– With so much going on this weekend thanks to Midnight Madness festivities College Basketball Talk decided to gather all the best videos and news from season tip-off festivities
– College Basketball Talk released it’s highly anticipated “All-Name Team” selections for 2012-13 on Friday.Eric Angevine and Troy Machir are college basketball’s foremost experts in etymology, surnames and general nomenclature and have combined forces to provide a definitive list of who’s who in 2012-13. Be on the look out for part-II later today.
– With the season now officially started, the guys behind the big eyeball at CBS Sports released their annual list of “The 68 Things to watch this season”
– There are not many people more critical of John Calipari and Kentucky than coaching legend Bob Knight. Despite repeatedly criticizing Calipari in public, and refusing to mention the university’s name, Knight will be part of a broadcast team for two Kentucky games this season
– Jeff Eisenberg has ten intriguing questions we should think about as the season starts to progress
– Two-time Super Bowl champion head coach Bill Parcells stopped by Siena’s practice on Saturday morning to meet with O.D. Anosike, who Parcells met this past summer
– Pat Forde previews the upcoming season for the Indiana Hoosiers, who enters the season as the top team in the nation and will look to win their first national championship since 1987
– Steve Massiello has done great things in his short time at Manhattan. The Jaspers have a bunch of experienced players who have the ability to carry the program back to the NCAA tournament
– UNLV has decided to take a flyer on oft-troubled Jelan Kendrick. You may remember his story. As a freshman at Memphis in 2010, he was suspended twice and kicked off the team before the season began. He spent 2011 at Ole Miss, but was removed from the program following the end of the season. During a game in March, Kendrick removed himself from the court during warm-ups and left the arena with his girlfriend, only to return to a spot on the bench where he did not move from until the end of the contest
– Highly touted recruit Xavier Rathan-Myles committed to Florida State over the weekend, raising the Seminole’s chance of bagging top recruit Andrew Wiggins, who is very close with Rathan-Myles
Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.
During North Carolina’s blowout win over N.C. State on Jan. 8, the Tar Heels weren’t the only ones in the building who were feeling it.
As it turns out, North Carolina ball boy Asher Lucas was the hottest shooter of anyone in the building that night.
During halftime of that Jan. 8 game, Lucas nailed three consecutive halfcourt shots, as his father, Adam Lucas, a North Carolina columnist, released the video this week to YouTube. The video quickly went viral as Asher’s unreal streak of shots was all over TV and the Internet.
The Tar Heels have been struggling to find consistent perimeter shooting for the last few seasons, so maybe they need to start scouting Asher for a future roster spot.
Milwaukee picked up a Horizon League win on Friday night as guard Brock Stull knocked in a buzzer-beater to topple Cleveland State.
Stull only had four points on the night as he played 30 minutes and finished with five assists and six rebounds.
Oregon released a statement on Friday afternoon that said star forward Dillon Brooks had seen doctors and was in a walking boot, but gave no further update on his condition.
Brooks suffered what the program termed a “lower leg injury” on Thursday night against Cal. The injury was to his left leg – on replay, it looked like he rolled his ankle – which is concerning because his left foot is the foot that he injured over the summer, which caused him to miss the first three games of the season.
“He’ll be evaluated in the next couple of days and see where he’s at,” head coach Dana Altman said after Thursday’s game.
Allonzo Trier’s most recent drug test came back negative, meaning that the leading returning scorer for the Wildcats will be eligible to play on Saturday when Arizona plays a visit to UCLA.
Trier had been suspended for the first 19 games of the season following a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug. He appealed to the NCAA and actually won, claiming that he unknowingly ingested the substance after someone he trusted gave him a product to help him recover from a car accident during the offseason.
The NCAA’s stipulation, however, was that he could not play until the PED had cleared his system.
Trier averaged 14.8 points last season for Arizona. He’ll join a back court that already includes Kadeem Allen, Rawle Alkins and Kobi Simmons, as well as Kadeem Allen and Parker Jackson-Cartwright. Along with Lauri Markkanen, who has the look of a lottery pick, Trier was expected to be Arizona’s best player this season. While he has not been allowed to play this year, Trier has been practicing and traveling with the team. It may take him a while to work his way back into game shape and into the flow of the team, but it won’t be because he’s rusty.
The Wildcats are currently 17-2 on the year and 6-0 in the Pac-12. They play No. 3 UCLA in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday. The Bruins are a game out of first place in the conference standings.
Myles Davis announced in a post on twitter on Friday evening that he will be leaving the Xavier basketball team.
“I would like to thank everyone and Xavier for allowing me to get my degree but my family and I have decided that it is time for me to move on from Xavier and start a new chapter in my life,” Davis wrote in the statement. “Wish my teammates the best of luck the rest of the season.”
Davis averaged 10.8 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 38.1 percent from three as a junior in 2015-16, and his skill set would have filled a void that the Musketeers are currently missing on their roster.
But he was suspended for the first 15 games of the regular season following a pair of incidents involving an ex-girlfriend over the summer, and since being reinstated to the team just three games ago, Davis has averaged 11 minutes, scored just two points and shot 0-for-8 from the field and 0-for-6 from three.