College Hoops 101 (12/13/10)

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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.   Check back Tuesday for my latest bracketology.

By: David Kay

The Drive
Games watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games watched in 2010-2011: 86
Games watched this past week: 14

Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I have seen play this season: 78

(Home teams in CAPS)

GEORGETOWN 68, Utah State 51
The Hoyas now have sneaky good wins against Utah State and Old Dominion as well as victories versus Missouri and N.C. State.  They still play Temple and Memphis in non-conference play.  Credit for JT3 for building a solid non-conference resume against teams that most would not entertain scheduling.

Illinois 73, GONZAGA 61
This capped off a great week for the Illini, beating UNC in Champaign and ultimately winning a road game by beating the Zags in Seattle.  Both wins should go a long way come March.

SYRACUSE 65, N.C. State 59
Hard fought game for the Wolfpack just days after getting embarrassed at Wisconsin.  ‘Cuse keeps winning by the hair on their chinny, chin, chin having won four games now by less than six points.

Kansas 81, Memphis 68
Jayhawks experience and maturity win out against a talented, but very young Tiger team.

MARQUETTE 86, Texas A&M Corpus Christi 50
It is never good when you are watching a game, a player goes down, and you hear him scream “God Dammit!” as loud as you would hear an announcer.  I feel terrible for Joe Fulce as his knee gave out and now his college career is finished.  He was not a star player or the most important guy on the team, but he was the consummate “glue guy.”

Syracuse 72, Michigan State 58
Thank goodness Tom Izzo knows how to work his magic in March because Sparty has a lot of figuring out to do during the next couple months.

KENTUCKY 72, Notre Dame 58
Irish could not buy a bucket in the second half.  Terrence Jones (27 points, 17 boards) is a man.  Those two statements pretty much sum up this game.

WASHINGTON STATE 81, Gonzaga 58
Zags are struggling.  Props to the Wazzu fans for chanting “Justin Bieber” anytime the Kelly Olynyk and his Bieber-like haircut did anything of relevance.

ARIZONA 73, CS-Fullerton 62
Zona’s fans do not sit down at the beginning of a half until the opposing team scores.  Shouldn’t it be the opposite and they stand until their own team scores?

LOUISVILLE 77, UNLV 69
L-Ville is quietly 8-0 (although they have not played a road game yet) and will not be tested again until they play Kentucky on New Year’s Eve.

Wisconsin 69, MARQUETTE 64

Badgers scored 21 second chance points on 15 offensive rebounds.  Ballgame.  Since I am still depressed about this game, I figure the following picture will help cheer me up:

Muscle Milk Commercial

Tennessee 83, PITT 76

The Panthers were out-hustled in this game; something that happens very rarely under the Jamie Dixon regime.  Tennessee has now beat two of the better Big East schools in Pitt and Villanova.  I guess I should start believing that they are legit?

KENTUCKY 81, Indiana 62
‘Cats ended the game on a 25-5 run that featured a nine-minute field goal drought for the Hoosiers.  On a positive note for IU fans, Tom Crean beat John Calipari in the fake bake battle.

NOTRE DAME 83, Gonzaga 79
Irish led by 11 with 1:30 left and nearly pulled off the comeback but instead handed the Zags their third straight loss.  Gonzaga is now 4-5 on the year and while their losses have come to NCAA Tournament caliber teams, Mark Few cannot be pleased with their effort.  Their point guard play has been a major Achilles heel.

Rewind
TERRIBLE ANNOUNCER LINE OF THE WEEK:
“Going to the hole with champagne thoughts, but a beer budget.” –Corey Williams makes his triumphant return after a one week absent.  I would like you to guess what he was referring to with this random comment.

-A young Memphis team suffered a pair of big blows this week.  Junior swingman Wesley Witherspoon underwent shoulder surgery that figures to sideline him for at least a month.  6-11 junior Angel Garcia also decided that he will leave the team to sign a professional contract in Spain.  That leaves Josh Pastner with only two upperclassmen.

Josh Selby Kansas

Fast Forward
USC at Kansas, Sat 11:00, ESPN
It is a slow week of college hoops due to finals, but this game is worth checking out as highly-recruited Kansas freshman guard Josh Selby becomes eligible.  He is a dynamic scorer who can also handle the ball.  It will be interesting to see how the Jayhawks handle working him into the rotation.

Kansas State at Florida, Sat 2:30
K-State has not been overly-impressive this season while the Gators are still searching for a signature non-conference win.

Gonzaga at Baylor, Sat 3:30, ESPN2
The Zags are 4-5 and have taken their bumps in non-conference play having lost three straight.  They still have Baylor, Xavier, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, and Memphis on their non-conference schedule as Mark Few has not held back from taking on any challenger.  The Bears have ridiculous length on the bottom end of their 2-3 zone so Gonzaga will have to shoot the ball to pick up their crucial road win.

Texas at North Carolina, Sat 3:00, CBS
The two teams combined to score 193 points in their showdown last year and this should be another fast-paced, up-tempo ball game.  The Heels knocked off Kentucky in Chapel Hill earlier this month and would get a big boost by doing the same to the ‘Horns.

COLLEGE HOOPS 101 ARCHIVE:
December 5, 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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