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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

me like ike

-- Salon sports columnist King Kaufman -- who used to review print columns by this very blogger -- has a "modest proposal" for college hoops. He suggests that conference teams be required to play in a double-round robin format. Rather than go up against Delaware State, Florida A&M, Oakland, Longwood and Northwestern State (pick four of five), Illinois, for example, would be compelled to complete home-and-home series' with Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State. Amen, brother.

-- Pierre Pierce may have pulled a Jeremy Hunt, but Steve Alford is too smart (gulp!) to pull a John Calipari. As the police investigate, Pierce will sit. The Iowa star did not practice Tuesday.

-- New USC coach Tim Floyd is hitting the road for three weeks straight. Interim Coach Jim Saia? He has few plans and all but suggested to Paul Gutierrez of the Los Angeles Times that he, Saia, won't be found on the Trojan bench next season.

-- The always enjoyable Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes that Arizona State's Ike Diogu leads the Pacific-10 in three categories (21.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.7 blocks) . Not a single player has ever led the conference in all three since blocks became an official statistic in 1977-78. More evidence that even as the Sun Devils struggle, Diogu should remain a force in the national POY horse race.

-- Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson has suspended forward Jemere Hendrix for one game for violating unspecified team rules. Remember when Peterson was a rising star in the coaching profession? Meanwhile, Providence's Gerald Brown, a sophomore guard, has left the men's basketball team for personal reasons. So too should coach Tim Welsh.