Author: Alfred Ezman

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Aspiring sports journalist with prior collegiate sports coverage of the Tennessee Volunteers. Also has many professional sports writing beats such as the Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Rays, and Orlando Magic

It was a pedestrian season in Tallahassee for college basketball. The Florida State Seminoles finished 17-16 overall and were 10-10 in ACC play. When it was all said and done, the Seminoles improved from their disastrous 2022-23 season when the team went 9-23, their lowest win total since the 2000-01 season. However, news broke last week of FSU’s forward Jamir Watkins declaring for the NBA draft. He made a graphic post thanking many people including his family and the university, as well as his previous school VCU which was his playing destination before transferring to Florida State. https://twitter.com/EasyVeazeyNG/status/1783233131450859939 Watkins was…

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On Sunday, former Duke Blue Devil guard Jeremy Roach committed to Baylor after spending four seasons in Durham with Duke. During his time with the Blue Devils, Roach improved steadily every season and became an all-around great guard in 2023. He averaged 14 points a game on 46.8% shooting from the field. He was in double figures during every game that Duke played in during March Madness. Roach also became a very lethal three-point shooter this season hitting them at a 42.9% mark. This was improved by 8.6% from a season ago and it is over a 10% improvement from…

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With the college basketball season now at a close, the offseason is now upon us. With this comes the transfer portal and players who are searching for new opportunities at other schools for the next step in their young careers. One of these players is the biggest name thus far in the portal is former Arizona Wildcats center Oumar Ballo. The big man is not new to the portal as he transferred to Tuscon from Gonzaga before the beginning of the 2021-22 season. https://twitter.com/On3sports/status/1777390525219234221 Ballo played in very few minutes with Gonzaga in his first college basketball season with just…

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The 2024 SEC Tournament was filled with many top seeds getting upset in the quarterfinal round. This included the Alabama Crimson Tide who suffered a bad loss to the Florida Gators in the quarterfinal round. The Gators held one of the best offenses in college basketball just enough to explode onto a 102-88 and send the Crimson Tide home from Nashville early. However, that was just the beginning of a historic Alabama postseason run. With a 21-11 record and a 13-5 record in SEC play, the Crimson Tide were set for another NCAA tournament appearance. They landed the 4th seed…

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs have been great for a long time. The program has made the NCAA tournament since the 1998-99 season (excludes 2019-20 due to COVID-19). In 14 of those seasons, Gonzaga made at least the sweet sixteen which is also something they have done for the past nine times dating back to the 2014-15 season. That streak was kept alive and extended to nine years this season. Mark Few Continues Winning with Gonzaga This big-time success has been thanks to head coach Mark Few. He has been with the team in Spokane, Washington since the 1999-2000 season taking over…

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March Madness usually creates some of the best stories in sports that revolve around an underdog team’s climb to the mountain top. This is the case with the Duquesne Dukes who recently won the Atlantic 10 tournament in Brooklyn, New York. It is their first tournament title since 1977 when the first Atlantic 10 tournament took place. Thus, Duquesne finds itself in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1977 and it is the sixth time in program history they have made the big dance. The Dukes made the Final Four in two tournaments during the 1939-40 and 1951-52 seasons.…

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If there are any, there are not many college basketball programs with the esteem Duke has when it comes to the success needed to attract recruits to their fold. Jon Scheyer Continues Krzyzewski’s Winning Ways Former head coach Mike Krzyzewski left a monumental legacy of 5 national championships, 14 ACC regular season titles, 15 ACC tournament titles (most in conference history), 38 All-Americans, and 9 national players of the year. He also produced 55 NBA draft picks while being at Duke. In short, he created a culture of team success and player success that attracts high school prospects to come…

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The West Coast Conference tournament is set to begin on Thursday, March 7th with a matchup between Pepperdine and Pacific in Las Vegas, Nevada. For one Saint Mary’s Gaels team, they can wait until Monday, March 11th to play as the team earned the WCC regular season title. Thus, they have the one seed during the conference tournament in Las Vegas. It is the second straight year the Gaels have won the West Coast Conference as they split the regular season title last season with Gonzaga. However, this is the first time Saint Mary’s has solely won the WCC since…

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The Florida Gators have found themselves in a close battle to earn a NCAA tournament spot. As of March 1st, before their tough 82-76 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Gators are a 7th seed according to ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi. However, Florida has held up decently well this season looking at it in its entirety. With a 20-9 overall mark and 10-6 in SEC play, the Gators sit sixth in the SEC after accomplishing their 7th 20-win season in the past ten years. A tournament berth would be the fifth over that same stretch of time. The Gators…

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Washington State has put together an excellent-looking college basketball season. They have hit the 20-win mark for just the third time in 16 seasons and have been ranked 19th in the country according to the latest AP Poll. Despite losing their latest game to the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday 73-61, the previous game saw the Cougars win a huge matchup in Tuscon over Arizona 77-74. The Wildcats have sat in the top five for a lot of this season, but they dropped down to 6th in the recent poll. https://twitter.com/WSUCougarsMBB/status/1760922932086558972 The Arizona win marked the end of a…

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