His visit to Las Vegas was brief, but the two days Marcus Smart spent around the USA Basketball men’s national team at the Mendenhall Center in late July left a lasting impression on everyone who watched.
What the Rebels participated in Friday night resembled a scrimmage, but at least it was one they won with ease.
Princeton made a season-high 18 3-point shots and Pacific’s senior-laden lineup was unable to shut down the Tigers, who improved to 9-1 with an 83-58 win over UOP in the Holiday Hoops Classic at the South Point Equestrian Center and Arena. Princeton built a 45-30 halftime lead and led by as many as 30 in the second half (79-49) as Pacific’s variety of zone defenses were unable to slow Princeton down.
Jerome Williams could have found myriad reasons for Findlay Prep’s 70-67 loss to Prime Prep (Texas) in the Tarkanian Classic on Friday at Orleans Arena.
UNLV has developed a troubling tendency to play down to the level of many opponents over the last few years. That trend was bucked on Friday night as UNLV put an early 18-0 run on Sacred Heart en route to an 82-50 victory.
It can be a lonely existence at the end of the bench, as Demetris Morant is discovering. He’s getting a lot of time to think and little playing time.
Bob Thomason retired last spring after 25 seasons as the University of the Pacific’s basketball coach. He finished with a 437-321 record and has the most victories in school history.
Sheldon (Calif.) used red-hot shooting from the perimeter to take an early lead Thursday.
Only once this season did Khem Birch feel that UNLV was outmanned on the front line, and that was early this month against No. 1 Arizona.
Karen Weitz had to be strongly persuaded to take her first basketball coaching job. Twenty years and a lot of victories later, she’s more than happy to be running practices and helping students grow as basketball players and people.