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Nike Blamed For Zion Williamson’s Injury

In what might be the most bizarre moment of the year, Duke star Zion Williamson suffered a leg injury after blowing out his sneakers on Wednesday’s night game vs North Carolina.

At the start of the game around 19:30 in the first half, Zion Williamson came off a handoff play. As he was driving to the basket, he did a half spin move and collapsed. Zion blew out his sneakers and suffered a mild knee sprain leaving him out the rest of the game.

The Blue Devils went on to lose against North Carolina 88 -72, R.J. Barrett took on the scoring load ending the game with 33 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

Nike is hoping to have an investigation on the incident and has issued a statement on Zion’s injury and shoe blowing out:

“We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery. The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue.”

Nike’s stock has started to drop since the accident and they are being viewed in a negative way.

One of the more notable things about Zion is his size, at 6’7 284lbs he is a human truck. With his crazy athleticism and force exerted on that play, maybe the sneaker was not to blame for his injury.

It should be noted, that this injury could be a combination of both poor manufacturing of the footwear as well as the force Zion exerted on the sneaker.

Furthermore, this injury sparked a conversation on if Zion should sit out the rest of the season or play. Zion is projected to go #1 in the NBA Draft in June. This injury has raised concerns of if this might affect his draft stock.

Zion has gained the support from Lebron James and former President Barack Obama for a speedy recovery.

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Ja Morant And The Phoenix Suns Are A Match Made In Heaven

The Phoenix Suns have been abysmal halfway through the NBA season. They rank dead last in the Western Conference with an 11-48 record.

The young Suns are still learning how to win as a team. With the core of Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker, the Suns should be a competitive team in the next couple of years. Unfortunately, they are still missing some pieces to turn them into a championship contending team.

With their projected top 5 pick in the upcoming draft, the Suns should do anything by any means necessary to acquire Ja Morant, the Murray State point guard that is dominating college basketball.

At 6’3, 175 pounds, Ja Morant is going to be the next promising young point guard in the NBA.

Morant is a physically gifted, and all around polished player. His playmaking ability, athleticism along with his ability to create his own offense will complement Devin Booker in the backcourt and make scoring at the basket easier for Deandre Ayton.

The Suns have been looking for a point guard to help lead the team to championship contention ever since the departure of Steve Nash. The Suns need a dynamic point guard, someone who is going to score the basketball and be a playmaker.

At one point, the Suns had 3 point guards on the team that was all-star caliber players in Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas but the Suns eventually traded these players away. This created a hole at the point guard spot that they have been trying to fill ever since.

Ja Morant is everything they need in a young point guard to complete their core. Ja has soared up the draft boards this year and is leading a lower tier school in Murray State to a 20-4 record. Morant is heavily compared to the likes of De’Aaron Fox and Russell Westbrook.

With a playmaker being their biggest need, it just so happens that the best playmaker in this draft, Ja Morant, may fall into their laps. A Morant-Booker-Ayton duo would be an interesting big 3 to watch for years.

Is Zion Williamson The Next Lebron James?

Duke freshman Zion Williamson has garnered plenty of attention around the NCAA as potentially the second coming of Lebron James. The 6-7 285lb forward has dominated competition so far through three games into the college season.

The one thing that distinguishes Zion from everyone else is his crazy athleticism and his muscular frame for a college player. Zion is a force similar to Lebron in which they are both freight trains going at people. Zion has filled up the stat sheets with high flying dunks, stellar rebounding and even showing some shooting touch.

“This might be the most athleticism we’ve seen since Vince Carter,” said NBA Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett.

Zion for the season is averaging 25.3 Points, 10.7 Rebounds and 2.7 assists. With these numbers, he is making a case that he is the best college basketball player right now as well as the potential number one overall pick come the 2019 NBA Draft.

