Transfers providing a boost in college basketball


Transfers providing a boost in college basketball

College basketball coaches all around the country are using experienced transfers to restock their rosters.

Here are six programs that have received a big boost this season from players who got their start on a different campus. Some coaches have players who followed the conventional route of sitting out a year before beginning play with their new teams. Others have players who received a waiver allowing them to play immediately. And some reeled in more than one player to replace departed stars.

Along the way, transfers have provided a welcome infusion of scoring, interior toughness and leadership.


Arizona - Xavier's loss has been the Wildcats' gain again. Mark Lyons averaged 15 points last year, but left Xavier in what the school said was a mutual decision after Lyons butted heads with coach Chris Mack during the season. Now the senior guard is leading No. 8 Arizona (17-2) in scoring, once again averaging about 15 points as an every-game starter. ``He has great belief in his own ability, but he also believes in our team,'' said Arizona coach Sean Miller - who himself arrived in the desert from Xavier in 2009. ``He's used to winning, he's used to playing in big games, and he's used to performing in big games. When one player feels that way, it can become contagious.''


Butler - Rotnei Clarke didn't need long to make an impact for the Bulldogs. In his third game, the Arkansas transfer had one of the season's top highlights when he buried a 25-foot heave at the buzzer to beat Marquette in the Maui Invitational. The 6-foot senior is averaging a team-best 16.7 points and shooting 43 percent on 3-pointers for ninth-ranked Butler (17-3). He scored 19 in an upset of then-No. 1 Indiana in December, then returned from a neck injury that sidelined him three games with 24 points last weekend against Temple. ``We can do more with him,'' coach Brad Stevens said afterward. ``There's no question you're going to score more with a better scorer out there and I think we'll push it a little more with him out there, too.''


Canisius - It hasn't been just the big programs that have gotten transfer help. Billy Baron started his career at Virginia, then transferred to play for his father, Jim, at Rhode Island last season before following him to long-struggling Canisius. The junior guard is averaging a team-high 16 points this season for the Golden Griffins (13-8), who are trying to earn their first winning record since the 2000-01 season and their first NCAA tournament bid since 1996. Canisius was 5-25 last year and 1-17 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, but Baron's play has helped Canisius carry a winning record into February for the first time in six years, according to STATS LLC.


Iowa State - Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg found help from Will Clyburn, a 6-7 guard who played in junior college and at Utah, and Michigan State transfer Korie Lucious. Clyburn is averaging a team-high 14.4 points and 7.6 rebounds, while Lucious is averaging about 10 points and 5.5 assists heading into Wednesday's game at Oklahoma State. But the two seniors are also offering leadership, with Lucious - who played in the 2009 national-title game and the 2010 Final Four with the Spartans - calling a players-only meeting after a loss to Texas Tech. ``I just called the meeting to make sure everybody's heads was on straight,'' Lucious said. Iowa State responded by beating Kansas State last weekend for its first win against a ranked opponent this season.


Missouri - Second-year Tigers coach Frank Haith could almost field an entire lineup with four transfers, three of whom sat all or most of last season. Oregon transfer Jabari Brown is second on the team in scoring at around 15 points since becoming eligible in December, while fellow guards Earnest Ross (Auburn) and Keion Bell (Pepperdine) have been part-time starters averaging at least nine points. Then there's former Connecticut forward Alex Oriakhi, a member of the 2011 NCAA championship team who was cleared to play immediately because the Huskies were banned from the NCAA tournament due to poor academics. Oriakhi is averaging about 11 points and nine boards on the interior for the 17th-ranked Tigers heading into Wednesday's game at LSU.


UCLA - Consider this ``Chapel Hill Westwood.'' First the Bruins added twin 6-10 forwards David and Travis Wear from North Carolina last season. Then they added another former Tar Heel this year in point guard Larry Drew II, who quit the team at UNC in 2011 at midseason after losing his starting job to Kendall Marshall. After two-plus years of uneven play for Roy Williams, the senior entered the week ranked fourth nationally in assists (eight per game) and first in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.6). As for the Wears, Travis is a starter averaging 12 points and six rebounds, while David is averaging about seven points and five boards off the bench for Ben Howland's Bruins heading into Wednesday's game against USC.


