NCAA basketball podcast with Michelle Richardson: Kentucky continues to roll blasts Vols; Zags stay perfect dump San Diego St; plus more

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari shows his involvement against the Tennessee Vols on Sat Feb 20, 2021 in Knoxville Tenn (AP News photo)

On the NCAA basketball podcast with Michelle:

#1 No.8 Kentucky made it no contest with a 70-55 win over the No.19 Tennessee Vols. Four Kentucky players in double figures Isaiah Jackson led with 16 points and Davion Mintz followed up with 15 in the not even close contest.

#2 San Diego (3-8) didn’t have a chance they got landslided by Gonzaga (22-0) 106-69. The Zags Drew Timme led with 21 points and Jalen Suggs with 17.  Gonzaga remains undefeated.

#3 Michigan (16-1) and Ohio State (18-5), 92-87 Wolverines win it, Michigan high scorers Hunter Dickinson 22 and Eli Brooks 17 and Chaundee Brown had 15.

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San Jose State unable to get first conference win after 67-51 loss to New Mexico

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By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State men’s basketball team looked to avoid a five-game losing streak with a win over the New Mexico Lobos at Burns Arena, the home of the Dixie State Trailblazers, on Thursday. Neither team had a conference win prior to tipoff, but things changed at the buzzer — just not in favor of the Spartans. The Spartans lost to the Lobos 67-51 in St. George, Utah.

The Spartans’ starting lineup stayed the same. Omari Moore, Richard Washington, Jalen Dalcourt, Nate Lacewell and Ralph Agee took the court to play the sport they love. As of January 20, Washington is ranked the nation’s No. 1 top scoring small forward in the NCAA.

The Lobos opened the scoring in the first half. Kurt Wegscheider made a jumper to make it a 2-0 game at 18:32. Just 27 seconds later, the Spartans tied the game 2-2 when Richard Washington made a layup.
But New Mexico piled on the points and went on a 10-4 for a 9-point lead, 21-19, with 7:04 left.

As if things weren’t bad enough, New Mexico took advantage of seven Spartan turnovers for a 10-point lead, 27-17, with 3:49 left. As a result, Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau called a timeout to give his team time to regroup. While the Spartans showed some glimpses of hope in Sebastian Mendoza’s layup and Caleb Simmons’ free throws, the Lobos kept a 10-point lead, 31-21, at the end of the first half.

The Spartans shot just 8 of 23 from the field in the first half, and to add insult to injury, Richard Washington didn’t return for the second half. Washington took an apparent shot to the face during the first half.

It took Valdir Manuel just 20 seconds into the second half to score against the Spartans. Manuel gave the Lobos a 33-21 lead with a jumper. Jalen Dalcourt responded with a fast-break layup to cut the deficit to 10, 33-23, at 19:14.

At one point, New Mexico didn’t score for three minutes. Ralph Agee made a layup to pull the Spartans within nine, 50-41, with 8:08 left. The Spartans had a chance to correct their mistakes and bounce back, but the Lobo offense was on fire. Makuach Maluach finished with 25 points and six rebounds for the Lobos.

The Spartans wrapped up the second half scoring, but it was too little, too late. Jalen Dalcourt made a fast-break 3-pointer to pull within 16, 67-51, with 1:02 left in regulation. Makuach Maluach made a steal, the Lobos dribbled out the clock, and the Spartans lost 67-51. San Jose State fell to 2-11, 0-9 Mountain West. Ralph Agee led the Spartans with 14 points.

Meanwhile, the Lobos picked up their first conference win of the season. New Mexico improved to 5-8, 1-8 Mountain West.

The Spartans and Lobos face off again on Saturday, January 23 at 12 pm PT.

San Jose State looks to rebound with win over New Mexico Wednesday

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By: Ana Kieu

San Jose State men’s basketball will wrap up their two-game road trip with a trip to Albuquerque, N.M. as they look to rebound with a win over the New Mexico Lobos Wednesday night. Tipoff set for 6:00 pm PT on the Mountain West Network. Justin Allegri has the Spartans play-by-play call on TuneIn.

In case you missed it, you can check out Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau’s first mic-d up segment of the season.

