College Sports Morning Headlines-03/10/11

News from around the Texas College Scene - 03/10/11.

The Time Has Come: Take the NCAA to Court - The NCAA has taken heat recently for some questionable decisions. But will its decision on Wednesday be the proverbial tipping point?  *Editor's Note: This is a commentary piece and in no way reflects the opinion of Scout.com, Foxsports.com, or Baylor University.  Am I a conspiracy theorist? Not really.  Am I a homer for Baylor basketball? Absolutely.  But most importantly, do I think the NCAA should have thought twice before its most recent asinine decision? Yes. And I think Baylor University is just the school to lead the charge to end the insanity coming from the NCAA. It is past time to take this to the courthouse.   READ MORE

MBB Falters in First Round of Big 12 Championship - Quincy Acy had 21 points and Anthony Jones 13 for Baylor.  Cade Davis scored 24 points and Oklahoma hit short-handed Baylor with an 18-2 punch early in the first half, sending the Sooners to an 84-67 victory Wednesday in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.  The Sooners also canned nine 3-pointers and took advantage of the absence of standout freshman Perry Jones, who was declared ineligible by the NCAA just hours before tipoff in an unexpected move that angered Baylor coach Scott Drew.  "I hope no other institution, no other team, no other family and no other player has to go through what we did the last couple of hours," he said.   READ MORE







I Really Get Why Bevo ESPN Had To Happen - Tonight, after I finished screaming at my children and catching up on the Barca / Arsenal game (Messi and Iniesta seem to possess sheer genius; high level soccer needs to punt these injury-feigning poofsters – maybe 30% of the guys), I turned to the world wide web to find out what time we play Baylor tomorrow.    READ MORE

Texas women routed by A&M, await NCAA fate - Coach Gail Goestenkors says her Longhorns are NCAA tournament material, but they didn't make much of a case for themselves Wednesday.  The Longhorns, unable to navigate through fifth-ranked Texas A&M's defensive pressure, committed 31 turnovers and were pounded 77-50 in the second round of the Big 12 tournament at Municipal Auditorium. Now the Longhorns (19-13) go home and hope NCAA selection committee members lost their cable signal Wednesday, and don't examine victories and defeats too closely.   READ MORE







Aggie women's basketball team beats Longhorns again - This time, Texas A&M didn't let up.  The eighth-ranked Aggies rolled to a 77-50 victory over the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals Wednesday at Municipal Auditorium.  A&M sped to a 12-2 lead in less than four minutes and never looked back, beating its rival for the 11th straight time. The Aggies cruised to a 41-24 halftime lead on the strength of 11 steals, and the Longhorns couldn't get closer than 14 points the rest of the way.  The Aggies (26-4) will meet Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals. The 21st-ranked Sooners (21-10) beat Texas Tech 71-69 in the night's other quarterfinal matchup of Big 12 South rivals. That game was a 40-minute dogfight. The evening session's opener wasn't as the Longhorns (19-13) looked like lost puppies, especially on offense.   READ MORE

Source: Perry Jones Suspended For Remainder Of Season - Perry Jones III will not play for Baylor in Wednesday's Big 12 Tournament game.  A radio station in Kansas City is reporting that Perry Jones' suspension is related to accepting impermissible benefits, and Jason King of Yahoo says Perry Jones is suspended for the rest of the year by the NCAA.   READ MORE







Double-T Nation Daily Diatribe | 2011-03-10 - TEXAS TECH 84, MISSOURI 88.  One heck of a game and one heck of a way to go out.  A highly entertaining game, PG John Roberson was terrific, actually shot above 50% from the field, which seems like that rarely happened this year, but the rest of the team was a bit off.  Nevertheless, the team still kept pace with Missouri.  And perhaps the biggest surprise was Pat Knight in a suit.  Good times. I will fully admit that I'm somewhat glad that the season is over.  I don't remember the last time that I had become disenfranchised with a Texas Tech team, but that sorta happened to me and I didn't follow the team as close as I normally would.  I think I was just tired of writing similar things after every game.  I hate that PK and his staff lost their jobs, but I am looking forward to a transition to a new basketball coach.  I'm hopeful again.   READ MORE

