UMKC to tip off
The Kareem Richardson era officially begins Friday.
UMKC takes on Emporia State at 3 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium in the regular-season opener. The game will be televised on KSMO (Ch. 62).
Richardson came to UMKC from Louisville, where he served as an assistant coach for the national champion Cardinals last season.
UMKC won its exhibition game, 95-80 over Rockhurst last Friday.
Two North Carolina players to sit
North Carolina will hold leading scorer P.J. Hairston and senior Leslie McDonald out of the No. 12 Tar Heels’ season opener Friday against Oakland because of NCAA eligibility concerns.
It’s not known how long the players will be kept off the court.
“It’s an ongoing issue, a compliance issue with the university and the NCAA,” team spokesman Steve Kirschner said Thursday. “We’re working together on that, but they’re not playing. Really that’s all we can get into at this point.”
Authorities cited Hairston in May and June while driving a rental vehicle linked to a felon, raising the possibility of an improper benefits violation.
The school hasn’t specified McDonald’s issue, though North Carolina had to send a letter this summer ordering a company that makes designer mouth guards to stop using McDonald on a website promoting its brand.
• Michigan center Mitch McGary will miss Friday night’s season opener against Massachusetts-Lowell because of a lingering back problem. McGary, a 6-foot-10 sophomore who was chosen to the presason All-America team, averaged 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament, helping the Wolverines reach the national championship game.
• Memphis forward David Pellom is expected to miss five weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee. Pellom transferred to the No. 13 Tigers from George Washington.
• Starting guard Ray Gallegos has been suspended for Nebraska’s first two games and reserve Jordan Tyrance left the team for personal reasons. Gallegos, a team captain, led the Big Ten in minutes played at 37.5 a game last season and averaged 12.5 points.
Hurley to make debut
Bobby Hurley, the former NBA point guard and All-American at Duke, makes his college head coaching debut with Buffalo on Friday night at Texas A&M.
Hurley, 42, will try to take the Bulls, who joined Division I in 1999, to their first NCAA Tournament. He previously was an assistant under brother, Dan, at Wagner College.
• Top-seeded West Virginia plays No. 5 seed Baylor at 5:30 p.m. Friday and No. 6 seed Oklahoma State plays second-seeded Texas Tech at 8 p.m. Friday in the Big 12 women’s semifinals at Swope Soccer Village. The championship game is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
• Second-seeded Fort Hays State beat No. 3 seed Northeastern State (Okla.), advancing to the MIAA men’s tournament championship game Saturday. Fort Hays will play Lindenwood, which beat Upper Iowa 3-1 Thursday, at 11 a.m. Saturday at the College Boulevard Activities Complex.
• In the MIAA women’s tournament, eighth-seeded Central Oklahoma plays No. 4 seed Washburn at 4 p.m. and No. 7 seed Emporia State plays No. 3 seed Southwest Baptist at 7 p.m. Friday in the semifinals. The championship is at 11 a.m. Sunday.
| Staff and wire reports