Dec 18, 2011 10:41 PM EST
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.
Dec 18, 2011 10:38 PM EST
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."
Dec 18, 2011 6:35 PM EST
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.”
Dec 17, 2011 2:14 PM EST
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."
Dec 17, 2011 2:11 PM EST
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.
Dec 17, 2011 2:09 PM EST
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."
Dec 16, 2011 7:39 PM EST
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.
Dec 16, 2011 3:20 PM EST
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).
Dec 16, 2011 3:18 PM EST
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.”
Dec 16, 2011 3:16 PM EST
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.
Dec 16, 2011 | Modesto Sun
After being dismissed by UCLA coach Ben Howland, Reeves Nelson is turning pro.
Dec 16, 2011 | CBSSports.com
Billy Donovan guided Florida to the 2006 and 2007 national titles.
Dec 16, 2011 | Press Release
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.
Harrison Barnes’ stop percentage registers as the worst on the team.
Aaron Craft has recorded 28 steals thus far this season.
Isiah Thomas’ Golden Panthers are 3-7 on the year.
Dec 15, 2011 | Herald-Sun
Conferences can now vote to add $2,000 to athletic scholarship offers. Coach K believes that amount have been higher.
Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to the NCAA title in 2003.
Tyshawn Taylor hasn't quite been the consistent distributor he was expected to be.
Jared Sullinger has not played since a Nov. 29 win over Duke due to back spasms.
Ben Howland concedes a zone defense may lead to open perimeter jumpers.
Dec 14, 2011 | Sporting News
Shaka Smart is in his third year at Virginia Commonwealth.
The Huskies have struggled to contest shots at the three-point line
NCAA assist leader Scott Machado is projected as a late first round pick.
Dec 13, 2011 | AnnArbor.com
Tim Hardaway Jr. is working hard to adjust to the new looks he's getting from opposing defenses.
Jordan Taylor hopes to rediscover his touch when Wisconsin takes on UW-Milwaukee.
Kendall Marshall’s ball distribution has been a strong point for the Tar Heels.
Austin Rivers’ shot selection has some scouts shaking their heads thus far this season.
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