AP Sports Writer Michael Marot in Indianapolis and Luke Meredith in Ames, Iowa, contributed to this report.

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How To Watch Nationals-Astros World Series Game 1: Date, time, TV channel, live stream

How To Watch Nationals-Astros World Series Game 1: Date, time, TV channel, live stream

With the Washington Nationals pulling off a clean sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, there was a rather long break before the team could make its much anticipated World Series appearance. But, that wait has reached its end, as Tuesday marks the beginning of this year's fall classic.

On Saturday night, the Washington Nationals learned of their opponent: the Houston Astros. The AL West division winners took care of the New York Yankees in six games, clinching a berth in the World Series with a walk-off homerun by Jose Altuve. For Houston, this will be the second World Series appearance in three seasons, as the team took home the title in 2017.

But, this team maybe even better than that one. The core of Altuve and Carlos Correa now also features a rising superstar in Alex Bregman and a stellar bat in Michael Brantley to make the lineup one of the most potent. As for the pitching rotation, it's equally as dominant. One could make the case for either Justin Verlander or Gerrit Cole to take home the AL Cy Young, and the Astros have both. Oh, and they can also run out Zack Greinke for good measure. Cole hasn't lost a start since May (yes, you read that right) and while Verlander and Greinke have struggled at times in the postseason, they aren't exactly arms you want to face.

As impressive as Houston is, the Nationals pack their own punch as well. Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Juan Soto and NLCS MVP Howie Kendrick star in a lineup that has thrived on timely hitting in October. Add that to the four-headed monster of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez that handled the Cardinals with ease, and you have the formula for an exciting World Series.

It will be Scherzer against Cole in Game 1, here's everything you need to know about the series opener.

2019 World Series Game 1: Washington Nationals @ Houston Astros

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX.

Time: 8:08 p.m. ET

TV Channel: FOX

Broadcasters: Joe Buck and John Smoltz

Live Stream: FOX Sports

Radio: 106.7 The Fan (Washington DC Market), ESPN Radio (Nationally)

Weather: 70° F

World Series Schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 22:
- World Series Game 1: Nationals @ Astros. Time: 8:08 p.m. TV Channel: FOX.

Wednesday, Oct. 23:
- World Series Game 2: Nationals @ Astros. Time: 8:07 p.m. TV Channel: FOX.

Friday, Oct. 25:
- World Series Game 3: Astros @ Nationals. Time: 8:07 p.m. TV Channel: FOX.

Saturday, Oct. 26: 
- World Series Game 4: Astros @ Nationals. Time: 8:07 p.m. TV Channel: FOX.

Sunday, Oct. 27: 
- World Series Game 5*: Astros @ Nationals. Time: 8:07 p.m. TV Channel: FOX.

Tuesday, Oct. 29: 
- World Series Game 6*: Nationals @ Astros. Time: 8:07 p.m. TV Channel: FOX.

Tuesday, Oct. 30:
- World Series Game 7*: Nationals @ Astros. Time: 8:08 p.m. TV Channel: FOX.

*If necessary 


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This 'Friends' inspired Nationals mashup will get you even more excited for the World Series

This 'Friends' inspired Nationals mashup will get you even more excited for the World Series

We know you're already counting down the seconds until the Washington Nationals square off with the Houston Astros in the World Series. It's constantly on your mind, in your dreams at night and the hype is unmatched.

Twitter user @PoolBoyTV seems to be in the same boat, and they have a video that will take that excitement to a new level.

Fusing the all-time classic intro scene from the television show 'Friends' with the infectious personalities in the Nationals clubhouse, we have ourselves a masterpiece.

The video captures the fun-loving attitude that the Nationals have carried throughout the season, part of the reason the team rebounded from a 19-31 record in May all the way to the Fall Classic. And of course, it wouldn't truly represent the 2019 Washington Nationals without some 'Baby Shark' in the mix.

From Trea Turner to Kurt Suzuki, this cast of stars will try to keep the party going against the Astros.