FAMILIAR FACES FOR KNIGHT
Bob Knight will see a few familiar faces this season. He may see one early in his tenure at Texas Tech.
Former Michigan coach Steve Fisher could match up against Knight's Red Raiders in the season-opening tournament in Lubbock, Texas. Fisher's current team, San Diego State, faces Northern Iowa while Texas Tech hosts William and Mary on Nov. 16. If the Aztecs and Red Raiders win, the Knight-Fisher showdown would take place.
|Bob Knight has done things the right way in piling up nearly 800 wins.|
Texas Tech has a non-league home game scheduled against another former regular opponent of Knight's, Minnesota.
Also, the Red Raiders are scheduled to play at New Mexico State. The Aggies are coached by another coach very familiar to Knight, former Illinois coach Lou Henson.
Texas Tech's non-conference schedule is not easy, with UTEP, Wyoming and former Southwest Conference rivals SMU and Houston on tap.
OTHER FAMILIAR MATCHUPS
New George Washington head coach (and ex-UConn assistant) Karl Hobbs won't have to wait long to face his former mentor.
Hobbs will coach against Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun on Dec. 3. The Connecticut-George Washington clash is part of the BB&T Classic at the MCI Center. The other pairing at the BB&T features Maryland against Princeton.
Another interesting coaching battle will be renewed Nov. 24. New UNLV coach Charlie Spoonhour will lead his Runnin' Rebels against Cincinnati and Bob Huggins. Remember, Spoonhour was at Saint Louis and matched moves against Huggins many times in Conference USA.
Spoonhour's opening game as UNLV head coach won't be easy, as the Runnin' Rebels face Wisconsin.
BOGANS SHOULD STAY IN SCHOOL
Here is a bulletin message for Keith Bogans: Don't make a mistake by staying in the NBA draft.
Don't become a basketball vagabond, chasing all over to play in Europe or the minor leagues. You can improve your stock by going back to the college campus.
|Senior Keith Bogans led the 'Cats with 15 points.|
He can learn from the move made by Arizona's Jason Gardner. Pulling out of the draft was a wise decision by Gardner.
Bogans can hook up again with Tayshaun Prince, who made an intelligent decision by returning to school. Remember, the Wildcats also get back Jules Camara, who sat out last season. Big things can happen on the Lexington campus.
The message is loud and clear to Keith: Go back and work on completing your game. Become a better, more consistent perimeter shooter. Continue to work on the other facets of your game. Don't worry about what your peers think. It is not a step backwards by returning to school. It will help you improve long-term.
Bogans should ask Jamaal Magloire how much it helped him to return to Kentucky. It helped get Magloire into the NBA; without the extra year of collegiate experience, who knows what would have happened?
Bogans has so much more to give to the college game.
STRONGER SCHEDULE FOR RICHMOND
Richmond has really stepped it up this season. Coach John Beilein does a great job there, and he has a big-time challenge next season.
The Spiders have a stronger conference schedule by moving from the Colonial Athletic Association to the Atlantic 10. Then there is the nonleague agenda: Richmond takes on Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Mississippi State and Charlotte. That's pretty solid competition!
Give a salute to Beilein for taking on such a challenging schedule. Last season, the NCAA Tournament selection committee passed over the Spiders. The stronger schedule should help Richmond's RPI rating.
The early season John Wooden Classic doubleheader in Conseco Fieldhouse has interesting pairings.
Quin Snyder's highly regarded Missouri team takes on Xavier, while Stanford battles Purdue. Remember, the Boilermakers stunned Arizona early last season.
For Thad Matta, Xavier's new coach, the test against the Tigers is just one rugged nonconference matchup. The Musketeers take on Cincinnati in one of the more underrated rivalries in America. Xavier also has Purdue, Creighton, Kent State and Wisconsin on tap.