Basketball

Florida at LSU Men’s Basketball Matchup Postponed Due to COVID-19

The matchup between the Florida Gators men’s basketball team against the LSU Tigers originally scheduled for Feb. 6 has officially been postponed, the university and the SEC released in a statement today.

The reasoning for the postponement was due to a combination of positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Florida basketball program. 

Below is a full statement released by the SEC regarding the matchup’s postponement:

The Florida at LSU men’s basketball game of February 6 has been postponed due to a combination of positive tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Florida basketball program, consistent with Southeastern Conference COVID-19 management requirements. A make-up date has not been determined at this time.

The Florida men’s basketball program is currently 10-5 (6-4), and are just coming off of a 72-66 loss against South Carolina. The loss would snap a four-game winning streak, including

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Syracuse women’s basketball outlasts Wake Forest, 85-78, for 7th-straight win at Carrier Dome

Syracuse, N.Y. — When the Syracuse women’s basketball team plays in the Carrier Dome, it usually doesn’t bode well for the opposing team.

That was the case on Thursday as the Orange won its seventh-consecutive game at home to beat Wake Forest, 85-78.

The Orange (10-4, 7-4 ACC) is still undefeated playing at the dome, powered by efficient performances from Digna Strautmane and Kamilla Cardoso.

Strautmane tallied a season-high 17 points, along with eight rebounds, four blocks and two steals. It was her most impressive output of the season, on both ends of the floor.

Cardoso used her inside presence to score 16 points and grab 13 rebounds, to go along with six blocks. Kiara Lewis added 16 points and six rebounds.

Wake Forest (8-8, 5-7) was led by Gina Conti, who finished with a game-high 25 points and five assists. Deacons forward Ivana Raca produced a double-double of 16

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Throwback Thursday: 1972-73 Alabama Basketball

“C.M.” Newton’s legacy in basketball is well known, including his 12 seasons as the head coach at Alabama (1968-80). He had an overall record of 211-123, was named the league’s coach of the year twice and led the Crimson Tide to three SEC Titles (1974, 1975 and 1976).

Newton’s 1975-76 team advanced to the NCAA’s Round of 16. Four of his teams (1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76 and 1976-77) finished ranked No. 14 or higher in the final national rankings.

But his most interesting team may have been the 1972-73 Crimson Tide.

Wendell Hudson, an All-American who was also named the SEC Player of the Year, led the Southeastern Conference in scoring. Signed by Newton in 1968 as the program’s first African-American student-athlete, he averaged 20.7 points per game. 

Meanwhile, Charles Cleveland joined Hudson as a first-team All-SEC selection, while  Ray Odums and Leon Douglas were second-team picks. 

Among the programs records

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Tom Izzo excited to have Michigan State’s next football-basketball athlete in Keon Coleman

Tom Izzo has had football players play basketball on his team going back to his early years when Nick Saban was the Spartans’ football.

He had them in subsequent years, under John L. Smith and Mark Dantonio, too.

Now, Izzo is set to have the latest player cross Shaw Lane and play at the Breslin Center in the second year of Mel Tucker’s tenure at Michigan State.

Keon Coleman, a three-star wide receiver prospect from Louisiana, signed his letter of intent with the Spartans football program on Wednesday and made it clear that he plans on playing basketball as well as football.

More than 10 years after Michigan State had its last football/basketball dual-sport athlete, Izzo is excited to have one again.

“I love two-sport guys,” Izzo said on Thursday. “I’ve loved two-sport guys since I was one myself at a very small, small school. I’ve always appreciated guys that

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