Category Archives: Basketball

Donyell Marshall, Assistant Suspended For Exhibition

by Tyler Roaix

Central Connecticut men’s basketball coach Donyell Marshall has been suspended for tonight’s exhibition game against Nyack, the school announced Thursday afternoon.

Assistant coach Anthony Anderson was suspended for the game as well. Both coaches are entering their second season at CCSU.

Here is the official statement from the University:

“Central Connecticut State University announces that CCSU Blue Devils Men’s Basketball Head Coach Donyell Marshall and Assistant Coach Anthony Anderson will be unavailable to coach this evening’s exhibition game against Nyack due to a confidential personnel matter currently under investigation by the University. Coaching Central’s team tonight will be Assistant Coach Mike Witcoskie and Anthony Ross. There will be no further comment tonight on this matter.”

According to CCSU Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications Mark McLaughlin, there is no indication as to when more information will be made available.

“Any further information will be made available pending the investigation,” McLaughlin told The Recorder. “There will certainly be nothing else tonight.”

According to the school, players and coaches will not be made available to the media after tonight’s game.

NBA Season Preview

by Kyle Flynn
To recap the insanity that was the most exciting NBA offseason maybe ever, Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Rose are Cavaliers, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George are in Oklahoma City, Jimmy Butler is a Timberwolf, and Chris Paul is blasting off in Houston. This does not even begin to describe how much the landscape of the league has changed in just a few short, hot months.

With opening night on Tuesday, teams are wrapping up their respective preseason games and getting ready for show time.

Here are some of the key transactions that were made in the NBA offseason:

– C Timofey Mozgov, PG D’Angelo Russell traded to Brooklyn Nets for C Brook Lopez, No. 27 pick.

– C Dwight Howard, No. 31 pick (Frank Jackson) to Charlotte Hornets

PF Miles Plumlee, SG Marco Belinelli, No. 41 pick (Tyler Dorsey) to Atlanta Hawks

– G/F Jimmy Butler, 2017 No. 16 pick (Justin Patton) to Minnesota Timberwolves

PG/SG Zach LaVine, PG Kris Dunn, 2017 No. 7 pick (Lauri Markkanen) to Chicago Bulls

– PG Chris Paul traded to the Houston Rockets for PG Patrick Beverley, SG Lou Williams, F Sam Dekker, F Montrezl Harrell, SF Darrun Hilliard, G/F DeAndre Liggins, F Kyle Wiltjer, 2018 protected 1st-round pick, Cash considerations to Los Angeles Clippers

– G/F Paul George to Oklahoma City Thunder

SG/SF Victor Oladipo, PF/C Domantas Sabonis to Indiana Pacers

-F Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City Thunder

-C Enes Kanter, F Doug McDermott, 2018 2nd-round pick to Chicago Bulls

-G Kyrie Irving to Boston Celtics

G Isaiah Thomas, F Jae Crowder, F Ante Zizic, 2018 1st-round pick to Cleveland Cavaliers

-Jeff Teague signs with the Minnesota Timberwolves

-Derrick Rose signs with the Cleveland Cavaliers

-Dwyane Wade signs with the Cleveland Cavaliers

-Paul Millsap signs with the Denver Nuggets

-Rudy Gay signs with the San Antonio Spurs

-Gordon Hayward signs with the Boston Celtics

Regular Season Predictions:

Western Conference:

1. Golden State Warriors

2. Houston Rockets

3. Oklahoma City Thunder

4. San Antonio Spurs

5. Denver Nuggets

6. Minnesota Timberwolves

7. Dallas Mavericks

8. Portland Trail Blazers

Eastern Conference:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

2. Boston Celtics

3. Washington Wizards

4. Toronto Raptors

5. Milwaukee Bucks

6. Philadelphia 76ers

7. Miami Heat

8. Charlotte Hornets

Regular Season Awards:

Most Valuable Player: James Harden

Rookie of the Year: Dennis Smith

Defensive Player of the Year: Kawhi Leonard

Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens

Most Improved Player: D’Angelo Russell

NBA Champion: Golden State Warriors

Runner up: Cleveland Cavaliers

With a now even more loaded Western Conference and an even more top heavy Eastern Conference, we are now on a collision course to repeat the same matchup in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season.

