So that's how the FIU hoops team can play when it has some players back on the court. Big win for the Golden Panthers hoopsters over Western Kentucky -- the Sun Belt's top team and a Sweet 16 team from a year ago that finished ranked No. 22. (Thanks to Sam Lewis and Alex Hernandez for the photos)
FIU played with an intensity against Western Kentucky on Thursday night that had not been seen all season. Heck, even SR doing his best Bruce Lee impression was excited about it shattering an AT&T plastic sign with a karate mule kick. Don't think there is an AT&T endorsement in SR's future, but maybe Sprint, Nextel, T-Mobile or Verizon will come calling. "Can You Hear Me Now? Good"
FIU scored the most points it has all season (81), made a season-high in field goals (28), free throws (15) and 3-pointers (10, 6 of which came from Michael Dominguez (right) who was 6 of 6 from 3-land) and the Panthers didn't turn the ball over 20 times Thursday. Until there were 5 minutes left in the game, FIU had only 4 turnovers.
Slowly, but surely the Golden Panthers are getting healthier and the results are showing on the court. With more talent on the court, there are more players for opponents to worry about. Alex Galindo gave FIU a boost with his return against Fordham 2 Mondays ago and getting Tremayne Russell back yesterday also helped.
While Thursday was only one game, it gave a glimpse of what FIU is capable of on the hardwood. You can vote on Thursday's game below.
Wesley Carroll is not the only recent transfer to FIU. Guard Martavis Kee (below, right) transferred from Temple and started classes at FIU this week. Like WC, MK played his high school ball at St. Thomas Aquinas.
At Temple, he played in 5 games during the 2007-08 season. SR said: "Martavis is in that category of a Josue Soto, who was a top prep player in Florida. We are trying hard to recruit the best players out of Florida. These are the type of kids we need to bring success to our program."
Like WC, MK has to sit out a year and will be able to begin play at FIU a year from now in January 2010.
OCPanther: Pete, whats the deal with TY playing b-ball? Not gonna happen?
GPP: Been told TY is concentrating on putting on weight for football and getting ready for spring practice.
class09: Will Tevin McCaskill and Wade Tolbert join Dillard, Times, and Hargrett in visiting FIU?
GPP: I'm not aware of TM and WTolbert visits, but I wouldn't be surprised.
FIU Fanatic: Pete, isn't Alonzo Phillips also one of the WR/special teams losses for next season? I thought he was a Senior...or is he coming back for one more year,
GPP: How could I forget about Blue25? Yes, AP has graduated and will not be back. And neither will Jerrell Lamb (those who have been reading the GPP for a while will get the JL humor)
Seems to never fail here on the GPP, we put up an FIU football poll question and fans from all over the world come on out to vote. The latest is a reader in the Central District, Hong Kong, who voted that the more competition, the better at FIU QB in 2010. In that poll question, 59 percent of you agree with our new friend in Hong Kong. 30.1% say what do we know about QB, let the FIU coaches figure it out and 10.8% of you say FIU has too many QBs. Poll is still open and so is the hoop poll below the updated GPP scorecard....
The GPP is now read in: 39 STATES: ALA, ARI, ARK, CA, COL, FLA, GA, HI, IDAHO, IL, IND, IOWA, KAN, KY, LA, MASS, MD, MICH, MIN, MISS, MO, NEB, NEV, NC, NJ, NY, OH, ORE, PA, RI, SC, TEN, TEX, UTAH, VA, VER, WASH, WEST VA., WISC.
26 COUNTRIES: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Venezuela, Vietnam.
1 DISTRICT: Washington, D.C. and 1 TERRITORY: Puerto Rico.