If you are unfamiliar with College Hoops 101, it is a weekly feature here at The Sports Bank that breaks down everything you need to know going on in the world of college basketball. Every Monday I will look back at the previous week’s action, break down what to expect in the week ahead, and most importantly, update you on the obscene amount of games I have watched.
It’s Feast Week! Shove your face with some turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing… send your girlfriends/wives out shopping… sit back and enjoy some college basketball preseason tournaments. None more stacked than the Maui Invitational.
Click here in case you missed my 111 team previews in 111 days to check out the in-depth profiles.
Games watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games watched in 2010-2011: 341
Games watched this season: 37
Games watched last week: 19
Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I saw play in 2010-2011: 131
Teams I have seen play this season: 50
(Home teams in CAPS)
North Carolina 91, UNC-ASHEVILLE 75
Kendall Marshall is hands down the best pure point guard in the country as he dished out 15 assists in this one. His unselfishness and court vision make him a joy to watch.
SYRACUSE 92, Manhattan 56
Looks like the ‘Cuse will be playing some man-to-man this year and not stick with their usual 2-3 zone the entire season. Their depth can wear teams down and playing man will allow that to play to the Orange’s benefit.
GONZAGA 89, Washington State 81
Zags freshman point guard starts ESPN’s 24 hour college basketball marathon with a bang by draining nine three-pointers. By the way, Gonzaga center Robert Sacre looks like Bald Bull from Mike Tyson’s Punch Out.
MEMPHIS 97, Belmont 81
Almost the identical Tiger team from a year ago, just much, much more mature as they pick up an impressive win over a very good Belmont team. Joe Jackson and Will Barton look ready to take the leap and Wesley Witherspoon might finally tap into his potential, though he still committed a boneheaded flagrant foul. When they get out and run, Memphis is tough to stop.
BAYLOR 77, San Diego State 67
Amazing stat: over his career, more than half of Quincy Acy’s field goals made has been dunks. That’s literally re-dunk-ulous.
TEXAS 100, Rhode Island 90
Sloppy, sloppy game featuring 53 fouls and 76 free throw attempts. I’m not sure how the Longhorns are going to hold up long-term with so many young players and not a lot of size inside. They will need to run, run, run with their guards.
Duke 74, Michigan State 69
Not sure if you guys heard or if ESPN covered this, but Coach K. picked up his 903rd coaching win, becoming the all-time leader in Division One. And guess what??? The guy he passed is Bob Knight, who coached Krzyzewski! O.M.G.
OHIO STATE 81, Florida 74
My eyes were glued to the Jared Sullinger/Patric Young match-up inside. To my surprise, Young actually more than held his own. Dude is built like an absolute house.
Kentucky 75, Kansas 65
The Wildcats are going to be a lot of fun to watch this year since their entire starting five are likely top 20 picks in the 2012 NBA Draft. By the way, Terrence Jones is the second member of my “All-Serial Killer Lookalike Team”, captained by UCLA’s Reeves Nelson. Jones has the most intense, sadistic look in his eyes at times.
Long Beach State 86, PITT 76
It’s obviously an upset anytime Pitt loses at the Zoo in a non-conference game, but if you read my pre-season previews, I was very high on the 49ers. They have a lot of experience and talent and will be a nightmare opponent in the NCAA Tournament. This Pitt team just seems to lack the toughness of the past couple years, especially on the defensive end.
Alabama 62, Maryland 42
Bama is a very good defensive team but the Terps are also a pretty bad offensive team. Mark Turgeon is going to have a rough first year at Maryland especially with only seven scholarship players for the next several weeks.
Mississippi State 69, Texas A&M 60
The Bulldogs took control of this one early and never really looked back. Renardo Sidney did throw up during the game though which was Willie Beamen-like… not because he was nervous but because he is fat and out of shape.
Arizona 81, St. John’s 72
The Wildcats are slowly figuring things out after being upset in their exhibition opener by Seattle Pacific. Nurideen Lindsey is the Dwight Hardy of this year’s Red Storm team. Dude just has a knack for scoring.
Texas A&M 58, St. John’s 57
Maybe these teams just had dead legs from playing the night before but the Aggies and Red Storm scored just nine points over the final five minutes. The Johnnies’ Nurideen Lindsey missed a pair of free throws with 2.3 seconds left. Ouch.
Mississippi State 67, Arizona 57
Will the real Mississippi State please stand up? They lose at home to Akron in their season opener and then beat a pair of top 25 teams in back-to-back nights. The Bulldogs have the talent and as the 2K Classic proved, if they piece it all together, they are dangerous.
Alabama 65, Purdue 56
Gun to my head answer as to who the best dunker is in college basketball… The Tide’s Tony Mitchell. Check out the clip below to see why. “The Tide rolling” is getting up their with “The Saints march in” as sports phrases that are so not clever to the point that they should never be used again.
Kentucky 62, Old Dominion 52
Freshman point guard Marquis Teague is having a rough transition to the college game, turning it over way too often. In fact, the entire UK team has a pretty poor basketball IQ at this point of the season. You can tell it is driving John Calipari up a wall at this point of the season.
Marquette 96, Ole Miss 66
Damn does MU get after it on the defensive end. They really looked in mid-season form and play at such an incredible pace that wears their opponents down on both ends. Their opponent in the Paradise Jam Championship Game; a Norfolk State team that they just beat by 31 points a week ago. Yeah, this tournament field was WEAK!
TERRIBLE ANNOUNCER LINE OF THE WEEK:
The dudes at the Paradise Jam kept calling Marquette point guard Junior “Kad-uh-gin.” It’s Kuh-doo-gin. Do your research, bro!
RIDICULOUS STAT LINE OF THE WEEK:
Griffin Lentsch of Division III Grinnell in team’s 145-97 win against Principia College on Saturday: 89 points, 27-55 FG, 15-33 3-PT FG, 20-22 FT, ZERO assists.
DUNK OF THE WEEK:
Maui Invitational (Memphis, Michigan, Duke, Tennessee, UCLA, Kansas, Georgetown)
Click here for in-depth tournament preview and predictions.
Vanderbilt vs. Oregon State, Monday 7:00, ESPN3
The Beavers are coming off an overtime win against Texas and will look for another upset in the championship game of the Legends Classic. Jared Cunningham has been awesome for Oregon State, scoring 37 and 35 points in his last two games. He has already attempted 57 free throws through four games.
76 Classic and Old Spice Classic
Both of these fields are incredibly weak and not worth doing a full preview on, so my predictions: New Mexico wins 76 Classic, Minnesota takes the Old Spice Classic.
Butler at Indiana, Sunday 6:00, BTN
An in-state battle where the Hoosiers might actually have the upper hand for the first time in several years. Cody Zeller has been the impact freshman that most expected him to be for IU. The Bulldogs are struggling early on, losing in overtime at Evansville and being blown out at home by Louisville.
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David Kay is a senior feature NBA Draft, NBA, and college basketball writer for the Sports Bank. He also heads up the NBA and college basketball material at Walter Football.com and is a former contributor at The Washington Times Communities. David has appeared on numerous national radio programs spanning from Cleveland to New Orleans to Honolulu. He also had the most accurate 2011 NBA Mock Draft on the web.