College Hoops 101 (11/29/10)

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UConn Maui Invitational

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

The Drive
Games watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games watched in 2010-2011: 53
Games watched this past week: 18

Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I have seen play this season: 64
(Home teams in CAPS)

Rewind
Duke 82, Marquette 77 (CBE Classic)

Encouraging loss for MU considering their starting guards of DJO, Dwight Buycks, and Vander Blue had zero first half points.  This should be a huge confidence boost for the Golden Eagles knowing they can play with the best team in the country.  Once again size hurt Marquette though as Mason F’ing Plumlee put up 25 points, 12 boards, and 5 blocks.  By the way, I will forever hate the entire Plumlee family because of this game.

Kansas State 81, Gonzaga 64 (CBE Classic)

I really like Kansas State freshman guard Will Spradling.  He is incredibly mature for his age and will be a great complement and/or back-up to Jacob Pullen this season.  Zags really struggled with Steven Gray held in check.

Kemba Walker nba draft

UConn 83, Wichita State 79 (Maui Invitational)
Coming off a 42 point outing, Kemba Walker scores 29 second half points after sitting for nearly 16 minutes of the first half due to foul trouble.  Dude is ballin’ out of control.  (By the way, I googled “ballin’ like” to try and find a rap lyric I was thinking of and came across this AMAZING web-site that lists every rap lyric containing a NBA reference.  It will eat up a solid hour of your day.)

Kentucky 76, Oklahoma 64 (Maui Invitational)
I think I have officially found my basketball man-crush for the 2010-2011 season.  His name is Terrence Jones and is he going to be a nightmare of a match-up for a lot of teams this season.

Gonzaga 63, Marquette 60 (CBE Classic)
MU absolutely, one-hundred percent, without question deserved to lose this game.  I couldn’t have been more frustrated by their performance yet they only lost by three.  I am not sure what that means but I guess it is a positive.

Duke 82, Kansas State 68 (CBE Classic)

At this point, nobody can touch Duke.  Their backcourt depth is unreal as reserves Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry would start on most D-1 teams.  By the way, Mason F’ing Plumlee leads the nation in goaltending.

UConn 70, Michigan State 67 (Maui Invitational)
If this were NBA Jam, Kemba Walker would be blinking and shooting a line of fire from his hand to the basket.

Kentucky 74, Washington 67 (Maui Invitational)
John Calipari has been sweating in Maui like someone got evidence of his illegal recruiting.  Terrence Jones was once again beastly but UK freshman point guard Brandon Knight made his mark with a game-high 24.

Michigan State 76, Washington 71 (Maui Invitational)
Sparty takes third place but there have to be some early season concerns.  They struggled to win this game just like their Maui opener against Chaminade.  Add in the loss to UConn and Tom Izzo has plenty of teaching points.

UConn 84, Kentucky 67 (Maui Invitational)
Wow was I off on UConn ranking them 52nd in my pre-season power rankings.  WAY OFF! (I was not the only one as the Huskies were picked to finish tenth in the Big East)  Kemba Walker is playing out of his mind right now and has hands down been the best player in the country.  Can he keep it up?  We will see, but UConn can be a Big East force if he does.

Tennessee 77, VCU 72 (Pre-Season NIT)

I feel dirty just watching the Vols play thanks to Bruce Pearl.  Tennessee also undoubtedly wins the “worst team hair award.”  Scotty Hopson’s throwback flat top fade looks like something straight out of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or what Cuba Gooding Jr. rocked in Boys N The Hood.

Scotty Hopson hair

Villanova 82, UCLA 70 (Pre-Season NIT)

Corey Fisher/Maalik Wayns might be the quickest backcourt in the country.

Notre Dame 89, Georgia 83 2OT (Old Spice Classic)

I am not sure how good of a pro Bulldogs’ Travis Leslie is going to be, but I would put my money on him in pretty much any dunk contest.

Tennessee 78, Villanova 68 (Pre-Season NIT)
Nova’s backcourt of Wayns and the Corey’s combined to go 7-30 from the field.  ‘Cats are not going to win a lot of games when that happens.

Duke 98, OREGON 71
Kyle Singler returns home, scores 30, and beats up on his younger brother, E.J.’s team.  Pretty good trip home.

Kansas 87, Arizona 79 (Las Vegas Invitational)

Impressive showing by both squads… especially for KU who is still without Josh Selby.  I will re-iterate that I think Zona can compete for the Pac-10 title if they can defend better.

Notre Dame 58, Wisconsin 50 (Old Spice Classic)
Final scores from the Old Spice Classic: 50-35, 57-50, 54-51, 57-44, 58-50.  That is five of the 12 games at the Old Spice Classic where neither team topped 60 points.  I told you it would be the lowest scoring tourney ever.

Florida 55, FLORIDA STATE 51

Contain Chris Singleton, and the Noles are beatable.  Singleton was held to eight points, five boards, and two assists.  Case closed.

Brad Stevens Coach K

Fast Forward
-Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The annual conference throwdown tips off Monday night with Minnesota hosting Virginia.  The Big Ten is poised to win just their second challenge in the twelve year history.  Click here for a complete breakdown of the match-ups including predictions.

-Georgetown at Missouri, Tuesday, 8:00 ESPNU

An intriguing match-up of teams with different styles.  The Hoyas are at their best in a slower tempo game where they can run their halfcourt offense.  The Tigers bring “40 Minutes of Hell” to the floor with their constant full court pressure and desire to get out in transition at every opportunity.  G-Town does have the backcourt talent to handle Mizzou’s pressure.

-Butler at Duke, Saturday, 2:15 ESPN
Unfortunately for all the “little engines that could,” the Bulldogs will not pull the upset like they nearly did in the National Championship game in March.

-Kentucky at North Carolina, Saturday, 11:30 CBS

Two young, talented teams still trying to figure themselves out early in the season.  Kentucky put forth a much better effort at the Maui Invite than UNC did at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off but the Heels have the home court advantage.  If you have not checked them out yet, this game features three of the best freshmen in the country in Harrison Barnes from Carolina and UK’s Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight.

-Illinois at Gonzaga, Saturday, 4:15, ESPN

Both teams have been battle tested coming into this game as Illinois will have played Texas, Maryland, and UNC while the Zags have already met San Diego State, Kansas State, and Marquette.  Both teams are pretty evenly matched but the Illini bring more talent off their bench.

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.

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  1. the NBA rap lyrics site is AWESOME indeed

  2. Wichita State and KU!!! That loss to UConn for WSU is okay but that win over AZ for KU was very, very sweet! AZ is very underrated! WSU plays tonight vs UMKC and they should win that one by about 20 to 30. Go Shox!

  3. I love this feature! I look forward to it every monday.

    OMG that rap lyrics site! holy shit is that cool

  4. That NBA rap lyrics site is pretty cool. Nice! Lot of raps with NBA and that makes a great thing.

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