College Hoops 101 (12/27/10)

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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 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 this edition, Mississippi State’s Renardo Sidney and Elgin Bailey get into a fight in the stands, Seton Hall’s Jeremy Hazell is recovering from a gun shot wound, and conference play tips-off this week.

By: David Kay

The Drive
Games watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games watched in 2010-2011: 109
Games watched this past week: 12

Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I have seen play this season: 87

(Home teams in CAPS)

UNLV 63, KANSAS STATE 59
Wildcat starters Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly were suspended before the game for receiving impermissible benefits.  Give K-State credit for battling without their seniors but this serves as another valuable non-conference win for the Rebels.  (I seriously dare you to watch a K-State game and hear Rodney McGruder’s name called and not immediately sing “MC-GRUUUU-DERRRRRRR!”

NORTH CAROLINA 85, William & Mary 60

I keep watching UNC, waiting for a Harrison Barnes breakout game.  He played well in this game but I am still waiting…

Missouri 77, Illinois 64
D.J. Richardson hits a three with :37 left to pull the Illini within one point.  Mizzou breaks down court for a bucket and intentional foul.  Tigers hit both free throws, get the ball back, make a lay-up, and then Bruce Weber gets a technical foul giving Missouri two more free throws and an 11-point lead.  So in a matter of fifteen seconds, we went from a potential great finish to the nail in coffin.  I have never seen a game change so quickly like that.

ARIZONA 82, Robert Morris 56
Game number 100!  Sean Miller has been able to use hockey line changes with his first and second units in non-conference play.  I will be curious to see if he keeps that up during Pac-10 action.

MARQUETTE 102, Mississippi Valley State 77
Jae Crowder is easily my second favorite Golden Eagle behind my boy, Vander Blue.

Jae Crowder marquette

Baylor 83, San Diego 50
Did you know San Diego is German for “A Whale’s Vagina?”  That is what Baylor treated San Diego like in this game.

Texas 67, Michigan State 55
I love that Tom Izzo called his team a bunch of pretty boy jump shooters.

Washington State 77, Baylor 71
I think it is time to start taking Wazzu seriously.  They crush Mississippi State and then upset Baylor on back-to-back nights.  LaceDarius Dunn single-handedly shot the Bears back in this game by scoring 25 second half points (though he did finish 3-15 from three.)

Georgetown 86, MEMPHIS 69
The Hoyas took the young Tigers to school in the second half.

renardo sidney

Mississippi State 69, San Diego 52
It was fun watching this game on DVR after the fist fight broke out between Bulldog teammates Renardo Sidney and Elgin Bailey in the crowd later in the day because Bailey would not move his legs out of the aisle when Sidney wanted to make a concession stand run.  Baffling.  I guess this was my only chance to scout Sidney since I cannot imagine he gets reinstated anytime soon.  By the way, San Diego has a player who looks like Goat Boy.

Florida State 68, Baylor 61
Doug Gottlieb was ridiculing the NBA scouts who came to the Diamond Head Classic but chose to return home for the Holidays before seeing Perry Jones and Chris Singleton play against each other.  Dude, it was Christmas.  They could watch the game on TV.

Butler 84, Washington State 68
Gottlieb was giving Wazzu’s Klay Thompson Jon Gruden/Brett Favre treatment and blowing him all game long.  It was almost disturbing.  Oh, and after suffering a couple of early season hiccups, Butler is back.

Rewind
TERRIBLE ANNOUNCER LINE OF THE WEEK:
Mark Gottfried was obsessed with referring to Baylor’s Quincy Acy and his “pogo” ability.  Translation: how he can jump from a standing position.  I don’t mind the analogy but I do think mentioning it multiple times during every Baylor game of The Diamond Head Classic was a bit overdoing it.

-Seton Hall super chucker Jeremy Hazell has been out for the past few weeks with a wrist injury and he probably will not be returning to the Pirate line-up anytime soon after being shot Christmas night in an apparent robbery.  Hazell is in stable position but Seton Hall’s season is not.

John Calipari Rick Pitino

Fast Forward
UConn at Pitt, Mon 6:00, ESPN
Big Monday starts with a bang as UConn and Pitt tip-off Big East Conference play.  The Huskies rely heavily on Player of the Year candidate Kemba Walker while the Panthers have a well-rounded ball club.  I’ll take Pitt.

Minnesota at Wisconsin, Tues 6:00, ESPN
Minnesota at Michigan State, Fri 3:00, BTN

The Gophers surprised some by getting off to a great start this season and will be put to the test early in Big Ten play with a pair of road games at tough places to win.  We will find out quickly if they can really contend for the conference crown.

Georgetown at Notre Dame, Wed 6:00, ESPN2
Notre Dame at Syracuse, Sat 2:30, ESPNU

The schedule makers did not do any favors for the Irish at the start of conference play. Hoyas and Irish will be interesting because they have two of the most experienced starting fives in the country.  Notre Dame possesses the shooters to break Syracuse’s 2-3 zone.  We will find out a lot about the Irish after this week.

Temple at Villanova, Thurs 6:00, ESPN2
This battle of Big 5 Philly teams is always competitive.  The Owls handed Jay Wright’s Wildcats their first loss last season and are 2-0 against Big East teams having already beat Seton Hall and Georgetown.

Kentucky at Louisville, Fri 11:00, CBS
This is probably the best non-conference rivalry in college hoops.  At 10-1, I think L-Ville’s record makes them seem better than they are since the Cards have only played one road game.  Still, anything can happen at KFC Yum! Center.  Now excuse me while I get some mashed potatoes and biscuits.  Deeeeee-lish.

COLLEGE HOOPS 101 ARCHIVE:
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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