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Mad Antics

  • 2 NBA players for Mad Ants
    The Mad Ants' 13 affiliations with NBA teams began to pay off today, as they were assigned forward Adreian Payne by the Atlanta Hawks and guard Glen Rice Jr. by the Washington Wizards.
  • Rice Jr. assigned to Mad Ants
    The Washington Wizards today assigned Glen Rice Jr. to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the team’s NBA Development League affiliate.
  • Watford feels IU will be fine
    I got to catch up with former Indiana University star Christian Watford, who played at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday in a victory over the Mad Ants.
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Ants can't shoot straight

If there is a weakness in this year's Mad Ants team, it might have been revealed in their 111-100 loss to Iowa on Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum. By falling into a 24-point hole, and going nearly nine minutes without a basket in the first half, the Ants showed what happens when a jump shooting team isn't making its jump shots. Without Chris Hunter in the middle, who will be out for the season with a torn Achilles' tendon, the Ants need a scorer underneath, and they simply don't have it in Marvin Phillips, Darnell Lazare or 6-foot-11 Anthony Kent. Fort Wayne simply can't sustain the next two-thirds of the season hoping that Rod Wilmont will be hot from the three-point line and that inside penetration from guards Oliver Lafayette and Walker Russell Jr. will create enough open perimeter shots. It's a team that needs a big who can put the ball in the bucket from five feet and in. Phillips is a grinder who can shoot, but at 6-7, he's mismatched, and same with the 6-8 Lazare. Wilmont had 27 points Tuesday in the loss, and Lafayette had 22, but the Ants shot 39 percent from the floor compared to nearly 48 for Iowa.

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