Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:
• Ohio State's Thad Matta recently made a wise decision when he hired former Duke guard Greg Paulus as the team's video coordinator. The outstanding athlete tried his hand at quarterback at Syracuse, and now he will be an asset in Columbus. I always admired his hustle and attitude as a player in that Duke uniform.
• Jim Calhoun had to be happy with the late signing of 6-foot-8 DeAndre Daniels from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He was recruited by the likes of Kansas and Florida. Connecticut had a scholarship available when Jamaal Coombs-McDaniel decided to transfer.
• West Virginia is becoming a good place for transfers. After LaSalle center Aaric Murray decided to go to Morgantown, coach Bob Huggins added former Dayton guard Juwan Staten. The 6-foot Staten will have to sit out the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer rules, and he will have three years of eligibility remaining. He started 34 games as a freshman for the Flyers last season and averaged 8.5 points and 5.4 assists in 29 minutes per contest. West Virginia also lost forward Dalton Pepper recently, when he transferred to Temple.
• Northwestern, which retained John Shurna when he pulled out of the NBA draft, will be in the field at the Charleston Classic November 17-20 at Carolina First Arena. The field also includes a Final Four team in VCU, plus Georgia Tech, LSU, Saint Joseph's, Seton Hall, Tulsa and Western Kentucky. That is a very competitive field.
• There is an interesting coaching matchup at the All-College Basketball Classic in Oklahoma City on Dec. 17. Travis Ford and Oklahoma State will hook up with Steve Alford's New Mexico squad. The other showdown that night will match Oklahoma against Houston. That's a pretty enticing doubleheader.
• I hate to admit it, but the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is the best in team sports! No. 2 is UNC vs. Duke! I still love seeing the Tar Heels and Blue Devils go at it, baby!
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