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MBB : Getting to know Kansas State

first_imgSyracuse snuck out with a seven-point win over UNC Asheville on Thursday, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Orange will face eighth-seeded Kansas State, a 70-64 winner over Southern Mississippi in the second round, on Saturday.The Wildcats (22-10) have had a successful, but inconsistent season. Kansas State has three wins against ranked teams – two of them against Missouri – but was also swept by Oklahoma, one of the worst teams in the Big 12 this year. KSU goes as Rodney McGruder goes, and his 30-point effort in the second round propelled the Wildcats to this game.Syracuse (32-2) and Kansas State will square off at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Here’s a look at this year’s Wildcats team, the program’s history and the university as a whole:About the 2011-12 WildcatsStatistical leaders: McGruder is Kansas State’s scoring leader with 15.9 points per game, and KSU only has two players total in double digits scoring. Jamar Samuels (10 points, 6.6 rebounds) is Kansas State’s leading rebounder, and Angel Rodriguez leads the Wildcats with 3.2 assists per game. Jordan Henriquez, KSU’s 6-foot-11 forward, leads the team with 2.5 blocks per game. He had six against Southern Miss, and is averaging 4.2 blocks per game over his last five.The head coach: This is Frank Martin’s fifth season as head coach at Kansas State, and it is the fourth time he’s taken the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament. He has won at least one game in each of the four appearances, taking KSU to the Elite Eight in 2010. Martin became the Kansas State head coach in 2007 after Bob Huggins left the Wildcats to take the head-coaching job at West Virginia. Martin was an assistant under Huggins at both Kansas State and Cincinnati.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBest wins: Baylor (8 RPI) and (twice) Missouri (10)Worst loss: (twice) Oklahoma (138)How they got in: Kansas State received an at-large bid out of the Big 12 Conference. The Wildcats lost their first game of the Big 12 tournament to Baylor, 82-74.About the Kansas State men’s basketball programColors: Royal PurpleConference: Big 12Facility: Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)Mascot: Willie WildcatNCAA Tournament history: This season is Kansas State’s 26th NCAA Tournament appearance, and the third year in a row the Wildcats have made the Big Dance. Kansas State holds a 33-29 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament and has advanced to four Final Fours (1964, 1958, 1951, 1948). The Wildcats lost to Kentucky in the 1951 national championship.Last season, Kansas State made the tournament as a No. 5 seed and knocked off No. 12 Utah State, 73-68, in the second round. The Wildcats fell to No. 4 Wisconsin in the third round.Syracuse and Kansas State met in a regional final in 1975. The Orangemen defeated the Wildcats, 95-87, in overtime.Wildcats in the pros: Kansas State has two active players in the NBA. Michael Beasley, the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bill Walker, a teammate of Beasley’s at Kansas State, plays for the New York Knicks.Kansas State has had seven NBA first-round picks in its history, including one No. 1 overall pick. Bob Boozer was taken with the top pick in the 1959 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals. Howard Shannon was also taken with the No. 1 pick in the 1949 Basketball Association of America Draft by the Providence SteamrollersOther notable former Kansas State players include Lon Kruger and Mitch Richmond.About Kansas State UniversityType: PublicLocation: Manhattan, Kan.Enrollment: 19,385 undergraduatesFounded: 1863President: Kirk SchulzAthletic Director: John CurrieFamous alumni: Kirstie Alley (actress), Sam Brownback (Governor of Kansas), Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback)-Compiled by Mark Cooper, sports editor, mcooperj@syr.edu Published on March 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Tipp warned home game no advantage over Armagh

first_imgBut Tipp FM Football analyst Tom McGrath says Armagh must be underestimated It’s hoped that the Tipp senior footballers won’t become complacent after securing a home draw against Armagh.Liam Kearns men will take on The Orchard County at Semple Stadium this weekend in their Round 3B qualifier clash. Throw-in looks set to be at 5 o’clock on Saturday evening.The sides last met in the League when a last-gasp Michael Quinlivan goal secured Division 3 league promotion for Tipperary.last_img

