Kentucky traveled to the Bahamas for its summer tour scheduled to play six games in eight days. While the Willie Cauley-Stein and Trey Lyle — two potential starters — made the trip, both were ruled out of the exhibition games.
Before Saturday’s game against Champagne Chalons-Reims of France, Cauley-Stein said he should be “ready to play again” once the team returns to campus. After the game, he added that he needs a CT scan and is likely one week away from returning. The 7-foot junior has been recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the NCAA tournament.
Back in June, Lyles, the 6-foot-10 five-star forward, was ruled out indefinitely while he recovered from a “medical procedure on his left leg”. Following Saturday afternoon’s game, he too updated his status, saying he’s not too far behind Cauley-Stein.
From Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal:
On what’s keeping him sidelined: “I had an injury a couple months ago and just working my way back from it.”
On the actual injury: “It was just my leg.”
On when he’ll be cleared: “I’m probably two weeks behind Willie. I have one more CT scan I gotta go get, too.”
Lyles was the fourth and final commit in Kentucky’s Class of 2014. After five games in the Bahamas, the other three freshmen have been able to stand out. Karl-Anthony Towns is tied with Aaron Harrison for second in scoring at 11.2 points per game while averaging 6.8 boards. Devin Booker has started all five games alongside four returners. Tyler Ulis has worked primarily with the second unit, but was on the floor to close out Saturday afternoon’s win, coming up with a steal leading to a breakaway layup to ice the victory.
Kentucky returns to Lexington after Sunday’s matchup with the Dominican Republic.
Wednesday’s slate of games had several wild results.
Former Ohio State walk-on turned blogger turned author Mark Titus, who is currently writing for The Ringer, joined Rob Dauster on the latest episode of the CBT Podcast to go over last night’s games. The two also discussed who is the best team in the nation at the moment, as well Frank Mason III’s rap single from several years ago #BIFM
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North Carolina’s Roy Williams called fellow Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino to apologize for a fan’s behavior during Wednesday night’s game in Chapel Hill.
While leaving the floor at halftime, Pitino had to be restrained by members of the Louisville coaching staff and he and a UNC fan exchanged words as he made his way to the locker rom. There’s video of Pitino pointing and shouting at a fan, who reportedly said, “Pitino, you suck!”
“I don’t like that,” Williams said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “I mean we’re in North Carolina. We don’t have to be like everybody else. We can raise Cain. You can boo, but you don’t have to say the stuff that we as coaches have to put up with.”
“I hope that never happens at North Carolina ever again.”
No. 8 North Carolina defeated No. 7 Louisville, 74-63.
STILL TO PLAY
Georgia at Alabama (RPI: 68, KenPom: 61, next four teams), 7:00 p.m.
Nebraska at Michigan State (RPI: 43, KenPom: 55, No. 10 seed), 7:00 p.m.
Towson at UNC Wilmington (RPI: 41, KenPom: 57, No. 12 seed), 7:00 p.m.
Jim Boeheim was on the DP Show on Thursday morning, and he admitted that John Gillon’s 23-foot banked-in three at the buzzer was (shocker!) a lucky shot.
But that wasn’t the most interesting thing that he said on the show.
Patrick asked him about his future in Syracuse, and Boeheim had an interesting response.
“I don’t know what’s etched in stone these days,” Boeheim said. “I really don’t. There’s a plan in place, and we’re going to see what happens. But basically right now, I might be done this year. You just don’t know. You just have to wait until the season’s over.”
Boeheim also responded to a column written by Pete Thamel in SI that speculated on when his time in Syracuse would come to an end, saying the only accurate part of the story was that “he spelled my name right”, before adding that, like anyone else nearing the end of a career, when he has a bad day or a bad week, he thinks about calling it a career.
Creighton announced on Wednesday that injured point guard Mo Watson Jr. was suspended from the program on Feb. 13th for “alleged actions that are contrary to university policies and core values.”
The reason for that suspension, according to a report from the Omaha World-Herald, is that he is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault that happened in Omaha this month.
No charges have been filed and Watson was not arrested as of Wednesday night, according to the paper.
Watson was having an all-american season and leading the nation in assists when he tore his ACL on Jan. 16th in a win at Xavier. He underwent surgery in his hometown of Philadelphia a couple of weeks later, but he has not been a part of a Creighton team activity since his return.
Creighton is 4-5 since Watson’s injury, losing on Wednesday night at home against Providence. They’ll likely make the NCAA tournament still.
Watson is not going to participate in Senior Night festivities in Omaha next week, per the OWH.