LSU: LSU’s Davis Questionable for Mississippi Game

by - Published February 14, 2007 in Newswire



LSU’s Davis Questionable for Mississippi Game: LSU forward Glen Davis is questionable for tonight’s game at Mississippi after suffering a strained quadriceps muscle injury in the Tigers’ win vs. Arkansas Saturday. Coach John Brady wouldn’t rule Davis out of the game and said LSU needed his presence if they hoped to beat what he called “the most improved team in the league.” Davis leads the Tigers in scoring with 17.9 points per game. He is also the leading rebounder in the SEC with 10.7 rebounds per game. [2/14/07]

ACC Notebook

by - Published February 14, 2007 in Conference Notes



Atlantic Coast Conference Notebook

by Michael Protos

With less than three weeks remaining in the regular season, a slew of ACC teams are jockeying for position near the top of the standings. Besides the likely right to an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, a top four finish in the ACC also means a bye in the conference tournament. And it’s a whole lot easier to win that automatic bid when you only need to win three games instead of four.

Four teams have six losses as we enter the home stretch: Duke, Florida State, Maryland and Georgia Tech. Add Clemson, which is 5-5, to the mix of teams chasing Boston College, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Based on the strength of their remaining schedule, North Carolina and Virginia will likely earn one of the ACC’s four first-round byes in the conference tournament. At 9-2, Boston College would have to collapse to fall out of the top four. That leaves Virginia Tech, which still must play all three of the other top ACC teams.

Of the teams chasing a first-round bye, only Clemson plays Virginia Tech during these final weeks, which gives the Tigers the best chance to steal the first-round bye. That would give the Tigers a day off to prepare for the No. 5 seed in the tournament. A win against a team such as Duke or Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals in addition to a fourth-place regular-season finish would likely seal an NCAA Tournament bid.

Meanwhile, the teams that finish in the No. 8 and 9 slots, which are currently occupied by Maryland and Georgia Tech, will receive a mixed blessing. While the other three opening round games will likely pit an NCAA Tournament bubble team against North Carolina State, Miami or Wake Forest – none of which offer any help to the résumé – the No. 8 vs. No. 9 game will likely feature two bubble teams. The winner will pick up a relatively quality win on a neutral court. The loser will almost certainly be playing in the NIT. In addition to winning the game, that No. 8 team will then have an opportunity to play the top seed – at this point, that appears to be either Boston College or North Carolina – and claim the scalp of an elite opponent, possibly solidifying an NCAA Tournament bid.

The ACC Tournament almost certainly will determine the NCAA Tournament fates of teams like Maryland, Florida State and Georgia Tech. All three of these teams will probably struggle to finish better than 8-8. They will need to win two tournament games to realistically feel good about their NCAA Tournament hopes. The higher they finish in the standings, the more likely that feat will be.

ACC Player of the Week: Jared Dudley, Boston College

Dudley is Boston College’s man of steel. He led the Eagles to two road wins last week and played all 40 minutes in each game. Dudley finished the week with 49 points and 19 rebounds after beating Miami and Florida State.

ACC Rookie of the Week: Brandan Wright, North Carolina

Welcome to the Duke/UNC rivalry, young man. Wright was a difference-maker in North Carolina’s come-from-behind victory at Duke last week. He scored 19 points against the Blue Devils to lead North Carolina. Wright posted 34 points and 16 rebounds in only 46 minutes of action last week.

ACC Coach Watch: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke

Duke is facing rare adversity this season as losers of four consecutive games for the first time in a decade. The newsworthiness of such a development is a testament to Coach K’s Hall of Fame-earning consistency. But now he must find a way to guide this sinking ship through troubled waters against a difficult slate of opponents in the final three weeks.

Boston College Eagles (18-6, 9-2)

Last week:
Won at Miami 75-68
Won at Florida State 68-67

With two road wins last week against the ACC’s Florida schools, the Eagles likely wrapped up an NCAA Tournament bid, even though it’s still mid-February. The Eagles remain perched atop the conference standings despite the loss of junior forward Sean Williams. Since the dismissal of Williams and teammate Akida McLain, Boston College is 5-2. With home games this week against Duke and North Carolina, the Eagles have an opportunity to pick up a couple of high-profile victories and close in on the team’s first ACC regular-season title. A win against North Carolina would put Boston College in the discussion for a top three seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Senior forward Jared Dudley is a significant reason for the Eagles’ recent success. He led the team with 26 points and nine rebounds against Miami and 23 points and 10 rebounds against the Seminoles. Dudley is the heart and soul of this team, and he has shouldered the responsibility of leading it to success.

