Morning Five: Thanksgiving Day EditionPosted by rtmsf on November 25th, 2010
- We’d like to start off today’s Morning Five with a trite but true statement about some of the many things that we’re thankful for here within the RTC family. The growth of the site to become one of the leading voices in the college basketball community is (trust us) well beyond what we ever imagined possible here. We’d like to thank you, the faithful readers, who continue to push us with ideas for improvement, challenge us if we print half-baked thoughts or incomplete analyses, and generally keep us on our toes to the point where sleep schedules for the editing team from October to April are pretty much nonexistent. We might complain about it if we didn’t love this stuff so much. We’d also like to throw a special thank-you to our many contributors, who have similarly grown from a few to several to a bunch, and in our efforts to corral the absolute best minds thinking about and discussing this sport on a national level, we feel that we are well on our way to reaching a sort-of hoops nirvana. Finally, a shout-out absolutely must go to our families and friends — the wives, parents, pets, colleagues and buddies who we’ve had to continually bail on so that RTC can live to see another day. The sacrifices these people make to remain close to us are not something that we’ll overstate — after all, it’s not like we’re fighting wars here — but it does have a day-to-day impact on those relationships to the point where mere choices between an extra half-hour behind the computer screen or a walk with a loved one is a quandary fraught with potential pitfalls. We’re thankful for all of these things, and we want to wish everyone out there in College Hoops Nation the very best of Thanksgiving days wherever you are in your lives, and hopefully you too can find the happiness that we all get from making this thing happen. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
- Iowa State received the bad news on Wednesday that Minnesota transfer Royce White’s appeal to become eligible to play this season was denied by the NCAA. The troubled player never played a game as a freshman for Minnesota in 2009-10 due to a Mall of America incident that left him in trouble with the legal system, so his eligibility request was based on that lag. The NCAA didn’t buy the argument, however, choosing instead to impose the standard one-year transfer redshirt rule with White as it typically does any other transfer player.
- Mike DeCourcy answers some reader (?) questions, and the lead query asks which coach among the heavy-lifters (K, Izzo, Calipari, Donovan) would he choose to win a one-game scenario. His answer won’t surprise you (K), but it reminded us of a solid question we received last week in a similar vein. If we had to choose one coach and player to currently build a program with — who would it be? We assumed a four-year window, but our choice was Butler’s Brad Stevens and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger. Who would you guys start with?
- Luke Winn’s weekly in-season power rankings just might be the best read you’ll get on a regular basis during the season. If RTC ever gets that creative on something, we’ll know that we’ve arrived.
- Thanksgiving was once all about that sport with the oblong ball and a 100-yard field of grass. And yeah, we suppose that there are NFL games that actually matter, but the only college football game on today involves a 5-6 Texas team taking on an 8-3 Texas A&M team as the battle for seeding in the national tournament in an exercise of utter meaninglessness. Good luck with that. Or, you could watch the 76 Classic and Old Spice Classic, both of which begin today and even though March Madness is still over three months away, these games today actually have meaning. The meaning might be marginal in scope, but it’s more than zero; and zero is what you get by watching late November games involving Texas schools going nowhere fast in that other sport.