Morning Five: 12.17.09 EditionPosted by rtmsf on December 17th, 2009
- St. John’s will hold out star forward Anthony Mason, Jr., for at least three more weeks as he continues to heal from a preseason hamstring injury. The Johnnies have gotten off to an 8-1 start that includes solid wins against Siena and Temple. SJU should be ok for another two weeks without him, but away games loom against Georgetown and Louisville right around the new year. In other news, reserve Quincy Roberts will also take a medical redshirt due to recurring migraine headaches.
- Remember Josh Nochimson, the former UConn equipment manager who was tangled up in the investigation involving illegal contact with Nate Miles, the one-time next-big-thing for the Huskies? His attorney says that Nochimson has never even been contacted by NCAA investigators. They must be too busy with that Memphis strict liability standard, right?
- Duquesne’s Sam Ashaolu — feel-good story of the year. You go ahead, young man!
- Seth Davis gives us his best and worst of the decade of the 2000s, and there’s an awful lot of good stuff here.
- Coach K gave his opinion on the whole Expansion 96 idea, which we’ve summarily ripped apart on this site. His essential take is that folding the NIT into the NCAA Tournament will allow more teams from mid-majors to get in because of the regular season auto-bid the NIT uses (he cites the Patriot League). True, but as Mike DeCourcy (per usual) points out, it renders the regular season in the BCS conferences meaningless. Our previous example of 70% of BCS teams getting a bid is not something anybody except coaches and those leagues want here.