One of the many beautiful things about musical getaways like Strings & Sol in Puerto Morelos, Mexico is that with such a concentration of artists in the same place, sit-ins abound. For last year’s Strings & Sol this past December, Yonder Mountain String Band took advantage of this fact, inviting Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth and Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass to join them on the track “Traffic Jam.” You can check out newly released pro-shot footage of this musical moment below, courtesy of Cloud 9 Adventures.
Comments Quentin Hillsman’s answer was less than definitive. When asked whether Kayla Alexander is ready to take on Ohio State’s two-time All-American center on Saturday, the Syracuse women’s basketball coach wasn’t entirely certain. ‘I think she is,’ Hillsman said. But he couldn’t say for sure. Saturday the Orange (7-0) and certainly Alexander will face their toughest test of the season in the No. 6 Buckeyes. All eyes will be on the matchup at center between OSU’s (7-0) Jantel Lavender and sophomore center Alexander for SU. Early on this season, Alexander has done nothing but dominate opponents to the tune of 16 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. But she hasn’t faced anyone quite like Lavender, who is the three-time reigning Big Ten Player of the Year. For the first time all season, Alexander will face someone who can match her 6-foot-4-inch frame. For the first time all season, she is not the more talented center on the floor. No longer will she face an opponent three and four inches shorter than her like she did against Delaware State and Cornell.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 ‘I’m going to have to go out there and play tough,’ Alexander said. ‘I have to play good defense and try to stay in the game.’ And perhaps that truly is the key for Syracuse. Last season, as a freshman, Alexander struggled against the Big East’s most talented center. In a 36-point loss to Connecticut in the Big East tournament, Alexander picked up four fouls in 22 minutes. On the other side of the court, UConn’s Tina Charles went off for 34 points on 16-of-19 shooting from the field. Alexander shot only 3-of-9. The other meeting between the two teams saw a 21-point UConn win in which Alexander scored just six points. ‘(We need to make sure) we’re not putting her in a position where she is down there on an island by herself guarding a first-team All-American,’ Hillsman said. ‘We’re going to play team defense and make sure that when (Lavender) touches it, that we put ourselves in position to where we are able to help her out.’ So far this season, it doesn’t matter what defensive scheme Lavender has faced. Through seven games she’s averaging 25.7 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game. Lavender is coming off a 32-point performance against Oklahoma, a team ranked in the top 15 in the country. Last season, she had four games of 30 points or more. ‘We have to find a way to make her a little uncomfortable when she does catch it and try to keep the ball out of her hands initially,’ Hillsman said. One way Hillsman said his team can make Lavender feel uncomfortable is by making her work on the defensive end of the floor. All season long, SU has looked inside to Alexander on nearly every possession at the start of games. Hillsman said a game like this should be no different. In fact, that should be an even larger focus, he said, and perhaps Lavender will pick up some early fouls. Although Hillsman said he thinks the Lavender and Alexander will cancel each other out with fouls, Saturday’s game might well be decided by which interior player can stay on the floor longer. If it’s Lavender, Syracuse will have to turn to its guards to pick up the bulk of the scoring. In some respects, though, this isn’t so bad for the Orange. In the meeting between OSU and Syracuse two years ago which the Buckeyes won 78-71 in Columbus SU’s Erica Morrow had a huge game. Her 23 points lead the Orange on a night when all-time leading scorer Nicole Michael was held in check. ‘These are the games you look back on once you’re older,’ Morrow said. ‘These are all the type of games that you want to reminisce on.’ If the Orange wants to avenge that loss, Hillsman said the team needs to come through in the game’s closing moments. That loss saw Syracuse miss eight of its final 13 shot attempts and go 1-for-4 from the free-throw line over the final five minutes. This year, that can’t happen. The Orange needs a consistent scoring option to go to if the game is tight down the stretch. In other words, Alexander needs to be on the floor. ‘We’re going to do like we’ve been doing,’ Hillsman said. ‘(And that mans) throwing the ball inside to Kayla and letting her play. ‘We know that we can put her in positions where she can be successful in this basketball game.’ [email protected]
