Monday, December 31, 2007

Linked Up, Dec. 31

Quick-hitters from around the country and news from the weekend for your New Year’s Eve morning:

- Arizona freshman guard Jerryd Bayless sprained his right knee Friday, causing him to miss Saturday’s game against Memphis. It will also likely keep him out at least another two weeks. (
Arizona Daily Star)

- Pittsburgh junior guard Levance Fields will miss eight to twelve weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot during Saturday’s game against Dayton. He will undergo surgery today. (
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

- The long-awaited arrival of Texas freshman Gary Johnson is finally here. The 6-7 forward has been cleared to play beginning Wednesday after not being allowed to play in games all season. (Dallas Morning News)

- Florida State freshmen centers Solomon Alabi and Julian Vaughn are both out for extended periods of time. Alabi will miss for the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his right leg that requires surgery, while Vaughn reportedly has an irregular heartbeat and is out definitely. (
Tallahassee Democrat)

- Skip Myslenski writes that Michigan State is the favorite in the Big Ten, mainly because of its improved big men. He also evaluates the rest of the conference heading into league play. (
Chicago Tribune)

- Anything less than a top-3 finish in the Big East would be a disappointment for Marquette, which has been pointing to this season for a couple of years. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

- Memphis went an astonishing 34-1 in 2007 -- a "special run" as coach John Calipari called it. Dan Wolken looks at the ten best Tiger moments from the past year. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

- 5-6 Kentucky, which has just two non-conference games remaining, has a chance to bounce back and possibly turn its season around tonight against Florida International. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

- Washington is looking for its fifth win in a row heading into Pac-10 play tonight against Idaho State after going on the road and beating LSU over the weekend. (Seattle Times)

- Dick Jerardi gives his College Basketball Wrap, touching on a variety of topics, including Penn; Florida; Wisconsin's Boy Ryan; Oklahoma and Blake Griffin; undefeated teams and much more. He also gives his top-15 -- Memphis is No. 1, Dayton No. 6. (Philadelphia Daily News)

More to come later...

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