Ole Miss dunks on ‘football school’ Kentucky with hilarious trolling after win

Talk about getting dunked on.

Whether or not it’s a football or basketball school, Ole Miss is certainly a trash-talking school.

After the team’s dramatic win over the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, the Ole Miss football Twitter account threw some glorious shade up Lexington’s way over one of the dumber college sports controversies of the year.

If you’ll recall, Kentucky’s basketball coach John Calipari and football coach Mark Stoops engaged in a cold war over whether or not Kentucky was a “football school” or a “basketball school.” It was in part sparked by warring hopes for facilities upgrades for both teams.

After snagging a win over the Wildcats, Ole Miss decided to weigh in on the debate.

Damn. Talk about getting dunked on.

No. 7 Kentucky will likely fall a bit in the polls after losing to No. 14 Ole Miss, and jokes like this won’t help them lick their wounds any easier.

You should check to see if Coach Cal throw a “favorite” this Tweet’s way, and if this joke from Oxford’s finest will reignite the most pointless debate this side of the Mason-Dixon line.

Whether or not it’s a football or basketball school, Kentucky is certainly taking Ls this college game day.

(BTW, Kentucky is totally a basketball school.)

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Boise State Non-Conference Schedule Preview

Previewing the non-conference schedule for Boise State.

Boise State Non-Conference Schedule Preview


Previewing Boise State basketball’s non-conference schedule in 2022-2023


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How will the early part of the season treat the Broncos?

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The 2021-2022 season turned out to be one to remember for Boise State. For the eighth time in program history, Boise State made the NCAA Tournament.

It was a postseason berth that ended early with a loss to Memphis in the first round of the tournament. The result was an 11-point, 64-53, loss in Portland, Ore. The season did not end the way Boise State would have liked, but it was a successful overall season.

Looking ahead, Boise State will try to get back to the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years since the Broncos did it in 1993 and 1994. It will take help from several key returning players to fill the void of losing Abu Kigab and Emmanuel Akot. Marcus Shaver Jr. returned to the program in May after withdrawing his name from the 2022 NBA Draft.

This preview will analyze each non-conference game and predict the outcome. The non-conference schedule will run from Nov. 9 to Dec. 22. The conference schedule opens on the road at Nevada on Dec. 28.

(Game 1) Wednesday, Nov. 9: vs. South Dakota State – Boise, Idaho, ExtraMile Arena

Like Boise State, South Dakota State had a magical run in the regular season and the Summit League Tournament. The Jackrabbits finished the season with a 30-5 record and an 18-0 conference record. This upcoming season will be a big change for the team without the top three scorers from last season. Douglas Wilson graduated from the school and Baylor Scheierman and Noah Freidel transferred from the school. South Dakota State will take a big hit from losing these three players.

Game Prediction: Boise State 84, South Dakota State 61

(Game 2) Saturday, Nov. 12: vs. Washington State – Boise, Idaho, Idaho Central Arena

In 2021, Boise State closed out the non-conference schedule against Washington State in a 58-52 win. This time around, it will be at the very beginning of the season and both teams are attempting to carry over the momentum from last season. Washington State reached the NIT Semifinal in March and ended the season with a 22-15 record.

Last year’s meeting between Washington State and Boise State was in Pullman, Wash., and the Broncos won 58-52. Since it is a home game in front of a large crowd of fans from both teams, it will help Boise State win the game.

Game Prediction: Boise State 60, Washington State 55

(Game 3) Thursday, Nov. 17: vs. Charlotte – Myrtle Beach Invitational, Conway, South Carolina, HTC Center 

An early exit in the 2022 Conference USA Tournament prevented Charlotte from having an real consideration for a postseason tournament. The 49ers had a 17-14 overall record in 2022. Jahmir Young, who was the leading scorer in 2022, entered the transfer portal and left for Maryland. The 49ers will need to build without last season’s leading scorer. This will be a difficult neutral site tournament game for Charlotte.

Boise State will be guaranteed at least one game in the tournament. If they win two games, there will be a final game on Nov. 20. If Boise State beats Charlotte, they will face the winner of Loyola Chicago vs. Tulsa in the second game. There is a chance Boise State could see Texas A&M in the tournament before their scheduled game on Dec. 3.

