College Hoops 101 (11/7/11)

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The college basketball season starts tonight!  The college basketball season starts tonight!  The college basketball season starts tonight!  To say I’m slightly excited is a gross under-exaggeration; like saying Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries probably should have never gotten married.

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.

Click here in case you missed my 111 team previews in 111 days to check out the in-depth profiles.

The Drive
Games watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games watched in 2010-2011: 341
Games watched in 2011-2012: 4

(By the way, with the NBA Lockout going on, ESPN is going to be running more college basketball games than usual since they have space to fill in their programming where the NBA would usually go.  That’s the ONLY positive thing about the NBA Lockout.  Maybe I can hit 400 games this year?  Maybe?)

Teams I saw play in 2010-2011: 121
Teams I’ve seen play this season: 7

(Home teams in CAPS)

Rewind
Seattle Pacific 69, ARIZONA 68
What a fascinating first game to watch.  Discombobulated is the word I would use to describe ‘Zona in this one.  They missed Derrick Williams more than the Colts miss Peyton Manning.  No need to panic though; there is a lot of talent on this Wildcat team that should only get better and better as the season progresses.

ARIZONA 60, Humboldt State 51
Baby steps.  In case you don’t know, Arizona is my second favorite team and since I have FS Pacific, I pretty much watch every single game they play.  Freshman combo guard Nick Johnson is the early favorite to be the Wildcat representative on my “All-Boy Team.”

PURDUE 78, Northern State 46
These BTN college produced exhibition games are awful.  The camera work, the college announcers screaming into the microphones, and overly-homering their teams makes it nearly unwatchable.  It is college basketball though.  Next time I’ll try muting the volume and just watching.

WISCONSIN 80, UW-Stevens Point 54
For a coach, exhibition play is all about getting a feel for your team.  Bo Ryan did a lot of experimenting with his line-up, going big at times but also playing four guards with a center.  Freshman Traevon Jackson (the son of Jim Jackson) impressed me and looks like he could be a rotation guy.  Ryan Evans also showed a ton more confidence and accuracy with his jump shot which will be important for a Badger team that loses all three starters in the frontcourt.

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Fast Forward
North Carolina vs. Michigan State (ON A FRIGGEN AIRCRAFT CARRIER): Friday 6:00, ESPN
I’m absolutely chomping at the bit to watch this game.  Not because it features the top ranked team in the country, but because it’s being played on an aircraft carrier in San Diego.  Is the wind going to affect shots like it did in “White Men Can’t Jump?”  What if it starts raining midway though the game?  What if President Obama (who will be attendance) gets seasick and starts puking on the court?

Belmont at Duke: Friday 8:00 ESPN U
This won’t be a cupcake for the Blue Devils.  The Bruins only lose two players from a team that won 30 games last season and are ranked 40th in my 111 in 111.  I’m curious to see how the Duke backcourt of Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins, and Austin Rivers replace the experience and talent of Nolan Smith.  I’m not excited for a season of three Plumlee’s playing for the same team and having to be reminded of it every other minute during a Duke game.

George Washington at California: Sunday 8:30, ESPNU
Bare with me; it’s the first week and there aren’t a ton of sweet games yet.  George Washington might be the third best team in the Atlantic-10 and a lot of people are really high on Cal this season.

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.

You can follow him on Twitter at DavidKay_TSB.

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  1. Nick Grays says

    College “Friggen” Hoops 101 is back, my favorite article on the net these days!

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