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Seth Davis
January 17, 2000
Pistol WhippedToday's top guns average almost 20 points fewer than Pete Maravich did. Why's that?
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January 17, 2000

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Bill Bayno is in his fifth year as coach at UNLV, and the Runnin' Rebels seem no closer to a return to national prominence than when he started. Their 106-66 loss at Cincinnati on Jan. 2 was the worst drubbing in school history since a 57-point defeat by Houston in 1971, and it dropped Bayno's record against ranked opponents to 4-14 since he took over at UNLV....

Bayno's former boss at Massachusetts, John Calipari, may top a lot of athletic directors' wish lists as coaching job openings develop in the next several months. Calipari, who's working as an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers, has reportedly been offered a five-year contract worth $900,000 annually by Memphis. Word has it Calipari has until Feb. 1 to decide if he will accept the offer....

Few at the start of the season ranked Boston College point guard Troy Bell among the top newcomers in the nation, but the 6'1" Minneapolis native is the early favorite to win the Big East's Rookie of the Year award. Bell was second in the league in scoring through Sunday, with a 19.3 average, and he had 28 points in each of the 9-4 Eagles' two biggest wins, over Michigan and Providence.

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