Game Prediction: Boise State 66, Charlotte 49

Rest of the Tournament Prediction:

Second Round: Boise State 57, Loyola Chicago 54

Championship Game: Texas A&M 53, Boise State 52

(Game 6) Saturday, Nov. 26: vs. Utah Valley – Boise, Idaho, ExtraMile Arena

Add Utah Valley to the list of recycled non-conference opponents from last season. In last year’s meeting, Boise State opened up the season with a 76-56 win over Utah Valley. Expect a similar performance from both teams. The Broncos will take advantage of a weaker team.

Game Prediction: Boise State 72, Utah Valley 53

(Game 7) Tuesday, Nov. 29: vs. Cal State Northridge – Boise, Idaho, ExtraMile Arena

In another 2021-2022 non-conference opponent, Boise State will welcome Cal State Northridge to Idaho. Boise State was on the road last season and defeated the Matadors, 74-48. This year’s game will have a similar outcome.

Game Prediction: Boise State 78, Cal State Northridge 44

(Game 8) Saturday, Dec. 3: vs. Texas A&M – The Battleground 2k22, Fort Worth, Texas, Dickies Arena

Despite missing out on the NCAA Tournament, Texas A&M nearly captured an NIT Championship in March. The Aggies finished last season at 27-13. It will be a season for the remaining key contributors to fill in for Quenton Jackson, who declared for the NBA Draft. Henry Coleman III, Tyrece Radford, and Wade Taylor IV will be the leaders of this team in 2022. The experience will be a tough test for Boise State. Based on this prediction, this will be the second meeting of the season for these two teams. Boise State will be 0-2 in the two games.

Game Prediction: Texas A&M 59, Boise State 56

(Game 9) Tuesday, December 6: vs. Eastern Oregon – Boise, Idaho, ExtraMile Arena

In what should be a bit of a breather in the schedule for Boise State, Eastern Oregon will try to make the most of a big opportunity. Eastern Oregon won 18 games last season as a member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference. This will be a tune up game for Boise State and should not be very competitive. It could be the best showing of the non-conference schedule.

Game Prediction: Boise State 101, Eastern Oregon 54

(Game 10) Saturday, December 10: at. Saint Louis – Saint Louis, Missouri, Chaifetz Arena 

Saint Louis will be a difficult road test for the Broncos. It will be the first official road game of the season and it could feature two teams on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Gibson Jimerson will be the offensive leader for the Billikens. He led the team in scoring in 2021-2022 with an average of 16.3 points. The game being on the road will be in Saint Louis’ favor.

Last season, this was a home game for Boise State and it was an overtime loss in November. Saint Louis has continued to be a strong team and will benefit from the home atmosphere.

Game Prediction: Saint Louis 83, Boise State 76

(Game 11) Tuesday, December 13: vs. New Orleans – Boise, Idaho, ExtraMile Arena

With Derek St. Hilaire no longer on the roster, New Orleans will be reliant upon the rest of the roster to make up for his absence. New Orleans went 18-14 in 2022. This should be a nice recovery game from the loss to Saint Louis.

Game Prediction: Boise State 82, New Orleans 54

(Game 12) Sunday, December 18: vs. Oakland – Boise, Idaho, ExtraMile Arena

The Horizon League turned out to be what prevented Oakland from reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2022. Oakland does not seem to be a better team in 2022-2023. This could be a trap game for Oakland since they played two close games against West Virginia and Oklahoma State in last season’s non-conference schedule. Boise State should get a convincing win.

Game Prediction: Boise State 76, Oakland 58

(Game 13) Thursday, December 22: at. Santa Clara – Santa Clara, California, Leavey Center

When these two teams met up last season in Boise, Tyson Degenhart paced Boise State in scoring with 18 points. Degenhart will need to be a factor in this road game. It will be a tight game for most of the second half, but Boise State will pull away at the end of the game.

Game Prediction: Boise State 68, Santa Clara 59

Non-Conference Record Prediction: 10-3 Record

It should be a favorable non-conference schedule. The Broncos should be able to start the season with three-straight wins over South Dakota State, Washington State, and Charlotte. If they can do that, the rest of the non-conference schedule should be a breeze. The team is projected to lose two games to Texas A&M and one game to Saint Louis.

