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Thursday, 01/31/08

Tigers Will Miss Stitt During Recovery

After watching his team suffer a tough three-point loss to Miami last weekend in Coral Gables, Fla., Oliver Purnell is hoping that his team can get back to its winning ways liked it showed during the first 10 games of the season.

But the Clemson coach won't have his point guard to do it with. In fact, he won't have his freshman floor leader for more than just Saturday's game at Littlejohn Coliseum against Boston College.

After tearing cartilage in his knee during practice Wednesday, Demontez Stitt will now miss at least two weeks in undergoing arthroscopic surgery today.

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Tuesday, 01/29/08

Where's UConn's Love?

Every week we get the pleasure here at CSTV.com of examining and debating the new set of rankings that come out every Monday, and while I haven't discussed the previous polls much this season, this week's AP Top 25 is arguably missing one team that's deserving of a ranking.

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Monday, 01/28/08

Dyson, Wiggins Now Out Indefinitely For Huskies

So after UConn's impressive win at Indiana this past Saturday, we now know a little bit more about the suspensions to guards Jerome Dyson and Doug Wiggins, who did not make the trip to Bloomington with the team over the weekend.

According to a report by the Hartford Courant, the two sophomores were found in possession of alcohol, specifically a bottle of vodka and cognac, when police stopped and searched their vehicle last Thursday night in Storrs.

Both were issued summonses for minors in possession, and Wiggins was also was cited for driving with a suspended license.

Neither of them will play in tonight's Big East contest against Louisville at the XL Center and will remain suspended indefinitely until UConn's department of athletics gives further word.

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Monday, 01/28/08

Trouble Never Ends For Mizzou

Mike Anderson saw the trend begin to take form when he arrived in Columbia, Mo., back in March of 2006, and he's watched it only continue to grow from that point on.

First it was forward DeMarre Carroll, who was shot in the ankle outside a Columbia nightclub last July serving as a bystander, according to police.

Two days later, it was Kalen Grimes, the school's leading rebounder and starting center last season, who was dismissed from the team after his arrest in St. Louis for hitting a man in the face with the butt of a shotgun.

And then it was Darryl Butterfield, who was arrested on charges of third-degree domestic assault in October for allegedly striking his ex-girlfriend.

But maybe worst of all, Anderson's son, Mike Anderson Jr., served his own suspension from the team last February before being reinstated for a drunk-driving arrest.

So you'd think the rest of Anderson's team would be smarter than to get into any more trouble this season, right?

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Sunday, 01/27/08

Office Hours: Professor on Beale Street Edition

MEMPHIS -- You can still call us a "Visiting Professor" as we remain on Beale Street for a couple of days following the No. 1 Memphis Tigers 19th win of the season on Saturday against Gonzaga. We continue to digest some of the numbers from that one, chiefly the lines of each team's point guards.

Check this out:

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Friday, 01/25/08

UConn Faces Hoosiers Without Dyson, Wiggins

If Jim Calhoun was hoping to leave Bloomington, Ind., this weekend with a win that the NCAA Tournament selection committee could ultimately look back on in March, he'll need a lot more help than he was originally expecting.

That's because the 35-year UConn coach announced Friday that starting guard Jerome Dyson and backup guard Doug Wiggins have been indefinitely suspended for violating unspecified team rules.

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Friday, 01/25/08

Beale Street Baskets: Patriotic Feeling For Tigers

MEMPHIS -- For at least a few more hours, they both sit at 18-0. By the end of Saturday, the Memphis Tigers could be exactly where the New England Patriots hope to be in another eight days: at 19-0.

While the comparisons between a full undefeated NFL season and half of an undefeated season in college basketball are a precious few, the possible parallels have not escaped Tigers' coach John Calipari.

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Friday, 01/25/08

So Much To Love

Kevin Love knew that it wasn't going to be easy returning home to play in his old stopping grounds.

And the Lake Oswego, Ore., native knew that it was going to be even tougher playing against his father's alma mater with friends and family looking on.

