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by - Published January 20, 2003 in Conference Notes

The Morning Dish – Monday, January 20th, 2003

by Andrew Flynn

Today’s dish is really a buffet of news and notes. Hopefully more upscale than some hotels idea of a complimentary “Continental” breakfast, but not quite the deluxe made-to-order omelet station you see at some swanky places, either.

What is really appetizing however will be tomorrow’s Hoopville Top 25 Poll. With over half of the Top 25 losing in the past week, there should be plenty of movement in the rankings. Now that Duke is no longer undefeated, what is the true measure of Coach K’s youngsters? How have the brutal conference matchups in the Big Ten and SEC affected the voters’ appreciation for their bottom line: victories? Tomorrow will tell.

Side Dishes

Piece of Cake for Wake: The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have rebounded nicely from their defeat last weekend at Duke, notching a victory against No. 17 Maryland (who bounced Duke Saturday), and then by downing the visiting Yellowjackets of Georgia Tech 73-66 yesterday. Coming up large for the Deacons was Josh Howard, who tallied 30 points, including 3 treys and 11-for-12 from the stripe, with five blocks and three assists in an All-Star performance. Howard more than compensated for missing guard Justin Gray, who is still out from breaking his jaw last week against Duke. Tech was led by Chris Bosch, who had 22 points and 10 boards, and BJ Elder added 18 points, but Tech’s leading scorer, Marvin Lewis, was held to seven points on seven shots. The Deacons have defeated the ‘Jackets five straight times at Lawrence Joel Coliseum, and are 15-5 all time at the facility.

Ram Tough: St. Joe’s was the next up-and-comer in the A-10, with only one loss and a smattering of attention in the Top 25 poll. Then came Rhode Island. The Rams hung around the Hawks the majority of the afternoon in yesterday’s match, and then there was the run. While St. Joe’s didn’t score for the final four minutes, the Rams rolled off a 7-0 run, capped by Brian Woodward’s steal-dribble-layup as the clock expired. Woodward finished the game with 12 points. The Hawk’s goat was Jameer Nelson, who helped the Rams by missing the front of a one-and-one at the 11-second mark, and then chipped in two turnovers in the final minute. Delonte West led the Hawks with 26 points, including 11 down the stretch.

“C” the USA!: With Hollywood overtones, in the topsy-turvy world of Conference USA, any team can step up on Any Given Sunday. And like that sports-themed bad movie, the reviews were thumbs-down to the East Carolina, as the Pirates lost to a struggling DePaul squad, 55-42. The plot line was “former giant killer shoots 31% from the field as they face the new rags-to-riches darling of the conference.” That being said, the Pirates did indeed miss many a shot, missing all field goals during the final nine minutes of the first half, and the final seven of the game. Put that coffee down – coffee’s for closers, pal. Meanwhile, back at the Daily Planet, the Blue Demons are this week’s “It” team, with as many wins in conference this season (two) as last season – already. The Blue Demons were led by Marlon Brooks’ 11 points, who came off the bench and nailed all four of his free throw attempts down the stretch. DePaul was 19-of-24 from the stripe to help seal the deal.

Yale Student Remembered: The first of four memorial services for the Yale accident victims was held yesterday at the campus’ Battell Chapel for 20-year-old Sean Fenton. Fenton, a junior from Newport Beach, California, was a computer science major who had been on the football team for his first two years. The accident, in which Fenton’s SUV collided with a jack-knifed truck on I-95 near Fairfield, Connecticut, claimed the lives of four students and injured five others, and was the reason for Yale’s school-wide postponement of athletics events on Friday. Two other students died at the scene, sophomore Kyle Burnat, 19, of Atlanta; and sophomore Andrew Dwyer, 19, of Hobe Sound, Florida, and sophomore Nicholas Grass, 19, of Holyoke, Massachusetts succumbed to injuries the following day. Two students remained in critical condition and one in stable condition in area hospitals. All students were members or pledges of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, popular among Yale athletes (including both former President George H. W. Bush and current President George W. Bush). Services for the other crash victims are scheduled later in the week. Hoopville extends its condolences to the families of the victims and the Yale community.

Tonight’s Menu:

As usual, there’s a full slate of Northeast, Big South, MEAC, A-Sun and Mountain West matchups.

• The hot ticket is in Norman, as the General rides his Red Raiders up to face the No. 4 Sooners in a Big 12 Conference tilt. Coach Sampson needs to get Ebi Ere off the schnide, as he’s managed a whopping eleven points in the last two games. Meanwhile, coach Knight is looking for win career win No. 799 tonight. The teams split last season’s games.

• No. 6 Connecticut hasn’t experienced the success of their women’s squad (winners of 55-straight), but the Huskies will try to win on the road in Miami against the Hurricanes. While UConn started out at 9-0, they are just 2-and-2 since, and have lost both road games. Miami has won the last two home matches between the two squads, and four of the last five in Florida.

• Looking for their first Mountain West Conference win, the 9-6 Air Force Falcons fly into Laramie to face the 13-3 Wyoming Cowboys, who are exhibiting the level of performance we’ve come to expect from coach Steve McClain. I know there are at least five or six folks out there that can provide Mountain West staff writer Bob Thurman detailed analysis, and I certainly hope they enjoy the game.

That’s it for this Monday. Enjoy!

Morning Dish

by - Published January 14, 2003 in Conference Notes

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, January 14th, 2003

by Andrew Flynn

The new Hoopville Top 25 poll is out (see the link at the right), and there were two newcomers to the group – No. 23 Syracuse, and No. 25 Oklahoma. Nice. Welcome to the club. Congratulations. And nice knowing you, as both squads got to face highly-ranked opponents the first time they had little numbers next to their name in the score.

First up was the Orangemen hosting the No. 12 Missouri Tigers, who were coming into the contest with a four-game win streak, having lost only to Illinois before Christmas. Jim Boeheim’s crew was no squad of pushovers, as they had quietly won ten in a row, having only lost the opener to Memphis two months ago. Bottom line: Syracuse controlled the game from start to finish, notching an impressive 76-69 victory over the Tigers.

