By: David Kay
College Hoops 101 is a weekly article centering around all things college basketball. David Kay looks back at the previous week, glances forward to what is ahead in the up-coming days, and keeps track of how many games I have watched this season in hopes of topping my mark from a year ago (274.)
This week’s College Hoops 101 comes a day late due to my road trip to Minnesota on Sunday to see my boy Brett Favre do some serious work. Seriously, all the Favre-haters can suck it. That’s all I have to say about that… Onto the college hoops!
-I have found a third member to join Tennessee’s Wayne Chism and West Virginia’s John Flowers on my “All-Headband Team.” Meet Florida’s Alex Tyus who rocks the headband with the receding hairline, dreaded look. Pure awesomeness.
-Wassup with Purdue? After starting the season 14-0, the Boilermakers have dropped three straight and suddenly appear to be very beatable.
-Suddenly, traditional powers North Carolina and UConn are in trouble of making the NCAA Tournament. Yes, it is early and both teams have played very tough schedules, but the Huskies have lost three straight, the Heels two. Both teams need to win some games. Period.
-The Pac-10 is a serious mess, almost as bad as this whole Conan/Leno thing going on at NBC. Arizona State is in first place at 4-2 while the other nine teams are either 3-2, 3-3, or 2-3 in conference. The Sun Devils were the only P-10 to receive votes (3) in the latest AP poll. Whoever wins the conference tourney is the only team from the Pac-10 is making the tourney.
-Someday I will vote in the AP poll. For now, here’s my top 10… (note: these rankings are as of Sunday night before Texas lost to Kansas State Monday.)
1. Texas, 17-0 (Last Week Ranking: 1)
2. Kentucky, 18-0 (LWR: 2)
3. Kansas, 16-1 (LWR: 3)
4. Villanova, 15-1 (LWR: 4)
5. Syracuse, 17-1 (LWR: 6)
6. Tennessee, 14-2 (LWR: 7)
7. Duke, 14-2 (LWR: 8 )
8. Michigan State, 15-3 (LWR: 10)
9. Pittsburgh, 15-2 (LWR: NR)
10. Kansas State, 15-2 (LWR: NR)
Northern Iowa at Wichita State (Tues 8:00, ESPNU)
My “Field of 65” in which I predict the NCAA Tournament brackets every Friday has a new favorite fan, Brian who keeps preaching to me that Wichita State is a tournament team. My contention is that whoever wins the Missouri Valley Conference tourney will be the only MVC team dancing come March unless Northern Iowa does not win it and earns an at-large bid. I am not going lie, I hope Northern Iowa destroys the Shockers so Brian can concede his Wichita State argument.
Texas at UConn (Sat 3:00, CBS)
UConn needs a marquee non-conference win badly, but the ‘Horns will be on a mission after losing for the first time this season.
Duke at Clemson (Sat 8:00, ESPN)
Clemson is quietly putting together a very solid season. A home win against the Dukies a week and a half after knocking off UNC would open a lot of people’s eyes.
Games watched through 1/19: 151
Games watched at this time last year: 127
Teams I have seen play this season: 106
Games watched this past week (home teams in CAPS): 16
BYU 83, UTEP 77
Real nice road win for BYU especially considering gunner Jimmer Fredette did not dress for the Cougars.
TENNESSEE 76, Kansas 68
I forgot to DVR this game but luckily caught it on replay on CBS College Sports. I am still amazed the the Vols were able to pull this one off with four players suspended and both J.P. Prince and Wayne Chism in foul trouble. Best storyline of this college basketball season thus far.
#6 Villanova 92, LOUISVILLE 84
42 turnovers. 66 fouls. 94 free throws. No wonder this game took 2 hours, 40 minutes to play. PS- Peter Christian’s boy Scottie Reynolds is the most clutch player in college hoops.
Ohio State 70, #6 PURDUE
Boo to TSB.net found Paul M. Banks for texting me the result of this game before I got a chance to watch. Robbie Hummel goes off for 29 first half points, as many as the Buckeyes had as a team, only to get out-done in the second half by my boy Evan Turner who dropped a career-high 32.
#2 Kentucky 89, FLORIDA 77
This is about the time I remind everyone that I picked the ‘Cats to win it all at the beginning of the year.
#13 Wisconsin 60, NORTHWESTERN 50
Trevon Hughes went silly from three for a several minute span in the second half that helped the Badgers pick up a tough road win in their first game without Jon Leuer (fractured wrist.)
#20 Pitt 67, #15 UCONN
I am still not sure how this Pitt team is 4-0 in BE, 14-2 overall. I think we can add Jamie Dixon into that Bo Ryan category of coaches “who should never be overlooked because they get the absolute most out of their players”
Marshall 81, CENTRAL FLORIDA 75
My first looks at Marshall frosh phenom Hassan Whiteside (should be a top pick in the 2011 NBA Draft) and Marcus Jordan (Michael’s son.) Whiteside is a poor man’s Dwight Howard.
XAVIER 78, Dayton 74
Every time I watch Dayton’s Rob Lowery, I have to say his name like I was Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys, “Mike Loowwwwwwwwery.” By the way, the Flyers have not won at Xavier since 1981.
#5 Syracuse 72, #9 WEST VIRGINIA 71
I knew ‘Cuse +5 was a good bet. Oh, and here’s my weekly, “I love Big East basketball.”
MICHIGAN 68, #15 UConn 63
Great win for the Wolverines. Bush league for their fans to storm the court though.
CINCINNATI 60, Notre Dame 58
If Luke Harangody fell down, broke his hip, and caught pneumonia, I would probably smile and not feel bad about doing so.
#1 TEXAS 72, Texas A&M 67
The ‘Horns avoid the home upset behind Damion James who is playing like a man this year.
OHIO STATE 60, #16 Wisconsin 51
Evan Turner gets into early foul trouble and this game was boring to watch. For the record, the Buckeyes’ gray alternate jersey might be my favorite alternate jersey in college basketball.
#5 Syracuse 84, NOTRE DAME 69
Harangody had one of the worst flops I have ever seen in this game. Andy Rautins is one of my favorite players in college basketball.
#9 KANSAS STATE 71, #1 Texas 62
K-State has quietly put together a top-ten season and this win will make people really stand guard about their potential as an Elite Eight caliber squad.