But after the way the 6-foot-10 forward played in UCLA's 80-75 victory over Oregon Thursday night, what's not to love about Love now?

Because with a game-high 26 points and 18 rebounds, is there anyone in the country who could play better than that under those circumstances?

I think not.

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Thursday, 01/24/08

Beale Street Baskets: No. 1 Says "Bring It"

MEMPHIS -- It's been a month since our last visit to the City of Elvis and in addition to not having lost a game all season long, the Memphis Tigers have elevated themselves to No. 1 in the nation. There is a palpable difference in the city as the Tigers reached the No. 1 spot for the first time in a quarter-century. "It hasn't been this way since I can remember," said a FedEx official we bumped into at dinner. "It's been building to this the past couple of years, but this is as pumped as the city has been about the Tigers that I can remember."

With the excitement comes expectations and with those expectations come a belief that because Saturday's opponent -- 15-4 Gonzaga -- is unranked, the Tigers should romp and continue their perfect season. Not so fast says the Tiger mentor.

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Tuesday, 01/22/08

Bison Better Off Without Flannery?

It's not every day that I get to talk about my alma mater, particularly when it's sitting with an 8-9 record in the middle of January, but when the opportunity does arise every now and then, I do feel obliged to shed some light on the current state of Bucknell's basketball program.

Because as most of us former students know, there's no one quite like head coach Pat Flannery.

Flannery, an alum himself, has taken Bucknell's basketball program to new heights in the last three years with two straight Patriot League championships, and even better, back-to-back wins over third-seeded Kansas and eighth-seeded Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2006.

His sideline behavior, however, is another story.

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Sunday, 01/20/08

Office Hours: Upset Saturday Edition

In the course of a five Saturday afternoon minutes and one deft utilization of the "Previous Channel" button on The Professor's remote control, we witnessed college basketball's Top 5 experience its biggest shake-up of the season.

Just moments after Tyler Hansbrough's (!!!) 3-pointer went off-iron in Chapel Hill to give Maryland its biggest win of the season over No. 1 UNC, USC put the finishing touches on its upset at Pauley Pavilion of No. 5 UCLA and The Professor braced for the debate between Memphis and Kansas as the nation's new No. 1 team.

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Friday, 01/18/08

Gamecocks Will See Odom Go

Here's a newsflash for you: Dave Odom won't be coaching in 2009.

A day after Pepperdine coach Vance Walberg called it quits out in Malibu, the 65-year-old South Carolina coach will be retiring at the end of this season after declaring Friday that it's time for him to finally leave the sidelines.

Because while he might not be ready to go right now, he can see that time being very soon.

"I'm not at the end, but I can see it," he said. "Truly, I'm on the back end of not only my career, but my life."

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Thursday, 01/17/08

Walberg Out At Pepperdine

Vance Walberg is saying goodbye to Malibu.

In what comes as a surprise to many, the Pepperdine coach announced his resignation Thursday after spending just a year and a half with the Waves.

The 56-year-old Walberg, who was just 14-35 overall after Monday's 92-57 blowout loss at home to Gonzaga, said his resignation was prompted by personal and family reasons.

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Wednesday, 01/16/08

Huskies Get Calhoun Back For Critical Stretch

UConn fans got some good news Wednesday when Jim Calhoun returned to practice after missing the Huskies' heartbreaking loss at Georgetown last Saturday.

And according to the Associated Press, the Hall of Fame coach will also be returning to the sideline tomorrow when UConn welcomes Big East foe Providence to the XL Center in downtown Hartford.

Calhoun, who has had health issues in the past, was forced to leave the second half of Jan. 8's win over St. John's after suffering from what team officials said was both stress and exhaustion.

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Tuesday, 01/15/08

Tuesday Thoughts

Here are some quick thoughts from around the nation on this Tuesday evening in the middle of the conference season:

After missing Saturday's game against Georgetown, longtime UConn coach Jim Calhoun was absent from practice Monday due to flu-like symptoms, but it's still unknown if the 65-year-old will be feeling well enough to take the court Thursday when the Huskies host Providence.

