Kentucky freshman Bam Adebayo seems to be getting better and better, and Wildcats head coach John Calipari would like to see him get the ball more.
Adebayo scored 18 points in 29 minutes during Kentucky’s 85-69 win over South Carolina on Saturday. He shot incredibly well, going 5 for 6 on field goals and 8 of 12 at the line.
Calipari doesn’t think Adebayo’s teammates got him the ball enough and wants the forward to get it more.
“I told Bam that after the game ‘you’re too nice.’ I said ‘I’d strangle a couple of these guys for not throwing you the ball. You’re so nice you don’t say anything,'” Calipari said after the game, via the Herald Leader.
“We’re throwing the ball but it’s like it’s forced. It shouldn’t be forced; he’s that good. I even said, ‘is he selfish?’ They said, ‘no, he’s not selfish.’ Well then throw him the ball! If he’s double-teamed, he’ll give it back to you.”
Adebayo is averaging 12.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game for the 17-2 Wildcats. Maybe you’ll see his teammates give him the ball more in Kentucky’s next game, which is Tuesday against Tennessee.
Oregon is not providing much detail about the status of guard Dillon Brooks, but we do know that the junior is in a walking boot.
The Oregonian’s Tyson Alger provided an update on Brooks Friday night:
Update from UO on Dillon Brooks: in a walking boot on left leg, saw doctors today, no other new information.
— Tyson Alger (@tysonalger) January 21, 2017
Brooks left Thursday’s win over Cal in the first half and did not return. Oregon only termed his injury as being one to his left leg.
There is speculation that Brooks may have aggravated his left foot injury. He had surgery on the foot over the offseason and missed three games this season because of it.
Brooks is averaging 13.4 points per game for the 17-2 Ducks, who host Stanford on Saturday.
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Friday brought a major injury development to Big Ten basketball.
Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean announced that sophomore forward OG Anunoby needs right knee surgery and is out for the rest of the season.
Coach Crean on OG Anunoby: pic.twitter.com/oEZOMdzMD9
— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) January 20, 2017
The 19-year-old Anunoby was averaging 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the 13-6 Hoosiers this season. He was injured while jostling for rebounding position in Indiana’s 78-75 victory over Purdue on Wednesday.
Indiana's OG Anunoby had to be helped off the court. IU leads Penn St 44-37 at the half pic.twitter.com/7HN6zlT6An
— John Lewis WDRB (@JohnWDRB) January 19, 2017
A dynamic athlete and a versatile defender, Anunoby was projected to be a fringe lottery pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. But now in the wake of his injury, it seems like a very real possibility that Anunoby could opt to return to the Hoosiers for his junior year.
Image via Big Ten Network on YouTube
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Memphis police are investigating a massive brawl that occurred during a game on Saturday between DII programs LeMoyne-Owen and Lane College that led to the postponement of the game.
The fight broke out during the first quarter after a player was tripped. That was preceded by many fouls being traded.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal shared video of the fight, which shows a player being struck by a chair:
School officials say they have identified the individual who used the chair as a weapon and he is not a student.
The conference is investigating the brawl.
“Such behavior will not be tolerated in our league under any circumstances,” SIAC Commissioner Greg Moore said in a release. “As a consequence, and at the conclusion of our internal investigation, all responsible parties in connection with this incident shall be subject to the most severe sanctions authorized by the conference rules and bylaws.”
LeMoyne-Owen is working with Memphis police to make sure all suspects are charged for their crimes.
“We’re working with MPD, and we’re going to press charges to the fullest extent of the law because we are not going to tolerate this type of activity,” a LeMoyne-Owen spokeswoman said. “When people attend the game, it is a safe atmosphere. We believe in the spirit of competition and sportsmanship, but come to enjoy the games, have a safe time and go home.”
The game was postponed after the fight and no makeup date has been set.
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Auburn plays in the SEC and is among the top college football programs, so it would be hard to consider them a “mid-major” in any sense. But Charles Barkley believes the Tigers are a secondary college basketball program.
Barkley, who is the school’s most famous basketball alum, sat in on SEC Network’s telecast of the Auburn-LSU game on Wednesday for a few minutes. He was asked why it’s been so hard for Auburn to sustain basketball success and shared his opinion.
“The main reason is all the best players in the country want to go to a school where they’re going to be one-and-done. We’re not getting those guys. That’s the biggest problem with any mid-major. Auburn’s not a mid-major, but technically they are,” said Barkley.
“All the McDonald’s All-Americans — all the great players — they’re going to go to certain schools because they all have the mentality that they’re only going to be in school for one year. We haven’t been getting those guys, but I think Bruce (Pearl) is doing a terrific job of trying to get those guys,” Barkley said in reference to Auburn’s basketball coach.
“All the McDonald’s All-Americans or all the guys who think they’re going to be one-and-done, they’re not going to go to smaller schools. They’re going to go to schools where they’re going to be on TV every week.”
Whether you agree with Barkley calling Auburn a mid-major in basketball or not, his bottom line is that the program just doesn’t get the high-quality players that say a Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas or UCLA gets. That is a point most can agree with. But calling a prominent athletic school that plays in a big-time conference a mid-major is debatable.
Rider head coach Kevin Baggett says his decision to pull his players off the floor before shaking the hands of the Siena players and coaches Tuesday night had nothing to do with sportsmanship.
After a scuffle broke out near the end of the game, Baggett felt going through the handshake line might lead to another incident.
“I decided to not shake hands, because I didn’t want anything to escalate again between the teams,” Baggett told Jeff Goodman ESPN. “That’s my prerogative — to protect my team whether anyone else thinks it’s good sportsmanship or not.
“I knew what I was going to do at the end of the game. I didn’t want another altercation.”
Following what Baggett felt was a missed call when Siena’s Khalil Richard hit Rider point guard Stevie Jordan near the neck, Siena’s Marquis Wright and Rider’s Anthony Durham exchanged punches and were ejected. Richard, Jordan and both coaches were also assessed technical fouls, so Baggett was leery of the tension in the air.
Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said he believed Baggett had a “pretty good reason” for skipping handshakes and said he respects the decision, though Patsos still pretended to shake hands anyway.
Siena wins 78-68. Rider walks off, no handhakes. Jimmy Patsos does the handshakes on his own, anyway. pic.twitter.com/iV4Ko2zmWo
— Michael Kelly (@ByMichaelKelly) January 18, 2017
This is the second time this season we have seen a coach pull his players off the floor before handshakes, although the first incident was for a different reason. If Baggett truly thought there was a risk of a confrontation, you can’t blame him.
Tom Crean was not at all happy with a showboat attempt by two of his players in the closing seconds of Sunday’s victory over Rutgers.
With Indiana up by 19 and less than ten seconds remaining in regulation, Devonte Green threw an alley-oop to Freddie McSwain on a fast break. McSwain was unable to convert just before time expired. What followed was a visibly angry Crean, who let the freshman know he was not pleased with the highlight reel attempt.
ICYMI: Tom Crean was not happy about Devonte Green attempting a last-second alley-oop, and he let the freshman know. https://t.co/wstCB0gOL8
— Indiana On BTN (@IndianaOnBTN) January 15, 2017
Crean also can be seen in the video pointing backwards while speaking to Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell as if to indicate he did not approve of what took place.
It’s obvious Crean would rather Green have dribbled the clock out instead of trying what can be perceived as a disrespectful play with the game well in hand. Crean will surely use this as a teaching moment for not only his young guard but the entire team.
H/T Yahoo! Sports