Tag:Florida
Posted on: March 31, 2011 5:11 pm
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Source: Wyoming hires Florida assistant

Florida assistant Larry Shyatt has reached a deal to become Wyoming's next men's basketball coach, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday.

CBSSports.com reported Wednesday that Shyatt had interviewed with Wyoming officials and was expected to be named the head coach within 48 hours. This will be Shyatt's second stint as head coach of the Cowboys. He led the school to a 19-9 record in the 1997-98 season, then took the Clemson job when Rick Barnes left the ACC for Texas. Shyatt was the head coach at Clemson from 1998 to 2003. He had been on Billy Donovan's staff since 2004 and was instrumental in Florida's back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007.

Wyoming fired Heath Schroyer last month.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Source: Shyatt interviewing with Wyoming

Florida assistant Larry Shyatt is interviewing with Wyoming and could be introduced as the Cowboys' next head coach in the next 48 hours, a source told CBSSports.com on Wednesday.

Assuming Shyatt gets the job, it'll be his second stint as head coach of the Cowboys. He led the school to a 19-9 record in the 1997-98 season, then took the Clemson job when Rick Barnes left the ACC for Texas. Shyatt was the head coach at Clemson from 1998 to 2003.  He's been on Billy Donovan's staff since 2004 and was instrumental in Florida's back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007.

Wyoming fired Heath Schroyer last month.
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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Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:44 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 7:53 pm
 

The Poll Attacks

Alabama got zero votes in last week's Coaches poll. Then the Crimson Tide barely beat Auburn, lost to Ole Miss and ... got six points in the Coaches poll. Not sure how that happens. But it sure does make the Poll Attacks simple.

(Details of AP ballots courtesy of PollSpeak.com.)

Associated Press poll:
Florida is 22-6 overall, 11-3 in the SEC, ranked 14th in the AP poll, 14th in the Coaches poll and 16th in the Top 25 (and one). The Gators are 4-2 against top-25 RPI schools, 9-2 against top-50 RPI schools, 13-3 against top-100 RPI schools and in possession of a two-game lead in the SEC East.

And yet Izzy Gould from The Birmingham News left them off his AP ballot.

But he's got Kentucky 15th and Vanderbilt 21st.

Which means he ranked two SEC East schools -- and neither of them are SEC East-leading Florida.

Beyond that, he ranked Virginia Tech 24th.

Which means he ranked a Virginia Tech team that's 1-3 against top-25 RPI schools, 2-5 against top-50 RPI schools and 7-5 against top-100 RPI schools, but didn't rank a Florida team that's 4-2 against top-25 RPI schools, 9-2 against top-50 RPI schools and 13-3 against top-100 RPI schools. Needless to say, Izzy was blown away by the Hokies' win over Duke. I mean, really, really, really blown away. Most impressive thing he's ever seen, apparently.

Coaches poll: If the NCAA tournament started today -- and it doesn't, so relax -- Alabama might sneak in as an at-large. Or it might not. The point is that it would be close, and if you're that close to missing the NCAA tournament in late February then you probably shouldn't be getting votes for a Top 25 poll ... especially when you're coming off a loss to Ole Miss.

Still, Alabama got six points in Monday's coaches poll.

And that's not even the strangest part.

The strangest part is that the Crimson Tide got zero points in last week's poll when they were 18-8 overall, 10-2 in the SEC. Then they barely beat Auburn and lost to Ole Miss, and somehow that convinced coaches to vote for them. Strange. Bottom line, Alabama shouldn't have been on anybody's ballot last week or this week, but it's impossible to omit the Crimson Tide last week and add them this week. And by impossible, I mean idiotic and inexplicable.

Posted on: February 27, 2011 4:55 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 5:50 pm
 

If I had to project the field right now ...

... here's how my top four lines would look:

No. 1 seeds: Ohio State, Kansas, Pittsburgh, BYU
No. 2 seeds: Notre Dame, Duke, Purdue, Texas
No. 3 seeds: San Diego State, Wisconsin, Louisville, Syracuse
No. 4 seeds: St. John's, Connecticut, North Carolina, Florida
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2011 1:21 pm
 

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Posted on: February 7, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Duke lands another elite recruit

Alex Murphy ended his recruitment Monday when he committed to Mike Krzyzewski's Duke Blue Devils.

"The whole process was fun, but, like everybody says, when you get it off your chest ... it’s just nice to know everything is set in stone," Murphy told Scout.com. "Like I said, it just feels good."

Murphy -- the younger brother of Florida's Erik Murphy -- is a standout in the Class of 2012, though it's possible he could graduate early and enroll at Duke in time for next season. The 6-foot-8 forward from Massachusetts told Scout.com that decision will be made later.

"I’m going to focus on my high school season and finish it out strong and hopefully win a championship," Murphy said. "The 2011 and 2012 thing will be something discussed with my family sometime in the spring and after the season."

Scout.com and Rivals.com both rank Murphy as the No. 11 prospect in the Class of 2012.

He accepted an offer from Duke while rejecting offers from Florida, North Carolina, Kansas and many others.
 
 
 
 
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