Family Ties in College Basketball 2018-19

Family Ties in College Basketball

If you feel like there family ties throughout college basketball, you’re right.  It’s not just sons of NBA players who are smattering the college basketball landscape this year.  It’s sons of pro players, brothers of pro players, brothers playing together, player coach son-father combos, and players with family members starring in other professional sports.  Yes, college basketball is fun to begin with.  But when you add the guessing game of, “why does that guy look familiar?,” or “I remember when his pops was…” it makes it enjoyable on a different level.

3 Brothers Playing Together For Vermont Basketball

Ducan brothers courtesy burlington free press

Photo courtesy of the Burlington Free Press. See the link below for

Topping this list is the clearly the Duncan brothers.  They take the cake.  For the first time since the Plumlee brothers at Duke University, the three siblings are together on an NCAA roster.  And they all get playing time.  In fact, each younger brother beat out his predecessor in their Evansville high school record book.  They’re only the fourth trio of brothers to ever play together in Division 1 college basketball.

Click here to learn more about their story, courtesy of the Burlington Free Press.  

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Wesson brothers courtesy Ohio State athletics

Kaleb Wesson and Andre Wesson (both left) are one of several pairs of brothers in the NCAA game today. Photo: Ohio State Athletics

There is a very real chance that four pairs of brothers get playing time together during March Madness.  In fact, it would not shock anyone watching closely if that’s the case for the Sweet Sixteen.  Kansas, Nevada, Ohio State, and Marquette all have brothers who log minutes together.  And all of those teams ranked top 40 on kenpom.com and on most bracketology projects in mid-February.

Andre and Kaleb Wesson grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and are now fulfilling a family dream of playing for the Buckeyes together.

K.J. and Dedric Lawson played two years for Memphis before bolting to Lawrence, Kansas to play for Bill Self and the crimson and blue.

Caleb and Cody Martin (video below) are twins tantalizing defenses with very different and complimentary skills on the court.

Sam and Joey Hauser aren’t twins, but Marquette teammate Markus Howard says that sometimes he can’t tell them apart.

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Sons of NBA Players in College Basketball 2018-2019

Let’s get to the sons of NBA players on current college basketball rosters.  There are many holdovers from last year:  First, the son of NBA legend Julius Erving, Jules Erving, is just a sophomore at California. Justin Robinson, the son of Hall of Fame Center David Robinson, is still working his way in the Duke University rotation.  Trey Mourning, another offspring of a 1990’s All Star Center (Alonzo Mourning), is now playing for coach Patrick Ewing at Georgetown  Talk about a big man fraternity!  B.J. Stith remains on an Old Dominion roster where his brother used to play and father (longtime Denver Nugget) Bryant Stith coaches.  And Wyatt Lohaus, the son of former Milwaukee Bucks forward Brad Lohaus, plays on the UNI team.  All of these players are holdovers from a stacked “sons of NBA players” 2017-18 roster.

Click here to read the full list.  

Former NBA player (and Duke great) Johnny Dawkins is not only the proud papa of a current college basketball player.  He is also the coach of Aubrey Dawkins at UCF.

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Sons of NBA Players Coming Soon To College Hoops

If you are a college basketball fanatic like me, you remember Jamal Mashburn, Greg Anthony, and Kenyon Marton more so for their college basketball contributions.  Well, their sons “have next.”  Check out this unbelievable list of prodigy children of NBA stars set to play in college basketball 2019-2020 and beyond:  Courtesy 247Sports.com.

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Siblings of NBA Players in College Basketball

Now for the fun part.  Can you name current NBA players who have little brothers in the college game?

Watch the story of Logan Johnson, the little brother of Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson, courtesy of 49ers Cal-Hi Sports Report.

Grady Eifert, the brother of Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, is a senior on the Purdue Boilmakers.

Stay tuned for more updates as we comb the nation for branches from the college basketball family tree!

 

 

March Madness game times and locations Thursday

Here are the teams, times and locations for Thursday’s NCAA Basketball Tournament.

All times Eastern Standard. 

