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McAdoo Concedes Frustration Got To Him Early In Season

James Michael McAdoo has too often allowed his emotions to get the best of him during his freshman season at North Carolina.

 “I did allow it to get to me at times,” McAdoo said. “The past couple weeks have been real big, ups in practice and downs in the games. I felt like I was really going to be able to turn it up for ACC play. I wasn’t, but at least it never affected my work ethic.”

McAdoo is coming off his most effective Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season, a nine-point, six-rebound performance in Sunday night’s victory against Georgia Tech.

“I want to be out there and when I’m out there I want to be productive, the player I know I can be, and not let whatever happens affect my confidence," McAdoo said.

McAdoo’s wired nature has left him susceptible to picking up fouls while also accentuating some awkwardness and lack of polish down low.

Via Times-News

Self Worried About Jayhawks' Energy, Execution

Kansas coach Bill Self spoke with his players in a Monday afternoon film session about a trend that needs to stop.

“We haven’t been as energized the last two games. We’ve played flat,” Self said of Wednesday’s 64-54 home victory over Texas A&M and Saturday’s 72-64 loss at Iowa State.

“It’s not about playing hard. I’m talking about just being enthusiastic, energetic. When we do that, we’re pretty good. When we are not (energized), we don’t appear to be near as athletic and don’t seem to make plays that players make when games are tight. When you are energized, it covers up for a lot of mistakes. When you are not energized, then execution and discipline — all those things become more a factor. Against Iowa State the last five minutes, we didn’t get stops. The majority of those times it all came with under seven seconds on the shot clock. A guy reaches, a guy loses sight of his man, a guy doesn’t block out. All these things can be avoided if we are a little more in-tune.”

Via Lawrence Journal World

Missouri Valley Sends Five Schools To 2012 BrackBusters

ESPN announced their lineup for the 2012 edition of BracketBusters, which features several of the top mid-major schools in the country.

Friday, Feb. 17 (all times ET) 
7 p.m. – Northern Iowa at VCU (ESPN2) 
9 p.m. – Valparaiso at Loyola Marymount (ESPNU) 

Saturday, Feb. 18 
11 a.m. – Drexel at Cleveland State (ESPNU) 
Noon – Wichita State at Davidson (ESPN or ESPN2) 
1 p.m. – Buffalo at South Dakota State (ESPNU) 
2 p.m. – Akron at Oral Roberts (ESPN or ESPN2) 
3 p.m. – Drake at New Mexico State (ESPNU) 
4 p.m. – Nevada at Iona (ESPN or ESPN2) 
5 p.m. – Old Dominion at Missouri State (ESPNU) 
6 p.m. – Saint Mary’s at Murray State (ESPN or ESPN2) 
7 p.m. – UNC Asheville at Ohio (ESPN3) 
8 p.m. – UT-Arlington at Weber State (ESPN3) 
10 p.m. – Long Beach State at Creighton (ESPN2) 

BracketBusters national TV appearances, by conference 
5 – Missouri Valley 
3 – CAA, MAC 
2 – Horizon, Summit, WAC, WCC 
1 – Big Sky, Big South, Big West, MAAC, Ohio Valley, Southern, Southland

Via ESPN

Teague Maturing As Kentucky's Floor General

Wildcats point guard Marquis Teague has shown steady improvement, cutting down on his turnovers and making strides at the defensive end.

"The biggest thing with Marquis Teague that he's doing better is defending and rebounding," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "You all want to look at his offense. He's defending and rebounding. So he's not stopping. He's going in and getting balls."

After a rough start, Teague’s more at ease of late in running the ship and serving as a distributor.

"On a team like this, that's what you have to do," Teague said. "You've got to pick and choose when to go. People would like to come down and shoot the ball, but if you play for a team like this, you've got to find guys. You've got Doron Lamb, Michael (Kidd-) Gilchrist, Terrence Jones. You've got to feed them guys. They all can score very easy and very well."

Via CatsIllustrated.com

Fab Melo Might Sit For 'A While' Due To Academic Issues

Fab Melo missed Syracuse’s last two games at Notre Dame and Cincinnati because of academic issues. Sources said that it could "be a while" before those academic issues are resolved.

Because of student privacy issues surrounding his academic status, SU officials have not publicly commented, beyond saying that there was no new information about Melo's playing status.

Via Post-Standard

Zeller Making Concerted Effort To Battle For Rebounds

Tar Heels center Tyler Zeller is more aggressively battling for position, coach Roy Williams said.

“He’s going to the boards more; it’s pretty simple,’’ Williams said. “Early in the year, we’d have to yell at him to get to the boards, but I think he’s establishing a spot in there, he’s trying to get to the offensive boards. He got two offensive boards for baskets in the first half just by getting to the boards and finding an open spot. We need that.”

Indeed, Zeller has now pulled down 116 rebounds in his past 10 games, recording double-digit boards in nine of them.

In UNC’s first 10 games, he’d managed 10 or more rebounds only twice.

And entering this season, he had posted 10 or more rebounds only seven times.

Via Robbi Pickeral/ESPN.com

Nebraska-Omaha Receives Summit League Measuring Stick

Nebraska-Omaha will join the Summit League for the 2012-13 season and had a preview this week when they dropped an 81-70 decision to Western Illinois.

UNO lost by 11 points, but they also fouled the same player twice while shooting a three-pointer, which was made and also called for a technical.

"You foul two three-point shooters, and this is not the basketball game, but you foul two three-point shooters and a technical and…you play ‘em even, you're even," said Derrin Hansen.  "That's nine points right there so basically you're a possession [away]."

