College Basketball Nation: Reginald Buckner

3-point shot: Will Miami be a No. 1 seed?

February, 11, 2013
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1. Ole Miss is hoping to hear Monday if there will be further punishment from the SEC against Reginald Buckner for his punch thrown at Missouri’s Laurence Bowers in the Rebels' loss at the Tigers Saturday. Buckner was ejected for a flagrant two foul (contact above the shoulders), but not for fighting. The Rebels are at Texas A&M Wednesday. Ole Miss has two games left against SEC teams with a winning record (Alabama on March 5 and suddenly surging Georgia on Feb. 16).

2. The argument for who is No. 1 is a fun debate and certainly gets fans going on social media. I wrestled with Miami or Indiana and went with the Hurricanes. Both are playing championship level right now but the ‘Canes didn’t lose this past week while the Hoosiers did. I would have no issues with either choice. The one thing though that is certain: Miami can be No. 1 in the polls but the Hurricanes are a much longer shot than Indiana to be a No. 1 seed unless there are more losses from the teams ahead of the ‘Canes. You could have a scenario where Miami is No. 1 in the polls but not a No. 1 seed. Polls are not used by the selection committee so the polls are simply just for organizing teams.

3. VCU’s Shaka Smart was thrilled with the chance to coach with Florida’s Billy Donovan and Gonzaga’s Mark Few again on the USA Basketball U-19 team this summer in the Czech Republic. Smart had teamed up with the pair in Brazil for the U-18 team. “It’s a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to work with Billy and Mark for a second consecutive summer,’’ Smart said. “I have a great deal of respect for both and look forward to another incredible learning experience as part of the staff.’’ The sharing of ideas among the three has benefited each of the programs this season.

Video: Scuffle breaks out in Missouri win

February, 9, 2013
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Alex Oriakhi and Reginald Buckner engaged in a brief scuffle during the second half as No. 21 Missouri defeated Ole Miss 98-79.

3-point shot: Rough patch for Ole Miss

January, 31, 2013
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1. Ole Miss spent Wednesday dealing with a double dose of bad news. The Rebels were still stunned over Nerlens Noel's dominating 12-block performance for Kentucky in a humbling 87-74 home defeat by the Wildcats. Then came word that forward Aaron Jones was done for the season with a left anterior cruciate ligament injury. “The team is really down that AJ is out for the year,’’ said Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy. “It was a one-point game and Nerlens Noel blocked three straight shots at the rim (two on Murphy Holloway and one on Reginald Buckner) and it was game, set, match. We’ve just got to move forward.’’ Kennedy said the Rebels will replace Jones by committee, since Ole Miss is already down Jason Carter (dismissed), Demarco Cox (stress fracture) and now Jones. Particularly with Nick Williams out indefinitely, too, with a foot injury, Holloway and Buckner will need to stay on the court.

2. Gonzaga coach Mark Few loves the improvement of Kelly Olynyk and doesn’t dismiss his numbers. But Few wants Elias Harris to get his due. Harris has had a sensational career at Gonzaga and has quietly put together an outstanding season, averaging 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. Harris has had more than 200 rebounds in each of his first three seasons and will likely make it four in a row. Still, if I had to pick my All-America five, this week I would have Olynyk in my top five.

3. There is so much to be done before the Big East 7 can start their own league, likely in the summer of 2014 when the fall sports start practice. The group has to exit the conference; deal with the financial issues; pick a commissioner; decide on which schools to invite and how many; cut a TV deal; hire staff; pick a location; create bylaws; and make schedules, to name just a few line items.

Behind the box scores: Tuesday's games

February, 29, 2012
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A scan of the college basketball box scores each night guarantees all kinds of statistical oddities and standout performances. Here are some we found from Tuesday.

Wisconsin 52, Minnesota 45
The two teams combined to make 23 baskets, matching the fewest in a game this season (SMU and UAB combined for 23 on Feb. 15). Wisconsin made 12 field goals in the win, one shy of the fewest made field goals in a win this season (Niagara made 11 in a win on Feb. 24). The Golden Gophers and Badgers shot a combined 27.1 percent from the field, the lowest in a game involving a major-conference team and the fifth-lowest overall.

Wyoming 71, TCU 59
The Cowboys committed just one turnover in the victory, the fewest by any team this season. The previous team to commit no more than one turnover in a game was Bucknell on Jan. 13, 2010, against American.