Back to the upcoming game, San Jose State (3-19, 0-0 Mountain West) will face off against New Mexico (10-13, 4-7 Mountain West) in a conference matchup. SJSU had lost 13 in a row with their most recent loss occurring at Boise State in a 105-57 rout on Saturday. Meanwhile, UNM–like SJSU–suffered a blowout of their own 91-62 at the hands of No. 7 Nevada on Saturday.

The Spartans recently shared a fun fact about sophomore guard Noah Baumann. Baumann extended his three-point field goals made record to 20 games on Saturday. He’s only one shy of tying the record of 21 consecutive made, which was set by former guard Robert Owens during the 2009-10 season. Owens was part of the Spartans roster in 2009-10 and watched his college basketball team wrap up the season with a 14-17, 6-10 Western Athletic Conference record, but ultimately lost to New Mexico State 90-69 at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev. in the quarterfinals of the 2010 WAC Men’s Basketball Tournament. SJSU was coached by fifth-year head coach George Nessman. Nessman currently serves as an Athletic Director at Justin-Siena High School in Napa, Calif.

At the moment, SJSU is most definitely honored to host a Coaching for Literacy Fight for Literary Game to support the nationwide #Fight4Literary movement. Why’s that? Literacy among children is very crucial. Did you know that 69 percent of fourth graders in California are not reading at the grade-level? Probably not. Well, now you know!

A Night of Records as Stanford Stomps Lobos

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By: Joe Lami

The Stanford Cardinal hosted the New Mexico Lobos on Monday in their final tune-up before the big matchup this Saturday, where the number six-ranked team hosts the third ranked Lady Vols.  They defeated the Lobos by the final score of 75-41, to move their record to 9-1.  The team has also won the last 8 in a row.  For the Lobos, they saw their two-game winning streak snapped and their record falls to 4-5 in the process.

The night for Stanford started great for Chiney Ogwumike, who recorded her 2,000th career point just minutes into a first half that she will never forget.  The Stanford All-American Senior recorded 24 of the team’s 40 first half points.

“She’s such an anchor for us” raved VanDerveer on Ogwumike’s performance.

Ogwumike eventually would slow down the production as she finished off her night with eight in the second half ending with 32 points, only four shy of tying her career high, which is set earlier this season against Cal Poly.

The team production was something to be impressed about, as eight different players got on the scoreboard.  The bench scored 32 points of their own. Bonnie Samuelson and Taylor Greenfield led the bench with eight each.  Alex Green and Erica McCall were right behind them with six.  McCall also added eight rebounds, tying her career high, which she set against Purdue in November.  Though Mikaela Ruef only scored two points, she was outstanding on the boards, leading the team with ten.

“Mikaela got it done on the boards”praised VanDerveer on Ruef on her performance.

New Mexico was led by Guard, Bryce Owens, who scored 12 points.  She was the only Lobo to get into double-digits.  Brooke Allemand came off of the bench to add eight points. She was also great on the defensive side of the ball, with her only steal being a memorable one as she anticipated a pass, jumped in front of it and it led to a lay-up.

Lobos coach Yvonne Sanchez stated “it was an opportunity for us to go and play a great team” in her chance to go up against the sixth-ranked team.

The only down side for the Cardinal was that they once again gave up way too many offensive rebounds, with 20.  “We have to do a lot better job of keeping teams off of the glass offensively, but that will give us something to work on between now and when we play Tennessee” said VanDerveer.  The Lobos, who are ranked second in the Mountain West in rebound differential, did a great job against the Cardinal as they were out-rebounded by only two.  The Cardinal won the rebound battle 43-41, however lost the offensive rebound battle 20-12.

The win for the Cardinal also marks the 750th win for VanDerveer as Stanford’s head coach.

The Stanford Cardinal have the rest of the week to prepare for what will be their toughest challenge at home yet, in number three ranked Tennessee.  New Mexico will take a break for Christmas holiday and will return to the court on December 28th.


Michelle Richardson on the NCAA

by Michelle Richardson


Cal’s dreadful 2013 season: I’ll be honest with Cal head coach Sonny Dykes is not suited to coach at Cal and he’s a very good coach and I think the jump from Louisiana Tech to the University of California Berkeley was too large for him he should have gone to a larger mid major conference maybe like the Mountain West Conference. Going to Cal was too big of a leap to go from the Sun Belt conference to the Pac 12 where it’s dog eat dog Dykes was just outmanned.

