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College Basketball NewsFlash

By Adam Stanco

December 22nd

College Basketball NewsFlash


Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, CHN will be brining you the latest news and commentary from the world of college basketball.  Each NewsFlash will feature three important news stories, and sharp commentary on the relevancy of the story.  Check out old articles in the NewsFlash Archive.


The Story: Wayne Simien Out Four-to-Six Weeks

After injuring his non-shooting hand during a win over South Carolina on Saturday, x-rays revealed ligament damage for the CHN Preseason All-American. The senior power forward was averaging over 17 points and 12 boards a game for #2 Kansas at the time of the injury. He may not be back in action for another month and a half.


My Take: Simien is more important to the success of the Jayhawks than Terrell Owens was to the Philadelphia Eagles. Even though Simien has never gotten the chance to see Nicolette Sheridan topless, Kansas was the CHN Preseason pick to win the National Championship with him in the lineup. Without him, KU is a backcourt-heavy squad with little experience up front and little chance of repeating a Final Four run. Still, Simien has missed 28 games due to injuries over the course of his career and will certainly be back in time for the NCAA Tournament, so Jayhawk fans remain optimistic. 


The Story: Gonzaga is Rolling Again

Illinois pummeled the Bulldogs 89-72 in Champaign on November 27th, yet Gonzaga has won six in a row since the loss. Gonzaga defeated two ranked teams – #16 Washington and #3 Georgia Tech – during the winning streak.


My Take: The Bulldogs are led by two of the best forwards in the country, 6’10” Ronny Turiaf and 6’8” Adam Morrison. Turiaf is an incredible athlete with a tremendous skill set. He entered this season with over 1200 career points and the senior is currently averaging 20 ppg and 9.3 rpg. Morrison patterns his game after Larry Bird and it shows. Pouring in over 20 points in six of his last seven games and averaging 19.3 ppg and 6.2 rpg, the sophomore is emerging as an unheralded star. If the Bulldogs go deep into the tournament, Morrison will be pulling a Kevin Federline… rising from obscurity and landing on magazine covers in no time at all.


The Story: Pupil Beats Teacher

In 1987, a Bob Knight-led Indiana team won the National Championship. Knight’s star guard on that team was Steve Alford. With Knight now the head coach at Texas Tech and Alford sideline strutting for Iowa, the two former Hoosiers met up for an inter-conference game Tuesday night. The Hawkeyes won 83-53.


My Take: Are they friends? Is there still dissension? Does anyone still care? When both Alford and Knight were leading Big 10 teams, many assumed the coaching battle between them would evolve into a natural rivalry. However, playing in two separate conferences lifted some of the tension and limited the exposure of the once highly publicized match-up. Meanwhile, after the 30-point victory, the Hawkeyes are now 10-1 and ranked in the Top 20. As much as Alford certainly enjoyed defeating his former coach, it would mean much more if the Hawkeyes were to pull out a win on January 20th against top-ranked Illinois.


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