It was pretty much back-and-forth through the first half, with Syracuse leading 36-31 at intermission. The Orange 2-3 zone took over after that, as Syracuse pulled away with a 13-point lead with ten minutes left. The Tigers had a 9-0 spurt to get within 4 points at the eight-minute mark, but the Orangemen answered with a 10-point spurt of their own, triggered by Gerry McNamara trey. McNamara played all 40 minutes and ended up with 14 points and 7 assists. Actually, all five Syracuse starters scored in double-digits, with Hakim Warrick notching a 20/10 double-double, and Carmelo Anthony scored 16 with 11 boards. Ricky Clemons led the Tigers with 26 points, and Arthur Johnson had a 17/11 split – his fourth consecutive double-double. Both teams face challenges next time out on the court, as the Orangemen travel to No. 3 Pittsburgh, while (how’s this for a segue?) Missouri faces . . .

The 24th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys hosted the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners in a defensive showcase. Unfortunately, it also had the makings of recent NFL playoff games, with a contested call as time expired. Replays showed that the Cowboys’ Victor Williams did not get the game-winning shot off in time as the shot clock sounded with three seconds left in regulation, but the on-court officials let it stand, lending controversy to what would have been a clean 48-46 victory for OSU. For what it’s worth, OU coach Kelvin Sampson might end up getting fined for running out onto the court to protest.

The Cowboys started out slow, but eventually crept back into the match, heading into the locker room down 22-21. Snail’s pace back-and-forth “action” had the Cowboys up 46-43 with under two minutes left, and then Hollis Price nailed a free throw and a jumper to tie it at 46 in what seemed like a half-hour later. Both Price and Ebi Ere – both averaging over 18 points per game for the Sooners, tallied 6 apiece. Williams led all scorers with 16, while Kevin Bookout led the Sooners with a quiet 14/11 split. Ivan McFarlin did the same for OSU. The victory was the Cowboys’ 11th straight, who now face Missouri next (in case you missed the segue above). Oklahoma travels to Iowa State next to see if they can win an on-campus road game, as this made them 0-1 on the season in that category.

Side Dishes

Hot Water for LeBron: Stop me if you’ve heard this before. A star amateur athlete is caught driving a very expensive SUV, the funds for which are likely out of reach of his parents or family. Red flags are raised. An improper conduct charge, followed by an investigation, and then the player leaves the institution, while the school is left with the distaste of forfeited games and scandals. The University of Michigan experienced that very thing in 1997, after the infamous Maurice Taylor Ford Explorer (Eddie Bauer edition) rollover incident that led to the Wolverines taking down banners and forfeiting games. Center Robert Traylor was discovered to be driving a phat hoopty – a new customized Suburban with two TV’s and a custom stereo. The rest is history.

So I wasn’t surprised to learn that high-school phenom LeBron James was found to be tooling around Arkron in a decked-out Hummer H2, this time with 3 TV’s and a Playstation hookup. This $50,000 gift, an 18th-birthday present from his parents, now has the Ohio High School Athletic Association questioning whether LeBron has jeopardized his amateur status, and the fortunes of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School’s season. That’s right, the ol’ “capitalizing on athletic fame by receiving money or gifts of monetary value” rule. The school already has stated that they will cooperate with the investigation. Since Hoopville is a college-only institution, what’s the point? The point is that it’s getting worse. Michigan’s scandal could just be the tip of the iceberg. Point-shaving at ASU? That’s nothing. No wonder hockey’s ratings are going downhill. It’s because everyone has their money tied up in eighth-grade basketball players. Enough already.

Injury Update: When Nebraska sophomore point guard Jake Muhleisen fell to the floor Saturday against No. 11 Kansas, something hurt. Well, we (and Jake) now know that the pop he heard and the pain he felt was that of a broken hip. While the injury won’t require surgery, Muhleisen is out for the season, as the injury is expected to take up to four months to heal. Muhleisen had been averaging almost 12 points a game.

In other injury news, those of you that saw Sunday’s Duke-Wake Forest game saw freshmen guard Justin Gray walk off the court with blood coming out of his mouth, never to return in the game. Well the prognosis isn’t good. Turns out Justin has a broken jaw. Gray is averaging over 10 points and 4 assists per game. After surgery last night he is sidelined indefinitely and considered “extremely doubtful” for Wednesday’s game against No. 16 Maryland.

Tonight’s Menu

• There’s a rumble in the Big East tonight, as No. 3 Pittsburgh travels to West Virginia (always a tough place to play). No. 6 UConn hosts the Hokies of Virginia Tech, and No. 8 Notre Dame hosts New Jersey’s team, the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.

• No. 15 Kentucky travels down to face Vanderbilt, who is still riding high after knocking off Alabama ten days ago. No. 22 Marquette travels to Naw’lins to face Tulane, and No. 24 Xavier faces LaSalle.

That’s it for this Tuesday. Enjoy!

Morning Dish

by - Published January 13, 2003 in Conference Notes

The Morning Dish – Monday, January 13th, 2002

by Andrew Flynn

Nestled in-between NFL Playoff football and Race 2 between OracleBMW Racing and Alinghi in the Louis Vuitton Cup was a little matchup in Durham, North Carolina. In case it’s been a bit under-publicized, especially with the other weekend activities listed above, this was the last battle-of-the-unbeatens – the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils (10-0) against the No. 19 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (also 10-0). Though in some circles, the fact that it was an ACC conference game added more drama to the highly charged atmosphere of Cameron Indoor.

But the outcome was anti-climactic, as Duke pulled away towards the end of the first half, winning easily 74-55. Early on, it was a pretty evenly matched game, with back-and-forth spurts. Though Duke’s Dahntay Jones was a frigid 0-for-6 from the floor, Chris Duhon kept the squad in it with three key treys midway through the first half, and then pleased the home crowd with some great passes to Shavlik Randolph and an alley-oop inbound pass to Casey Sanders. To counter this offensive, Deacon forward and leading scorer Josh Howard (13/14 split) got into foul trouble, and grabbed some bench.

