Published on March 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] Not being able to help his teammates might have hurt Carleton Scott the most. Against Syracuse on New Year’s Day, his Notre Dame team was down, and the senior forward was trying to bring his team back into the game.But when he went down with an injury in the last seven minutes, his ability to help was stripped away from him.‘It was terrible for me because I was helping the guys,’ Scott said when describing the moment. ‘It was tough.’Scott suffered a partial tear to his hamstring. Notre Dame lost the game. And without Scott for its next four games, the Fighting Irish went just 2-2.Up until that Syracuse game, Scott averaged 12 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He was a key player Notre Dame sorely missed during his four-game absence.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince he returned on Jan. 19 against Cincinnati, Notre Dame has gone 11-1 to finish the Big East regular season. Though Ben Hansbrough gets much of the attention for the Irish as the Big East Player of the Year winner, Scott remains a key cog in its underrated and undersized frontline. And he should continue to be a key contributor come conference tournament time with the Irish still hoping for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.In just his second game back on Jan. 22 against Marquette, Scott logged a double-double against the Golden Eagles. It was a performance that didn’t surprise Marquette’s head coach Buzz Williams, as he recognized what Scott brings to the team.‘Carleton Scott is back, which I think completely changes their team, kind of puts them back to what they were when they came to be ranked in the Top 25,’ Williams said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference on Jan. 20. ‘I think they’re a different team without Carleton.’Williams’ words proved to be spot on. And in his next game against Pittsburgh on Jan. 24, Scott and the Fighting Irish gave the then-No. 2 Panthers their first Big East loss of the season. Scott had 16 points and nine rebounds, a stat line that has become typical for the forward. He finished the regular season averaging more than 11 points and seven rebounds per game.Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey talked about that win in the Big East coaches’ teleconference on Jan. 27 and noted Scott’s performance as having a big influence on the game.‘One of the things I made sure of was Carleton’s hamstring was feeling good,’ Brey said. ‘Having Carleton back was very helpful.’Scott puts up his numbers while in pain. Though he insists he’s 90 to 95 percent health-wise, he’s constantly playing in pain, he said.‘Pretty much all the time,’ Scott said. ‘I usually don’t report an injury until it’s too late, and I just try to deal with it the best I can and try to suck it up as much as possible. But there are times when it just becomes unbearable.’Unbearable as it may be, his play doesn’t show it on the court. In the 12 games since his return, he has only failed to reach double figures in either points or rebounds twice, all while leading No. 4 Notre Dame to the second-best record in the Big East.On a team without a true big man, Scott’s job — along with forwards Tyrone Nash and Tim Abromaitis — is to help out the guards, he said. The forwards aren’t the focal point of the offense.‘Our role is really important,’ Scott said. ‘We have to get better at rebounds, and our guards do a good job of slowing down the offense and slowing down the offensive pushes. Our job is to battle on the boards, and the guards do a great job of helping us out. Their responsibility falls on us.’Scott’s other role, aside from his position, is to be the team’s vocal leader. Along with Hansbrough, Scott said the two are the most vocal players on the team.Keeping the team’s energy level up and keeping the team focused is important around this time of year, Scott said.‘There’s been a couple times when we’ve been down,’ he said. ‘And me and (Hansbrough) are getting in guys’ faces in the huddles and trying to pick guys up and say, ‘Hey, come on, we have to do this.”With the NCAA Tournament looming, Notre Dame will rely on Scott to keep its momentum going. With a twisted ankle against Providence on Feb. 23 to go along with the nagging effects of the hamstring, Scott may never be 100 percent this season.It will be his attitude that carries him to the big games he’s had this season.‘Just staying mentally tough,’ Scott said of how he copes with the injuries. ‘When you deal with injuries and stuff like that, it can really weigh on you. So just trying to stay optimistic, staying positive with stuff like that helps you heal faster, I believe.’[email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
