College Hoops 101

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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

-A couple weeks ago, people were seriously debating if North Carolina could run the table this season.  After being shocked at home by Boston College last weekend, the Heels lose at Wake Forest…and the Demon Deacons remain unbeaten on the season.  UNC is now 0-2 in the ACC.  Go figure.

-Three days after knocking off top-ranked North Carolina, Boston College loses at home to Harvard and then a few days later falls to Miami (FL).  Go figure.  By the way, it was the first time the Crimson ever beat a top 25 team prompting a youtube link to one of my all-time favorite scenes from all-time my favorite movie.

-Arkansas pulled a similar BC-type choke job. After beating Texas less than a week after knocking off previously unbeaten Oklahoma, the Razorbacks fall at home to Mississippi State.  Go figure.

-Has anyone seen the new Oregon home uniforms?  Check out the picture below… Their home uni’s are white with white lettering on the back for the player’s last names.  Not white with a green outline or anything, white on white (look closely.)  Their road jerseys have green on green texting on the back.  In other words; invisible, pointless, and d-u-m-b, DUMB!
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My AP Top Ten (if I actually voted in the poll)

1.  Pitt (15-0)
2. Wake Forest (14-0)
3. Duke (14-1)
4. UConn (14-1)
5. North Carolina (14-2)
6. Oklahoma (15-1)
7. Syracuse (16-1)
8. Michigan State (13-2)
9. UCLA (14-2)
10. Clemson (16-0)

Nipping on their heels:

Notre Dame (12-3)
Georgetown (11-3)
Texas (12-3)
Marquette (15-2)


Fast Forward

-Big Monday! Louisville at Notre Dame and early control of the Big 12 title race between Texas at Oklahoma.  (6:00 and 8:00 ESPN)

-Syracuse at Georgetown- ‘Cuse is 4-0 in the Big East, but all those wins have come against conference bottom feeders.  The Hoyas are the first of a gour-game stretch against ranked opponents that should show just how good the Orange is this season. (Wed 7:30 ESPN)

-My DVR is going to get a work-out on Saturday.  Check out these big games all featuring top 25 teams going at it:

-Notre Dame at Syracuse- size vs. speed (11:00 ESPN)
-Georgetown at Duke- great non-conference showdown (12:30 CBS)
-Wake Forest at Clemson- a battle of likely unbeatens (2:30 ABC)
-Arizona State at UCLA- winner becomes front-runner in Pac-10 (2:45 CBS)
-Pitt at Louisville- Cards try to hand Panthers first loss (5:00 ESPN)

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The Drive to 225

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

Games watched through 1/11:  16

Games watched this past week:
North Carolina at Boston College
Georgetown at Notre Dame
UConn at West Virginia
Texas at Arkansas
Ohio State at Michigan State
Marquette at Rutgers
Northwestern at Wisconsin
Gonzaga at Tennessee
Davidson at Duke
Oregon at Arizona
Oregon State at Arizona State
West Virginia at Marquette
Providence at Georgetown
Wisconsin at Purdue
North Carolina at Wake Forest
UCLA at USC

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Comments

  1. Ghost in the Machine says

    I think you’ve watched more than 16 games.

  2. Melissa W. says

    No, there would never be a Good Will Hunting clip associated with DK’s column…never! Marquette nipping at the heels indeed.

  3. Whoops… I watched 16 games last week… 110 on the season… Banks, make that edit for me please… and the GWH clip is totally fitting since I brought up Harvard…

    I swallowed a bug…

  4. paulmbanks says

    Sorry I got this up lata than usual…I was quite occupied this weekend :)

  5. Arizona VS UCLA Thursday!!!

    I hope they can pull off one more upset this year..

    Diddy Out

  6. Big week for True Blue… Arizona and ASU… GO BRUINS!!

  7. Peter Christian says

    I’m glad my wife feels the same way I do about the Bruins!!!

    or maybe I just posted and didn’t realize her name was saved into the reply fields… either way, Go Bruins!

  8. uh-oh, we have a Diddy/Peter showdown…

  9. That’s the key to a long and succesful marriage…similar feelings about UCLA Bruins b-ball

  10. Peter Christian says

    I hope Mr. Moe realizes that the Cats haven’t beaten the Bruins since Jan. 15 2006. Tomorrow will be exactly three years since the last time ‘Zona didn’t walk off the court with their heads down after playing the UCLA True Blue!!

  11. Peter Christian says

    In case you were wondering that is 7 straight victories for the Bruins over the Wildcats. Seven.

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