Friday, January 16, 2015

Morning News: Memphis/Cincinnati, Keith Frazier, Kyle Collinsworth, Jernard Jarreau, Gabe York And Victor Robbins

Keith Frazier is done for the season
Memphis Beats Cincinnati Cincinnati's defense struggled here, particularly in the second half. Memphis scored 1.15 PPP in the second half and 1.05 PPP for the game. For another team that wouldn't be so bad, but it's only the third time all season a team has broken 1 PPP against the Bearcats, and Cincinnati hasn't won any of those three games. Kedren Johnson was the spark for Memphis, pouring in 13 points and 5 assists off the bench. Avery Woodson also hit some key jump shots late.

Cincinnati drops to 2-2 in AAC play, and Bearcats fans need to understand that their conference is not going to be judged like a major conference. They could potentially go 12-6 in conference play and still miss out on the NCAA Tournament. They head into a softer stretch of schedule, beginning with a home game against Temple and then games against AAC bottom-feeders Houston and UCF.

Memphis is now 10-6 and 3-2 in conference play, but this is easily their best win of the season and they have losses to Tulane and Stephen F Austin. Unless they win their game over Gonzaga on January 31st, Memphis will need to get to 13-5 in conference play to have any realistic bubble case. And that's unlikely. UCF is up next, on Saturday.

Keith Frazier Done For The Season SMU continues to have massive amounts of turmoil surrounding its program. Larry Brown has done everything he can to upgrade the basketball talent, and the net result has been some problem children. The latest to have troubles is now Keith Frazier, the former McDonald's All-American, who looks set to miss the rest of the season over academic issues.  He had been second on the team in minutes played and third in scoring (10.5 points per game). Markus Kennedy had his best game of the season on Wednesday, and his improvement is now essential for SMU to avoid becoming far too dependent on Nic Moore

Kyle Collinsworth Grabs His Fourth Triple-Double Just one triple double is an amazing achievement, but last night BYU's Collinsworth picked up his fourth of the season. Obviously playing on a fast-tempo, high-scoring team helps, but that's still an amazing achievement. He's the fifth player in Division I history to achieve that, and the first since Stephen Lasme in 2006-07. Before that, the previous guy to do it was Jason Kidd in 1993-94. And of course, nobody has done it five times in a season, so the next time Collinsworth posts a triple double he'll set the all-time record.

Jernard Jarreau Out 4-6 Weeks This isn't the first time Jarreau has had serious problems with his right knee, which makes this a really worrying injury for Washington. The Huskies win games with their defense, and particularly their interior defense. Robert Upshaw is the anchor of that defense, but Jarreau often plays alongside him to make the paint a really unpleasant destination for potential shooters. Jarreau's injury also makes Washington extremely vulnerable to foul trouble for Upshaw. Considering the high likelihood that they're heading for the NCAA Tournament bubble, the Huskies are going to have to circle the wagons and figure this out.

Gabe York Injured York missed this game entirely with a sprained ankle. Arizona didn't need him to get past a home game against Colorado, but this injury significantly impacts their scoring spark off the bench. And if he can't get healthy very quickly, it could be the difference in what is likely to be a very competitive game against Utah on Saturday. For now, his status for Saturday is unknown.

Over the last few weeks, Arizona just hasn't looked like quite as good of a team. It's hard to figure out exactly what's gone wrong, but they are just not quite as dangerous on both ends of the court. Utah is playing their best basketball since the Rick Majerus days, and the Utes know that a road win on Saturday will make them the new Pac-12 favorite. It's definitely a game that all college basketball fans should be tuned in for.

Victor Robbins Suspended Robbins will miss ten games, starting with last night's game against Washington. He is third on the team with 10.3 points per game, so this is a significant loss. Realistically, however, Oregon State wasn't going to make a real at-large bid run this season anyway. Next season, the second in the Wayne Tinkle era, is when they're primed to make that run.

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