Wake chose the worst time to get cold from the floor – right as Duke was heating up – with five minutes left in the first half, with the score tied at 27. The Deacons wouldn’t score again the rest of the first half, as Duke went into intermission with a 10-point lead. But the real problem was keeping up with the Jones. Wake came out even colder from the lockers by scoring a total of four points in the first ten minutes of the second half (or, even more astounding – 4 points in 45 actual minutes). All this happened, of course, as Dahntay Jones was lighting up the Deacons for 15 points in this span, as the Blue Devils ran their lead to 24 points. At this point, the game was pretty much over. Skip Prosser’s Deacon squad even went down by 30, when Coach K pulled in the reins a bit and let the visitors close to 19 to make it respectable.

It was the Blue Devils 20th-straight home win, and their 14th consecutive versus Wake Forest – dating back to Tim Duncan’s days back in 1997. Another nifty graphic displayed that Duke has been the No. 1 team at the conclusion of each of the last four regular seasons. But to the point about the ACC conference game, last season it was Maryland that cut down the nets. Wake’s Skip Prosser does have a history of defeating No. 1’s – at Xavier he downed No. 1 Cincinnati twice.

Other notes: I was surprised to see that the game was not on premier media outlets such as CBS or ESPN, before finding the game on Fox Sports Net (though the schedulers wouldn’t have known about the unbeaten status back in September when the lineup was drafted). Additionally, I was pleased to hear the solid commentary of Thom Brennaman (my hometown Diamondbacks announcer during baseball season) and former Duke All-American Mike Gminski. Unlike other “national” games, featuring celebrity announcers that often overshadow or at the minimum compete for the limelight with the game, the Brennaman-Gminski tandem offered the insight and tempo that complimented an over-hyped-turned-blowout matchup into an enjoyable two hours of television.

Also, kudos to the crew as the Fox telecast presented lots of crowd shots of those crazy Cameron crowd (including top-notch audio engineers that allowed you to listen to their orchestrated chants), and local character (the crazy towel guy, the elderly woman that’s kept stats from the same seat for 42 years, a cameo of Lefty Driesell). These are the types of nuggets that not only make a broadcast seamless, but memorable. I’ll be checking on the ACC’s other telecasts, just to see if they caught lightning in a bottle this time around.

Side Dishes

Back at It: Just six days after their worst loss in three seasons, No. 5 Notre Dame edged Big East conference foe Seton Hall 74-64. Notre Dame set out at the onset and led by 10 at the half, but the Pirates closed the gap with a run in the early second half, whittling the lead down to three. However, the Irish responded with a run of their own, and what really made the difference was at the charity stripe, as Notre Dame connected on 22-of-29, while the Hall was limited to 8-of-9, causing Pirate coach Louis Orr to rip the officiating. Chris Thomas scored 22 points for the Irish, and Matt Carroll added 19 points. Andre Barrett led the Pirates with 22 points, and Kelly Whitney notched 12 points and 14 boards.

Just in Time: The squad that last beat Notre Dame, No. 7 Pittsburgh Panthers, had their hands full with New Jersey’s team, the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. In a surprisingly close match, Pitt and Rutgers traded baskets in the first half, ending the stanza tied at a pedestrian 25. In the second half, the Panthers, who had shot a measly 39% from the field in the first half, heated up with 64% the rest of the way, to overcome the Knights’ trapping defense. Pitt pulled away in the final four minutes on the strength of 8 free throw points and two key treys by Brandin Knight.

West Coast Battle: In what was billed as the first of their three matchups (though Gonzaga and Pepperdine are only scheduled twice – the other is presumably meant as the WCC Championship game), the Bulldogs triumphed by handily disposing the Waves 92-72. Never close, Gonzaga led 50-28 at the break, and kept the margin to 15 or more for the entirety of the contest. Five Bulldogs scored in double digits, led by Cory Violette’s 17/10 double-double and Blake Stepp’s 16/10 split, while Pepperdine was led by Jimmy Miggins with 18 points.

One comes in . . . : In a case of interesting timing, Missouri sophomore forward Najeeb Echols has announced that he is leaving the team, effective immediately. Quin Snyder, coach of the Tigers, indicated that Echols’ next destination was not clear. As you’ll recall, VMI scoring leader Jason Conley last week announced that he was leaving the Keydet program and transferring to Missouri.

Tonight’s Menu:

Several conferences have full slates tonight, which features two ranked squads on the road.

• The big game tonight is No. 9 Oklahoma (10-2) traveling to in-state rival Oklahoma State (12-1), winners of ten in a row. This game also will be the first true away game for the Sooners, who have faced three ranked teams (Alabama, Michigan State, and Mississippi State) in neutral site contests.

• No. 13 Missouri is on the road as it faces up-and-coming Syracuse (winners of eleven in a row) in the Carrier Dome, featuring potential freshman of the year Carmelo Anthony.

That’s it for this Monday. Enjoy!

Morning Dish

by - Published January 6, 2003 in Conference Notes

The Morning Dish – Monday, January 6th, 2003

by Andrew Flynn

While the majority of talk this Monday morning will be football related, considering the remarkable comebacks in the NFL Playoffs yesterday, the college basketball world remained stable and un-outraged. Which is a good thing. There were no upsets. You really couldn’t say that there were two of the six biggest comebacks. No. 25 LSU’s coach John Brady isn’t suddenly considering retirement after a tough loss. Irate fans aren’t using their cell phone minutes to berate and degrade officiating and the use of instant replay in the Duke-Clemson matchup. Peace and tranquility. Sometimes, it’s nice. That pretty much sets the theme for today’s dish.

For instance, No. 1 Duke had a showcase Sunday, facing also-unbeaten Clemson in the opener of the Tiger’s newly remodeled Littlejohn Coliseum. Duke prevailed in the chippy game 89-71, which “featured” 5 technical fouls in the Blue Devils’ 14th consecutive defeat of Clemson. Blue Devil freshmen J. J. Redick shook-off pre-game jitters (this was, after all, his first ACC Conference game) to notch 22 points, including 4 of Duke’s 11 treys. Edward Scott led the Tigers with 28 points.