Big rookie names like Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith and Jayson Tatum look to make their mark on the league, as veteran players and all the stars continue their chase at the NBA throne.

You can catch the start of the season this coming week as most teams start their seasons between Tuesday, Oct. 17 and Thursday, Oct. 19.

Thunder May Be Better, But Still Have A Long Way To Go

by Tyler Roaix

The Oklahoma City Thunder made headlines yet again this week, when they made a blockbuster deal to acquire forward Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks. In the trade, the Thunder send center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second round draft pick to the Knicks.

The deal comes two months after Oklahoma City shockingly acquired All-Star forward Paul George from the Indiana Pacers, in exchange for guard Victor Oladipo and forward Domantas Sabonis.

Rumors about Anthony have been swirling for months, but it was expected that he would land with either the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers. But neither team could work out a deal the Knicks wanted.

The two trades were both shocking and smart moves made by Thunder General Manager Sam Presti. The team is now centered around what many basketball experts would say, are three of the top 20 players in basketball.

Let’s not forget that Westbrook, George and Anthony have a lot to prove. Westbrook wants to show that he can win without former teammate Kevin Durant. George is someone that many overlook as one of the game’s best players. Anthony is simply trying to prove that he can win, period. After all, with a player as talented as Anthony, it’s hard to believe he has been to the Conference Finals just once in his career.

This upcoming season may be the Thunder’s last shot for awhile to compete for a championship. Westbrook has confirmed that he wants to remain in Oklahoma City long-term, but has yet to agree to a contract extension. Anthony is only under contract for two more seasons, with no indication as to what he wants to do afterward. George is widely known as a player who wants to go to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers when he becomes a free agent, so OKC can’t rely on him staying after this season.

But we have to pose the question of whether or not the Thunder have a realistic shot at dethroning the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

Despite having three all-star caliber players, the Thunder are still a long shot away from the Warriors. Westbrook may be the reigning MVP, but you can’t expect him to average a triple-double again. Anthony is a great scorer but he is on the way down in his career. George has to prove that he can stay on the court after being just a year removed from a major knee injury. Plus once you get past those three players, they don’t have a lot of talent on their bench. The Warriors, on the other hand, are still the best team in basketball. Some say they may even be the best team of all time. Houston will look to challenge them after they acquired star point guard Chris Paul in the offseason. The Spurs will always be relevant with head coach Greg Popovic leading them. These are all teams the Thunder are chasing and have to somehow overcome if they want to win a championship.

Taking a closer look at the dynamic of OKC’s new “big three,” question arise as to how these three players will work together. Anthony and George both play small forward, so one will have to adjust to a new position. Not only that, but all three players are very similar in play style. According to Sporting News, Westbrook, Anthony and George all finished in the top 10 last season in points per possession in isolation. So it’s hard to imagine how you can take three players who are used to scoring and getting them to work cohesively.

At the end of the day, Thunder fans shouldn’t get overly excited about the team’s new look. Sure, they will be fun to watch. But ultimately, OKC will be lucky to make it past the Western Conference Semifinals. Golden State is better than them. Houston is better than them. San Antonio is better than them. They might finish high enough to finish with a top-four seed in the conference, but that’s about all fan should expect.

 

 

Blue Devils Fall Short In Conference Semi Finals

by Humera Gul

Central Connecticut State University’s women’s basketball team  fell to Robert Morris 70-62 in the NEC Semi-Final. It was a close game, but the Colonials of Robert Morris held on to beat CCSU, closing their year at 11-21 and 9-10 in the league.

CCSU shot 23 of 55 from the field. and were 13 of 16 from the foul line. They struggled beyond the arc and shot three of 14.

Giocelis Reynoso finished with a double-double. She was four of nine from the field and made both of her free throws, finishing with 10 points. She grabbed a career high 15-rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block.

