Got a great home win last night to start off conference play. 81-71 over Jackson High. We shot 36-47 from the FT line. Javon Haines had 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds including 12 for 12 from the line. Haines has recorded 2 double-double’s to start our season. (2-0, 1-0) Tracy Edmond had 28 points and 5 assists. We have a week off until we play Lansing Eastern on the road.
College basketball is in full swing. We have excellent games today on the docket. The one I’m really looking forward to is Kentucky-Indiana.
Another good battle will be Ohio State and Kansas.
Here are a few more to watch: Cincy/Xavier, UNLV/Wisconsin, Michigan State/Gonzaga and Michigan/Oakland.
How do you handle a thunderous University of Kentucky team that one college basketball computer rating formula already projects will be favored in every regular-season game?
It’s the Question of the Moment in college hoops, one they’re still asking in Chapel Hill, N.C., and Lawrence, Kan., about the top-ranked Wildcats. It is also the question that confronts Indiana coach Tom Crean because his team, perfect in eight games like Kentucky, plays John Calipari’s team in Assembly Hall Saturday, Dec. 10.
Finding a way to beat Kentucky is not the way that Crean has approached a task that confounded Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina). Understanding what to do is necessary. Understanding what not to do is essential.
“There are a lot of different ways to lose to Kentucky,” Crean said. “We’ve got to make sure that we try to eliminate as many of those as possible. There are a few things that we have to do. And we’ve got to make sure that we do them.
Joey Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal with a preview of MSU-Gonzaga. This should be a good game. Mark Few and Tom Izzo are good friends.
The Wichita Eagle on the Kansas fans ready to rock and roll. I think Jared Sullinger of Ohio State is expected to play. He’s battling an aching back. Thad Matta vs Bill Self, two good coaches.
“OSU is very good defensively,” KU coach Bill Self said. “They probably don’t get enough credit. The thing about it is, a lot of our turnovers are not defense-related. A lot of them are offense-related. If we’ve got the ball, let’s make sure that we don’t keep it. It blows my mind some of the things we’re doing, which I think you can tighten up. A lot of it is carelessness and focus.”
CBS Sacramento on Jim Les, head coach at UC-Riverside.
“We have a lot of work to do. There’s really no Division I tradition and history,” Les said. “They’ve got great tradition and history in Division II and success. Since we made the move and jumped up, it’s a chance to make your mark on a program and build from the ground up.”
It’s been a tough start for the Aggies (1-7), who are off for final exams this week before playing at Hawaii on Sunday. Les stresses finding small ways to improve each day — something he heard from new 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo/Rivals on UCLA forward Reeves Nelson he’s been dismissed from the men’s basketball team.
“After much thought and deliberation, I have made the decision to dismiss Reeves Nelson from the UCLA Men’s Basketball Team effective immediately,” Howland said. “This decision is not one that I take lightly, but it is in the best interest of both the program and the student-athlete.”
The Washington Post on the Northern Arizona head coach Mike Adras who resigned on Friday. Very odd move this early in season. Hopefully he is doing ok.
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