As mentioned above, Georgia, who was coming off last week’s upset of No. 3 Pittsburgh, defeated No. 25 LSU in Athens, 89-63. Georgia, which had been in the Top 15 in preseason polls before early season losses to then No. 3 Texas, Georgia Tech, and Minnesota scuttled their confidence, started off the second half hot and never let up on the Tigers. Ezra Williams tallied 25 and Jarvis Hayes notched 20 in the “upset”, while the Tigers were led by Jaime Lloreda’s and Ronald Dupree’s 16.

No. 9 Texas also had an afternoon matchup, though the stakes were lower, as the Longhorns’ opponent, Mount St. Mary’s, wasn’t really setting the stage for a Big 12 conference cliffhanger. As a side note, what’s with Texas playing these New Jersey schools in non-conference action? Seton Hall, Princeton, and now Mount St. Mary’s? Anyhow, the Longhorns shot poorly from the field (38%) and still managed to ring up an 80-64 win over the Mountaineers, who held on for the majority of the first half. The Mount’s offense couldn’t penetrate against a staunch Longhorn D, which converted 24 MSM turnovers into 22 Texas points. Sydmill Harris and Brian Boddicker each notched 14 for Texas, and Jamion Christian led the Mountaineers with 12.

Side Dishes

No Comeback Here: No. 17 Creighton held off a second-half run by Drake to stay at 11-1 and undefeated in the Missouri Valley Conference, winning 84-63. Though the score doesn’t reflect, the Bulldogs managed a spurt the brought the once-21 point lead down to six, causing the Bluejays to get serious again. But Kyle Korver nailed a trey to jump-start a 17-0 run in the final ten minutes to seal the deal. Korver ended up with 23 points, and Greg Danielson led the Bulldogs with a 14/11 effort.

More ACC Openers: Formerly-ranked squads Virginia and NC State faced off in Raleigh yesterday for the opportunity to improve their situation in both team’s ACC opener. It was the Wolfpack that prevailed, winning 75-63, thus ending the Cavalier six-game win streak. Julius Hodge led the ‘Pack with a 21/11 double-double, and Levi Watkins added some key three-pointers to pull away from the Cavs early in the second half. Virginia couldn’t recover, and wound up losing their eighth-straight conference opener on the strength of 4-for-22 shooting from behind the arc.

Pain in Columbia: For the second time in 4 days, the South Carolina Gamecocks were awaiting the doctors prognosis. Again, it wasn’t good, as senior forward Chris Warren suffered a broken ankle during practice. He’s expected to miss up to three weeks. Last week center Marius Petravicius partially tore a knee ligament and is expected to miss a minimum of three weeks as well. Keep in mind, the Gamecocks just got Tony Kitchings back from hand surgery, so coach Dave Odom hasn’t had his lineup stable yet this season.

Tonight’s Menu:

• The marquee matchup is in the Big East, as No.6 Notre Dame heads over to Pennsylvania, to face No. 3 Pittsburgh in the Big East opener for both squads. The Panthers will hope to extend their 15-game home win streak, and recover from last week’s upset at the hands of Georgia. Notre Dame is looking to bounce back – from a win, mind you – against Valpo Saturday, 55-53.

• No. 16 Kansas opens their Big 12 Conference season on the road in Ames against Iowa State. No. 22 Texas Tech travels to San Diego to face Steve Fisher’s Aztecs in a late-night battle (Midnight, Eastern).

That’s it for this Monday. Enjoy!

Morning Dish

by - Published December 30, 2002 in Conference Notes

The Morning Dish – Monday, December 30th, 2002

by Andrew Flynn

It’s not all about the Slam Dunk to the Beach around here, the four most recent articles notwithstanding. However, the beach is something that definitely comes to mind when the Rainbow Classic gets mentioned. Now this season’s edition of the Classic doesn’t have a lot of marquee matchups, however, there has been some great basketball played.

The first story is the impressive comeback of the Chicago State. In case you don’t follow the Cougars, they briefly became the hottest thing since the latest Kilauea eruption by breaking the nation’s longest losing streak (24 games) last week, then followed that up with a second win over Texas Southern. Yesterday, however, they weren’t able to capture lightning in a bottle a third time against the preseason-ranked Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky, and thus started a new streak, losing 63-56.

Western Kentucky, who had allowed the Cougars to take the lead 47-46 at the six-minute mark on a 11-0 run, regained the lead on the strength of Patrick Sparks’ 11-point contribution late in the game. Sparks led all scorers with 22. Chicago State headed to a consolation game against Texas-Pan American, while the Hilltoppers marched into the semifinals to face Butler.

In the consolation match, Chicago State got off the schnide in style to set their streak at “W-1”, by downing the Broncs of Texas-Pan American 57-54 with a three-quarter court Rainbow at the buzzer. Craig Franklin, the Cougar’s leading scorer, took the inbound pass with 2.1 seconds remaining and heaved it from the opposite arc. The Broncs, who missed a chance to pull ahead by draining only 1 of 3 free throws, were led by Allen Holcomb, with a 16/11 double-double.

Similarly, Butler used a last-second trey to down Western Kentucky, 63-60. Bulldog Brandon Miller, who had been cold all day in Hawaii by going 0-for-9 from the field, let it fly from the arc with :02 on the clock to keep Butler undefeated with a 10-0 record. The Bulldogs were led by Darnell Archey with 14 points, and Mike Monserez and Avery Sheets added 12 apiece. Monserez drained a three that sparked a 12-0 Bulldog run, but Western Kentucky, led by Filip Videnov’s 18 points, kept nibbling away at the lead throughout the second half, eventually tying it up with 30 seconds remaining. And since we started this story with streaks, let’s end it right. Butler’s Archey nailed five free throws, meaning he’s 30-for-30 on the season, and has made 71 straight since last year.