UNO has a 7-15 record this season, with their wins mostly coming against non-Division I schools.

"If you wanna talk measuring stick, maybe we're not perfect, maybe we're not there right now but I hope people would understand that we're not far," Hansen said.  "We have players on our team, one that's sitting next to me (Mitch Albers), that can play in this league,  amongst other guys on our team right now."

Via Gateway

Le'Bryan Nash Has Breakout Game, Finds Motivation In Slights

Le'Bryan Nash scored 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting to lead Oklahoma State to a 79-72 victory over Missouri on Wednesday.

“This win is going to do a lot for this team -- especially me,” said Nash, who is averaging just over 11 points while shooting 35 percent from the field. “My confidence has been up and down.

“I haven’t been consistent scoring the ball, and I’ve needed to be more consistent as far as playing hard. That was one of the hardest games I’ve ever played in my life, because I wanted to win. When I play hard, good things will happen for me and this team.”

The 6-7, 230 pound swingman has struggled under high expectations.

“Coming in as the highest-rated recruit in the history of the program, I knew all the hype was going to be about me,” Nash said. “It was just motivation for me. When I don’t play well and people say negative stuff, that just gives me motivation to play even harder, even better.”

Via ESPN.com

Wildcats Feature Balanced Scoring Attack

Kentucky is on pace to finish the season with six players averaging double figures in scoring.

Doron Lamb averages 13.7 points, followed by forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis at 13.2 each, forward Terrence Jones at 11.6, Darius Miller at 10.3 and point guard Marquis Teague at exactly 10 a game. No team in Kentucky’s rich history has finished a season with six players averaging in double digits.

“We have seven players who have taken 100 shots or more,” Wildcats coach John Calipari said. “Think about that. In most cases, you have teams that their three leading scorers take 250 to 300 shots and the other guys are taking 50 shots, 70 shots. We have seven guys that take 100 shots. That means we have an unselfish team that’ll pass the ball to each other.”

Via Kyle Tucker/Louisville Courier-Journal

Matta Changes Rotation Philosophy

Ohio State coach Thad Matta is rewarding players who practice well with playing time.

“I’m gaining trust and faith in these guys, and they’ve deserved that,” Matta said. “Hopefully, we can continue to widen our scope of who we’re playing.”

No starter is averaging more than 32 minutes in Big Ten games; last season, all five starters averaged 31 or more.

Six reserves are averaging more than six minutes in Big Ten games; last season, two did.

“The rotation not only gives those guys early confidence that we’ll need as a team when we get to tournament time,” sophomore Lenzelle Smith Jr. said, “but it also provides rest for some of us who do play a lot of minutes, so next game we’re not burned out.”

Via Bob Baptist/Columbus Dispatch

Kendall Marshall Ready For Increased Workload

Without Dexter Strickland, North Carolina will rely more on point guard Kendall Marshall.

C.J. Leslie Adjusts Shooting Motion, Finds Free Throw Stroke

Wolfpack forward C.J. Leslie’s free throw stroke is much improved this season.

Kentucky Uses Length, Athleticism To Limit Caldwell-Pope To Seven Points

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is averaging 16.5 points per 36 minutes in his freshman season, shooting a TS% of 52.3%.

Nerlens Noel Will Remain In Class Of 2013

Center Nerlens Noel is ranked No. 1 overall in the class of 2013.

Duke Struggling To Fill Student Section

Duke’s athletic department has begun to sell more general admission tickets to areas within the student section.

Calipari: Coaching Star Players No Easy Task

John Calipari has coached a succession of the college game's best players.

North Carolina Hoping New Chemistry Forms Quickly In Replacing Strickland

Reggie Bullock will be promoted to the starting lineup, while Stilman White will play more minutes at the backup point guard.

Mountain West Moves Into Top-5 Conference Rankings

The MWC has San Diego State and UNLV in the top-15.

Wisconsin Credits Gasser For Limiting Brandon Paul

Since defeating Ohio State, Bruce Weber's Illinois team has lost at Penn State and at home to Wisconsin.

Florida Improves To 8-0 When Winning Bench Scoring Battle

Florida has received improved production from their bench during its three-game winning streak.

Isaiah Hicks Has Big First Game In Return To Webb

Isaiah Hicks, a North Carolina commit who is ranked in the top-20 for the class of 2013, returned to action on Friday.

Self: Jawhawks Thrive Off Defensive Bursts

The Jawhawks thrive off defensive pressure that leads to easy points.

Austin Rivers Takes Benching In Stride

Austin Rivers admitted to being initially upset at the prospect of coming off the bench.

Terrence Jones Clears Mind Of Injury Issues, Raises Play

Wildcats forward Terrence Jones believes that clearing his mind will go a long way toward making him more productive on the court.

Tar Heels Aim To Reverse Road Woes

North Carolina hasn't won consecutive regular-season road games since February of last year.

Birch Feels Sense Of Belonging At UNLV

Khem Birch says he's already felt a sense of “belonging” at UNLV.

Henson Comfortable Scoring With Off Hand

North Carolina power forward John Henson is comfortable scoring with his weak hand.

Utes Dismiss Leading Scorer

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak dismissed senior point guard Josh Watkins from the team for violating unspecified team rules.

UConn Struggles In Loss To Cincinnati With Walker In Attendance

The loss demonstrated the inconsistency of the UConn bigs, how the offense struggles when Jeremy Lamb's usage goes down and how the defense is susceptible to three-point shots.

Patric Young Dealing With Ankle Tendinitis

Gators center Patric Young is suffering from tendinitis in his ankle.
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