College Hoops 101 (3/8/11)

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First off, let me say that I am rather disappointed with my lack of college basketball watching this season.  I did say that I was going with a “quality over quantity” approach this year and not watching a game for an eight-day stretch when I was covering the Packers in the Super Bowl did not help my numbers.  My goal this week is to watch all 15 Big East Tournament games (you can check out my preview/predictions for that tourney) and hit the 25-game mark this week.

If you are unfamiliar with College Hoops 101, it is a weekly feature here at The Sports Bank that runs every Monday and breaks down everything you need to know going on in the world of college basketball.  I will look back at the previous week and peak ahead to some of the key match-ups in the next seven days.  Click here to check out my updated bracketology.

By: David Kay

The Drive
Games watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games watched in 2010-2011: 235
Games watched last week: 14

Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I have seen play this season: 111
(Home teams in CAPS)

DUKE 70, Clemson 59
It was asking an awful lot, but a Tiger win would have put them in the tourney.  Now, they are firmly on the bubble.

WEST VIRGINIA 65, UConn 56
John Flowers is my Big East Glue Guy of the Year.

Cincinnati 67, MARQUETTE 60
This was the first Marquette game I attended as a fan this season and came to this realization.  The Golden Eagles have no balls.  There, I said it.

Wisconsin 77, INDIANA 67
Jordan Taylor stated his case for Big Ten Player of the Year by dropping a career-high 39 points on 7-8 shooting from deep.  He also scored 14 straight points in a crucial second half stretch.

WASHINGTON 70, UCLA 63
Ben Howland used his final timeout with 12:57 remaining in the second half.  UCLA then let this game get away from them in the final five minutes with Howland having no ability to stop the momentum swing.  I think that is called bad coaching.

Kansas 70, MISSOURI 66
CBS cut out of this game with a couple minutes to play in order to switch to Michigan-Michigan State which makes sense for Midwest folks.  But apparently they did so in Kansas City as well which I am sure pissed off a lot of people.  But then on Sunday, CBS decided to stick with the Indiana State/Missouri State game and got to the Wisconsin/Ohio State game about eight minutes in.  I know an automatic bid was on the line, but c’mon.

Notre Dame 70, UCONN 67
Kemba Walker became the first player to declare for the 2011 NBA Draft when despite being a junior, he was included in the senior day ceremonies.  The Huskies are limping into the post-season having lost four of their last five.  By the way, the Irish won this game despite Ben Hansbrough fouling out with 8:24 left in the game.  And it was a DUMB off-the-ball foul.  Not Preston Knowles committing a game-losing foul 70-feet from the basket of a tied game with .6 seconds remaining, but still dumb.

PTT 60, Villanova 50
With Corey Stokes out due to a pulled hamstring, Malik Wayns scored 27 of Nova’s 50 points.  By the way, I am all about the little things a college basketball player does.  Like when he checks out of the game and gives five to every player on the bench rather than just sitting down… big fan.

SETON HALL 85, Marquette 72
I honestly got a Marquette basketball induced headache during this game.  And thinking about their NCAA Tournament chances gives me a bitch of a migraine.

NORTH CAROLINA 81, Duke 67
The Heels claim the ACC title thanks in part to the dynamic play of freshman point guard Kendall Marshall.  He is the prototypical college floor leader.  Marshall has outstanding vision, is a terrific creator and distributor who possesses incredible basketball IQ for a freshman.

Kentucky 64, TENNESSEE 58
Reggie Miller did color for this game.  At first, it felt a little awkward and I was unsure how to handle it.  After a while though, he began to grow on me and I decided I liked it.

OHIO STATE 93, Wisconsin 65
The Buckeyes extract revenge after the Badgers handed them their first defeat of the season last month.  OSU was a ridiculous 14-15 from three in this game.  Jon Diebler led the way with 27 points and is 17-20 from distance in his last two games.  That is ridiculous.

Old Dominion 70, VCU 65
I was pulling hardcore for ODU in this one, because a VCU win would have stole an at-large bid and since my Marquette boys need all the help they can get, I was on the Monarch bandwagon.

Gonzaga 75, St. Mary’s 63
Both teams are in the tourney so this was more of a battle for a higher seed.  The Gaels rely way too heavily on their guard duo of Mickey Dellavedova and Mickey McConnell.  That combo can make some noise in the tourney if they get hot, but if their outside shot is not falling, someone else will have to step up or they are likely a one-and-done.
Rewind
TERRIBLE ANNOUNCER LINE OF THE WEEK:
Gus Johnson claimed that Kansas-Missouri is one of the best rivalries in sports.  I know we all love Gus and how dare I say this, but really?  As a twitter follower of mine pointed out after I tweeted about this, Kansas-Missouri is not even the best college basketball rivalry in the Big 12.

“Duke has now won three of their last six on senior day.” –Mike Patrick.  You know what Mike, Duke has also lost three of their last six on senior day.

RIDICULOUS STAT LINE OF THE WEEK:
Morehead State’s Kenneth Faried recorded his 84th career double-double in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.  That is tied for second most in NCAA Division One history, three behind Tim Duncan’s mark of 87.

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 former contributor for The Washington Times Communities.  You can follow him on Twitter at DavidKay_TSB.

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  1. paulmbanks says

    Kansas-Missouri is a godo rivalry, but not because of the sports involved. It’s a great college sports rivalry because of history. There was a slave state-free soil bloody skirmish in the 19th century between the two states.

    Google “Bleeding Kansas.”

    Are you serious about the Kemba thing? I honestly could see that happening.

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