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
Games watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games watched in 2010-2011: 72
Games watched this past week: 19
Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I have seen play this season: 73
(Home teams in CAPS)
Arizona 82, Santa Clara 59
When Derrick Williams is a lottery pick this summer, I want you to remember that I have been on the bandwagon since last season. By the way, I need a new hat. My UConn one has seen better days. I am down to three finalists; Navy Arizona with the “A” logo, Navy Villanova with the “V” logo, or Navy Syracuse with the orange “S”. Thoughts? Suggestions?
NORTH CAROLINA 74, Charleston 69
I am getting concerned about UNC’s Harrison Barnes. He has to eventually turn this early season slump around, right?
Georgetown 82, N.C. State 67 (Charleston Classic)
A slow Monday night of hoops meant catching up on an old game. Jay Williams is not a good announcer. Twice he said a NBA scout told him that the Hoyas’ Chris Wright is like a David West. Ummm… you mean Delonte West? And just as I wrote that, the coverage came back from commercial and Williams corrected himself with David Wesley. AHHHHH, the letter two. Still not a fan of Williams as a color guy.
UNLV 71, Virginia Tech 59 (76 Classic)
Suddenly the Mountain West looks even better than anticipated with UNLV, San Diego State, and BYU all unbeaten through the first month of the season.
Virginia 87, MINNESOTA 79
Just when I started to buy into the Minnesota hype, this happens. I know the Gophers were without starting point guard Al Nolen but they did get Devoe Joseph back from suspension. Guarding the three-point line would have helped as the Cavs hit 10 of 13 from distance.
Ohio State 58, FLORIDA STATE 44
The ‘Noles are going to need to find a way to score some points against talented teams because even if Chris Singleton is one of the best, if not the best defender in college, you have to eventually score the basketball. I found myself rooting hard for the Buckeyes in this game which means I think they are turning into one of my favorite teams.
ILLINOIS 79, North Carolina 67
Impressive showing by the Illini even though they were never able to really pull away. Meanwhile, it was another lackluster outing by UNC and freshman Harrison Barnes who need to figure things out or they could miss out on the NCAA Tournament for a second straight year. (If you missed it, Roy Williams went off on a tangent on ESPN after this game regarding the criticism of Barnes.)
Georgetown 111, MISSOURI 102 OT
Nominee for the game of the year so far. Down 4 with 19 seconds left and Mizzou shooting a pair of free throws, the Hoyas were able to tie it up and force overtime due to some poor execution down the stretch by the Tigers and an ONIONS three-pointer by Chris Wright late in regulation. G-Town’s backcourt of Wright, Austin Freeman, and Jason Clark combined for 88 points.
WISCONSIN 87, N.C. State 48
Uninspired effort by the Wolfpack combined with the Badgers finally shooting the ball well and playing a 40-minute game equals blow out. Check out Nick Grays’ Rapid Reaction for more on this game.
Purdue 58, VIRGINIA TECH 55 OT
JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore combine for 41 of Purdue’s 58 points. The Boilermakers will need someone to step into the third banana role by the time conference play starts.
DUKE 84, Michigan State 79
Kyrie Irving took over this game and made me look real smart as I moved him to the #1 pick in my latest NBA Mock Draft which was released just hours before this game.
Arizona 84, RICE 57
I will use this space to shout-out my boy and ‘Zona fan Jason Moe “Diddy” who improved to 2-0 in his MMA career with a 24 second tap-out victory against some dude who Paul M. Banks called “Shawn Bradley.”
BAYLOR 68, Arizona State 54
LaceDarius Dunn is the key to the Bears’ season. He is their only player who can hit outside shots with regularity.
KANSAS 77, UCLA 76
A Bruin foul with .7 left on the clock gave the Jayhawks’ Mario Little the game-winning free throw. UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt had himself a game pouring in a career-high 33 points.
VILLANOVA 71, St. Joseph’s 60
‘Nova had only seven scholarship players dress due to injury. Their lack of depth is going to be a concern this season.
