Today in the Morning Rumble, UNLV fires its head man, an Arizona Wildcat is out 4-6 weeks and Villanova wins again in the Big East.
UNLV head coach Dave Rice, who has 98-54 record over four-plus years in Las Vegas, was fired on Sunday evening with the Runnin' Rebels starting conference play with an 0-3 record. The last straw was a blown 17-point lead to one of the worst teams in the Mountain West Conference, Wyoming, with their leading scorer Josh Adams scoring just 12 points.
Rice has become a fantastic recruiter but he was never able to get the most out of his talent. He made two NCAA Tournaments (losing in the Round of 64 in both) and really struggled the last two years with Rashad Vaughn (now in the NBA) and Stephen Zimmerman on his side.
Freshman guard Allonzo Trier is the Arizona Wildcats leading scorer and has developed into one of the team's most reliable players over the last couple of weeks. Now, the road to winning a Pac-12 title will be even more difficult as Trier will be out 4-6 weeks due to a broken hand.
The Wildcats will have to rely on Kadeem Allen, Gabe York and Parker Jackson-Cartwright in their backcourt more so now than ever. Remember this is a program that lost four of it's starters from last year's Elite Eight team and doesn't have the talent it has had in years past. Losing Trier zaps the Wildcats of their lone shot creator.
The rumors of John Calipari heading to the NBA never stop. And with the Brooklyn Nets head coaching job opening up on Sunday due to the firing of Lionel Hollins, everything is just starting to heat up.
Guess who's back? Denzel Valentine is as he scored 10 points off the bench in a win over Penn State on the road. Valentine was the front runner for Player of the Year before he was forced to sit out the first four games of Big Ten play because of a knee injury.
Villanova is still the team to beat in the Big East. They are the only remaining undefeated squad in the conference and they went into Hinkle Fieldhouse and earned yet another victory. The Wildcats were led by breakout star Josh Hart, who had 22 points and 11 boards, and Ryan Arcidiacono, who added 11 points.
Roosevelt Jones was questionable coming into the match-up but played with a sore wrist. He scored 20 points and didn't record an assist.