Will the possibility of high schoolers drafted in the NBA hurt college hoops at all?

A roundtable discussion on the latest reports coming from the NBA’s CBA talks.

We were all having a lovely morning over at For The Win just enjoying some coffee while laughing at Tom Brady and mocking the Pittsburgh Steelers’ continued use of Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback.

Then Shams Charania had to go blow it all up for us.

According to the reporter for The Athletic and Stadium, the NBA and players association are deep into talks on a new collective bargaining agreement that would, among other things, lower the draft eligibility age from 19 years old back to 18—effectively ending the one-and-done era of college basketball.

Our Slack channel did not handle this news well. Battle lines were drawn between those (Andy Nesbitt) who thought this meant the end of NCAA basketball as we know it and others who thought the impact wouldn’t feel as extreme as it sounds.

Below is a transcript of the resulting chaos, edited for clarity and a bit of profanity.

Bronny James pursued by schools including Oregon, Ohio State and is expected to ‘take the college route’

Bronny James, the son of LeBron James, is making his own name in the basketball world.

Bronny James, the son of LeBron James, is making his own name in the basketball world.

Alongside his younger brother, Bryce James, Bronny will represent the California Basketball Club during a multi-game tour of Europe — which includes games against teams from London, Paris, and Rome.

While playing against top international competition, Bronny has a chance to show what he can provide to teams at the next level. A rising senior at Sierra Canyon outside Los Angeles, Bronny remains uncommitted to plans after he completes high school.

Bronny ranks as the No. 43 overall recruit in his class, per 247Sports. But he is getting looks from several notable high-major programs, according to Paul Biancardi (via ESPN):

“Although it’s still relatively early in the recruiting process, there is a strong feeling he will take the college route as opposed to the G League Ignite or other developmental leagues. He is being pursued by the likes of UCLA, USC, Michigan, Ohio State and Oregon, among others.”

The most notable takeaway from that report is that Bronny is more likely to go the NCAA route than play for the G League Ignite or Overtime Elite. But there is more to find interesting about the news, too.

UCLA and USC make sense as potential destinations for Bronny considering his father plays nearby for the Los Angeles Lakers.

But the other destinations are certainly notable and interesting as well. Ohio State isn’t shocking considering his father’s affiliation with the university. If he committed to the Buckeyes, he would be the fifth four-star recruit in their class.

Oregon shouldn’t surprise anyone either considering LeBron’s connection to Nike. That would be a particularly fascinating landing spot for Bronny, however, because they already have two of the top-10 recruits in the class with Mookie Cook and Kwame Evans.

Cook, who recently re-committed to Oregon, is set to star as LeBron in an upcoming biopic on the four-time NBA MVP.

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John Calipari called Kentucky a ‘basketball school’ and Mark Stoops, obviously, objected (with receipts!)

John Calipari has rubbed people the wrong way with his brash comments in the past but this time he stepped on the toes of his Kentucky coworker Mark Stoops.

John Calipari has rubbed people the wrong way with his brash comments in the past but it’s rare that the offended party is someone on the same campus.

In an interview conducted while in the Bahamas, poor downtrodden Coach Cal complained about the fact that he doesn’t have a brand new practice facility for his basketball team that has won exactly one national championship in the last 24 years. Worth noting is the fact that Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has also recently been public about asking for facilities upgrades, a request that Kentucky seems more than willing to comply with, especially given the Wildcats nearly unprecedented stretch of consistency on the football field under Stoops.

Meanwhile, Calipari attempted to compare his program to the football programs at Alabama and Georgia and somehow it came out like this:

Yikes.

Despite the “no disrespect” caveat, Mark Stoops did, in fact, appear to take offense and he didn’t take it quietly.

Kentucky basketball, notably, has not won four straight postseason games, most recently losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to 15-seed St. Peter’s.

Stoops’ comments seemed to open the floodgates on one of Twitter’s favorite pastimes, dunking on Kentucky basketball.

