Morning Mashup: Changing Places, Names, and Names of Places

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

A review of the stories we care about from around the web, including notes from the Summit League, about players returning from injury, and about what one tournament win can really mean.

From around the internets, we bring you a few more interesting tidbits to grind in your teeth today:

~ Yahoo! Sports has started doing conference previews, ranking the conferences 1-31 and then previewing in reverse order. Up first are the #31 SWAC and #30 MEAC, with predictions of a SWAC free-for-all after Missippi Valley State's inelegibility over APR scores, and a potential repeat for Savannah State as they return their starting five.

~ Also of note, a nice little piece talking about the team that (many have forgotten) didn't actually win the MEAC last season, Norfolk State. It serves as a reminder of what a win like theirs (over Missouri in the tournament) can do for not just the basketball team's ability to recruit, but the entire university's ability to draw a new crop of students (and alumni and corporate donations) to the school. Which, of course, will make a season where they lose the top four scorers from last year's darlings a bit harder to watch.

~ The Summit League has decided they are sick and tired of acronyms (and I'm totally cool with it):

  • The University of Nebraska-Omaha (formerly UNO) is now just "Omaha". They've also done some re-branding.
  • The University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) is now just "Kansas City" (and is debating making that change permanent).
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is now just "Fort Wayne" (hallelujah).
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is....well, still IUPUI for now, mostly because the city already has Indianapolis University. But I'd wager that will chage eventually.
~ Lastly, SI's Rob Dauster mentions some intriguing players returning from injury, and among them are Fairfield's starting point guard Derek Needham, Santa Clara's Marc Trasolini, Detroit's Nick Minnerath, Paul McCoy at St. Mary's, Sampson Carder and Cady Lalanne at UMass, and Allen Chaney at High Point. Chaney is the intriguing player to me - the former enrolee at both Florida and High Point is now playing basketball for the first time in four years after a battle with viral myocarditis (that's a viral infection that inflamed his heart tissue, for you non-medicos).
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