VCU beat George Washington on Tuesday night, 72-48. During the second half, VCU big man Mo Alie-Cox stole the ball at halfcourt and finished with a powerful dunk. The 6’6″, 250-pound sophomore then fell hard. Rumor has it that the Siegel Center shook, but no one noticed because of all the HAVOC-ing that was taking place in the aftermath of the dunk. #14 VCU is now 17-3 on the season.
In 1975, a young head coach by the name of Mike Krzyzewski, leading a small Army program at Gillis Field House, earned his first career win. Almost 40 years later, and about 60 miles south, he captured No. 1,000.
— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) January 26, 2015
Almost like a movie script, history was made Sunday inside Madison Square Garden, the mecca of basketball, as No. 5 Duke knocked off St. John’s, 77-68, to help Coach K become the first man in Division I history to reach four digits in the win column.
Coach K’s legacy is untouchable at this point. One of the sharpest minds and greatest motivators in the sport, he reached college basketball immortality a long time ago, and now he has a nice even number to put next to his name.
Alabama vs. Auburn: not just a football rivalry. The Tide were playing the Tigers in women’s basketball when an on court fight broke out between Alabama’s Breanna Hayden and Auburn’s Hasina Muhammad. Both players were ejected.
So, to recap, with 1:14 left, UA’s Breanna Hayden threw a punch that hit Hasina Muhammad. Muhammad retaliated; both were ejected …
— Auburn W Basketball (@AuburnWBB) January 23, 2015
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) January 23, 2015
I’m told that Motrezl Harrell was ejected on a Flagrant 2, not for fighting. Does not carry an automatic suspension.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) December 20, 2014
The ACC has the authority to review the video and determine whether Harrell threw a punch. If it decides he did, it’s a 1 game suspension. — Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) December 20, 2014
Tough news for the undefeated, top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats: Alex Poythress, the high-flying junior who is one of the veterans on a young team, tore his ACL at practice Thursday and has been lost for the season.
UK Coach John Calipari wrote a blog post about it on his website last night:
Alex tore his ACL during yesterday’s practice. It was a breakaway layup and no one bumped him. He stepped with his left foot and just went down.
When I saw Alex last night, I said to him exactly what I said to Nerlens [Noel]: ‘You’re fine. If this is something crazy, you have insurance and you’re a millionaire. You have even more time than Nerlens had to prepare yourself for the draft if that’s what you choose to do. You can also come back. You’re going to have your degree in May and you can start on a master’s degree for your last year.’ Alex is nearly a straight-A student and one of the greatest kids that I’ve ever coached.
Our team was devastated for Alex when I told them. There were tears throughout the room because this hurt them to the core. How they will respond I really don’t know, but I will do my best to be there for each of these kids.
Poythress has started eight of 10 games for the Wildcats, putting up 5.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per contest in 20.3 minutes per game. He’s a ridiculous athlete, so he’ll probably still have a shot at the NBA once his ACL heals.
Or, perhaps he’ll return to Lexington for his senior season.
The Wildcats have the most depth in the nation, so they won’t have a problem physically replacing Poythress in the lineup. His experience will be missed, though, as will his willingness to be a role player and do the dirty work: Defense, rebounding, blocking shots, making that extra pass and not shooting.
Kentucky, which is 10-0, begins a challenging 3-game stretch: vs. North Carolina tomorrow, vs. UCLA on the 20th, and at rival Louisville on the 27th. If they don’t lose any of those … the SEC schedule is a joke, and we can talk about the Wildcats going into March Madness unbeaten.
DeJean-Jones, a transfer from UNLV, nearly had a triple-double last week against Lamar (12-10-8) and in a blowout of Arkansas, tallied 27 points.
It’s too early to tell just how bad this will end up for Iowa State and coach Fred Hoiberg – details haven’t fully come out – but the loss of DeJean-Jones would be devastating for their NCAA Tournament hopes.
The Cyclones play their rivals, the Iowa Hawkeyes, Friday.
Referee David Hall was knocked out by a Shaq Morris elbow at start overtime of Wednesday’s Wichita State – Utah game. This was the second time in a week that a referee has been knocked out in the immediate aftermath of a jumpball.