Tag:Gary Parrish
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:52 am
Edited on: November 3, 2011 1:08 am

Butler loses exhibition to Division II school

By Gary Parrish

Last we saw the Butler Bulldogs they were making a run to a second straight national title game.

A third straight appearance this season seems unlikely for a variety of reasons.

A 53-50 loss to Northern State on Wednesday is among them.

"I guess we've got nowhere to go but up," Butler coach Brad Stevens told the Indianapolis Star's David Woods after the loss, and the superstar coach is pretty much right on with that assessment.

Now let's be honest: Though Butler is an impressive and accomplished program impossible not to pull for, it's hardly the type of place that can lose players like Gordon Hayward, Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack in a 13-month span and show no signs of it. For all its accomplishments, Butler is still a Horizon League school that's lost players early to the NBA Draft each of the past two years, and it's just hard to recover from that. So while I'm sure Stevens will get this group to play together and better by the time February rolls around -- and while I'm confident they'll win another Horizon championship, too -- the truth is that this is probably a transitional year for the program.

The Bulldogs have lost a lot of personnel since they played Duke for the 2010 title.

A slight slip was unavoidable.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:01 am
Edited on: November 2, 2011 10:06 am

NCAA reviewing UConn freshman's eligibility

By Gary Parrish

Connecticut freshman Ryan Boatright is being held out of Wednesday night's exhibition against American International because his eligibility is under review by the NCAA. School officials said the review is "not related to academics," which suggests this could be an amateurism or extra benefits case.

Boatright is a 6-foot guard who averaged 31.2 points per game as a senior in high school.

He will practice but not dress or play until the review is completed.
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:09 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 4:13 pm

Big East hoops: Where UCF at SMU happens

By Gary Parrish

The Big East presidents have decided to rebuild their league by inviting Boise State, Air Force and Navy as football-only members, and SMU, UCF and Houston as all-sports members. So Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia will be replaced by Mustangs, Knights and Cougars -- three basketball programs that finished seventh, ninth and 11th in Conference USA last season.

Rick Pitino must be pissed.

Yes, I know basketball doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. But there was some thought that the sport I cover might matter some to the Big East because it's a brand most closely associated with hoops. Turns out, that thought was wrong. The league could've gone with UCF, Temple and Memphis for all sports and at least added two quality basketball programs to go with Connecticut, Louisville, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette and Notre Dame. Instead, the Big East went with three schools that bring nothing to the basketball table, meaning the league will now be worse in football and way worse in basketball than it was a year ago.

I guess the Big East could still add Temple and Memphis at some point.

That's possible, I'm told.

But for now, yeah, Rick Pitino must be pissed.
Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 2:59 pm

Which AP voters didn't vote for Barnes?

By Gary Parrish

Vote for an All-American team, you had to do two things:
  1. Put Jared Sullinger on it.
  2. Put Harrison Barnes on it, too.
After that, do whatever you like. Jordan Taylor, Tu Holloway or Kendall Marshall can be your point guard. You can take any combination of Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis, Perry Jones, Thomas Robinson and John Henson as your bigs. You can have John Jenkins or Austin Rivers as your scoring guard. You can use Jeremy Lamb and have two guards, two wings and a big. Anything within those guidelines is reasonable. But omitting Sullinger or Barnes is indefensible.

So guess what happened when the AP released it's All-American team on Monday?

It was revealed that two voters didn't have Barnes on their ballot.

I mean, he's still an AP All-American. (The team is Taylor, Lamb, Barnes, Jones and Sullinger.) But Barnes only received 63 of a possible 65 votes, which means two people who supposedly cover college basketball for a living didn't vote for the most talented player on the nation's most talented team despite the fact that Barnes averaged 24.7 points in the ACC tournament, 21.0 points in the NCAA tournament and 21.5 points over UNC's final 10 games. Yes, he got off to a slow start last season, but that was in his past by mid-February. The 6-foot-8 wing played like a star down the stretch, even got 40 in a win over Clemson, and there's no intelligent way to defend not including him on an All-American ballot.

But I'm willing to listen.

So if you're one of the two AP voters who didn't include Barnes, show yourself.

We'll give you space in this blog to explain the omission.

I wish you luck in advance.

Photo: AP
Posted on: October 30, 2011 7:59 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 1:18 am

Self suspends Taylor and Johnson for exhibitions

By Gary Parrish

Kansas coach Bill Self announced Sunday night that he has suspended Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson for the Jayhawks' two exhibition games because they violated team rules this past offseason.