Ole Miss 77, Arkansas 75
Ole Miss’ Murphy Holloway had 16 rebounds and teammate Reginald Buckner had 15 in the Rebels’ win. They are the third pair of teammates with at least 15 rebounds each in the same game this season, joining Deniz Kilicli and Kevin Jones of West Virginia and Brad Waldow and Rob Jones of St. Mary’s.
Player of the Night - Rodney McGruder
After a 1-3 start in the Big 12, Kansas State badly needed a win Wednesday against Texas. Rodney McGruder made sure of it with a career-high 33 points, as the Wildcats held on to win, 84-80. McGruder kept the Wildcats above water early, scoring 13 of their first 26 points. He’s really stepping up at home. In three conference games in Manhattan, McGruder is averaging 27.7 PPG with a 62.5 field goal percentage.

Filling Up The Stat Sheet – Colt Ryan
Two weeks ago, Doug McDermott torched Bradley for 44 points. On Wednesday, it was Colt Ryan’s turn. The Evansville junior scored a career-high 39 points in a 90-67 win over the Braves. Ryan was just one point shy of being the first Evansville player to score 40 in a game since Parrish Casebier in Dec. 1992. Ryan finished 8-for-14 from 3-point range. He’s joins Villanova’s Maalik Wayns as the only players with at least 39 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a game this season.

Breakout Game – Reginald Buckner
Arnett Moultrie has been the talk of the SEC, but he was overshadowed Wednesday, as Reginald Buckner scored a career-high 19 points to go with 15 rebounds as Ole Miss topped Mississippi State, 75-68. Buckner entered the game averaging just 5.9 PPG.

Bench Stars – Jorge Brian Diaz and Dylan Talley
Jorge Brian Diaz knocked down a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining give Nebraska a 70-69 upset win over Indiana. It’s the Cornhuskers' first win over Indiana since 1920. Diaz and Dylan Talley, both bench players, combined for 17 points in the second half, as the Cornhuskers erased a seven-point halftime deficit.

Ugly Stat Line of the Night - Jordan Theodore
Jordan Theodore entered Wednesday on track to be the first Big East player to average 16 points and seven assists per game since Sherman Douglas in the late 1980s. But in Seton Hall’s 84-76 loss to Villanova, Theodore couldn’t find the bottom of the net. He went 2-for-16 from the field, including 0-for-8 from two-point range.
1. Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said he will play suspended forward Tim Abromaitis in the two exhibition games Nov. 1 and Nov. 7. Brey wants Abromaitis to get a feel for the game before he has to sit four games due to a misinterpretation of the rules three years ago. Abromaitis played in exhibition games and then redshirted. Brey said he was aware of this penalty in the spring and, adding that’s why he put three easier guarantee games in the front of the schedule with Mississippi Valley State, Sam Houston State and Delaware State. But the CBE Classic had to put Horizon title contender Detroit at Notre Dame among the first four games. Brey said he’s legitimately worried about beating the Titans without Abromaitis. Brey said he will use a rotation of Joey Brooks, Jerian Grant and Alex Dragicevich in Abromaitis’ place with the consistent starters Eric Atkins, Scott Martin and Jack Cooley.

2. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was ecstatic that the SEC endorsed the NCAA’s waiver for Murphy Holloway, allowing him to play immediately after he transferred back to Ole Miss from South Carolina for personal reasons. Kennedy said the addition of Holloway on the frontline, which already includes Terrance Henry and Reginald Buckner, gives the Rebels as deep and talented a frontcourt as Ole Miss has had. The three go from 6-7 (Holloway) to 6-9 (Buckner) to 6-10 (Henry). The backups of 6-9 Steadman Short, 6-8 Aaron Jones and 6-8 Demarco Cox gives Ole Miss an extremely deep frontcourt in its quest to crack the top six in the SEC.

3. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was raving about freshman forward Chane Behanan earlier Wednesday. Pitino said he’s a special player has a tremendous amount of passion for the game. Pitino went as far as to say he hasn’t coached a player with as much talent since Jamal Mashburn at Kentucky. The 6-7 Behanan led the Cardinals with 16 points and four steals in a 74-55 exhibition win over Pikeville Wednesday night at the KFC Yum! Center.

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