3-point shot: Alabama suspends four

February, 13, 2012
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1. Alabama coach Anthony Grant will ultimately be judged on wins and losses during his tenure in Tuscaloosa. But he will sleep well at night knowing he is running his program the right way. His decision to indefinitely suspend four players -- Andrew Steele, Trevor Releford, JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell --should earn him plenty of praise. Grant won’t put character behind the quest for wins and an NCAA tournament berth. Mitchell was already suspended while the other three were driven back to Alabama from Baton Rouge for a violation of team rules that occurred prior to the trip. The Tide lost handily to LSU and host Florida on Tuesday. The four players’ status is unknown as of Sunday. The NCAA tournament selection committee won’t give Bama credit for losing games without suspended players. But the Tide administration should.

2. Maryland’s Terrell Stoglin has been an elite scorer this season. But Saturday against Duke, he wasn’t pleased with the way his 30 minutes were dispersed and the time he spent on the bench. So he tweeted after the game: “Loved sitting that bench today. Smfh wow.’’ Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said he would handle the matter internally and that Stoglin was frustrated. He could also add that Stoglin is a bit immature. And that’s OK. He’s in college. But Stoglin doesn’t need to tweet every thought he has and potentially disrupt the team concept when the Terps are trying to survive the season with depleted numbers.

3. The Colonial Athletic Association didn’t distinguish itself in the nonconference, and that’s a shame. The top three CAA teams are playing as well as they have at any point in the season and are headed for a fantastic league finish. Drexel (13 in a row), VCU (11 straight) and George Mason (won nine of 10) are all tied at 13-2 with three games remaining in the conference season. But it’s hard to see how any of them would get an at-large berth. Still, VCU, or Drexel, especially, could be a dicey opponent in the first or second round of the NCAA tournament.

Andy Katz | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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