Morning Five: 01.25.10 Edition
Posted by rtmsf on January 25th, 2010
- Thoughts and prayers from the RTC family to Samford head coach Jimmy Tillette, who collapsed on the bench Saturday during a game versus UNC-Greensboro. He was in the process of being airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham Sunday afternoon, and was in stable condition, so that’s good to hear.
- You may have heard about this on Saturday, but Michigan’s Manny Harris was held out of the Wolverines’ game against Purdue by John Beilein for “unsportsmanlike conduct” during a practice last week. Of course, Michigan got rung up by the Boilermakers without Harris in the lineup on Saturday, but what did he do? Word out of Ann Arbor is that he may be held out of the Michigan State rivalry game on Tuesday night as well, which suggests a fairly serious offense (beyond throwing a wayward elbow, per a UM message board). For what it’s worth, Fab Fiver Jimmy King says that he doesn’t know the specifics, but that Harris needs “to understand that the coach is the man and ultimately you’re the player so you can’t go against the coach regardless if you feel you’re right.” That sounds fairly specific to us, and suggests a lot Harris did something more than throw a ‘bow.
- Tyshawn Taylor got himself into more Facebook hot water last week after posting that he wanted to transfer out of Kansas last Wednesday night (if anyone has a screenshot of this, send it to us). His FB account was deleted soon thereafter, and Bill Self spent part of his Friday press conference refusing to talk about it. Whatever the case, Taylor put up numbers of 7/5 in thirteen minutes of action against Iowa State on Saturday.
- So what’s wrong with North Carolina? BP says it comes down to their three-point shooting and defense. The three-point shooting is understandable, as Will Graves appears to be the only reliable threat from distance, but the defense is a little perplexing given all the size and length there is on that team. Maybe Roy should consider actually slowing the game down a bit to utilize his interior strength?
- That rule about the invisible charge-restriction area under the basket? The NCAA Coordinator of Officiating, John Adams, thinks it’s working fine. We absolutely agree that the Shane Battier Rule is a great thing for the game, but we’re not still not clear on why we can’t just put a dotted line down there to make it clearer where the zone starts and ends.