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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.