Dallas Colleges: college basketball

Prestonwood's Julius Randle headed to Kentucky

March, 20, 2013
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Plano Prestonwood's Julius Randle, the No. 3-ranked college basketball prospect, has chosen to attend the University of Kentucky on Wednesday. He opted for the Wildcats over Kansas, Florida and Texas.

Also, Dave Telep breaks down Julius Randle’s commitment to Kentucky, where the Wildcats’ loaded freshman class ranks all-time, and what this does for Kentucky’s outlook on next season. Watch here.

Texas announces nonconference basketball schedule

May, 30, 2012
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Matchups against perennial national powers North Carolina, Michigan State, UCLA and Georgetown highlight the 2012-13 University of Texas nonconference basketball schedule released Wednesday. The Longhorns also will make an appearance in the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

The Longhorns open the 2012-13 season with a home date against Fresno State (Nov. 9), coached by former UT assistant Rodney Terry. Texas hosts Coppin State in the regional round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational (Nov. 12).

The Longhorns then head to Maui for the championship rounds of the EA Sports Maui Invitational (Nov. 19-21). Texas will be joined in the eight-team tourney field by: Butler, Chaminade, Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, North Carolina and USC. Matchups for the championship rounds in Maui will be announced at a later date.

UT returns to Austin for a pair of home contests against in-state opponents Sam Houston State (Nov. 27) and Texas-Arlington (Dec. 1). The Horns travel to New York City to play Georgetown (Dec. 4) at historic Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic. Tip time for the UT-Georgetown contest has already been set for 6 p.m. Central (7 p.m. Eastern), and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

Texas then faces UCLA at Reliant Stadium in Houston (Dec. 8) before returning to the Erwin Center for contests against Texas State (Dec. 15) and North Carolina (Dec. 19). Texas registered a 74-72 against No. 11 UNC on Dec. 30, 1995, in the Tar Heels’ only previous matchup against the Longhorns in Austin.

The Longhorns will travel to East Lansing, Mich. to face Michigan State (Dec. 22) at the Breslin Center. Two years ago, UT snapped Michigan State’s 52-game home win streak against nonconference foes with a 67-55 victory (Dec. 22, 2010).

Texas will conclude its nonconference slate with a home game against Rice (Dec. 29).

The Big 12 Conference schedule has not been finalized at this date. UT’s complete television schedule for the 2012-13 season will be announced at a later date.

Johnny Jones made UNT job so much better

April, 13, 2012
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Johnny Jones made 20-win seasons an expectation at North Texas, a program that had a grand total of 20 wins in four seasons before his arrival in Denton.

That’s how the former LSU point guard and assistant coach earned his dream job at his alma mater, which hired Jones to replace new TCU coach Trent Johnson.

That’s also why North Texas has never been a more attractive job for a head coach. Athletic director Rick Villarreal, who hired Jones about two weeks into his UNT tenure, should have a pretty impressive pool of candidates in his search to find an experienced head coach that can keep the Mean Green program’s momentum going.

“You probably need somebody that you’re not taking a chance he’s pulling the trigger for the first time,” Villarreal said. “That’s my preference. As a program, we’re at that point.”

The program, which qualified for the NCAA tourney twice in the last six years, is at a point where it could be poised to join the midmajor powers.

The Mean Green’s five-year streak of 20-win campaigns was snapped this season, when UNT finished 18-14 and lost a down-to-the-wire Sun Belt tournament final for the second straight year, but the entire rotation should return intact with an impact juco big man headlining the recruiting class. Potential first-round pick Tony Mitchell has decided to wait at least a year to declare for the NBA draft, opting to focus on improving his game and leading UNT back to March Madness, unless he reconsiders following Jones' departure.

This will always be known as a football state, but there aren’t many more fertile basketball recruiting bases than the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. UNT has a 10,000-seat arena and has positioned itself, with a facilities overhaul highlighted by its new $78 million football stadium, to benefit from future conference realignment dominoes falling.

This is no longer a job for a man desperate for a chance to become a head coach. It’s a job for a proven winner who can build on the foundation Jones leaves as he heads home to LSU.

NCAA accepts Baylor's penalties

April, 12, 2012
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The NCAA accepted Baylor's self-imposed penalties for women's and men's basketball recruiting violations. Read the full story here.

Lady Bears ready for Georgia Tech in Sweet 16

March, 23, 2012
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Baylor coach Kim Mulkey and star Brittney Griner are ready to take on Georgia Tech on Saturday in the NCAA women's tournament Sweet 16.

Baylor preps for Xavier in the Sweet 16

March, 22, 2012
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Baylor head coach Scott Drew discusses Friday’s matchup against Xavier in the Sweet 16.

