College Hoops 101 (1/4/11)


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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 (Tuesday this week… sorry for the delay, blame the Rose Bowl.) 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 out my latest Big East power rankings if you missed them.

By: David Kay

The Drive
Games watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games watched in 2010-2011: 122
Games watched this past week: 14

Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I have seen play this season: 92

(Home teams in CAPS)

Colorado 78, Indiana 69

Just remember Tom, “It’s Indiana.  It’s Indiana.”  Crean needs to get freshman Victor Oladipo some more minutes.  He brings great energy to the floor.

PITT 78, UConn 63
Kemba Walker cannot do it all by himself.  His supporting cast needs to play better if the Huskies are going to contend for the conference crown.  Pitt epitomizes balance and is a remarkable 8-0 all-time at the Zoo against teams ranked in the top five.

WISCONSIN 68, Minnesota 60

Is Jordan Taylor league?  I am beginning to think so.  There might not be a more underrated point guard in college basketball.

SYRACUSE 81, Providence 74
Cuse has been unable to put teams away this season and let the scrappy Friars hang around.

NOTRE DAME 69, Georgetown 55

The Hoyas are not going to win a lot of games in which Chris Wright and Jason Clark combine to go 4-18 from the field and score just 11 points.

VANDERBILT 77, Marquette 76
Same script; Golden Eagles dig themselves into an early hole, make a comeback, have a last shot at a win, and do not get a shot off.  They have some serious work to do in Big East if they are going to be tourney bound.

Arizona 76, OREGON 57

The announcers commented that Oregon’s court has mice, rats, and bats.  No wonder they are opening a new arena this week.

CINCINNATI 70, Seton Hall 53
The Bearcats are 14-0 but how can we get a true grip on if this team is for real with four of their next five games being against Louisville, Syracuse, Pitt, and Georgetown?

MARQUETTE 79, West Virginia 74

MU needed this one bad.  Jae Crowder is Lazar Hayward part 2.

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SYRACUSE 70, Notre Dame 58
Kris Joseph is finally starting to become Cuse’s go-to player and James Southerland is giving them great minutes off the bench.  C.J. Fair reminds me of a Corey Brewer type player.  I need a Syracuse hat.

Kentucky 78, LOUISVILLE 63
I am starting to think Terrence Jones has a real chance at being the number one pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

ILLINOIS 69, Wisconsin 61
35 of the Badgers 60 shots were threes and you know what they say; live and die by the three.  They died by it against the Illini making just ten of them.

OREGON STATE 76, Arizona 75

I did NOT see this one coming.  What I did see was the Oregon State dance team wearing knee-high hooker boots.  I liked what I saw with the latter.

ST. JOHN’S 61, Georgetown 58
I think ESPN needs to show more cutaways of Lou Carnesecca during St. John’s games. (Sarcasm)  Look at Lav’s boys now 3-0.  Maybe Rick Pitino was on to something when he picked the Johnnies to win the Big East.

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-Let me get this straight, Renardo Sidney and his teammate fight in the stands during another college basketball game on national television and only gets suspended for two games?  I am not sure who got off easier, Sidney or Brett Favre.  Meanwhile, the other offender, Elgin Bailey has decided to transfer from the program.

-Highly touted freshman wing Jalen Kendrick left Memphis before his collegiate career even really began.  He will transfer to Mississippi and become eligible at the second semester of the 2011-2012 season.

-Butler lost to Milwaukee by 24… huh?

Fast Forward
UConn at Notre Dame, Tues 6:00, ESPN3
The Irish define balance with five veteran starters all being able to contribute on any given night.  UConn relies solely on Kemba Walker to carry them and while he is much quicker than anyone on the Notre Dame roster, he will need someone else to step up if the Huskies are going to pick up the road win.

Memphis at Tennessee, Wed 8:00 ESPN 2

In-state bragging rights are on the line.  The Vols are struggling mightily having lost four of their last six games with their two victories coming by one and six points against Belmont and UT-Martin.  Meanwhile, this young Memphis team has yet to really put it all together.  They have needed overtime to beat Arkansas State and Austin Peay while only winning by five against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi and Tennessee State.

BYU at UNLV, Wed 9:00
A huge early season Mountain West Conference showdown… The Runnin’ Rebels will try to use their speed to neutralize Jimmer Fredette who is averaging 24 points per game.

Xavier at Cincinnati, Thur 6:00, ESPN2
Cincinnati at Villanova, Sun 1:00, ESPN 3

This is a great chance for Cincy to prove they are good as their 14-0 record.  There is bad blood in the battle for the Queen City as the Bearcats and Musketeers nearly threw down last year.

Cleveland State at Butler, Fri 6:00, ESPNU
Despite the Bulldogs early season struggles, the road to the Horizon championship still goes through Brad Stevens’ bunch.  The Vikings are 15-1 and can really making a statement by going into Hinkle Fieldhouse and picking up a huge conference win.

UConn at Texas, Sat 2:30, ESPN
Which Longhorn team will show up?  The one that lost to USC by 17 or the one that beat Michigan State by 12?

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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 and former contributor for The Washington Times Communities.  You can follow him on Twitter at DavidKay_TSB.


  1. 1ST ONE. Illini playing pretty good but the teams I really think are playing GREAT basketball: Duke, Ohio State, Kansas, UConn, PITT, San Diego State and Wichita State.

  2. paulmbanks says

    knee high hooker boots? and no pic? seriously.

    I wrote a Butler piece mentioning their 6 game winning streak, in the morning and then and night they went and did that? WTF?

    And those losses to TX don’t look as good for my ILL and MSU

  3. paulmbanks says

    Jordan Taylor is plenty rated. BTN’s Shon Morris said he’s the best PG in the B10. which was a very dumb thing of him to say…my conf PG power rankings goes like this

    1. Meechi
    2. Kalin
    3. Talor
    4. Juice
    5. Al Nolen
    6. Jordan
    7. Darius

    after that it drops off some

  4. There is no way Al Nolen is a better point guard than Jordan Taylor.

  5. WSU plays tonight at home vs Drake. Gonna watch on TV tonight!!!! GO SHOX!

  6. Yeah Paul. What happened to the Spartans? They’re a BIG BUST. We lost by 4 to UConn, you lost by 3 to UConn so WSU and MSU would be very close. GO SHOX!!

  7. paulmbanks says

    fair enough, but there’s on way in hell Taylor is #1 or even top 3 like Morris stated. And I was just starting to like Shon Morris work after he said following the ILL loss to UIC

    “Mike Davis had 1 rebound today. That’s 1 more than a dead guy”

  8. paulmbanks says

    @Brian- I’ve figured out the secret to why State sucks in Nov/Dec but owns March. I’ve heard enough Izzo pressers to read between the lines and answer that… be revealed in a future TSB article

  9. @Paul – Yeah, I agree that top 3 is a little generous. He’s really good, but he settles for threes early in the shot clock too often. For a point guard, that is not ideal. I’m a huge fan of his toughness though.

  10. couldn’t find a hooker boots pic… and didn’t want to take a pic of the tv and run that…

    taylor’s a/to ratio is incredible considering how often he handles the ball for wisco… he’s more consistent than kalin so i could c him at #2 behind meechi…no way nolen is better… i’d put nolen 7th on that list… maybe even 8th behind Juice

  11. paulmbanks says

    I can concede Nolen, but Juice, Battle and Kalin no way!

    Shurna was 70% Mon night and Juice brought them back and almost to an upset all by himself. Battle IS his team and although Kalin is not the same again and never will be the same again, he accomplished a lot his first 3 years. And Taylor’s only been doing it for a half season. He doesn’t have the body of work

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