Posted on: August 2, 2010 8:56 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 8:58 pm

Two former PGs entering college coaching

Former UCLA point guard Tyus Edney will join Ben Howland's staff as the director of basketball operations, UCLA announced Monday. Meantime, former Duke point guard Greg Paulus has accepted a job at Navy, where he'll be a full-time assistant for Billy Lange.

"I’m excited to get started and help out the team in any way I can,” Paulus told FoxSports.com. "This is a great opportunity for me to learn from a great coach in Coach Lange. ... I want to thank [Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski] and all he’s done to help me. I plan to utilize my experience at Duke and Syracuse to help me at Navy."

Paulus is 24 years old.

He played four years of basketball at Duke, then one season of football for Syracuse.

Edney is 37 years-old. He's best known for his length-of-the-court drive and score that allowed UCLA to make a run that culminated with a victory over Arkansas in the championship game of the 1995 NCAA tournament.

"I'm really excited because this is something that I've always wanted to do," Edney said in a statement released by the school. "I'm very fortunate to be ending my pro career now with this opportunity presenting itself. I'm thankful that Coach Howland gave me this opportunity and has the confidence that I can bring something new and exciting to this great program."
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2010 12:44 pm

Two more Big East stars entering NBA Draft

The Big East is losing two of its best underclassmen.

Syracuse's Wesley Johnson (according to the Syracuse Post-Standard ) and West Virginia's Devin Ebanks (according to sources) are making themselves available for the NBA Draft. Neither is expected to withdraw by the deadline. Both will make formal announcements later this week.

Johnson was a finalist for most National Player of the Year awards after averaging 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He's a projected top 10 pick. Ebanks averaged 12.0 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He's a projected first-round pick.

The NBA Draft is June 24 in New York.
Posted on: March 24, 2010 9:36 am
Edited on: March 24, 2010 12:26 pm

Sweet 16 teams benefitting from transfers

There is, in many cases, a negative connotation attached to Division I transfers, and it's usually valid. Some -- far too many, actually -- are knuckleheads who caused problems at their old schools or guys who weren't happy with the coaching, the playing time, the school work, whatever. Taking transfers is often risky and the project commonly fails. But the Sweet 16 is full of exceptions to that rule.

At least five schools are benefitting heavily from a transfer.

They are:

Baylor: Ekpe Udoh (transferred from Michigan)
Kansas State: Denis Clemente (transferred from Miami) and Curtis Kelly (transferred from Connecticut)
Syracuse: Wesley Johnson (transferred from Iowa State)
Tennessee: J.P. Prince (transferred from Arizona)
Xavier: Jordan Crawford (transferred from Indiana)

Interesting fact: Those six players helped their second schools get to the 2010 NCAA tournament, but none of their old schools made it to the NCAA tournament this season.
Posted on: March 23, 2010 12:49 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2010 12:51 pm

USBWA names Boeheim Coach of the Year

The United States Basketball Writers Association on Tuesday announced Syracuse's Jim Boeheim as the recipient of the Henry Iba Award, given annually to the nation's top coach. It marks the first time Boeheim has won the award despite taking the Orange to the NCAA tournament 27 times while winning 829 games.

Boeheim was named the CBSSports.com National Coach of the Year earlier this month.

Syracuse plays Butler in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 12, 2010 5:28 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2010 5:30 pm

Onuaku expected to practice Monday

A MRI determined Syracuse's Arinze Onuaku has a right quadriceps injury that shouldn't keep him off the court when the Orange open the NCAA tournament next week, the school announced Friday.

Syracuse officials expect Onuaku to resume practice Monday.

The senior center suffered what was initially described as a knee injury in Thursday's loss to Georgetown, and some feared it was a torn ACL. But the MRI performed Friday afternoon ruled that out as a possibility, and news that the injury isn't serious should ensure Syracuse gets a top seed in the NCAA tournament based on a 28-4 record that helped the Orange win an outright Big East title.

Onuaku is averaging 10.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 11, 2010 4:26 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2010 4:31 pm

The loss won't hurt Syracuse, but an injury might

The reason everybody said Syracuse was a "lock" for a No. 1 seed is because it was true.

