Off The Boards
By Jack Scheuer – December 10, 2011 Edition
Don’t look now, but the LaSalle Explorers, with a favorable schedule in front of them, have a good shot at running their winning streak to 9 straight before hosting highly ranked Xavier on January 4. Should this come about, it will be their longest stretch of wins since the ’89-’90 season, when the great Lionel Simmons led a run of 22 in a row. That team finally lost to Clemson in the NCAA’s. January 4 will be a big hoops night in the city since Duke also visits Temple at the Wells Fargo that night.
Nice to see Happy Jim Burr back for his 39th year as an official. Rumor has it he has not smiled since the first year. Just the opposite is Tim Higgins, in his 35th season, who has a completely different personality. You have to give Burr credit though, he doesn’t put up with any of the nonsense from coaches which we see too often.
We’re not getting any younger department: Tim Hardaway Jr. is at Michigan; Two of Michael Jordan’s sons are at Central Florida; Glen Rice Jr. plays at Georgia Tech; Austin Rivers (Doc) is at Duke; Marin Kukoc (Tony) at Penn, and Patrick Ewing Jr. is trying to make the New Orleans roster.
Trivia Time: Who holds the Villanova record for most assists in one season? Answer at the end of the column.
This and That: Xavier’s Tu Holloway looks to be honing in on a Kemba Walker- type season….I think it’s about time Michigan coach John Belien should be rated among the best coaches in the country…. Speaking of coaches, Archie Miller, in his first year at Dayton, must be feeling some heat. The Flyers have had some really bad losses. Meanwhile, big brother Sean is doing well at Arizona…. News from Sixer land says Lavoy Allen will be given a real long look to make the team. He played well in France…Iona’s Scott Machada, who had a huge game against St. Joe’s is the real thing. He had the most assists of any Division One returning player… Villanova’s young team is struggling some, but freshman Darrun Hilliard looks like he’s got a promising future.
Answer to Trivia Time:: Chris Ford handed out 238 assists in 1970-71.