Dudley received help from an unlikely source in Tallahassee when junior center Tyrelle Blair hit the game-winning jumper, blocked six shots and collected six rebounds, reminding Eagle fans of the recently banished Williams. Blair played extensive minutes because starting center John Oates picked up four fouls in only nine minutes of action. If the Eagles continue to receive sensational performances from sources such as Blair, Dudley’s MVP-worthy performances will vault the Eagles to an unlikely conference title.

Next week:
Feb. 14 vs. Duke
Feb. 17 vs. North Carolina

North Carolina Tar Heels (22-3, 8-2)

Last week:
Won at Duke 79-73
Won vs. Wake Forest 104-67

North Carolina bounced back from the loss at North Carolina State by beating Duke 79-73 in Cameron Indoor Stadium in a thrilling come-from-behind victory. The first installment of college basketball’s greatest rivalry featured a fired-up Duke team that started strong and led by five at halftime. Coach Roy Williams challenged his team at halftime to outlast the Blue Devils, especially on defense, and the Tar Heels responded by whittling away the Blue Devils’ lead and sapping all of their energy. Led by freshmen Brandan Wright and Ty Lawson, North Carolina took the lead with less than 10 minutes remaining, then held off Duke down the stretch.

The momentum from the emotional victory in Durham carried over to the weekend. North Carolina blasted Wake Forest from start to finish in a 104-67 win. Twelve different Tar heels played at least eight minutes. Senior swingman Reyshawn Terry delivered 23 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in only 17 minutes of action. If he could have maintained that rate for an entire 40 minutes, Terry would have finished with 54 points and 19 rebounds.

The Tar Heels enter a big week against two of this season’s strongest ACC opponents – Virginia Tech and Boston College. North Carolina will be looking to avenge the loss at Blacksburg when the Hokies roll into Chapel Hill. The match up in Chestnut Hill is the Tar Heels’ only regular-season game against Boston College and could provide a conference-deciding tiebreaker.

Next week:
Feb. 13 vs. Virginia Tech
Feb. 17 at Boston College

Virginia Cavaliers (16-7, 8-3)

Last week:
Won at Maryland 69-65
Lost at Virginia Tech 84-57

After winning in College Park to start last week, the Cavaliers looked ready to contend for the ACC title. Virginia sported a seven-game winning streak that included three road wins as the Cavaliers traveled south to visit in-state rival Virginia Tech. But the Cavaliers ran into a buzz-saw in Blacksburg, losing by 27 to the Hokies. Virginia was cold from the field throughout the game, shooting less than 33 percent. Junior point guard Sean Singletary and senior guard J.R. Reynolds, who recently have received praise as one of the best backcourt duos in the country, struggled and hit only 12-of-29 shots. Despite their problems, they were the only Cavaliers to reach double figures in scoring.

Coach Dave Leitao needs to refocus his team for the stretch run because Virginia faces a favorable schedule that could give the Cavaliers a chance to win the conference title. Virginia plays only one ACC team with a winning record in the final five conference games. The schedule turns up a well-timed near-exhibition game against Longwood, a Division I independent that should be fodder for an angry Cavaliers squad. Virginia will get Florida State, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in Charlottesville with the only road trips at bottom-feeders Miami and Wake Forest. Virginia has a realistic shot at running the table and going 13-3, and anything less than 11-5 will be a disappointment.

Next week:
Feb. 13 vs. Longwood
Feb. 17 vs. Florida State

Virginia Tech Hokies (17-7, 7-3)

Last week:
Won vs. Virginia 84-57

Following an inexplicable home loss to North Carolina State and a rout at Boston College, Virginia Tech needed to make a statement that the Hokies are a legitimate NCAA Tournament team. A 27-point pounding of previously white-hot Virginia was the perfect response. Virginia Tech torched the Cavaliers with 57.7 percent shooting from the field. The tandem of junior Deron Washington and sophomore A.D. Vassallo confounded Virginia’s defense all afternoon. They each scored 22 points, combining to shoot 16-of-25 from the field. Their efforts masked the absence of senior guard Zabian Dowdell, who played only 15 minutes because of foul trouble. Virginia Tech was firing on all cylinders, even at the free throw line where the Hokies hit 17-of-19 attempts.