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John Calipari threw a fit upon learning a home-and-home with Gonzaga means actually playing at Gonzaga

A home-and-home not at home? Interesting.

Question for all of my college basketball fans: is it really a home-and-home series if one team doesn’t actually get to play at home? Well, thanks to John Calipari, we’re about to stretch the terminology.

The upcoming home-and-home between Kentucky and Gonzaga, which begins during the 2022-23 college basketball season, will see the Zags host the Wildcats on November 20.

But the game won’t be held at McCarthy Athletic Center, Gonzaga’s 6,000-seat, on-campus arena otherwise known as “The Kennel”. Instead, the November matchup between national championship contenders will be held at the 13,000-seat Spokane Arena.

For the lamest of reasons.

So it appears as though Coach Cal does not want the home team Gonzaga Bulldogs to have…a home-court advantage.

Strange.

No. 5 Texas didn’t have any complaints about playing at The Kennel last year. Neither did Texas A&M in 2018 or No. 25 Creighton the year before that. Then again, all of those teams lost to the Zags so maybe they should’ve thrown a fit, too.

Anyways, we’re a little more than three months away from the game, so perhaps some things change along the way. Everyone who isn’t a Kentucky fan would much rather see the school try to get the job done at The Kennel, one of college basketball’s toughest places to play and an amazing environment.

Surely this won’t provide any extra motivation for the fans to get even rowdier in Spokane in the meantime.

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2023 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: Predicting both rounds, starting with Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson

What you’re about to read is the first rankings of a special draft class.

What you’re about to read is the first rankings of a special draft class.

There is a reason why several teams have shown a sudden willingness to enter a rebuilding phase. If there is a chance for your team to land one of the first picks in the 2023 NBA Draft, the reward could pay out handsomely.

Typically, when you read mock drafts published eleven months before the actual event, they’ll get called “way-too-early” in the headline. But for me, it’s not too early at all. By publishing this now, as things change, we can track all of the movement the players have once the season begins.

This mock draft is going to have flaws. It’s hard to predict what roles each incoming freshman will play for their new squad. When I published the first mock draft of the 2022 cycle, it wasn’t perfect. But more than 40 percent of the first round was correctly identified, and nearly 60 percent of the players predicted in either round are now on an NBA roster.

Some of these players aren’t going to pan out, and some of them will prove me wrong and warrant higher consideration once the season begins. Others will emerge from nowhere and plant themselves firmly on the radar for first-round consideration. When it comes to the draft, expect the unexpected.

Fortunately, we have some help from our friends at Cerebro Sports to help provide stats on the top high school and international prospects. Let those numbers guide the insights about each player.

Our order was determined based on reversed odds to win the 2023 NBA Finals. The teams outside the top 8 in each conference were considered lottery squads. Trades were pulled from this database at RealGM.

With all that in mind, here is how I’d project the 2023 NBA Draft:

Mountain West Schools Could Pay A Buyout of Up To $33 Million

Mountain West Schools Could Pay A Buyout of Up To $33 Million The conference has a buyout if teams leave Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire It will cost a lot to leave the Mountain West Conference realignment hit hard when UCLA and USC bolted …

Mountain West Schools Could Pay A Buyout of Up To $33 Million


The conference has a buyout if teams leave


Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire

It will cost a lot to leave the Mountain West

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Conference realignment hit hard when UCLA and USC bolted for the Big Ten. Since then there have been talks about mergers, sharing a TV network and some schools trying to assert some muscle or leverage for more money.

The Mountain West is pretty static at the moment with no real need or urgency to go after teams to the conference, and there has only been speculation about if a Mountain West team could really help the Pac-12 if they expand.

One interesting note during Mountain West football media days came when commissioner Craig Thompson joined KSL Sports Zone in Salt Lake and said there is a buyout within the league.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Thompson said if a team doesn’t want to be here then why should we keep them around or force them to pay a penalty.

Thompson and the league has smartened up and there is an exit fee of $16.5 million if a team gives over a year’s notice but that number is doubled to $33 million if it is one year or less notice.

That could give a slight pause for teams to leave the conference because if a Mountain West team goes to a conference where the media rights deal is around $30 million or per year, then leaving and paying that amount makes sense.

