College Hoops 101 (1/31/11)

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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 (a double edition this week as I had to skip last week’s) 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. (Click here if you missed my most recent Bracketology.)

By: David Kay


The Drive
Games watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games watched in 2010-2011: 180
Games watched in the past two weeks: 25

Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I have seen play this season: 105

(Home teams in CAPS)

San Diego State 87, NEW MEXICO 77
The Pit is a tough place to play so even though the Lobos are not as talented as they were last year, this is a huge non-conference win to keep the Aztecs in the select company of unbeatens.

UConn 61, Villanova 59

Kemba Walker does it again by hitting the game winner, but UConn is starting to get solid contributions from freshmen Tyler Lamb and Shabazz Napier (who I really like.)  Nova only had seven healthy scholarship players and relied far too much on Corey Fisher because Corey Stokes was a non-factor.  By the way, I think it is a joke when mock drafts have Stokes as a second round pick.  No chance.  All he can do is shoot.  He is a complete liability in every other area of his game.

PITT 74, Syracuse 66
Pitt starts the game by scoring the first 19 points and I’m thinking, WOW!  However, ‘Cuse responds with a 17-0.  By far, the craziest beginning to a college basketball game I have ever seen.  Credit the Orange for getting back in this game despite being without leading scorer Kris Joseph who was sidelined stemming from the concussion he suffered two days prior against Cincy.

Kansas 85, BAYLOR 65
The Jayhawks made 28 of the 38 shots they attempted inside the three-point line.  That is 74% for those keeping track at home and most of them were the Morris twins bullying around the thin, athletic Bears front line down low.  Baylor is by no means a lock for the tourney and have some work to do.

Tennessee 59, GEORGIA 57
This game should have went into overtime as Brian Williams blatantly went over the back on the game-winning bucket as time expired but no foul was called.

ALABAMA 68, Kentucky 66

Jimmy Dykes loves the phrase, “deleting the drive” when a defensive player prevents a dribble drive.  I like it.  And um, wow on this game as UK fought back from a 20-point second half deficit but fell just short.

ILLINOIS 71, Michigan State 62
The top tier Big Ten keeps beating up on each other.  Click here to read more from TSB founder Paul M. Banks who covered this game in Champaign.

MARQUETTE 94, DePaul 64
I was worried Marquette might have a hangover from their gut-wrenching loss at Louisville and they did get off to a slow start.  However, they absolutely dominated the final 24 minutes of the game.  DePaul is really bad by the way.  They are easily the worst power conference team I have seen this season.

Duke 92, N.C. STATE 78
My colleague Peter Christian and I always have a “my boy” team.  This year, we created a “my anti-boy” team and Mason Plumlee is my choice for captain.  I really, really, really do not like that dude.

TEXAS 81, Texas A&M 60
I do not understand how the Aggies have a record as good as they do.  They just are not that good.

Isaiah Thomas Washington

WASHINGTON 85, Arizona 68
Huskies win the Pac-10 first place showdown.  Washington fans are also bringing back “Raise the Roof” and to be honest, I am okay with that.

Ohio State 73, ILLINOIS 68
Jereme Richmond seems like a punk.

Villanova 83, SYRACUSE 72
When the Coreys and Maalik Wayns are lights out from three, Nova can beat just about anybody.

NOTRE DAME 80, Marquette 75
Marquette blows a second half lead and misses out on picking up a golden road win.  Sound familiar?

UConn 76, MARQUETTE 68
Marquette blows a second half lead and misses out on picking up a golden win.  Sound familiar?  (Yes, I know I wrote this for the previous game.)

Florida 104, GEORGIA 91 OT
This was a very entertaining game.  That’s all I got.

OHIO STATE 87, Purdue 64
This was not an entertaining game at all.  Unless of course you are a Buckeyes fan.

MEMPHIS  77, Central Florida 61
After winning their first 14 games, UCF has now lost five straight.  Figure that one out for me…

Kansas 82, COLORADO 78
It is terrible what has happened to KU sophomore Thomas Robinson.  In a month period, he lost both of his grandparents, then his mother suddenly passes due to a heart attack.  Since there is no father in the picture, Robinson had to plan the funeral arrangements and has a nine-year old sister to look after.  I feel awful for the kid.

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BYU 71, San Diego State 58
Jimmer Fredette is really, really, really good.  The nation has a man-crush on him and I understand why.

Vanderbilt 81, MISSISSIPPI STATE 74
Vandy is my favorite SEC team.  Simply because the better their record is, the better it reflects on Marquette’s RPI since they lost to the Commodores earlier this season.

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ARIZONA 85, UCLA 74
If I had to pick four college basketball players to compete in a slam dunk contest, Derrick Williams would easily be one of the four.  Dude has thrown down some nasty slams this season.

St. Mary’s 73, GONZAGA 71
Mickey McConnell with an ONIONS jumper to give the Gaels the win.  It’s crazy to believe this is only the second conference game the Zags have lost on their home floor in the past ten years.  They might be in NCAA Tournament trouble if they do not turn things around quickly.

GEORGETOWN 69, Villanova 66
The Hoyas have quietly won four straight after starting Big East play 1-4.

MARQUETTE 76, Syracuse 70
MU needed this one; BAD.  Jimmy Butler hit some huge clutch shots late in the game while Cuse drops their fourth straight after starting 18-0.

PENN STATE 56, Wisconsin 52

Never thought I would say this, but the Nittany Lions are a legit bubble team now.

Rewind
TERRIBLE ANNOUNCER LINE OF THE WEEK: Dickie Simpkins provided with three reasons why he should not be a college basketball color commentator:

“I’ve been watching him (Jimmy Butler) for four years.” Ummm… considering he transferred in from a JUCO as a sophomore, that is a flat out lie.

“Darius Odom-Johnson.” Or Darius Johnson-Odom as the rest of people call him.

“Did somebody call ADT because Otule says get that out of here.” A cheesy line with terrible execution.

Dickie Simpkins ESPN

Fast Forward
Syracuse at UConn, Wed 6:00, ESPN
The Cuse is hurting and badly needs to get back on the track, but doing so at a tough UConn team that is getting solid contributions from Kemba’s supporting cast will not be an easy task.

Butler at Cleveland State, Sat 11:00, ESPN2
Brad Stevens’ bunch beat the Vikings by 23 in their first meeting, but Cleveland State still holds down the top spot in the Horizon League.  With seven losses, the Bulldogs can afford many hiccups between now and Selection Sunday.  Right now, I think both of these teams get in the tournament, but this conference getting two bids is no guarantee which makes this game so important since only one team will get the league’s automatic bid.

St. John’s at UCLA, Sat 12:00, CBS
Steve Lavin returns to UCLA in a game that both teams could really use to help their NCAA Tournament resume.

Kentucky at Florida, Sat 8:00, ESPN
The SEC East is a cluster now with the Gators holding a half game lead over the Wildcats and Tennessee.  Florida has a clear experience advantage over the young Kentucky team who has struggled in conference play on the road.

COLLEGE HOOPS 101 ARCHIVE:
January 17, 2011
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.

Comments

  1. Ghost in the Machine says

    The DOJ line was brutal. I rolled my eyes when I heard that. I think David Kay should apply for a job with ESPNU.

  2. paulmbanks says

    Jimmer is this year’s Kevin Pittsnogle. a star white guy with a funny name that makes him a cult hero.

    for his sake, hopefully he doesn’t end up 320 lbs and living in a WV triple wide; because that’s what he’s doing these days

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