Tonight, sadly, we put an end to the NCAA Tournament. But we end it on a good note. One of the most exciting players in the nation, Kemba Walker, leads the UConn Huskies into the Championship game against what may easily be considered the most exciting team in the nation, the Butler Bulldogs.
Both teams took exciting and interesting routes to get to this point. Some may even argue that neither team was expected to get this far. But regardless of all the prognostications it has all led to tonight’s showdown between clearly the two best teams.
Brad Stevens has coached Butler to an improbable Championship game for the second year in a row and seems to have a clear cut leader in Shelvin Mack for his now “experienced” Bulldogs to lean on.
Mack is echoed by Matt Howard who not only leads the Bulldogs in Points per Game but also in rebounds. He is clearly their low post presence and will be counted on to come up with the biggest game in his career.
On the opposite side of the court there is Player of the Year Candidate Kemba Walker who at times seems to have single-handedly led the Huskies to victories. But as UConn has reeled off an impressive 10 game winning streak in tournament play we have learned with each passing game that Kemba Walker is not alone at UConn. He has help.
The development of Jeremy Lamb and Alex Oriakhi over the tournament has taken tons of pressure off of Walker and made UConn a more potent team. More complete. More capable.
So Ranterz we ask you who will win tonight? And our poll below will let us know who the Ranterz believe will be crowned the 2011 NCAA Basketball Champions.
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Georgetown’s Josh LeBlanc, Galen Alexander, Myron Gardner Face Numerous Complaints
Georgetown Hoyas’ basketball players Josh LeBlanc and Galen Alexander received restraining orders sometime in November resulting from accusations of harassment and burglary, and freshman Myron Gardner was accused of “sexual harassment and assault,” according to one of the filings, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.
ESPN obtained court records that were filed on November 5th by a Georgetown student, a restraining order against LeBlanc and Alexander, a request that was granted on November 20th after both players failed to appear
In response to an alleged burglary that I believe Joshua LeBlanc committed against me on September 16, 2019, Joshua threatened bodily harm against myself and my roommate,” the complaint read. “He continued to threaten me verbally and via text message in the following week.”
Later, on November 13th, the student’s roommate filed for a separate restraining order against Gardner, LeBlanc and Alexander, accusing Gardner of sexually harassing and assaulting her back on September 15th, and said that her home was burglarized by Gardner, LeBlanc and Alexander on September 16th.
She also noted she filed complaints with both the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington and Georgetown University Police Department.
“Georgetown University men’s basketball players James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc will not be playing for the men’s basketball team effective immediately and will not be members of the team for the remainder of the season,” Georgetown said in an official statement.
“Georgetown takes student conduct issues very seriously and ensures that they are investigated thoroughly. While we are not able to comment on specific cases, we have processes for investigating and adjudicating alleged violations for our student code that are fair to both parties. We encourage any student who has a concern to be in contact with the Georgetown University Police Department or the Office of Student Conduct.”
Memphis’ James Wiseman Declared Ineligible
Memphis Tigers star James Wiseman has been declared ineligible and will be withheld from competition while the school awaits reinstatement from the NCAA, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.
Earlier on Thursday, it was announced that Wiseman had dropped his lawsuit against the NCAA, which was a restraining order, according to an official statement issued by Wiseman’s legal team:
Wiseman is the projected number 1 overall pick for the 2020 NBA Draft.
Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer Rules Out Return as Coach
Tennessee Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer ruled out a potential return as the Vols head coach, saying he no desire to return to the sideline and that the “coaching chapter of my life is closed”, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.
Fulmer, 69, led the Vols to a national championship in 1998. Fulmer was fired at the end of the 2008 season following a second losing season in four years.
“We’ve got a good football coach, and I believe in Jeremy Pruitt totally,” Fulmer said. “I have no interest in coaching again and would rather spend that time being a grandfather and doing whatever I can as athletic director in helping Jeremy get this program where we all want it to be. Any talk of me coaching again is just a bunch of rumors.”
Fulmer’s only focus is being the AD at his alma mater.
“I’m way past that point in my life,” Fulmer said. “I love the job I have [as AD] and am committed to seeing this thing through.”
“Jeremy Pruitt is as bought in as anybody could possibly be bought in at the University of Tennessee,” Fulmer said.
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