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Local online support group helping those with brain injuries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich –The Alpena Brain Injury Support Group in collaboration with the Brain Injury Association of Michigan has started a local onlinesupport group to help caregivers, family and friends work with those suffering from brain injuries.The Brain Injury Association of Michigan designed a support group to share information, experiences and gain knowledge about brain injuries.According to the support group facilitator , Sandy Smith, injuries that impact the brain are easily undetected.Smith said there are signs that could indicate you may be suffering unknowingly from a brain injury which are considered silent injuries.According to Clinical Social Worker, Nancy Kotwicki, there are additional indicators that may be related to brain injuries such as isolating, depressionor anxiety.Kotwicki also said brain injuries can result from a fall, domestic abuse and other injuries but remedies are available.The Brain Injury Association is currently meeting by Zoom but will be meeting at Mid Michigan in Alpena once in–person meetings resume.The group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.Registration is required and for those interested in signing up, you can do soand for those interested in signing up, you can visit www.biami.orgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious 4th of July Fireworks are a go this yearNext J.C. Penney making steps toward closing its doors for goodlast_img read more

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DraftKings Lineup Picks: MLB DFS strategy, sleepers for Friday, April 26

first_imgWatch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNFor hitters, we took a varied approach. With so many options, it was impossible to get pieces of all the games we wanted, and with a whopping 12 lefties scheduled to start tonight, there were more notable splits than usual. Our only mini-stack is with a pair of Cubs out in hitter-friendly Arizona, so perhaps we’re spreading ourselves too thin and should just focus on exploiting one or two favorable matchups. Normally on nights like this, we like to play more focused tournaments as opposed to the main slate, but we’re getting in on the all-night fun with a low-stakes GPP.MORE: Friday’s SP rankings | DFS lineup BuilderDraftKings Lineup Picks: Friday, April 26Picks are for a main-slate DraftKings tournamentsStarting Pitcher: James Paxton, Yankees @ Giants ($9,600). This should be a popular pick, but there are a ton of good SPs available tonight and all but Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom are cheaper than Paxton. We like him because his matchup can’t be beat on paper, as the Giants have the lowest wRC+ against lefties. It doesn’t hurt that Paxton is coming off back-to-back 12-K games where he allowed a combined seven baserunners and zero runs (14 innings). This spot is almost too obvious, but we can’t resist it.Starting Pitcher: Miles Mikolas, Cardinals vs. Reds ($7,400). We’re playing the matchup here, as the Reds are dead last in wRC+ vs. righties and in wRC+ on the road. Mikolas has disappointed this year, but his last start was his best of the season (eight innings, two runs against the Mets). The Reds had some success against him earlier this year in Cincinnati (five innings, eight baserunners, three runs, three Ks), but Mikolas still has the potential for a big outing here. His strikeout ceiling is probably six, but given his price as the No. 19 SP, we took the savings for our offense. Hopefully he’s low-owned.Catcher: Yan Gomes, Nationals vs. Padres ($3,300). There are some weather worries for this one, but expecations are it will be played after a potentially delayed start. Gomes has struggled this year, but we still like to target him against lefties. Even this season he’s hitting .333 with a ridiculous .636 OBP against southpaws (yes, only 11 plate appearances, but still…), and for his career, he has a .279/.334/.470 against lefties. Padres starter Matt Strahm might only face Gomes once or twice, but we’ll hope for the best at this price.MORE: Friday’s Fantasy Alarm DFS PlaybookFirst Base: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers @ White Sox ($3,600). Cabrera is yet to hit a homer this year (he’s due?), but he’s still doing well against lefties, hitting .308 with a .438 OBP against them. We’re hoping the former superstar has more magic in him against Carlos Rodon, as we need the money we’re saving at 1B to apply to some current superstars elsewhere