The Eddie and Inus show is in full swing at Wright State., but so far the returns have been a little off what coach Ed Schilling and transfer Inus Norville had hoped for.
The Raiders are 0-2, while Norville has resumed his career after sitting out last year due to NCAA regulations after transferring from the University of Masachusetts.
Norville was listed at 6-foot-8, 225 pounds as a Minuteman, but his media guide bio at Wright State lists him at 6-9, 271 pounds.
Media guide exaggerations are not abnormal as Minuteman Lou Roe was closer to 6-5 than his listed height of 6-7, so that could be the case with Norville. Otherwise his transfer year was either spent in the gym or Pizza Hut's all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.
But while his uniform is larger and his school is smaller, Norville's stat sheet certainly looked familiar.
In the season opening loss to Old Dominion, the Fayetville, N.C., native fouled out after 20 minutes, six points, four rebounds, and four turnovers. His numbers improved against Central Michigan with nine points, nine rebounds, four fouls, and seven turnovers in 26 minutes.
Schilling isn't concerned, however, as Norville is still recovering from a stress fracture in his back that he suffered in preseason.
"He's been a little out of shape and hasn't come close to hitting his stride. We're expecting great things from him," Schilling said. "He's been a huge asset, setting an example of what kind of work ethic is needed, not just on the court but off the court. He's had above a 3.0 (GPA) for as long as he's been here."
When he is healthy Schilling said Norville will have another adjustment to make.
"He needs to get comfortable in a new role," Schilling said. "At UMass, he was in more of a supportive role, where now he's going to be more of a go-to guy. Once he gets in shape and gets used to his role, I think he can really be a guy that can dominate our league."
In his second year at Wright State, Schilling appears to have finally caught his breath. In 310 days, he went from Indiana High School coach to an assistant at UMass on its way to the Final Four to NBA assistant with John Calipari at the Nets. About 300 days after that Schilling was hired at Wright State.
"I got the job so late last year, we just tried to throw a team together last year, where this year we're trying to build it," he said. "Good days are ahead, it just takes a little time."
The Calipari influence on Schilling is evident.
"We talk about every week or so. He's someone I respect a great deal," Schilling said. "The way we play offensively comes a lot from Coach Cal. The most important thing I learned from him is the importance of getting your team to play hard with great cameraderie.
"I kind of want to do what Coach Cal did at UMass," Schilling continued. "I want to take this program, which is really down and take it from the bottom to the top. I want to build us into a national power right here a Wright State. More than anything I just want to impact lives."
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While Marathon Basketball coach Glen Sergent is the usually anyone's first choice to go to for basketball expertise, he is the only coach to have faced both UMass and UConn already and he weighed in on the Dec. 9 matchup.
"UConn is deep and they're going to be very tough, but it should be a heck of a game. They're well matched," Sergent said. "UMass' front line is probably a little stronger and (UConn's) guards are probably a little stronger. It'll be a good game. I wouldn't put money on either one of them."
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Get Roy Williams a jar of Tums, not the regular size one, the wholesale club size tub. It's going to be a long year in Lawrence, because Kansas just isn't that good.
After trailing at halftime to Gonzaga, before pulling away, the Jayhawks barely nipped Penn Tuesday at the Palestra, and the Quakers aren't even the best team in the Ivy League, a distinction that still belongs to Princeton.
With non-conference games coming up against Kentucky and UNLV, fans have reason for concern.
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Surfing NCAA... Among the best unknown college basketball web sites on the Internet is a page "History of College Basketball at www.businesscents.com/cci.
It features looks at college hoops greatest teams, buildings and arenas. It's worth a look.
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He may not be getting a paycheck, but Jayson Williams won't starve. With the free agent New Jersey Nets big man sitting at the press table of Wednesday's game between UMass and his alma mater, St. John's, one fan caught his attention.
"Don't worry about the lockout," the fan yelled removing his headware. "We'll take care of you. I'm passing the hat."
Williams smiled and responded.
"All right. Keep it going."
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St. Joe's Phil Martelli may have some competition as the A-10's master of quips.
Newcomer Tom Penders has the wisecrack cannon loaded already and is firing from his new post at George Washington.
"Martelli has no hair, Speedy's (Morris) just a couple of months younger than John (Chaney)," Penders said at Atlantic 10 media day. "(Jim) Harrick's older than Methuselah. There's a lot of experience in this league, a great mix of coaches."
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From the fans of the Olympic Triple Cast department, NCAA Tournament games that are not available in certain areas will now be televised on pay-per view through CBS and Direct TV. Games will be available individually as well as part of several packages.
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Michael Jordan is coming to the Mullins Center!!!!! No, not that Michael Jordan. In fact it's not even All-Ivy League star Michael Jordan of Penn. This Michael Jordan (His Benchness?) is a 6-foot-6 sophomore for Detroit, who averaged less than a point per game last year for the Titans.
Jordan isn't the only Titan, whose name suggests celebrity either, as the senior point guard has to live up to the name Jermaine Jackson.