Dean's List (cont.)
The Detention List
Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. In last week's game against Davidson, Loyola (Md.) men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos implemented a triangle and two defense meant to shut down Davidson star Stephen Curry. The strategy worked, as Curry failed to score, but Loyola also lost by thirty, due in large part to the fact that it played a man down on defense for the entire game. You would think that at halftime, with his team losing by 22, Patsos would've switched up defensive strategies, but it seems like the former Maryland assistant was more concerned about shutting down Curry than winning the basketball game. After the game Patsos said, "Anybody else ever hold him scoreless? I'm a history major. They're going to remember that we held him scoreless or we lost by 30?" No need to answer a rhetorical question. Stop coaching to be remembered and start coaching to win.
How many chances is Doug Wiggins going to get? The University of Massachusetts guard was suspended from the basketball team after an arrest for breaking and entering. You might remember Wiggins from his days as back-up point guard for the Connecticut Huskies. After twice failing drug tests, Wiggins was suspended for two games after UConn police found him with alcohol. As for his latest run-in with the law, the 6-foot-1 guard, who was highly-recruited out of high school, was arrested after he was found in the bathroom of another person's home. In Wiggins' defense, when you got to go, you got to go.
It would be an understatement to say that neither Dayton nor Auburn was exactly shooting the lights out in the semifinals of the Chicago Invitational Challenge on Friday night. You could have built a house from all the bricks they shot. The two teams combined to miss their first 29 three-point attempts. In fact, the Flyers missed every single three they attempted for the entire game, shooting 0-24 from behind the arc and setting a new record for three-point shooting ineptitude. Yet amazingly, Dayton still won the game 60-59. Turns out, you can miss all your three-pointer as long as you hit your free throws. Flyers guard Marcus Johnson, who missed five threes on the night, made four straight free-throws in overtime to clinch the game for Dayton, which would go on to upset No. 15 Marquette in the finals.
The rape charges filed against Mississippi State tennis player Christopher Richard Doerr didn't make the headlines in the United States, but it's big news in England. The Bromley Times reports that friends of Doerr in his hometown just outside London are worried that "such a quiet and respectable" kid won't be treated well in a Mississippi jail. Doerr, who reached 11th in the English rankings and 420th in the world, was arrested two weeks ago and charged with raping a 20-year-old woman during a party at his apartment in Starkville, Mississippi. He's also charged with furnishing beer to a minor. Doerr admits that he and the victim had sex, but claims it was consenual. If convicted, the tennis prodigy faces a possible life sentence. A shy, British tennis player in the Oktibbeha County Jail -- what could go wrong there?
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