College Hoops 101 (1/10/11)


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If you are unfamiliar with College Hoops 101, it is a weekly feature here at The Sports Bank that runs every Monday (Tuesday this week… sorry for the delay) 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.

By: David Kay

The Drive
Games watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games watched in 2010-2011: 140
Games watched this past week: 18

Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I have seen play this season: 98

(Home teams in CAPS)

VILLANOVA 81, Rutgers 65

I had not seen the Scarlet Knights play yet this season and needed to get some scouting in prior to their game with Marquette.  (Insert comment telling me I am not MU’s coach.)

KANSAS 83, Miami OH 56
Poor Miami Ohio.  They have now been blown out by Duke, Ohio State, Kansas, Cincinnati, and San Diego State; five of the remaining unbeatens in college basketball.

DUKE 74, Miami 63
It is scary to think how good Duke would be if Kyrie Irving was still healthy.

KENTUCKY 86, Penn 62
Josh Harrellson followed up his 23 point, 14 rebound performance against Louisville with 12 points, 11 boards, and six blocks.  If he can stay out of foul trouble and continue to chip like he recently has, Kentucky becomes even scarier.

Michigan State 65, NORTHWESTERN 62
I really think both teams mismanaged the clock down the stretch in this game.  With a comfortable lead and a couple minutes remaining, Sparty was chucking three’s early in the shot clock rather than running time down and it nearly cost them.  Then Bill Carmody leaves two timeouts on his belt with his team in a one possession game.  When he does call a T-O, there is less than a second left and they set up an awful inbounds play.  It made me rack my brain.

MINNESOTA 67, Indiana 63
The Gophs first game without Devoe Joseph who decided to leave the program after being suspended by Tubby Smith for a second time this season.  It took them almost thirty minutes to find their groove without Joseph but really had their offense sparked by a solid defensive effort.

NOTRE DAME 73, UConn 70
You are UConn.  You are down three with the ball and 8 seconds left.  Why Kemba Walker does not have the ball in his hands is baffling.

Marquette 73, RUTGERS 65
Any road win in the Big East is a good win, but for some reason I was extremely frustrated with the Golden Eagles this game, especially point guard Junior Cadougan.  Then my buddy texted me and told me Cadougan had 8 assists and one turnover.  I must not have been watching the same game because Cadougan was driving me nuts.

WISCONSIN 66, Michigan 50
That’s it… Jordan Taylor is making his inaugural appearance in my next 2012 NBA Mock Draft.

TENNESSEE 104, Memphis 84

The score does not aptly describe how bad the Vols worked over their in-state rivals.  It was similar to when Billy Madison played all those first graders in dodgeball.

BYU 89, UNLV 77
Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery combine to form one of the best backcourts in the country; especially when are lights out from three like they were in this game.

CINCINNATI 66, Xavier 46
Okay, Cincy… you have me believing you are worthy of being a top 25 team because of your defensive efforts.  The Bearcats own the A-10 this year having held Dayton to 34 points in a 34-point victory and then smacking around their city rival, Musketeers.

ILLINOIS 88, Northwestern 63
Is it too early for the Wildcats bubble to be burst?  I don’t think so.  (POP)  Time to adopt the Cubs motto, “wait ‘til next year.”

ARIZONA 73, Cal 71
Hard fought game by Cal without freshman Gary Franklin who chose to transfer earlier in the week.

Syracuse 61, SETON HALL 56

This was kind of an ugly game to watch.  The Hall was 3-26 from three while Cuse hit just 17 of their 36 free throw attempts.

PITT 89, Marquette 81
Here’s the new recipe on how to beat Marquette: post entry, MU’s defense collapses, kick out for a wide open three.  Pitt did that several times and hit 10 of 18 from deep.  Time to cheer myself up:

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UConn 82, TEXAS 81 OT
Tied at 73 with 11 seconds left in regulation, UConn freshman Roscoe Smith grabbed a rebound, took one dribble and threw a ¾ court heave with 9 seconds on the clock.  Talk about not knowing time and situation… I had to rewind the DVR just to make sure I saw it right.

NOTRE DAME 76, St. John’s 61

The Red Storm are not a great half-court offensive team unless Dwight Hardy is breaking down his defender and making something happen.  The Irish beat St. John’s and UConn this week despite being without starting big man Carlton Scott.  Impressive.

TERRIBLE ANNOUNCER LINE OF THE WEEK: There were so many to choose from…

“If you’re Texas, you’ve got yourselves a situation!”  -Did Dickie V. really just quote Jersey Shore??? I hope and pray it is purely a coincidence.

“Me. Jones and Me!” (When Penn State’s Andrew Jones made a big bucket.)
“Frazier, where have you been all my life?”- Big Ten Network’s Tim Doyle.  Tim, just because you yell random things at random times does not make you a clever color guy.

-It was Upset Saturday as seven ranked teams lost to unranked opponents including Michigan State falling at Penn State and Central Florida losing for the first time this season.

-Mike James, a junior guard on Lamar, scored 52 points in 28 minutes in a game against Division III Louisiana College.  He was 18 of 35, 11 of 21 from three.  That is noon-ball at the YMCA style chucking.

Fast Forward

Wisconsin at Michigan State, Tues 6:00, ESPN
Illinois at Wisconsin, Sat 2:00, BTN

A big stretch for Bo Ryan’s Badgers who always are involved in entertaining, hard-fought games with the Spartans and will try to avenge a loss last weekend to Illinois.

Florida at Tennessee, Tues 8:00, ESPN
Vanderbilt at Tennessee, Sat 11:00, ESPN

The Vols have beaten all three ranked teams they have played but lost five games against non-ranked opponents.  Which Tenneessee team will show up as they continue SEC play with Bruce Pearl suspended.

Syracuse at St. John’s, Wed, 6:00, ESPN U

It’s been a while since these two New York, Big East schools met when there was actually something on the line for both teams.

Purdue at West Virginia, Sun 12:30, CBS
I am a fan of random, non-conference games between major conference teams during January and February.  The Boilermakers beat the Mountaineers by 15 last year in West Lafayette.

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November 29, 2010
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November 15, 2010
November 8, 2010

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


  1. wait so did Tim Douchlye say “me and mr. jones” quoting the old soul song
    or “mr. jones and me” quoting the counting crows? or did he mess up both by trying to do two at the same time?

    speaking of NU hoops, I considered the bubble burst on tue. no doubt. and next year too. I won’t be writing the “this is the year they make the tournament” column next year. no way, it was 2011 or bust

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