Zion has drawn comparisons to that of Lakers star Lebron James. This is a huge comparison that Zion will be looked upon to live up to in the NBA. Lebron, at the age of 18, was scrutinized heavily but lived up to and exceeded expectations. Lebron came into the NBA straight out of high school and also being a player who was not only extremely athletic but having a high IQ for the game of basketball.

Zion is a freak of nature and someone who is going to be an instant star and high energy player for any team he is on and the truth is we have not seen anything like Zion in terms of his athleticism and skills at his frame and stature. This is a great thing as he is a new breed of basketball talent that we haven’t seen before with these abilities.

Zion Williamson isn’t a Lebron just yet and it is kind of unfair to compare the two. Nevertheless, with Zion’s abilities, he can very well put pressure on being better than Lebron if he exceeds past expectations.

Right now, Zion is his own animal with unlimited upside in his game. Only time will tell if he can live up to all the hype that is surrounding him.

What’s Next For Carmelo Anthony?

In the span of a year, Carmelo Anthony has been on the New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Atlanta Hawks, and the Houston Rockets. Recent reports from the Rockets organization say that Melo may be on his way out of Houston.

With the Rockets slow start to the NBA season, losing 4 straight games at the start of the season and currently being the 12th seed in the Western Conference, fingers and blame are being pointed at Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo, 34 years old, has not adapted to the Rocket’s head coach Mike D’Antoni’s offensive scheme of 3-point shooting, pick and rolls, and spreading the floor type of offense. Carmelo’s role on the Rockets has been questioned numerous times through the season and his stint with the Rockets may be ending very soon cause of his lack of adaptability.

Carmelo should be recognized as a gifted scorer. He was a ten time all-star and scoring champion in his career but the reality of his current situation is that father time has finally caught up with him. He has not improved in any facet of his game in the past six years. In addition, he has been the scapegoat and odd man out for the teams he has played on the past couple of years and it seems like that trend will continue.

“You know what? I honestly think Melo should retire, I really do,’’ said NBA Hall Of Famer Tracy McGrady. “I don’t want him to go through another situation like this, and people are just pouring negativity on this man’s legacy. I really think because it hasn’t worked out the last two teams, just go ahead and, you have a Hall of Fame career, just go ahead and let it go.’’

It should be noted that McGrady brings up the point of stopping the bleeding for Carmelo and not continuing his current path. Carmelo has a few options since he is still on the pursuit of winning a championship. Options are signing with the Golden State Warriors or possibly the San Antonio Spurs or as Tracy McGrady said, retirement. The ideal situation for Carmelo would sign with Golden State, win a ring on that team and then retire. Melo retires on a good note as he can still be a productive and non-problematic scorer on a stacked, 3-peat bound Warriors team.

Carmelo came into the NBA after winning an NCAA Championship at Syracuse University straight to the NBA in 2003. He was recognized as a winner and someone who can lift a team into a winning culture. His friends in that draft Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh have all went onto to have winning careers, challenging for championships and also winning but Melo has never seen a championship nor has he went to a conference finals or NBA finals.

Carmelo’s career at this point has been stained by the media, fans, and even NBA organizations and it’s tough to see him go through this. A gifted player who was at a point the toughest guy to guard in the league may never win a championship or play in the NBA after this season.

Carmelo, this season is averaging 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and shooting 40% from the field. Melo can still be an effective player that can give you buckets, only thing is it has to be the right situation.

Quarterfinal Prediction / Take

The First Round just rounded out with some great games were witnessed as teams gave it their all in order to proceed to the next round; taking another step further towards deciding who will be crowned this year’s National Champions.

Prediction Recap

Released earlier in the week, my predictions went 7-1.

The scores were scattered all over the place but the general decisions were more or so correct. Each team in the tourney has a shot of winning the title, making this year’s Quarterfinal a must see.

Saturday, May 19th

#6 Loyola vs. #3 Yale

Both are great teams here. Yale played a great UMASS team and came out the victor as the Bulldogs battled to score on Sean Sconone as he who made 10 saves to keep UMASS in the game.

