Kansas State: Wildcats Face Tough Injury Loss

by - Published January 8, 2007 in Newswire



Wildcats Face Tough Injury Loss: Kansas State might be without its most dynamic player, Bill Walker, for the remainder of the season. The team fears that the freshman swingman tore his ACL against Texas A&M this past weekend. Walker will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury, which he suffered while attacking the basket. Walker has averaged 13.2 points per game since he became eligible to play after the Wildcats’ eighth game of the season. [1/08/07]

LSU: Big Baby Banged Up in Accident

by - Published January 8, 2007 in Newswire



Big Baby Banged Up in Accident: LSU junior forward Glen Davis was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning and went to the hospital for evaluation. Another driver apparently ran a stop sign and slammed into the side of Davis’ car, triggering his air bag. Although Davis was uninjured, the doctors put him on pain medication and observed him to ensure that he was fine. He was back at practice yesterday afternoon, and coach John Brady expects Davis to be ready for the Tigers’ tilt at Alabama Tuesday. [1/08/07]

NCAA: Cal Tech Wins First Game in 10 Years

by - Published January 7, 2007 in Newswire



Cal Tech Wins First Game in 10 Years: It’s hard to imagine any basketball team losing every NCAA game it plays for an entire decade, a span of 207 games. But the Cal Tech Beavers aren’t known for basketball because the Division III school attracts mostly elite future mathematicians and scientists, not ball players.

So the Beavers’ 81-52 shocker against Bard College of New York last night is momentous. The win ended a 10-year skid vs. NCAA teams and a 60-game losing streak against all opponents, including non-NCAA opponents. Matt Dellatorre exploded for 24 points, as the Beavers grabbed victory in dominating fashion.

Although Cal Tech does not have a history of producing quality basketball players, Cal Tech can claim 31 Nobel Prize winners among its alumni. The extremely competitive admissions process does not include scholarships for athletes, which is true for many D-III programs. That puts such schools at an inherent disadvantage in terms of athletic quality when they must compete for kids who get free rides to bigger institutions. Nevertheless, Cal Tech’s futility was remarkable, and the team is thrilled to finally win something in the new millennium. [1/07/07]

Georgia Tech: Yellow Jackets Ban Clinch

by - Published January 7, 2007 in Newswire



Yellow Jackets Ban Clinch: Georgia Tech has suspended sophomore guard Lewis Clinch for the remainder of the season because he violated a school policy. The team did not reveal details about the violation committed by the team’s third-leading scorer. Clinch averages 13.2 points per game and is one of the Yellow Jackets’ more reliable three-point shooters. [1/07/07]

Saturday Notebook

by - Published January 7, 2007 in Columns



Hawks Win Thriller, Snap Skid Against Terriers

by Phil Kasiecki

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Dan Leibovitz stayed calm, outside of picking up a technical foul at least. That made all the difference for his Hartford Hawks in their 80-75 double overtime win over Boston University.

“It starts from the head coach,” said freshman guard Joe Zeglinski, who scored 22 points to lead the Hawks, several coming on clutch shots. “When we were down 16, he stayed calm, the whole stayed calm. We knew we had a shot the whole time.”

The Hawks’ press had something to do with the Hawks’ comeback as well, especially since the technical foul came before the Terriers were done building their lead. Down 46-28 in the second half, the Hawks forced seven turnovers to ignite a 14-0 run to get back into it. They pressed the Terriers seemingly into submission at times, out-hustling them for steals and loose balls and also leading to some unforced turnovers.

“Every time we’ve come back in a game like this, the press turns the game,” said Leibovitz.

The teams traded spurts of momentum throughout the game. Boston University scored the first eight points, then Hartford scored the next seven. After the Hawks went up 19-13, the Terriers scored the next ten points. In the second half, the Terriers heated up from long range and opened up their 46-28 lead before the Hawks rallied.

The Terriers would later go up 60-51, but back came the Hawks again, and once again turnovers by the Terriers were the catalyst. With 16.1 seconds left, Zeglinski hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to put the Hawks up 61-60, capping a 10-0 run. Brian Macon drove to the basket in the final seconds and drew a blocking foul when he got hip-checked near the basket, then made the second of two free throws to send it to overtime.

