Back in 2012 former Iowa State guard Bubu Palo was charged with second-degree sexual assault as a result of an alleged incident that occurred in May 2012. Charges were never filed, but in September 2013 Palo was dismissed from the Iowa State program after the ruling that he did not violate the school’s code of conduct was overturned.
Palo would eventually take the school to court, an in mid-January a Webster County judge granted a temporary stay of the ruling that the guard was no longer allowed to be a member of the team. Palo would rejoin the program for the final 19 games of the 2013-14 season but did not see any action.
Thursday it was reported by the Ames Tribune that Palo has decided to sue the woman who accused him of sexual assault, arguing that the accuser “used the criminal legal process primarily to harass Palo,” also noting the damage done to his reputation as a result of the case.
Those accusations, the lawsuit argues, caused Palo to suffer legal costs in order to defend himself and “exposed Palo to public hatred, contempt and ridicule, and injured Palo in the maintenance of his occupation.”
The Story County Attorney’s office dismissed the charges against Palo in January 2013 after conflicts were found between her sworn testimony during depositions and evidence from the alleged sexual assault.
The woman had claimed a six-inch tear in the blouse she was wearing the night in question was made during the alleged sexual assault, however, further investigation while Palo was preparing his defense found the tear had been fabricated, according to the lawsuit.
According to the Tribune, there was no mention of how much money Palo is seeking in the filing of the lawsuit.
GAME OF THE NIGHT: Syracuse vs. No. 18 UConn, 3:30 p.m.
For the first time since the Orange departed the Big East, the two former rivals will square off. Today’s battle will take place at the Battle 4 Atlantis, as the Orange knocked off Charlotte yesterday and the Huskies dispatched Michigan. To get ready for this battle, I’d suggest ready through the conversation @NoEscalators had with himself last night.
THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 25 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m.
The other semifinal in the Battle 4 Atlantis could end up being just as good, as the Aggies — who might be the second best team in the SEC — square off with a Gonzaga team that has one of the best front lines in the country. This will be a good test to figure out just how good both of these teams are.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR
1. No. 20 Wichita State vs. USC, 2:00 p.m.: The Shockers will be without Fred VanVleet for this event. It will also be a chance for us to gauge just how good this 4-0 USC team is.
2. No. 23 Xavier vs. Alabama, 12:00 p.m: The Musketeers should have no problems dispatching Alabama.
3. No. 8 Villanova vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.: The Wildcats are, once again, as good as any team in the country. Josh Hart might be the nation’s most underrated star.
4. No. 14 Cal vs. San Diego State, 12:00 a.m.: Tyrone Wallace and company have been awesome this season. They get their first real test of the season tonight.
5. Providence vs. Evansville, 7:00 p.m.: Evansville is one of the nation’s best mid-majors, good enough to give the likes of Wichita State and Northern Iowa a fight in the Missouri Valley. And Providence? They got a kid named Kris Dunn. Heard of him?
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 3 Michigan State vs. Boston College, 6:30 p.m.
- No. 11 Arizona vs. Santa Clara, 11:30 p.m.
- No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Monmouth, 6:30 p.m.
No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.
Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.
But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.
It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:
After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”: