Posted on: February 6, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Pittsburgh's Gibbs out with MCL injury

Pittsburgh junior Ashton Gibbs has an MCL injury that's expected to sideline him for at least 10 days, Panthers coach Jamie Dixon told CBSSports.com through a school spokesperson on Sunday.

Gibbs is averaging 16.3 points per game for the fourth-ranked and Big East-leading Panthers.

He will definitely miss Monday's game at No. 25 West Virginia and probably miss Saturday's game at No. 12 Villanova.

Travon Woodall will handle the point guard duties in Gibbs' absence. The 5-foot-11 New York native is averaging 6.7 points and 3.6 assists in 20.4 minutes per game. He's scored in double-figures five times this season.
Posted on: February 6, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Updated Top 25 (and one)

The Top 25 (and one) will be updated on the college basketball page shortly.

Here's how it will look:

1. Ohio State (24-0)
The Buckeyes will take their perfect record to the Kohl Center next weekend.
2. Pittsburgh (21-2)
The Panthers dropped Cincinnati to 0-4 against ranked teams this season.
3. Texas (20-3)
UT's win over Texas Tech pushed Rick Barnes' all-time record against the Red Raiders to 25-3.
4. Kansas (22-1)
KU didn't need Josh Selby (injured foot) to cruise to an easy win at Nebraska.
5. Notre Dame (19-4)
The Irish have won five straight and are all alone in second place of the Big East standings.
6. San Diego State (23-1)
Kawhi Leonard is averaging 15.0 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Aztecs.
7. Duke (21-2)
The Blue Devils have won two games by an average of 21 points since losing at St. John's.
8. BYU (22-2)
Jimmer Fredette became the MWC's all-time leading scorer during BYU's win over UNLV.
9. Georgetown (18-5)
The Hoyas have won six straight since enduring a three-game losing streak in early January.
10. Villanova (19-4)
The Wildcats handled West Virginia easily despite the return of WVU's Casey Mitchell.
11. Syracuse (20-4)
Rick Jackson has 16 double-doubles in 24 games for the Orange.
12. Connecticut (18-4)
The Huskies came from 14 down in the second half to win at Seton Hall.
13. Wisconsin (17-5)
The Badgers dealt Michigan State its second straight 20-point loss on Sunday.
14. Florida (18-5)
Chandler Parson's 17 points and 12 rebounds lifted the Gators to a weekend win over Kentucky.
15. Kentucky (16-6)
The Wildcats are 2-5 in true road games after losing at Ole Miss and Florida last week.
16. Louisville (18-5)
The Cardinals held on late against DePaul to keep the Blue Demons winless in the Big East.
17. Purdue (18-5)
JaJuan Johnson is averaging 20.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game for the Boilermakers.
18. Arizona (20-4)
MoMo Jones' career-high 27 points lifted Arizona to a triple-overtime win at California.
19. North Carolina (16-5)
The Tar Heels have won five straight since moving Kendall Marshal into the starting lineup.
20. Missouri (18-5)
Kim English came off the bench and got 21 points in Missouri's victory over Colorado.
21. Texas A&M (17-5)
The Aggies have dropped three of their past four games.
22. West Virginia (15-7)
The Mountaineers are 0-2 against ranked opponents since beating Purdue on Jan. 16.
23. Marquette (14-9)
The Golden Eagles only have one loss to a team not ranked in the Top 25 (and one).
24. Temple (17-5)
The Owls have won four straight to move into contention in the Atlantic 10.
25. Vanderbilt (16-6)
Four Commodores are averaging double-figures in points, including Festus Ezeli.
26. UCLA (16-7)
The Bruins are 13-3 with wins over BYU and St. John's since their Dec. 5 loss to Montana.

In this week: No. 24 Temple, No. 25 Vanderbilt, No. 26 UCLA
Out this week: No. 19 Washington, No. 21 Minnesota, No. 24 Illinois
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 5, 2011 7:28 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 12:42 am
 

Did Washington just lose the Pac-10 title?

Washington seemed like a lock to win the Pac-10 one week ago.

Now the Huskies just seem like a mess.

They lost at unranked Washington State last Sunday, at not-even-close-to-being-ranked Oregon State on Thursday, and, most recently, at also-not-even-close-to-being-ranked
Oregon on Saturday. In other words, the Washington Huskies are impersonating the Washington Wizards, and now they're now 15-7 overall, 7-4 in the Pac-10. That record puts Lorenzo Romar's team third in the league standings -- behind Arizona (20-4, 9-2) and UCLA (16-7, 7-3) -- and means Washington is certain to exit the Top 25 (and one) when the rankings are updated Sunday afternoon.

And let's not attribute this downward spiral to the loss of Abdul Gaddy.

His torn ACL didn't help, no question. But the Huskies were 5-1 with wins over Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon State and Oregon in their first six games without Gaddy. Now they're on a three-game losing streak thanks to back-to-back losses to the same Oregon State and Oregon teams they handled last month by an average of 25 points.

The good news?

The Huskies' next two games -- and five of their final eight -- are at home.

The bad news?

The Huskies are two games behind Arizona with a game at the McKale Center still to come, meaning they'll likely finish with at least five league losses. Arizona, fresh off a 3-OT win at Cal, is projected to finish with no more than four.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 4, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Source: Lucious visiting Iowa State

Former Michigan State guard Korie Lucious is visiting Iowa State this weekend and could commit to Fred Hoiberg's program before he leaves campus, a source told CBSSports.com on Friday.

Tom Izzo dismissed Lucious from Michgian State last week for conduct detrimental to the program. A transfer to ISU would allow Lucious to rejoin former teammate Chris Allen, who left left Michigan State in the preseason and transferred to Iowa State. Allen will be eligible next season.

Lucious was averaging 6.5 points and 4.1 assists at the time of his dismissal.
Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:08 am
 

Report: Drew leaving UNC

North Carolina point guard Larry Drew II has left the Tar Heels and will transfer out of the program, ESPN.com's Pat Forde reported Friday morning.

Drew has been a target of criticism since succeeding Ty Lawson as UNC's point guard. He led the Tar Heels to the NIT last season and was the most obvious problem for their disappointing start this season. The 6-foot-2 junior lost his starting job to freshman Kendall Marshall last month. North Carolina was 12-5 with Drew as the starter this season. The Tar Heels are 4-0 since turning to Marshall.

Drew is the son of Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew.

North Carolina plays Florida State on Sunday.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 3, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Spartans projected to have losing league record

I've got a Michigan State column coming up on the site.

I'll Tweet it when it's ready.

But for now, know this about the Spartans' 72-52 loss at Iowa late Wednesday: It means Michigan State is 5-5 in the Big Ten and now projected (at KenPom.com) to finish with a losing league record for the first time ever under Tom Izzo. Such would likely have Michigan State missing the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1997 -- the same year Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan took UW–Platteville to the second round of the Division III tournament.

Michigan State plays Ryan's Badgers on Sunday.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 2, 2011 2:16 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 2:18 am
 

Kenny Boynton has Kevin Stallings' back

Vanderbilt's John Jenkins shot an air ball in the final minute of Tuesday's 65-61 overtime loss at Florida.

Or did he?

"He doesn't shoot many air balls," said Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings. "I've watched him play for a long time and I haven't seen many air balls come off that kid's hand."

In other words, Stallings thought Kenny Boynton fouled Jenkins.

He didn't say that, exactly.

But he hinted it.

"I'm pretty sure there was a reason there was an air ball," Stallings said, and I have no idea if these comments will draw the ire of the SEC office. But if Stallings does get a phone call, he should advise the league to ring Boynton. Oddly (and admirably), the so-called offender acknowledged the uncalled foul.

"I think I jumped too high and he kind of tried to draw it," Boynton said. "It was a foul, but they missed it."
Posted on: February 1, 2011 11:30 am
Edited on: February 1, 2011 11:42 am
 

Are Vols about to take control of SEC East?

There are two SEC basketball games scheduled for tonight.

They are:
  • Kentucky at Ole Miss
  • Vanderbilt at Florida
Kentucky and Florida are the favorites in those matchups, meaning both should win. But if Ole Miss and Vandy pull off upsets, every SEC East team except Tennessee will have at least three league losses. Either way, the Vols are 4-2 in the SEC with two winnable games (at Auburn on Thursday/vs. Alabama on Saturday) scheduled this week. That means they should be 6-2 in the league after the weekend. And because Kentucky and Florida play each other late Saturday, the Vols will likely be either tied for first in the loss column in the SEC East with one other school (Florida or Kentucky) or all alone in first place of the SEC East when Bruce Pearl makes his permanent return to the sidelines next Tuesday for a nationally televised game with Kentucky at Rupp Arena.

Who would've guessed that after the Vols started 0-2 in the league?
 
 
 
 
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