Aleah Epps led the team in scoring with 15 points. She was four of eight from the field and made seven of her eight free throws. She was able to record one rebound, three assists and two steals.

Andi Lydon contributed 10 points and was four of 11 from the field, and two of six from the beyond the arc. She had four rebounds, one assist and two steals.

Robert Morris shot 24 of 56 from the field, five of 17 from the arc and was 17 of 24 from the foul line. Robert Morris also didn’t shoot well from the arc, however, the Colonials drew many fouls and took good advantage of those shots. The Colonials were 70.8 percent in foul shots.

Anna Niki Stamolamprou had played well for the Colonials, with five of 16 from the field, two of five from the arc and three of four from the foul line. She finished with five rebounds, four assists and two steals and scored many points for her team.

Rebeca Navarro also played well for the Colonials.  She was four of 11 from the field, two of seven from the arc and one of two on foul shots.  She also had five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

CCSU went into the half being down by just four points, but in the third quarter they were outscored by nine points. CCSU started the fourth period being down by 13 points and outscored Robert Morris in the fourth quarter 22-17, but it was too late. Robert Morris eventually went on to win the NEC tournament against Bryant.

Hickey Gets Team Ready For Conference Play

by Alex Nordstrom

The Central Connecticut State Blue Devil baseball team has had an up and down run in the Northeast Conference, which has been highlighted by a stretch from 2002-2004 when they won title for three consecutive years.

In the past few years however, the Blue Devils have been inconsistent in where they have ended up among conference competition.

Last year, CCSU made the NEC tournament finishing fourth during the regular season with a 15-17 record. However, the season before that they missed the tournament finishing in last pace.  Two years ago, in 2014, they were runner’s up in the regular season for the NEC conference.

In the NEC pre-season poll this season, the Blue Devils received a number two ranking in the conference behind reigning tournament champion Bryant and ahead of last year’s runner-up Sacred Heart.

Leading the way for the Blue Devils this year will be their All-NEC junior second basemen Dean Lockery, who was third in hits (72) and seventh in batting average (.344) in the conference last season. CCSU also has a returning All-League first team starting pitcher in senior Andrew Hinckley, anchoring the pitching staff who was fourth in the conference last year in wins (8).

With such a high ranking and spot to be in heading into the 2017 season, 18th year head coach of the Blue Devils, Charlie Hickey, says that rankings mean nothing to his team.

“I don’t think it means anything in terms of pre-season rankings and to be honest about it, I didn’t even know about it,” said Hickey. “We have to sure up some things with our pitching staff with a couple of injuries before heading into conference play first of all.”

Hickey did point out that his team will benefit from more three game weekends than four this season.

“The first two weekends are only going to be three games which will be beneficial to us at this time of the year,” said Hickey.

With two of the team’s top pitchers in, senior Brett Susi and junior Cody Brown coming off injuries, Hickey says that shorter game match ups early on in the season will give these two the time to get back fully healthy without the need to rush.

Hickey said another positive thing that his Blue Devils have going for them right now is a lot of different position combinations that has created good competition for his players.

“Competition creates a little anxiety and people come to the ballpark having to prove themselves,” said Hickey. “It is not going to be a team that we are going to just write down the same nine guy’s everyday which is fine and it will keep everyone going.”

Bryant is a team at the top of the list that CCSU is looking to take down this year, especially as they come into this season as reigning conference champions, in addition to a top ranking in the conference.

“They are a good team, and they have been a good team,” said Hickey. “They are re-building a little bit this year after having seven kids drafted off of last year’s team, which is pretty remarkable in this conference and part of the country.”

When it comes down to it, Hickey puts it very simple regarding his expectations for this upcoming season, pre-season rankings and everything else set aside.

“I think our expectations are to be able to compete at the top level of the conference, it’s where we should be and what we are capable of doing.”

Currently on the young season, CCSU sits at 9-7 in non-conference play, good enough for the best record in the conference so far. They started conference play this weekend with three wins against Mount St. Mary’s, as they began their run towards a conference title.