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Arizona's Scott makes wait pay off

Arizona's Scott makes wait pay off

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Matt Scott entered his sophomore season as Arizona's starting quarterback, having no reason to believe it was anything but the start of three great years.

Instead, it lasted three games.

His job gone and his confidence almost shot, Scott decided to stick it out at Arizona, patiently waiting for his chance to come again.

It took more than two years, but Scott finally got it.

And, boy, did he make the most of it.

Shredding defenses with his arm and his legs, Scott developed into one of the nation's top quarterbacks his final season in the desert, securing his place in Arizona lore and possibly a spot in the NFL in a short period of time.

``Matt's played with a chip on his shoulder since we've been here and you can tell,'' said Rod Smith, Arizona's co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

``His past experiences have driven him and he told me, `coach, I'm not relinquishing anything this year, I'll to be the best we've ever had.' He worked and prepared that way.''

It just took him a while to get there.

One of the nation's top quarterback recruits out of Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., Scott played sparingly as a freshman, but emerged from spring drills and preseason camp as the starter in 2009.

He started the first three games, but was replaced by Nick Foles after struggling against Iowa.

Foles went on to start the rest of the season and the two years after that, leaving Scott to mostly fill in as an injury replacement or in mop-up duty.

He did well in two starts after Foles was injured during the 2010 season, piling up 688 yards of combined total offense in games against Washington and UCLA. Mostly, though, he waited around, watching instead of playing, his confidence still dented from being benched so early in his career.

``It was real tough,'' Scott said. ``Coming out of high school, everybody is that guy and it's real hard to take a backseat to someone else. It was a real humbling experience for me.''

Scott got his chance to show what he could really do this season.

After a redshirt season in 2011, he was the undisputed starter entering this season after Foles was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Scott turned out to be a perfect fit for new Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez's read-option offense.

An athletic 6-foot-3, Scott has a strong arm and can make every throw imaginable. He threw for 3,238 yards and 24 touchdowns, both third on Arizona's all-time single-season list.

Scott also was a dangerous runner, finishing as Arizona's second-leading rusher behind All-American Ka'Deem Carey, the FBS leader.

Scott had 3,723 total yards, second in Arizona history and seventh nationally this season, and had four of Arizona's top 10 single-game performances for total yards. Against Stanford, which has one of the nation's best defenses, he set school records by completing 45 of 69 passes and came close to another mark by throwing for 491 yards.

Not bad for a player who was mostly an unknown entity to Arizona's new coaching staff.

``Matt Scott is a stud,'' Rodriguez said earlier this season.

He's also pretty tough.

With depth issues on the offensive line, the Wildcats had a hard time protecting Scott. There were times when Arizona's coaches called fewer running plays for Scott to protect him and sometimes it didn't matter what they did.

He suffered a painful hip injury against Oregon early in the Pac-12 season, was knocked out of the game against Southern California and suffered a concussion against UCLA.

Other than the concussion, which caused him to sit out against Colorado, Scott kept getting back up, even vomiting on the field a couple of times before playing on.

``Even when we didn't run him, he took a beating,'' Smith said. ``But in college football, the quarterback is going to take a beating. But he's a tough kid. Never once did he ever want to sit out a game. He's one of those guys who just wants to play. If it's broke, he'll just cut it off and keep going.''

Now it's time for Scott to head off to his future,

Considered an average NFL prospect at the start of the season, Scott had scouts flowing to Arizona's games this season to get a look at his arm strength, decision-making and improvisational skills.

But for Scott, there's no time to think about that just yet.

He still has a final game to play.

After leading Arizona to seven wins in Rodriguez's first season, Scott will take the Wildcats to Albuquerque on Saturday night to face Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl.

No matter what happens in that game, Scott has already cemented his place in Arizona football history with a legacy that may be tough to match.

``Hopefully, they see me as one of the best quarterbacks to play here,'' Scott said. ``I only had one season to prove that, but I think we did prove a little something.''

He sure did. It just took a while to get his chance to do it.

James Madison at Delaware College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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James Madison at Delaware College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Winners of two straight, James Madison will hope to continue its victorious run against rival Delaware. 

The Blue Hens, meanwhile, have won four of their first six conference games and will be looking to keep pace in the competitive CAA when they host the Dukes at Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del. on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus.

James Madison at Delaware How to Watch

What: James Madison Dukes at Delaware Blue Hens
Where: Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, Del. 
When: 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder)

James Madison at Delaware Preview

Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
Record: James Madison (9-9, 2-3)  Delaware (12-7, 4-2)
Last Game: 74-65 win vs. Towson 1/12 (James Madison), 71-58 loss at College of Charleston, 1/12 (Delaware)
Leading Scorers: Stuckey Mosley, 15.7 ppg (James Madison), Eric Carter, 17.3 ppg (Delaware)

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Wizards vs. Knicks: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. Knicks: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards have traveled across the pond and will take on the New York Knicks in London, England Thursday (3 pm, NBC Sports Washington) as part of the NBA Global Games slate. 

Washington has brought some momentum with it on its journey to the United Kingdom, the Wizards winning five of their last eight. 

The Knicks, meanwhile, have lost three straight, and are just a game and a half above the basement-dwelling Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference standings.

Here's is what you need to know for Thursday's game.

WIZARDS vs. KNICKS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks, Game 45 of the 2018-19 NBA season
Where: The 02 Arena, London, England
When: 3:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Knicks will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Knicks on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the new MyTeams App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. KNICKS TV SCHEDULE

2:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)
2:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)
3:00 PM: New York Knicks @ Wizards (LIVE)
5:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)
6:00 PM:Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

WIZARDS vs. KNICKS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Dwight Howard (Back, Out), Markieff Morris (Neck, Out), John Wall (Heel, Out)
Knicks: Tim Hardaway Jr. (Hamstring, Day-to-day), Mitchell Robinson (Ankle, Day-to-day), Enes Kanter (Personal reasons, Out), Kristaps Porzingis (Knee, Out)

WIZARDS vs. KNICKS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bradley Beal, Wizards: With John Wall out for the season, Beal has played like a true superstar, averaging almost 30 points per contest in his last eight games. Can he put on a show for the London crowd Thursday? 
Emmanuel Mudiay, Knicks: Mudiay has been a bright spot for the Knicks during a troublesome season. The 22-year old is scoring a career-high 14.5 points per game, second on the team only to Tim Hardaway Jr.'s 19.8.

WIZARDS vs. KNICKS SERIES HISTORY

Number of all-time Meetings: 335 games (36 playoff games)
Regular Season Record: Knicks lead 169-130
Playoff Record: Knicks lead 23-13
Last Meeting: Wizards win 110-107 on 12/3/18
Last 10: Wizards lead 9-1

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