Tag:Jacob Pullen
Posted on: December 28, 2010 10:50 am
Edited on: December 28, 2010 10:55 am
 

KSU's Kelly to miss a total of six games

Kansas State's Curtis Kelly will miss six games for accepting impermissible benefits on the purchase of clothing at a department store. Kelly has already missed two games. He'll be eligible to return Jan. 15 against Texas Tech.

Kelly and teammate Jacob Pullen were ruled ineligible moments before the Wildcats' game with UNLV last week. Pullen will miss a total of three games. He'll be eligible to return Jan. 3 against Savannah State.

The lengths of Pullen’s and Kelly’s suspensions are based on NCAA guidelines for extra-benefit violations, according to KSU officials. Players must generally sit out 10 percent of a team's scheduled regular-season games (in this case, three games) if the value of a benefit is between $100 and $300 and 20 percent of a team's scheduled regular-season games (in this case, six games) if the value of a benefit is between $300 and $500. In other words, Pullen accepted between $100 and $300 in discounted clothing while Kelly accepted between $300 and $500 in discounted clothing.

Kansas State is 10-3 and ranked 17th nationally.

The Wildcats play North Florida at Bramlage Coliseum on Friday.
Posted on: December 21, 2010 9:13 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2010 9:18 pm
 

Pullen and Kelly out because of improper benefits

KANSAS CITY -- Kansas State seniors Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly missed Tuesday night's game with UNLV because they accepted impermissible benefits on the purchase of clothing at a department store, school officials announced just before tipoff.

Pullen will also miss the next two games.

Kelly's status remains unclear.

"These young men have worked hard to represent themselves and Kansas State in a positive manner," said KSU coach Frank Martin. "Having said that, they made made a mistake in judgment and have to pay a price."

Kansas State is 9-2 and ranked 11th in the latest AP poll.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 2:10 am
Edited on: November 24, 2010 2:22 am
 

Five thoughts on a great night of hoops

Tuesday marked the first real day of great college basketball games, and it was terrific. Here are five thoughts from a night that saw No. 1 Duke remain undefeated, No. 4 Kansas State take its first loss, Kemba Walker lead UConn past No. 2 Michigan State, and No. 8 Kentucky get by No. 13 Washington thanks to another stellar effort from yet another terrific John Calipari-coached freshman:

1. Duke is seriously talented, elite, all that and more

The Blue Devils were the nation's consensus preseason No. 1 team, and the nation saw why during their 82-68 win over Kansas State. You could reasonably argue -- I'm not saying I necessarily believe this, just saying it could be reasonably argued -- that Duke has college basketball's best player at three different positions, and that freshman Kyrie Irving is already the team's top player despite the fact that he joined a roster featuring seven guys with national title rings. This team was easy to love on paper, and it's even easier to love after watching it on the court. They won't lose when they play well. To top them, somebody will have to be really good on the same day they're a little off.

2. Jacob Pullen will probably be OK, I think

Jacob Pullen struggled against Duke, missed 11 of the 12 shots he attempted. So if you want to question him, you can. And I won't blame you. But I would like to remind you that he's had awful nights before and recovered nicely. The All-American candidate posted back-to-back 2-of-15 games last January and still went on to put 34 on BYU and 28 on Xavier during the NCAA tournament. Granted, it's unclear if Pullen can be that same type of player without Denis Clemente in the backcourt beside him, and, I know, Pullen hasn't looked great this season regardless of the opponent. But he's still undeniably the best player on a team that already owns wins over Virginia Tech and Gonzaga, and that's worth remembering in the spirit of perspective.

3. Kemba Walker is turning into a star

New York-area basketball enthusiasts have wanted Kemba Walker to be a star since the moment he enrolled at UConn, but it didn't happen that quickly for a variety of reasons. It's happening now, though. Walker recorded at least 30 points for the third straight game and led the unranked (for the moment) Huskies to a 70-67 victory over Michigan State. He's driving and scoring and, perhaps most impressively, leading. And though I can't imagine Walker keeps it up and really averages around 30 points per game, if he's anywhere close to this good consistently then my prediction that UConn will miss the NCAA tournament for the second straight year will be wrong in a major way.

4. Michigan State, as usual, will be a work in progress

As sure as Tom Izzo is spelled with two Zs, Michigan State will be there in the end. To think otherwise would be stupid. But it must be concerning for Spartan fans that Kalin Lucas was awful in the loss to UConn. While Walker had the type of game that enhances (and in many cases inflates) reputations, Lucas had one that damages them. He recorded four field goals and five turnovers in the loss, and an elite point guard shouldn't have games like that in his senior year even when he's coming off of an injury.

5. Terrence Jones is way better than I anticipated

I knew Terrence Jones would be good because he's big and skilled and naturally gifted, but what he's done through four games is ridiculous. The 6-foot-8 freshman is averaging 20.1 points and 11.8 rebounds after geting 16 points and 17 rebounds in UK's 74-67 win over Washington, and he's the main reason why the Wildcats are still overwhelming opponents despite losing five first-round picks from last season's team. Jones' waffling between Washington and Kentucky for two weeks last May -- specifically the way he toyed with fans via Twitter -- before ultimately signing with the Wildcats was a major turnoff in my eyes, but I don't care about that anymore. Kid is performing like a monster. Just tremendous. He'll never play college basketball next to permanently ineligible Turkish star Enes Kanter (barring a successful appeal to the NCAA). But, my lord, can you imagine how scary Kentucky would be with those two?
Posted on: July 16, 2010 12:56 pm
 

Five for Friday column


I'm going to start doing a Five for Friday column every, um, Friday.

Click this link to check it out.

Then admire my ability to be so damn clever.
 
 
 
 
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