Scott Drew on Baylor's uniforms, Brady Heslip

March, 20, 2012
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Baylor coach Scott Drew joins "The Scott Van Pelt Show" to discuss his team's bold uniform choice and the rise of Brady Heslip.

W2W4: Oklahoma women take on St. John's

March, 20, 2012
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The Oklahoma Sooners battle the St. John's Red Storm in the second round of the women's NCAA tournament.

Lady Bears prep for Florida

March, 19, 2012
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Baylor faces Florida in the second round of the NCAA tournament Tuesday. Here's a look inside the Lady Bears' practice with head coach Kim Mulkey.

Texas coach Gail Goestenkors resigns

March, 19, 2012
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Texas head basketball coach Gail Goestenkors resigned on Monday after five seasons.

Oklahoma women take down Michigan

March, 18, 2012
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Aaryn Ellenberg scored 21 of her 28 points in the second half, Whitney Hand added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Oklahoma defeated Michigan, 88-67, Sunday night in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament.

Playing on their home court, the Sooners (21-12) took control with an early 14-4 run and never trailed.

Oklahoma led by 12 in the first 8 minutes. The advantage grew to 19 as Ellenberg came out hot in the second half and Oklahoma held the Wolverines without a basket for the first 5 1/2 minutes.

Michigan (20-12), making its first tournament appearance in 11 years, got as close as eight with a flurry of 3-pointers by Carmen Reynolds before the Sooners closed it out.

Reynolds finished with 20 points to lead the Wolverines. Michigan's leading scorer, Rachel Sheffer, had only three points in a season-low 14 minutes.

Baylor tops Colorado for trip to Sweet 16

March, 17, 2012
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Brady Heslip made nine 3-pointers and finished with 27 points Saturday to lift Baylor to an 80-63 victory over Colorado in the South Regional.

Heslip, a transfer from Boston College who grew up in Canada, helped break open a tight game with a pair of 3-pointers that were part of a 14-0 run and gave the third-seeded Bears (29-7) a 75-60 lead.

Baylor made the regional finals for the second time in three years under coach Scott Drew. The Bears will play the winner of Sunday's game between Xavier and Lehigh.

Pierre Jackson had 13 points and 10 assists for Baylor.

Freshman Askia Booker had 15 points for 11th-seeded Colorado (24-12), which saw its winning streak in the Pac-12 and NCAA tournament end at five.

Tyra White leads Aggies to second round

March, 17, 2012
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Tyra White scored 18 points to lead Texas A&M over Albany, 69-47, as the defending champions advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Texas A&M women roll past Albany

March, 17, 2012
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Tyra White had started 87 straight games before missing the last three with a foot injury.

On Saturday, the Texas A&M star looked like her old self, scoring 18 points with seven rebounds to lead the defending national champion Aggies to a 69-47 win over Albany in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

She got going early, scoring 12 points in the first half, and added four points and a steal in a decisive second-half run.

The Great Danes had scored six straight points to tie it early in the second half before A&M used a 17-4 run to take a 49-36 lead with about 13 minutes remaining.
Albany had three turnovers and missed three layups in that span. Alexia Standish had two 3-pointers and Sydney Carter hit one during A&M's spurt.

The third-seeded Aggies (23-10) were making their school-record seventh straight tournament appearance and hosting games for the first time since 1994. It was the first NCAA appearance for No. 14 seed Albany, which got an automatic bid by winning the America East tournament.

The Great Danes, who moved to Division I in 1999, won 10 straight games to get into the tournament and hadn't lost since Jan. 28.

Ebone Henry had 14 points and nine rebounds and Julie Forster added eight points and 12 rebounds for Albany (23-10), which won 20 games for the first time since jumping to Division I.

Standish, a freshman, had 12 points -- all on 3-pointers -- for A&M and Adaora Elonu chipped in 13 points and three steals.

The victory sets up Monday's game with sixth-seeded Arkansas, where Gary Blair coached before coming to A&M. The Razorbacks knocked off Dayton in the first game in College Station on Saturday.

Baylor falls to Missouri in Big 12 final

March, 10, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is leaving the Big 12 on top.

Kim English capped a phenomenal conference tournament with 19 points, Phil Pressey added 15 points and eight assists, and the fifth-ranked Tigers beat No. 12 Baylor 90-75 on Saturday night to win their second championship in the past four years.

The Tigers (30-4), who led from start to finish, will head off to the Southeastern Conference next year savoring a title in coach Frank Haith's first season in charge.

English wound up 29 of 40 from the field in a virtuoso performance in Kansas City. Michael Dixon added 17 points, and Ricardo Ratliffe and Marcus Denmon had 15 each.

Perry Jones III led Baylor (27-7) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Brady Heslip scored 14 and Deuce Bello came off the bench to add 13 for the Bears, who were turned away short of their first conference tournament title since 1950.

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