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Georgetown’s win over Wright State more valuable than you think

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D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Markel Starks combined for 48 points and 11 assists as Georgetown bounced back from a season-opening loss to Oregon by whipping up on Wright State 88-70.

The Hoyas finished the night 10-for-23 from beyond the arc, a marked improvement from the 1-for-15 that they shot in the game in Seoul. Most notably Reggie Cameron, a highly-regarded freshman, drained the first three threes of his Georgetown career.

Georgetown ran out to a quick lead, going up by as much as 23 in the first half, which may have played a part in Josh Smiths slow night, but after a tremendous debut against the Ducks, Smith finished with just six points and three boards against the Raiders. He now has six rebounds on the year. That’s not enough for a guy his size with his talent.

At the end of the day, blowout wins against overmatched opponents are tough to read to much into, but what is worth noting is that Wright State is going to win a lot of games this season. They could end up winning the Horizon League, as they brought back the majority of their roster after coming within a couple possessions of the NCAA tournament last season.

There’s a method to the madness of gaming the RPI, and the coaches that are the best at it schedule home games against the favorites from smaller conferences. The reasoning? Simply put, part of the formula that determines the RPI is opponents’ record, so scheduling very winnable games against teams that are a good bet to have a good record come March is a major boost.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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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.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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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.