College Hoops 101

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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.)

In this week’s edition; karma is finally on Marquette’s side, a famous clip from Hoosiers is brought to life, and a t-shirt goes vintage after one day.

(Photo courtesy: Thomas Cain/AP)

Rewind
-FINALLY! FINALLY! FINALLY!  Marquette comes out on the winning side of a last second buzzer beater.  When Lazar Hayward fouled out with 1:51 left in the game and Jerome Dyson hit a prayer three to give UConn a three-point lead with less than a minute to play, I thought it was happening all over again.  Instead, Darius Johnson-Odom made an extremely intelligent play by drawing a foul on a three-point try and (GASP) actually hit all three to tie the game up.  Jimmy Butler then did what Solomon Alabi, Da’Sean Butler, Scottie Reynolds, and Mike Stovall have all done to us this year, hit the game-winning shot with seconds remaining as Marquette picked up a HUGE road win.  At 4-5 in conference, MU should pull to .500 on Wednesday when they get revenge on DePaul at the Bradley Center.  Then, they are right back in the tourney hunt.

-Seattle University head coach Cameron Dollar (yes, the former UCLA point guard) pulled an interesting tactic Tuesday night against Washington.  With his team down big at the half, Dollar had his player foul the Huskies right off the bat in the second half in hopes of them missing free throws and Seattle creeping back into the game.  The strategy backfired worse than Happy Gilmore’s goal bet as the Huskies hit 45-61 free throws and won 123-76.  What made the decision even more entertaining is that Seattle had six of their ten players foul out meaning Dollar had to only play four players at the end of the game.  Cue up the Hoosiers clip:

-College basketball is truly a game of runs.  I cannot tell you how many times in the last couple weeks I have seen a team come out of the gates and completely dominate only to end up losing by double digits.  Monday night, Georgetown went up 14-0 on Syracuse only to lose by 17.  That’s a 31-point turnaround.  The moral of the story; there are two halves to a basketball game and if you let the foot off the gas, you will pay for it.

-On Monday, Kentucky printed new shirts celebrating their new #1 ranking.  A day later they were upset by South Carolina.  Whoops.  Can you say throwback?

-Someday I will vote in the AP poll.  For now, here’s my top 10…
1. Kansas, 20-1 (Last Week Ranking: 2)
2. Villanova, 19-1 (LWR: 3)
3. Syracuse, 21-1 (LWR: 4)
4. Kentucky, 20-1 (Last Week Ranking: 1)
5. Michigan State, 19-3 (LWR: 6)
6. Purdue, 18-3 (LWR: 7)
7. West Virginia, 17-3 (LWR: 8 )
8. Texas, 18-3 (LWR: 5)
9. Georgetown, 16-4 (LWR: NR)
10. Duke, 17-4 (LWR: 9)

Fast Forward
UConn at Louisville (Mon, 6:00 ESPN)
They should be billing this game as a bubble bursting game because with both teams at 13-8, whoever loses is in even more serious danger of missing out on the tournament than they already are.  A Huskies loss and they drop to 3-6 in Big East play.

Michigan State at Wisconsin (Tues, 8:00 ESPN)
This is the first of maybe three games standing in the way of the Spartans running the table in the Big Ten conference.  MSU still has to go to Illinois on Saturday and Purdue later in the month, but every other game should be a ‘W’.  The Badgers are struggling offensively, but never underestimate Wisconsin at home with Bo Ryan running the show.

Villanova at Georgetown (Sat, 11:00 ESPN)
The Hoyas are coming off their huge home win against Duke and will try to hand ‘Nova their first loss in conference play.

Gonzaga at Memphis (Sat, 3:00 ESPN)
This is the Tigers last chance at getting a signature non-conference win which badly need especially after being upset at SMU on Saturday.  If Memphis loses, they will need to win the CUSA tourney if they want to be dancing come March.

