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Sully's Court: Northeastern's schedule

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  November 23, 2009 12:29 PM

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Northeastern's schedule: Bill Coen has put together an interesting schedule this season. His team started with Siena and Utah State and got a split, which is outstanding. "In the past we've played the high majors,'' said Coen. "This year is more like a bracket-buster special, Siena, Utah State, Wright State, and Saint Mary's out in California. Plus we play Providence, BU, and Rhode Island, the traditional local opponents. I think on bracket buster selection day those are the teams that pop up year in and year out. as the elite mid-major competition.''

Janning's body: "People are saying he finally looks like a freshman,'' said Coen about his star senior guard. Janning is still lanky but he's gained almost 40 pounds since his freshman year and is now 6-4, 195 and pretty solid looking. Against Utah State Coen ran a backdoor dunk for Janning who was high above the rim for a spectacular dunk. When the play was mentioned in the post-game press conference, Coen, Janning and his teammate Chaison Allen could only just smile. " We've run it a few times,'' said Coen.

More scheduling: After losing to Northeastern Saturday, Utah State coach Stew Morrill thought out loud: "I wonder how many teams in the RPI top 150 opened the season with three road games?'' Morrill did, beating Weber State but losing to Utah and Northeastern. We'll do some research and let you know.

LaceDarius Dunn report: Playing only 23 minutes in Baylor's 106-45 victory over Hardin-Simmons, our guy hit 10 of 15 shots including 7 of 11 three-pointers for 27 points. He even had three assists.

Five Rising:
Miami:
The Hurricanes established themselves as a surprise team by winning the Charleston Classic including a championship game victory over South Carolina.
North Carolina State: The Wolfpack, predicted to be at the bottom of the ACC, have won their first four.
Portland: The Pilots are 3-0 after beating Oregon Saturday night.
Syracuse: How's that loss to Division 2 LeMoyne look now after the Orange beat Cal and North Carolina on back-to-back nights?
Texas Tech: Pat Knight's team is 5-0, all home games but against some decent opponents. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Oregon State and Northwestern State were three of the victories.

Five falling:
Davidson:
Without Stephen Curry, the Wildcats have started 0-4.
Dayton: The ranked Flyers returned from Puerto Rico 1-2 after losing to Villanova and Kansas State.
Oklahoma: Jeff Capel brought his team to Richmond, Va. to play Virginia Commonwealth this past weekend. The game was scheduled as part of his departure from VCU and then the Rams beat him and the Sooners 82-69. The Sooners are now 1-2. Blake Griffin, come back.
Oregon State: President Obama's brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, was supposed have an improved team this season. The Beavers are 1-3 after losing to Sacramento State Saturday.
Rutgers: Fred Hill came to Piscataway from Villanova with a reputation as a big-time recruiter. Things have not worked as evidenced by the Knights' loss to Vermont yesterday.

This Week's George Mason: Butler, of course, but the Bulldogs struggled against Evansville Saturday night.

This Week's Final Four: Kansas, West Virginia, Purdue, North Carolina.

This Week's national champion: Kansas.

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