Side Dishes

The Champion: : No. 23 Maryland started the defense of their ACC crown yesterday, by downing up-and-coming Georgia Tech 84-77. Drew Nicholas led the Terrapins in the back-and-forth contest with a career-high 29 points, and fellow senior Ryan Randle added 20. The Yellowjackets, who can’t seem to beat Maryland (having lost 12 of the last 14) were led by B.J. Elder with 19 points, and Chris Bosh’s 16.

And Runner Up: Last year’s ACC runner-up, the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils, shot down the Flyers of Dayton, 85-74. Duke started fast, belying a two-week layoff, by streaking to a 10-1 early lead that wouldn’t seriously be challenged all evening. Duke freshman J.J. Redick got hot late, nailing his final eight field goal attempts for a career-high 26. The Blue Devils were assisted by Dahntay Jones’ 15 and Casey Sanders’ career-high 13. Dayton’s Keith Waleskowski scored 11 straight points late in the second half to bring the margin to six, but it was as close as they would get. Waleskowski led the Flyers with 20, and D.J. Stelly notched 16 in the first meeting between the teams in 31 years.

Bluejay Way: No. 19 Creighton remained unbeaten by downing Southeast Missouri State 93-70. The Bluejays were led by Kyle Korver’s 22 points, and reserve Mike Grimes added a career-high 17 points off the bench in a game that showcased Creighton’s depth. Tim Scheer led the SMS Indians with 20 points, who were outgunned in contributions off the bench, with a 42-2 disadvantage. Creighton’s combination of ball-control and press led to 30 points off Indian turnovers. This is Creighton’s best season since the 1942-43 squad that started 16-0.

(No) More Nolan? This time, it’s Nolan Richardson III. Richardson, the son of the legendary Arkansas coach, and coach of the Tennessee State Tigers, was suspended indefinitely by athletics director Teresa Phillips for an undisclosed violation of university policy. Richardson did not travel with the team to Columbus, Ohio for this weekend’s game against the Buckeyes. Assistant coach Hosea Lewis is expected to take the reins for the foreseeable future, and the NCAA has been involved in an investigation into the schools’ offseason drills and recruiting practices. The Tigers face No. 12 Kentucky on the road tonight.

Tonight’s Menu:

Plenty of action tonight as several ranked squads look to get back on track after nursing their upset wounds over the weekend. No fewer than 13 of the Top 25 teams are playing tonight. Here are the highlights:

• No. 1 Alabama tries on their ranking on the road against the Rick Majerus-led Utes of Utah. No. 15 Missippi State goes for their ninth in a row and seventh over USA by going on the road to face Southern Alabama.

• Similarly, No. 13 Marquette goes on the road for just the second time this season to open their Conference-USA schedule against the surprising 8-2 East Carolina. No. 4 Arizona goes for their 17th Fiesta Bowl Classic title in 18 years against Boston University.

• No. 5 Oklahoma tries to regroup by hosting UNC Asheville, and No. 8 Illinois will likely get back on track by hosting 1-8 Coppin State. As mentioned above, Kentucky will limp into their matchup with Tennessee State after their loss to Louisville this weekend.

That’s it for this Monday. Enjoy!

Morning Dish

by - Published December 23, 2002 in Conference Notes

The Morning Dish – Monday, December 23rd, 2002

by Andrew Flynn

Princeton did their thing yesterday, as they played their brand of ball-control, tactical striking smart-hoop, and did it again – almost.

In what has become a trademark for the Tigers, another David v Goliath matchup almost went their way, this time against the No. 10 Texas Longhorns in Austin. We all remember the 1989 NCAA’s, where the Pete Carrill-led 16-seed almost did in the No. 1 seed of Georgetown, led by John Thompson, 50-48. And of course knocking out UCLA, the defending national champs in the first round 46-41 in 1996, with fundamentals and the backdoor pass. Texas was looking to avenge a 1998 loss to the Tigers, this time with John Thompson Jr. at the helm of the upset machine.

Unfortunately for the fans in New Jersey, the end result was familiar as well, as the elite scholar athletes of the non-scholarship Ivy League again came up short, losing a tightly contested match, 57-54, that featured lead changes and apprehension in the stands in Austin – and this was supposed to be a guarantee game. In a weekend of upsets, Texas was lucky to survive.

Texas was never really in the game mentally, as they were either complacent or confused facing Princeton. And to make matters worse, they were ice cold in the first half. In fact, the score at halftime was an un-Big 12-like 21-18 score in Princeton’s favor.

Luckily for the Longhorns, after a second half full of lead changes, Texas pulled ahead in the final minute, with Chris Ogden making a key three and T.J. Ford coming up with several free throws late. Princeton, meanwhile, got cold late in the game, as several layups and treys clanged against the iron, and were usually rebounded by the more athletic Longhorns.

The Longhorns were led by Brandon Mouton with 21 points, and T.J. Ford notched 10. Princeton was led by Kyle Wente’s 14 and Spencer Gloger (the Princeton-UCLA-Princeton transfer) added 11.

Side Dishes

Ducks in a Row: The No. 3 Oregon Ducks got back on track with a win over a ranked opponent, seemingly have shaken off their pummeling at the hands of Cincinnati, with a home victory over the No. 25 Minnesota Golden Gophers, 90-81. Minnesota, who hasn’t won a road game this season, couldn’t overcome an 18-3 first half run by the Ducks, who surged with Rick Rickert on the bench with foul trouble. Ian Crosswhite led the Ducks with 18 points, and the Lukes contributed, with Ridnour having a 15/5/5 effort, and Jackson adding 10/7/5. Steve Esselink led Minnesota with 18 points – all on threes, while Jerry Holman notched 17. Rickert disappointed with only 8 points in limited action before fouling out.

Golden Dome: The Canisius Golden Griffs didn’t know what had hit them. When they figured out that it was No. 9 Notre Dame, they were already facing a 25-8 first-half deficit after playing only five minutes, with a final score of 93-75. Matt Carroll led the Irish with 25 points (10-of-12 from the field), while Dan Miller overcame flu symptoms to notch 23. The tallies would have been higher if coach Mike Brey hadn’t sat his starters for the final ten minutes. For what it’s worth, Canisius was led by Brian Dux’s 20 and Richard Jones’ 13.