"Tyshawn and Elijah have both been terrific since school began in August," Self said. “They’ve not only performed well, they have been very responsible and disciplined the first few months of the school year. But during the offseason they violated a rule that I told them, because of some past experiences, their punishment was going to be severe and I was going to hold them out of the two exhibition games. They have been aware of this for several months and also are disappointed but have had very positive attitudes about it."

The suspensions of Taylor and Johnson -- both of whom were also suspended for violating team rules last season -- means Kansas will have just five scholarship players available for Tuesday's exhibition against Pittsburg State if Thomas Robinson, a CBSSports.com First Team Preseason All-American, is unable to play because of a hyperextended knee. Self said Sunday that Robinson is "questionable" for the exhibition. The 6-foot-9 forward was injured in practice last week.

"Losing two players and Thomas being questionable for Tuesday’s game probably changes the look of our team as much as anyone in the country," Self said. "This gives a chance for our young guys to play under the lights and see how they react."

Kansas is ranked 14th in the CBSSports.com Preseason Top 25 (and one).
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:34 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 7:34 pm

UL's Blackshear out for year with shoulder injury

By Gary Parrish

Louisville freshman Wayne Blackshear will miss the entire season with a shoulder injury.

Blackshear has a torn labrum, according to coach Rick Pitino.

It will require surgery.

Blackshear is a McDonald's All-American whom CBSSports.com ranked No. 24 in the Class of 2011. He was battling academic questions until last week, but he was ultimately cleared by the NCAA. The 6-foot-5 wing figured to play a prominent role for the Cardinals, and he still will ... but not until the 2012-13 season.
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2011 1:12 pm

The Poll Attacks

By Gary Parrish

There are lots of ways to get in the Eye On College Basketball Blog. You can break a story. Or write something tremendous. But the easiest way is to submit a stupid AP ballot. Scott Wolf from the Los Angeles Daily News is proof.

(It's time to Poll Attack!)

---- Associated Press Preseason Poll Attacks -----

Let me put this simply: Scott Wolf is either joking or dumb.

There's no in between.

Because there's no rational argument to be made for anybody other than North Carolina (or maybe Kentucky) being ranked No. 1 this preseason, and that's just the first of many odd decisions on Wolf's ballot. He has Connecticut No. 1. I like the Huskies. They're talented. But they can't be ranked No. 1 ahead of an experienced and super-talented North Carolina team right now. That's silly. And Kansas at No. 3? Seriously? Kansas might not finish in the top three of the Big 12, and Bill Self is on record stating this team has more question marks than just about any team he's ever coached. Thomas Robinson should be great, and Tyshawn Taylor is solid. But four of the top five scorers from last season are gone, and half of the recruiting class didn't qualify. And yet Scott still has Kansas ranked third -- one spot ahead of North Carolina.

(Note: I texted Self, told him one voter had his team ranked ahead of North Carolina and asked for his thoughts on said voter. "He's nuts," Self replied, and that sums it up pretty well.)

Yes, Scott Wolf has the Tar Heels ranked fourth overall and one spot behind KU. It's nutty and absurd -- even more so than having Connecticut first. How can a team with four possible All-Americans and seven possible pros be ranked fourth? And how can Arizona be ranked sixth? Derrick Williams doesn't play for the the Wildcats anymore, you know? (That's why they were only picked third in the Pac-12's official preseason poll.)

Honestly, the whole thing is a mess from top to bottom.

You can look at it here.

Might be the worst ballot I've ever seen.

And let me be clear: I don't mind ballots that are different because this stuff is subjective, especially in October. But voters ought to be able to defend their choices with some sort of intelligent argument, and there's no way to defend this ballot with an intelligent argument ... unless, of course, the Morris Twins, Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers and Nick Collison are all back on KU's campus, and Self and I just haven't realized it yet.
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:37 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 8:38 pm

KU's Robinson hyperextends knee in practice

By Gary Parrish

Kansas junior Thomas Robinson hypextended his left knee during Thursday's practice. The severity of the injury is unknown, but KU coach Bill Self said "hopefully" the 6-foot-9 forward will not miss any significant time.

"The results from the MRI were positive for Thomas," Self said. "He will take a couple of days off to let it calm down."

Robinson is a CBSSports.com First Team Preseason All-American.

He should be the star of the Jayhawks now that the Morris Twins are in the NBA.
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