Happy Feast 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 hoops. I will look back at the previous week and peak ahead to some of the key match-ups in the next seven days. In case you missed it, be sure to check out my first Field of 68 (aka Bracketology) in which I predict the NCAA Tournament brackets.
By: David Kay
Games watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games watched in 2010-2011: 35
Games watched this past week: 22
Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I have seen play this season: 50
(Home teams in CAPS)
INDIANA 67, Wright State 44
Better tan: Tom Crean or Pauly D?
MINNESOTA 76, Siena 69
I think it’s a complete fraud when ESPN introduces Dickie Simpkins as a three-time NBA champion. Yeah, he did so much to help the Bulls win those rings. Anyway, Gophers took control of this game once they started forcing turnovers and pushing the tempo.
UCLA 79, Pepperdine 69
The Bruins lost at home to Cal State Fullerton in double overtime during the ESPN 24 hours of college basketball a year ago so this is definitely a step in the right direction for an improved UCLA team.
MEMPHIS 72, Miami Fl 68
Great game to tip off ESPN’s 24 hours of college basketball… Memphis is extremely talented but also very young and it is going to take them a while to reach their full potential. ‘Canes looked like they could be a sleeper in the ACC.
ST. MARY’s 76, St. John’s 71
It is weird seeing Steve Lavin back on the bench. St. Mary’s has a Muscle Milk logo on their court. That is the perfect excuse for our first 2010-2011 picture of the unofficial college basketball sponsor of The Sports Bank, Muscle Milk Katie.
BAYLOR 74, La Salle 64
I swear half of Baylor’s baskets come off dunks. I think they need to tone down the brightness of their yellow uniforms though.
KANSAS STATE 73, Virginia Tech 57
Jacob Pullen picked up his third foul at the 12:33 mark of the first half but the Wildcats were able to keep their head above water with him on the bench and pull away late. This was the first game Bobby Knight called so I got to hear him gush about pump fakes for a solid two hours.
DUKE 79, Miami (OH) 45
I was embarrassed for the Redhawks during this game.
Ohio State 93, FLORIDA 75
Ewing Theory in full effect the Evan Turner-less Buckeyes. For the record, I have officially developed my first college hoops bro-mance of the season… and it is on the entire Buckeye team. They are legit.
WISCONSIN 85, North Dakota 53
San Diego State 79, GONZAGA 76
Statement win for the Aztecs that should definitely help their seeding come March. By the way, Zags Steven Gray is easily a member of my all-hair team and looked impressive in leading the Bulldogs.
MARQUETTE 89, Green Bay 69
D. J. O.
Vanderbilt 59, Nebraska 49 (Puerto Rico Tip-Off)
Hubert Davis said Jeffery Taylor is a first team All-American if he can improve his three-point shooting. Davis then said that Taylor is un-guardable off the bounce. Fail and fail.
Texas 90, Illinois 84 OT (2K Sports Classic)
Fun game to watch with a lot of NBA talent. I actually watched this game live which is a rarity for me but says how intrigued I was with the match-up.
ARIZONA 83, New Mexico State 57
Derrick Williams joins Baylor’s Quincy Acy on the all-dunk team this season. I swear, 75% of those guys field goals are slams.
Kentucky 79, PORTLAND 48
I would be concerned about the ‘Cats lack of depth if I was Ashley Judd… or any UK fan.
Georgetown 74, Wofford 59 (Charleston Classic)
Yawn part 2… Sorry, G-Town is just not a really fun team to watch.
Illinois 73, Maryland 70 (2K Sports Classic)
X-factors for the Illini this year: Bill Cole and Tyler Griffey’s long-range shooting. No, seriously.
Pitt 68, Texas 66 (2K Sports Classic)
Great game… Pitt runs their stuff in the half-court as good as any team in the country.
Minnesota 72, North Carolina 67 (Puerto Rico Tip-Off)
I am not ready to fully admit it yet but the Gophs are better than I gave them credit for in my pre-season rankings. UNC is in trouble when they cannot hit jump shots and their lack of depth inside could be killer. My first look at Harrison Barnes as a Heel and he goes 0-12 from the field. OUCH!
ARIZONA 93, Northern Colorado 70
‘Zona has just been lighting up their opponents this season by using their athleticism.
Minnesota 74, West Virginia 70 (Puerto Rico Tip-Off)
Okay, I was wrong. My bad. Gophers win the tourney which is even more impressive considering Devoe Joseph was suspended for all three games. Their size is impressive and will be a tough match-up for any team. If Rodney Williams can reach his potential and Joseph returns, Gophs will be dancing come March.
-The SEC suspended Bruce Pearl for the first eight conference games of the year stemming from the recruiting violations that came out before the season began. How Pearl still has a job is somewhat baffling. Maybe he will buy a ticket to every game he cannot coach and paint his chest again.
-The NCAA finally announced a ruling on highly recruited Kansas point guard Josh Selby. Selby has been suspended for nine games and will be eligible to return December 18th against USC. If he is as good as advertised, the Jayhawks are Final Four contenders when he becomes eligible.
-Seton Hall chucker extraordinaire Jeremy Hazell will miss four-six weeks after breaking a bone in his wrist during the Pirates trip to the Paradise Jam.
-FS Pacific’s Corey Williams might be a regular in the TERRIBLE ANNOUNCER LINE OF THE WEEK. He had this dynamite drop-in after Arizona’s Jordan Mayes hit his first shot of the night against New Mexico State.
“That young man cooks up quicker than top Ramen noodles.”
I have been breaking down all the Thanksgiving week hoops tourneys. Check out the links for my previews and predictions. I will have more tournament previews later this week.
Kansas vs. Arizona, Sat. 9:30, ESPN2
Zona has looked solid so far this season and gets their first real test tangling with the Jayhawks in Las Vegas. If the ‘Cats can come away with the win or even stay close, they will back-up my pre-season theory of being a tourney team that can compete for the Pac-10 title.
Florida at Florida State, Sun. 7:30, FSN
Gators have already lost at home to Ohio State, they could use a true road win to help their long-term NCAA Tournament resume.
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 The Washington Times Communities. You can follow him on Twitter at DavidKay_TSB.