In the first extra session, they again went back and forth, with the Hawks looking like they might fully grab the momentum they had before overtime and take it. But Tyler Morris hit a clutch three-pointer to tie it in the final minute, and it was on to the second overtime.

The Hawks forced 23 turnovers and went 25-37 from the foul line to win despite allowing the Terriers to shoot 15-29 from long range and being out-rebounded 43-36. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Terriers, a streak that included some huge blowouts. It also puts the Hawks at 2-0 in America East play, which is a good start for a team picked by most to finish near the bottom of the conference.

Other Notable Games

Oregon 68, UCLA 66: The Ducks knock the Bruins from the ranks of the undefeated. Aaron Brooks capped off a huge 25-point effort with a clutch jumper to win it.

Georgetown 66, Notre Dame 48: If Georgetown’s perimeter players shoot like they did in this game, the Hoyas just might live up to their preseason billing.

Arkansas 88, Alabama 61: A big win for the Razorbacks, as they dominated the Crimson Tide from start (first 14 points) to finish.

Virginia Tech 69, Duke 67 (OT): At first, it looked like Duke might crush the hearts of the Hokies again with a late comeback, as they rallied in the final minute to force overtime. But the Hokies pulled it out in overtime at Cameron.

Clemson 75, Georgia Tech 74: The Tigers are the last undefeated team left with UCLA falling on Saturday. For good measure, it includes a 2-0 ACC start with wins at Florida State and this one, both good wins.

LSU 66, Connecticut 49: The Tigers won this one going away. It’s a game that will hopefully help the Huskies, who are very young and have now only played two road games all season (they have lost both).

Providence 91, Seton Hall 69: The Friars pull away in the second half to improve to 2-0 in Big East play on a night where Dave Gavitt and Joe Mullaney were honored.

Washington State 77, Arizona 73 (OT): The jury was out on the Cougars after a nice non-conference run, although they did beat Gonzaga. Well, they are now 3-1 with this win, and the only loss in Pac-10 play was a three-point setback at UCLA last week.

Boston College 74, NC State 58: Think the Eagles missed Jared Dudley? They went 2-1 without him, but in his return to action, he had a typical day at the office with 20 points and eight rebounds as the Eagles handled the very thin Wolfpack. This game also showed once again how good the Eagles can be when Sean Marshall (23 points, 14 rebounds) plays a good game and is aggressive.

Texas A&M 69, Kansas State 65: The Aggies win the Big 12 opener for both teams by holding off the Wildcats. Kansas State didn’t have Bill Walker for much of the game after a knee injury in the first half.

Northern Iowa 66, Southern Illinois 61: The Panthers continue to not miss a beat, winning this battle of MVC unbeatens to go to 13-2 overall and 4-0 in the Missouri Valley. They are now the only team currently undefeated in MVC play.

Old Dominion 65, George Mason 63: The string has been broken, as the Patriots had alternated wins and losses all season until dropping their second straight on Saturday. The Monarchs, meanwhile, are 3-0 in CAA play.

DePaul 73, Villanova 65: The Blue Demons bounce back from their recent loss at St. John’s with a good road win.

Duquesne 73, Saint Louis 63: This is an impressive win by itself, but even better considering the Dukes were down by 14 points at one point in the first half.

Ohio 77, Akron 72: The Bobcats hold serve at home in a great MAC opener for two teams that should battle it out for the top of the conference.

Princeton 51, Rice 28: Talk about turning the tables. A year ago, it was the Tigers who were scoring in the 20s. They let Rice’s senior star Morris Almond get just eight shots and nine points.

Savannah State 54, Southern Miss 52: Need any more proof that the gaudy record Southern Miss owns means they haven’t beaten anyone? (Okay, they did beat Auburn, at home.)

San Francisco 103, San Diego 100 (2 OT): Antonio Kellogg has found a home. The former Connecticut guard had a career-high 37 points, 35 coming after halftime as the Dons outlasted the Toreros in a dandy West Coast opener for both teams.

UMBC 72, Stony Brook 53: The Retrievers have had trouble winning on the road in recent seasons, so two straight road wins (they won at Binghamton on Wednesday) is a good way to start their America East road slate.

Colgate 73, Army 71 (OT): After a nice non-conference run, Army drops its first Patriot League game.

Loyola (Md.) 75, Iona 66: Iona remains winless, falling to 0-12.