Lady Raiders Fall Short Against Oklahoma, 71-69 - Monique Smalls leads Texas Tech with 15 points.  Oklahoma hung on against Texas Tech, reaching the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament with some payback in mind.  Danielle Robinson scored 19 points and Carlee Roethlisberger added 18 to lead No. 21 Oklahoma to a 71-69 victory Wednesday night to set up a meeting with Texas A&M. Last year, the Sooners (21-10) reached the tournament championship game, only to be turned back by the Aggies.  Texas A&M cruised past Texas 77-50 earlier Wednesday.  "We think A&M is a great team," Robinson said. "(Danielle) Adams has played really well against us. We're coming into the game with momentum and so are they."    READ MORE







Conference USA Tournament; Cougars fall; Owls survive
- The first day of the Conference USA basketball tournament is in the books. Here are the results from the day and the schedule for Thursday:  Houston:  Defense — The Cougars brought plenty of effort and looked like a different team than the one we've seen in recent weeks and early on, the same could be said for them on the defensive side of the floor. But as the game wore on, there were breakdowns. They weren't necessarily effort related, but they simply struggled to get stops. When Marshall guard Dago Pena came in and started firing away from long range, that would be all she wrote.  Pena hit a 3 in transition, which - even though coach James Dickey said that the Cougars didn't get over to him in time and they should have - is one you can excuse because he got to his spot quickly and fired away. But the other two were in the half-court and when you know that's a guy's primary threat, you've got to find a way to stop him.   READ MORE

No. 22 Houston Set to Open Play at C-USA Championship - The No. 22 University of Houston women's basketball team will put its school record 16-game winning streak on the line when it opens play at the 2011 Buick Conference USA Championship at 8:30 p.m. CT Thursday evening against UTEP.  Houston (25-4, 16-0) will look to become the first team in C-USA history to go undefeated through both the league's regular season and tournament. The Cougars are 9-13 all-time in the C-USA Championship dating back to 1997.  For the second-consecutive year, the Cougars will open play at the C-USA Championship against UTEP after the Miners cruised past SMU by a score of 75-57 on Wednesday night.   READ MORE







Owls Beat SMU; Advance at C-USA Championship - Kazemi scores 24 points, grabs 13 rebounds for 18th double-double.  Rice University sophomore forward Arsalan Kazemi scored 24 points, and in snaring his 13th rebound of the game, helped the Owls secure a 58-57 win over SMU during the first round of the 2011 Buick Conference USA Basketball Championship Wednesday night.  Rice (14-17) advances to play No. 2 seed Tulsa (18-12) Thursday night at approximately 9 p.m. Central during the quarterfinal round of the post-season championship. The victor will play the winner of the Marshall/UTEP game in the tournament's semifinals on Friday.  Rice scored the first 11 points of the second half, building a 38-27 lead. The early run began with a three-point play by Tamir Jackson who also knocked down a three-pointer during the rally.   READ MORE

Rice Faces No. 6 Seed Memphis on Thursday - Game Time at at 3:30 p.m. (CT).  The No 3 seed Rice Owls women's basketball team (18-12, 10-6) takes on Memphis (20-11, 8-8) in the second round of the 2011 Buick Conference USA Championship in El Paso, Texas. Game time is slated for 3:30 p.m. (Central) inside Memorial Gymnasium on the UTEP campus.  Memphis, the No. 6 seed, advances to the second round after defeating No. 11 seed Southern Miss 71-63. The Owls, with a No. 3 seed, had a first round bye.   READ MORE







