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According to Mark Singelais of the Times Union, Jimmy Patsos has been hired as the new head coach at Siena.
Patsos joins the Saints from Loyola (MD), where he spent the past nine seasons after more than a decade on Gary Williams’ staff at Maryland.
Patsos took over a program that was decimated and led the Greyhounds to the NCAA tournament last season. They participated in the CIT this year. But with Loyola heading to the Patriot League next year, Patsos wanted to stay in the MAAC.
Patsos beat out a number quality candidates for the job, including Andy Toole from Robert Morris and VCU assistant Mike Rhoades. Why is Siena such a sought-after job? There’s a passionate fan base that fills up their arena and an athletic department that cares about being good at basketball. That’s important when you’re playing at the mid-major level, and a major reason why the Saints have been rumored to be headed to a number of different conferences in realignment.
Patsos was hired to replace Mitch Buonaguro, who won just 35 games in his three-year tenure at Siena.
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.
Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.
McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.
The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.
News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.
LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.
Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.
Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.
Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.