College Hoops 101 (1/17/11)

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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 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: 155
Games watched this past week: 15

Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I have seen play this season: 99

(Home teams in CAPS)

USC 63, UCLA 52
Does Ben Howland get fired if the Bruins do not make the NCAA Tournament this season (which is more than likely going to be the case), or does Howland still have some slack from getting UCLA to three straight Final Fours?  Discuss.

KENTUCKY 78, Auburn 54
Hey, Auburn scored 21 first half points in this one… that’s 15 more than they scored in the first half of their game versus LSU.

MARQUETTE 79, Notre Dame 57
This is how I would like to see Marquette play every single game.  They were smothering on the defensive end taking Ben Hansbrough and Tim Abromaitis out of their groove.  MU shared the ball on offense like they always do but were unconscious from three.  By the way, Jay Bilas LOVES Chris Otule.  I LOVE Jay Bilas.  So therefore, I should LOVE Chris Otule?

MICHIGAN STATE 64, Wisconsin 61 OT
I have never seen a Bo Ryan coached team choke away a game like the Badgers did in this one.  Dumb decisions late, careless turnovers, poor defense.  Give Sparty credit though for battling back in a game they needed to win.

Florida 81, TENNESSEE 75 OT
So Jeronne Maymon transferred from Marquette halfway through his freshman year because he was playing on the inside when he wanted to be a perimeter player.  He played 5 minutes for the Vols all at power forward.  Yup, that is how he wanted to be utilized!

Syracuse 76, ST. JOHN’S 59
The Orange showed the Johnnies who run this town tonight.  I keep saying, the Red Storm are not a good half-court offensive team… but they do have a Muscle Milk advertisement on their scorer’s table.

Pitt 72, GEORGETOWN 57
No Big East team has underachieved like the Hoyas have in the past three seasons.  They were never even in this game which is again a credit to how good Pitt is this season.

Ohio State 68, MICHIGAN 64
The Buckeyes had to go small running Aaron Craft in the line-up instead of Dallas Lauderdale.  They are a tough team to match up with due to their versatility on the wings and big guys up-front.

FLORIDA STATE 66, Duke 61
DOWN GOES FRAZIER, DOWN GOES FRAZIER!!!!  So what does it take to beat Duke?  An off night of them shooting from the field, dominating the paint, and having someone expected have a huge night (in this case, the Noles Derwin Kitchen.)  FSU needed a signature win like this for tourney time.

Colorado 74, KANSAS STATE 66
The Buffs have now started Big 12 play with wins against Mizzou and K-State and could legitimately be a tourney team if they continue this level of play.  As for the Wildcats, they have been one of the more disappointing teams in the country and were just out-worked in this one.

MINNESOTA 70, Purdue 67
The Gophs’ brutal start to the Big Ten slate included losses at Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Michigan State, so protecting their home floor by knocking off Purdue was a huge win.

NORTH CAROLINA 64, Virginia Tech 61
Harrison Barnes was cold-blooded down the stretch, hitting a pair of three’s and another jumper in the final four minutes of the game.  He only finished with 12 points but it was in that stretch that I finally saw flashes of how good Barnes can be.  Now he needs to play like that for an entire game.

LOUISVILLE 71, Marquette 70
A choke job of EPIC proportions… MU was up 17 with 5-plus minutes to play and lose by one.  Embarrassing.  If the Golden Eagles miss the NCAA Tournament, you can look back at this game being the reason why.

WISCONSIN 76, Illinois 66
Longest. Game. Ever. 54 total fouls.  77 free throws attempted.  Ladies and gentlemen, Big Ten basketball at it’s finest.

WEST VIRGINIA 68, Purdue 64
Boilermakers had their chances to tie this one up late but drop their second straight after winning ten in a row.

oregon basketball floor

Rewind
Oregon debuted their new basketball court this past week.  In one word it’s “distracting.”  The school also has some pretty attractive cheerleaders.

Fast Forward
Syracuse at Pitt, Mon 6:30, ESPN
Villanova at Syracuse, Sat 11:00, ESPN

When it is all said and done this week, two of the four conference unbeatens will go down this week.  The question will be can Pitt or Nova solve the Cuse 2-3 zone.  Both the Panthers and Wildcats have capable outside shooters but it is penetrating the zone and finding easy looks underneath the basket that is the preferred method rather than relying on a hot night of perimeter shooting.

Villanova at UConn, Mon 2:30, ESPN
Kansas State at Missouri, Mon 4:30, ESPN
Kansas at Baylor, Mon 8:30, ESPN

Big Monday is super-sized this week due to MLK Day.  Including the Cuse/Pitt game, there is a double dose of Big East and Big 12 for your viewing pleasure all day long and all four games feature teams capable of making deep runs in the NCAA Tournament.  Although K-State and Baylor have some work to do as they have not lived up to the high expectations placed on them at the beginning of the season.

Texas A&M at Texas, Wed 8:00, ESPN
Texas at Kansas, Sat 3:00, CBS

The Longhorns crapped the bed in conference play last season but so far have gotten off to a 2-0 start.  Hosting a one-loss Aggie team and going to unbeaten Kansas will be a true test to see if this team can hang in the Big 12 or if they are just a solid team.

Arizona at Washington, Thur 9:30, FSN
First place is on the line in the once again weak, but better than last year Pac-10.  Both teams have suffered surprising conference road losses; Zona falling at Oregon State while the Huskies were upset by Stanford this weekend.  If the ‘Cats can steal one on the road they will have little time to celebrate as they visit Wazzu just two days later.

Ohio State at Illinois, Sat 11:00, CBS
The unbeaten Buckeyes have been sliding by the past two weeks, winning their last four games by a combined 15 points.  Assuming they take care of Iowa during the week, this could be the game OSU suffers their first loss even though the Illini have not looked sharp as of late and could possible head into this game on a three-game skid if they fall to Michigan State during the week.

COLLEGE HOOPS 101 ARCHIVE:
January 10, 2011
January 3, 2011
December 27, 2010
December 20, 2010
December 13, 2010
December 6, 2010
November 29, 2010
November 22, 2010
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 Football.com and former contributor for The Washington Times Communities.  You can follow him on Twitter at DavidKay_TSB.

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