(10) Oklahoma vs. (7) Rhode Island
12:15 p.m. in Pittsburgh, PA

(14) Wright State vs. (3) Tennessee
12:40 p.m. in Dallas, TX

(13) UNCG vs. (4) Gonzaga
1:30 p.m. in Boise, ID

(16) Penn vs. (1) Kansas
2 p.m. in Wichita, KS

(15) Iona vs. (2) Duke
2:45 p.m. in Pittsburgh, PA

(11) Loyola-Chicago vs. (6) Miami (Fla.)
3:10 p.m. in Dallas, TX

(12) South Dakota State vs. (5) Ohio State
4 p.m. in Boise, ID

(9) NC State vs. (8) Seton Hall
4:30 p.m. in Wichita, KS

(16) LIU-Brooklyn/Radford vs. (1) Villanova
6:50 p.m. in Pittsburgh, PA

(12) Davidson vs. (5) Kentucky
7:10 p.m. in Boise, ID

(11) San Diego State vs. (6) Houston
7:20 p.m. in Wichita, KS

(14) Stephen F. Austin vs. (3) Texas Tech
7:27 p.m. in Dallas, TX

(9) Alabama vs. (8) Virginia Tech
9:20 p.m. in Pittsburgh, PA

(13) Buffalo vs. (4) Arizona
9:40 p.m. in Boise, ID

(14) Montana vs. (3) Michigan
9:50 p.m. in Wichita, KS

(11) St. Bonaventure/UCLA vs. (6) Florida
9:57 p.m. in Dallas, TX

 

Best Hair in March Madness

Vote for your choice of best hair in college basketball below in the comments.

Here’s the field of 16…

16.  Garrett Collins – UNCG Spartans
Forward Garrett Collins gets the party started (and happy belated) with our Sweet 16 list.

15.  Caleb Wood – Pennsylvania Quakers
Caleb Wood looks like one of the 3 Musketeers on the guard as the Quakers march into tournament territory.

14.  Bobby Morehead – Montana Grizz
The headband game needed to be represented in this bracket.

13.  Terrell Miller – Murray State Racers
Terrell Miller makes the NBA’s Nene look thin-haired.

12.  Jaylen Barford – Arkansas Razorbacks
Jaylen Barford’s distinguished grey gives “senior night” a new connotation.

11.  Rob Gray – Houston Cougars
Replacing Kyle Guy this year as an ambassador of team man bun.

10.  Trae Young – Oklahoma Sooners
Some chicks dig the “just woke up” look.

9.  Dylan Osetkowski – Texas Longhorns
You should see this modeled in corn rows.   Osetkowski broke it out earlier this season.

8.  Collin Sexton – Alabama Tide
This freshman has entered the college game and surpassed his own teammates – like Dazon Ingram and John Petty – with the voluminousness.

7.  Jalen Fisher – TCU Hornfrogs
Jalen Fisher brings color, curls, and style to the bracket – a Cinderella story in the making.

6.  Nate Watson – Providence Friar’s
Nate Watson rocks the sherbet colored frosted tips, as do some teammates.

5.  Cartier Diara – K-State Wildcats
You can define this one.

4.  Lonnie Walker – Miami Hurricane
Anyone comfortable with the nickname pineapple head belongs on this list.

 

3.  Vincent Edwards – Purdue Boilermakers
Edwards reminds us of Rufio from Hook but has drawn other comparisons on Twitter.

2.  Jacob Evans – Cincinnati Bearcats
Coaches nationwide are looking for versatile players this time of year.  Evans has displayed his range this season, showcasing earlier this season the short dreads, and now sporting something more reminiscent of the 1990s New York Knicks front court.

  1.  Donte DiVincenzo – Villanova Wildcats
    Nicknamed “The Big Ragu” by Gus Johnson, his hairdo matches the theme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Real Champions Classic

Each year, ESPN’s Champions Classic is promoted as the real tip-off to the college basketball season.  It always features a rotation of match-ups among these powerhouses:  Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Duke.

There are also reports that the Champions Classic may literally kick-off the NCAA season next year, with no games tipping off before it.  This year, it featured a sloppy matchup of Kansas versus Kentucky (Jayhawks win 65-61) and a Duke victory over Michigan State that left the viewer asking, “was this really a matchup of number 1 and number 2?”

However, tonight when Florida plays Duke and Michigan State plays North Carolina, it will feel like the Champions Classic that would have been if the planners had the ability to pair the nation’s best four teams.

Kansas’s roster is thinner than recent years. Kentucky’s is even more immature than recent years.  Meanwhile, top 10 ranked teams like (2) Arizona is struggling (losing three consecutive games) and (6) Wichita State is without its primary scoring wing, Markis McDuffie.  Swapping-in defending champion UNC with an incumbent veteran roster of Gators would be the ideal substitute for a Champions Classic.

Luckily, for college basketball fans, they’ll get that final four after a full slate of football Sunday.  It’s the semifinals of the PK80 Invitational!

