Morning Five: 12.14.09 EditionPosted by rtmsf on December 14th, 2009
- We didn’t talk about this in the ATB, but it’s also worth mentioning here. UTEP got the services of the much-maligned and well-traveled Derrick Caracter over the weekend for the first time, and the previously unbeaten Miners immediately dropped their next game, 87-80 to New Mexico State. Caracter only played 12 minutes, and he contributed 2 pts, 2 rebs and 2 assts in his time on the court, but head coach Tony Barbee will work him into the lineup slowly over the next few weeks.
- Mike DeCourcy takes a look ahead at test games later this week for #1 Kansas and #2 Texas, neither of whom have really been tested yet.
- Here’s several good reasons why we should all proceed with caution on anointing Georgetown a top contender in the Big East just yet. It’s all true, but our contention is that Georgetown’s primary two issues were poor team chemistry and acceptance of losing in a loaded conference last year. The snowball effect, if you will. The primary issue the Hoyas appear to face this year will be depth, as JT3 is only playing seven guys so far this season. One injury among the starters could devastate this team.
- “The Players Rushed the Fans!” There will be much more written on this game in the next 24 hours — you can count on it — but here’s Pat Forde’s take on the inimitable Crosstown Shootout from last night. Good to have him back from football.
- We mentioned this over on the weekend ATB, but it’s too bizarre not to discuss here as well. If you haven’t heard, Roy Williams had a Presbyterian fan thrown out of the Dean Dome on Saturday night for heckling one of his players. So what was the out-of-control foul-mouthed POS guilty of saying? Um, according to a published report, something to the effect of “You’re going to miss it, Deon [Thompson]!“ They say that suppression of dissent is one of the first steps toward totalitarianism, and in a showing of power drunkenness that would make even Dick Cheney blush, Roy has taken his standing to show up someone with whom he merely disagrees to an entirely new level. As he put it in the postgame comments, he doesn’t believe that “anybody should yell negative things toward our players (when) you come in on our tickets to watch our game.” EXCUSE ME?? The last time we checked, Roy, a Presbyterian fan has just as much right to purchase a ducat to ‘his’ team’s game as a UNC fan does. And that fan can yell for his players or against the UNC players as much as he likes (standard decency and decorum implied). So we wonder – does the Roy Doctrine now mean that UNC fans are excused from yelling much, much worse at opposing players who visit the Dome just because it’s ‘their’ game? Is he serious with this nonsense? Roy couldn’t have whiffed any harder on this one, and if he has any shred of decency, he’ll reach out to this fan, apologize for his completely ludicrous overreaction and invite the fan back to the Dean Dome to sit in his personal seats. And you know what — it’s perfectly fine if he yells at Deon Thompson to miss a free throw, even then.