Virginia Tech will hit the road again this week, heading to the Triangle to play North Carolina State and North Carolina. The Hokies need to split those games to remain a candidate for a finish in the top three. A win in Chapel Hill would give Virginia Tech a shocking season sweep of the Tar Heels.

Next week:
Feb. 13 at North Carolina
Feb. 18 at North Carolina State

Clemson Tigers (19-5, 5-5)

Last week:
Won vs. Florida State 71-58

After losing five of six games, Clemson beat Florida State for the second time this season to complete a critical season sweep of the Seminoles. The Tigers’ defense stymied Florida State, holding the Seminoles to 36.5 percent shooting from the field. Only superstar Al Thornton scored in double figures against the Tigers, who blocked eight shots in the game. Sophomore guard K.C. Rivers came off the bench to lead Clemson with 17 points. After a recent stretch of poor shooting, Clemson demonstrated better shot selection, attempting only 10 three-pointers. Instead, Clemson attacked the Seminoles’ defense, which led to 33 free throw attempts.

Coach Oliver Purnell needs his team to continue its renewed emphasis on smart basketball, with defense being the catalyst for the offense. The Tigers play at Wake Forest and get Maryland in South Carolina. Two wins will give Clemson an excellent opportunity to finish the season with a winning conference record. The final four games are difficult, however, with road games at Boston College and Virginia Tech and a home game vs. Duke.

Next week:
Feb. 14 at Wake Forest
Feb. 18 vs. Maryland

Duke Blue Devils (18-7, 5-6)

Last week:
Lost vs. North Carolina 79-73
Lost at Maryland 72-60

All is not well in Durham these days. Duke dropped two games to rivals North Carolina and Maryland last week, giving the Blue Devils their first four-game losing streak in 11 years. The Blue Devils possess a sub-.500 conference record late in the season and face must-win situations this week to avoid seemingly blasphemous talk of being on the wrong side of the bubble for the NCAA Tournament. During the losing streak, Duke has encountered a combination of offensive struggles that has produced only 66.5 points per game. Turnovers, cold shooting and fatigue have led to two home losses and two road losses.

Despite Duke’s struggles, freshman guard Jon Scheyer has been a revelation for Blue Devil fans. He scored 26 points against the Tar Heels to lead Duke and demonstrated a special connection with sophomore point guard Greg Paulus that bodes well for the next two years. Scheyer, however, clearly looked exhausted by the end of the game after playing 38 minutes. After looking like a J.J. Redick clone in the first half, Scheyer labored through the second half, his shots looking progressively more forced. As coach Mike Krzyzewski continues to reload Duke’s roster and add depth, Scheyer will be able to get more rest and remain deadly throughout a game rather than just 20 minutes.

In the meantime, however, Duke faces a do-or-die week with games at Boston College and vs. Georgia Tech. The Eagles will be looking for revenge after losing badly in Durham less than three weeks ago. The Yellow Jackets, on the other hand, will be trying to sweep Duke in what could become a bubble elimination game – an unfathomable idea for many Duke fans.

Next week:
Feb. 14 at Boston College
Feb. 18 vs. Georgia Tech

Florida State Seminoles (17-8, 5-6)

Last week:
Lost at Clemson 71-58
Lost vs. Boston College 68-67

After overcoming an 0-3 start to conference play, the Seminoles have now dropped two consecutive games to fall back below .500 in the ACC. Florida State has a pair of good victories against Florida and Duke, but those may not hold up when the selection committee evaluates the Seminoles. The win against Florida occurred early in the season, and Corey Brewer missed the game for the Gators. Duke’s recent struggles tarnish that win a little, although any win at Duke is always good.

But if Florida State fails to make the NCAA Tournament again this season, don’t blame senior forward Al Thornton. Once again, Thornton is having a sensational season. He single-handedly kept the Seminoles alive at Clemson with 21 points, the only Florida State player to score in double figurers. And Thornton works hard for his points, 14 of which came from the free throw line. He followed that performance with 19 points against Boston College, including a clutch three-pointer late in the game.

