College Basketball Nation: LaShay Page

1. The Harrison twins from Richmond, Texas, Aaron and Andrew, were as impressive as they’ve been billed to be during our ESPNU broadcast Wednesday night at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex. The Harrison twins have plenty of suitors with the two who are coveting them the most -- Kentucky’s John Calipari and Maryland’s Mark Turgeon -- sitting next to each other during the game. Baylor, SMU and Villanova lead another pack of teams that are also seeking their services, possibly for one season. The twins made it clear during a postgame interview that they will play together in college, making them the latest set of twins (see Stanford’s set of the Collins’ and Lopez's) to play together before heading to the NBA. But the most impressive player on their AAU team -- for one night -- was forward Derrick Griffin from Rosenberg, Texas. Griffin was a freak dunker and power player. He’s off to Texas A&M on a football scholarship as a wide receiver but men’s basketball coach Billy Kennedy better get him on the court as much as possible/allowed when he arrives in College Station.

2. shed light on the SEC scheduling change earlier this week that has league coaches irked. But a number of them are hoping their voices could be heard before the official conference schedule is released. SEC coaches Billy Donovan (Florida), Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss), Cuonzo Martin (Tennessee) and Frank Martin (South Carolina) all said they were given one set of opponents at the SEC meetings in May in Florida, but then this week were given a new set of repeat opponents. The SEC office said this week that it alerted the coaches that the plan they saw in May was only a mockup and it was subject to change. An SEC spokesperson said they were told in June. Donovan said an example of how the schedule didn’t make sense was raised by Georgia coach Mark Fox, whose Bulldogs weren’t going to play Florida twice on a regular basis. Donovan said the Gators now will play Georgia, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Missouri twice to go along with the set partner of Kentucky in the new 14-team, 18-game SEC schedule. The set travel partners aren’t changing according to the SEC (UK-UF; A&M-LSU; Ole Miss-MSU; Ga-USC; Tenn-Vandy; Ark-Missouri; Ala-Auburn). The SEC said the full schedule will be released next month.

3. Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall said he had no issues releasing junior guard LaShay Page to South Carolina. The guard averaged 11.6 points a game last season. Page is attempting to get eligible right away through a waiver after graduating from Southern Miss. The Gamecocks need all the help they can get. Martin confirmed that Page is still waiting on the SEC waiver, since the conference put in a rule preventing one-year transfers. Page is from Dillon, S.C. Martin was one of many coaches who spoke Wednesday on the transfer issue being a bit over blown in the offseason. Page’s mother passed away in February and he has a 5-year old daughter.

So. Miss, Arizona State come to blows

December, 20, 2011
It wasn't quite Cincinnati-Xavier, thankfully, but Arizona State and Southern Miss became the second set of opponents in two weeks to spend at least some portion of their on-court time trading shots to the face and/or head.

It started with 12:14 remaining in Monday night's game — a 64-61 road win for Southern Miss — when Eagles guard LaShay Page drained a 3-pointer to tie the game at 34-34. In the ensuing clash under the rim, Southern Miss's Torye Pelham and Arizona State's Ruslan Pateev were tangled up and rustling for position when Pelham somewhat sneakily punched Pateev in the face. The blow didn't seem that impactful, but Pateev certainly didn't like it; he turned upcourt to chase Pelham, at which point Pateev slugged his opponent in the back of the head.

You can see the whole exchange — which begins at around the :30 second mark — here:

Both players were ejected and will be suspended for at least one game, as is the NCAA's policy. It will be interesting to see if either play draws a longer suspension from his school, though. You could certainly argue that sucker punches (whether aimed at the face or, less intelligently, at the back of an opponents' cranium) are worth missing more than one game. In any case, let's be glad this "brawl" was slightly more run of the mill — and certainly not nearly as dramatic or overwrought — as the one that tainted Xavier's win against Cincinnati two weeks ago.

That was next-level stupidity. This is merely garden variety. But neither brand is recommended.