Monday, February 4, 2013
3-point shot: Life without Dominic Artis
By Andy Katz
1. Akron coach Keith Dambrot said Saturday he was willing to switch and play on the road instead of being a home team in BracketBusters Feb. 22 or 23 in order to get a better game. Dambrot was turned down Sunday by the MAC office and the Zips will be a home team when the BracketBusters pairings will be announced Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Home/road designations have been predetermined. The problem is the better teams are at home -- having Akron possibly facing a lesser opponent, especially after the Zips beat Ohio and remain undefeated in the conference. This is the last year of BracketBusters but the teams will return the game in a nonconference matchup in 2014.
2. Duke’s Ryan Kelly is out indefinitely with a foot injury with no timetable for his return. Now Oregon’s Dominic Artis is in a similar situation. Artis has missed the last three games and the Ducks are 1-2 in his absence, losing their lead in the Pac-12. The Ducks have had 65 turnovers in their three games without the freshman point guard, 22 in a loss Saturday at Cal. Oregon officials say Artis is doubtful for next week’s homestand against Colorado and Utah. Duke has adjusted without Kelly. Oregon is having a harder time trying to deal without Artis. But both players’ absences will have a direct result on whether either can win the ACC or Pac-12, respectively, with Miami and Arizona ahead of the pack in each league.
3. UNLV caught a break when Mike Moser was ejected at Boise State for a flagrant 2 foul and not a flagrant 1. He will not have to miss the Runnin’ Rebels' game at Fresno State. Moser’s absence likely had a hand in the Runnin’ Rebels losing at Boise State. UNLV can’t afford any more lapses in games that it should win if it wants to catch New Mexico in the Mountain West Conference. UNLV is now in a third-tier group with San Diego State, trailing second-place Air Force and Colorado State, all behind New Mexico.