Morning Five: 02.03.10 Edition
Posted by rtmsf on February 3rd, 2010
- Tubby Smith has had a rough season at Minnesota in just keeping all of his players on the floor. From Royce White to Devron Bostick to Trevor Mbakwe, the team that Smith thought he’d have coming into the season is a far cry from the one he’s been able to suit up. Things aren’t improving, as yesterday the NCAA denied point guard Al Nolen’s request for reinstatement as a result of his academic ineligibility, effectively ending his season. Nolen wasn’t a big scorer for the Gophers, but he was the point man of their defense, and he was leading the Big Ten in SPG (2.3) at the time of his suspension. With Minnesota already looking bubbly at 13-8 (4-5), this will make it even more difficult for Tubby’s troops to make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament this year.
- So… when Duke students do things like this, it’s clever and hilarious. But when West Virginia students do it, it’s classless and over the line? Got it.
- Gary Parrish takes the ‘college hoops is big business‘ slant in his latest piece on the rash of mid-season firings this year. While we have absolutely no quibble with that slant, we still don’t know that it makes much sense to fire coaches mid-stream of a 30-game regular season. Especially at the places where this is happening — DePaul, Fordham, Penn, UNC-Wilmington, Dartmouth. Do ADs at those places really believe that new blood is going to turn the season around this year? They can’t.
- Vegas Watch takes a look at the KenPom top twenty and concludes that Ohio State — yeah, the Buckeyes — are a team that perhaps everyone is overlooking at this point in the season.
- To quote Charlie from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “wildcard, b$#ches!!!” That’s what WVU”s Bob Huggins might be thinking as he adds 6’9, 260-lb power forward Deniz Kilicli to his lineup tonight against Pittsburgh. Luke Winn analyzes the possible impact that the suspended Euro import could have on the Mountaineeers’ fortunes the rest of the way.