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Cierra Dillard scores 41 in Turkish League

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Dillard scores 41 points in an overtime game, 31 in the second half.

Dyaisha Fair on NCAA.Com's Midseason Starting 5

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I can't imagine a higher honor for a mid-major player to be on NCAA.Com's mid-season "starting 5". She's the only mid-major player on this "starting 5".

Story of Monika Šimková told in NCAA VB Final 4 Program

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Fans attending the NCAA Volleyball Final 4 will see in their game program a story original published in The Spectrum, telling the story of Monika Šimková.

1958 Football Team to be Inducted into Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame

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Great article by Rachel Lenzi of The Buffalo News on the 1958 football team, which declined an invitation to the Tangerine Bowl because the Bowl prohibited black players from participating. Two of the UB players were black. The article has current quotes from the surviving team members.

How Alabama became an SEC powerhouse overnight on its way to possibly changing college basketball

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What Nate Oats has done at Alabama: "The concept is not novel, though it is still fairly progressive at the college level: shoot almost exclusively either 3-pointers or at-the-rim 2-pointers. Bama bombs away from anywhere on the court when it comes to the 3-point shot, but it is avoiding mid-range shots like the plague. Alabama operates like an NBA team in a college world and has separated itself philosophically in the process. The Tide's focus is on dashing in dunks, layups, put-backs and bunnies to buttress its 3-point attack. This combines two of the most efficient shots in the sport to account for nearly 85% of the team's total shots. That tiny remaining slice of pie is reserved for non-layups and non-3-pointers."

Danny White hired as Tennessee AD

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Former Buffalo Athletic Director Danny White has been hired as the new Athletic Director at the University of Tennessee.

Nate Oats and Alabama now Top 10

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The Alabama Crimson Tide, coached by Nate Oats, are now ranked in the Top 10 nationally (well actually, #10). He's got some really outstanding 3-point shooters on his team. He's not going to let Nick Saban recruit them to be tight ends. (I just made up that last part, it doesn't say that in the article.) Honestly, I didn't think that Oats would have this level of success this fast, especially since Bobby Hurley at Arizona State hasn't gotten there yet.

Final Football Rankins 25 and 34

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Finished the season 25th in the AP poll. https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/rankings/ap/ 34th in the Coaches' Poll (Ball State 30th) https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/rankings/coaches/

Nick Perkins vs. Mitchell Watt; highlights

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Nick scored 11 points, and had 2 rebounds in the loss. Mitch scored a game high 18, along with 3 rebounds. Both players started, in what was their first game of the season back on Sept. 27th. Since then, Nick is averaging 10.1 ppg and 3.4 rpg. And, Mitch has 14.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg. They are scheduled to play each other again on Jan. 17th.