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Sunday, 01/13/08

Blue Devils Bully Virginia To Open ACC Slate

DURHAM, N.C. -- If there's anyone who realizes how important ACC openers are, it's DeMarcus Nelson.

After all, with the way Duke finished its non-conference slate at 12-1, the senior guard knew there was no time for his team to have a letdown.

So with Virginia and standout guard Sean Singletary coming into a packed house at Cameron Indoor Stadium Sunday night, Nelson made sure to make the most of his opportunity at both ends of the floor, knocking down eight of his 12 shots from the field to lead Duke with a game-high 20 points in a dominating 87-65 victory.

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Sunday, 01/13/08

Office Hours: Undefeateds Dwindle Edition

The Professor has to apologize for our tardiness with this edition of the Report Card. We got knocked on our suede elbow patches by a nasty flu bug following the Patriots game on Saturday (maybe it's the same thing that made Peyton Manning look so feeble on Sunday).

We've been hepped up on NyQuil, TheraFlu and hot tea for 36 hours, so you'll understand if our writing and grading are a bit sloppy this week.

We're doubling up on the Vitamin C and will be back at full strength for next week.

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Saturday, 01/12/08

Undefeated Talk Inevitable For Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Roy Williams doesn't want to hear about it.

In fact, he doesn't even want to think about it.

But the North Carolina coach knows that if things continue the way they have so far this season, it's inevitable that talk of an undefeated season will materialize with each win that his team acquires.

So how does Williams and his players deal with that sort of pressure hovering over their heads?

"We don't deal with it at all," he said after No. 1 North Carolina dominated in-state rival N.C. State, 93-62, Saturday at the Dean Dome.

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Friday, 01/11/08

Sooners Must Survive Without Clark

Oklahoma has had its fair share of ups and downs this season.

Lately it's been more ups than downs with the Sooners riding a five-game winning streak that includes three straight victories over Arkansas, Gonzaga and West Virginia, but on Thursday, head coach Jeff Capel was hit with some bad news when Keith Clark was ruled academically ineligible, leaving him to miss the remainder of the season.

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Thursday, 01/10/08

Howland's D Had Love Hooked

Kevin Love said he chose UCLA because he wanted to learn how to play defense.

But not just any kind of defense.

That's right. He wanted to play Ben Howland's defense.

Sure, the Lake Oswego, Ore., native could have traveled across the country to play at ACC powerhouse and top-ranked North Carolina, but when it came down to it, he wanted to learn from a coach that has proven he can get it done whether he's in the Big West at UC Santa Barbara, Big Sky at Northern Arizona or Big East at Pittsburgh.

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Thursday, 01/10/08

Drake Looking For Spark Without Young

This wasn't what Keno Davis wanted to see.

Not after his team dismantled Indiana State by 25 points Wednesday night to match a school record with its 12th straight win.

But the first-year Drake coach learned Thursday afternoon that sophomore Josh Young, the Missouri Valley's leading scorer, will be out indefinitely with a sprained right ankle.

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Wednesday, 01/09/08

Eustachy's Next Coach To Take Leave

Earlier this week we learned that Detroit coach Perry Watson would be joining Arizona's Lute Olson and San Francisco's Jessie Evans in taking a leave of absence for the rest of this season with his being for unspecified medical reasons.

Now there's a possibility of adding another coach to that list after Southern Miss' Larry Eustachy announced Wednesday afternoon that he would also be taking an indefinite leave of absence in order to take care of his sick mother, who is currently battling cancer.

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Tuesday, 01/08/08

Another Blue Devil Goes Down

Mike Krzyzewski knew coming into this season that he wouldn't have a lot of depth when it came to his frontcourt.

But on Monday, the legendary Duke coach found out that his bench got even thinner when sophomore Brian Zoubek suffered a fifth metatarsal fracture in his left foot during practice.

