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• Maryland suffered a blow when Dez Wells, the transfer from Xavier, was denied immediate eligibility. The school said it planned to appeal. He averaged just under 10 PPG at Xavier last season. I am looking forward to seeing the Terps take on Kentucky on November 9th in my first game of the season.
• I love when two basketball powers meet. It gets rid of those cupcake city games, those bargain basement goodies. There is excitement galore when these games are announced. A perfect example came when it was announced that Kansas will play Georgetown in a four-year home-and-home series starting in the 2013-14 season. Georgetown will visit historic Allen Fieldhouse on December 21, 2013, and also in the 2015-16 season. Kansas will make trips to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., to face the Hoyas during the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons.
• Murray State guard Zay Jackson was suspended indefinitely last month after his arrest after striking two people with his car in a Wal-Mart parking lot following an altercation. Now Jackson will be out for the entire 2012-13 season. As I have said before, when you use poor judgment, things usually do not work out well.
• Bad judgment led to Missouri senior guard Michael Dixon being suspended indefinitely for undisclosed violations of team rules. By the time you are a senior, and one of the few returning veterans on the club, coach Frank Haith had to be disappointed in Dixon.
• A relationship with Wright State coach Bill Donlon (he originally recruited the guard) helped former Butler guard Chrishawn Hopkins make a decision over transferring. After averaging nine PPG last season, Hopkins was dismissed by Brad Stevens for rules violations back in September. Now he will play at Wright State, starting next year.
• Indiana backup forward Derek Elston will be out 6-8 weeks after suffering a torn meniscus in his knee. The 6-9 senior averaged 4.2 PPG last season. Elston averaged five PPG in 96 career games for the Hoosiers.
• Iona got a boost when guard Tavon Sledge was granted a hardship waiver, making him eligible to play right away for the Gaels. Sledge transferred back to his native New York after spending his freshman year at Iowa State. He has three years of eligibility at Iona.