(1) Duke versus (7) Florida
TIP OFF 10:30 EST 

Let’s start with Florida.  The gators are returning an experienced team, highlighted by its gritty backcourt of KeVaughn Allen and Chris Chiozza.  Add-in Russian-born guard Egor Koulechov, Kevarrius Hayes, and a load of talented underclassmen, and you have a national contender.  The Florida Gators already accomplished a great resume-builder during this tournament.  They beat the defacto hometown team, the Gonzaga Bulldogs (games in Portland).  Meanwhile, Duke had an impressive win itself.  They came storming back in the final stanzas against a Texas Longhorns team that looked like it could bring Havoc to teams down the line.  It’s Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s youngest starting roster since 1982-83.  The Blue Devils start senior Grayson Allen with 4 freshmen, headlined by forward Marvin Bagley III.

(4) Michigan State versus (9) North Carolina
TIP OFF 8:30 EST 

UNC is somehow overlooked at number 9.  Yes, they have lost Justin Jackson and Tony Bradley to the NBA draft.  However, they return importance piece of last year’s championship team.  They include Joel Berry II, Luke Maye, Kenny Williams and Theo Pinson.  Michigan State has the next coming of Vince Carter in Miles Bridges, along with a huge cast of sophomores who can grow into something special.

 

 

Sons of NBA Players in College Basketball 2017 – 2018

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This blog has been keeping track of the impressive number of second generation NCAA players whose fathers played in the NBA for a number of years.  Before we get into the list of sons of NBA stars in college basketball, here is a roster of them from recent years:

Sons of NBA Players in College Basketball 2016-17
Sons of NBA Players in College Basketball 2015-16

This year’s list of second generation basketball stars is headlined by freshmen Jules Erving, son of NBA legend Julius Erving, and top recruit Gary Trent, Jr., who is the son of former Dallas Maverick and Minnesota Timberwolves player, Gary Trent.

Son Team Father Former NBA Team
Gary Trent, Jr. Duke Gary Trent Minnesota Timberwolves
Justin Robinson Duke David Robinson San Antonio Spurs
Tanner Lohaus Northern Iowa Brad Lohaus Milwaukee Bucks
Wyatt Lohaus Northern Iowa Brad Lohaus Milwaukee Bucks
Isaiah Wilkins Virginia Dominique Wilkins Atlanta Hawks

Brandan Stith Old Dominion Bryant Stith Denver Nuggets
B.J. Stith Old Dominion Bryant Stith Denver Nuggets

Jalen Brunson Villanova Rick Brunson New York Knicks
Trey Mourning Georgetown Alonzo Mourning Miami Heat
Jules Erving California Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers

K.J. Smith UNC Kenny “The Jet” Smith Houston Rockets
Avery Johnson Jr. Alabama Avery Johnson San Antonio Spurs

Kameron Rooks San Diego St. Sean Rooks Dallas Mavericks

College Basketball Futures – Best Values

If you wager on college basketball, you know that it is a turbulent market.  Normally, the blue bloods like Kentucky and Duke are always 12-to-1 or lower.   However, in the 15-to-1 plus territory, there are normally always great values.

And, if you bet the tournament, holding stock of a great futures bet made in November can help you hedge as the Sweet 16 and beyond approach.

Here are our top 4 future values to win a championship at this point in the season.
Ironically, two of these teams have played each other.

  1. Minnesota 80/1  
    Sitting at number one are the Gophers.  As a veteran club with size and 2017 tournament experience, college basketball’s only Pitino coach could make a serious run in the spring.

2.  Wichita State 16/1 

The Shockers should be the favorite on this list to win a championship, and their value at this point is spot-on.  As the season continues, pay close attention to Markis McDuffie.  If Wichita State wants to win a title, he may need to bring his scoring to a new level.

3.  Cincinnati 40/1

The Bearcats have a balanced roster and one of the nation’s best coaches.  Justin Jennifer is the go-to point guard after sharing the role last year with Troy Caupain, who had the nation’s 6th best assist-to-turnover ratio.  Senior Gary Clark will the the headlines as a versatile scorer, but keep an eye on senior Kyle Washington, an ambidextrous power forward who blended into the rotation nicely after transferring to Cincy.

4.  Providence 125/1

Providence has one of the nation’s most underrated coaches, in Ed Cooley.  Last year, the Friars recovered well after losing two NBA draft picks from its roster.  They lost to USC in the tournament, ironically, by a close margin.   Yet, USC is a sexy pick as a future (just 28/1) while Providence is not.  Watch last year’s highlights and compare rosters:

Future odds were found atCollege Basketball Future Odds

Champ-less “Champions Classic” Cont’d?

For two years running, champions did not play during the “Champions Classic.”  We mention this, only because the inflated rankings ahead of a nationally televised ESPN game, is almost laughable.  Last year, Michigan State came into the Champions Classic ranked 13th in the nation.  They finished week 18 of the AP rankings at season’s end outside of the top 25.  In fact, they only received one AP voter’s vote.  Yet, for tonight, it’s #1 versus #2.  And we should be happy that college basketball season has arrived!