The Drive
Games watched through 1/31: 182
Teams I have seen play this season: 112
Games watched this past week (home teams in CAPS): 18

#4 SYRACUSE 73, #11 Georgetown 56
I like ‘Cuse a lot this year.  A LOT.  Kris Joseph has improved as much as anybody in the Big East and Andy Rautins is the definition of a “glue guy.”

#2 KANSAS 84, Missouri 65
It was really odd hearing Brent Musberger repeatedly call Xavier Henry, “X.”  I felt uncomfortable every time it happened.

#5 Michigan State 57, MICHIGAN 56
Sparty continues to get by on the hair’s on their chinny, chin chin.  I still maintain the Spartans are not that good.  Yes, they find a way to win which all good teams do, but that luck won’t cut it come tourney time.

#7 DUKE 70, Florida State 56
Dickie V’s whoring of Jon Scheyer reached a new high in this one.  Thankfully, he only calls one or two games per week nowadays.

MARQUETTE 82, Rutgers 59
Buzz Williams rocks the powder blue suit and MU doesn’t mess around by jumping out on the Scarlet Knights early and letting up.  I can’t imagine where the Golden Eagles would be if Mo Acker didn’t decide to suit up this season (18-23 from 3 in Big East.)

SOUTH CAROLINA 68, #1 Kentucky 62
The lesson in this game: always DVR the top-ranked team’s games no matter how badly you think they will whip the other team because you just never know…

#3 VILLANOVA 90, Notre Dame 72
Luke Harangody is a worse flopper than Vlade Divac and Manu Ginobli combined.

Memphis 75, MARSHALL 72
If you haven’t heard of Marshall’s Hassan Whiteside, wake up.  He has moved up to #2 on my latest 2010 NBA Mock Draft.

#6 TEXAS 95, Texas Tech 83
The ‘Horns can score with the best teams in the country, but they have to get better on the defensive end if they are going to have any hope of making the Final Four.

#12 PURDUE 60, #16 Wisconsin 57
Keaton Nankivil hit seven three-pointers to keep the Badgers in this one.  UW has scored above 60 points just once in their five games since losing Jon Leuer.

SOUTH FLORIDA 76, Seton Hall 74 OT
The Bulls’ Dominique Jones is one of the most underrated scorers in the country.  USF has won back-to-back overtime games behind Jones’ 74 points in those wins.

#8 Gonzaga 71, SANTA CLARA 64
Santa Clara went scoreless for the final six minutes of this game to blow their chance at a big upset.  Whoops.

ARIZONA 76, Stanford 68
Don’t look now, but this young ‘Zona team has won three in a row is starting to figure things out.

Marquette 70, #19 UCONN 68
Read the rewind for more of this game.

#11 GEORGETOWN 89, #7 Duke 77
President Obama got to witness first hand the Big East reppin’ with a big win against the ACC.  Oh yeah, VP Joe Biden was there too.

#1 KENTUCKY 85, #23 Vanderbilt 73
DeMarcus Cousins plays like a man with the emotion and temper of a six-year old.  I still feel good about my pre-season prediction of Kentucky winning it all.

#2 Kansas 81, #13 KANSAS STATE 79
Even with setting an extra half-hour on this DVR recording, I missed the final the final three minutes.  Ugh.  A great back and forth game nonetheless.

ARIZONA 76, Cal 72
‘Zona is maturing right before our eyes.  Nic Wise comes up huge down the stretch as the ‘Cats move into a first place tie with Cal in the Pac-10.

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Comments

  1. With the Arizona shout-out…a Jason Moe post is no doubt comling.

    Cameron Dollar coaches Seattle U. really? wow! After seeing the 4 on 5, I knew the Hoosiers clip was coming. We won an intramural game in college like that. they had to play with 4 cuz it’s all they had to show up

  2. If Sconnie had Leuer I would think they might beat State tomorrow night, as it is I don’t think so. MSU won’t run the table, but I do think they’ll win.

    Some Pacers forum picked up your mock draft, and there was a thread disuuggin whitesdie. look in the stats and you’ll see it

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