Three for Thursday
A trifecta of points from me to you on this chilly Thursday with college basketball not only on the mind but on the calendar. Truth be told, official games start in 5 days. In the meanwhile, exhibitions are taking place.
1. Maryland gains a 79-78 win over California ... of Pennsylvania. Louisville shows a lot of [Derrick] Caracter in defeating Georgetown ... of Kentucky by a paltry margin of 2 points and "White Chocolate" Drew Neitzel led Michigan State to a tight 61-57 victory against Grand Valley State.
2. Texas Tech's leading scorer Jarrius Jackson has been dismissed by the team for academic reasons. Head Coach Bob Knight left the proverbial door ajar by saying, "If Jackson is able to do what is required of him that we have discussed, when he has satisfactorily done what is required of him, then maybe, at that time, we might discuss the possibility of him returning."
When did Bob Knight become diplomatic?
3. Former Hang Time and current New Mexico State [second-year] Head Coach Reggie Theus has plenty of optimism heading into the season, as many of his transfers - who regularly crushed the starters last season - will be eligible. A disciple of Rick Pitino, Theus seeks limitless depth in talent. In fact, competition continues to elevate as last season's leading scorer and rebounder, Tyrone Nelson (17.8ppg, 8.7rpg, 1st-Team all-WAC), is battling to keep his starting spot. Nevertheless, it should be mentioned that Nelson has been suspended twice since August.