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Monday, November 12, 2012
Roundball Chatter for Nov. 5-11

By Dick Vitale
ESPN.com

James Michael McAdoo showed why many feel he will have a big season in Chapel Hill. He had 26 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Gardner-Webb to start the season. He followed that up with a solid effort against Florida Atlantic on Sunday.

• The start of the new season saw a few early surprises. South Alabama won at Florida State; Bucknell defeated Purdue in West Lafayette; Norfolk State won at Rhode Island; Troy knocked off Mississippi State; St. Peter's won at Rutgers.

• It seems like every week there is another indiscretion which leads to a player suspension. Now it George Mason's turn as coach Paul Hewitt has suspended sophomores Erik Copes and Vaughn Gray for the first three regular-season games because of "student-athlete conduct violations." It is all about making decisions, and in this case, the players clearly made bad ones. Gray played in 32 games last season while Copes played in 27.

• Marquette guard Todd Mayo, the brother of Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo, missed the season opener against Ohio State as he was declared academically ineligible. Mayo averaged almost eight points per game as a diaper dandy last season.

• Then there was this release out of Philadelphia. Saint Joseph's senior guard Carl Jones will not participate in the first three games, due to violation of the University's community standards. Bad decisions have consequences, and when you are a senior, a student-athlete should know better based on experience. Instead, there is a price to pay.

• New Mississippi State coach Rick Ray has had a hard time with his diaper dandies. Guard DeAndre Applewhite was lost for the season due to a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee suffered in practice. Back in August, the Bulldogs lost guard Jacoby Davis to a torn ACL too.

• Washington coach Lorenzo Romar also suffered a setback. Power forward Shawn Kemp Jr. will miss six to eight weeks after tearing the patella tendon in his right knee.