Friday, January 25, 2008

Full-Court Press, Jan. 25

I'm still changing names for this on a regular basis -- until I find one that I really like. Anyway, here's some news and notes from around the country.

- Despite James Harden being healthy enough to play, Arizona State still fell at home to Washington 72-61. (East Valley Tribune)

- Arizona freshman guard Jerryd Bayless scored 23 points last night, but the most impressive part of his performance was his defense. (Tucson Citizen)

- UCLA freshman center Kevin Love finished with 26 points and 18 rebounds in his return home to Oregon last night: "One thing you don't want to do is wake me up." (The Oregonian)

- Louisville junior forward Terrence Williams has become more of a point-forward lately, passing for 21 assists in the past two games. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

- Despite recent victories over Vanderbilt and Tennessee, Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie won't discuss the Wildcats' potential postseason chances -- for which they have no margin for error. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

- Road victories have been extremely difficult to come by in the Big East this season -- seven schools are still looking for their first win away from home. (Chicago Tribune)

- Although Memphis big man Joey Dorsey will finish as the school's No. 2 all-time rebounder, he remains inconsistent and lazy at times. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

- Mississippi State sophomore forward Jarvis Varnado is the best shot-blocker in the country despite his unorthodox style and relatively skinny frame. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

- Xavier is still upset about the "mid-major" label the Atlantic-10 and Musketeers have been receiving -- "What's the point in trying to label people? We're tired of it, and we're not going to play along anymore." (Dallas Morning News)

- The Big East might have the most injuries to key players of any conference in the country -- and it's forcing coaches to adjust everything. (Syracuse Post-Standard)

- In his first year as Billy Gillispie's replacement, Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon could be a no-win situation with the Aggies. (Houston Chronicle)

- Villanova freshman forward Antonio Pena has stepped into the Wildcats' starting lineup after sitting out all of last season with an injury. (Philadelphia Daily News)

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