     

Seton Hall Tops Rutgers

by - Published January 6, 2007 in Columns



Pirates Win In-State Rivalry Opener

by Ray Floriani

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – A good start in conference play is crucial. For Rutgers and Seton Hall, the meeting at Continental Airlines Arena transcended that. Both schools have new coaches, presently establishing a foundation and personal signature on their respective programs. The conference coaches will tell you it is vital to defend your home floor while hoping to gain a split on foreign soil. Finally, for both schools, regardless of game location, this meant a great opportunity to capture a very winnable game in Big East play. Seton Hall was able to do just that in securing a 77-72 victory at Continental Airlines Arena.

Interestingly, both coaches came away with a positive feeling about the contest. Naturally Rutgers mentor Fred Hill wants to win basketball games, but the Rutgers mentor was very encouraged about what he saw.

“We talked in the early season about playing tough games like Kansas State and North Carolina on the road,” Hill said. “We did the things we had to do to get ready. We got out of character early tonight but we battled back.”

Rutgers was looking at an eighteen-point deficit late in the first half. The Hall was draining threes, getting out on the break and running on all cylinders. Then the Scarlet Knights went on a 17-0 tear to get back in it. The Scarlet Knights showed resiliency, as did their opposition.

Rutgers took a one-point lead late in the game before Seton Hall responded in the stretch. Many times a team surrendering a big lead and falling behind late will fold. Not on this night with Seton Hall.

“We had the mental toughness to win that game,” Pirate coach Bobby Gonzalez said. “Our kids were iron-willed.”

After losing that huge lead at home, the Pirates simply made plays, like a crucial Paul Gause steal and Eugene Harvey offensive rebound on a free throw with seconds remaining, to seal the win.

“I’m proud of our kids,” Gonzalez said. “We scrap and find a way to win. Every game we play is like that.” And will continue to be as conference play progresses.

J.R. Inman led Rutgers with 18 points and Hill is pleased with his 6’8″ sophomore, feeling that he is becoming a complete player. Brian Laing and Eugene Harvey of Seton Hall shared game-high scoring honors with 21 points.

Another tell-tale sign for the Hall was a scoring drought. It happened late in the first half when Rutgers went on their tear to get back in the contest. The droughts, which have occurred a number of times this season, have a snowballing effect. Seton Hall is at its best when they press, force turnovers and get an up-tempo game unleashed. The problem is that it is virtually impossible to set up an effective press if you are not scoring. So the scoring lapses hurt on the offensive and defensive ends as well.

George Candia, a former assistant to Bob Hurley at St. Anthony’s and currently a Charlotte Bobcat scout, was very impressed with Harvey.

“He gets in the lane at will,” Candia said. “If he ever develops an outside shot, the sky is the limit for him.” Candia still makes his home in Jersey City, NJ and speaks with Hurley on a regular basis.

Rutgers sophomore swingman Jaron Griffin added 15 points 6 rebounds and was instrumental in helping the Scarlet Knights battle back late in the first half. At 6’7″ Griffin showed a nice perimeter touch and hit 2 of 5 from beyond the arc.

Notes

  • Scoreboard watching: Across the Hudson, underdog St. John’s upset DePaul, snapping their modest win streak. As coaches Hill and Gonzalez noted, wins are not easy in this conference.
  • Rutgers coach Fred Hill did not make much of the rivalry angle. His concentration was on having the kids play hard and steal a road win. Gonzalez, on the other hand, was aware of the situation. “Rivalry games are big,” Gonzalez said. “When I was at Manhattan we beat Fordham five straight times, so we are well aware of the importance of rivalries.”
  • Rutgers’ backcourt did a solid job overall. Anthony Farmer had a 17-point, four-assist outing, while Marquis Webb, who had a career high 28 against South Carolina State in the previous contest, added 12 points.

     

UMass Enters Atlantic 10 Play

by - Published January 6, 2007 in Columns



Where Is UMass After Non-Conference Play?

by Phil Kasiecki

AMHERST, Mass. – Travis Ford said it all right away in the post-game press conference, right after he told his two players to head back to the locker room after fielding just two questions from the media.

“We just got dominated by their guards,” the UMass head coach said after Miami beat the Minutemen 72-71 on Tuesday night. “And we can’t make free throws.”

