Gauchos hope for reprieve with visit from UNC
Donovan said he has no problems with Lucas transferring within the SEC. He said the Florida compliance department has received requests for a release from Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU, Arkansas, Stanford and least two other schools he couldn't remember.• The SEC continues to get off to a rocky start. Loyola (Ill.) knocked off Georgia 74-53 in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off in West Lafayette, Ind., Monday night. This was the first win for Loyola against an SEC team since 1964. So far the SEC has suffered losses to Loyola (Ill.), Mercer (Alabama) and VMI (Kentucky). • Oregon is going to be a work in progress. But the Ducks probably didn't think they would be rebuilding through losses at home. The Ducks fell to Oakland (Mich.) and Johnathon Jones' 32 points Monday night. The more I see the Pac-10 results, the more I'm convinced Washington State will finish no lower than fourth and make the NCAA tournament. The Cougars will win enough games in the league to warrant a bid. • The Marquette coaches may have oversold Jerel McNeal to me and undersold Wesley Matthews. Matthews opened with 27 points against Houston Baptist and then poured in 26 in a win over Chicago State. • If you had a fantasy team you probably should put Jarvis Varnado on your squad. The Mississippi State center racks up big numbers in rebounds and blocks. He had 11 boards and seven blocks in a win over Centenary and another 11 boards and nine blocks in a win over Louisiana-Monroe. • Nice debut for Georgetown's Greg Monroe with 14 points and seven boards, but just as important was the play of Chris Wright at the point with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists as Wright takes over for the invaluable Jonathan Wallace. • One of the most important transfers in the ACC will be Joe Trapani. The former Vermont forward gives Boston College a new dimension in a face-up scoring forward who can also score inside when necessary. He finishes Tyrese Rice's passes, something that didn't happen as frequently last season. Trapani scored 20 in the win over Loyola (Md.) on Monday night. • Levance Fields was hurt, right? Geez, it's hard to tell with the Pitt guard looking in March form with a dozen points and the same number of assists in the win over Miami of Ohio. • I was asked on our show Tuesday morning to predict winners in the Ivy and CAA and I'm not shy about saying I do think Yale can pull off the upset and win the Ivy over Cornell and Penn. I'm sticking with my pick of Northeastern over VCU, Old Dominion and George Mason in the CAA.