Tuesday, November 25, 2008

11/25 - Some Links, Some News

-Xavier freshman PG Terrell Holloway is out for 2-4 weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot. Pretty disappointing news for the frosh as he looked so impressive in Xavier's championship in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. It could be worse, however. Even if he is out for four weeks, Holloway should still be back in time for X's trip to New Jersey to play Duke.

-UCLA's Alfred Aboya doesn't have a broken wrist. Southern Illinois's Nick Evans does.

-It looks like the Kelvin Sampson soap opera is over at Indiana. From ESPN:

Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that Sampson, now an assistant with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, will receive a five-year show-cause penalty -- one of the harshest the NCAA can levy against an individual -- while the Hoosiers program has been spared a postseason ban.

The sources also said Indiana's self-imposed penalties are expected to be upheld. Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Star is reporting that the Hoosiers will receive three years' probation. The NCAA has scheduled a 4 p.m. ET conference call to discuss its findings in the case.
Good decision by the NCAA not to punish the kids at Indiana right now because it is an entirely new group of people around the program. Punish the school, don't punish some kids that are going to spend 2-3 years getting pounded by Big Ten opponents.

-Doug Wiggins has been suspended indefinitely from the UMass basketball team after being arrested for breaking and entering. Apparently, Wiggins was found in the bathroom of someone else's home. Wiggins is sitting out this season after transferring from UConn, where he had been in trouble before. Last year, he was suspended for two games after an arrest for possession of alcohol by a minor.

-Seth Davis of SI wrote a very interesting article about St. John's and what has happened to the basketball program there. Definitely a must read.

-Gary Parrish explains why there are so many pre-season tournaments.

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