13) NC State fired basketball coach Matt Gottfried Thursday; he is 122-82 in Raleigh, 47-55 in ACC games (only 8-24 the last two years). State made the NCAA’s in Gottfried’s first four seasons in Raleigh, but will miss this year for second year in a row, so decision-makers pulled the plug.
This is the same school that shoved Herb Sendek out the door in 2006 after he made the NCAA’s five years in a row, going 46-34 in ACC games. They’re bleeping clueless. NC State ain’t Duke or UCLA.
Until Mike Krzyzewski retires, NC State is a bad job, third-fiddle at best on Tobacco Road. Now Wake Forest has passed the Wolfpack. I will be curious to see who they hire.
12) Vinny Del Negro? They went the alumni/NBA route with Sidney Lowe and that was very bad (25-55 in ACC games, no NCAA’s in five years). Does that hurts Vinny here?
My guess is they go hard after Dayton’s Archie Miller; I’m not sure being a smaller fish in a very big pond is better than being a big fish in a smaller (A-14) pond.
11) Quote of the Day, #2, from an unnamed college basketball coach on the NC State job, from Gary Parrish’s article on CBSSports.com:
“I wouldn’t touch that job. If making four NCAA Tournaments [in six years] gets you fired midseason [in your sixth year], it’s not a good job to take if you already have a good job.”
Archie Miller already has a good job, maybe a very good one.
10) NC-Wilmington 66, Northeastern 65- Seahawks led by 20 at the half, hung on for the win; they do not have the same quality depth they had last year. This was a brickfest; teams made a combined 9-42 on the arc. Huskies won a game Saturday when they were down 16 at the half, almost did it again here.
9) Delaware 68, Drexel 67— Two weeks ago, Blue Hens were 2-10 in the CAA; since then, they won three games in a row by a total of four points. Delaware was +11 (20-9) in turnovers in this game and won by only one. Drexel was 11-24 on arc, Blue Hens were 8-16 on foul line.
8) Michigan 64, Wisconsin 58— Badgers drop into a 3-way tie for first in the Big 14. Michigan has now won three games in a row, as they try and get off the bubble.
7) Miami Dolphins cut four players Thursday, knocking $20,165,000 off their ’17 cap number. OT Branden Albert is going to get gobbled up by some blocking-hungry team.
6) Bulls 104, Celtics 103— Jimmy Butler made two foul shots with 0:00.9 left on a (really) dicey foul call on a jump shot.
5) Bad Beats of the Night: Omaha 83, Oral Roberts (+6) 76 OT— You get six points and you’re in OT, you expect to cover.
Charleston 76, Hofstra (+2) 72– Not sure exactly what happened, but Hofstra’s coach got a technical foul with 0:01 left when game was 74-72 and was going to be a push. From play/play sheet, looks like Charleston blocked a 3-pointer and Hofstra wanted a foul called.
4) Santa Clara 106, Pepperdine 55- Broncos are only 15-13, but led 54-19 at the half. Losses like this get coaches fired.
Ironic that on the day Gottfried got fired, Sendek’s newest team won by 51.
3) Colorado 60, Oregon State 52— Buffaloes won six of last seven games after starting out 0-7 in the Pac-12. Been a rough year for the injury-plagued Beavers.
2) UConn 63, Memphis 62— Breakaway dunk at buzzer by UConn was waved off, so Memphis loses/covers in a game they led by 14 at the half.
1— Sacramento State 67, Montana 65— 10-14 Hornets sweep Montana; Sac State has covered nine of its last 11 games.