While I was covering Super Bowl 45 in Dallas, I went nine days without watching a complete college basketball game. When I got back from the Lone Star State, I was literally in the fetal position shaking profusely. As a result, this edition of College Hoops 101 covers the past two weeks and is a slower week due to my needing to catch up on sleep.
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. Click here for my latest bracketology.
By: David Kay
Games watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games watched in 2010-2011: 193
Games watched in the past two weeks: 13
Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I have seen play this season: 106
(Home teams in CAPS)
KANSAS 90, Kansas State 66
Caught up on some Jayhawk player scouting reports. They could have four 2011 NBA Draft first round picks on their roster. Question: more disappointing team this season Kansas State or Michigan State?
KENTUCKY 73, Tennessee 61
Bruce Pearl’s 8-game SEC suspension comes to an end, but even his atrocious orange suit coat cannot help the Vols win at Rupp Arena where the Wildcats are unbeaten this season.
Xavier 65, GEORGIA 57
This win pretty much solidifies the Musketeers getting into the NCAA Tournament even if they take a bit of a dive down the stretch.
Marquette 59, SOUTH FLORIDA 58
For all the crap endings to game that MU has suffered through this season, they deserved to catch a break and did so against USF. The Bulls lost this game one hundred times more than the Golden Eagles won it.
DUKE 79, North Carolina 73
Okay, so maybe Nolan Smith is worthy of being in the conversation for National Player of the Year. His 34 points led the charge in as the Blue Devils erased a 16-point deficit.
ST. JOHN’S 82, UConn 79
You do not want to get into a full-court, fast-break, up-and-down game with the Red Storm. They thrive on their athleticism and broke away from UConn early in the second half by getting out in transition. By the way, in this game a Johnnies play went flying into the Huskies’ bench to save a loose ball and not one of his teammates went over to help him out or check to see if he was okay when he was ruled out of bounds. If I was a coach, even if my team was up 21 points like St. John’s was, I would rip my team a new a-hole for not rushing to their teammate’s aid.
Illinois 71, MINNESOTA 62
Crucial road win for the Illini as Bruce Weber chose to keep seniors Demetri McCamey and Mike Tisdale out of the starting line-up as a teaching point. Meanwhile, the Gophers are sorely missing a point guard as Blake Hoffarbur should not be the running the one.
WISCONSIN 71, Ohio State 67
The lone remaining unbeaten falls as the Badgers continue their home dominance. Jordan Taylor deserves to be in Big Ten Player of the Year conversations. He is the spark plug for this Wisconsin team and scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half to help erase a 15-point deficit. Read in-depth reports on this game from The Sports Bank crew on the Badgers perspective and Buckeyes perspective.
VANDERBILT 81, Kentucky 77
In SEC play, the Wildcats are 4-0 at Rupp Arena and 1-5 on the road.
Pitt 57, VILLANOVA 54
Even though they were at home, it is a tall task for Nova to beat Pitt without Corey Stokes and with Corey Fisher riddled with foul trouble. Give the pesky Wildcats credit for hanging tough with the Panthers and taking this game down to the final possession.
GEORGETOWN 69, Marquette 60
A former co-worker teases me that Marquette’s offense is recklessly drive to the basket and throw up a shot. I usually shrug it off, but this time he was right. Their offense was abysmal in the second half.
Purdue 81, ILLINOIS 70
Demetri McCamey had four points, four assists, and three turnovers in this game. Let me get this straight; he is a Bob Cousy Award finalist for college basketball’s top point guard and Jordan Taylor is not? Yeah, that makes perfect sense. Click here to read more on this game
Arizona 67, ARIZONA STATE 52
I was as high on ‘Zona in the pre-season as anyone but not even I thought they would put things together this quickly. They have rattled off six straight wins with four of them coming away from Tucson.
TERRIBLE ANNOUNCER LINE OF THE WEEK: “Hopefully the Fogg will clear.” -Fox Sports’ Marques Johnson using a oh-so-clever pun to describe Arizona’s Kyle Fogg and his recent shooting slump.
RIDICULOUS STAT LINE OF THE WEEK:
Cleveland State’s 6-2 guard Norris Cole versus Youngstown State: 41 points, 20 rebounds, 9 assists.
Michigan State at Ohio State, Tues 8:00, ESPN
The Spartans are pretty close to desperate at this stage of the game needing a strong finish to the season if they want to be dancing come March. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see how the Buckeyes respond after losing their first game of the year.
Wisconsin at Purdue, Wed 5:30, BTN
Both teams enter this game 9-3 in the Big Ten and tied for second in the conference. The Badgers have had some recent shooting struggles on the road and will try to carry the momentum from knocking off OSU on Saturday.
Georgetown at UConn, Wed 6:00, ESPN3
The Hoyas are one of the hottest teams in the country having won eight straight while UConn has cooled off incredibly from their hot start of the season. Whichever team’s talented backcourt plays better will get the win in this one.
Ohio State at Purdue, Sun 12:00, CBS
If the Buckeyes somehow stumble against Sparty and the Boilermakers knock off the Badgers, this game could be for first place in the Big Ten. That is a lot of if’s but still you never know…
COLLEGE HOOPS 101 ARCHIVE:
January 31, 2011
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.Follow paulmbanks