That was the story of the game, anyway. The larger story was still to be told.

The Minutemen were just 13-25 at the foul line and couldn’t stop Miami guards Anthony Harris (career-high 33 points on 13-19 shooting) and Jack McClinton (15 points), the latter of whom wasn’t 100 percent and wasn’t even a given to play that night due to a sprained left knee that kept him out of the previous game. Denis Clemente added 11 points, all in the first half, to keep them right with UMass. Miami shot 9-15 from three-point range, and for the first time all season won when they were out-rebounded as UMass had a 37-29 edge on the glass.

“What I saw was their guards driving by shooting layups or threes,” said Ford. “That’s all I saw. Their guards were scoring every time I turned around.”

UMass is now 10-4 as Atlantic 10 play beckons. Ford scheduled for the NCAA Tournament in non-conference play, as they played their share of good teams. But their best win came at Louisville, and that win may not look so good in the end because the jury is out on the Cardinals. Every other game against a school from a BCS conference that they played was a losing effort, and while there’s no shame in losing to Pittsburgh, Boston College and Kentucky, the Miami loss may be questionable in the eyes of the NCAA committee since the young Hurricanes are just 8-7 (although they have knocked off Georgia Tech).

That means the Minutemen will likely have to have a very good run in Atlantic 10 play to have a good chance at an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. If Tuesday night is any indication, their coach might not be sold on that as a likely possibility based on current results.

Ford expressed a lot of concern after Tuesday’s game about his team’s attitude and work ethic. From some of what he said, one might wonder if his feeling is that the players have read the proverbial press clippings.

“Guys think it’s going to come easy,” Ford said. “You’ve got to work at this game to get better, realize your weaknesses and really focus in on those weaknesses and try to get better at them, rather than thinking, ‘I’ll do better next time.’ It doesn’t work that way.”

Prior to the season, the Minutemen were talked about a good deal nationally. They got a lot of press saying that this team could be very good, especially if the transfers that sat out last season can blend in with the returning cast. They were picked second in the Atlantic 10’s preseason poll, although Ford has said they don’t deserve that. In short, they were a trendy sleeper pick entering this season and many felt this could be the year UMass re-emerges into prominence outside of its home state.

There were certainly bright spots in this game. The bench has been productive of late and that was true on Tuesday night, and they cut down on their turnovers. But there were also some question marks, like Rashaun Freeman getting just one shot in the second half after scoring 13 points in the first half on 6-10 shooting, and Brandon Thomas not getting off the bench in the second half after burying two straight three-pointers in five minutes off the bench in the first half. Stephan Lasme wasn’t his usual self save for seven blocked shots, but even that stat was surprising because one could easily get the feeling he wasn’t even on the floor for much of the game.

“We battled, but I think at the end, they wanted it a little bit more,” said Freeman.

The Minutemen have the talent and depth to win a lot of games in Atlantic 10 play. They’re two deep at the point guard spot, have capable shooters, and a dynamic duo up front in Freeman and Lasme along with options there off the bench. They need it all to come together on something resembling a consistent basis. Ford noted that this hasn’t happened yet this season; no doubt, he feels that starting with this weekend’s Atlantic 10 opener at La Salle, now would be a good time for that to happen.

     

Providence: Suspended Friar Guard to Return In a Week

by - Published January 6, 2007 in Newswire



Suspended Friar Guard to Return In a Week: Providence guard Sharaud Curry will return to the team for their January 13 game at Louisville, head coach Tim Welsh said after Thursday’s win over Marquette. Curry, a sophomore guard who leads the team in scoring and the Big East in assists, has been suspended for a violation of team rules for the past three games. FOXSports.com reported on Thursday that the suspension is academically-related. [1/04/07]

Colonial Notebook

by - Published January 5, 2007 in Conference Notes



Colonial Athletic Association Notebook

by Phil Kasiecki

Late Surge Leads to Even Record

As conference play begins in earnest save for the BracketBusters games in February, now is a good time to look back at the CAA’s non-conference showing.

Overall, it’s been decidedly a mixed bag. After Sunday’s games, the overall record is 62-62. There have certainly been some good wins, with Drexel posting a couple of them at Villanova and Syracuse and Old Dominion knocking off Georgetown, but there have also been some head-scratching losses along the way. The overall record is helped by a late surge, as the conference had a sub-.500 record for some of the first couple of months.

