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Villanova star looks set to go after drill
By wire services
Published March 15, 2006
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Here's a sight for a sore eye: Allan Ray swishing 3-pointers and shooting free throws.
Villanova's senior guard looked sharp Tuesday in his first shooting drills since a scary right eye injury in the Big East tournament.
With coach Jay Wright watching, Ray shot without goggles during individual drills, three days before the Wildcats' first-round game in the NCAA Tournament, a game he expects to play in.
"I got to see exactly what I wanted to see," Wright said.
Ray is expected to join the Wildcats for a full practice today. His right eye was slightly reddened, and he said he felt only a little soreness.
"I was pretty comfortable out there," Ray said. "My vision was good the past few days, so I just came in and I felt pretty good."
Ray is the Wildcats' second-leading scorer, averaging 18.8 points, and top 3-point threat in a four-guard starting lineup.
The third-ranked Wildcats were in the Top 10 all season and earned the No. 1 seed in the Minneapolis Region.
Ray visited an eye specialist again Tuesday and will likely go daily until the tournament starts. He declined to wear goggles because the only risk to his eye would be getting poked again.
"Both my eyes are 20-20 vision, so everything is good," he said.
CRASH COURSE: The Razorbacks are familiar with the names now. Chris McNaughton, Charles Lee, Kevin Bettencourt ...
"They are very skilled," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "The minute you make a mistake, they take advantage of it."
Tucked in a small Pennsylvania town and rarely on national television, the Bucknell Bison have thundered along below the radar. All anyone knows is they upset Kansas in last year's NCAA Tournament, then followed with win after win in 2005-06.
How have they done it? Arkansas has only a few days to figure it out. The eighth-seeded Razorbacks play the ninth-seeded Bison on Friday in Dallas.
Bucknell went unbeaten in the Patriot League and won nonconference games against Syracuse and St. Joseph's. The Syracuse win was on the road, and the Bison also played at Duke.
"The more I watch film on Bucknell, the more I appreciate how good they are and how they were able to beat Kansas last year and Syracuse this year," Heath said.
SEC HONORS: LSU's Glen Davis was named conference player of the year by the Associated Press, and teammate Tyrus Thomas was honored as the top newcomer. Tennessee's Bruce Pearl was honored as coach of the year. Florida's Joakim Noah was named to the All-SEC first team with Davis, Arkansas' Ronnie Brewer, Alabama's Ronald Steele and Tennessee's Chris Lofton.
COLLEGE HOOPS CLASSIC: Texas, Michigan State, Maryland and St. John's have been selected as the hosts for the regional rounds in November.
TEXAS-PAN AM: Coach Robert Davenport was fired after a 7-24 season, second-worst in school history.