College Hoops 101 is undergoing a facelift. My weekly breakdown of the past week in college basketball and look ahead will now be split into two parts. Here is a glance at the week that was including my thoughts on the Kentucky/North Carolina and Marquette/Wisconsin games, and my Dunk of the Week.
Games I watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games I watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games I watched in 2010-2011: 341
Games I’ve watched this season: 68
Games I watched last week: 17
Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I saw play in 2010-2011: 131
Teams I have seen play this season: 72
(Home teams in CAPS)
MARQUETTE 88, Jacksonville 56
I was really impressed with Marquette’s unselfishness and crisp passing. The Golden Eagles just seem to be further along this early in the season as opposed to some other Top 25 teams who are still trying to figure out roles and find identities.
Xavier 82, VANDERBILT 70 OT
The Musketeers backcourt of Tu Holloway and Mark Lyons made some nutty shots. (Nutty is my new word by the way. Think: ballsy or Bill Rafferty’s “ONIONS!” A huge road win for Xavier as they embark on a challenging stretch of non-conference games.
VIRGINIA 70, Michigan 58
Real talk: this could be the win that gets UVA into the NCAA Tournament since the ACC is down this season. This will help the Cavaliers’ RPI and be that signature out of conference win they will need on their resume.
Illinois 71, MARYLAND 62
I love that a “Shut up, Bruce” chant broke out in the Terps student section.
OHIO STATE 85, Duke 63
TSB founder Paul Banks summed it up pretty well in this article; what a statement game for the Buckeyes. As I wrote in my Big Ten/ACC Challenge preview article, the Buckeyes wing defenders clamped down on Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry, rendering them pretty much useless. Aaron Craft is the best on the ball defender in the country. Love his game.
Arizona 83, NEW MEXICO STATE 76
Josiah Turner is starting to figure things out at the point and Nick Johnson has become the ‘Cats best scoring threat. That’s going to be a dynamic backcourt duo of the future for Sean Miller.
NORTH CAROLINA 60, Wisconsin 57
The Badgers did what they needed to do in controlling the tempo of this game but they just couldn’t hit enough shots as UNC’s length was too bothersome.
KENTUCKY 81, St. John’s 59
Anthony Davis looked like a top overall NBA Draft prospect coming two blocked shots shy of a triple double. Darius Miller also had an early nominee for dunk of the year. Check it out below.
Georgetown 57, ALABAMA 55
A huge road win for the Hoyas who are an early candidate for surprise team of the year. By the way, I like the Tide’s Tony Mitchell but he pulled a big-time sore loser move by walking off the floor and not shaking hands with the Hoyas. Weak.
SYRACUSE 72, Florida 68
The Gators just turned the ball over too much as they had issues breaking the ‘Cuse 2-3 zone which led to a few too many fast break points for the Orange. The Carrier Dome is definitely on my college basketball venue bucket list.
LOUISVILLE 62, Vanderbilt 60
The Cards’ offense is as bad as their suffocating defense is good. It was the D’ that won the game… other than Vandy letting Peyton Siva have a wide open finger roll lay-up with 1.4 seconds left. On a side note, you know what sucks? When I avoid the score of the game, am watching it, foolishly check Twitter, and see the final. That’s what happened to me as I had 3:00 left in this one. SO AGGRAVATING!
NEVADA 76, Washington 73 OT
A little scouting on the Huskies so I know what to expect when Marquette plays them Tuesday as part of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
KENTUCKY 73, North Carolina 72
It lived up to the hype. I don’t think anyone will complain if (more likely, when) these two teams meet in the National Championship. Since I can’t stand John Henson, it made me smile watching Anthony Davis swat his possible game winning shot and then the Heels stand around and don’t foul when there was still four seconds left in the game.
Marquette 61, WISCONSIN 54
I can’t say enough about how jacked up I was after this game. To hold a ten-point halftime lead despite DJO and Jae Crowder being on the bench with foul trouble was huge. (The Badgers’ Jordan Taylor was also strapped to the bench due to fouls.) To win in a venue that’s nearly impossible to win at without starting point guard Junior Cadougan was equally impressive. All ten players on Marquette contributed to this win and freshman Todd Mayo was awesome.
ARIZONA 53, Northern Arizona 39
A pretty ugly game to watch… I’m not sure any team gets off to slower starts than Zona. 26 of their 45 field goal attempts came from three which is not going to be a winning recipe for this team.
KANSAS 70, South Florida 42
I am sort of obsessed with Thomas Robinson (in a non-creepy way.) I just think he is a top five pick and want to watch every single one of his games to back my theory. So far, so good.
Baylor 69, NORTHWESTERN 41
The Wildcats’ Luka Mirkovic is the worst Division One player I have seen all year. Northwestern had no answer for the Bears’ length and athleticism as Baylor ran up and down the floor like it was noon ball at the Y. It also didn’t help that they were 4-26 from three against that Baylor 2-3 zone.
TERRIBLE ANNOUNCER LINE OF THE WEEK:
BTN needs to hire me ASAP. Dude doing play-by-play for Northwestern-Baylor game. compared Quincy Miller to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (the greatest TV show of all time) in that he moved to North Carolina to live with his auntie and uncle. He also kept mixing up his Juices, Thompson and Williams. Then he had this gem (which I must admit, did make me chuckle,) “Mirkovic rejected again. Like my high school dating career.”
During garbage time of that one, his color guy Shon Morris (always a regular on my Terrible Announcer Line of the Week) busted out this one:
“About the only Bears that haven’t scored here are Yogi and Boo Boo.”-Morris
“Baylor brought their pic-a-nic basket didn’t they.”-Play-by-play guy.
RIDICULOUS STAT LINE OF THE WEEK:
Kentucky’s Anthony Davis vs. St. John’s: 15 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 blocked shots.
DUNK OF THE WEEK:
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.
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