Monday, December 3, 2012
3-point shot: Difficult season for Hofstra
By Andy Katz
1. Hofstra coach Mo Cassara said Sunday he was still “heartbroken” and was finding it “really hard,” to deal with the aftermath of four players being arrested for thefts on campus. The Pride then went out and got smoked by SMU. Hofstra has had a tough season already, being displaced for weeks by the Presidential debate, and then dealing with Hurricane Sandy and the after effects of a power outage, and now a devastating legal mess with the team gutted by four arrests.
2. Providence coach Ed Cooley said Sunday night he will know the extent of the injury to leading scorer Bryce Cotton. Cotton played only nine minutes in a win over Mississippi State Saturday before injuring his knee. The Friars have won four in a row despite having a depleted roster that could be down to just five scholarship players as well as walk-ons.
3. Memphis coach Josh Pastner was reminiscing Sunday about being involved in two of the late Rick Majerus’ most significant coaching moments in the past 14 years. Pastner coached against Majerus in the NCAA tournament last March in what turned out to be his last win. Saint Louis lost the next game to Michigan State. Pastner was also a walk-on at Arizona when Majerus deployed a brilliant triangle-and-two in 1998 to shut down the favored Wildcats in the Elite Eight in Anaheim as Utah advanced to the Final Four. Arizona was denied the chance to win consecutive national titles after claiming the 1997 championship. Pastner, like so many coaches in the game, called to talk about Majerus, his coaching, the man and overall just what he meant to the game.