and Amani Gilmore figure in the mix. Joey Gatewood, the Auburn transfer, and Beau Allen, a true freshman, will redshirt.

— Gatewood, a top-50 recruit, transferred to UK from Auburn. Kelvin Joseph, a top-50 recruit as a defensive back, transferred to UK from LSU. Those types to things used to not happen here.

After last Saturday’s conference championship games, Kentucky moved up one spot from 20th to 19th nationally in total defense. Last year, Kentucky ended up 23rd nationally in total defense.

— There is a lot of talk about new coaching hires. There’s not much talk about Arkansas picking ex-Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman as its new head coach. Pittman might turn out be one of the best. Former Arkansas assistant. Reputation as an excellent coach. And even better recruiter.

— By the way, a new coaching hire winning the press conference is the most overrated thing in all of sports.

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John Clay: We all love college basketball, but the game is teetering toward unwatchable .
After North Carolina and UCLA fumbled and bumbled their way through 40 turnovers, 66 missed shots, 21 missed free throws and 46 personal fouls in the CBS Sports (Non) Classic on Saturday, a media friend offered the perfect summation. "I'm just glad Dean Smith and John Wooden were not alive to see that," he said. The same would hold true for this entire college basketball season, so far.It’s a bad product right now, people. I know we love our college basketball around here. I know we love the competition and the tradition and the athleticism and all that. I know we still watch — or at least I do — and will continue to do so.

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