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Zeller Leads Hoosiers In Scoring Despite Low Percentage Of Shots Attempted

Indiana is a perfect 10-0 on the season, but has struggled to enter the ball into the post at times.

Freshman power forward Cody Zeller is taking only 20.6 percent of Indiana’s shots while on the floor, fifth on the team of Hoosiers players using at least 20 percent of possessions.

Despite the lack of touches, Zeller leads the team in points per game (15.6) and ranks first in true shooting percentage (71.3 percent) -- which factors in threes and free throws – among Hoosier players with a usage rate greater than 20 percent.

Via The Mikan Drill

Tyshawn Taylor Expected To Return Just Eight Days After Knee Surgery

Kansas point guard Tyshawn Taylor is expected to play Monday against Davidson, just eight days after surgery to repair torn meniscus in his right knee.

"Yeah, I do. I do think he'll play, unless something happens negative today," Self said. "He's going to go up and down a few minutes today (in practice). Just a few. He won't play 30 minutes or anything. If he doesn't have a setback today, I think he'll be OK to at least play a little bit tomorrow."

Self said Taylor shot on Friday "pretty much full speed. We waited to see if there was any swelling, and there wasn't. He practiced yesterday some, but only half court. We waited to see today if there was much swelling, and there wasn't. We're going to let him go up and down today a little bit — 10 minutes, 15 minutes — and see how he does there. We'll wait and see tomorrow if there's any swelling. But if there's not, there's no reason he can't play some tomorrow."

Via Lawrence Journal World

Tar Heels' Henson Working To Extend Shooting Range

Tar Heels forward John Henson is the ACC’s early leader in rebounds (10.6 per game), blocked shots (3.3 per game) and double-doubles (five).

Add an effective mid-range jumper to his repertoire and the elastic 6-foot-11 junior would loom as a supreme weapon on both ends of the court.

“I’m hitting them in practice and just building off of it,” he said.

“I’ve worked on those shots a lot, day after day,” he said. “But hitting them in a game is something that builds more confidence than anything. Just trying to become a complete player. Finally, it’s starting to come around.”

 

Via Times-News

Shabazz Muhammad Narrows List To Four

Shabazz Muhammad told Rivals.com that Duke, Kentucky, UCLA and UNLV are the four schools that stand out to him and that UCLA's struggles are affecting his recruitment.

"It affected it when UCLA was losing early," Muhammad said. "It had me thinking how I'd fit in. It's tough. I don't want to go to a school on the down turn. But I think they can turn it around."

Via Rivals.com

Sullinger Suffers Left Foot Injury, X-Rays Reveal No Fracture

Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger suffered a foot injury in the first half against South Carolina.

Sullinger limped to the locker room less than five minutes into the first half.

X-Rays revealed there is no fracture in Sullinger’s foot.

He returned to the court on crutches during the second half.

Via Ohio State Athletics Department (via Twitter)

Advisors Reportedly Pushed Khem Birch To Leave Pittsburgh

Khem Birch is being led in the wrong direction by advisors who do not have his best interests in mind, according to Ryan Hurd, the head coach at Notre Dame Prep, where Birch played last season before signing with Pittsburgh.

"Khem is a great kid," Hurd said. "This situation is painting him as something he is not. The problem is he is being led down a road by so-called advisors. It's going to end poorly for Khem, and that is sad for me because I care about the kid. This is not going to end well for him."

Hurd indicated that Birch had a hard time adjusting to the physical nature of major-college basketball.

"Khem is still probably going to play in the NBA someday," Hurd said. "Some of this is about an adjustment to a high level of college basketball. Here he was 20 pounds lighter than anyone he was going against, and he got some bumps and bruises. If he thinks it's bad now wait until he gets to the NBA, and he is playing against men every day."

Via Pittsburgh Gazette

Khem Birch To Leave Pitt, Seeks Transfer

Khem Birch has decided to leave Pitt to transfer to another school.

Birch, a 6-foot-9 forward from Canada, was the highest rated recruit in Pitt history.

"I'm leaving," Birch told CBSSports.com on Friday night. "I'm headed to Toronto now. I enjoyed my time at Pittsburgh, I love Coach (Jamie) Dixon, had no problems with the staff and the players. It just wasn't the right fit for me."  

Birch's minutes decreased over the last couple of games. Birch averaged just 13.5 minutes over the last four games after playing 28.5 the previous two.

Via CBS Sports

Harrison Barnes Struggling To Score Off The Dribble

Through the Tar Heels’ first ten games, Harrison Barnes’ scoring efficiency on catch-and-shoot/0-dribble possessions is a robust 1.51 points per possession. This includes a sizzling 55.6 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

On possessions in which he takes a single dribble, Barnes’ efficiency falls off to 0.81 points per possession.

