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 he has watched this season in hopes of topping his mark from a year ago (274.)

In this week’s edition we make beautiful music, bubble mania, and two Big Ten teams further the stereotype of Big Ten basketball..

Rewind
-For the all the bitching and moaning I did about Marquette being unable to close out games earlier in the season, it’s very re-assuring to see them come out on the winning end of three games that have come down to the wire; especially since they were all on the road.  This secures MU’s status as in the tournament… for now at least.  The Golden Eagles have two more road games this week at St. John’s and Seton Hall before closing out the season at home with Louisville and Notre Dame which is a fairly favorable ending to Big East play.  And while they sucked it up in their home loss to Pitt this past week, at least Buzz shaved that bird’s nest that was growing on his head.  Shaved Buzz looks so much better.

-Dickie V’s new favorite line is saying two people “make good music together.”  According to Vitale, Syracuse’s Arinze Onuaku and Rick Jackson make good music together; so too do Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser on PTI.  I respect his love for the game but damn is his schtick more played out than 30-year old women thinking it’s cool to dance to “Baby Got Back.”

-There were 81 combined shots in the Wisconsin/Northwestern game Sunday.  81!?!?!?!  No wonder people say the Big Ten is boring basketball to watch.

-Someday I will vote in the AP poll.  For now, here’s my top 10…
1. Kansas, 26-1 (Last Week Ranking: 1)
2. Kentucky, 24-1 (LWR: 2)
3. Syracuse, 25-2 (LWR: 4)
4. Purdue, 23-3 (LWR: 5)
5. Duke, 23-4 (LWR: 6)
6. Villanova, 22-4 (LWR: 3)
7. Kansas State, 22-4 (LWR: 8 )
8. West Virginia, 21-5 (LWR: 10)
9. Pitt, 21-6 (LWR: NR)
10. Ohio State, 21-7 (LWR: 7)

Fast Forward
West Virginia at UConn (Mon 6:00, EPSN)
Suddenly UConn looks like the UConn team we expected to see all season long.  Their NCAA Tournament hopes may rest on this game against a West Virginia team that has more trouble closing games of late than late career Eric Gagne.

Georgetown at Louisville (Tues 6:00 ESPN2)
This game has huge implications for seeding in the Big East Tournament.  If the Hoyas or Cardinals want to get into the top four seeds (which get buys into the quarterfinals), this is a must-win.

Kentucky at Tennessee (Sat 11:00, CBS)

This is just going to be a good game.  I don’t really have anything else to say.

New Mexico at BYU (Sat 3:00, Versus)
The Mountain West regular season championship will likely be decided by this game and whoever wins gets a leg up on the other in NCAA Tournament seeding.

Villanova at Syracuse (Sat 8:00 ESPN)
When I saw this game on the schedule for this week, I made a noise like I had just seen a naked girl for the first time in my life.  I have been waiting all year for this lone regular season match-up between these teams.  Again, the winner gets a leg up on a #1 seed for the tourney.

Michigan State at Purdue (Sun 3:00, BTN)
Big Ten title is pretty much on the line.  The Boilermakers are playing like a Final Four team having won nine straight while the Spartans can lock up at least a #2 seed in the tourney with a win.

Richmond at Xavier (Sun 12:00, ESPN2)
Two of the three teams tied for the Atlantic 10 lead go head-to-head.

The Drive
Games watched through 2/21: 228
Teams I have seen play this season: 115
Games watched this past week (home teams in CAPS): 16

Oregon State 61, ARIZONA 55
The theme song for the 2009-2010 Arizona Wildcats is “Hot and Cold” by Katy Perry.

UConn 84, #3 VILLANOVA 75
And the Big East continues to confuse me.  UConn picks up their first road win after losing by 12 at home Cincinnati just two days early.  This was a very frantic games with a lot of fouls and bad shots.

#1 Kansas 59, TEXAS A&M 54

A&M out-played KU for 37 minutes but went cold late to miss out on what could have been a great victory.

SOUTH FLORIDA 65, Cincinnati 57

I am starting to think Cincy doesn’t ever practice half-court offensive sets.  They look insanely inept on offense far too often.

#2 Kentucky 81, MISSISSIPPI STATE 75 OT
When will fans stop thinking it’s okay to throw crap on the floor when things aren’t going your team’s way.  This just in, Kentucky’s vulnerable if you zone them and make them beat you in the half-court.

LOUISVILLE 91, Notre Dame 89 2 OT

Way to not get a shot off at the end of double-overtime Proactiv Boy.  I was rooting for the Harangody-less Irish just because a Loserville loss would benefit Marquette.  I feel dirty.  And if you ask me about it, I will vehemently deny it.

#4 Purdue 60, #12 OHIO STATE 57
The Boilermakers look Final Four good right now, and that was with Robbie Hummel scoring just four points in this game.

#5 Syracuse 75, #10 GEORGETOWN 71

Hoyas nearly rose from the dead to pull off the crazy comeback but Kris Joseph comes up big down the stretch for the Orange.

#21 Pitt 58, MARQUETTE 51

I am a big Buzz Williams fan, but he got out-coached in this one.

MINNESOTA 68, #16 Wisconsin 52
Jon Leuer returns from a wrist injury for the Badgers and shoots 2-12 from the floor.  The Gophers keep their slim NCAA Tournament hopes alive.

#8 WEST VIRGINIA 75, Seton Hall 63

The Mountaineers either choke away or flirt with choking away every game.  That doesn’t bold well for their future in my NCAA Tournament bracket.

#4 PURDUE 85, Illinois 75

Nine straight wins for the Boilermakers while the Illini get closer to the bubble.  E’Twuan Moore is one of the best players who gets the least national attention.

#2 Kentucky 58, #19 VANDERBILT 56

Lots of chippy play made this game pretty intense.  A.J. Ogilvy misses a runner at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime.  Shocker, DeMarcus Cousins furthers his status as a head case.  It is soooooo easy to get under this dude’s skin.

#12 Ohio State 74, #11 MICHIGAN STATE 67

Purdue just mailed a fruit basket to Columbus, Ohio.

Marquette 79, CINCINNATI 76 OT

Read the rewind for more on this game

Arizona State 73, ARIZONA 69

Nobody predicted the Sun Devils would be this good after losing Harden and Pendergraph.  Herb Sendek for Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

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  1. I spent more time watching J.P. Tokoto sit in the stands than I did watching the actual game in front of me. It was one of the more boring exciting games I’ve seen.

  2. And I was talking about the UW-Northwestern game on Sunday.

  3. How do we know that Dave is gay? He made a Katie Perry reference in his article

  4. Then again I shouldn’t really say anything, as I alluded to “How Stella got her Groove back” in my Saints piece

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