Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:04 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2010 11:11 pm

Florida has found its backup point guard

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- "How many college games have you seen already?" Billy Donovan asked moments after his Florida Gators started their season with a 77-60 win over UNC-Wilmington, and I knew where he was going.

Same place most coaches with ranked teams go after their first game.

He wanted to know how his team compared to others.

What I told Donovan is that I haven't seen enough to know (the season just began!), but that an uneven start is hardly unique, even for a team ranked ninth nationally. Yeah, Chandler Parsons committed four turnovers while Kenny Boynton missed all six of his 3-point attempts, and that wasn't ideal. But what I mostly saw Friday night here at the O'Connell Center is a Florida team that's big and talented and experienced in the frontcourt, and deep enough to wear opponents down. I watched six guys score at least nine points, eight guys play at least 16 minutes. Was I blown away? No. But there's not a single thing that happened that has me wanting to change my prediction that the Gators will win the SEC, and I actually found myself pleasantly surprised by one of the Florida freshmen.

McDonald's All-American Patric Young?


(He looked physically imposing, but completely lost.)

Top 75 recruit Casey Prather?


(He was fine, but forgettable.)

The freshman who made the biggest impact for Florida -- and looked the most comfortable on the court, by far -- was Scottie Wilbekin, an unheralded recruit from Gainesville who was listed as a 17-year-old high school junior as recently as May. Wilbekin is now a 17-year-old college freshman because he graduated early to enroll at Florida early. The 6-foot-2 point guard finished with five assists and four steals in 17 quality minutes against UNC-Wilmington, and he's going to be somebody Donovan can and will use in the rotation to relieve starting point guard Erving Walker.

"Scottie, I thought, played very, very well," Donovan said. "I felt after the first couple of weeks of practice that he was going to be a guy that's going to play for us and be able to be pretty helpful. It's impressive what he's done, really in a lot of respects, as a senior in high school. ... I think he's going to really help."
Posted on: April 16, 2010 1:02 pm

Smaller jobs getting filled

Some of the smaller jobs are getting filled while the world -- or at least the Pacific Northwest -- waits for Oregon to hire a coach and Rutgers to officially fire a coach. The smaller jobs filled are:
  • Holy Cross is hiring Mount Saint Mary's Milan Brown.
  • UNC-Wilmington is hiring Appalachian State's Buzz Peterson.
  • Hartford is hiring Boston College assistant John Gallagher.
  • Wisconsin-Green Bay is promoting assistant Brian Wardle.
At the moment, just two BCS-affiliated jobs remain open.

They are Oregon and Colorado.

Of course, Rutgers will also officially open, sooner or later.
Posted on: January 28, 2010 10:27 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2010 10:29 pm

Report: UNCW fires coach

UNC-Wilmington coach Benny Moss was reassigned within the school's athletic department Thursday, according to a report at StarNewsOnline.com .

Moss was in his fourth season at UNC-Wilmington.

He was 41-74 to date.

The Seahawks are 7-14 overall, 3-7 in the CAA this season.

They play Towson on Saturday.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 28, 2010 12:17 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2010 12:20 pm

Hofstra's Jenkins gets 8 points in 5 seconds

Ever seen an eight-point play ... by one player?

It happened Wednesday night in Hofstra's 93-54 win over UNC-Wilimington, and it happened like this: Charles Jenkins scored on a fastbreak layup while being fouled, and officials ruled it an intentional foul. UNC-Wilmington's Benny Moss got a technical for arguing the call, and Jenkins hit all four foul shots. That was six points right there. Then Hofstra was given the ball because of the intentional foul, and Jenkins scored off the ensuing inbounds pass to give him eight points without UNC-Wilmington ever gaining possession.

The score was 26-9 with 9:21 left in the first half.

It was 34-9 with 9:16 left in the first half.

So Jenkins went on an 8-0 run in a span of five seconds.

Not bad.

(Unless you're UNC-Wilmington)
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