College Hoops 101 (12/21/10)

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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 (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: 97
Games watched this past week: 11

Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I have seen play this season: 81

(Home teams in CAPS)

Villanova 84, LA SALLE 81

‘Nova’s lack of depth is going to be a major issue once Big East play begins.

WISCONSIN 70, Green Bay 56

A reputable NBA Draft site that I check on a regular basis does not have the Badgers Jon Leuer as one of the sixty players being drafted this June.  Baffling.

Oakland 89, TENNESSEE 82

Down go the Vols.  Talk about battle tested; Oakland has now played West Virginia, Purdue, Illinois, Michigan State, and Tennessee and more than held their own. Nobody is going to want to see them come tourney time.

PURDUE 82, Oakland 67

A slow week so I decided to hit up an old DVR’ed game to get some Keith Benson scouting in.  PS-I would actually rather listen to FSN’s Corey Williams than those hack Big Ten Network Student U productions.  Although it has to be thrilling for these college students to get the exposure and experience.  I probably would have crapped myself if I got the opportunity to do that when I was in school.

Michigan State 77, Oakland 76
Oakland head coach Greg Kampe looks like Frank Caliendo with a perm.

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Georgia 73, GEORGIA TECH 72
More clearing out of the DVR on this slow week of college hoops.  Jimmy Dykes is in my top five analyst list which seems like a brilliant idea for an article in the near future.

USC 73, Texas 56
This is the first time I have ever seen a team use a time-out because they could not inbound the ball on the first play of the second half.  If you have not heard of USC’s Nikola Vucevic, he is an intriguing big man to keep an eye on.  On an unrelated note, the Trojans’ home court had a Muscle Milk advertisement on their scoreboard.  You know what that means…

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KANSAS 70, USC 68

Not a bad debut for KU freshman Josh Selby who scored 21 points and hit the game-winning shot late in the game.  He is the real deal and plays with a swagger that KU was sort of lacking.

Gonzaga 68, Baylor 64

Zags were in serious need of a pick-me-up win like this.  It is even more impressive that they knocked off previously unbeaten Baylor with their star player Steven Gray missing the entire second half due to back spasms.

FLORIDA 57, Kansas State 44
I have been less than impressed by K-State’s frontcourt this season.  If they are going to live up to the hype of their pre-season billing, guys like Curtis Kelly, Jamar Samuels, and Wally Judge have to step up their play.  (By the way, anytime an announcer says “McGruder” as in K-State’s Rodney McGruder, I think MACGRUBER!!!!!!)

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Arizona 72, N.C. STATE 62
This was the Wildcats last chance to pick up a marquee non-conference road win and they got it done.  Meanwhile, the Wolfpack are struggling without low post scoring threat Tracy Smith.

Rewind
TERRIBLE ANNOUNCER LINE OF THE WEEK:
Unfortunately, nothing stuck out.  Translation: I did not watch a game where Dickie V. or Corey Williams did color.

Head Scratching results from the past couple days (aka why I do not gamble):
-Illinois loses at the United Center to UIC.
-Florida loses to Jacksonville less than 48 hours after beating Kansas State.
-Oakland who has played the likes of Purdue, Illinois, and Michigan State tough, and also beat Tennessee, loses at Michigan by 18.

Fast Forward
Diamond Head Classic (Wed-Sat)

This should be an entertaining Christmas Holiday Tournament featuring five NCAA Tournament caliber teams in Baylor, Mississippi State, Washington State, Butler, and Florida State.  Keep an eye out for Mississippi State’s Renardo Sidney.  The 6-10, 270 pound sophomore played in his first real collegiate game Saturday against Virginia Tech after sitting out all of last season and the first nine game of this year due to eligibility issues.

Texas at Michigan State, Wed 6:00, ESPN2
The Horns knocked off Sparty before they crapped the bed during conference play.  Michigan State has not looked exceptionally sharp this season and could use a win against a ranked opponent.

Illinois vs. Missouri (in St. Louis), Wed 8:00, ESPN2
The annual battle for Braggin’ Rights; Mizzou snapped the Illini’s nine-game win streak in the series last season.  Illinois has the guard play and ball-handlers able to break the Tigers constant full court pressure and I am not sure how Missouri will be able to match with the Illini’s Mike and Mike in a half-court setting.

Georgetown at Memphis, Thurs 7:00, ESPN2
Experience versus youth.  The Hoyas have one of the most skilled and battle tested backcourts in the country while the Tigers are incredibly talented but young.

COLLEGE HOOPS 101 ARCHIVE:
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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