Jeff Goodman of CBS Sportsline on Towson winning their first game of the season last night 66-61. The longest losing streak in the history of Div. I hoops is over at 41, as the Tigers beat UNC-Wilmington. It was the first career win at Towson for coach Pat Skerry, and the program’s first since a win at La Salle on Dec. 29, 2010
Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail on West Virginia’s loss to Syracuse Saturday afternoon. Was it goal-tending or not?
Gene Steratore — who has worked 17 college basketball and two NFL games this month — was the official under the basket while Karl Hess — working his 21st game in 28 days — was on the left sideline near the play. Neither hinted they might call goaltending, though the rule says the basket counts once the ball hits the backboard above the rim.
Jeff Faraudo of the Mercury News on top basketball recruiting classes don’t always live up to their top billing.
Mike Sorenson of the Deseret News on Jimmer’s return to Utah…had a chance at the end but came up short.
Bill Plaschke of the LA Times on USC basketball.
Saddled by injuries and past probation defections, the Trojans have won only a handful of games. Saddled with the high expectations of the Trojans nation, they’ve been watched by only a handful of fans.
One minute they are averaging 23 wins a season for three years under Tim Floyd, advancing past the first round of theNCAA tournament in two of those years. Then, three seasons later — poof — they are losing their first eight conference games, failing to score more than 50 points in five of them.
“We’re pinned,” Coach Kevin O’Neill acknowledged. “There’s no moves right now.”
Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel on Miami’s Jim Larranaga, one of the good guys in the coaching business says he can coach until 2019. I bet he gets into TV someday. Has a great personality, excellent voice and has much hoops credibility.
“It just proves how much he loves the game and how much passion he has, how much he wants this school to become a great school,” freshman point guard Shane Larkin said with a smile. “I know Coach is very passionate, so I think he’ll definitely finish the deal, and if he can, he’ll sign another extension after that.”
Jacob May of the Arizona Daily Sun on NAU’s former men’s coach under investigation.
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe on the Washington Wizards problems.
An NBA scout who watched the Wizards said they may be the most dysfunctional young team in the league. Management is hoping the coaching change has the most effect on Wall, who has been given the mantle of team leader although he’s just three years removed from high school.
“I think for us not playing hard every night, the record we have, that puts a tough decision on the coach,’’ John Wall said. “We didn’t go out there and play hard enough for him. Me and Flip had no problem. There were times when I got frustrated for not playing good. I talked to him [after the firing] and he told me the same thing – he said, ‘Just keep working hard’ – and I’m sorry that happened to him.’’
Moe ‘Better’ Harkless of St. John’s is a big time player! I tuned in to Duke and St. John’s yesterday and I was very impressed with Harkless who was clearly the best player on the floor.
Last night I was watching NC State and Virginia in an ACC match-up. A Wolfpack player had a break-away layup, all alone out in front of the field and just like that, the young man missed it. Lenny Elmore, the ESPN analyst said, ‘it’s fundamentals, the player didn’t put the ball on the backboard.” Great point Leonard!
Francisco Elson is now on the Washington Wizards.
Quote of the Day: ”This is not what we want USC basketball to be, but we think K.O. is doing all the right things to get this program turned around. Kevin has inherited a bad hand and we’re going to give him time.” -USC A.D. Pat Haden
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