Today in the Morning Rumble, a preview of Saturday's schedule, Austin Grandstaff is moving on and Chris Mullin says he's having the time of his life.
Saturday is going to be an awesome day of college hoops as Virginia takes on Villanova, Duke battles Utah at Madison Square Garden, the CBS Sports Classic (Kentucky vs Ohio State and North Carolina vs UCLA) takes over the Barclays Center, Seton Hall faces Wichita State and Butler takes center stage against Purdue. Rob Dauster of College Basketball Talk has the full weekend preview.
Freshman shooting guard Austin Grandstaff, who was a top 50 recruit coming out of high school, has decided to transfer from Ohio State. Grandstaff wasn't receiving much playing time as he averaged just 11.5 minutes per game and 4.4 points. The Rockwall, Texas native chose the Buckeyes over Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan and Oregon.
According to Jeff Goodman, St. John's has been one of the multiple teams that have reached out to Grandstaff since his announcement.
Northwestern and Illinois are nearing a deal for a doubleheader next season at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls. The doubleheader would consist of the Wildcats playing Atlantic 10 powerhouse Dayton while the Illini would battle with BYU.
Illinois regularly hosts games at the United Center but Northwestern has not played a regular season match-up at the Bulls' home arena since 2003.
Chris Mullin spoke to the New York Post recently and said that he has no regrets over taking the St. John's head coaching position. The Hall of Famer says he is having fun and enjoys working with the kids even though this season has already had it's fair share of up and downs.
From the upsets to the buzzer beaters, college basketball is filled with some terrific stories. But this is one of the better moments to start the season as Jake Johnson (a walk-on at Pepperdine) was rewarded with a scholarship. Then his teammates mobbed him!
UMass senior guard Trey Davis dropped 40 points (!) in a win over New Orleans on Wednesday night and he credited his success to his mom, who shut off his cell service following a poor early season performance.
Davis was shooting 26 percent from the floor during the team's three game losing streak. He bounced back in a big way on a night that John Calipari was honored.