If you remember the name Pete Lisicky, a Penn State guard during the mid-90s, you’re probably either a Big Ten fan or some kind of stat nerd savant for college basketball. Expect to hear his name a lot this weekend, as Ohio State’s Jon Diebleris set to break his Big Ten record for threes made (332) in a career. Diebler currently sits one behind Lisicky, who spent the last eleven years draining treys in Europe before coming back to work in mutual funds in Arizona, for the record. OSU plays Purdue on Saturday, so place your bets now on the times of the game when Diebler will both tie and pass the mark — he’s only made fewer than two treys in a game five times this year.
Temple forward Michael Ericwill miss the rest of the season with a fractured patella. He suffered the injury earlier this week during practice when he ran into another player, but is expected to make a full recovery. The 6’11 big man was averaging 7/6 in twenty minutes per game, but the Owls didn’t seem to miss him last night against Richmond, blowing out the Spiders, 73-53.
This story from the Baltimore Sun revisits the “Jewish Jordan,” Tamir Goodman. Goodman was a one-time Maryland recruit who never realistically could have lived up to the hype he received coming out of high school. He played for a bit at Towson before heading overseas until injuries forced him to retire at the age of 28. It’s a good read about a guy who is using his life lessons in a positive way.
Of the various Billy Gillispie rumors that have floated around the past couple of seasons — Texas Tech, Houston, etc. — this one where he would take over for Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel seems the best fit. OU is a top-tier basketball program when it wants to be but will never be confused with football in Norman, and with Gillispie’s pipeline into the fertile Texas recruiting landscape, this would appear to be a home run situation for both sides. The question, of course, is whether the administration will give Capel another year to turn things around there.
This is so amazing that we’re not sure whether to be scared of these two or ready to send them campaign contributions. Henry Sims, a junior center at Georgetown, has decided to run for student body VP, and his campaign ad (along with presidential candidate, Jed Felman), is comedic gold. Who shares a salad, and what’s going on with the Oprah joke? Just bizarre, but hilarious.