When we last heard from Appalachian State coach Buzz Peterson, he didn't know what to say to his Mountaineers, who had suffered an embarrassing loss to Division II King College.
Apparently, Buzz figured out something to yell.
App State has won two straight, at Western Carolina and UNC Greensboro, since the King College debacle, and is in first place in the Southern Conference North Division heading into tonight's game with Davidson.
Peterson sparked the rebound by kicking players out of an early morning practice last week.
"I was a complete jerk and kicked a couple of them out. The head coach didn't need to be talked back to ... I think that got some attention, and struck a nerve," Peterson said after his team's 89-77 win at Western Carolina.
App State (14-10, 8-4) followed up with a 75-69 win at UNCG, and is in good shape for a first-round bye in the SoCon Tournament. The Mountaineers are three games ahead of third-place Chattanooga, and the top two teams in the division get a bye.
Four of App State's final six SoCon games are at home, with the toughest test a Feb. 17 game at College of Charleston. Western Carolina, in second place in the North Division at 8-5, has three of its last five at home, starting with Davidson on Saturday.
He's gone to the NBA, but apparently the former Davidson star still rules in the SoCon. The league confirmed Wednesday that if Davidson is still alive on the second day of the SoCon Tournament in Charlotte next month, the Wildcats will be guaranteed the 2 p.m. game on Saturday, March 6, at Bojangles Coliseum.
That's so Davidson fans won't be forced to choose between watching the Wildcats and going to see Curry and the Golden State Warriors play the Bobcats at 7 p.m. the same day at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Phoenix climbed out of the SoCon North cellar with wins over Furman and Western Carolina, putting first-year coach Matt Matheny's team at 4-8 in the league and fourth in the division heading into tonight's game at College of Charleston.
The Eagles won five straight to improve to 9-4 in the Big South, just two games back of first-place Coastal Carolina. The Eagles had three players with double-doubles -- Reggie Middleton, Matt Morgan and Mantoris Robinson -- for the first time in school history in last Saturday's 87-83 win over VMI.
The Catamounts' resume, which includes a December win at Louisville, lost some luster with two straight losses and three in five games.
"We are not as hungry as we were. We have great guys and we will regroup and find a way to get it going again. It is never easy. A couple days off from the grind and pressure may help us recharge ourselves and to refocus," coach Larry Hunter posted on Twitter.
Forgetting your uniform
When summoned from the bench during the first half at The Citadel last week, Chattanooga junior DeAndre Jefferson took off his warmup, only to discover he did not have on his uniform.
"We have a fun bunch of good kids, but at some point, they're going to have to take basketball serious," Mocs coach John Shulman said after the 68-60 loss.
By the numbers
72 -- Coastal Carolina's margin of victory in its last two Big South games, against Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville. Coastal Carolina (21-4, 11-2) has a two-game lead over Radford and Winthrop in the Big South.
1,386 -- Career points for Citadel guard Cameron Wells, putting him fifth on the Bulldogs' career list.
1,528 -- Career points for College of Charleston guard Andrew Goudelock, putting him sixth on the Cougars' career list.
He tweeted it
"Proud of the poise our guys showed last night. Great atmosphere and rivalry and our guys responded!!"-- Citadel basketball coach Ed Conroy (@CitadelHoopsEC) on Twitter after the Bulldogs' 72-65 win over College of Charleston.
A story I wrote on Georgia Southern's NCAA probation on Jan. 27 needs some clarification. GSU was required to "vacate" its victories from the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, not forfeit them. And the school's internal investigation began on Dec. 1, 2008, not the day after former coach Jeff Price resigned in March 2009.