Thursday, May 24, 2018
Basketball: College

Basketball: College

March Madness 2016: Ranking Conference Tournament Sites

March Madness kicks off from coast to coast this week with league men’s basketball tournaments. These might be the better option for travel and viewing than heading to the big show later this month--more teams, better chances for your team to win, cheaper/more intimate venues. We’ve ranked every conference tournament location by desirability. Written by Kyle Magin 1) Home sites--America East,...

2017 NBA Finals Game 1: An homage to Magic and Bird

For the most part, Game 1 was called like a pre-hand-check-era tilt. And the performances to ensue spoke volumes. By Andrew J. Pridgen I stayed up too late Thursday night enjoying what was likely my double-digit viewing of Bird and Magic: A Courtship of Rivals on HBO. It was one of those I-was-about-to-go-to-bed-doing-one-last-flip-through-and-it-was-just-starting moments. I’m regretting the decision this morning but...

How Oregon can beat North Carolina

It's time to call on the ghost of Bill Bowerman and his epicurean analogies. By Andrew J. Pridgen Rooting against North Carolina is a bit like hating on your friend who’s got the perfect home with the granite slab counters and the double vanity and the real wood, not laminate floors, the Photoshopped spouse, the overperforming children, the on-time Christmas card,...

Gavin Newsom’s call on California’s public colleges and universities to review athletic departments should merely be the beginning of higher education reform

Newsom’s mandate after NCAA sanctions hit a state school for academic fraud is the right move. But UC and CSU needs to recognize major flaws extend far beyond the court, field and classroom. By Andrew J. Pridgen As California takes on the responsibilities of becoming an emerging rogue state, Sacramento should not overlook the need for a wholesale review of...

How new North Carolina legislation to penalize public universities and the ACC for supporting LGBTQ rights would backfire against the bigoted lawmakers themselves

New North Carolina legislation threatens to kick North Carolina and NC State out of the ACC if the schools decide to act humanely against anti-LGBTQ law. By Andrew J. Pridgen North Carolina legislators—just happy to be gerrymandered into power in order to more systematically roll back progress, humility, humanity and protections for marginalized individuals they’re allegedly appointed to represent as...

Denzel Valentine is Incomparable–Seriously, Don’t Try

Moving on to college hoops, this season's biggest story is Michigan State's senior point-forward-heir-to-the-throne Denzel Valentine. What's about to unfold over the next 90 days is a showcase of Valentine—both prototypical and atypical in comparison to the Spartan greats.  Written by Kyle Magin Denzel Valentine is a poor man’s Draymond Green and a soul-crushingly, Kirkland socks darning-ly broke man’s Magic Johnson. That’s...

How Oregon can beat Kansas

It all comes down to one thing…you stick to that and everything else don’t mean shieeet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k1uOqRb0HU By Andrew J. Pridgen Oregon men’s basketball following its 1939 national championship spent decades mired in the bottom half of its conference. Once in awhile the Ducks pulled home upsets in the cozy and creaky confines of McArthur Court (next to the rapey campus...

16 boring facts about the most boring Sweet 16 ever

...and no, the fact that games are being played in Anaheim isn't even one of 'em.  By Andrew J. Pridgen It’s OK to uncrumple your bracket now. Even if Middle Tennessee and Stephen F. Austin and Northern Iowa aren’t done giving you night sweats, they’ve been vanquished and in their place, a bunch of favorites, a bunch of teams used to...

An Inside Out look at the gambler’s mind during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament

It’s time for DPB’s 2016 Guide to March Madness in Vegas. In previous iterations, we’ve introduced you to the (short-term) locals and taught you how to handle your shit during the biggest gambling holiday of the year. For the third annual edition, we’re taking you deep into the mind of a gambler when the stakes are at their highest. Written...

The Imperiousness of the NCAA

It's time to root for the amateurs to get paid like professionals. By Kyle Magin I felt a tiny, cheap thrill when I heard the University of Texas basketball program is under NCAA investigation for academic fraud. A caveman emotion—suppressed like the urge to laugh when somebody gets kicked in the nuts or a cop steps in shit when he’s trying to...