When using multiple dribbles, it drops further to 0.66 points per possession. With 2+ dribbles, Barnes is shooting just 31.3 percent through 10 games with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 0.33 (3 assists, 9 turnovers).

Via HoopSpeakU

Scouts Question Terrence Jones' Aggressiveness

Kentucky’s Terrence Jones is one of the top-rated forwards projected in the 2012 draft, but has struggled with a tendency to disappear against elite competition.

Will Purdue, a 13-year NBA veteran and current NBA analyst who also trains players for the draft, spoke with several NBA officials about Jones.

“Just so we’re clear, I haven’t had a single scout question me about his ability, about his basketball knowledge,” Purdue said. “I’ve just had scouts say, ‘How many times have you seen him play? And how many times has he had these instances where he’s just kind of disappeared for a while?’ Some of them are just questioning his aggressiveness and his mental toughness.

“The first half of that North Carolina game (this year), he puts it on the floor and dunks over two people. There’s not a lot of big guys in college that have that explosiveness off one dribble or the quickness to get by the initial defender and finish before the help-side defense gets there. Then all the sudden he disappears in the second half and doesn’t score. And now the Indiana game where, everybody has bad games, but what’s he doing on the sideline?

“Perception and reality can be very different, but right now there’s a perception that mentally for him, it’s not all there all the time. The scouts are all so confused.”

Via Louisville Courier Journal

Hoosiers Converting On Catch-And-Shoot Opportunities In Transition

Indiana is 9-0 and off to their best start since the 1989-90 season

The Hoosiers’ field goal percentage from beyond the arc has increased from 35 percent last season (165th in Division I) to 46 percent, which ranks second nationally behind Creighton.

Largely due to its improvement from three-point range, Indiana has been outstanding on catch-and-shoot plays this season. The Hoosiers are shooting 76 percent and averaging 1.26 points per play in their catch-and-shoot offense, both first in the Big Ten.

Freshman Cody Zeller, who leads the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks, has made all nine of his field goals in transition, and he ranks sixth in the nation at 1.91 points per play.

Via ESPN Stats & Information

Reeves Nelson Signs With Lithuanian Team

After being dismissed by UCLA coach Ben Howland, Reeves Nelson is turning pro.

Donovan Signs Three-Year Extension With Florida

Billy Donovan guided Florida to the 2006 and 2007 national titles.

Illinois Holds .762 Winning Percentage At United Center, But Have Lost Four Of Last Five

Illinois will play UNLV on Saturday at the United Center in Chicago, which will mark the 43rd time the school has played at the venue since the 94-95 season.

Barnes Rates As Tar Heels' Worst Individual Defender

Harrison Barnes’ stop percentage registers as the worst on the team.

Craft Forcing Nine Turnovers Per One Hundred Possessions

Aaron Craft has recorded 28 steals thus far this season.

Isiah Thomas Says He's Content At Florida International

Isiah Thomas’ Golden Panthers are 3-7 on the year.

Krzyzewski: Scholarship Athletes Deserve More Than $2,000 Stipend

Conferences can now vote to add $2,000 to athletic scholarship offers. Coach K believes that amount have been higher.

Carmelo Believes Syracuse Will Win The National Title

Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to the NCAA title in 2003.

Self Defends Tyshawn Taylor's High Turnover Rate

Tyshawn Taylor hasn't quite been the consistent distributor he was expected to be.

Sullinger Likely To Return Saturday

Jared Sullinger has not played since a Nov. 29 win over Duke due to back spasms.

UCLA Switching To Zone In Attempt To Shore Up Interior Defense

Ben Howland concedes a zone defense may lead to open perimeter jumpers.

Shaka Smart Happy With Decision To Remain At VCU

Shaka Smart is in his third year at Virginia Commonwealth.

UConn Struggling To Defend Three Point Arc

The Huskies have struggled to contest shots at the three-point line

NBA Scouts Impressed By Scott Machado's Passing Vision, Shooting Ability

NCAA assist leader Scott Machado is projected as a late first round pick.

Hardaway Jr. Adjusting To Being Focal Point Of Opposing Defenses

Tim Hardaway Jr. is working hard to adjust to the new looks he's getting from opposing defenses.

Jordan Taylor Fighting Through Shooting Slump, Insists He's Fully Recovered From Ankle Surgery

Jordan Taylor hopes to rediscover his touch when Wisconsin takes on UW-Milwaukee.

Tar Heels Undefeated When Kendall Marshall Records Nine Or More Assists

Kendall Marshall’s ball distribution has been a strong point for the Tar Heels.

Calipari Sees Jones' Apathetic Performance Against Indiana As Isolated Incident

Scout: Rivers Should Stay For Sophomore Year At Duke

Austin Rivers’ shot selection has some scouts shaking their heads thus far this season.

Suspensions Coming Following Brawl Between Cincinnati, Xavier

With 9.4 seconds left and Xavier leading 76-53, a melee broke out.
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