Jeff Eisenberg

  • Mick Cronin will miss Cincinnati's game due to unruptured aneurysm

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 3 hrs ago

    Mick Cronin wasn't in his usual spot on the bench Saturday afternoon against VCU.

    The Cincinnati coach missed his team's ugly 68-47 loss after doctors discovered he has an unruptured aneurysm. Cronin had asked for a routine check-up because he had been experiencing lingering headaches.

    "Thank you to everyone for your concern, prayers, and support. I am ok. I am very fortunate to have such great friends and family," Cronin tweeted just before tip-off. "I want everyone to know I am going to be ok!! I just can't coach for precautionary reasons with my medical condition.

    "Obviously not coaching was a tough pill to swallow, but as a teacher I ask my players to be smart and make the right decisions. To listen to the people that know what's best for you. It is time for me to listen now, to my Doctors and follow their game plan. I hope to be back ASAP but that will not be my call. As I love to say "I am always day to day." so that really applies now."

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  • What happened to Miami in its 28-point loss to Eastern Kentucky?

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 4 hrs ago

    The outcome of Friday night's game between Miami and Eastern Kentucky was certainly a major surprise.

    The margin of victory was even more eye-popping.

    The 18th-ranked Hurricanes suffered their most lopsided home loss since 1997 when the Colonels came into Coral Gables and rolled to a 72-44 rout. Eastern Kentucky outscored Miami 45-19 in the second half and limited the Hurricanes to 29.3 percent shooting for the game.

    How could Miami lose by that many points at home against a Colonels team that entered with a 5-4 record, zero noteworthy wins and losses to East Tennessee State and Valparaiso? Well, it didn't help that star point guard Angel Rodriguez was ill entering the game, per ESPN's broadcast.

    Rodriguez scored only one point on 0-for-6 shooting and had as many assists as turnovers. In Miami's two losses this season against Green Bay and Eastern Kentucky, Rodriguez has played his worst two games and has shot a combined 2 of 21 from the field.

    All those factors added up to a shocking score and a loss that will surely knock Miami out of the Top 25 when the new polls come out Monday.

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  • Adidas put the wrong logo on a Wisconsin forward's warmups

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 5 hrs ago

    When Wisconsin's Duje Dukan took a close look at the latest gear Adidas sent on Friday, the senior forward noitced the shoe-apparel giant had made a slight mistake.

    Wisconsin's familiar colors and "W" were there, but someone had mistakenly stitched a Cincinnati Bearcats logo on the sleeve.

    Hey @adidasHoops thanks so much for the official Wisconsin Bearcats warmup!

    Of course Wisconsin's mascot is the Badgers, not the Bearcats, but Dukan can look on the bright side. Now he has a one-of-a-kind collector's item.

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  • Robert Upshaw's long journey from bust to budding stardom

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 1 day ago

    Basketball coach Pat Geil has removed many players from practice for lackluster effort or shoddy performance.

    Only once has he yanked a kid off the court for doing too well .

    When Robert Upshaw enrolled at San Joaquin Memorial High School four years ago, the highly touted 6-foot-11 junior initially could only practice with his new team because of California transfer rules. Geil put Upshaw on the scout team in practice until the center's knack for swatting away shots in the paint created an unusual problem.

    "He was blocking so many shots and making it so difficult to score that our starting big guys began losing confidence," Geil said. "When they got in games, they were hesitant to shoot. Eventually, we had to tell Rob, 'Why don't you sit out for a while.' Our big guys couldn't get up any shots against him in practice and it was killing us."

    Upshaw's evolution into an impact college player and an NBA prospect is a testament to his perseverance because there were times when it seemed his basketball career had stalled.

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    Before Upshaw could evolve into an elite basketball prospect, he first had to give the sport a chance.

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  • UConn needs more from heralded transfer Rodney Purvis

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 1 day ago

    Each time Kevin Ollie answered a question about NC State transfer Rodney Purvis during last season's national title run, the UConn coach referred to the former McDonald's All-American as "a Ferrari sitting in the garage that I can't drive."

    The Ferrari finally emerged from the garage this November, but so far Ollie hasn't gotten enough mileage out of it.

    In the six games Purvis has played so far this season, he is scoring a modest 7.2 points per game, shooting only 35.1 percent from the field and averaging more turnovers than assists. He also was suspended for UConn's season opener against Bryant and sat out against Texas as a result of a lingering sprained ankle that was hampering his ability to attack the rim. 

    Purvis was healthy for UConn's 66-56 loss to Duke on Thursday night, but the sophomore wing still wasn't very effective. On a night when the Huskies desperately needed other scorers to emerge in support of star guard Ryan Boatright, Purvis played 30 minutes but sank only 4 of 11 shots and finished with eight points and three turnovers.