That exit fee would help offset any loss in TV revenue money at least for a few years. The Mountain West currently pays out just over $4 million per year, so that $16.5 or $33 million would help for a short amount of time while a new deal is struck.

Teams are going to leave if they want, so at least the Mountain West can get a few bucks for those who could be going to a new conference.


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Pac-12 Might Be Looking Hard At San Diego State

Pac-12 Might Be Looking Hard At San Diego State Could the Aztecs take over for USC and UCLA Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire San Diego State to Pac-12? Realignment has basically slowed down at least what is going on out in the public. There …

Pac-12 Might Be Looking Hard At San Diego State


Could the Aztecs take over for USC and UCLA


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San Diego State to Pac-12?

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Realignment has basically slowed down at least what is going on out in the public. There have been a few things out in the public like the Big 12 and Pac-12 attempting to work together, but that clearly was going to fall.

Losing UCLA and USC is a big blow to the Pac-12 and its Southern California market, and that is where San Diego State might be able to come into play.

The Aztecs clearly can’t replicate the Los Angeles market but Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News thinks San Diego State is the clear and only choice if the Pac-12 decides to expand.

Saving the PAC-12: One Interesting Possibility

Wilner has five reasons why San Diego State should be a prime candidate for the Pac-12.

1. The competitive factor

2. The exposure factor

3. The valuation factor

4. The resource factor

5. The academic factor

Of those, the competitive factor is huge as the Aztecs have played extremely well against the Pac-12, and of the prior seven seasons, five of those years they had 10 wins. Really, it is six seasons since one of those years was 2020.

The competitive front they fit in just fine and even better than half of the conference.

Adding the Aztecs to the Pac-12 would help create some sort of foothold in that Southern California market, but not nearly as much of the Trojans and Bruins. The San Diego market is 28th and has just over a million people. That is more than other schools in the Pac-12 like Tucson, Boulder, Eugune, and Pullman.

It wouldn’t be a huge gain but it would help keep a presence for the recruiting hotbed that is Southern California.

The resource factor points directly to SnapDragon Stadium which is San Diego State’s brand new on-campus football stadium that also would fit right within the Pac-12.

As for academics, San Diego State is not on par with the Pac-12 but the league can’t be picky if it wants to add teams. There are few teams, if any, that can fit that academic profile, and it is not like the Pac-12 can be picky if it wants to invite new members.

San Diego State fits a lot of boxes like being a winning program, nice new stadium, solid market size, but more importantly being a top 25 team and by averaging 10 wins a year when excluding the 2020 pandemic season.

If the Pac-12 wants to add any team, Wilner might be right that San Diego State would. make the most sense.


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Want to feel old? UVA basketball’s incoming class answers 90s trivia and actually do pretty well!

Virginia’s incoming first years try and answer some 90s trivia.

A popular trend over the last few years has a simple premise but usually a great payoff: ask people of one generation about the trends and popular items of a previous generation. Usually these end with the older generation feeling so, so ancient and wondering how the youths have been led so astray while the younger generation wonders why the older generation didn’t have reliable internet and made stuffed animals talk with terrifying voices (looking at you, Furby).

Virginia basketball had some fun with this, asking their highly-rated incoming class about the 90s in a social media video. Ryan Dunn, Leon Bond, Isaac Traudt, and Isaac McKneely — all born in the early 2000s — sat down to field some questions on the decade that preceded their arrival into the world.

They’re shown pictures of popular, trendy items like Beanie Babies or Tamagotchis, people like Lindsay Lohan and Steve Urkel and album covers like Backstreet Boys’ Millennium. That sound you hear is 90’s kids yelling “OH NO I FEEL SO OLDDDD.”

Bond dominates, even if he said he knew what VHS tapes were thanks to the hit Netflix show Stranger Things. All the guys knew slap bracelets and most recognized the red carpet coupling of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. No one knew Tamagotchis (finger clocks!) or Lindsay Lohan circa Parent Trap era (Miranda Tisdale?!) or the AOL logo (I mean, why would they), but overall the guys did a great job and seemingly had fun.

Now if you excuse me, I’m going to reminisce about dial up internet and watching TRL after school on MTV.

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