Loyola kept the pace against Virginia, setting a lead at half 10-5. A late Virginia surge was stopped as Loyola went on to win 14-12.

Loyola’s offense has been great all season. The Loyola defense has to be locked down if they want to beat that dynamic Yale team. I’m going with another close game, but I’ll go with Yale to advance to the Semis. 15-13

Denver vs. #2 Albany

This will be another great game. Denver should be buzzing off their upset against Norte Dame.

If the Pios can find a way to stop that Great Dane offense, they’ll be able to win. However, I don’t think that will be the case.

Albany will also be up against Trevor Baptiste, the best Face-Off player in the country. He will matchup nicely against TD Ierlan, who is widely considered the #2 to Baptiste. It will be a true battle of who will win the face offs considering the legitimacy of both specialists. I’m going with Albany. 13-8

Sunday, May 20th

Cornell vs. #1 Maryland

Cornell is coming off an amazing win at the Dome, knocking off a talented ranked Syracuse team. Cornell played lights out, capitalizing on Syracuse’s mistakes.

Maryland did not have an easy game against Robert Morris University.

Being outplayed by a hungrier team is not something the talented Terps are used too.

RMU took a 6-3 lead to half as the Terps looked shell shocked by the effort RMU had given them, winning on offense and defense against the nationally ranked #1 Maryland team.

Maryland stormed back scoring 6 in the third, out-scoring RMU 6-1. It was all Maryland from that point as they went in to win 14-11, closer than everyone expected. If Maryland comes off lazy against Cornell, we could be looking at another major upset. I don’t think Maryland will come out that flat again. It will be a great game but Maryland should bounce back against a very good Cornell team. Maryland 13-10

If Jeff Teat isn’t contained, the Terps will have a tough matchup ahead.

#5 Johns Hopkins vs #4 Duke

Duke controlled the game against Villanova the entire way, going up 11-4 at half and ultimately winning the contest 17-11.

Hopkins is coming off a tight comeback win against Georgetown in OT. JHU underestimated the firepower that G-town has.

Down 8-3, Johns Hopkins found the will to win to tie it at 9-9, winning it in OT from Shack Stanwick.

Duke is looking real good. I don’t believe Hop has what it takes the beat the juggernaut that is Duke Lacrosse. It’ll be a battle of offenses, but Duke should win this one. I’ll go 14-10

First Round Predictions for the NCAA D1 Men’s Lacrosse Championship

Diving into a sport that some of you may not know of, Lacrosse baby.

We are finally at the time of the year where the D1 Men’s Lax bracket has been established. Some great matchups early on will make some of these predictions tougher than I thought it would be..

Saturday May 12th

#1 Maryland vs. Canisus/RMU

Maryland Here. Too nasty on O, D, Goalie, and FOGO. I think RMU will beat Canisus, but lose to Maryland 12-5. #1 seed for the past 4 years. Talk about a powerhouse

#4 Duke vs. Villanova

A good game to watch but I’ll go with Duke 13-8. Duke should come out ready to go

#5 Johns Hopkins vs. Georgetown

Close game here. Hopkins coming off a massive dub against #1 Maryland, but G-Town also coming off with a massive dub against Denver. I’m going Hopkins 14-13.

#8 Syracuse vs. Cornell

Cornell won the IVY upsetting #3 Yale in an impressive fashion. If they play with the same intensity against Cuse, it’ll be close. 13-10 Syracuse.

Sunday May 13th

#3 Yale vs. UMASS

I think it’ll be a good game. I’m going with Yale 12-8.

#7 Notre Dame Vs. Denver

Could be the best game on the docket. I’m going with an upset, Denver over ND 11-10 in OT.

#2 Albany vs. Richmond

Richmond is a very good program, Albany just has too many weapons + Colarusso is a brick wall. I’m going with the Danes 14-5. Tehoka Nanticoke is an absolute monster. If you don’t watch lacrosse, watch #1 in white come Sunday.

