Crazy Court Designs

The Confidential

The rage in college sports lately has been the one-up-manship in ugly uniforms, fields, and courts. Attention-seeking Athletic Directors and corporations are more than willing to put their stamp on college athletics in order to drive more business or exposure for their respective products. The Confidential believes its only a matter of time before teams in the ACC get behind this trend as well, so here are some suggestions for ACC team home courts that we would like to see:

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2013 NBA Draft Preview

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As the 2013 NBA season is now over, it is time for a new group of young men to have their dreams come true. On Thursday, June 27 in Brooklyn, the NBA will host the 2013 draft selection. Unlike last year, there has been some debate about who will go first.

A few months ago, the unanimous decision was that Kentucky center Nerlens Noel would go number one despite his knee injury on February 12 against the Florida Gators. Recent reports state that the Cleveland Cavaliers may go with Maryland center Alex Len instead.

In honor of “the big day,” here’s an inside look at a few of the draft prospects:

1. Trey Burke, 6-1 : Burke is a sophomore guard from the University of Michigan. He made a name for himself by winning the Naismith National Player of the Year Award and helped his team get to…

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Pre-Game: Knicks vs. Trail Blazers 10:30 PM

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New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers

10:30 PM

Location: Rose Garden, Portland, OR

Telecast: TNT

Injuries:

Knicks: Tyson Chandler** (contused left knee), Carmelo Anthony (injured right knee), Amare Stoudemire (right knee debridement), and Rasheed Wallace (fractured left fifth metatarsal)

Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge*** (migraine), Victor Claver (left ankle), Sasha Pavlovic (right quad), and Elliot Williams (left Achilles tendon)

*Starting Lineups:

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*Starting lineups are subject to change

**Tyson Chandler is questionable tonight

***LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable tonight

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Playoff Push (Kobe Time)

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                The Lakers have finally started to click and chemistry has developed. These are not the same roll over and kick me dead, diva, drama filled Lakers that started the season. The new and improved Lakers are all about just playing basketball and winning games. No more distractions and finger pointing. After the Memphis loss on January 23rd the team called a players only meeting, and since that point there has been a 180 degree turnaround. These were the same Lakers who were 7 games under .500 at 17-24 and looked like a beaten down dead horse. Well something sparked after that meeting, and everybody turned the focus and intensity up.

Since January 23rd the Lakers have gone 17-8 and currently hold the 8th and final playoff spot over the Utah Jazz by ½ a game. At the moment the Lakers are standing at 34-32 and they…

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Saint Joseph’s Beats Xavier, 58-57

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NEW YORK (AP) — Langston Galloway hit two free throws with 1.4 seconds left to lead Saint Joseph’s past Xavier 58-57 on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

The Musketeers had a great chance at the buzzer, when Justin Martin’s full-court pass ricocheted off the backboard and straight into the hands of Isaiah Philmore. But Philmore missed the easy layup, the ball bouncing off the rim as he fell to the court in dismay.

Galloway finished with 14 points for the 10th-seeded Hawks (18-12, 8-8), who face second-seeded VCU in Friday’s quarterfinals at the Barclays Center.

Travis Taylor led seventh-seeded Xavier (17-14, 9-7) with 16 points and nine rebounds.

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Louisville Gets 74-55 Victory Over Villanova

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NEW YORK (AP) — Russ Smith scored 28 points in a bittersweet homecoming, leading No. 4 Louisville into the Big East tournament semifinals with a 74-55 victory over Villanova on Thursday night only hours after the death of his esteemed high school coach.

Smith and the defending champion Cardinals (27-5) harassed Villanova into 25 turnovers and advanced to play Notre Dame or Marquette in the late game Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Luke Hancock added 12 points off the bench for second-seeded Louisville, which has won eight straight — seven by at least 14 points. Peyton Siva, the tournament MVP last year, scored 10.

JayVaughn Pinkston had 21 points for the seventh-seeded Wildcats (20-13), confident they’ll receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament Sunday thanks to a string of high-profile wins against top-notch opponents this season. Mouphtaou Yarou added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

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This is Madness: A Star Wars Tournament

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I’ve never been a big basketball fan, but I can get into March Madness. There’s betting, bragging rights and it involves a lot of yelling and beer drinking. What’s not to like? But it’s still something I don’t particularly care about.

But Star Wars. Now Star Wars is something I care about and Star Wars is having it’s own tournament. SUCK IT, KENTUCKY.


This. Is. Awesome. Darth Vadar made his first pitch for ultimate victory today and it’s up to the fans to decide who can call themselves “Fan Favorite.”

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Lucasfilm is launching the bracket-style tournament entitled “This is Madness” on Monday and fans get to vote on daily matchups between characters at Starwars.com. The light side heroes will square off against one another while the dark side fight amongst themselves. The winners in each bracket will face off until the final matchup.

The ultimate champion will be announced on Tuesday…

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