College Basketball Nation: Mike Glover

Iona has high expectations

November, 1, 2011
Iona was declared the preseason favorite to win the MAAC last week and likely would have been the popular pick even if Arizona transfer Lamont "MoMo" Jones had not at that point already have been declared immediately eligible.

Jones certainly gives the Gaels another dimension at guard, but they were already loaded with MAAC preseason player of the year Mike Glover and assists machine Scott Machado. The scary part for Iona's opponents is just how much those two improved in the offseason.

Glover was already one of the nation's top returning scorers averaging 18.4 points, and the senior forward got better, according to coach Tim Cluess.

"I think Mike added a lot of perimeter skills to his game," Cluess said Tuesday. "His shot has gotten a lot better. He's putting the ball on the floor to drive it much better than he was a year ago. Put on about seven to 10 pounds of muscle as well. I think he'll be a tougher, more durable player than he was last year. We'll use him in the inside-out role not strictly on the blocks anymore because he has improved that part of his game."

Machado is another senior who improved and will now share a backcourt with Jones.

"To be honest, I think Scott is a much better player this year than he was a year ago," Cluess said. "We asked him to drop some weight. He lost about 12 pounds. Worked on his shot as well as some quickness. Playing at a whole 'nother level."

So Iona is going to be a tough team to play this season and a threat in March. By now, it's no longer one of college basketball's best-kept secrets.

The numbers you need to know

December, 6, 2010
A look inside the numbers from Sunday's action:

1. UAB Getting Much More From Moore -- Cameron Moore just might be the most improved player in the nation. At least that’s what the numbers say. After averaging 3.1 points per game in his first two seasons at UAB, the junior is putting up 19.7 ppg and 9.4 rebounds per game. He’s second in C-USA in both categories. On Sunday, he took it to another level. Facing 7-1 Kent State, Moore went for 28 points and 15 rebounds, both career-highs. It’s just the fifth 28-15 game by a D-I player this season. Though nine games, Moore has more points (177) than he had in his first two seasons combined (171).

2. A Young Blue Demon to Watch -- As strong as the Big East is at the top, the conference lacks the hype that comes with a breakout freshman. It may have found one in DePaul’s Brandon Young. The guard out of Baltimore certainly isn’t the most hyped freshman in the league, but in the rebuilt Blue Demons’ lineup, he’s getting the chance to shine. On Sunday against Central Michigan, Young exploded for 31 points. He was a perfect 6-for-6 from 3-point range, after entering the game 1-for-9 in his brief career. It’s tied for the second-most points by a freshman this season, and the most by a DePaul frosh since Quentin Richardson in 1998. At 16.3 ppg, he’s tops in scoring among Big East freshman and seventh nationally.

Top Scoring Freshmen, Power Six Conferences
19.0 -- Terrence Jones, Kentucky
17.4 -- Kyrie Irving, Duke
17.0 -- Brandon Knight, Kentucky
16.7 -- Tobias Harris, Tennessee
16.3 -- Brandon Young, DePaul

3. Mike Glover, Robot in Disguise -- A native of the Bronx, Glover’s street ball prowess earned him the nickname “Optimus Prime.” Now the junior college transfer is transforming Iona’s frontcourt. Take a look at what he did over the weekend. On Friday against Canisius, he put up 39 points and 14 rebounds. It was the sixth-highest scoring total in program history. Glover followed that up with 30 points and 11 rebounds Sunday against Niagara. He shot 14-for-17 from the floor, the best shooting performance by a player this season (min: 15 attempts).

4. Hartford Goes Ice Cold in Tallahassee -- Florida State’s tenacious defense continues to bewilder opponents. The Seminoles have held all eight opponents under 40 percent from the field and opponents are shooting just 31.6 percent from the field. Even with that precedent, the second half of Sunday’s win over Hartford was stunning. Leading by just one at the half, the Noles held Hartford to nine points and three field goals in the second half. The Hawks were 3-for-31 (8.8%) from the field after halftime, including 1-for-22 from 3-point range. No Hartford player reached double-figures in the 60-38 loss.

Lowest Opp FG Pct
31.6 -- Florida State
32.9 -- Hampton
34.3 -- Southern Miss
34.3 -- UCF
34.8 -- Air Force

5. Hokies in Deep Trouble -- Virginia Tech has gone from 23rd in the preseason poll to off the radar after losing its ACC opener at home against Virginia 57-54. The Hokies were picked to finish second in the ACC, while the Cavaliers were 11th in the preseason poll. So what’s gone wrong? Depth is a major issue for the Hokies, who lost top bench player J.T. Thompson (torn ACL) for the season in September. Allan Chaney, a transfer from Florida, is out indefinitely due to a heart condition. That lack of depth has led to all five starters averaging over 30 minutes. Of the ACC’s top eight in minutes, four are Hokies. On Sunday, the bench went 0-for-5 from the field and managed only two points. Over their last four games, Tech is averaging just 5.3 ppg off the bench. At 9.9 ppg on the season, the Hokies have the lowest scoring bench of any school in a power six conference.

Fewest Minutes Per Game Off Bench
35.5 -- Presbyterian
35.6 -- Virginia Tech
38.6 -- Fordham
39.7 -- USC
39.7 -- Xavier