    There are a handful of players capable of filling that scoring void for UConn going forward.

  • Branden Dawson will miss at least two games with fractured wrist

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 1 day ago

    Considering the pain Branden Dawson appeared to be in after his hard fall Wednesday night against Eastern Michigan, the diagnosis doesn't seem as dire as it could have been.

    Tests revealed the Michigan State senior suffered a stable, non-displaced fracture to his left wrist, the school announced Thursday night. He will miss at least the Spartans' next two games against Texas Southern and the Citadel but could return in time for Michigan State's Big Ten opener against Maryland on Dec. 30.

    "I feel bad for Branden, as he's been practicing so well over the last few weeks," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said in a school-released statement. "But we also feel a bit fortunate when you look at the video from the game; it certainly could have been worse."

    Dawson suffered the injury when he fell hard to the floor attempting a tip dunk and braced the impact to his tailbone with his left wrist. He stood up wincing and shaking his wrist before retreating to the locker room where trainers wrapped the injury in ice.

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  • Lauren Hill will fight cancer from the bench as an honorary coach

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 2 days ago

    Lauren Hill's playing career is complete as a result of her deteriorating health, but the cancer-stricken Mount St. Joseph University freshman still isn't ready to leave basketball behind.

    She will remain part of the Mount St. Joseph team as an honorary coach, head coach Dan Benjamin wrote in an email to various media outlets.

    Hill has been as an inspiration to many nationwide because of her courage after receiving a dire diagnosis. Doctors discovered an inoperable tumor growing at the base of Hill's brain stem last year and told her she wouldn't live through December, yet she has refused to give up on her dream of playing college basketball.

    Hill's final college game came Tuesday against College of Wooster. She started and scored the opening basket of her team's 66-65 victory before exiting the game for the final time.

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  • The Report Card: Cincinnati secures much-needed marquee win

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 2 days ago

    DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 17

    A- — Cincinnati

    Cincinnati's 71-62 overtime victory over 19th-ranked San Diego State was as big for the American Athletic Conference as it was for the Bearcats. The American collectively was 0-9 against Top 25 teams and did not have a single team receiving votes in the latest polls.

    Of course, the Bearcats (7-2) also needed a notable win after losses to Nebraska and Ole Miss in two of their past three games. Cincinnati won on Wednesday by forcing 18 turnovers with its aggressive 2-1-2 full-court press, by limiting cold-shooting San Diego State to 39.3 percent shooting and by getting timely offense down the stretch from guards Farad Cobb and Troy Caupain.

    San Diego State pulled off a last-minute rally in regulation to force overtime behind key threes from Trey Kell and Aqeel Quinn. The Aztecs didn't have a second comeback in them for overtime.  

    A- — Old Dominion

    In its star-studded backcourt, Sun Belt favorite Georgia State features NBA prospect R.J. Hunter, Kentucky transfer Ryan Harrow and Louisville transfer Kevin Ware. Somehow, however, the Panthers didn't have the best guard on the floor when they faced Old Dominion on Wednesday night.

  • Branden Dawson injures his left wrist in Michigan State's win

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 2 days ago

    An otherwise satisfying victory turned scary for Michigan State midway through the second half when the Spartans' most important player fell hard to the floor attempting a tip dunk and braced the impact to his tailbone with his left wrist.

    Branden Dawson stood up wincing and shaking his wrist before retreating to the locker room where trainers wrapped the injury in ice. He watched the final nine minutes of Michigan State's 66-46 rout of Eastern Michigan from the Spartans bench.

    The initial diagnosis for Dawson's wrist is a bad sprain, but the senior forward will undergo further tests on Thursday to assess whether there is any more damage. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo told reporters in East Lansing that an initial X-Ray came back negative but Dawson "is going to miss some time here, there's no doubt about that."

    "I saw the tape and it wasn't pretty," Izzo added. "But he's tough as nails, maybe he'll bounce back."

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  • Dayton dismisses its only two scholarship big men

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 2 days ago

    Dayton's basketball team became a lot smaller Wednesday. So did the Flyers' NCAA tournament chances as a result.

    Starting center Devon Scott and top backup Jalen Robinson have been dismissed from school, Dayton announced Wednesday afternoon. The school did not specify what led to the punishment, but reported that Scott and Robinson were caught stealing various items from on-campus dorms.

    Scott, a 6-foot-9 junior, started every game so far this season for Dayton and averaged 9.1 points and 7.4 rebounds. Robinson, also a 6-9 junior, averaged 3.2 points and 2.4 rebounds off the bench. Without them, Dayton has no scholarship players taller than 6-foot-6 in their rotation, leaving the Flyers at a massive size disadvantage against almost every upcoming opponent on the schedule.

    Living up to those expectations will be tough now.

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