Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:52 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 4:05 pm

Source: Painter staying at Purdue

Matt Painter has rejected a contract offer from Missouri and decided to remain at Purdue thanks to a new and extended contract that has been agreed upon in principle, a source told CBSSports.com on Wednesday.

An official announcement is expected soon.

Painter's decision to remain at his alma mater ends a wild few days on the coaching carousel during which Purdue and Missouri both made very public pleas -- Purdue to try to keep him, Missouri to try to take him -- for the man who has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year in three of the past four seasons. Despite those honors -- and five straight NCAA tournament appearances -- Purdue had been paying Painter only $1.3 million annually. That number ranks eighth in the Big Ten and is among the reasons Missouri believed he could be lured from the place where he was tabbed as Gene Keady's replacement before Keady retired in 2005.

Details of Painter's new deal are unclear, but he will receive a significant raise. His staff will also receive notable pay increases and be afforded a budget to operate like a true high-major program, something that was never the case in Painter's first six seasons with the Boilermakers.

Missouri's search for a new coach will now move on to secondary candidates.

Mike Anderson left Missouri for Arkansas last week.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 29, 2011 2:19 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 3:01 pm

Source: Memphis and Pastner agree to extension

Memphis officials have reached a deal on a five-year contract extension for men's basketball coach Josh Pastner, a source told CBSSports.com early Tuesday.

The school subsequently confirmed the CBSSports.com report.

Pastner's new contract is worth $1.7 million annually.

"We are delighted that Coach Pastner has accepted our contract offer and will remain as our basketball coach for years to come,” said Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson. “He is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting young coaches in the country, and we anticipate continued growth for our basketball program."

Pastner had been linked to openings at N.C. State, Missouri and Oklahoma in recent days. He just took Memphis to the NCAA tournament and should return a preseason Top 25 team next season headlined by Will Barton, Joe Jackson, Tarik Black and incoming freshman Adonis Thomas, a McDonald's All-American from Melrose High in Memphis

"I have stated numerous times that the Memphis basketball job is one of the top five jobs in the country,” Pastner said. “I am most appreciative of the opportunity and understand the responsibility I was presented by R.C. Johnson to coach this team. We have everything we need to be successful and build championship caliber teams. From a modern arena, to a great practice facility, to one of the strongest fan bases in the nation, to an outstanding recruiting area, Tiger basketball is one of the top five programs in the country and should always remain at that elite level."

Pastner is 49-20 in two years with the Tigers.

He replaced John Calipari in April 2009.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 28, 2011 1:45 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2011 4:10 pm

Report: Painter to meet with Missouri officials

Purdue coach Matt Painter will meet with Missouri officials over the next 48 hours about the school's vacant head coaching position, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

It is believed that Missouri could offer Painter a contract worth more than $2 million annually. Purdue only pays Painter around $1.3 million a year -- though he'll make around $1.9 million this year because of bonuses earned during this 25-win season, according to the Indianapolis Star. Still, Painter's base salary ranks in the bottom half of the Big Ten.

"Matt wants a situation where he will be able to make a run for a national championship," former Purdue coach Gene Keady told CBSSports.com on Monday. "The administration here has to step up and help him."

That said, Keady added this: "I think he'll stay."

Painter has led Purdue to five straight NCAA tournament appearances and two Sweet 16s in six total seasons. Purdue has finished in the top two of the Big Ten in each of the past four seasons.

Missouri is looking for a coach to replace Mike Anderson.

Anderson left for Arkansas last week.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 23, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 5:38 pm

Source: Anderson headed back to Arkansas

Mike Anderson has agreed in principle to leave Missouri and become the next men's basketball coach at Arkansas, a source told CBSSports.com on Wednesday.

An official announcement is expected soon.

Anderson was heavily involved in the Arkansas search over the weekend -- so much so that a source told CBSSports.com late Saturday that the two sides were close to reaching an agreement. Discussions continued Monday despite a report from ESPN.com that stated Anderson had already decided to remain at Missouri. Everything intensified Tuesday and Wednesday, at which point Arkansas secured a commitment from Anderson -- the man who assisted Nolan Richardson for 17 seasons in Fayetteville before landing his first head coaching job at UAB.

Anderson coached Missouri for five seasons.

He made the NCAA tournament each of the past three years.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 7, 2011 11:53 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 12:10 am

That's what a No. 1 seed looks like

Did you see that Monday night?

Did you see what Kansas did to Missouri and what Pittsburgh did to West Virginia? I hope you did. Because if you did you'll understand why both schools are probably headed toward No. 1 seeds in next month's NCAA tournament, and why both programs are basketball powers that won't disappear as long as Jamie Dixon and Bil Self are in charge.

Kansas beat Missouri even though its top prospect, Josh Selby, is sidelined with a foot injury.

Pittsburgh won at West Virginia even though its leading scorer, Ashton Gibbs, is sidelined with an MCL injury.