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Monday, 01/07/08

Detroit's Watson Taking Medical Leave

Arizona's Lute Olson and San Francisco's Jessie Evans aren't the only college basketball coaches who are taking the rest of this season off.

Detroit coach Perry Watson announced Monday that he will be taking an indefinite leave of absence for medical reasons but did not go into detail about the issues that he is currently facing.

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Sunday, 01/06/08

Office Hours: Second Semester Begins

Welcome back to The Professor's classroom. I trust all of you had a nice respite. You're gonna need it.

We're into the conference schedule, with just a smattering of non-conference affairs remaining between now and Tourney time. So that means we're into the nitty-gritty. Time to separate the pretenders from the contenders and better yet, time to start thinking about seedings, brackets and March road trips that will lead us to San Antonio.

Without further ado, The Professor's first official report card of the second semester. As for those of you still whining about your first semester grades, please keep the complaining to a minimum. We don't suffer whiners well...

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Saturday, 01/05/08

Number Three With A Bullet

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- The coast-to-coast introductory tour is complete. From the West Coast (59-55 at USC) to the South (71-66 at Georgia Tech) to the Northeast (Saturday's 85-60 pounding of Boston College), third-ranked Kansas has let all on-lookers see what it has under its Crimson and Blue hood.

Now the Jayhawks will hunker down in the Midwest for two months and the next time we see Bill Self on the road and out of conference play, it will likely be against some hapless 16-seed on March 20 or 21st. After one more home tune-up with Loyola (Md.) on Tuesday, KU will be a perfect 15-0 and well on its way to a second-straight 30-win season.

This edition of the program Naismith made is not just good. They're great.

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Friday, 01/04/08

No Shoes Necessary For Hunter

Over the past six seasons in Indianapolis, Ron Hunter has taken IUPUI to new heights.

But the two-time Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year doesn't need any wingtips or loafers when it comes to capturing the program's most wins (204) and highest winning percentage (.545) prior to this season.

So on Jan. 24, Hunter will walk into The Jungle without any footwear strapped to his feet and coach the Jaguars against an Oakland team that sits currently at 7-7 overall and 2-1 in the Summit League after nipping North Dakota State Thursday night with a 73-72 victory.

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Thursday, 01/03/08

Please, Don't Be So Nice

Well, it looks like I won't be welcomed down on Beale Street at any point this season, but I want to thank all of you for your warm and kind comments the other night. Please keep them coming, as they're keeping me rather nice and toasty on some of these cold and windy nights in the Big Apple.

Of course, don't forget also that I did say at the end of my last entry that I do believe that Memphis will be No. 1 in the polls once North Carolina loses in the next few weeks during ACC play, but please don't consider that when you're thinking of your next heart-warming compliment for me.

But to answer your questions, concerns and lovely insults, of course...

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Thursday, 01/03/08

The Blip Gets Bigger

AMHERST, Mass. -- Lots of teams are "off the radar" at this juncture of the season. Non-conference play is never the end-all, be-all and your 10-2 team on January 1 is your 21-win, bubble team come March 1. So it made sense to pay attention to the Atlantic 10-Conference USA clash that took place Tuesday night under the snow-covered green roof of the once-hoppin' Mullins Center.

What unfolded between host UMass and first-time guest Houston was a 95-89 Minuteman win that had equal glimpses of the Phoenix Suns and a possible Phoenix rising in Travis Ford's 11-2 club.

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Tuesday, 01/01/08

Don't Be Deceived By Tigers' Wins

After last weekend's assortment of upsets and surprises, there now remain six teams in the nation who have yet to suffer defeat this season.

One of those happens to be, of course, second-ranked Memphis, who gained some more first-place votes this week from the AP voters, yet only trails No. 1 North Carolina by 28 points now.

But while I've given my fair share of props to John Calipari and his kids, I'm not about to write the Tigers off as national champs or even the No. 1 team in the country as we ring in the New Year with conference play beginning this week.

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