So stop worrying, Orange fans. You deserve and will get a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament despite Thursday's loss to Georgetown ... unless, of course, an MRI on Arinze Onuaku's right knee reveals a torn ACL or something else that will prevent the big-bodied senior from competing next week. If that happens, the selection committee will need to consider it and decide whether to move Syracuse off the top line.

Which brings me to two important questions:

1) Would Onuaku's absence be enough to damage Syracuse's seed?

Perhaps, but probably only if Duke won the ACC tournament, West Virginia won the Big East tournament, and Ohio State or Purdue won the Big Ten tournament, or if at least two of those things happened. Then the committee could reasonably reward two of those possible No. 1 seeds with a No. 1 seed and point to Onuaku's injury as a reason for the swap. Short of that, there just won't be any great alternative candidates, and then a diminished Syracuse would be just as worthy as anybody else.

Plus, Onuaku is not as important to Syracuse as Robbie Hummel was to Purdue.

Nobody should suggest otherwise.

He's important, sure. But Purdue lost arguably its best player; nobody would argue Onuaku is even one of Syracuse's two best players. So while the Hummel and Onuaku injuries are similar in that they could both affect high-level teams, the effect they could have on said teams are not similar.

2) Should Syracuse be secretive/misleading if Onuaku is out?

If it's determined Onuaku is out of the NCAA tournament, why wouldn't school officials insist they need a second opinion, third opinion, whatever, and just wait to announce anything until the bracket is set Sunday? The committee couldn't possibly drop the Orange on an assumption that Onuaku might be out. So if the news is bad, I'd keep it vague, get the No. 1 seed, then announce Onuaku is out.

Isn't that the smart thing to do?

(I said smart thing, not right thing .)

Either way, for now everybody should just keep their fingers crossed.

Nobody likes to see a player go down at this time of the year.

Nobody likes to see a team limited by an injury.

It was awful when it happened to Purdue.

It would be awful here, too.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 6, 2010 4:27 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2010 4:36 pm

All together now: KU is No. 1

Look at the bright side, Syracuse fans: At least we won't have to argue this week.

I mean, we can all agree now, right?
  1. Kansas
  2. Who cares?
As I tried to explain last Saturday , Kansas maintained the nation's best body of work even after the loss at Oklahoma State (and even if AP voters went the other way). We spent the subsequent 48 hours debating. It was fun. But any and all debates ended this afternoon thanks to a pair of games that went final within minutes of each other.

It was ...
  • Kansas 77, Missouri 56
  • Louisville 78, Syracuse 68
So the Jayhawks will move to No. 1 in the AP poll and remain No. 1 in the Top (25 one). Meantime, the Orange will be (or at least they should be) second or third in the rankings, and they're still all but assured a top seed in the NCAA tournament, point being the loss at Freedom Hall isn't a huge deal for Syracuse in the grand scheme of things.

But it's a massive win for Louisville.

Not only did it allow one of the nation's great programs to close its legendary arena in about the most memorable way possible -- with 22 points from Kyle Kuric, no less -- it cemented the Cards' place in the NCAA tournament. Louisville is now 20-11 overall and 11-7 in the Big East with two wins over Syracuse, two wins over Connecticut, a win over Notre Dame and just one loss outside of the top 80 of the CBSSports.com RPI. That's not great, I know. But it's plenty enough to remove the Cards from this weak bubble and ensure Rick Pitino will coach in the NCAA tournament for the 13th time in his past 15 seasons as a college head coach.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 3, 2010 1:02 pm

Dear Gary (on the COY race)

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: How could you leave Thad Matta off your Coach of the Year list ? He won a Big Ten title by moving a forward to point guard, and it didn't matter that his best player missed six games with a broken back. Are you an idiot?

-- Bo

We're on track to set a record this week for emails and Tweets directed at me that include the word "idiot." I'll let you know when I get a final tally. As for the question at hand, no question, you could remove Bo Ryan from my list of eight great Coach of the Year candidates and add Thad Matta. Or remove John Calipari and add Kevin Stallings. Or remove Jamie Dixon and add Buzz Williams. Limiting my list to eight instead of 10 or 14 or 19 seems to be a mistake, at least as far as my inbox is concerned. But let's be honest: The Coach of the Year will be one of the guys on my list of eight, and -- based on how most vote for these things -- I suspect it'll be Syracuse's Jim Boeheim or Kansas State's Frank Martin.

Either would be deserving.

I'll let you know my choice next week.
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