Tag:New Mexico
Posted on: November 22, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 7:01 pm

The Poll Attacks

Dave Mackall of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is a nice reporter, a great dude and, most importantly, a longtime friend. But his latest AP ballot is bogus, and I can't play favorites with the Poll Attacks, so here we go!

(Details of AP ballots courtesy of PollSpeak.com.)

Associated Press poll:  Dave has North Carolina 12th and Minnesota 25th this week despite the fact that UNC is 2-2 with zero notable wins while Minnesota is 5-0 with wins over West Virginia and ... wait for it ... UNC. Ranking North Carolina at all is mostly indefensible (more on this below in this UNC-heavy version of the Poll Attacks), but ranking the Tar Heels 13 spots ahead of Minnesota is insanity. Dave also has Illinois at No. 19 but Texas unranked even though UT just beat Illinois and played No. 5 Pittsburgh to the final minute, and he has San Diego State 10 spots below Gonzaga even though the Aztecs are 4-0 with a win ... wait for it ... at Gonzaga.

In other words, this was not a good week for my man Dave.

But, in the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, he at least put Minnesota on his ballot somewhere.

Jason Franchuk from the Provo Daily Herald in Utah didn't even do that much.

He's the one AP voter who omitted Minnesota from his ballot, and I can't begin to imagine how or why. We can argue about whether the Gophers belong in the top 10 (which is where I have them) or closer to 15th (which is where the AP poll has them), but there is no denying they should be ranked. For whatever reason, Jason thinks otherwise. But he has North Carolina -- that 2-2 UNC team with no notable wins and a loss to Minnesota -- ranked 15th.

Coaches poll: You want to call me an idiot for trusting North Carolina and all that talent for the second straight season and ranking the Tar Heels sixth in the preseason Top 25 (and one), fine. I'll still be surprised if Roy Williams doesn't get this turned around and if Harrison Barnes doesn't prove to be great. But as it stands, I'm in no position to argue. So call me names if you desire.

But at least I'm not still ranking the Tar Heels!

I'm not stubborn to the point of being ridiculous.

Can't say the same for the men voting in the coaches poll.

Inexplicably, the coaches -- and the AP voters, as pointed out above -- kept UNC in their poll this week. The Tar Heels are 25th with 99 points. That's 79 more points than the Vanderbilt team that just beat them, 49 points more than the West Virginia team that beat the Vanderbilt team that just beat them, which is beyond stupid but perhaps not even the dumbest thing these coaches did this week.

Here's something dumber: New Mexico getting four points.

I've got no issues with somebody ranking New Mexico in the preseason. But what you can't do is rank New Mexico when the Lobos are coming off a 25-point loss to a Cal team picked to finish in the bottom half of the Pac-10. Similarly, you can't have Murray State on your ballot when the Racers have no quality wins to offset a 16-point loss to an Ole Miss team picked in the bottom half of the SEC, but some genius coach did that, too.
Posted on: November 22, 2010 3:41 pm
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Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:33 am

Negedu plays in New Mexico exhibition

New Mexico forward Emmanuel Negedu finished with eight points and seven rebounds in Wednesday night's 80-58 exhibition win over Eastern New Mexico, which was neat to see considering the Nigerian nearly died 13 months ago at Tennessee.

Seriously, he nearly died.

You probably know the story. But if not, here you go: Negedu suffered a sudden cardiac arrest last September while racing a UT teammate inside the Vols football practice facility. He had no pulse before medical personnel revived him and had a sub-pectoral internal cardiac defibrillator (ICD) implanted in his chest the following week that prevented Tennessee doctors from clearing him to ever rejoin the team.

So Negedu transferred to New Mexico.

And New Mexico doctors cleared him.

He got eight points and seven rebounds Wednesday night.

That's a nice start to what I hope is a long and healthy career.
Posted on: May 7, 2010 7:58 pm

Source: New Mexico's Hobson to stay in NBA Draft

New Mexico junior Darington Hobson will remain in the NBA Draft, a source told CBSSports.com on Friday.

A formal announcement should come this weekend.

Hobson averaged 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds while leading the Lobos to 30 wins and the second round of the NCAA tournament this season. The 6-foot-7 wing was the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. He's projected by most to be selected at the bottom of the first round or top of the second round.

The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the NBA Draft is Saturday.
Posted on: March 19, 2010 2:08 pm

Hobson will play Saturday with 'sprained' wrist

New Mexico standout Darington Hobson is expected to play Saturday against Washington despite a wrist injury, a source close to the program told CBSSports.com on Friday.

The source described the wrist as "severely sprained."

But there is no fracture.

So Hobson will be cleared to play provided he can play through the pain.

A junior college transfer, Hobson injured his left wrist during Thursday's win over Montana, but still finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. He's averaging 16 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists this season. He was the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 6, 2009 1:00 am
Edited on: October 6, 2009 1:13 am

New Mexico lands Top 100 prospect

Scout.com is reporting that Alex Kirk committed to New Mexico late Tuesday to provide a rarity in recruiting.

Yep, a non-BCS school got a Top 100 prospect.

(Cue the music! )

I wrote a column a few weeks back about the growing divide between the BCS-affiliated and non-BCS affiliated basketball schools, and recruiting is a place where it's obvious. For proof consider that Kirk -- whom Scout.com ranks 80th -- was just the seventh Class of 2010 prospect ranked in Scout.com's Top 100 to commit to a non-BCS school. He joined No. 8 Will Barton (Memphis), No. 17 Joe Jackson (Memphis), No. 36 Dominique Ferguson (Florida International), No. 86 Juwan Staten (Dayton), No. 87 Jordan Latham (Xavier) and No. 99 Kyle Collinsworth (BYU).

Meantime, 65 of the Top 100 have committed to BCS-affiliated schools.

So for those keeping track, the updated score is BCS 65, Non-BCS 7 (with 28 prospects yet to decide).
Category: NCAAB
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