Nik Stauskas, Yogi Ferrell

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana shut down Nik Stauskas, upset No. 10 Michigan



For more than a month now, Big Ten teams have been searching for an answer to slow down Nik Stauskas.

Tom Crean discovered the answer: Yogi Ferrell. The 5-foot-11 Indiana point guard gave No. 10 Michigan’s superstar fits, holding him to six points on 1-for-6 shooting as the Hoosiers knocked off the Wolverines in Bloomington on Sunday afternoon, 63-52.

Stauskas is a big, athletic and talented guard, and while he’s much improved in his ability to make plays when he puts the ball on the floor, he’s not the kind of 1-on-1 talent that can beat any defender off the dribble. He’s not incredibly quick and he doesn’t have a great first step. He also lacks a post-game which would allow him to take advantage of a smaller defender in the post, which is why Ferrell was the perfect defender to put on him.

Yogi is as quick as they come at the point guard spot, and he as able to swarm Stauskas every time he touched the ball. It frustrated Stauskas, to the point that he almost appeared to be sulking during the second half. I’m not sure he even took a second half dribble until there were less than eight minutes left in the half, and on one possession around the 12 minute mark, he stood in the corner with his hands on his hip the entire time.

That’s not good.

And neither is the fact that Stauskas’ kryptonite may not be on tape for every Big Ten coach to watch.

Overall, Ferrell put on one of the best all-around performances that we’ve seen from a point guard this season. In addition to stifling Stauskas, Ferrell scored 27 points on 8-for-10 shooting, hitting 7-of-8 from beyond the arc and handing out a pair of assists as well.

The enormity of the win for the Hoosiers cannot be understated, either. They entered the weekend just 3-5 in the Big Ten and on the verge of missing out on the NCAA tournament. Knocking off a top ten team will do wonders for your profile, however, but what may be more important is what this does for Indiana’s confidence. They still have to play at Minnesota, Iowa, at Wisconsin, Ohio State and at Michigan this season.

I don’t know if this win gets Indiana on the right side of the bubble, but they will have more than enough chances down the stretch of the season to make a bid possible.

Might this be the win they needed to get that ball rolling in the right direction?

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.