Morning Five: 01.14.10 EditionPosted by rtmsf on January 14th, 2011
- Villanova is ranked in the top ten and may seem like its in a similar position to what it was last season when the Wildcats roared to a 20-1 start. But things are different this time around, says head coach Jay Wright, as his team has bought into playing better defense and sharing the ball en route to a 15-1 record so far this year. We can buy it. Villanova looked worn down by the end of last season, and their big men (particularly Mouph Yarou) were not quite ready for prime time. This year’s team has yet to play a road game against a legitimate team, so we’ll reserve judgment until we see how they do in trips to Storrs and Syracuse in coming weeks.
- Ugh. The father of the teenager who is accusing an unnamed Washington player of sexual assault in Seattle has come out to say that he is “outraged” that the player is still on the team and playing basketball. He said that his daughter has not yet been back to school since the alleged incident, and it “boils his blood” that he feels the police and university are protecting the player. This sounds like it’s only going to get worse before it gets better. We have no idea who this player might be, but it’s interesting that the father said the player went to a liquor store prior to taking the girl back to her apartment. Does this mean he’s at least 21 years old?
- Oregon opened its brand-new, Phil Knight-funded Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday night with a win over USC. In case you missed it or forgot what their new court looks like, take a gander at this. Yes, in HD it looks even worse than expected.
- We have it on great authority that Luke Winn pulled an all-nighter to get his latest Power Rankings up this week. And here we thought all along that it was all in his head, expelled onto his laptop in a mere twenty minutes or less. The new #1 is, not surprisingly, Ohio State, but as usual, you’ll learn more about the sport in 15 minutes reading his column that you will by spending hours in most other places the entire rest of the week. Oh, and he also churned out a column on Duke’s loss to Florida State Wednesday night, just for good measure.
- One day after Memphis’ second consecutive loss at SMU, Josh Pastner indefinitely suspended junior Wesley Witherspoon for mocking an assistant coach during the bus ride home, “going as far as getting on the bus’ loudspeakers and doing an impression of the coach.” All we can say is… wow. Who does this after an embarrassing loss? Who does this, period?