in our lineup. Second Base: Gleyber Torres, Yankees @ Giants ($3,900). Torres is struggling against lefties this year after killing them to the tune of a .576 SLG last season. It feels like only a matter of time before he gets back on track. We don’t like park shift tonight, but it’s worth noting Torres is smashing on the road this year (.302/.340/.582). Either way, we’s great value at this price against Madison Bumgarner, and given the plethora of other options and factors like park/late start, we think Torres will be underowned.Third Base: Jose Ramirez, Indians @ Astros ($4,300). Maybe Ramirez just needed his buddy back? After a miserable first few weeks, Ramirez has picked it up lately, coinciding with the return of Francisco Lindor. Regardless of the reason, he is playing better, and his DK price hasn’t caught back up with his talent. There’s nothing about this matchup with Collin McHugh that screams “Play Ramirez”, but getting a superstar this cheap when it looks like he’s coming out of a slump is something we always look to take advantage of.Shortstop: Javier Baez, Cubs @ Diamondbacks ($5,500). Yes, it’s going to cost you, but getting Baez in a great hitters park against a lefty is worth it. Robbie Ray can generate a lot of swings-and-misses, especially outside of the strike zone, but this year he’s giving up a lot more contact on pitches outside of the zone. We all know Baez is a free-swinger, and if Ray’s pitches aren’t as sharp, Baez can do a lot with them.  Yesterday’s big Mariners stack (Marcos Gonzales, Domingo Santana, Edwin Encarnacion, Tim Beckham) carried us above our tournament cash line, though we have to say the most gratifying thing was getting a home run out of Sean Rodriguez, who we used two days in a row. All in all, everyone contributed something last night, so we’ll look to keep it going with our DraftKings lineup picks for Friday’s massive 15-game main slate. We’re actually playing it like a 13-game slate, as weather issues have us scared of the Rays-Red Sox and Brewers-Mets, but there is still no shortage of MLB DFS options, particularly among pitchers (see today’s rankings).Finding two pitchers is the most difficult part on days like this, and we’re taking a somewhat counterintuitive approach (perhaps a costly one). Despite all the big names out there, we’re going with a low-strikeout guy as our No. 2. Obviously, it’s a risk considering there should be a lot of strikeout points tonight, but we love Miles Mikolas’s price for his matchup, and it’s possible we squeeze an extra K or two out of him tonight since the Reds are ninth in K-rate against righthanders. Either way, we think he’ll pitch well and give us a good shot at a win, plus we have a No. 1 (James Paxton) who can do the work of two men in the strikeout department. Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels @ Royals ($5,600). Trout is in a mini-slump, at least by his standards, going 4-for-19 with three runs and no RBIs over his past six games. He’s still taken 10 walks and stolen two bases in that span, so it’s not all bad, but it feels like an offensive explosion is coming soon. What better time than against lefty Danny Duffy, making his first appearance of the season? We’re all-in on the best player in baseball tonight, which is always a good feeling.Outfield: Curtis Granderson, Marlins @ Phillies ($3,500). There’s some rain in the forecast around game time, but early signs point to nothing more than a delayed start. Because we’re paying up so much for Baez and Trout, we need to save money elsewhere, and we’re really feeling it in the outfield (more so with the next pick). Granderson is 38 and hitting .158, so it doesn’t get much less inspiring than this, but he’s in a great hitters park and facing Jerad Eickhoff, who is getting crushed by lefties this year (.417/.533/.667), which lines up with his career numbers (.295/.351/.514). Granderson’s leadoff spot will give him at least a couple shots against Eickhoff, and it won’t take much for him to return value.Outfield: Ben Zobrist, Cubs @ Diamondbacks ($3,300). You didn’t think we could get less inspiring than Granderson, did you? Well, we’re going with another aging leadoff hitter who hasn’t done much this year. The one thing Zobrist is doing well this season is getting on base against lefties (.467 OBP), and he’s always hit better from the right side (.287/.366/.440). If he’s not in the lineup, we’ll go dumpster diving for another cheap OF, but if he is, we’ll take our chances on the park upgrade helping Cubs hitters.last_img read more

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