Next week:
Feb. 13 vs. Georgia Tech
Feb. 17 at Virginia

Maryland Terrapins (18-7, 4-6)

Last week:
Lost vs. Virginia 69-65
Won vs. Duke 72-60

Maryland saved its season – and possibly coach Gary Williams’ job – with a win vs. Duke Sunday evening. After dropping a home game against Virginia to start the week, the Terrapins rebounded with a convincing 72-60 win vs. Duke in which Maryland jumped out to a 29-9 lead in the first half. Forced to play from behind the entire game, Duke expended all its energy cutting the lead to six. But Williams refused to let his team wilt under the Blue Devils’ pressure, answering in the second half with a 10-2 run that iced the victory. With the win, Maryland moves to 4-6 in conference play, just a half game behind Duke and the top half of the standings. Freshman guard Greivis Vasquez played well for Williams in one of his best games this season, scoring 18 points. Junior forward James Gist also flashed his enormous potential in putting up 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Maryland still needs to do more work to get into the NCAA Tournament, which the Terrapins have not participated in since 2004. But the Terrapins draw North Carolina State twice and play Florida State in College Park. Maryland likely needs to win all three of those games and split games vs. North Carolina and at Duke to get to 8-8 and feel more comfortable about earning an NCAA Tournament bid.

Next week:
Feb. 14 at North Carolina State
Feb. 18 at Clemson

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (16-8, 4-6)

Last week:
Won vs. North Carolina State 74-65
Won vs. Connecticut 65-52

Granted, no one is going to mistake the 2006-07 version of Connecticut with the championship squad from 2003-04. But Georgia Tech’s 65-52 victory against the Huskies erased the demons from the 2004 championship game in which Connecticut dominated the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech smothered the Huskies with suffocating defense, holding them to 30.9 percent shooting from the field and forcing 16 turnovers. Georgia Tech shot poorly for much of the game, but the team’s depth produced four double-digit scorers.

Georgia Tech used the same formula to beat North Carolina State earlier in the week. After the Wolfpack dictated the pace of the game in the first half, Georgia Tech picked up the defensive intensity after halftime. The Yellow Jackets scorched North Carolina State with an 18-0 run that featured stifling defense. Freshman guard Javaris Crittenton was instrumental in the rally, finishing with 21 points, seven assists and three steals.

Like Florida State and Maryland, Georgia Tech is on the NCAA Tournament bubble, probably one of the last four teams in or out. With an 0-5 record on the road in conference road play, the Yellow Jackets must win two of their final three ACC road trips. This week offers two opportunities against Florida State and Duke. Two losses will likely pop Georgia Tech’s NCAA Tournament aspirations.

Next week:
Feb. 13 at Florida State
Feb. 18 at Duke

North Carolina State Wolfpack (13-10, 3-7)

Last week:
Lost at Georgia Tech 74-65
Lost at Miami 80-65

As the Wolfpack started the second half at Georgia Tech, North Carolina State appeared to be closing in on its third consecutive upset after beating Virginia Tech and North Carolina. But then the Wolfpack hit the wall. Georgia Tech’s shooting picked up, and the Yellow Jackets forced an overwhelmed Wolfpack team into turnover after turnover. The result was an 18-0 run that erased a double-digit deficit and put Georgia Tech in control of the game. The lack of depth burned North Carolina State, which couldn’t keep pace with Georgia Tech’s faster tempo.

The Wolfpack faced similar problems against Miami, as all three starting forwards were in foul trouble. Despite playing all but six minutes last week, sophomore forward Ben McCauley continued to deliver for North Carolina State. He scored 19 points against Miami despite picking up four fouls. That performance followed his 16-point effort in Atlanta. With every starter averaging at least 32 minutes per game, the Wolfpack need their starters to deliver, and McCauley is the team’s most productive post player. Despite the energy required to compete in the post, McCauley plays hard and smart to remain effective while minimizing the number of fouls he commits.

