1. Think you can do a better job coaching USC than Kevin O'Neill did? Well, here's your chance to prove it. USC wasted little time posting on its jobs website that it has an opening for its head men's basketball coaching position. No minimum qualifications are listed, but the guess here is prior head coaching experience, a clean track record with the NCAA and an ability to recruit Southern California better than the previous regime are musts. Oh, and the salary? "Negotiable."
2. Allen Fieldhouse instantly went from one of college basketball's loudest venues to near total silence Monday night when Kansas freshman Ben McLemore injured an ankle late in a 61-44 demolition of Baylor. Thankfully for the Jayhawks, it appears to be just a grade 1 sprain, meaning that McLemore could return to the court as soon as Saturday's matchup with Texas.
3. How do Wake Forest fans feel about the Demon Deacons' uncharacteristically solid past few weeks, which includes a non-league win over Xavier and a surprising 2-1 start to ACC play? Conflicted, to put it mildly. As Blogger so Dear's Robert Reinhard writes, many Wake Forest fans are pleased the current team is making progress and want to express their support yet they're still far from convinced third-year coach Jeff Bzdelik is the longterm solution for the program.
4. Even though starting forward Ryan Kelly is walking around with crutches and a boot on his injured right foot and remains out indefinitely, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski did have some good injury news to report on Monday. The sprained left ankle Seth Curry suffered against NC State will not prevent him from playing in Duke's next game on Thursday against Georgia Tech. "There wasn’t a lot of swelling after the game and (Sunday) it looked pretty good," Krzyzewski said.
5. Since Winston Shephard endured some legal and NCAA issues in November and is stuck behind a handful of quality veterans in the backcourt rotation, the highly touted San Diego State freshman got off to a bit of a slow start. Shephard, the first five-star recruit Steve Fisher has landed, has made progress lately, dishing out 26 assists compared to only 12 turnovers in his last nine games, a stretch highlighted by a seven-assist performance in a starting role at Fresno State last week.
Miami's Trey McKinney-Jones undoubtedly undoubtedly received some ribbing from his teammates after flubbing this breakaway jam in the closing seconds Sunday night against Maryland. The good news is it was probably easier to have a sense of humor about the gaffe considering the Hurricanes had already salted away a 54-47 win.
"Seeing what he’s going through and what he has to deal with and his family puts our life in perspective. It’s nothing compared to what he has to deal with, having all those surgeries. A bad day at class, a hard test is nothing by comparison." -- St. Louis forward Rob Loe on Joshua Brown, a nine-year-old boy with a brain tumor who has been adopted by the Billikens. Brown sits courtside at games and has become an inspiration for the team as they've bonded with him. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
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