Role Reversal: Gonzaga used to enjoy a notoriety similar to Princeton’s – that of a known giant-killer, especially tournament time. Over the last (Mark) Few years, the Bulldog nation has risen to overshadow their in-state Pac-10 rivals, as well as perennially visit the Sweet 16. They’re giants. Uh-Oh. And thus they are targets to get knocked off by upstarts like the very solid Eastern Washington Eagles. Using a script from the Princeton-Texas game, the Eagles blew a halftime lead (this one was 11 points), plus two leads of 17 points, and let the Top 25-wannabe Bulldogs back into the game. So what happened? Gonzaga’s Blake Stepp nailed a trey with 30 seconds, giving Gonzaga it’s first (and only) lead of the game, winning 67-64. The valiant Eagles were led by Alvin Snow and Chris Hester, who scored 22 and 19 points, respectively. Gonzaga’s Ronny Turiaf had a 19/11 split in the win.

Tonight’s Menu:

• No. 13 Florida faces Charleston Southern early today (4pm Eastern), while one-time Top 30 squad College of Charleston hosts UNC Wilmington. Also, Michigan looks to make it four wins in a row when Eastern Michigan drives up Washtenaw Road to face the Wolverines, who have already lost to Western Michigan and Central Michigan so far this season.

• Not sure which highway they will be taking, but Maryland-Baltimore County faces No. 24 Maryland, and TCU visits No. 22 Tulsa. And of course, Portland faces Portland State, in of all places, Portland. Vikings! Pilots! Let’s get it on!

That’s it for this Monday. Enjoy!

Morning Dish

by - Published December 16, 2002 in Conference Notes

The Morning Dish – Monday, December 16th, 2002

by Andrew Flynn

There really weren’t any major matchups yesterday. All in all, a quiet relaxing Sunday. Oh.

Well there was that Arizona -Texas game that went down to the end. And since they’re ranked No. 1 vs. No. 7, I suppose there’s some interest there. And that it was televised nationally and all, and that there was a report of a hype machine driving down I-10 down towards Tucson. Well, then yes, there was a major matchup yesterday.

In case you weren’t around a media outlet yesterday (or were in Nashville trading your best young slugger away), the top-ranked Arizona Wildcats downed the No. 7 Texas Longhorns 73-70 in a back-and-forth physical contest. As if that weren’t enough to prove Arizona deserves top-billing, they did it without all-conference forward Luke Walton, who will be out for a few weeks with an ankle injury suffered earlier in the week during practice.

The showcase of two of the nation’s top point guards in Texas’ T.J. Ford and Arizona’s Jason Gardner proved to be a disappointment, as both players faltered. Gardner recovered, however, and became the savior for Lute Olson’s squad, as he scored six points in the final two minutes to seal the deal for the Wildcats. Both Gardner and Ford finished with 13 points, but Ford hurt his squad’s chances with 6 turnovers and two devastating offensive fouls late in the game.

Arizona was lead by Salim Stoudamire with 14 points, including two from the stripe with less than 30 seconds remaining. James Thomas led the Longhorns with a 20/12 double-double. There were a dozen ties and eight lead changes in the close match. Arizona should get a boost in the polls – never mind they were already ranked first. This first tough matchup on the eve of the Pac-10 regular season – without Walton – should impress the voters. Previously, the Wildcats had only faced then 21st-ranked Western Kentucky, who has disappeared.

Side Dishes

Buzzer Beater: Even though Championship Week is a few months away, we got a taste of those last-second desperation shots yesterday, when Tennessee’s Jon Higgins sank a half-court prayer shot at the buzzer to defeat Georgia Tech 70-69 in the Peach Bowl Classic in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets had dominated the game up until the final few minutes, when Tennessee mounted a 15-2 run to tie the game at 64 with two minutes left. This was the teams first meeting since 1968, even though the schools are only 150 miles apart.

Bulldog, Bulldog: In the other matchup in Atlanta, Gonzaga’s momentum to re-join the Top 25 was stopped by a hot shooting Georgia squad, especially Jarvis Hayes, who scored 29 in the 95-83 upset. Georgia was on fire early, leading Gonzaga at the break 50-28, following a 15-4 run with four minutes left before intermission. Five total Georgia boys notched double figures – Hayes’ 29, Ezra Williams (21), Richard Wehunt (13), Chris Daniels (11) and Jonas Hayes with 10. Gonzaga leader Blake Stepp only managed 4 points in limited time. Ronny Turiaf pitched in and led the ‘Zags with 20, while Richard Fox and Tony Skinner had 15 and 14, respectively.

Eeking it Out: Former media darling College of Charleston just barely survived a scare from winless Stetson, winning 66-64. And this was with holding the Hatters to just six points in the final seven minutes. Of course, the Cougars shot a whopping 29%#37; in the second half, missing all of their field goals down the stretch, allowing Stetson a 10-point run. An ugly game to say the least.

Bell2K: Congrats to Boston College’s Troy Bell, who became just the fourth Eagles player with 2,000 career points, joining Dana Barros, Billy Curley and Danya Abrams in the BC2K club. In the actual game, the Eagles downed Stony Brook 79-61.

Tonight’s Menu:

• No. 22 Stanford, in their first game since Thanksgiving break (that loss in the Preseason NIT to the ‘Heels), faces the Grizzlies from Montana in the opening round of the Stanford Invitational Tournament. The second game pits the Pepperdine Waves against the Richmond Spiders.

• No. 24 Creighton faces Delaware State in their bid to stay undefeated. Delaware State is 2-4 on the season, but feature the Matthews brothers, Andre and Aaron, who are big contributors to the Hornets offense.

That’s it for this Monday. Enjoy!

Morning Dish

by - Published December 12, 2002 in Conference Notes

The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 12th, 2002

by Andrew Flynn

Oh, we could discuss the Kansas-Tulsa game, but that’s not really an entrée. Instead, let’s talk about the Missouri Valley’s Drake Bulldogs, who put up 162 on the board last night, coming within 30 of the all-time scoring record for a team, set by – you guessed it – 1991’s Loyola-Marymount squad, the year after Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble. Who was the woe-begotten opponent that received such a smiting? It was Grinnell, of course.