One reason for optimism is a surge in recent weeks after a relatively slow start. Conference teams had posted a sub-.500 record in non-conference play for a while, but some good wins in recent weeks pushed them over the top, for now.

New Favorites Emerge

Prior to the season, most prognosticators (and that includes us) picked Hofstra to win the conference, with George Mason right behind. The Pride and the Patriots still look like good picks at the top, but right now Drexel (who was picked third by us and others who voted in the CAA preseason poll) looks like an even better one. They aren’t alone, as VCU and Old Dominion also had two of the better runs in non-conference play.

VCU looks as good as anyone entering conference play, as new head coach Anthony Grant has quickly made an impact with his team at both ends of the floor. The Rams lead the CAA in scoring and are second in scoring defense, while they also take care of the ball and force the most turnovers in the conference. Old Dominion was steady in non-conference play, getting wins at Georgetown and against UAB while dropping a tough one to 12-0 Clemson and also losing to good teams in Marist, Virginia Tech and Winthrop.

Team Capsules

Delaware (2-10, 0-1 CAA)

We figured the Blue Hens would have their struggles in Monte Ross’ first season at the helm, and that has been the case. They lost their first nine games and are near the bottom in the CAA in a number of statistical categories. That’s not to say there haven’t been bright spots, notably Herb Courtney starting to play to his potential and freshman point guard Brian Johnson impressing. Two straight wins at the La Salle Invitational last week will help, but playing three of the next four CAA games on the road won’t.

Drexel (9-2, 1-0)

The Dragons were probably the most impressive team in non-conference play and enter the new year with a seven-game winning streak. They stubbed their toe at Penn and at Rider in November, but they’ve been on a roll with good wins since that time. Bruiser Flint’s club is clearly playing like they’re a year more mature after some tough losses last season, with Frank Elegar playing like a star, Bashir Mason being the senior leader he was expected to be, and Dominick Mejia keeping defenses from keying on Elegar. They’re also getting plenty of contributions from role players, as this team looks very deep. All in all, the Dragons look like they may have emerged as the favorite.

George Mason (6-5, 0-1)

The Patriots have alternated wins and losses this season and are a team trying to find an identity. They have played a tough schedule with just three home games, and they’ve had little adventures that have added to the difficulty, such as the team bus breaking down en route to Durham for their game at Duke last month. The pieces are there, led by juniors Will Thomas and Folarin Campbell and redshirt sophomore John Vaughan, but there’s been a learning curve of sorts with regard to new roles and for the newcomers. Things don’t get any easier in the immediate: this week the Patriots host a hot William & Mary team before heading to Norfolk to take on Old Dominion.

Georgia State (4-7, 0-1)

The Panthers’ non-conference slate can be summed up rather simply: they won the games they were supposed to win and lost against the teams that should beat them (notably the three ACC opponents with a combined 36-5 record entering this week). Head coach Michael Perry was high on the talent of his guards, and while they have shown that, they have also shown their inexperience. The Panthers lead the conference in turnovers and have struggled to score, with little help for top scorer Lance Perique. If the Panthers are to be competitive, the guards must grow up quickly and Rashad Chase must be more like the offensive threat he’s capable of. Chase is fourth in the CAA in rebounding but hasn’t likewise thrived offensively just yet, shooting just 41 percent from the field.

Hofstra (8-4, 1-0)

When the Pride lost the first three games of the season, the doubts were flying, even though they were by a combined nine points and all were away from Hempstead. Then they got it in gear, winning six straight and eight of nine heading into CAA play. The three super guards have done their part, but helping in the recent run that included winning the Aeropostale Holiday Festival in New York is the return of Chris Gadley to good health. Gadley’s return has helped solidify the frontcourt, the biggest question mark heading into the season, and makes them look like a top contender once again.

James Madison (3-8, 0-1)

Does anyone get the Dukes? We know they’re young and that head coach Dean Keener is in the process of trying to build this program, but that alone can’t explain the often head-scratching non-conference performance. On one hand, they give Wake Forest a good battle on the road and were close until the final minutes at Old Dominion; on the other hand, they have lost three straight at home, including a double-digit loss to Youngstown State while also losing by 13 to Texas-Pan American. There’s no lack of talent, especially at the offensive end, but the Dukes have to defend to have a chance to win games. Allowing teams to shoot nearly 50 percent from the field means you’re not defending.