Next week:
Feb. 14 vs. Maryland
Feb. 18 vs. Virginia Tech

Miami Hurricanes (10-15, 3-8)

Last week:
Lost vs. Boston College 75-68
Won vs. North Carolina State 80-65

The Hurricanes split a pair of home games last week, losing to ACC leader Boston College but beating North Carolina State. Freshman forward Dwayne Collins had an excellent week for Miami with 11 points and 13 rebounds against the Eagles and nine points and 10 rebounds against the Wolfpack. With such a young lineup, the Hurricanes have reason to believe the future will bring success. The sophomore backcourt pair of Jack McClinton and Denis Clemente promise to deliver high-scoring performances for their remaining two seasons, and coach Frank Haith is developing some solid frontcourt prospects in Collins and Brian Asbury.

Miami has a full week to prepare for a trip to Wake Forest, one of three remaining road games on the Hurricanes’ schedule.

Next week:
Feb. 17 at Wake Forest

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-13, 2-9)

Last week:
Won vs. Winston-Salem State 87-71
Lost at North Carolina 104-67

Wake Forest is in a must-win situation this week if the Demon Deacons want to avoid the ACC’s cellar for a second consecutive season. The Demon Deacons split games last week against Winston-Salem State and North Carolina. The second loss of the season to the Tar Heels drops Wake Forest to 2-9 in the ACC, a game worse than Miami. The Hurricanes will come calling in Winston-Salem this week, and a loss to Miami would all but clinch a last-place finish for Wake Forest.

In the blowout in Chapel Hill, Wake Forest did little right – shooting worse than 37 percent from the field, committing 17 turnovers and letting the Tar Heels grab 12 more rebounds. Wake Forest looked crippled when senior forward Kyle Visser was saddled with foul trouble. He finished with 11 points and only three rebounds in 26 minutes before he fouled out. Freshman guard Anthony Gurley led the team with 12 points, his second consecutive game in double figures despite playing less than 20 minutes.

Next week:
Feb. 14 vs. Clemson
Feb. 17 vs. Miami

     

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Colonial Notebook

by - Published February 13, 2007 in Conference Notes



Colonial Athletic Association Notebook

by Phil Kasiecki

Picture Taking Shape

As the season nears the home stretch, the picture is becoming clearer, with three tiers of four teams battling for position. That said, the picture also got a little muddled over the weekend inside each tier.

The top tier has VCU leading by just a game after Saturday’s 79-63 loss at arch-rival Old Dominion. The Monarchs join Hofstra right behind the Rams, as both schools are 12-3 and face each other in Norfolk on Tuesday night. Drexel is another game back in fourth place.

The second tier has a complete logjam, as all four teams are tied at 7-8, three games back of Drexel with three games to go. George Mason entered Saturday at 7-7 and lost to Hofstra at home, while William & Mary and Northeastern scored road wins to improve to 7-8 and Towson did the same with a home win over Georgia State. Of the four teams, William & Mary appears to have the toughest remaining schedule.

The last tier has two teams three games out of eighth place and two more another game back. In all likelihood, they will be wearing road jerseys in the first round of the CAA Tournament.

Each team also has one more non-conference game left, as all 12 teams are in the BracketBusters on Saturday.

Patriots Not Getting Offensive

George Mason’s run to the Final Four last season was keyed off strong defense. That is still a staple of this season’s team, but there’s been something missing of late as they have lost three straight: offense. In the three losses, the Patriots have shot below 33 percent from the field. Head coach Jim Larranaga was not the happiest camper after Saturday’s home loss to Hofstra, where they missed several easy shots early and then later in the game.

“Unbeknownst to our players, they will see an entirely different side of me and my personality these next few weeks,” said Larranaga. “These performances are totally unacceptable to me and our program.”

One key to the recent struggles has been John Vaughan. The team’s third-leading scorer has reached double digits just twice in the last seven games, a stretch where he has shot just 24 percent from the field and which includes two games where he didn’t score at all. Larranaga said he’s been this way all season long, but it’s just more noticeable now because he’s struggling.

Folarin Campbell has also struggled of late, going just 13-44 in the losing streak. That included a 4-16 showing on Saturday, making just one of seven attempts from behind the arc.

One thing is for sure: Larranaga wants to see a change in everything, not just on offense.

“I don’t know if our guys are feeling sorry for themselves, but I guarantee you there’s nobody in our league feeling sorry for George Mason right now,” he said. “Everybody’s loving seeing us, and we’ve got to change that attitude, first in ourselves.”

The Patriots are at Delaware before heading home to play Kent State in the BracketBusters.

