Troy Daniels

VIDEO:Troy Daniels hits 11 threes in a game, has taken 15 twos this year?

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Troy Daniels set the VCU record for three-pointers in a game on Saturday.

He hit nine as the Rams knocked off Fairleigh Dickinson that afternoon. That record stood for all of four days, as Daniels broke it on Wednesday night, as he went off for 33 points, hitting 11-20 from the field — all of which came from beyond the three-point line — in a 109-58 win over East Tennessee State. He’s now shooting 44.9% from three on the season and averaged 4.4 threes per game.

The 11 threes also happened to be an Atlantic 10 record, a conference in which VCU has yet to play a league game as a member. It’s the most threes hit in a Division I game since Jamel Jackson hit 12 for Memphis against VMI in 2009. Marshall’s Keith Veney set the Division I record with 15 in a win against Morehead State in 1996.

“I didn’t know how many threes I had until after everyone told me after the game,” Daniels told Jeff Eisenberg of The Dagger. “Breaking the record definitely wasn’t a goal for me. I was just out there shooting. I figured that record was going to stand for a while, but I just had the hot hand again tonight.”

I’m not sure I can remember a player going on the kind of shooting tear that Daniels currently is on. Over his last three games, the 6-foot-5 senior is 27-49 from three, a robust 55.1% clip while averaging nine threes in 16.3 attempts per game. He’s taken all of one free throw and three two-point shots during that span. If you go back to the December 7th win over Old Dominion, Daniels is 41-80 (51.3%) from three in his past six games. He was 20-56 (35.7%) heading into that game.

On the season, he’s 61-136 from three. He’s 6-15 inside the arc and 2-5 from the free throw line.

I’ve got more fun stats for you: with 136 threes on the season, Daniels is only third in the country in threes attempted, one spot ahead of CBT favorite Marshall Henderson of Ole Miss. Henderson has fired up 130 threes this year, but he’s played two less games than Daniels.

The nation’s leader in firing up three pointers is Omar Strong of Texas Southern. He’s taken 155 this season, and having only played 13 games, he’s shooting a national-best 11.9 triples per game.

Daniels, however, leads the country in threes made, which may be the stat that actually matters. He’s hit 61, one in front of Oakland’s Travis Bader.

UPDATE: Video of all 11 threes. The last two are deeeeeeep:

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Syracuse receives mixed news on sanctions appeals

Jim Boeheim
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Wednesday the NCAA made its ruling on two¬†appeals of sanctions made by Syracuse University, with the news being mixed for the men’s basketball program.

On the positive side the NCAA ruled that Syracuse will be docked two scholarships per season for the next four years, as opposed to the original ruling of three. As a result Jim Boeheim’s program only has to account for the loss of eight total scholarships, meaning that they’ll have 11 to fill in each of the next four seasons as opposed to ten.

One scholarship may not seem like a big deal, but in a sport where you only get 13 (when not dealing with sanctions) getting that grant-in-aid back really helps from a recruiting standpoint.

As for the negatives, they both concern Boeheim. Not only has there yet to be a ruling on Boeheim’s appeal of his nine-game suspension that goes into effect when ACC play begins in January (that appeal is being heard separately), but the appeal to reinstate the wins that were vacated as part of the sanctions was denied. As a result Boeheim officially has 868 wins instead of 969 (not counting today’s game against Charlotte).

And with Mike Hopkins set to take over as head coach in 2018, the denial means that college basketball will have to wait quite some time before anyone threatens to join Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski in the 1,000 wins club.

While not having the wins officially reinstated does hurt, getting a scholarship back for each of the next four seasons is a bigger deal when it comes to the long-term health of the Syracuse program. Also of great importance will be the ruling regarding Boeheim’s suspension, as a suspended coach is not allowed to have any contact with his players or coaching staff while serving the penalty.

And with the original ruling due to take up half of Syracuse’s league slate, not having Boeheim (or the chance to speak with him) is a big deal when it comes to this current team.

St. John’s forward Kassoum Yakwe cleared by NCAA

Chris Mullin
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St. John’s forward Kassoum Yakwe has been cleared by the NCAA to play this season and will be eligible immediately, the school announced on Wednesday.

Yakwe is a 6-foot-8 forward that reclassified and enrolled at St. John’s this fall. He attended the same high school as Kansas forward Cheick Diallo, who was also cleared by the NCAA to play today.

St. John’s played in the Maui Invitational this week, and Yakwe did not take part. His first game with the Johnnies will be on Dec. 2nd against Fordham if the program plans to play his this season.

The question that must be asked, however, is whether or not he will suit up or simply redshirt. The Johnnies are in the midst of a serious rebuild and will be without their other elite recruit this season, Marcus Lovett. Lovett was ruled a partial qualifier. Would it make sense to burn a year of eligibility on what make amount to a wasted season, or will head coach Chris Mullin opt to save that year for down the road?