To summarize an insanely wild story, Tigers head coach Penny Hardaway, before either he or Wiseman were at Memphis, allegedly helped the big man move. The NCAA considers Hardaway a “booster” during this process, thanks to a donation (not the move) made in 2008. making it a no-no for Wiseman.
After that, Wiseman went to the courts (like, a real one) to get a restraining order out, allowing him to play until the legal system plays out. For what it’s worth, it appears as though there’s already a court date set and this insanely fluid situation has an end coming.
Washington Huskies With Their Super Freshmen
Joseph Nardone (@JosephNardone): Lost in all the hoopla, largely due to East Coast dwellers normally sleepy before some Pac-12 After Dark action, is the fact that the Washington Huskies have one of the best teams in the country.
They’re not ranked. Whatever. Womp womp womp, is what I say to that. They have a great balance of some veteran players, an excellent coach in Mike Hopkins, as well as their own grouping of super freshmen.
On Friday evening, two of them had themselves a game in a win against the No. 16 ranked Baylor Bears.
Jaden McDaniels, a 6-foot-9 offensive marvel, scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Next to him, walking highlight reel Isaiah Stewart, also 6-foot-9, scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
The above video, from the official Pac-12 YouTube channel, calls the victory an upset. It’s not.
We need to make this abundantly clear for those unaware, the Huskies should be considered one of the favorites to not only win their conference, but to make a run at the Final Four. Moreover, they might end up the most entertaining team in all of college basketball.
It’s small sample size theater to a degree, but given what Hopkins did with the Washington Huskies the last two seasons, especially when acknowledging it was lesser-than-this talent, that’s less a hot-take and more a safe presumption.
Book it, kids — the Washington Huskies are cool.
Auburn Does Not Want You To Score
Blake Lovell (@theblakelovell): Davidson, who legitimately has a chance to be one of the better offensive teams in the country this season, did not look like one of the better offensive teams in the country in Friday’s loss to Auburn.
The reason? The Tigers were just that good on defense. Davidson shot just 32.7 percent from the floor, and while the Wildcats missed some open shots, much of the poor overall shooting percentage has to be contributed to Auburn’s gameplan.
I said this on Twitter early in the game and the theme continued the rest of the way: The Tigers’ length and athleticism isn’t something that’s easy to prepare for. Auburn used those two attributes to pressure Davidson’s guards and make it nearly impossible to find any sort of rhythm on offense.
Jon Axel Gudmundsson, the reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, had just seven points and only attempted seven field goals. Kellan Grady, an Atlantic 10 First Team selection last season, only had six points and was held to just 2-of-10 shooting from the floor.
Those two are proven scorers on a team that is good enough to not only win the A10 this season but also capable of making a run to the Sweet 16 and beyond in the NCAA Tournament.
But making good offensive teams look like bad offensive teams has been a staple of successful Bruce Pearl teams. And while we’re only two games into the season, it’s obvious that trend could continue.
The SEC features some of the best playmaking backcourts in college basketball. However, where Auburn will have an advantage over a lot of other teams is that it seemingly has one of the best defensive backcourts in the country with Samir Doughty, J’Von McCormick, and Issac Okoro showcasing their potential against the Wildcats.
With that trio creating chaos for the opponents’ best players, the Tigers will be a factor in the SEC title race yet again.
Merrimack Is Revenge?
Joseph: Remember when the Northwestern Wildcats made the NCAA Tournament and the billion former J-schoolers from the university began to wax poetic about everything Northwestern related? About that…
On Friday night, the Wildcats lost to a school two games into Division I basketball existence. The Warriors opened their season, and inaugural Division I voyage, with a loss to Maine before defeating Northwestern on Friday night.
That’s it. That’s the take.
Hello, Jordan Roland
Blake: Northeastern guard Jordan Roland started the season with an incredible performance on Tuesday in his team’s 72-67 road win at Boston University. He scored 39 points, and obviously, it was rather impressive.
However, Roland decided that 39 points simply was not enough. His encore? He scored a program-record 44 points in Friday’s 84-79 victory against Harvard.
For those doing the math, Roland is now averaging 40.5 points per game through two games. That’s pretty good.
Roland averaged 14.2 points per game a season ago, so it’s safe to assume that he worked on expanding his offensive game even further in the offseason.
Next up on the Jordan Roland World Domination Tour is a Tuesday trip to UMass.
In Closing How To Break A Press
Blake Lovell is a national writer for ClutchPoints. He’s also a contributor for the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview magazine. He hosts two podcasts: Marching to Madness (CBB) and Establish the Pass (NFL).
You can follow him on Twitter @theblakelovell.
Joseph Nardone has been covering basketball for nearly a decade for various outlets in a variety of ways. He currently contributes to Forbes and Clutchpoints. You can follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone.
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