Tigers’ Adjustments Are Coming

Towson entered the season projected as a team that could make a big jump in the standings from last season. They had a talented stable of guards, led by high scorer Gary Neal, and added Tommy Breaux to a frontcourt that had improving senior Dennard Abraham and a few good role players. It seemed like a recipe for a surprise team.

Instead, the Tigers are right about where they were projected, as they’ve been around the middle of the conference most of the season and enter the final two weeks of the regular season as part of the logjam in fifth place at 7-8 after splitting last week’s games. They lost at Northeastern, then blew out Georgia State at home behind 37 points from Neal.

Neal is still scoring at a prolific pace, but hasn’t shot the ball well from long range. He’s been streaky and at times has scored his points in part from taking a lot of shots. That’s not entirely of his doing; the Tigers’ offense has been burdened by his teammates not doing enough and relying on him too much, as well as a bigger adjustment to new roles than many expected. As a result, they have gone with several starting lineups over the course of the season, with Neal being the only constant.

“This is one of our biggest setbacks in terms of where we’re at right now,” said head coach Pat Kennedy, who added that he’s satisfied with the group that has started the past 11 games. “We’re going to stay with the same starting lineup.”

The adjustment for the holdovers has come in less minutes played or inconsistent minutes, but that’s not all. Kennedy admits that not everyone’s role has been well-defined all along and that has contributed to it. Now that they’ve found a consistent starting lineup, the Tigers may be in better shape.

Other Notes From Around the CAA

  • A big reason for Old Dominion‘s recent surge in their seven-game winning streak has been the play of Arnaud Dahi. He’s struggled at times this season coming back from a knee injury, but he’s turned it up of late, averaging over 16 points and nearly eight rebounds in the last six games. Another such effort would come in handy on Tuesday night, when they take on Hofstra with its questionable front line.
  • Northeastern‘s come-from-behind win at James Madison on Saturday was the Huskies’ first road win of the season. They were the last team that had not won a road game all season and had a 16-game road losing streak that dated back to last season.
  • Georgia State‘s struggles may look like growing pains next season. The Panthers have eight freshmen and sophomores, several in the key backcourt positions, who have combined to play nearly half the team’s minutes this season.
  • How much of a struggle has this season been for UNC Wilmington? The Seahawks have won at Trask Coliseum just once all season long. Injuries and a limited scholarship roster have dogged them all season long.

     

St. Bonaventure: St. Bonaventure Dismisses Team’s Second Leading Scorer

by - Published February 13, 2007 in Newswire



St. Bonaventure Dismisses Team’s Second Leading Scorer: Zarryon Fereti, St. Bonaventure’s second leading scorer at 12 points per game, was dismissed by coach Anthony Solomon today. No reason was given for the dismissal, but Solomon said that Fereti had “ample opportunity to embrace the philosophies of our program.” Fereti came to St. Bonaventure after two years in junior college at Southern Idaho. He has played in all 24 games this season and had started eight.
[2/12/07]

Gonzaga: Gonzaga Players Arrested for Pot and Mushroom Possession

by - Published February 13, 2007 in Newswire



Gonzaga Players Arrested for Pot and Mushroom Possession: In an absolute shocker, two college kids from the Pacific Northwest have been arrested for marijuana and mushroom possession. Josh Heytvelt and Theo Davis were pulled over by police for a broken taillight, but inspection of the car yielded both pot and psychedelic mushrooms. The two players have been suspended from the team indefinitely. The marijuana possession charge is only a misdemeanor, but possession of psychedelic mushrooms is a felony. Heytvelt was the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs, who are tied for first in the West Coast Conference. Davis has not yet played this season after shoulder surgery in October. [2/12/07]

McNeese State: NCAA Penalizes McNeese State

by - Published February 13, 2007 in Newswire



NCAA Penalizes McNeese State: McNeese State men’s basketball team and both men’s and women’s track and field programs were penalized for major rules violation. The teams may participate in conference and postseason tournaments or meets. The NCAA accepted all self-imposed penalities recommended by the school.
[2/12/07]

Oklahoma State: Woman Injured in Accident with Sutton Seeks $125,000

by - Published February 13, 2007 in Newswire



Woman Injured in Accident with Sutton Seeks $125,000: A woman injured in a drunken driving accident with former Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton, is seeking more than $125,000 in a claim filed with the state. The claim says Teresa Barnard suffered nearly $40,000 in medical expenses. [2/12/07]

