In the immediate aftermath of Cleveland State’s hard-fought loss at No. 3 Kentucky on Monday night, assistant coach Jermaine Kimbrough took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the officiating. With Kentucky attempting 11 free throws in the final seven minutes of the game, Kimbrough wasn’t alone in his opinion that the whistles were a bit too much.
Unfortunately for Kimbrough his public display (since deleted, as was his Twitter account) was captured, and for the comments he has been suspended one game as announced by the Horizon League on Wednesday afternoon. Kimbrough will not be on the bench Saturday night when the Vikings host Ball State.
“CSU assistant coach Jermaine Kimbrough’s comments about the officiating after the CSU-Kentucky men’s basketball game on Monday, November 25th were unacceptable,” Cleveland State AD John Parry said in the release. “As a result, coach Kimbrough has been suspended for the CSU-Ball State game scheduled on Saturday, November 30th.”
Kimbrough’s frustration is certainly understandable but public remarks about the officiating tend to result in some sort of reprimand or, in the case of Kimbrough, a suspension. Cleveland State, led by forward Anton Grady and guards Bryn Forbes and Trey Lewis, is currently 3-3 on the season and they’ve lost two of their last three games.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.
The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.
The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.
“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.