Appropriate head gear
Should college basketball institute mandatory head gear? Twice in the last week, a college basketball player has been removed from the court on a stretcher due to a head or neck injury. First, Indiana guard Verdell Jones III ran hard into a screen set by Cornell center Jeff Foote and nailed his head on the floor as he went down. Jones lay motionless on the court for a few minutes before being removed on a gurney. Then, in Wednesday's game between Kentucky and Lamar, two Wildcat players ran into each other, knocking both out of the game. While going for a loose rebound, Ramon Harris and Michael Porter collided at the top of the key. The collision opened up a gash over Porter's eye that required 10 stitches to close, but Harris was even worse off. The junior forward tried to stand back up before dropping to the court like a sack of rocks. He lay motionless on the floor for close to eight minutes before being taken to the hospital, where he remains for observation.
Rock you like a hurricane
On Tuesday, The Miami Herald declared, "Miami Hurricanes ready for prime time." With nationally televised games this week against Ohio State and Kentucky, the hope was Miami would prove itself in "living rooms across this country." One game in, it hasn't really worked out that way. Shortly before the Hurricanes took the court against Ohio State on Tuesday, the team announced sophomore point guard Eddie Rios was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Then, halfway through the first half, Miami's best player, Jack McClinton, was ejected for slapping an Ohio State player across the face. Despite leading when McClinton was kicked out, the Hurricanes went on to lose 73-68. The good news is, the ACC will not hold McClinton out of Saturday's game against Kentucky. The bad news is, Miami basketball still isn't ready for prime time.
More Curry, please
Stephen Curry's younger brother, Seth, plays for the Liberty Flames. Just like his older brother, Seth was not recruited by the big-time basketball programs. And just like his older brother, Seth is exceeding expectations. So far this season, he's averaging 22 points per game. He dropped 26 points on Virginia as the Flames beat the Cavaliers 86-82. Seth's next big test comes at Clemson on Sunday. Now he's only a freshman, but if Seth can keep this up, we just might see his jersey hanging from the Vines Center rafters along with the only other jersey Liberty has ever retired -- Dr. Jerry Falwell's.
The final word
Bad things happen when you hide a gun in the waist band of your sweatpants.
Contact Jacob Osterhout at Jacob.Osterhout@gmail.com.
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