Morning Five: 01.18.13 Edition

Posted by nvr1983 on January 18th, 2013

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  1. Additional details are emerging around James Southerland‘s indefinite suspension and they do not look good for Syracuse fans hoping to see him return as the suspension appears to be part of an NCAA investigation into the program’s academic records. Interestingly the sources say that Southerland’s initial suspension was for an unrelated matter (improper benefits worth around $70 that Southerland repaid), but was ruled ineligible just two days later reportedly for a term paper that the NCAA believed Southerland had a tutor write part of for him. Honestly, the entire issue is somewhat confusing although not as confusing as some other matters in college sports right now. As The Post-Standard points out the NCAA must have been tipped off about this somehow and notes that the school’s director of basketball operations resigned for what were reported to be personal reasons in December, which could lead some to speculate that he may have been involved at some level.
  2. When Ben McLemore went down with an ankle injury late in Monday’s win over Baylor there was a great deal of concern about how severe the injury was, but now it appears that he may not even miss a game as he expects to play on Saturday against Texas. If McLemore is 100% we have no issue with him playing, but if he isn’t (even if he is only 99%) we would be tempted to rest him or at least not use him unless needed given how bad this Texas team is. The Jayhawks are clearly one of the best teams in the country, but if they are going to win the national title this year it is going to be the all-around brilliance of McLemore that is going to be the driving force.
  3. Much like the school he left behind Frank Haith is still waiting on the notice of allegations from the NCAA in reference to their investigation into Nevin Shapiro’s claims. We won’t bother going through the allegations against Haith and the program that were described in great detail by Charles Robinson a couple of years ago (remember when that was a big scandal?), but as Haith’s attorney notes it has taken the NCAA an extremely long time, which the NCAA is saying is the result of the lack of cooperation they are getting from some individuals. It is worth noting that Haith’s attorney stated “Whatever happens, everyone has to understand, these are just allegations. The enforcement staff has been wrong before.” We are assuming he will only bring up the part about the enforcement staff having been wrong before if they allege any impropriety by Haith.
  4. Cincinnati senior guard Cashmere Wright is still listed as “day-to-day” by Mick Cronin after spraining his right knee in their win on Tuesday night against DePaul. Wright was held out of practice yesterday as a precautionary measure to avoid putting unnecessary stress on his surgically repaired left knee, but his teammates are expecting him to play against Marquette on Saturday. However, if Wright is unable to play they will likely use JaQuon Parker to bring the ball up as the senior guard does have some experience having done so earlier in his career. Still having Wright out would put a lot of stress on the team to find someone else to step up and score as only three players on the team average over seven points per game.
  5. In this week’s edition of Hoop Thoughts, Seth Davis discusses why he thinks there will never be another undefeated team in men’s college basketball. While the individual year odds are certainly in Seth’s favor, we would like to remind him that forever is a long time. Clearly it is an extremely difficult task and would probably require a combination of  a talented team with at least a few experienced players (for those nights when the team just doesn’t have “it”) and a fairly soft schedule (to make sure those night can be overcome just by talent and will). Of course, this all goes out the window next year when Kentucky goes 40-0 (or however many games they play) with the most ridiculous collection of talent assembled anywhere since the original Dream Team.
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