With suspensions ruling out two of their key interior players for the next six games, many wondered what Mick Cronin's Cincinnati Bearcats would do to make up for the absence of Yancy Gates and Cheikh Mbodj. Without a consistent scoring option in the paint the strategy was to let the guards go to work, and that they did in the Bearcats' 78-58 win at Wright State. Sean Kilpatrick, who was a non-factor in their loss at Xavier on Saturday, scored a game-high 20 points (6-12 3PT) while JaQuon Parker added 14 points and all five starters finished in double figures.
Western Kentucky is once again the favorite after last year's impressive 25-win season. Up and coming teams like Troy, Denver, and North Texas hope to make some noise as well.
CollegeHoops.net High-Major Freshman of the Year:
Seth Curry - G, Liberty
CollegeHoops.net High-Major All-Freshman
G - Seth Curry - Liberty
G - Gordon Hayward - Butler
G - Harouna Mutombo - Western Carolina
F - Eric Wise - Irvine
F/C - Freddy Asprilla - Florida International
FIU Director of Athletics Pete Garcia announced today that the Golden Panthers have hired NCAA Champion, two-time NBA Champion and Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas as the school's new men's basketball head coach.
"We are very excited to have such a legendary athlete and proven winner in Isiah Thomas to lead our men's basketball program," Garcia said. "There is no doubt that Isiah will give FIU a tremendous opportunity to take the basketball program to the highest level."
NEW ORLEANS - WKU, UALR and Troy have earned the top three seeds in the upcoming 2009 Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Championship, set to begin this week. The trio will receive first-round byes and will await their opponents in the quarterfinals in Hot Springs, Ark.