Home » Conference Notes » Currently Reading:

Big Sky Notebook

December 5, 2002 Conference Notes No Comments



Big Sky Notebook

by Nicholas Lozito

College basketball is a 40-minute game

If college basketball games lasted only seven minutes, the Big Sky Conference would have recorded wins over No. 15 Missouri and No. 1 Arizona this past week. The Sacramento State Hornets (1-3) held a 16-11 lead over Mizzou with 12:30 remaining in the first half. The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (2-2) had a 16-13 lead with 13:28 remaining in the first half over the Wildcats. Unfortunately for both upset-minded teams, the game of college basketball lasts 40 minutes — two halves of twenty minutes each. The Big Sky duo combined to be outscored 105-47 in the second half.

The moral of these two stories is to never get your hopes up when playing with the big boys, because they just might be toying with you. They’ll let you hang around for a few minutes, get you thinking you have a chance to win, and then squash you like a bug (or Hornet).

One positive that Sacramento State and Northern Arizona can draw from these games is that they did battle, for a short period of time, with a pair of high-quality teams. Notably, Hornet center Tony Champion scored 14 points in the first half against All-America candidate Arthur Johnson. Champion, who lost significant weight over the summer, will become an even bigger force as the season rolls along. The 6-foot-11 center will also be able to exploit the undersized Big Sky.

Northern Arizona seems to have found a sniper in Kelly Golob, who scored 14 points in nineteen minutes against Arizona. The freshman guard has connected on 15-of-22 shots from beyond the arc in the last three games, including a 29-point effort in a win over St. Peter’s.

Whether the Hornets and Lumberjacks can build off of these brief glimpses of greatness, and extend them over a 40-minute stretch is yet to be seen. The two teams have combined to go 1-5 against Div. I competition so far this year.

Hornets in a huge hole

Cedric Thompkins is the latest Sacramento State academic casualty, as the forward will most likely redshirt the season after his summer school grades did not meet NCAA regulations. Thompkins joins swingman Joel Jones, guards Joseth Dawson and David Joiner, and forward Leo Cravey as Hornets who did not qualify academically to play in the Fall 2002 semester. Jones will red shirt the entire season, while Dawson, Joiner and Cravey will rejoin the team in early January, granted their fall grades meet NCAA standards.

Dawson and Jones served as the Hornets top-two scorers last season, while Thompkins was the team’s top rebounder. The five ineligibilities also creates a great lack of depth for the Hornets, who are currently suiting up only nine scholarship players. The team has only one backup guard and only four returning players.

Big Sky in a rut

The eight-team conference combined to go 5-13 over the past week, recording only one victory (Weber State beat Nevada) over a Div. I school. The conference had a 4-2 mark against lower division schools. The Big Sky went 0-3 versus schools from a fellow mid-major, the West Coast Conference.

The Weber State Wildcats (4-1) and Eastern Washington Eagles (3-2) are currently the only two teams with winning records in the conference, while Weber is the only team with a positive scoring margin. The Wildcats most recently received a 32-point performance from all-conference guard Jermaine Boyette in a 73-70 victory over Nevada. The senior guard shot 11-of-15 from the field.

Game of the Week

The Montana Grizzlies will take on previously-ranked Gonzaga on Thursday night in Montana. This will be first-year Montana coach Pat Kennedy’s first realistic shot to knock off a contending team. Prediction: Gonzaga 80, Montana 74.

Player of the Week

Weber State guard Jermaine Boyette averaged 23.5 points and five assists in wins over Nevada and Montana Tech.

     

Comment on this Article:







Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville

Advertisement


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

August 18, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we check in with some good news from a few teams overseas after a big scare, plus a big addition for a championship contender, a conference on the rise, and a great coach thinking about a return to the bench.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about the NBA Draft, of course, but spend much more time on the happenings at Ohio State and Louisville and the implications starting next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 17, 2017

May 18, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we start with the NBA Draft Lottery, then talk about a big pickup for Duke, important transfers, the coaching carousel winding down and much more.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, the business of college sports, as well as that of sports media, takes center stage. We talk about the layoffs at ESPN, college basketball’s opening night, and Wichita State’s departure from the Missouri Valley Conference. We close with thoughts on a departed friend of the media business as well.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017 by

In our first off-season edition, we look back on the season that just ended, including redemption for one team and a big development for a conference that has had more questions than success on the hardwood. We also look at players coming and going, as well as big coaching news on a day where there was a lot of it.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.