As we move closer to the start of a new college basketball season, you should always keep an ear to the wall for some insider information. The following is a look at the latest college hoops news and notes for anyone who enjoys wagering on the games
NCAA Basketball News & Notes-
More changes for the Big East
Just as the
story of Notre Dame’s decision to leave the Big East for basketball to join the
ACC was breaking last week, long-time Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun
announced his decision to retire after 26 years at the helm. During his tenure,
the Huskies garnered three national titles including one as recent as the 2010/2011
season. He will be replaced by former assistant coach Kevin Ollie, who played
his college basketball at the school and returned to the program as a coach in
was not expected to be a major factor in the conference this season and Bovada
did not even have the Huskies listed in its futures odds to win a national
title. However, the loss of Calhoun from the Big East’s coaching ranks is just
another example of the further deterioration of one of the top conferences in
the nation for college basketball as it loses yet another iconic figure that
helped raise it to that stature.
Louisville lands another top recruit
of the saving graces for the Big East is that Louisville has not only
established itself as one of the favorites to win a national title this season
as Bovada’s 17/2 third-favorite team behind Indiana (8/1)
and Kentucky (13/2),
it is taking steps to ensure that it remains at or near the top of the class
through the recruiting efforts of head coach Rick Pitino and his staff.
Monday, the school announced that point guard Chris Jones from Northwest
Florida Junior College has committed to play his college basketball at
Louisville. Jones was ranked No.67 in the nation as a high school senior and
earned All-American honors in his freshman year at Northwest Florida after
averaging 18 points a game for the runner-ups to junior college national championship.
He was widely regarded as the top junior college player in the country. The
addition of Jones could be enough raise Louisville’s current recruiting class
into the top five in the nation.
The Spartans lose Kaminski for six
State freshman Kenny Kaminski will be out for upwards of six months after
having surgery to repair his injured right shoulder and will most likely
redshirt to preserve a year of eligibility. The 6-foot-8, 245 pound forward
sustained the injury while playing basketball against some of his teammates
during the summer. This will be the second time he has this shoulder operated
on after injuring it as a senior at Medina High School in Ohio.
In his last
full year of action as a junior, Kaminski averaged close to 20 points and just
over 10 rebounds a game. He was not projected to be a starter at Michigan State
right off the bat, but certainly had potential to work his way into that role
in the near future if he continued to develop his overall skills. The Spartans
are considered to be the fourth-best team in the Big Ten this season and have
been opened at 25/1 to win a national title.
If you missed last weeks NCAA basketball News and Updates, be sure to check it here!