Iowa’s D-III Grinnell Pioneers, who have made a name for themselves this season with their high-scoring, defense-is-not-an-option style of play, had been averaging 140 points up to last night’s contest. However, Drake is not quite the caliber of opponent that they are used to playing, competing mainly with the likes of Ripon, Lake Forest, Beloit, and St. Norbert. Indeed, Grinnell seems to relish in the notoriety of being downed by 52 by their nearby D-1 brethren. Now in the interest of disclosure, I must admit to being a Grinnell fan. They have a great little campus, with a single railroad track running right through the quad. And, I own an Albert Einstein “Grinnell” t-shirt, and a baseball cap as well (though that’s hardly an exclusive club), and my Aunt Joyce and Uncle Don attended and met there during WWII. So it warms my heart to see the Pioneers get this kind of national exposure, even if they did get stomped upon.

So here are the particulars of the game: Drake set some school and conference records for scoring with their output. Not that the Pioneers play much D, but when they tried, they were no match for the better athleticism of the Bulldogs, as Drake scored easily with many uncontested dunks and layups. Drake zoomed past their previous scoring high of 130 from 1971 (against the UMKC Kangaroos), and then passed the Missouri Valley mark of 141 set by then-member Tulsa in 1995 over Prairie View (though not the football team).

Not only was the score a product of the style of offense, but Drake also was assisted by hot shooting, nailing 68% of their field goals (though many were high-percentage shots). The Bulldogs even heated up in the second half, scoring 89 points, and on the night had 41 free throw points, and incredibly, only one three-pointer (out of 4 attempts). Conversely, Grinnell was 23-of-73 from the arc. Eight Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by J.J. Sola’s 36, along with 25 each from Greg Danielson and Quantel Murphy. Drake faces Western Illinois this weekend, while Grinnell gets back to some D-3 opponents and faces Mt. Mercy.

Side Dishes

Back in the Saddle: The No. 18 Kansas Jayhawks are back to their winning ways, downing No. 19 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 89-80 on the road in a physical matchup. Tulsa took the lead at the half with a 15-2 run, but Kansas pulled away at the end with a 10-1 run of their own. Nick Collison notched a 26/12 double-double for Kansas, which helped offset and off-night from teammate Kirk Hinrich, who sputtered on 2-of-11 shooting for a whopping 4 points. Tulsa was led by Kevin Johnson’s 23 points, who was in foul trouble for a good portion of the contest.

Off the Schnide – Part 1: Tommy Amaker and his Michigan Wolverines notched their first win of the season last night, as the Blue downed Bowling Green, 83-57, to avenge last season’s loss to the Falcons. Three Wolverines scored 20 points – freshman guard sensation Daniel Horton (26), LaVell Blanchard (23/10 double), and Bernard Robinson, Jr. (20) – to get Michigan a win in their worst start in school history. Falcon center Kevin Netter notched 20 in the loss, while freshman Ronald Lewis had 14.

Off the Schnide – Part 2: Temple also got their first win of the season last night, as the Owls downed the Nittany Lions of Penn State 65-63 on two final second free throws. Of course, something had to give, as Penn State is now still winless on the season. Temple coach John Chaney wasn’t present for the victory, however, as he was released later from a Philadelphia hospital, where he had been since Sunday with pneumonia. The Owl’s Alex Wesby and David Hawkins led with 19 points each, while Penn State was led by Sharif Chambliss’ 18 points, though he wasn’t able to sink the trey at the end that would have won it for the Lions. Penn State isn’t helped by the announcement that junior forward Jamaal Tate has left the team, taking a leave of absence for health reasons. Tate is the second Penn State forward to depart the squad this season, as Daren Tielsch left just prior to the start of the season due to personal reasons.

Off the Schnide – Part 3: And congratulations to Division-II’s Minnesota-Morris women’s hoops team, who finally won, beating Crown College 56-40. Why is this such a big deal? This is the first win for Cougars since January of 2000 – a span of 72 games. Last Friday the Morris squad set the NCAA all-division futility mark for women with a loss to Central Missouri State. First-year coach Jim Hall’s record improved to 1-6, but he still has some work to do.

Tonight’s Menu

Tonight’s Menu is rather limited. Mostly, it’s geographic rivalries that are in the wind:

• In the closest thing to quasi-ranked action, the undefeated College of Charleston puts their 6-0 record on the line as they face the 4-2 University of Central Florida in Orlando.

• 4-2 Wyoming host Indiana-Purdue Ft. Wayne, in the only matchup tonight that will require an airplane. The Mastodons are 2-7 on the season.

• In a Big West – Big Sky tilt, the 3-2 Idaho Vandals face the 2-6 Montana Grizzlies. Other road trips include Holy Cross driving down to Hartford, Army cruising over to Stony Brook, Maryland-Eastern Shore taking the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Towson, Monmouth hitting the Turnpike to play Seton Hall, and Yale angling up the Merritt Parkway to face Central Connecticut.

That’s it for this Thursday. Enjoy!

Morning Dish

by - Published December 9, 2002 in Conference Notes

The Morning Dish – Monday, December 9th, 2002

by Andrew Flynn

Of course everyone’s talking about how far Notre Dame will jump and Texas will fall in tomorrow’s Hoopville Top 25 poll. And unless you were entertaining out-of-town guests all weekend like I was, you probably got to see this week’s “upset of the year”, where streaking Notre Dame, winner of two straight over ranked opponents – No. 14 Marquette last Monday and No. 10 Maryland on Saturday, yesterday downed No. 2 Texas 98-92 to win the BB&T Classic in Washington, D.C.

The Longhorns rallied from 13 back in the final minutes, and for a while it was a back-and-forth contest. But with some key perimeter shooting from Chris Thomas at the two-minute mark, Notre Dame pulled into the lead for good. Thomas came up large with 19 points and 8 assists, and freshman forward Torin Francis came close to a triple-double, with a 21/10 split with 8 blocks.