MARCH MADNESS: Interactive and printable bracketsThe most eye-popping stat2: Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ is one of two players in the NCAA tournament to record more than one triple-double in 2018-19. The only other player to do so was Murray State’s Ja Morant. Happ, a 6-10 forward, is averaging 17.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists this season. He could be poised for some big numbers if his team continues to lean on his production.The most overrated seedNo. 6. Villanova: The Wildcats finished the season 25-9 and ranked 25th in the country by the Associated Press. Villanova was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament last year and beat Michigan in the championship. But it lost five games to opponents that finished outside of the top 25 in 2018-19. The Wildcats may have secured a Big East title in 2019, but they narrowly edged No. 10 Seton Hall. Villanova has been inconsistent this season, and it could be challenged in the first round by No. 11 St. Mary’s.MORE REGION PREVIEWS: East | West | MidwestThe most dangerous sleeperNo. 5 Wisconsin: Ranking fifth in a region wouldn’t make most consider a team to be a sleeper. But the Badgers are just that. Wisconsin hung close with tough opponents all season. It has already gotten a taste of Virginia, losing to the Cavaliers by seven in Charlottesville, which is no small feat. Forward Ethan Happ is one of the best bigs in the country, so solid performances from him could help the Badgers make an unexpected run in March.The first-round upset alertNo. 13 UC Irvine: The Anteaters’ 30-5 record is nothing to scoff at. UC Irvine routinely handled the Big West Conference this season. While it will face No. 4 Kansas State in the first round, the Wildcats could be without their centerpiece Dean Wade, who is recovering from a lingering right foot injury. The Anteaters are one of the better rebounding teams in the country, and Wade is Kansas State’s top rebounder.SN’S MARCH MADNESS HQ:Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsThe Final Four pickNo. 1 Virginia: The Cavaliers are far and away the best all-around team in the South region. They have two of college basketball’s best guards in Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy, a projected 2019 lottery pick in De’Andre Hunter, an elite team defense and efficiency from 3-point range. Barring any total meltdowns or serious injuries, Virginia should come out of this group to reach the Final Four. March Madness features from Sporting News”40 Minutes of Hell” to Hog Heaven : Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.A barrier-breaking title : The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. We remember the importance of that groundbreaking win.An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout : In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.Upset City : Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.The Fagan Jinx : They’re not just upset “alerts” when Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan is in attendance. Recapping the many improbable upsets Fagan has been on hand to witness. More than a timeout : The 1993 NCAA Tournament is more than Chris Webber’s ill-fated timeout in the national championship game against UNC. Danny and the Miracles : Recalling Kansas’ improbable 1988 title run.Chalmers’ shot still resonates : Mario Chalmers never gets tired talking about his 3-pointer against Memphis in 2008.DeCourcy’s best of 30 years : Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the best games he has witnessed from 30 years’ worth of NCAA Tournament coverage. The thrill of victory… : Sporting News staff recall their favorite memories of the NCAA Tournament. Virginia has secured a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Despite losing to Florida State in the ACC Tournament semifinals, the Cavaliers managed to land the top spot in the South Region. Virginia is set to face No. 16 Gardner-Webb from the Big South Conference in the first round and might not be challenged until the Sweet 16.NCAA Bracket: South regionNo. 1 Virginia’s biggest threatNo. 2 Tennessee: The Volunteers were considered to be the top team in the nation for a time, but lost that distinction after Kentucky snapped their 19-game winning streak on Feb. 16. Tennessee secured quality wins against quality ranked opponents like Gonzaga. It also managed to beat Kentucky twice, but fell short to Auburn twice in its last four games. Its latest defeat was a 20-point loss to the Tigers in the SEC Tournament championship. Virginia and Tennessee did not meet during the regular season, but both play smart basketball and are top five in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio. The Volunteers are among the nation’s leaders in team field goal percentage (49.9), so the Cavaliers’ defensive prowess will need to be at its best if the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds face off. …And the agony of defeat : Sporting News staff recalls their most heartbreaking memories from the NCAA Tournament. Get your tissues ready.Top 80 upsets in March Madness history : It’s not March Madness until there’s an upset. Ranking the best we ever saw:Best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history : The defining shots of the NCAA Tournament, and the reason it’s dubbed “March Madness.”
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