Posted on: November 19, 2009 9:54 am
Edited on: November 19, 2009 10:00 am
I was headed out of my hotel in downtown St. Louis Wednesday afternoon when I bumped into Nebraska coach Doc Sadler, whose Huskers were in town to play Rick Majerus' Saint Louis Billikens. Next thing you know, I'm in a 45-minute conversation about anything and everything. But when we settled on the subject of the actual game it was clear Sadler knew what he was up against Wednesday night.
"It's gonna be like playing one of Rick's teams," Sadler said. "They're gonna make us guard them for 30 seconds."
Can your guys do that?
"I think we're disciplined enough to guard them for about 20," Sadler answered. Fast-forward to late Wednesday -- after a 69-55 loss to SLU -- and I wasn't surprised to see the following Tweet from Sadler. "We [have] a lot of work to get done with toughness. Shot selection horrible. No patience on D."
Turns out, Saint Louis -- surprise, surprise -- swung the ball from side to side, drained the shot clock on many possessions and waited for Nebraska to make a mistake. More times than not, the mistake came. It allowed Saint Louis to shoot 47.8 percent from the field in the second half, all of which proved that even when coaches know exactly what's coming it can still be difficult to prevent, particularly in mid-November.
Posted on: August 8, 2009 7:20 pm
A prospect from Minnesota facing charges stemming from a bank robbery has reached a plea deal that should allow him to accept a scholarship and continue his basketball career this season.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune , Anthony DiLoreto has pleaded no contest to felony robbery in exchange for a deferred conviction. The paper reported that the robbery charge will be dismissed if DiLoreto's record remains free of criminal charges for the next year. To make that happen, DiLoreto agreed to pleed guilty to a felony charge of robbery and possession of burglarious tools.
Sentencing for that is in October.
DiLoreto is not expected to receive jail time for that charge.
As CBSSports.com reported last week , there were several mid-major and high-major coaches watching DiLoreto during the adidas Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas last month. According to DiLoreto and multiple industry sources, Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus offered the former Cal Poly signee a scholarship this summer, although it's unclear if that offer remains on the table.
DiLoreto is a 6-foot-11 center.
Police said he was the would-be getaway driver in the bank robbery.
Posted on: July 28, 2009 2:28 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2009 2:42 pm
Interesting observation from my pal Luke Winn over at SI.com.
"It was probably good [Anthony DiLoreto] didn't attempt to rob a U.S. Bank -- the official bank of Billiken athletics."
According to its website , "U.S. Bank is the 'Official Bank' of Saint Louis University Athletics, home of the Billikens. ... U.S. Bank has developed a special 'Billikens Checking' account which features Billikens Checks. "
So to recap ...
Anthony DiLoreto made a poor decision when he decided to help rob a bank . But once he made that poor decision, he made a good decision to rob a bank other than a U.S. Bank, because it would probably be difficult to get a scholarship offer from Saint Louis University less than a year after helping rob the "Official Bank" of Saint Louis University Athletics.
Or at least that's what I assume.
As it is, the scholarship offer from SLU stands.
Meantime, DiLoreto is due in court next week for a settlement hearing.
He has been charged with robbery of a financial institution and possession of a short-barreled rifle.
Both are felonies.
Posted on: July 28, 2009 1:19 am
I'm not sure if it's appropriate or classy.
But it's funny!
So click this link and checkout The Sporting Blog's take on my column about the prospect who has been offered a scholarship by Saint Louis despite the fact that he's still facing two felony charges for his role as the would-be getaway driver in a bank robbery. Nice GIF. Much appreciated.