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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

and on the seventh day, he rested

Commentary will have to be shorter and sweeter, but I give myself (only) 25 minutes to recreate this morning's post...Go, go, Google search!

-- More bad news at Memphis: Guard Jeremy Hunt on Monday got into a heated fight with his ex-girlfriend. Police were called, but no charges were filed. I'd suggest Hunt and Tameka Rodgers avoid employing Sean Banks as their mediator.

-- Jonathan Okanes of the Contra Costa Times, a voting member in the AP poll, reveals his ballot here. Lacking West Coast Love, Okanes ranks Washington the 24th best team in America. He also hands out the midseason hardware, awarding Hakim Warrick POY and Bill Self COY honors.

-- The Scripps Howard News Service's Gary Parrish has a nice, but short, write-up on Quemont Greer. Who, you ask? Try Conference USA's leading scorer. Greer's averaging 21.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, numbers that suggest he may be a more valuable player than either the much-hyped Travis Diener or Francisco Garcia.

-- Oklahoma State's Eddie Sutton last night tied Henry Iba for seventh place in career coaching victories. Sean Sutton waits in the wings.

-- Shavlik Randolph has begun practicing again. Now if only he could regain the confidence he had as a McDonald's All-American, Duke would be set for another March Madness run. Shav's injury delayed a simmering storm of criticism about his poor play this season.

-- No Trent Johnson, no problem. The Nevada Wolf Pack are off to their best start in two decades.

-- Yesterday I suggested Connecticut was a guard removed from the Top 25. But after putting the chimps to work, I can no longer hold Marcus Williams accountable for the Huskies' troubles. Jim Calhoun's starting point guard is among the nation's leaders in assists, averaging 7.3 per game. In this case, however, numbers likely lie. Watching Connecticut, I can't help but feel that the Huskies lack team-oriented guard play.

-- The Daily Herald's Lindsey Willhite uncovers the following-day article about Illinois' very first men's basketball game, played ninety-nine years ago today.

-- Villanova defeated Providence, suggesting the Wildcats have a place in the NCAA Tournament and the Friars do not. Maybe Ryan Gomes should have declared early for the NBA?

-- Illinois' players turned down ESPN's request to spend two weeks filming behind the scenes footage of the fighting Illini for the network's television show, "The Season." Bad for basketball fans, but good for Illinois. B-Web's club could go without the additional distraction.

-- The Daily Breeze's Jim Thomas previews UCLA's "what are they really made of" trip to the desert. A win against either Arizona or Arizona State would go a long way towards securing the Bruins a place in the NCAA Tournament. But I expect little more than two moral victories.

-- NBA scouts are now circling Kansas' J.R. Giddens. Another short-term benefit of Wayne Simien's injury to the Jayhawks' supporting cast.

-- The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Dan Raley previews Washington's game against Oregon. Sorry Nate-Rob, but the article is about last year's infamous dunk. Read on.

-- The Detroit News Rob Parker commends Tommy Amaker for not whining about Michigan's injuries to the local press corps. Here, here.

Time's up. Grmph. I missed more than my fair share of articles.