Louisville forward Jared Swopshire is out indefinitely with a groin injury. Coach Rick Pitino said Thursday the junior has been slow to recover from the injury, sustained during the off-season while he was working out on a track with family members.
Pitino said he has seen little progress in the eight weeks since the injury was diagnosed and estimates Swop-shire "won't be coming back any time soon."
Swopshire was slated to start at small forward for the Cardinals. He averaged 7.5 points and 6.1 rebounds last season. He'll be replaced in the lineup by Kyle Kuric. The Cardinals host Northern Kentucky in an exhibition Sunday at their new downtown arena.
Duke holds on to top spot
Defending national champion Duke was a runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 men's basketball poll. Kentucky was ranked 11th, and San Diego State entered the poll for the first time ever. Duke, on top for a seventh time, has two starters returning to a roster featuring highly touted freshman Kyrie Irving and transfer Seth Curry, Stephen's little brother.
Duke got 55 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel, easily outdistancing Michigan State, which had eight No. 1 votes. Kansas State was third, followed by Ohio State and Pittsburgh. Kansas State, which matched its highest ranking since 1962, got the other two first-place votes.
NCAA to study summer recruiting
The NCAA's Board of Directors voted on Thursday to support a yearlong study into the summer-recruiting period rather than moving forward with a proposal from the Collegiate Commissioners Association that would have banned summer recruiting.
The reason for the decision, according to the governing body's Web site, was the number of concerns raised since the CCA approved the proposal this summer.
"The initial flurry was to get everybody's attention, and they got everyone's attention," Saint Joseph's Coach Phil Martelli said. "We just have to go through the process. Coaches will be heard. It's not something that would be healthy for a large portion of the country."
Supporters of the change say it would weed out some third-party influences in the recruiting process and allow coaches to spend more time on campus, helping new players get acclimated to the college environment.
Those who opposed the change, such as the National Association of Basketball Coaches and some conferences, say an outright ban would increase school costs, not give coaches enough time to make thorough evaluations and have the unintended consequence of increasing contacts with third parties.
Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade said last week the conference sent a letter to the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and NCAA President Mark Emmert supporting summer recruiting.
No changes are expected to be made before the summer of 2012.
Boynton shines for Gators
Kenny Boynton scored 24 points, and Casey Prather added 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 9 Florida to a 92-58 exhibition victory over Florida Tech on Thursday night. Boynton, the Gators' leading scorer last season with a 14.0 average, was 10-for-15 from the field, 4-for-6 from three-point range. He also had five rebounds.
The rest of the Gators struggled from three-point range, making just one of 16.