NBA trade rumors: Rockets offering first-round pick to Grizzlies to get rid of Brandon Knight and his contract There was no shortage in scoring Saturday.The Nuggets (36-15) scored 83 first-half points and beat the Rockets (29-22) 136-122 in a barn burner. The unlikely duo of Malik Beasley and Nikola Jokic scored 35 and 31 points respectively on the night. Jokic was one assist shy of a triple-double for a piping hot Denver team that shot 62.2 percent from the field.James Harden extended his streak of consecutive 30-point games by totaling 30 points and nine assists. Related News NBA trade rumors: Lakers’ first offer for Anthony Davis includes Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, others The Nuggets are now tied with the Warriors for first place in the Western Conference after the win.Studs of the NightPaul George hit a career-high 10 3-pointers en route to a 43-point performance to lead the Thunder to a 118-102 win against the Heat.Rudy Gobert posted 25 points and 13 rebounds as the Jazz took down the Hawks 128-112.Kyrie Irving’s 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists fueled the Celtics to a 113-99 win against the Knicks.Duds of the NightMarc Gasol scored eight points on 3-of-10 shooting in the Grizzlies’ 100-92 loss to Charlotte.Dion Waiters scored five points on 2-of-10 shooting for the Heat.HighlightsThis leaning Torrey Craig dunk was one of many for Denver. Torrey Craig (16 PTS) ELEVATES for the jam! #Rockets 91#MileHighBasketball 105📺: @ESPNNBA pic.twitter.com/nVTL1RmC3M— NBA (@NBA) February 2, 2019Russell Westbrook knifed through the lane for a routine slam against the Heat.💥 RUSS THROUGH THE LANE! 💥WATCH on NBALP: https://t.co/M0EAJ7DX09 pic.twitter.com/BKF8IWqowT— NBA (@NBA) February 2, 2019What’s Next? Lakers (27-25) at Warriors (36-15) 8:30 p.m. ET — Los Angeles beat Golden State the last time these two teams met. The Lakers claimed a 127-101 victory without LeBron James, who left the game after suffering a groin injury. James returned from a prolonged absence Thursday, so it should make for an exciting rematch.
IOWA CITY — Iowa’s Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson could become the first tight end duo to be selected in first round of the NFL Draft. Both took part in Iowa’s Pro Day on Monday. Some projections have Fant as a top ten pick.Both are expected to get invited to the draft in Nashville but neither has made a decision on where they will watch from.Fant says it is hard to say which one will be taken first.Hockenson also is considered a possible top ten pick but he is paying no attention to the projections.Hockenson says there are no guarantees where a player will be drafted.Hockenson says he is more concerned about making a team than where he is drafted.The first round of the NFL Draft is Thursday April 25th with the rest of the draft taking place on Saturday April 27th. AMES — A disappointing end of the season for the Cyclone women. Missouri State is headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001. The Lady Bears built an 11-point third quarter lead then held off an Iowa State rally to stun the third seeded Cyclones 69-60 in Ames.That’s ISU coach Bill Fennelly. The Cyclones made a season low from three point range and finished two-of 17 from behind the arc.The Cyclones sliced the Lady Bears lead to one but never led in the second half as they end the season with a record of 26-9.Bridget Carlton led Iowa State with 31 points. Former Miss Iowa Basketball Elle Ruffridge of Pocahontas played 16 minutes for Missouri State, scoring seven points. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Juuse Saros made 29 saves for his third shutout of the season and Ryan Johansen scored a short-handed goal as the Nashville Predators defeated the Minnesota Wild 1-0 Monday night. With the victory, the Predators clinched a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. They are in second place in the Central Division, two points behind Winnipeg. Devan Dubnyk stopped 18 of 19 shots for the Wild, who remain two points out of the last playoff spot in the West with five games to play. IOWA CITY — The Iowa women have found out who their opponent in the Sweet 16 will be. North Carolina State outscored Kentucky 25-17 in the first quarter and 19-9 in the fourth quarter on their way to a 72-57 win. Iowa advanced to the regional semifinals for the seventh time in the program’s history and for the first time since 2015 with a 68-52 win over Missouri on Sunday. You can hear the Iowa-North Carolina State game on Saturday in Greensboro North Carolina at 10:30 on AM-1300 KGLO. MARION – The NIACC men’s golf team placed fourth with a 321-318 – 639 Monday at the Kirkwood Eagle Spring Classic at Hunters Ridge Golf Course.Mount Mercy Blue won the classic with a 289-293 – 582. Kirkwood was second with a 291-295 – 586.NIACC was in fifth place after Sunday’s first round.Sophomore Ben Boerjan led the NIACC men with a 74.-73 – 147.Also for the Trojans, Jackson Hamlin shot a 79-79 158, Austin Eckenrod shot a 78-80 – 158, Matthew Heinemann shot a 90-86 – 176 and John Patterson shot a 97-100 – 197. Zach Martin, who did not play on Sunday, shot a 84 on Monday.NIACC returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Graceland Spring Invitational at Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville, Mo.