Fact is Dykes will have a tough time proving himself in the Pac 12 and this was just a horrible season finishing 1-11 and it’s going to take a lot for the Bears to rebound and who knows if they can to be honest with you. I honestly don’t know if the leadership is there and I was talking with Sportstalk’s Jeremy Kahn and this falls on Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour and honestly to an extent Sonny Dykes because of his play calling but more so because of the price tag that they don’t have to pay him as much as if they had to go after a larger name.

There’s money still left on Cal former head coach Jeff Tedford’s contract so it’s one of those, “well this is all we could afford” and it’s a shame because Cal could have been at least competitive in the Pac 12. Cal wasn’t even competitive they were just a doormat. They won one game against Portland State earlier in the season. It’s too horrible to talk about Cal and it’s kind of a sad day that Cal is dealing with all these new sporting facilities on campus and with the new football stadium and was doing it on a shoe string and Cal eventually is going to have to put butts in the seats. They need to win a few more games than this next season.

Louisville basketball with 21 straight wins: Louisville has something to prove and their trying to prove that their not a fluke but their also playing UNC in UNC. UNC is a basketball school that’s what they do they’ve got a football team the only other team that rivals them is their soccer and that’s women’s and men’s soccer but definitely women’s soccer. Louisville has a very good coach in Rick Pitino. I’m telling you it’s going to be closer than you think but I still give the win to UNC.

UNC will win because Louisville has lost so many players to the draft after their championship run last year.

Charleston Classic concludes: It’s always to go to Charleston and see my old alum the New Mexico Lobos and we live on the east coast so we don’t get to see them except for television so it was good to see them play and they played Daividson and Davidson is outmanned on this. Davidson what they lack in size they have in heart so I believe the Lobos will win but Davidson will give them all they have.

New Mexico they lost on Saturday to UMass 81-65 on Friday they came off a triple overtime loss to UAB that doesn’t take nothing away from UMass and UMass is a very good team and their in the tournament right now and their going to play Clemson and their going to hear it from UMass and their going to be a turning team to look out for.

So don’t take UMass lightly and UMass whose 4-0 will be dominating this tournament and please understand that the Lobos are playing a week late and the triple overtime they had against UAB is a tough one. Their playing Davidson and they got their legs back and they will definitely beat Davidson and not taking anything away from Davidson they lack a little shot against New Mexico but they’re all heart.

Michelle Richardson does commentary on the NCAA each week for Sportstalk Radio

Charleston Classic Day Two Re-Cap

By Michelle Richardson

Game 1:Nebraska v. University of Alabama-Birmingham

Day two of the Charleston Classic was just as exciting as day one.  The University of Alabama-Birmingham bounced back from triple overtime loss to New Mexico.  The Blazers beat Nebraska 74-84.  Forward, Terran Petteway was the high scorer for the Huskers with 21 points and 5 rebounds.  Guard, Chad Frazier was the high scored for UAB with a 32-5-7 night. At the end of the first half Nebraska has a 34-31 lead on UAB; but at the 14:12 mark of the second half the Blazers took back the lead they had in the first half and never looked back.  Nebraska will play Georgia on Sunday at 2:30 ET on ESPN

Game 2: UMass v. New Mexico

The Lobos of New Mexico just didn’t have the legs to run with UMass in game 2.  The UMass took the lead from the Lobos at the 4:43 mark of the first half from two Derrick Gordon free throws.  New Mexico Center, Alex Kirk shined with a career high 32 points; but the rest of the Lobos were nowhere to be found.  Forward, Camron Bairstow who has been averaging 23 points per game was held to only 8 points; and Guard, Kendall Williams’ 7 turnovers took away any hope for a New Mexico win. The Minutemen had four starters with double-digit scores. Guard, Chaz Williams was on fire with 19 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds.  UMass will play Clemson for the tournament championship at 9:00pm ET on ESPN.

Game 3: Georgia v. Temple

This was the game of the night at the Charleston Classic.  This game was a battle from beginning to end.  Temple and Georgia had three starters with double digits scores; but the night was about the play of the Guards.  Georgia’s Kenny Gains lead the scoring for Georgia with 21 point, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal.  Temple’s Dalton Pepper scored 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal.  This game came down to the wire and was won on an assist from Quitnton DeCozy to Will Cumming who hit the game winning 3-pointer with 7 seconds left on the clock.  Temple will play Alabama-Birmingham on Sunday at 6:30pm ET on ESPN.