Mustangs Drop Tournament Opener to Rice, 58-57 - Papa Dia leads SMU with 22 points and 15 boards.  Arsalan Kazemi had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and Rice held off SMU in the final moments for a 58-57 victory in the first round of the Conference USA tournament on Wednesday night.  Connor Frizzelle had 12 points and Tamir Jackson 11 for the 10th-seeded Owls (14-17), who advance to play No. 2 seed Tulsa in a quarterfinal contest on Thursday.   READ MORE

Elliott's Double-Double Not Enough For SMU Against UTEP - Elliott scored 18 points with 10 rebounds in 75-57 loss in C-USA Tournament.  SMU's Christine Elliott led all scorers with 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, but ninth-seeded UTEP knocked down nine 3-pointers to take a 75-57 win in the first round of the 2011 Buick Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship over eighth-seeded SMU Wednesday night at Memorial Gym.  Trailing by as many as 14 in the opening stanza, the Mustangs rallied back to cut the deficit to five at the break. SMU whittled the UTEP advantage down to a pair at 33-31 with 17:57 left to play, but the Miners used a 21-5 rally over the next 6:18 to thwart any talks of a Pony's comeback.  With the win, UTEP improves to 16-13 on the year and advances to take on regular-season C-USA champion Houston in Thursday's quarterfinals. SMU, meanwhile, concludes its 2010-11 season at 14-16.   READ MORE







WBB:  Mustangs Corralled by Miners, 75-57 - The Miners needed to establish a presence early in order to maintain the momentum they had build over the last couple games, and that’s exactly what they did. UTEP took the floor and looked inspired and appeared to just have fun.  The Miners crushed SMU, 75-57, Wednesday night in historic Memorial Gym in the opening round of the 2011 Conference USA Championship Tournament. Junior guard Gloria Brown was UTEP’s top performer and earned a double-double as she scored 17 points and nabbed 11 rebounds.   READ MORE

UTEP Stomps SMU, 75-57, To Advance To C-USA Quarterfinals - Miners Post Largest Conference Tournament Victory In Program History.  UTEP bolted out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back on the way to throttling eighth-seed SMU, 75-57, in its opening-round game of the 2011 Buick Conference USA Championships inside historic Memorial Gym Wednesday evening.  It marks the largest margin of victory in a league tournament in school history for the ninth-seeded Miners (16-13, 7-9 C-USA), who advance into the quarterfinals to take on top-seeded and No. 22 Houston at 7:30 p.m. MST Thursday. The Mustangs conclude their 2010-11 season at 14-16.  Four Miners reached double digits in scoring, with 2011 C-USA Newcomer and Sixth Player of the year Gloria Brown and freshman forward Kayla Thornton sharing top honors with 17 points each. Junior guard Dietra Caldwell pitched in 16 points, including 12 via the triple, while freshman Kelli Willingham impressed with 15 points and seven assists.   READ MORE







TCU Ends Slide in MWC Tourney vs. Wyoming - Frogs advance to play No. 1 seed BYU Thursday at Noon PT.  Senior guard Greg Hill scored a game-high 18 points Wednesday to lead TCU to a 70-61 victory over eighth-seeded Wyoming in the opening round of the 2011 Conoco Mountain West Conference Championship at the Thomas & Mack Center.  The victory, the Horned Frogs’ first since a Jan. 12 home win over the Cowboys, snapped a 13-game losing streak. The squad improved to 11-21 overall this season, while Wyoming dropped to 10-21.  TCU, the bracket’s No. 9 seed, built a double-digit first-half lead that turned into a one-point Wyoming edge midway through the second half. A layup by Cowboy guard Joe Hudson following a Frog turnover gave the squad a 42-41 lead with 13:26 remaining, but the Frogs responded with a 9-0 run and never looked back. Hill hit one of his three second-half 3-pointers to put TCU back on top for good.   READ MORE