Texas A&M: Former Texas A&M Coach Dies at 76

by - Published February 13, 2007 in Newswire



Former Texas A&M Coach Dies at 76: Shelby Metcalf, the former coach of Texas A&M, died after a long illness. He died Thursday at a College Station hospital at 76 years old. In 27 seasons as coach of the Aggies, he recorded a career record of 438-306. Metcalf’s teams went to five NCAA tournaments and the round of 16 in 1980. Metcalf is survived by his wife, Janis, a daughter and two grandchildren. The funeral was today in the nearby town of Bryan. [2/12/07]

UCLA: UCLA Decides on Architectural Firm for Renovation

by - Published February 13, 2007 in Newswire



UCLA Decides on Architectural Firm for Renovation: UCLA chose a firm to prepare preliminary renovation and expansion designs for Pauley Pavilion. The school wants to dedicate the renovated arena on what would be coach John Wooden’s 100th birthday. It chose HOK Sports of Kansas City, Mo., to complete the restorations. [2/12/07]

Saturday Notebook

by - Published February 11, 2007 in Columns



Pecora Reaches Milestone, Pride Finally Win in Fairfax

by Phil Kasiecki

FAIRFAX, Va. – Tom Pecora remembers the early days of his head coaching career, and they weren’t pretty. The days are certainly better for him now, as he picked up his 100th career victory with Hofstra’s 68-60 win at George Mason on Saturday.

In his first season at the helm, his Hofstra team went 8-21 after consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. That year, he inherited a team that lost seven seniors from the year before, and it showed. Now, with a team that is contending, the Pride has broken a couple of road hexes they previously had, as Pecora summed up.

“We won at Trask (Coliseum, at UNC Wilmington) this year for the first time ever, and we won here. That’s a good feeling,” Pecora reflected.

Saturday’s game was much-anticipated before the season, as the teams were picked atop the CAA by coaches, sports information directors and media. Instead of being the anticipated first place showdown, it involved a Hofstra team hoping to inch closer to the top spot and a George Mason team that has been up and down and entered the day having lost three of four.

With the win, Hofstra is now tied with Old Dominion for second place in the CAA, one game behind VCU after the Monarchs beat the Rams earlier in the day in Norfolk. The win is also Hofstra’s first at the Patriot Center in five tries.

The Pride held the lead for much of the first half, but could never break it open as the lead went as high as six. In the second half, they lost and regained the lead, but even when the Patriots took the lead around the midpoint of the second half, it never felt like they were ready to take over the game.

Hofstra scored eight unanswered points to take a 61-48 lead with 1:35 left, seemingly sealing the game. At that point, the Patriots stormed back with 12 points in 55 seconds, but the Pride made free throws in the final minute to seal the game once and for all.

Hofstra won despite not getting much on the stat sheet from their frontcourt, an ongoing concern. Chris Gadley fouled out in 17 minutes, while Mike Davis-Sabb had four rebounds in 16 minutes. Rescuing the unit was sophomore Arminas Urbutis, who had nine points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes.

“To go get 11 rebounds in 23 minutes, that’s an incredible job,” said Pecora.

Neither team put on an offensive clinic as both shot below 40 percent from the field. George Mason’s struggles there were noteworthy in that this has plagued them of late. They shot just 34 percent from the field, including 4-16 from long range.

“It’s a carbon copy of every game against a team that is in front of us,” said Patriots head coach Jim Larranaga. “We play good enough defense to keep ourselves in the game, but we don’t shoot the ball well enough, we don’t share the ball well enough to win the ballgame.”

Other Notable Games

Florida 64, Kentucky 61: It was a close call, but the Gators held on in front of the largest crowd in Rupp Arena’s history.

West Virginia 70, UCLA 65: This is the signature non-conference win West Virginia needed to strengthen its case for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. At this rate, the Mountaineers look to be in good shape based on what they’ve done to this point.

North Carolina 104, Wake Forest 67: The Tar Heels steamroll the struggling Demon Deacons to move into a tie atop the ACC with an 8-2 mark.

Virginia Tech 84, Virginia 57: The Hokies needed this to get back on track after a couple of very unimpressive showings in losses to North Carolina State and Boston College.

