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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
3-point shot: Ivan Aska's status in doubt

By Andy Katz

1. Unbeaten Murray State’s third-leading scorer Ivan Aska will go back to a doctor Wednesday to evaluate his broken right hand. Murray State coach Steve Prohm said Monday that Aska, a senior forward, remains doubtful for this week’s games against Jacksonville State (Thursday) and Tennessee Tech (Saturday). Prohm said LaTreze Mushatt, who started the past four games, will remain in that role. Prohm said he also looked to continue to play four guards during this stretch.

2. UNLV coach Dave Rice will have two semesters to ensure that Pitt transfer Khem Birch left any baggage behind. Rice is coaching multiple four-year transfer players at UNLV that he inherited from Lon Kruger. And so far they’ve flourished. Birch’s bailing on Pitt after one semester isn’t a good sign. So the onus is on him to prove that he’s not the problem, but that he didn’t fit the system. If he’s going to flourish in a more wide-open set, then he can’t have any other issues during his transfer year in residence.

3. Virginia coach Tony Bennett said Mike Scott, the new frontrunner for ACC player of the year, is more versatile this season. He can face, post and has improved his outside shot. But for the Cavaliers to beat Duke Thursday in Cameron Indoor Stadium, they’ll have to be at their best defensively and have solid offensive games from Scott and the Cavs’ guards. Bennett said in the one-point win over Miami it was too much Scott, solid defense and not much else.