Northeastern (3-9, 1-0)

Since the start of the season, there is probably not a team that has improved as much as Northeastern with so little to show for it. The Huskies don’t possess a gaudy record, but they’ve played a very difficult schedule and have competed consistently. That was quite apparent in Sunday’s loss at Boston College, where they battled back in the second half to tie the game on multiple occasions. Matt Janning shot them back in it, while Eugene Spates has started to emerge as a recent addition to the starting lineup. The Huskies aren’t deep and don’t look like a contender for the top half of the conference, but this club is well-coached and won’t be an easy out for many teams in CAA play.

Old Dominion (8-4, 1-0)

Early on, the Monarchs looked like the best team in non-conference play, especially after their win over Georgetown. The big question was if one player would become a go-to guy, and at first it was thought that senior point guard Drew Williamson might be that guy. While Williamson has scored more, it’s classmate Valdas Vasylius who has stepped up to become the team’s top scoring threat. Vasylius has done it inside and out all season and leads the team in rebounding as well. Brandon Johnson has supported Williamson well, and Brian Henderson has come along on the wing. The Monarchs have the best rebounding margin in the conference and look solid all-around as they enter CAA play.

Towson (6-5, 1-0)

The Tigers were challenged in non-conference play, and like Georgia State, they basically won the games they were supposed to. Gary Neal is doing plenty, but no other Tiger is averaging in double figures. The real concern for this team figured to be defense, but it’s the offense that is lagging. Opponents are shooting 42 percent against the Tigers, but they’re only shooting 42 percent from the floor, have more turnovers than assists and are in the bottom half in the CAA in scoring. Neal is the only Tiger to start every game, so clearly the non-conference slate was one of learning the best combinations. If Pat Kennedy has found that out, and the Tigers improve at the offensive end, they could be contenders when it’s all said and done.

UNC Wilmington (3-7, 0-1)

It’s been a time of growing pains for the Seahawks, especially with T.J. Carter out due to injury. They have scored points but also turned the ball over (only Georgia State has turned it over more) and struggled at the defensive end. The two biggest bright spots have been junior forward Vladimir Kuljanin, one of the most improved players in the conference and among the leaders in the CAA in scoring and rebounding, and senior point guard Temi Soyebo, who leads the CAA in assists. Things don’t get any easier in the foreseeable future, with Hofstra at home and then tough road games at Drexel and George Mason ahead.

VCU (9-3, 1-0)

The well-balanced Rams were thought to be a dark horse prior to the season, but their impressive non-conference run has them looking like a top contender. They lead the CAA in scoring and turnover margin and are second in both major defensive categories. Sophomore point guard Eric Maynor has made several teammates better, as he’s second in the conference in assists while also being second on the team in scoring. The Rams have one of the conference’s top freshmen in T.J. Gwynn, who won the league’s Rookie of the Week honor in consecutive weeks last month. If the Rams continue to win on the road (they are 4-0 on the road thus far), that will serve them well since three of their next four are away from home.

William & Mary (7-4, 0-1)

The surging Tribe is perhaps the most pleasant surprise coming out of non-conference play, especially considering senior forward Corey Cofield has struggled. They finished their slate by winning six of seven, aided by better offense while the defense remained solid (they are second in the CAA in field goal percentage defense). While none of the wins were against national powers and all were at home, it has to give them a good confidence boost heading into CAA play. Three times in this winning streak, they have shot over 47 percent, including a 51.2 percent showing against Hampton to win despite 24 turnovers. Speaking of turnovers, they are a concern for this team: only three regulars have more assists than turnovers.

     

Illinois-Chicago: Illinois-Chicago Coach Suffers Aneurysm

by - Published January 4, 2007 in Newswire



Illinois-Chicago Coach Suffers Aneurysm: Illinois-Chicago coach Jimmy Collins suffered an abdominal aortic aneurysm Wednesday and was admitted to the hospital. Collins has been on indefinite leave for the past month, which he took because of ?physical and mental? exhaustion. He is scheduled to have surgery this morning at the University of Illinois medical center. Collins is 59. While Collins has been out, associate head coach Mark Cox is leading the team. [1/04/07]

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