Georgetown 76, Marquette 58: It was a battle of size against speed, and size won out as the Hoyas won going away. That vaults them into second place ahead of the Golden Eagles.

Tennessee 84, Vanderbilt 57: The Volunteers remain undefeated at home, cooling off the hot Commodores.

Indiana 66, Illinois 61: The Illini could have used this one, as they fall to 6-6 in Big Ten play.

Southern Illinois 72, Creighton 68: The Salukis take over sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley and extend their winning streak to seven games.

Missouri State 62, Northern Iowa 58: The fifth straight win for the Bears now includes three away from home. They’re two games out of first in the Missouri Valley, while the Panthers are now 7-8 and have lost six of seven.

Old Dominion 79, VCU 63: The Monarchs make it interesting atop the CAA, pulling within a game of the Rams. Arnaud Dahi (22 points) led the way, continuing his hot play of late.

Wright State 77, Butler 65: The Raiders take a half-game lead in the Horizon League with a big home win, getting 30 points from DaShaun Wood.

Arizona 77, Oregon 74: Chase Budinger’s big game (30 points, 10 rebounds) helps the Wildcats win their third straight. The road team won both games between these two teams this season.

Villanova 78, Seton Hall 69: A good road win for the Wildcats, and another loss that moves Seton Hall closer to not making the Big East Tournament.

Mississippi 75, Alabama 69: Another loss for Alabama and another good win for Ole Miss creates a tie atop the SEC West.

Mississippi State 91, Auburn 83: The Tigers have now lost three straight after being right in the thick of the SEC West race.

LSU 71, Arkansas 67: The Tigers play spoiler and deal a blow to any at-large hopes the Razorbacks might have.

San Diego State 80, Colorado State 66: The Aztecs have won four straight and have UNLV in front of them in more ways than one – their next game (home) and in the standings.

Rutgers 73, Cincinnati 69: The Scarlet Knights win the battle of Big East bottom-feeders.

Austin Peay 52, Samford 50: A big road win for the Governors, who go two games up on the Bulldogs in the Ohio Valley and sweep the season series.

Oakland 64, Valparaiso 61: The Golden Grizzlies stay right on the heels of Oral Roberts at the top of the Mid-Continent.

     

College Basketball Tonight

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The show will air on AM 970 The Answer in New York City from 7-9 p.m. on every Sunday from Selection Sunday to the Final Four. You can listen to the show here.

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Watson’s transfer will sting BU the most

April 11, 2014 by

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Boston University recently saw three players transfer. The impact of the departure of one of them will be felt more than the other two.

Mihalich’s first year at Hofstra is over but will have plenty of value

March 9, 2014 by

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The first year for Hofstra under Joe Mihalich is in the books. Many expected that wins would be hard to come by, and they were, but this season was about more than that and is hardly a throwaway year.

Cornell’s future can only be better

March 2, 2014 by

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Cornell has had a rough season, as could be expected given some personnel losses. It’s almost in the books, and the future at least looks brighter.

2013 Prep School Tour

Missed a recap of an open gym workout? We have them all right here for you.

Sept. 9: St. Andrew's
Sept 10: Tilton
Sept. 11: South Kent School and Northfield Mount Hermon
Sept. 12: Putnam Science Academy
Sept. 16: St. Thomas More and Marianapolis Prep
Sept. 17: Brewster Academy and Phillips Exeter
Sept. 23: New Hampton School
Sept. 24: Brimmer and May
Sept. 25: Proctor Academy
Sept. 26: Notre Dame Prep and Cushing Academy
Sept. 29: Worcester Academy and Vermont Academy
Oct. 6: Charlestown High School and Milton Academy
Oct. 13: Tabor Academy
Oct. 15: Brooks School

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Even More: City Hoops Recruiting

Travel team profile: Expressions Elite

Expressions Elite has quickly become one of the deeper programs in New England

Cesar Fulcar commits to Wentworth

The senior guard led Watertown to the state semifinal this past season

Travel team profile: Bay State Magic

Bay State Magic doesn’t have much size on their junior team this season, so they’ll have to win with execution and intangibles

Travel team profile: Mass Elite

Mass Elite is one of the largest travel teams in the state despite being relatively new

Travel team profile: Middlesex Magic

Today we look at the Middlesex Magic, run by the son of the program’s founder and getting better every year

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is already 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.

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