MARQUETTE 96, Longwood 65
Longwood made Chris Otule out to be Shaq as Otule scored a career-high 19.
NORTH CAROLINA 75, Kentucky 73
Heels needed this one, BAD! Kentucky’s lack of depth especially inside really hurt them in this game as they had to go small when their bigs got into foul trouble. (By the way, it is so awkward watching how gangly Carolina’s John Henson is. Get the dude like six cheeseburgers per meal.)
Duke 82 , Butler 70
The Bulldogs Matt Howard fouls out as frequently as Nicki Minaj is featured on a rap song.
ARIZONA 83, Oklahoma 60
Former Wildcat Steve Kerr did color on this game instead of the usual suspect, Corey Williams. That is like ordering a prostitute and expecting some nasty, cracked out chick to come to the door but instead, the unofficial college basketball sponsor of The Sports Bank, Muscle Milk Katie shows up. (see below) For the record, I have never ordered a prostitute nor do I ever intend to.
By the way, I had a busy weekend and have a ton of games from Saturday and Sunday that I need to catch up on Monday night.
TERRIBLE ANNOUNCER LINE OF THE WEEK:
Stephen Bardo kept quoting Drake’s “Oh, you fancy huh?” I didn’t mind it the first time, but the second and third times were overdoing it.
Memphis vs. Kansas, Tuesday, 6:00 ESPN (Jimmy V Classic)
A huge test for a very talented, but young Tiger team. They have not exactly dominated en route to their 7-0 record, beating Miami by four, LSU by nine, and needing overtime to get past Arkansas State. The key for Memphis will be their big men containing the Morris twins while also staying out of foul trouble which has been an issue for them early this season.
Syracuse vs. Michigan State, Tuesday, 8:30 ESPN (Jimmy V Classic)
Sparty will have to shoot the ball well from three to get past the ‘Cuse 2-3 zone. This is ultimately a home game for the Orange with the game being played at Madison Square Garden.
Notre Dame at Kentucky, Wednesday, 8:30 ESPN
The Irish have been one of the pleasant surprises of this college basketball season. This begins a telling week for them as they visit Lexington and then host Gonzaga on Saturday. Notre Dame will want to keep this game played in the half-court while the ‘Cats should try and run at every opportunity. ‘Cats have the length on the wing to harass Tim Abromaitis and Scott Martin and freshman point guard Brandon Knight’s quickness might be too much for ND to handle.
Butler at Xavier, Thursday, 8:00 ESPN
Two of the top “mid-majors” on a yearly basis; both teams have struggled early this season. The Musketeers have lost to Old Dominion and Miami (OH), and needed overtime to beat IPFW and triple OT to get past Wofford. The Bulldogs are coming off a loss against Duke and have also fallen to Louisville and Evansville while only beating Loyola (IL) by two. Both teams will need this win to help their resume in case they do not end up winning their respective conference tournaments and must count on an at-large bid to get into the tourney.
UNLV at Louisville, Saturday, 11:00 ESPNU
Somebody will suffer their first loss of the season. The Rebels have knocked off the Cards in each of the past two seasons. Both teams thrive on pressuring the ball and using their athleticism and speed to wear down their opponents so it will be a matter of who handles it best will likely remain unbeaten.
Wisconsin at Marquette, Saturday, 1:30 ESPN2
Ohhhhhhh… it is on. Look for my in-depth preview of this annual rivalry later this week.
Tennessee at Pitt, Saturday, 2:15 ESPN
One team will fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. I am not buying the Vols as a legit top ten team and think Pitt takes it to them.
Arizona at BYU, Saturday, 5:00 FSN
Jimmer Fredette dropped a school-record 49 points in a 30-point blowout at ‘Zona last season. You don’t think Sean Miller is going to remind his Wildcats of that about 700 times in the next week?
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 The Washington Times Communities. You can follow him on Twitter at DavidKay_TSB.Follow paulmbanks