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VSU basketball holds first official practice

Written By: Shane Thomas  The late Rodney Dangerfield said it best: “No respect, no respect at all.” On Monday, the Valdosta State Blazers men’s basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Gulf South Conference in the league coaches’ poll, a spot lower than last season. The Blazers went 16-12 last season but finished strong, advancing to Gulf South ...

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Game played to promote Greek Unity

written by: Victoria Johnson During the week of ‘ Kross Examination,’ a week-long event held by the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, the Kappas had a close game on the basketball court. Located on Court 3 in the student rec, the Kappas basketball team, known as the ‘King of the Courts,’ had a healthy competition against the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. ...

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How Final Four will be matched up, played out

No.1 Florida Billy Donavan and his Gators look poised to take home Florida’s third NCAA Championship in Donavan’s tenure. Florida has unquestionably been the most consistent team in college basketball this season, going undefeated in their last 29 contests. Ironically, however, UConn was the last team to beat Florida, a 65-64 game that ended on a Shabazz Napier buzzer beater. ...

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NCAA upsets support two-year NBA age limit

College basketball took advantage of the opportunity to flex its muscles in the first weekend of March Madness. Twelve upsets headlined the weekend, reminding the world that despite the sport taking a distant backseat to college football, college basketball still has a postseason that no other sport can compete with. Whether you were rooting for your team or the underdogs ...

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VSU aims to build on so-so season

Written by: Shane Thomas A 16-12 season certainly will not be remembered as one of head coach Mike Helfer’s greatest seasons. Following another season of roster renovations, this season represents a transition period for the veteran head coach that may propel the Blazers back to prominence next season. On the surface, the Blazers were a Jekyll-and-Hyde bunch much of the ...

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NCAA bracket picks: Who are you?

Written by: Neil Frawley With conference tournaments raging on and selection Sunday only days away, excitement grows. And at 7pm, once all conference tourneys have ended and all 68 teams have been announced, the madness can and will ensue. And when it does, the focus of the sports world will once again turn to the brackets as hopeful souls look ...

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VSU geared up for first-round of tourney

written by: Shane Thomas No. 7 Valdosta State (15-11) takes on No. 2 West Alabama (14-6) in Game A of the Gulf South Conference tournament Thursday. Reminiscent of last season, the Blazers enter the conference tournament having lost their last two regular season games. VSU lost to Christian Brothers 90-73 in the regular season finale. Thursday’s opening game will be ...

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The little man that plays like a giant

written by: Shane Thomas When the Valdosta State men’s basketball team took the floor Nov. 11 for its season opener, there were several new players for fans to become acquainted with. The Blazers were victorious that night led by one of their newcomers, an undersized yet speedy point guard named Larry Stone. Generously listed at 5-feet-10 and weighing in at ...

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Blazers rout conference foe West Georgia

Valdosta State head coach Mike Helfer was more than pleased with his team’s effort Thursday night. And he has every reason to be after a blowout 88-55 victory over foe West Georgia in the P.E. Complex, which completes the regular season sweep.   “We didn’t talk about it but our kids know, and you can see our student section and ...

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Blazers attempt to sweep Wolves

written by: Shane Thomas Valdosta State (13-9) look to improve their standing in the Gulf South Conference when they welcome in-state rival West Georgia (16-9) Thursday night. The Blazers defeated UWG 72-64 in Carrollton, Ga. on Jan. 16. Blazer guard Blake Justice led the team with 25 points and VSU held UWG’s leading scorer Deonta Stocks to only 10 points ...

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