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Ready or not, college basketball tips

November 20, 2008 - Neil Rudel

lt's too early for college basketball.

Or maybe that's because our "local" teams are Penn State and St. Francis.

Until Ed DeChellis gets Penn State even toward an NCAA bubble -- at which point he'll be left to justify his non-conference schedule -- at least we can watch Pitt, a real basketball program.

For now, though, here are a couple of things that have jumped out at me:

*Jimmy Baron, son of the former St. Francis coach, buried eight 3-pointers in Rhode Island's 82-79 loss to Duke last weekend. Baron hit all seven of his treys in the second half. Coach K called it one of the great shooting exhibitions he's seen at Cameron Indoor.

*Hollidaysburg native John Boyer knocked down a late 3-pointer to lift Buffalo to a win over Canisius. Boyer, who walked on at Buffalo, wasn't heavily recruited by St. Francis, albeit under a different head coach.

*I'm liking Bob Knight as part of the ESPN broadcast, but five talking heads previewing the UNC-Kentucky game was about two too many.

*I'm not liking the Big East format in which the conference plays everybody once and three schools twice. Would rather see home-and-homes, rather than Syracuse coming to Pitt and the Panthers not going to the Carrier Dome this year.

*Former Altoona basketball connections: Johnny Moore was playing in the 1983 NBA Western Conference finals on ESPN Classic  the other night ... Doug West is in his second year as an assistant at Villanova ... Mike Iuzzolino is in his first year as an assistant at St. Vincent's, which plays in a tournament at Juniata this weekend. Will try to get some information on Danny Fortson and pass it along.







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