Tag:Arizona
Posted on: May 16, 2011 9:29 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Jones transferring out of Arizona program

Arizona sophomore Lamont "MoMo" Jones is transferring out of the Wildcats program.

Multiple outlets in Arizona reported the news Monday night.

The 6-foot point guard averaged 9.7 points last season and helped the Wildcats reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. The reason behind Jones' decision is unclear, but it's worth noting that Sean Miller is about to enroll a heralded recruiting class headlined by Josiah Turner, a 6-3 point guard many expected to take Jones' starting job next season. Turner is widely considered to be among the top three point guards in the Class of 2011.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 7, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Source: Maryland likely to offer Arizona's Miller

Sean Miller is expected to meet with Maryland officials later today and, formally or informally, be offered the opportunity to succeed Gary Williams as the Terrapins' basketball coach, a source has told CBSSports.com. The source added that any report suggesting Miller has already accepted the Maryland job is "premature."

Miller just finished his second season at Arizona by winning the Pac-10 and taking the Wildcats to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. He's losing Derrick Williams from that roster but would still have a team talented enough to be ranked in the preseason Top 25 if he stayed at Arizona. Still, the Maryland job is too good to ignore -- especially for a Pittsburgh native and former ACC assistant whose family reportedly wouldn't mind returning East. So that's why Miller agreed to meet with Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, and it's why most believe he's leaning toward accepting the job before the end of the weekend barring an unexpected development. In that case, Arizona would be looking for its fifth coach in sixth years and the usual candidates -- among them Memphis' Josh Pastner, an Arizona graduate -- would probably at least be approached in some form.

Williams retired from Maryland after 22 seasons last Thursday.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 6, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Report: Maryland AD to meet with Arizona's Miller

Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson is expected to soon meet with Arizona's Sean Miller about succeeding Gary Williams as the Terrapins' basketball coach, the Washington Post reported Friday. The paper added that there is "mutual interest" between the two sides.

Miller just finished his second season at Arizona by winning the Pac-10 and taking the Wildcats to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. He's losing Derrick Williams from that roster but should still have a team talented enough to be ranked in the preseason Top 25, which might make it tough to leave now. Still, the Maryland job is too good to ignore -- especially for a Pittsburgh native and former ACC assistant. So Miller will listen and consider coaching at a third school in a span of four years. He was at Xavier before moving to Arizona.

Notre Dame's Mike Brey is another serious candidate for the Maryland job.

According to sources, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon and Villanova's Jay Wright are likely uninterested.

Williams retired Thursday after 22 seasons at the school.

He led Maryland to 14 NCAA tournaments and the 2002 national championship.
Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:51 am
Edited on: May 6, 2011 8:59 am
 

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Maryland's search for Gary Williams' successor is underway and figures to center on some of the men connected to most high-profile openings over the past few years -- specifically Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Arizona's Sean Miller and Villanova's Jay Wright, multiple sources have told CBSSports.com.

Notre Dame's Mike Brey is also in the mix.

Brey is a Maryland native who would almost certainly take the job if offered, according to a source. But the same source said Dixon, Miller and Wright would probably have to make it clear to Maryland officials that they're uninterested before the ACC school moved that direction. The level of interest from Dixon, Miller and Wright varies and is unclear, though all three would at least take a phone call and listen, multiple sources told CBSSports.com, considering the Maryland job is widely viewed as one of the nation's best because of tradition, support and a rich recruiting base of Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

One thing worth noting is that Dixon has an existing and strong relationship with first-year Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, who was previously the AD at Army when Dixon's sister, Maggie Dixon, was the school's women's basketball coach. She died from heart failure in April 2006 at the age of 28 just after completing her first season at Army. It should also be noted that Dixon has in recent years rejected multiple overtures to remain at Pittsburgh (most notably from Arizona, Southern California and North Carolina State), that Miller likely has a preseason top 20 team at Arizona and that Wright is a Philadelphia native who has passed on countless opportunities over the past five years. Those things could help the job fall to Brey or somebody like Minnesota's Tubby Smith or VCU's Shaka Smart.

Williams retired Thursday after 22 seasons at the school.

He led Maryland to 14 NCAA tournaments and the 2002 national championship.
Posted on: April 13, 2011 7:01 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Arizona's Williams entering draft with agent

Arizona sophomore Derrick Williams will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft with an agent, the school announced Wednesday.

"I have enjoyed my two years at Arizona both on and off the court," Williams said. "I want to thank my teammates, who are like brothers to me, my coaches and all Wildcat Fans for making my experience an unforgettable one."

Williams averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds while leading Arizona to the Elite Eight.

The 6-foot-8 forward could be the No. 1 pick.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 2, 2011 11:14 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Source: Dayton hires Arizona assistant

Arizona assitant Archie Miller will be Dayton's next head coach, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com late Saturday.

An official announcement is expected Sunday.

Miller is the younger brother of Arizona coach Sean Miller. The N.C. State graduate has also worked under Herb Sendek at Arizona State and Thad Matta at Ohio State. He's 32 years old.

Miller is replacing Brian Gregory.

Gregory left Dayton to be the head coach at Georgia Tech.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:14 am
Edited on: March 25, 2011 10:36 am
 

From unranked in January to the Elite Eight

NEW ORLEANS -- Two of the following four schools will make the Final Four:
  • Connecticut
  • Arizona
  • Butler
  • Florida
That's the result of a wild Thursday night of college basketball that featured underdogs winning three of four Sweet 16 games. Nevermind what the upsets did to your bracket (or, if you're a gambler, bank account). The wildest thing is how it opened doors for teams that just two months ago didn't figure to accomplish much. The West Regional final features a No. 3 seed (Connecticut) against a No. 5 seed (Arizona) while the Southeast Regional final features a No. 2 seed (Florida) against a No. 8 seed (Butler). Three of those four teams were unranked on Jan. 17, but two of them are now guaranteed to play in Houston next weekend.

Meantime, five of the teams ranked in the top six of the preseason AP poll are done.

Duke included.

So I can't help but wonder what's next.

Richmond over Kansas?

Marquette over North Carolina?

VCU vs. Butler in the Final Four?

All of those things seem improbable.

But nights like Thursday night have a way of making unrealistic scenarios seem possible.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:09 am
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