ACC Tournament Day 1: Syracuse Outlasts Wake Forest

(Syracuse and Wake Forest in action – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Syracuse Orange are moving on after their 73-64 win over Wake Forest on Tuesday night at the ACC Tournament at Barclays Center.

Syracuse advances to take on North Carolina Wednesday night at 9:30 pm. The day begins with Fiorida State taking on Louisville at noon, followed by Boston College and North Carolina State at 2:30, and then the night session begins at 7:00 with Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Seth Davis On Coaches “Getting To Us”

Getting To Us: How Great Coaches Make Great Teams

By Seth Davis

Penguin Press, on sale today

Sports illustrated writer and CBS announcer Seth Davis has a new book, Getting To Us, which explores how nine coaches achieved their success.

Davis examines the methods of nine of the most iconic coaches of this era – Ohio State Football Head Coach Urban Meyer, Duke Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Connecticut Women’s Basketball Head Coach Geno Auriemma, Los Angeles Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens, Michigan State Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tom Izzo, Syracuse Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jim Boeheim, Michigan Football Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, and Clemson Football Head Coach Dabo Swinney.

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ACC Season Awards & All-Basketball Team Announced

(Marvin Bagley III of Duke)

With a sweep of Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors, Duke’s Marvin Bagley III leads the 2017-18 season award winners and the All-ACC basketball team announced by the league on Sunday.

Bagley, leading the ACC in both scoring and rebounding heading into the postseason, was the choice for ACC Player of the Year by 37 members of the 57-member voting panel (15 ACC head coaches, 42 selected media) that cast ballots for this year’s postseason honors. Boston College junior Jerome Robinson placed second with 14 votes.

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Big East Tournament Week Events In NYC

(Madison Square Garden during last year’s Big East Tournament – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Big East Conference will once again be hosting a week of unique and engaging events which culminates in the crowning of the 2018 Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament champion on Saturday, March 10.

The Big East Tournament is the longest-running college championship event played at the same venue, and it will be played at Madison Square Garden for the 36th consecutive year, Wednesday, March 7 through Saturday, March 10.

The tournament starts Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET with longtime rivals St. John’s and Georgetown facing off in the first game, followed by a Midwest battle of DePaul vs. Marquette in the nightcap.

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Mullin On Facing Ewing & Georgetown In Big East Tournament

(Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing at Big East Media Day back in October – Photo by Jason Schott)

St. John’s Red Storm Head Coach Chris Mullin took part in a tele-conference on Monday morning ahead of the Big East Tournament.

St. John’s, who enters as the ninth seed, will be taking on eight-seeded Georgetown Hoyas in the opening game of the tournament on Wednesday night at 7 pm. at Madison Square Garden.

During the regular season, St. John’s and Georgetown played two classics, both of which were won by the Hoyas.

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ACC Tournament In Brooklyn Starting Tuesday

(The floor is ready at Barclays Center – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament will be starting this Tuesday, March 6, at the Barclays Center.

The ACC announced the seedings and bracket for the tournament, which will run through Saturday night.

Regular-season champion Virginia, who finished the regular season with a 28-2 record overall, including 17-1 in ACC play, will be the top-seeded team for the third time in five years and the fourth time overall. The Cavaliers will receive a double-bye into Thursday’s quarterfinal round, along with No. 2 seed Duke (25-6, 13-5), No. 3 Miami (22-8, 11-7) and No. 4 Clemson (22-8, 11-7).

Led by Virginia, the ACC leads all conferences in the top 12 of the RPI, which is twice as many as any other conference. Virginia is first, Duke is fifth, and North Carolina is 12th.

The ACC leads all conferences with eight teams in the Top 50 and 11 in the Top 70. The ACC is also at the top with six teams listed in the Top 20 of overall schedule strength.

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NYCFC Opens Season With Win In Kansas City

(Maxi Moralez (10) gets a hug from David Villa as he celebrates with his teammates after scoring in the first half – Photo by USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club opened their fourth season in style, as they earned a 2-0 win on the road at Sporting Kansas City on Sunday night.

NYCFC had a strong season last year, as they earned a second-place finish overall, but fell in the playoffs to Columbus, so they are looking to build on that this season.

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CBS, Turner Sports Announcers For March Madness

(Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, and Bill Raftery will call the Final Four)

Turner Sports and CBS Sports announced their broadcast pairings for their eighth year of combined coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

All 67 games from the 2018 NCAA Tournament will be televised across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – and via NCAA March Madness Live, beginning Tuesday, March 13, with the NCAA First Four on truTV presented by Northwestern Mutual.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Ed O’Bannon Gets “Court Justice”

Court Justice: The Inside Story Of My Battle Against The NCAA

By Ed O’Bannon, With Michael McCann

Diversion Books

In 2009, Ed O’Bannon, who was a star on the 1995 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins and a first-round NBA draft pick for the New Jersey Nets, thought he’d made peace with the NCAA’s exploitive system of “amateurism.”

College athletes generated huge profits, yet, despite training nearly full-time, forced to tailor coursework around sports, often pawns in corrupt investigations; they saw little from those riches other than revocable scholarships and miniscule chances of going pro.

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Ponds Named To All-Big East First Team

(Shamorie Ponds – @StJohnsBball)

St. John’s sophomore point guard Shamorie Ponds was named to the All-Big East First Team on Sunday afternoon.

Ponds, who averaged 21.6 points per game in 28 appearances this season, becomes the first St. John’s player since D’Angelo Harrison in 2015 and the 16th Johnnie all-time to earn a spot on the conference’s top team. In total, a member of the Red Storm has been named to the All-Big East First Team 22 times since 1980.

Ponds earned this award with an incredible seven-game stretch that began with 31 points in a loss against Xavier on January 31, followed by 33 points in a win against then-number 4 Duke on February 3, then 26 in another huge win against then-number 1 Villanova, followed by 44 in a win against Marquette on February 10, which is now the Carnesecca Arena record; then 26 at DePaul in a one-point victory on February 14, followed by 19 in a loss to Marquette on February 21, and a 25-point effort on February 24 in an overtime loss to Seton Hall.

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