Anthony Bennett’s rough rookie season hit a new bump. The Cavaliers’ first-year forward will miss at least three weeks with a strained left knee, the latest setback for the No. 1 overall pick out of UNLV who has been a major disappointment for Cleveland.
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Twice can be a coincidence. Three times is a trend. Top-seeded Gonzaga proved it is simply better than Saint Mary’s this season with a 70-54 victory in the first semifinal of the West Coast Conference tournament at Orleans Arena on Monday night.
The Lady Rebels almost were crushed again. They withstood first- and second-half runs by San Jose State that almost ended their basketball season. But UNLV rallied to beat the Spartans 78-75 for its first conference tournament victory since 2009.
Birch has been one of the nation’s top shot blockers this season, and for the second consecutive season, UNLV’s 6-foot-9-inch junior forward was named the Mountain West’s Defensive Player of the year.
Gonzaga playing Saint Mary’s in Las Vegas has become almost as much a March tradition as St. Patrick’s Day or Joe Lunardi. The Bulldogs and Gaels will meet today for the sixth straight year in the West Coast Conference tournament at Orleans Arena.
After the nation’s only unbeaten made another put-away run in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title game, guard Fred VanVleet fired back at doubters who cast aspersions on a schedule ranked 113th in the nation.
For a few moments as he lay in pain on a basketball floor in Moraga, Calif., on Feb. 15, Kyle Collinsworth was convinced his season was over.
hope Khem Birch listens to the right people. I hope he takes his time and clearly examines his options and understands the NBA will not suddenly disappear in a year’s time.
Just when it seemed Deonte Burton might go down without a fight, the senior guard unleashed a flurry. And, when it was over, UNLV was hit with a knockout blow.
At the time, it sounded like wishful thinking, and maybe the naive optimism of youth. Now, the words uttered by Deonte Burton are purely prophetic.