Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Missing Links, December 27

Catching up on a few days' worth of news:

- Louisville senior center David Padgett has been cleared to work out and could return against West Virginia on Jan. 10. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

- North Carolina State point guard Farnold Degand is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee. (Raleigh News & Observer)

- With Degand out, head coach Sidney Lowe will start freshman Javi Gonzalez and possibly use Tennessee transfer Marques Johnson for the first time this season. (Raleigh News & Observer)

- Former Kentucky freshman guard Alex Legion has announced he will transfer to Illinois, where he will be eligible after the first semester next season. (Chicago Tribune)

- Former Kentucky, Arkansas, Creighton and Oklahoma State head coach Eddie Sutton will be the new interim head coach at San Francisco, replacing Jessie Evans. (San Francisco Chronicle)

- New Mexico State freshmen Herb Pope will begin to practice with the team and could appear in the Aggies' next game after the state district judge signed a restraining order against the NCAA in order to make Pope eligible. NMSU is still worried about possible sanctions if he plays in a game, though. (Las Cruces Sun-News)

- Indiana guard A.J. Ratliff was ruled academically eligible and can now play for the Hoosiers, but an injured right ankle is keeping him sidelined. (Indianapolis Star)

- Kansas State freshmen Dominique Sutton and Jamar Samuels have been cleared to play by the NCAA. (Kansas City Star)

- People across the country are beginning to take notice of the Miami Hurricanes and their 12-0 record. (Miami Herald)

- Connecticut needs to avoid a repeat of last season, when the Huskies went just 2-8 on the road and stumbled after an 11-0 start. (Hartford Courant)

- UCLA sophomore guard Russell Westbrook has taken departed guard Arron Afflalo's role as defensive stopper for the Bruins. (Los Angeles Times)

- Senior Jawann McClellan and Kirk Walters missed Wednesday's practice due to plane problems, but coach Kevin O'Neill said the punishment would be in-house. (Tucson Citizen)

- Despite a 9-2 record, Wisconsin has been playing sloppy basketball and needs to work on limiting turnovers and knocking down free throws. (The (Madison) Capital Times)

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