Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Morning Dump

Thanksgiving Weekend was rather busy in the world of college hoops. We will try to get you up to speed with all the happenings.

- Latest from the Bernie Fine ivestigation: The long-time assistant coach has been fired from Syracuse University. But don't get it twisted, this case is different than Penn State's

- A nice November recap of the programs and personell that we over/under valued just a bit too much

- Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish provide their updated top-25 rankings

- Andy Katz provides his thoughts on the first two weeks of the season

- Did UNLV reveal the blueprint on how to beat UNC?

- On two occasions in the past week, UConn's Alex Oriakhi has voiced his opinions about playing time and Jim Calhoun on Twitter. But is UConn better off with having the big-man come off the bench?

- Mike DeCourcy dishes on the valuable lessons learned by Kansas, Memphis and Kentucky ealry in the season

- After a bit of procrastination, Matt Norlander gets to the point: Oklahoma State's next few games are brutal

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- Seth Davis' Hoop Thoughts

- Could UCLA's dreadful start hinder their chances at getting Shabazz Muhammed, arguably the most prized-recruit in the cuntry?. Speaking of UCLA, they have still yet to win a game against a D-I opponent. Did you know that UCLA has the worst 3-point defense in the country. Oh, and Reeves Nelson won't be in the starting lineup any time soon

- I totally forgot to mention that UCLA's Travis Wear got injured on a snorkeling trip. A SNORKELING TRIP!

- Louisville losses another player to injury. Big-man Stephan Van Treese is out indefinitely due a knee injury. But at least the Cardinals got back Rakeem Buckles, who has been cleared to practice

- Temple's Michael Eric sat out of the Owl's loss to Bowling Green on Sunday due to a knee injury

- Minnesota stud forward Trevor Mbakwe injured his knee on Sunday night and could miss a substantial amount of time

- Michael Glover believes his Iona teammate Scott Machado is the next Jason Kidd

- Duke beat Kansas in the Maui Invitational championship game in memorable fashion. With the win, the Blue Devils remain undefeated in the prestigious preseason tournament. But the highly-contested game was the first time we've seen Austin Rivers struggle. So what exactly do we know about Duke following their Maui title

- Does this Duke sqaud resemble to 2010 team that won it all?

- Clemson coach Brad Brownell should use the path taken by Bobby Cremins as a road map for success

- An explanation as to why Rick Majerus backed out on the USC job back in 2004

- Dion Waiters nearly transfered from Syracuse last season, but he stuck it out, and has become a key cog for the Orange thus far this season. Donna Ditota provides more insight on success other Syracuse sophomores. Is Syracuse the deepest team in the country?

- John Calipari has no problem with his players throwing up "the 3-point googles" but he wants all the posing and posturing to stop

- Notre Dame's Tim Abromaitis tore his ACL at a practice on Friday and is likely done for the year

- A BYU fan was arrested at a game last week for putting his son in danger

- Despite scoring a career-high 29-points oN Sunday, Missouri's Kim English believes that his team needs to clean up on poor play

- Rutgers is 3-3 and went 0-2 at the Cancun Challenge, but Mike Rice was pleasantly surprised after watching the game-film

- How will Big East commisssioner John Marinatto resolve his conference crisis?

- The New Mexico State Aggies are off to a fast start and have their conditioning coach to thank for it

- We all knew that Long Beach State had a brutal non-conference schedule. But wedged in there was a date with Montana. I'm pretty sure we didn't think that this was the game they were going to lose. But they did

- Arizona freshman Sidiki Johnson has been reinstated to the program, but won't be allowed to practice

- Penn State is off to a solid start. But with a scandal engulfing the university and a young team, new head coach Pat Chambers is in for a challenge

- A pretty neat-read on Navy point guard Jordan Rickman, who spent two years at the Academy before deciding to join the team

- A rather concise listing of all the Feast Week tournament breakdowns

- Former-Washington player Andrew Mortiz died on on Saturday night after battling cancer for three years

- Jabari Brown, the Oregon freshman that left the program last week, has decided to transfer to San Diego State, per a source according to C2C recruiting

- Is the "two and through" the new "one and done"

- Gary Williams doesn't exactly agree with the common conception that he was a poor recruiter

- Things do not look good for the Detroit Titans

- In case you forgot, which you probably did, Harvard is still undefeated

- bet you didn't know that Virginia Tech's strength and conditioning coach used to play SlamBall

- I know this is late, but Hoopniks offers their ten thanks to college basketball fans

- Sometimes, I wish I was smart enough to attend Harvard

Surprise military returns are always really cool

<a href='' target='_new' title='TSU player surprised by mother' >Video: TSU player surprised by mother</a>

Harrison Barnes suffered a nasty ankle sprain against UNLV on Saturday night

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