Gardner-Webb looks to sweep USC Upstate

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGardner-Webb (8-14, 4-6) vs. South Carolina Upstate (10-14, 5-6)G.B. Hodge Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: South Carolina Upstate seeks revenge on Gardner-Webb after dropping the first matchup in Boiling Springs. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 18, when the Runnin’ Bulldogs outshot South Carolina Upstate from the field 51.9 percent to 46.6 percent and hit 12 more free throws en route to the 16-point victory. February 7, 2020 BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Everette Hammond has put up 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds to lead the way for the Spartans. Tommy Bruner is also a top contributor, accounting for 14.1 points per game. The Runnin’ Bulldogs have been led by Eric Jamison Jr., who is averaging 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds.RAMPING IT UP: The Spartans have scored 71.9 points per game against conference opponents so far, an improvement from the 63.1 per game they managed in non-conference play.EFFECTIVE EVERETTE: Hammond has connected on 30.9 percent of the 94 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 13 over his last five games. He’s also converted 84.5 percent of his foul shots this season.YET TO WIN: The Runnin’ Bulldogs are 0-9 when they score 64 points or fewer and 8-5 when they exceed 64 points. The Spartans are 0-13 when they fail to score more than 72 points and 10-1 on the season, otherwise.ASSIST RATIOS: The Runnin’ Bulldogs have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Spartans. South Carolina Upstate has 38 assists on 87 field goals (43.7 percent) over its past three outings while Gardner-Webb has assists on 48 of 75 field goals (64 percent) during its past three games.TOUGHENING UP: Gardner-Webb’s defense has forced 13.1 turnovers per game this season, but is averaging 16.3 takeaways over its last three games.center_img Gardner-Webb looks to sweep USC Upstate ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Big Ten fans get taste of fast pace

first_imgIf you like high-scoring, fast-paced action, tonight’s NCAA Championship between Kansas and Memphis is right up your alley.Watching the Final Four games this weekend, I was treated to a style of basketball many Big Ten fans are not accustomed to. Compared to the speedy tempo at which the Jayhawks and Tigers played Saturday, watching the Badgers run the court is like watching molasses slowly drip from a jar.Fundamentally, there’s nothing wrong with the way Bo Ryan’s team runs its offense. They eat up the clock, work the ball around the perimeter and (usually) wait to find an open shot. Most say it’s an art form that only basketball purists can appreciate, and it’s understandable why. It’s not too often that they’ll run a fast break and finish it off with a soaring slam or alley-oop, but when that does happen, the crowd goes nuts.Imagine seeing that time and time again, game in and game out. Pretty sweet image, right?It’s what Kansas and Memphis fans have been able to witness all year. With the likes of Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts — who scored 25 and 28 points, respectively, in the Tigers’ win over UCLA — pushing the tempo, Memphis put on an offensive clinic. And KU guards Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins have done the same for the Jayhawks.But if there isn’t anything broken with the Badgers, why fix it? Obviously, given UW’s recent appearance in the Sweet 16, Ryan and company did something right throughout the year to claim both the regular season and conference tournament titles. But it must be noted: that was in Big Ten play.In the Big Ten, teams prefer to take it slow and battle out a 67-66 win by working the ball down low and setting up a half-court offense. Bill Self’s Jayhawks and John Calipari’s Tigers, on the other hand, would much rather speed things up, winning comfortably by a 107-78 margin. Heck, they’d probably fall asleep just watching a classic Big Ten slugfest.Two completely different brands of basketball. And if you’re watching for pure entertainment value, choose the latter.Clearly, Wisconsin isn’t built to install this type of game. As we hear so often, Ryan recruits players who fit into his system. That means the Joe Krabbenhofts of the world, who don’t provide much flash but make up for it in hustle and grit. If Bo were to rework the playbook and move away from his swing offense, he’d have to change the way he went about recruiting. But that’s not Ryan, and that’s not the Big Ten.Instead, Badger fans, you’ll have to settle for watching this style of ball on television. And tonight’s national championship is the perfect script. It should play out to be a high-flying affair. The Jayhawks average 80.7 points per game, while the Tigers put up 80.2 per contest. (For reference, the Hoosiers led the Big Ten in scoring average with 75 a game. The Badgers? Just 67.3.)The only problem with teams that like to run the ball is they have the potential to run out of gas late in the game. When you’re scoring as much as these teams do and running the court frequently, it’s tough to maintain such a torrid pace the entire game.We saw this happen in the KU-UNC game. The Jayhawks jumped out to an enormous lead, as the Tar Heels trailed by as much as 28 in the first half. But Kansas slowed down after halftime, allowing North Carolina to battle back to within five points. While KU would eventually prevail with a nice 18-point victory, they showed signs of fatigue. If you’re going to run this style of offense, you better be in tip-top shape.I don’t anticipate ever seeing such a game at the Kohl Center — at least not if it’s a Big Ten battle. So for now, I’ll have to enjoy the fast-paced action from the comfort of my couch, where I’ll be crossing my fingers for a 103-100 championship.Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism. If you prefer the slow, gritty style of Big Ten basketball over the run-and-gun games of Kansas and Memphis, let him know at [email protected]last_img read more

New London-AIM share issue sees Gaming Realms raise £1.1 million

first_img News UK recruits Simon Collins to lead its revamped betting & gaming division November 5, 2019 Michael BuckleyUpdating the market, London AIM-listed industry mobile games and platform developer Gaming Realms Plc has confirmed that it has raised £1.1 million (before expenses) following its subscription of +10 million new shares.Priced at 0.10p each, Gaming Realms governance details that the new subscription represents approximately 3.8% of the firms existing share capital.Updating investors, Gaming Realms detailed that the proceeds of the raised capital would used ‘to increase unique game creation to enhance the game library for both our real money gaming platform and licensing the content on our remote game server.’The firm’s latest share subscription, saw Gaming Realms managing directors Michael Buckley (Executive Chairman), Patrick Southon (CEO) and Simon Collins (founding team partner) contribute to the round.In its H1 2017 interim results, Gaming Realms governance stated that it was pleased with the firm’s outlook and expectations, having closed a busy period for the firm in which it secured major games development contracts for ITV’s popular ‘Love Island’ TV show.The new share application has been officially made with the London AIM and is expected to be cleared by 14 August. StumbleUpon Gaming Realms agrees on takeover of Bear Group February 22, 2019 Related Articles Submit Share Share No-deal Brexit “could have huge ramifications” for racing January 4, 2019last_img read more