Thomas’ teammate on last season’s All-Freshman Squad, T.J. Ford of Texas, was named Tournament MVP, buckled like a belt down the stretch. Ford had a 21 points and 11 assists, but had turnovers and missed shots in the final minutes. Ford’s passes went to Sydmill Harris, who scored 25, and Brian Boddicker. Both made 30 points worth of threes, missing only once from the arc.

Notre Dame’s only loss was to Top 25 wait-listed Creighton a few weeks back, and have since been on a tear. Texas has their momentum broken, and maybe their television payout, as they face No. 1 Arizona next weekend. That would have been the first 1 vs. 2 matchup of the year. The Longhorns probably won’t drop out of the Top 10, however.

Side Dishes

Win Some: Most other ranked squads prevailed yesterday. No. 7 Florida downed the hot South Florida Bulls, 68-52. Freshman Anthony Roberson notched 19 points. In the consolation game of the aforementioned BB&T Classic, No. 10 Maryland came back from an early deficit to down George Washington, 93-82. Steve Blake and Drew Nichols paced the Terps with 27 points each. Chris Monroe had 19 for the Colonials, and two others, Omar Williams and T.J. Thompson, had double digits. Thompson had 10 boards for the double-double. No. 21 Michigan State is starting to gel, as they stomped on Cleveland State 79-47. Spartan freshman Erazem Lorbek, a reserve center from Slovenia, stepped up to drain all of his free throws. And all of his field goals. He ended up with 16 points. That effort, along with an 18-point run late in the first half sealed the deal over the Vikings.

Lose Some: No. 17 Minnesota lost ugly to a Big 12 power 80-60. Which isn’t bad, except that it wasn’t Kansas, Oklahoma, or Texas. It was Nebraska, who’s top three sports are football, football offense, and football defense. Followed by baseball. So it’s certainly a boost to Huskers coach Barry Collier and his program. So before we announce another Big 12 power, we need to keep things in perspective. Truth be told, however, this is the same Nebraska that lost to Alaska-Anchorage, and a Minnesota program that was playing its third game in five days. D-2 transfer Andrew Drevo led the Huskers with a 27-point, 14-board performance.

Tonight’s Menu:

• The surprising 5-1 Vanderbilt Commodores, whose only loss was to No. 9 Uconn, visits unbeaten No. 12 Indiana. And No. 15 Mizzou puts their unbeaten record on the line tonight against Wisconsin-Green Bay.

• The up and down RedHawks of Miami (Ohio) drive down US-27 to play No. 16 Xavier in Cincinnati in another Queen City area matchup. The Musketeers are coming off a six-point win over previously-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday.

• With limited action tonight, the other feature may be the 1-6 Brown Bears squaring off against their cross-bay rival – the Rhode Island Rams. Boise State at Wyoming should be an entertaining matchup as well.

That’s it for this Monday. Enjoy!

Morning Dish

by - Published December 2, 2002 in Conference Notes

The Morning Dish – Monday, December 2nd, 2002

by Andrew Flynn

The big story from yesterday has to do with the College of Charleston. Wow. How often is that going to be the first sentence of this column? The Cougars won the Great Alaska Shootout this past weekend by defeating a strong Villanova squad 71-69, with A.J. Harris’ lay-up with ten seconds remaining. Charleston, who is now 5-0 on the season, was led by Tournament MVP Troy Wheless, who notched 22 against the Wildcats, along with Thomas Mobley’s 17 points.

Villanova’s downfall was the physical full-court press the Cougars used against them, holding them to only one field goal in the final ten minutes. However, it was still close due to poor shooting all around – both teams were under 33& from the field. The game was sloppy on the floor as well, as ‘Nova turned the ball over 20 times. The Cougars now have to avoid being this year’s Ball State, who won large in Maui last year, but lost their tournament and didn’t get to go dancing come March.

In the consolation game, the Oklahoma State Cowboys came back to down Michigan State, 64-61. Michigan State should book other events for their tournament – Alaska doesn’t seem to agree with them.

Side Dishes

Happy Birthday to Us: Tomorrow, December 3rd, is the one year mark of our launch. A lot has happened since then. We’ve had almost 400 articles written by 52 different writers, including over 150 so far this season, which is impressive, considering the season is only ten days old. We have also secured the Hoopville.com domain name (which we didn’t have originally), and have been getting attention and linked from other outlets. Looking forward to a great year two!

These Things Go Down: UCLA lost to Duke to open the season 0-2 for the first time in 40-plus seasons. Now everyone is making this into a big deal, similar to UNC’s early losses last season, but c’mon, this 84-73 loss was to Duke, not to Davidson and Hampton. There’s a subtle difference. Granted the close loss to San Diego was a bitter pill to swallow, but the Westwood faithful shouldn’t be grousing just yet. Though it was rather embarrassing when Coach K pulled most of his starters towards the end.

Not Exactly the Beanpot, but: Holy Cross, toughened by their earlier matchup with Kansas, downed Big East foe Boston College, 71-70. Crusader Brian Wilson (obviously not lying in bed) sank what ended up being the winning free throws with under ten seconds in regulation to seal the deal. Wilson ended up with 18 points in the back-and-forth contest, which ended BC’s 12-game dominance over Holy Cross. The Eagles tried to tie with an errant three, but BC’s Craig Smith, who recorded an 18/13 double-double, was unable to draw the foul on the tip-in at the buzzer.

Red Storm Rising: St. John’s forward Grady Reynolds has been charged with third-degree battery, stemming from pushing a female student and swim team member, who sustained a dislocated knee in the incident. Reynolds will continue to play while the school investigates.

Tonight’s Menu:

• Marquette visits the Golden Dome, as the Golden Eagle comes into Notre Dame for what should be an intriguing matchup.

• The Crusaders of Valpo drive down to Cincinnati to face the Bearcats. Cincinnati should win handily, but if this game was in March, it would be more interesting.

• Washington hits I-90 for an early season showdown for Washington supremacy by facing Gonzaga. This will be the first real test for new coach Lorenzo Romar’s Huskies.

That’s it for this Monday. Enjoy!

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