On the desk tonight, seeing all sorts of Associated Press stories.
First, from South Carolina, which beat Marshall 92-65:
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Things have not been easy for South Carolina coach Frank Martin.
And while the second-year coach sees improvement from his young Gamecocks, the losses keep mounting for a head coach who hadn’t missed the postseason until coming here almost two years ago.
“It’s not fun when you’re in it,’’ Martin said Tuesday. “I don’t go home and celebrate every night.’’
Not that’s he’s got anything to shout about these days.
South Carolina (7-12) stands 0-6 in Southeastern Conference play for the third time ever. The Gamecocks have never lost their first seven league games, something they look to avoid when meeting Texas A&M (12-7, 3-3) tonight.
Martin’s longest losing streak in five seasons at Kansas State was four games. This is his second-straight season dropping six in a row.
And a little fun from Orlando:
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — UCF (note: this should be Central Florida on first reference) has had a rough time so far in its first season in the new American Athletic Conference.
The Knights (9-8, 1-5) have lost four straight, and things don’t get any easier with No. 22 and former Conference USA rival Memphis (15-4, 5-2) coming to town on Wednesday. UCF has only one victory over the Tigers in their 15 previous meetings.
Despite their recent struggles, Knights coach Donnie Jones says he’s seen progress from his team, which has struggled shooting the ball and lost by an average of 19.5 points during its current losing skid.
The Knights have made some recent lineup adjustments, though Jones says it’s nothing more than trying to find a good chemistry on the floor.
Referring to the first item, a check on how MU’s nonconference foes are doing in their league:
Penn State 1-6, South Carolina 0-6, Vanderbilt 2-4, Morehead State 5-2, Akron 5-1, South Carolina State 3-4, Stephen F. Austin 7-0, NC-Wilmington 0-6, Presbyterian 0-7, Western Kentucky 5-2, East Tennessee State 4-4, WVU 4-4, Arkansas State 4-3
Total 40-49. Foes defeated: 8-19. Hope my math didn’t fail me there.
Take that however you will. Enjoy your evening … Big game Thursday.