Morning Five: 08.02.10 EditionPosted by rtmsf on August 2nd, 2010
With the summer heat frying most of the nation, it only seems like this summer has been interminable. But over the weekend, the calendar flipped over into August and we’re actually closer to the start of a new college basketball season than we are to the end of the last one. Savor it.
- The Rick Pitino/Karen Sypher trial will continue today and we’ve already had too much fun for a quarter-minute encounter. Some of the excitement is over now that Pitino has finished testifying but a key question is whether Sypher will actually be convicted as a result of this mess. KSR examines the possibilities, coming to the conclusion that there’s no slam dunk among the group of charges against her. They also highlight the top ten moments from last week’s testimony, and make sure, if you read nothing else this week, to read #1.
- Third on the Flourishing Five list was a bit of a surprise to us — Ohio State. We figured that the Bucks would be one of the top two (along with Texas). Now it seems that Florida will join UT at the top, but which school will end up at #1? Three or four years ago, UF would have been easily first, but nowadays that’s a tougher case, isn’t it?
- BiaH shows off his Excel skills with the consensus top 100 rising seniors coming out of the July evaluation period. Everybody seems to love Mike Gilchrist long time. Austin Rivers, the #2 player coming out of the summer, is apparently a chip off the old doc (not our pun). Seriously, though, if Calipari gets both of these players, it could be Wall/Cousins part two.
- We learned over the weekend that the reason for Bob Huggins’ fall that resulted in seven broken ribs and a five-day stay in the hospital was due to him becoming lightheaded after taking medicine on an empty stomach. Cover story, much? This article posits that either Huggins is a) injury-prone, or b) has a dangerous medical condition that he should probably get checked out, considering that this was his third collapse in an many years where he hurt himself.
- CNNSI’s Andy Glockner takes a look at some of the most prominent expected impact transfers coming into new programs in 2010-11. Steve Alford’s New Mexico program stands to gain the most, with two high-impact players coming in the form of former Tennessee forward Emmanuel Negedu and UCLA forward Drew Gordon.