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Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard was one of 20 college basketball writers invited to The Mock Selection Committee last week in Indianapolis, and Waters pinned a very interesting look at how the NCAA Tournament field is selected. One good thing to know is that the RPI isn't the end-all, be-all on whether or not teams get into March Madness. Here's the link: Inside …

UConn lost to Rutgers this week, ending the Huskies bid for an undefeated season. No shame in losing to Rutgers, which is No. 3 in the RPI rankings while the national polls have the Scarlet Knights lower because of a handful of losses. So what to do with No. 1? My gut is that UConn is still a bit better than Tennessee right now, but there has to be some consequence for th…

The Marist women's basketball team improved to 13-0 in the MAAC after trouncing Canisius in the Koessler Center Sunday afternoon. And while Canisius coach Terry Zeh was displeased with his team's lack of intensity or desire to play hard, Marist still looked, well, pretty darn good. The Red Foxes (23-2) made 16 of their 34 3-point attempts in a 91-46 win, got 34 points fr…

OLEAN -- First of all, Leemire Goldwire is for real. The senior guard for Charlotte netted 39 points in the 49ers win over the Bonnies Saturday night while hitting 8 of 13 from 3-point range. And while some of his looks were easy, wide-open shots, many came with Bona senior Zarryon Fereti in his face. Goldwire can just plain shoot the ball. But the Bonnies became their ow…

UB released its list of football recruits Wednesday. The 20-player class includes 14 defensive players (eight linebackers, five linemen and one defensive back). Most recruiting services don't rate this recruiting class very high, but Turner Gill's last two classes have yielded some immediate impact players like receiver/return man Naaman Roosevelt and safety Davonte Shann…

SYRACUSE - Don't be surprised if Paul Harris and Jonny Flynn have back aches because they've been carrying the Orange. In the last two games - a win over Villanova and a loss Wednesday to UConn - the former Niagara Falls High standouts have scored 96 of the team's 148 points. Someone else has to step up and that's Donte Greene who was only 2 of 15 against UConn and scored…

SYRACUSE - The Syracuse University student section sang Happy Birthday to former Niagara Falls standout Jonny Flynn tonight during the first half of the UConn game. Moments later Paul Harris steal, dunk and facial over Gavin Edwards brought the Carrier Dome to its feet. --Rodney McKissic

LEWISTON - Niagara University is still smarting over the postponement Friday night of its game against Loyola (Md.), and will likely discuss with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference about a league-wide travel policy. Currently there isn't a league rule mandating travel except for televised games. Friday night's scheduled game was postponed and moved to Tuesday because…

OLEAN - With Hillary Haley out with a foot injury on Saturday St. Bonaventure needed someone to step and fill the void. That player was freshman Matt Morgan, who tied his career high with 13 points and established a personal best in rebounds with nine in the Bonnies 74-59 victory over Duquesne. Morgan has now finished in double figures in scoring in three of the last four…

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Lots of talk when I was in Michigan over the weekend about the scandal surrounding Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. It seems Hizzoner, who is married with twin 12-year-old sons, was exchanging sexually-charged text messages with chief of staff Christine Beatty. Oops. Lo and behold, look who Kilpatrick hired Tuesday to replace Beatty as chief of staff! It's former Niagara …

It's been a long time since I've seen a performance as dominating as the one Western Michigan sophomore guard David Kool threw at UB Tuesday night at Alumni. With three minutes left in the first half, Kool had two points. When double-overtime ended, Kool had 35 and a WMU 100-90 victory. This sniper from Grand Rapids is legit. He's deadly from long range but that's really …

For weeks, my top 5 in the AP women's poll has looked the same: UConn, Tennessee, Maryland, North Carolina, Rutgers. In the national polls the Tar Heels were above Maryland but I thought the Terps proved a bit better against a tougher non-conference schedule. And even though North Carolina lost to UConn (there is no shame in that) its double-overtime win over Maryland put…

SYRACUSE - Jonny Flynn was expected to log significant minutes as a freshman, but he's receiving more playing time than he can handle lately. Flynn played a career high 45 minutes last week in an overtime loss to Georgetown and in Sunday's win over Providence, the Niagara Falls standout put in another full 40. But Flynn is concerned about the longterm ramifications of pla…

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- College hockey is still very much a niche sport that doesn't register much on the national map. But in these parts, it's everything. I saw that first-hand this weekend in a two-game set between Michigan and Michigan State. With more than two dozen players from Buffalo in Division I as Tom Borrelli wrote last week, why isn't it that way in Western New…

OLEAN - During Saturday morning's shootaround, Jimmy Baron launched jumpers near Bob Lanier's signature on Bob Lanier Court, located closer to the halfcourt than the three-point arc. It seemed to pay off as Baron connected on 4 of 9 three-pointers and scored 18 points in Rhode Island's 89-77 win over St. Bonaventure. Baron's homecoming was just as emotional as his father'…