#6 Loyola MD vs. UVA

Loyola at home should have the advantage here. Another good game. Going Loyola 14-10

Should be an exciting first round, my personal favorite North Carolina didn’t make it this year so I have to find another team to support to make it all the way. I’m going with Maryland to probably win it all. But I’ll be rooting for Albany considering I’d love to see Connor Fields grab a ring in his final year.

College Hockey Top 5 Power Rankings for 2017-2018 Season

The University of Denver to repeat….

The beauty of College Hockey is that some teams may roster players for a short amount of time due to NHL contracts or draft status. While others keep the same roster for several seasons. Many players join College rosters to do that exact reason, play a year or two get drafted than test their waters in the AHL and NHL. Aside from that College Hockey is a NCAA sport that gets underlooked and undervalued a ton with NCAA Men’s Basketball and Football. Well here at Live In The Stands, we shall lament the beauty of college hockey this season and promise to bring you compelling articles!

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After the University of Denver captured their eighth national championship this past season, Denver returns as favorites to capture their ninth national championship. As if back-to-back did not sound good enough, but the sound of nine national championships, has a nice ring to it. I’m sure Denver players can attest to that as well.

Being the College Hockey juggernaut is never an easy task, but the 2003-04 Denver team has been the only recent team to win back-to-back national championships. Well here come the 2017-18 Denver team that returns as favorites for the national championship and ranks #1 among College Hockey teams in the nation.

Denver

Denver comes in at #1 solely because of last year’s national championship win and returning much of their goal scoring and their starting goaltender Tanner Jaillet. The only big loss comes from former Hobey Baker winner and now New Jersey Devil Will Butcher. Denver brings back Troy Terry, Henrik Borgstrom and Dylan Gambrell all in which tallied 40 plus points and Borgstrom and Terry tallied 22 goals apiece. Denver looks to Sophomore defenseman Michael Davies to step up and fill the void of Butcher, Davies tallied 17 points in 44 games for Denver last season.

 

 

Providence

Another team that is always in the mix for the national championship and finds their way into the frozen four. Providence lost Jake Walman but with the leadership and core, this team has it should not be much of freight. Offensive core lead by senior Brian Pinho Junior Erik Foley helps Providence be a force on the front end. Providence looks for Freshmen F Bailey Conger to step up and help out on the offensive end after tallying 42 points in 59 games with the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL.

Umass-Lowell

Surrounded by other juggernaut schools in the area, Umass- Lowell sometimes gets forgotten about being that Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern are in the area. Boston, Mass is a forefront consisting of some of the best College Hockey teams. But this year Lowell separates from the pack and gains a spot among the top 5. With a roster consisting of seven returning seniors, Lowell and Norm Bazin should be ready. Lowell looks to Croix Evingson to play big minutes, after tallying 52 points with the Shreveport Muddogs of the NAHL last season.

Penn State

After capturing their first-ever Big-Ten championship last season and missing the frozen four by inches, Penn State looks to return as a top team in College Hockey. Despite years past of facing some struggles, Penn State managed to surprise some and have elevated themselves into top College Hockey team contention. With only four returning seniors, Penn State will rely on their freshman and sophomore’s to get the job done next season. Penn State looks for Sam Sternschein to see an expanded role, after coming over from the USHL, where he tallied 32 points in 45 games.

Minnesota

Where hockey was born, Minnesota. Minnesota produces some of the top players at the Screenshot 2017-09-26 at 5.56.38 PMNHL and College level. They have contended for a national championship in years past and have another shot at it for the 2017-18 season. Minnesota has brought in some of the top recruits in the nation,  Casey Mittelstadt, and Scott Reedy. Mittelstadt was a 1st round 8th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft. He played 24 games for the USHL Green Bay Gambler’s last season and tallied 30 points. Scott Reedy was a 4th round pick in the 2017 draft, Reedy played for the U.S. National U18 team last season accumulating 42 points over 60 games. The team is young but Gopher fans are expecting big things as always from Minnesota this season.