#81 Oregon State Beavers: College Basketball 111 in 111

Craig Robinson Oregon State

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Oregon State Beavers picked up their first twenty win season in more than twenty years yet still weren’t even close to an NCAA Tournament berth.  Though they return seven of their top eight scorers, Craig Robinson’s team still doesn’t figure to be a real threat in the Pac-12.

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White Sox vs Cubs, Craig Robinson vs. Nick Offerman, The Office vs. Parks & Rec (video)

What follows is the the third installment of the New Era ballcaps ads featuring actors Nick Offerman and Craig Robinson sporting Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs caps. This one is the funniest by far; as it features Robinson in his Sox cap doing a lounge song version of “Take me out to the Ballgame.”

It’s a viral vid sure to spice up the latest edition of the Red Line Series which rekindles tonight at The Cell.

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#92 Oregon State Beavers: College Basketball 111 in 111

barack obama craig robinson

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Last season, the Oregon State Beavers were a sexy sleeper pick to make some noise in the Pac-10.  Instead of living up to that billing, Craig Robinson’s team struggled more than his brother-in-law, Barack Obama did trying to settle the national debt crisis.  Expect another rough season for Robinson and the Beavers.

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College Hoops 101

By: David K.

Welcome to a weekly article at thesportsbank.net where I will give you the 101 on what has happened in the week of college basketball and what is to come in the days ahead.

Rewind

-Georgetown is falling apart.  The Hoyas were waxed by West Virginia who straight up out-worked G-Town and then got upset at Seton Hall in a game in which four of their starters combined to shoot 7-35 from the floor.  JT3’s team has now lost three in a row and is fading fast in the rugged Big East.

-Wake Forest became the last D-1 to suffer a loss when they were stunned at home by Virginia Tech.  The ACC needs to be in consideration with the Big East and Big Ten as the toughest conference in the nation.

-Wisconsin has now lost four conference games in a row for the first time under Bo Ryan.  Bo usually gets the most out of his Badgers, but that is certainly not the case this season.  Their lack of a go-to scorer has really hurt them as they appear to be NIT-bound.

-Time to start taking Butler seriously.  They beat the second and third place teams in the Horizon league fairly easily this week and are now 18-1 with their only loss coming by three points at Ohio State.  Brad Stevens has to be one of the best young coaches in the country and will probably be a hot name for a lot of big conference jobs this off-season.

-Oregon State, who didn’t win a single Pac-10 game last season and is coached by Barack Obama’s brother-in-law Craig Robinson, won back-to-back games at Cal and Stanford in the same week as Obama’s

inauguration.  Coincidence?  Probably not.

-D-Bag of the week goes to Houston’s Aubrey Coleman:



My AP Top Ten (if I actually voted in the poll)

1. Duke (18-1)
2. Pitt (18-1)
3. UConn (18-1)
4. Oklahoma (18-1)
5. Wake Forest (16-1)
6. North Carolina (17-2)
7. Louisville (15-3)
8. Marquette (17-2)
9. Arizona State (16-3)
10. Michigan State (16-3)

Nipping on their heels:
Xavier (16-2)
Clemson (16-2)
Butler (18-1)

Fast Forward

-Marquette at Notre Dame (Monday, 6:00, ESPN) and Georgetown at Marquette (Saturday, 1:00)

Marquette is 6-0 in Big East play beating up on the teams that they should win against… although that has been a problem in years past.  We will find out this week just how good the Golden Eagles are.

-Duke at Wake Forest (Wednesday, 6:00, ESPN)

Duke is coming off a 41-point thumping of Maryland.  They are undoubtedly the number one team in the country right now and will have a huge road test when they visit Wake.  Expect a lot of offense in this one.

-St. Mary’s at Gonzaga (Thursday, 11:00 ESPN2)

Both teams are unbeaten in the West Coast Conference.  St. Mary’s Patty Mills is one of the top point guards in the country.  The Zags have won six straight after dropping four of five in late December.

-LSU at Tennessee (Wednesday) and Florida at Tennessee (Saturday, 8:00, ESPN)

All three of these teams have just one loss in the very weak SEC.  The Vols have struggled, losing five games outside of conference play, and need these wins come seeding time for the NCAA Tourney.

The Drive to 225

To update my goal of watching 225 college basketball games this season…

Games watched through 1/25:  141

Games watched this past week: 15

Arizona at USC
Syracuse at Pitt
Texas A&M at Kansas
Ohio State at Illinois
Arizona State at Arizona
Villanova at UConn
Wisconsin at Iowa
West Virginia at Georgetown
DePaul at Marquette
Wisconsin at Illinois
Memphis at Tennessee
UConn at Notre Dame
Xavier at LSU
Houston at Arizona
Louisville at Syracuse

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