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While We’re Waiting…Norris Coles goes for 41 and 20, and someone spits on Sully

Nation, his name is Norris Cole. Baller:  “Hard to know what is more astounding, the 41 points or the 20 rebounds?  Remember, Cole is a 6-foot-1 senior guard. So maybe, the 20 rebounds edges out the 41 points.

As Cleveland State coach Gary Waters said, “I’ve never had a guard get 20 rebounds before.”

But how about those 41 points on only 22 field goal attempts? What looks better? The 5-of-10 on 3-pointers, or 14-of-17 at the foul line?  The 41 points is a career-high for Cole, who scored 38 against Florida A&M last season. But 41?

“Maybe I did it when I was a little kid,” said Cole, shaking his head in amazement.

The school record is 49 by Franklin Edwards against Xavier in 1981. Damon Stringer blistered Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 47 in 2000. Next comes Cole with 41, along with two other players.

But 20 rebounds in a game…from a guard? Hard to know if that’s a school record, but it could be. His 18 defensive rebounds are a CSU record. The 20 rebounds are the most by any Viking in 22 years.

The last collegian with 40 points and 20 rebounds in the same game was Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin in 2009. He’s a power forward and destined to be the NBA’s 2011 Rookie of the Year.

Running the risk of being an obnoxious info-commercial for Cole, but there’s more than the points and rebounds. How about nine assists? The senior came as close as anyone in CSU history of a triple-double.

“Norris could have had 50 points,” said Waters. “I asked him to get the other guys involved.”

That’s nine assists compared to only two turnovers. As USA Today wrote: “It just might be the best single performance of the season. Heck, it might be the best performance in several years.”  [Terry Pluto / The Plain Dealer]

Wisconsin fans spit on Sullinger, he said:  “The Buckeyes big man tweeted that he was spit on by a Badgers fan.  “To be spit on is just nasty,” he posted on Twitter. “On top of that in my Face. Before and after the game. Smh. I just kept walking. More fuel to the fire.”

Sullinger, a projected top 3 NBA lottery pick, had 19 points in the Buckeyes’ 71-67 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday.He retweeted “Hats off to the Badgers. They made some big shots. Time to start a new winning streak.”

While the spitting may be disgusting, it’s far from the worst thing players have had to endure on the road. But for the young basketball star, it was an awful way to end what had already been a bad day.

“#Buckeyenation if you ever decide to rush the court. Don’t spit on the opponents. Just a lil tip from me to you.”  [New York Daily News / Nina Mandel]

Shopping Jamison, and offering AP:  “The Cavs are shopping forward Antawn Jamison hard as the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaches.

The Hornets have shown some interest. There’s a perception out there that the Cavs might buy out his contract, but that probably won’t happen.

Swingman Anthony Parker was reportedly offered to Chicago, but a deal couldn’t be reached. One name that was floating around in return is Bulls center Omer Asik, a 7-footer from Turkey. But the Bulls didn’t want to part with their backup center. The Parker deal could still get done for a second-round pick.”  [Bob Finnan / The News-Herald]

DeMarcus Cousins really wanted that last shot, I guess:  “Kings rookie forward DeMarcus Cousins was removed from team plane bound for Phoenix after an altercation with teammate Donte Greene, according to two sources close to the organization.

According to the sources, Cousins was furious at the last play in which Tyreke Evans missed a three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation that would have won the game. Cousins, who had been calling for the ball in the post in the final possession, watched angrily as Greene inbounded the ball to Evans for the final shot.

After the buzzer, he ran the length of the court to catch up to Evans and Greene and was letting his opinions be known as he blew by them to enter the locker room. According to the sources, Greene and Cousins began exchanging words inside the locker room. The situation then escalated, with both players taking swings at each other before they were separated.

Petrie, according to the sources, made the decision to remove Cousins from the plane and will decide on Sunday how to proceed.”  [Sam Amick / Fanhouse]

Browns say they have no plan to cut Delhomme:  “The Browns shed some dead weight salaries earlier this week, but their most overpaid player remains on the team.

Browns G.M. Tom Heckert told Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer there are no plans “at present” (Grossi’s words) to cut quarterback Jake Delhomme.   There’s no rush to cut most players pre-work stoppage and it’s hard to believe Delhomme will be back next year.

Due $5.4 million, Delhomme is behind Colt McCoy on the team’s depth chart.  Delhomme threw two touchdowns and seven interceptions last year and his yards-per-attempt was far lower than McCoy and Seneca Wallace.

We can’t imagine Delhomme truly has a chance to return, but Wallace is a free agent so the Browns will apparently hold on to Delhomme until they find someone else to bolster the roster.”  [Greg Rosenthal / PFT]

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  • Mark

    The Grossi article with Heckert was pretty interesting. For those looking for a little more insight on the dynamics between Mangini and the front office, this is a start. Of course, at this point, I always have to take all of Grossi’s articles with a grain of salt.

  • Lyon

    I’d rather have the 2nd rd pick for AP than that C. We know he won’t be a great player, why not take the pick and hope you can get a steal in the 2nd round.