A team playing without a key player typically struggles, at least against a quality opponent (and especially on the road). But the No. 2 Jayhawks looked unbelievably sharp in a 103-86 win over No. 19 Missouri, and the No. 4 Panthers were just as tough as ever -- and way tougher than the Mountaineers -- in a 71-66 win at No. 25 West Virginia. It was impressive stuff and a testament to Self and Dixon's ability to plug reserves (like Mario Little) into key roles and continue without really missing a step.

No Selby?

No problem.

No Gibbs?

No problem.

Kansas and Pittsburgh both turned in the type of performances that enhance the opinions of believers and convert any remaining skeptics. More important, they each added another quality win to their bodies of work -- the type of quality win that figures to help them earn No. 1 seeds on Selection Sunday.
Posted on: January 8, 2011 7:28 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2011 7:32 pm

Life on the road isn't easy, even for good teams

A Saturday schedule with just one game between ranked schools seemed boring on the surface.

That's why I stayed home this weekend.

If only No. 9 Missouri, No. 10 Kentucky, No. 17 Kansas State, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 19 UCF and No. 22 Vanderbilt could've done the same. Maybe then they wouldn't be six ranked teams that just endured losses to unranked teams in hostile environments. Yes, it was one of those days in college basketball. Every time I flipped the channel some ranked team was going down on the road. The result was an afternoon of court-stormings, and Sunday night's Top 25 (and one) is sure to be a shuffled mess.

For those who missed it, here you go:
  • Colorado 89, No. 9 Missouri 76
  • Georgia 77, No. 10 Kentucky 70
  • Oklahoma State 76, No. 17 Kansas State 62
  • Penn State 66, No. 18 Michigan State 62
  • Houston 76, No. 19 UCF 71
  • South Carolina 83, No. 22 Vanderbilt 75 (OT)
Georgia is the only unranked team of that bunch that'll likely break into the updated rankings, so let's not pretend this is the day that validates Penn State, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Houston or South Carolina. Yes, Colorado (12-4) and Oklahoma State (13-2) are both solid. But Saturday's results say less about them than they say about how difficult it is, even for nationally ranked teams, to go on the road and win in conference play.

(Worth noting: No. 4 Syracuse nearly lost Saturday at Seton Hall, and Seton Hall is 7-9.)

No. 6 San Diego State, No. 13 Georgetown and No. 20 Illinois are among the ranked teams on the road against unranked teams next Saturday. My advice: Don't be shocked -- or even mildly surprised -- if some of them (or all of them) experience the same fate that Missouri, UK, KSU, Michigan State, UCF and Vandy experienced this Saturday. If it happens, it won't necessarily mean they were overrated. It'll just mean they had to travel.
Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 4:02 pm

The Poll Attacks

Arizona lost at Oregon State late Sunday.

One voter apparently didn't get the memo.

He'll suffer the consequences in the Poll Attacks.

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

Associated Press poll:
Let me start by saying that Lindsey Wilhite's top seven is perfect.

It looks like this:
  1. Duke
  2. Ohio State
  3. Kansas
  4. Syracuse
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. San Diego State
  7. Connecticut
That's exactly how the first seven of the Top 25 (and one) looks, too. So, needless to say, Lindsey (from the Daily Herald in Illinois) got off to a nice start, and he's pretty good for the most part. I mean, I don't know why he ranked Cincinnati (undefeated with no good wins) 22nd and left UCF unranked (undefeated with a win over Florida), but whatever. My issue is this: Lindsey ranked Arizona 24th.

Arizona entered the weekend with no good wins and two losses -- one of which was reasonable (87-79 to Kansas in Las Vegas) and another that was not (87-65 to BYU in Salt Lake City). So ranking the Wildcats last week would've been a mistake. But how in the world can anybody rank them after Sunday night's 76-75 loss to an Oregon State team that had previously lost to Seattle, Texas Southern, Utah Valley, Colorado, Montana and George Washington?


How. In. The. World?

Arizona is now 12-3 with no good wins, a reasonable loss to KU, a blowout loss to BYU and a head-scratching loss to Oregon State. The only explanation is that Lindsey worked on his ballot early like I do every Sunday afternoon and constructed it as if Arizona would win (I do similar things every Sunday afternoon). So from our top seven to how we operate on Sunday afternoons, Lindsey and I are similar. Where we part is that I don't file anything until every team I'm considering is done for the day, and Lindsey (again, I'm assuming here) goes to bed early on Sundays because "True Blood," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Eastbound and Down" are all out of season. In theory, not a bad move. But if it leads to you ranking Arizona, well, something's got to change.

Coaches poll: The thing I like best about Lindsey's ballot is that he has UConn at No. 7.

Any lower is wrong.

