College Basketball Nation: Nikola Cerina

3-point shot: NU confident with depth

September, 25, 2012
1. Northwestern is fairly confident that it has the depth to absorb the loss of season-long suspended junior guard JerShon Cobb. NU coach Bill Carmody said he will lean on Louisville transfer Jared Swopshire, Nikola Cerina and freshmen Sanjay Lumpkin and Kale Abrahamson to fill the void left by Cobb. “All must guard and make shots,’’ said Carmody. The Wildcats are still projected as a possible bubble team, even with the loss of Cobb.

2. Washington State’s decision to dismiss Reggie Moore from the team Monday was yet another example of a player blowing an opportunity to finish up a career. Last spring, Maryland did the same to Terrell Stoglin. The Cougars, who played in the CBI final series against Pitt in the spring, couldn’t afford to have any more distractions as they try to stay with the upper half of the Pac-12. Moore’s dismissal for the season is on the heels of a number of notable players who won’t be able to participate this season (Cobb, Harvard’s Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey, Xavier’s Dez Wells before transferring to Maryland, likely indefinitely suspended Bubu Palo of Iowa State and possibly four players at LIU-Brooklyn).

3. The recruitment of the Harrison twins should be one of the more intriguing to watch in the coming weeks or months. Aaron and Andrew Harrison are down to Maryland, Kentucky and SMU. The likely choice would be for the Richmond, Texas, twins to decide between Maryland and Kentucky. The decision for the pair of perimeter players, though, would likely alter the fortunes of two programs -- Maryland and for sure SMU -- while simply enhancing a machine in Kentucky. The Harrison twins apparently aren’t going to go to a Midnight Madness event after conflicting reports arose that they were going to Maryland at one point and then Kentucky. They don’t have to show up at a show. They know they are the coveted pair in this class. Picking Kentucky means the Wildcats continue to stock pile. Choosing Maryland would be a way to elevate Mark Turgeon’s program. Selecting SMU would be a program-changing moment.

Halftime: TCU 40, BYU 39

March, 11, 2010
LAS VEGAS -- Here's some halftime items from the quarterfinal game between BYU and TCU.

  • "Jimmer!" one BYU fan cried. "They're tied with us!" It was a plea of sorts. As in, "Really, guys? TCU?" Yep, the Horned Frogs have the one-point advantage after Ronnie Moss hit a floater before going in the locker room. TCU was up during the first half as well on Saturday against BYU, but of course, the Cougars went on to win by 30.
  • Jimmer Fredette is starting to look a lot more like himself again after recently battling a stomach virus. He has 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, and more importantly has played 18 minutes. That's right around what he's averaged for entire games over the previous three games.
  • Moss has 15 points as well and is 6 of 8 from the field, and TCU got seven points apiece from Edvinas Ruzgas and Nikola Cerina.
  • BYU needs to pick it up on defense, as the Horned Frogs shot 50 percent from the field. TCU is getting open looks, hitting 5 of 7 from three-point range.
  • It looks to be a good crowd out here for the night session. A lot of UNLV fans are in the house to see their team play Utah after this one, and BYU also travels well.