3-point shot: Lavin picking his spots

1. Steve Lavin sat out Tuesday night’s St. John’s win over St. Francis (N.Y.) as he continues his ongoing recovery from serious, seven-hour prostate surgery. Lavin did coach last week in New York for two games. Lavin said late Tuesday night part of the recovery is to manage his energy and to pick his spots. Lavin recruited Saturday and Sunday and went to practice Monday to continue to build his stamina level. But with such a trusted top assistant in Mike Dunlap, Lavin can be like a general manager at times during his recovery and entrust Dunlap to run some of the day-to-day operation like a game as he recovers.

2. Missouri coach Frank Haith said he was going to play much more up tempo and would look to push the basketball. He certainly has the Tigers on the right track here early. The Tigers crushed Cal in the CBE Classic final Tuesday night by playing quickly. The Tigers are one of the positive early-season surprises. UCLA and Detroit are on the opposite end as major disappointments. The Titans were expected to be the preseason Horizon League favorite, but lost again Tuesday night at Bowling Green. The Titans are off to a 2-3 start with no Division I wins yet, losing at Notre Dame and to George Washington, as well.

3. Nothing like a proud father. New Mexico’s Steve Alford reported Tuesday night that his son, junior Bryce Alford scored 44 points in a win for Albuquerque’s La Cueva High, breaking former La Cueva forward and Arizona forward A.J. Bramlet’s record. Alford won’t have to go far for this recruitment. There are plenty of involved fathers out there, including Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings, whose son Jacob is a catcher for the North Carolina baseball team. Stallings loves talking about helping coach and just be around his children.