– Yesterday College Basketball Talk released season preview list of the 15 players with breakout potential in 2012-13. We also published part-2 of the 2012-13 CBT Unified All-Name Team. Trust me, you do not want to go any further until you check it out
– In unquestionably the most disgusting piece of news today, the house of Bowling Green State head coach Louis Orr was vandalized with racist graffiti over the weekend. Just because we all know racism still exists does not mean we should tolerate it and allow it to happen. Disgusting. Back in 2007, Ball State head coach Ronny Thompson resigned after just one season because of racist threats towards him. Thompson stated that he had been working in a racially hostile work environment. Disgusting.
– Saint Louis point guard Kwamain Mitchell, a member of the Atlantic-10 All-Conference Third Team last season, underwent successful foot surgery yesterday to repair a fracture, and will miss at least the next six weeks. Mitchell is the team’s veteran ball handler and led the teams in steals and assists last season
– Who doesn’t love a story like this? 5-foot-10 Syracuse walk-on guard Nolan Hart was rewarded a scholarship by head coach Jim Boeheim. Walk-ons work just as hard as scholarship athletes, and it’s always nice to see the bench-warmers rewarded for their hard work
– The Duke Blue Devils spent Monday at Fort Bragg, where they practiced in-front of roughly 1,000 troops. The Blue Devils also went through a rigorous boot camp, but took a lot away from the special opportunity they were blessed with. The Dukies also received some bad news on Monday, as it was announced that freshman Marshall Plumlee, the younger brother of senior Mason, will miss the next six to eight weeks due to a stress fracture in his left foot. The youngest of the Plumlee brothers took a redshirt season last year.
– This is kinda interesting: Due to the announcement that the state of New Jersey will begin issuing sports betting licenses in January, the NCAA has decided to remove all scheduled championship events from the Garden State. While no men’s basketball championship events will be relocated, the women’s east regional was scheduled to take place in Trenton and will no have to find an arena in a new state. Since we’re on the topic, you should probably know that the NCAA just surpassed $500 million in net assets, including an endowment fund of $260, which is double what it was in 2006. Yet despite these gaudy numbers, the NCAA still refuses to provide student-athletes with a small stipend….
– The NCAA will not look to alter their current charge/block rules in the wake of the announcement that the NBA will be imposing fines for “flopping”. Hey look, it’s a rare sighting of the NCAA actually doing the right thing. Cherish these moments folks
– For the second straight day, Bob Knight is in the headlines for peculiar circumstances. Over Sunday is was reported that Knight, an outspoken critic of John Calipari and the University of Kentucky, will announce two Wildcat games this season. On Monday, news broke that the coaching icon will be auctioning off his three national championship rings, his gold medal from the 1984 Olympics and other various trophies and memorabilia Why? No it’s not for a good cause. It turns out Knight just doesn’t have a use for any of those things, and wants to make some easy coin
– If Kansas wins the Big-XII Cofnerence title this season, it will be the school’s ninth in a row. It’s insane that this isn’t getting more publicity. Nine straight championships in anything is insanely difficult to do
– Athlon published their list of the top-10 impact freshman in 2012-13 (No real surprises here)
– Class of 2013 guard Roddy Peters will make his college decision tomorrow and is expected to choose his hometown Maryland Terrapins
– Yup, look for Adrien Payne to have an increased role for the Spartans, which should lead to a breakout season for the junior big-man
– Jim Calhoun gave a speech at a UConn Alumni dinner, and provided a bunch of thoughts on the players he won’t be coaching this year
– Speaking of former UConn people, Kemba Walker is narrating a 10-part documentary series that follows a New York City AAU team. When you play for the Charlotte Bobcats, you always have to have a back-up plan
– Hustle Belt ranks the non-conference schedules of all the team in the MAC
– Mid-Major Madness ranks the top-10 players in the Horizon League. Be on the look out for Cleveland State’s Anton Grady and Detroit’s Nick Minnerath. Both players should have breakout-caliber seasons