I mention that because the coaches have UConn ninth, which isn't a big difference but still wrong because the only one-loss team that can reasonably be ranked ahead of UConn (at this point) is the one-loss team that just beat UConn, i.e., Pittsburgh. If you want to rank all the undefeated teams (except for Cincinnati and UCF) ahead of UConn, I'm OK with it. I have Duke (13-0), Ohio State (14-0), Kansas (13-0), Syracuse (15-0) and San Diego State (15-0) ranked ahead of UConn, and Pittsburgh (13-1), too. But do those who dropped the Huskies drastically after last week's loss at Pittsburgh realize that UConn (11-1) is the nation's only one-loss team whose lone loss came on the road to a team currently ranked in the top 10? And do they realize UConn is one of just two one-loss teams with two wins over teams currently ranked in the top 20?

The the other is, of course, Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh has wins over No. 9 UConn and No. 12 Texas.

Connecticut has wins over No. 11 Kentucky and No. 19 Michigan State.

(And both of UConn's key wins came on a neutral court.)

Tennessee (wins over No. 5 Pittsburgh and No. 7 Villanova) is the only team besides Pittsburgh with two wins better than UConn's best two wins, but the Vols are irrelevant to this conversation because they have four bad losses. Again, UConn's only loss came at No. 5 Pittsburgh. So if anybody can explain why the Huskies are behind Villanova (no Top 25 wins/one loss came to currently unranked Tennessee) and Missouri (best two wins are over No. 20 Illinois and No. 24 Vanderbilt/one loss came to No. 13 Georgetown in Missouri), please do because I can't figure it out.

I have no idea what the future holds for UConn, obviously.

But anything lower than a No. 7 ranking in the present is wrong.
Posted on: December 6, 2010 7:24 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 1:29 pm

The Poll Attacks

Somebody ranked Florida 16th after a loss to UCF. Same somebody didn't even rank undefeated UCF. And that voter from the Daily Progress isn't progressing well at all. That's too bad for him. But it's great for the Poll Attacks.

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

Associated Press poll: Florida returned five starters from a roster that made the NCAA tournament, and the Gators added a McDonald's All-American to the bunch. So ranking them high in the preseason made some sense. I even did it myself. But now the season has started, and the Gators are 6-2. Their losses are a lopsided loss at home to Ohio State that didn't really bother me and a surprising loss on the road to UCF that bothered me quite a bit.

But you know who wasn't bothered by it?

Scott Mansch from the Great Falls Tribune in Montana.

It didn't bother him at all.

Dude had the Gators 16th last week and 16th again this week.

(Worth noting: Florida didn't make the Top 25 (and one) or actual AP poll.)

Needless to say, this was startling. So I decided to further examine Scott's AP ballots from last week and this week and compare the two. Here's what I found: He dropped Missouri five spots for losing in overtime to No. 9 Georgetown, dropped Michigan State two spots for losing by five points on the road to No. 1 Duke. (More on this below.) But Florida? Scott kept the Gators right where they were last week on his ballot after the loss at UCF. And what makes it even sillier is that Scott didn't rank undefeated UCF at all. So he apparently believes losses to teams he and everybody else has ranked are worse than losses to unranked teams. That's all I can figure.

(Moving on …)

Does anybody know Whitelaw Reid from the Daily Progress in Virginia?

We have to sit this guy down, ASAP.

I busted him up in last week's Poll Attacks, and I thought he might listen and adjust. Alas, he did not. My man still has Villanova ranked No. 8 and Tennessee unranked despite the fact that Tennessee is undefeated with a neutral court win over Villanova. He still has Connecticut behind Michigan State, Kentucky and Washington despite the fact that Connecticut is undefeated with wins over Michigan State and Kentucky, both of which beat Washington. And he still has Missouri ahead of Georgetown despite the fact that Georgetown is undefeated with a win over -- you'll never guess -- Missouri.

That last game, a thriller, happened last Tuesday.

Do you think Whitelaw heard about it?

Do you think Whitelaw even knows the season is underway?

Coaches poll: There are lots of things I hate about how people vote in polls -- that's sort of how I stumbled into doing this every Monday -- but there's nothing I hate more than when teams drop for losing competitive games to higher-ranked teams, especially on the road. By definition, a team ranked No. 1 is supposed to beat a team ranked No. 6, particularly when the game is on the top-ranked team's home court. So it should've surprised nobody when No. 1 Duke beat No. 6 Michigan State 84-79 last week at Cameron Indoor Stadium. What's surprising is that the Spartans dropped from No. 6 to No. 8 in the coaches poll because of the loss.

Seriously, why?

What did anybody see in that loss at Duke to make them think MSU wasn't worthy of its ranking?

How many teams would've or even could've won that game in that building on that night?

So stupid.

If you want to rank Michigan State eighth, that's fine. Or put the Spartans 12th. I don't care. My point is only that there isn't a single thing that happened over the past week that should've diminished anybody's opinion of Michigan State. So wherever a voter had the Spartans last week is, at worst, where that voter should've had them this week.

For instance, I had Michigan State No. 5 last week.

Same thing this week.

Because a five-point loss on the road to the No. 1 team is no reason to drop them.
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