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November 5, 2011

If this blog were ESPN Magazine, this post would be the “Back Issue.”

The CAA’s Preseason Player of the Year is BACK: After breaking his left foot in a summer league game, Old Dominion swingman Kent Bazemore could have missed up to two months of games. It appears he’ll miss none.

As Ed Miller reports, Bazemore played in the Monarch’s preseason game Friday night, scoring seven points in six minutes during the first half.

This is an immeasurably huge plus for ODU, which lost three other starters to graduation and wouldn’t have had a go-to guy without Bazemore in the lineup.

Not to mention, Baze is the Colonial’s two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year. While it may take him some time to return to his Spiderman antics, the senior’s presence alone should make his younger teammates better.

Brady’s trial pushed BACK: Originally scheduled for Nov. 14 – a day after JMU’s season-opener at home against Canisius – jury selection for the Marist College vs. Matt Brady trial was moved to April 27 after the sides met for a conference on Wednesday.

Now, Brady, JMU’s fourth-year coach who is being sued by previous employer Marist for a supposed breach-of-contract regarding recruits, won’t have to shuttle between Harrisonburg to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., throughout the year. He’ll get a full season of practices and games uninterrupted by litigations.

Basketball soon to be BACK: Itching to see college basketball again? A CAA team will be in action Monday, when William & Mary kicks off its season at St. John’s as part of the 2K Sports Classic (the game, scheduled for 7 p.m., will be televised on ESPNU).

The Tribe is banged up, and obviously less athletic than St. John’s across the board. But W&M is the type of team that can shoot its way to an upset against a more heralded opponent.

Plus, this year’s Red Storm isn’t quite the unit that reached the NCAA tournament last year. Steve Lavin lost nine seniors, including his top five scorers. This year’s squad has five freshmen, including Name Hall-of-Famer Sir’Dominic Pointer (not to be outdone, God’sgift Achiuwa is the team’s big junior college transfer. You can’t make this stuff up).

Get your seats BACK: At CAA Media Day I joked with Northeastern coach Bill Coen that, with the Celtics and the entire NBA locked out, Huskies basketball would be the main sports attraction in Boston this winter.

“Don’t count out Tom Brady,” Coen responded. “He has a little something to do with it.”

Sure, TB12’s Patriots will likely play into January again, but for Bostonians to get their basketball fix, they’ll need to look elsewhere.

Northeastern’s marketing department has devised a promotion for those forlorn Celtics fans. NBA season ticket holders will get half off NEU season tickets – giving them a dozen games for just $50.

Jonathan Lee may be no Rajon Rondo, but at least he’ll be playing basketball this winter.

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