Frogs 4 wins from the Big Dance - It seems odd and desperately, depressingly optimistic to make that point. But while we're at it, why not point out that this team, currently riding a 13-game losing streak, is just 10 wins away from the program's first national championship?  Maybe I'm just using this to make a statement on the difference between college basketball and college football. Jim Christian's Frogs have won 3 less games than Gary Patterson's, yet will be given a chance to play their way to the title starting today against Wyoming at 4:00pm in the play-in game of the MWC Tournament in Las Vegas.   READ MORE







Something to watch in UNT's efforts to keep Jones - It's not a big surprise, but Johnny Jones name has started to come up in connection with a few openings out there in the coaching world.  Texas Tech for one.  UNT will renegotiate Jones' deal again in an effort to keep him.  Don't be surprised if part of the deal won't be to increase the salaries of the rest of the staff.  UNT just threw $1.19 million at assistant coaches to try and fix the fiasco that has been the school's football program the last four years.  It was the right thing to do.   READ MORE

North Texas Falls In Doubleheader - The Missouri State softball team snapped the Mean Green's five-game winning streak with a doubleheader sweep on Wednesday afternoon at Lovelace Stadium. North Texas lost by scores of 1-0 and 8-5.  The Mean Green falls to 11-8 overall, while the Bears improve to 5-6. Missouri State leads the series against North Texas, 4-1.  North Texas was hurt by six errors in the combined two games. Only three of the nine runs scored against the Mean Green were earned.   READ MORE







Ryan White Nets Career-High 26 Points to Lead Texas State to Semifinals of SLC Tournament - Fourth-seeded Texas State would not go down easy as it beat fifth-seeded Southeastern Louisiana tonight in the quarterfinals of the 2011 State Farm Southland Conference Tournament, 72-68, to earn a trip to the semifinals. The Bobcats will face top seeded McNeese State tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas.  Tonight was all Ryan White as he scored a career-high 26 points (8-for-8 FT) to lead Texas State to the semifinals of the conference tournament for the first time since 2003. Tony Bishop was another dominant force on the court as the forward had 18 points (8-for-8 FT) and six rebounds, while Cameron Johnson added 14 points, seven boards and four steals.   READ MORE

Franchione To Appear On AM 1250 The Zone In San Antonio On Wednesday At 1:00 p.m. - Texas State's head coach will join host Paul Alexander.  Texas State football fans in the San Antonio area can listen to new head coach Dennis Franchione on AM 1250 The Zone this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Franchione will join host Paul Alexander on the show.  Franchione returned to Texas State as head coach in January. He compiled a 13-9 record in two seasons at Texas State in 1990-91 and returns to the collegiate coaching ranks after compiling a 187-101-2 overall career record and leading his teams to nine conference championships and one divisional title in his 25 seasons as a head coach.   READ MORE






UTSA, Sam Houston State to meet for third time this season in Southland Tournament semifinals - Fresh off a thrilling 97-96 come-from-behind victory against second seed Northwestern State on Wednesday, No. 7 seed UTSA (17-13) will face third-seeded Sam Houston State (18-12) for the third time this season in Thursday's State Farm Southland Conference Tournament semifinals. Tip is set for 6 p.m. at the Merrell Center in Katy. The winner will advance to the championship game, which is slated for 3 p.m. on Saturday.   READ MORE

Gibson triple-double leads UTSA to thrilling 97-96 victory on Wednesday - Senior Devin Gibson registered his NCAA-leading second triple-double of the season to help seventh-seeded UTSA rally from a 14-point, second-half deficit and score a thrilling 97-96 victory against No. 2 seed Northwestern State in Wednesday's opening quarterfinal of the State Farm Southland Conference Tournament.  The Roadrunners (17-13) trailed 81-67 with seven minutes and 40 seconds to play at the Merrell Center, but they rallied to move into the semifinals for the second time in the past three seasons.  Down by one with less than 10 seconds to play, Gibson — who finished the contest with a career-high 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists — found freshman Jeromie Hill all alone under the basket for a slam dunk with two seconds left to complete the frantic comeback, as well as the triple-double, which sent the Demons (18-14) home.   READ MORE




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