Monday, November 29, 2010

Notre Dame starts five seniors.

Illinois has nine guys logging solid minutes on the floor, and five players scoring in double-digits.

Temple returns four of their top five scorers…and they have a really good coach.

Now that he playing shooting guard, Villanova’s Corey Fisher has 16 assists and just two turnovers, a vast improvement from last season’s 1.9 ratio.

San Diego State rotates four guys over 6’7” down low, so they can battle with anyone. Underestimate them at your peril.

Mississippi Valley State plays their first home game on January 8th. That makes for a 13 game road trip to start the season. In one eleven-day stretch they line up against Butler, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Kentucky and Marquette. Quite an ambitious schedule.

“Basketball fights last two punches, make sure you throw both of them.”—John Thompson II.

The Pittsburgh women’s team has five seniors in the starting line-up and an all Freshman bench.

UConn was picked to finish tenth in the Big East…not an unreasonable call at the time.

Pitt plays hard, they play together, they play for each other…what’s not to like?

The Mountain West deserves more attention.

16 of Marquette’s games last season were decided by four or fewer points…they went 8-8 in those games.

Grant Hill is second only to Jason Kidd as the NBA player with the most career triple-doubles.

The decision to sit a basketball player with two fouls in the first half was started in the mid-‘80s by Georgetown’s John Thompson with Patrick Ewing.

If Villanova keeps up the kind of foul trouble they displayed against Tennessee during Big East play they will have a difficult time challenging Pitt, UConn and Georgetown for the title.

Thus far, no team boasts two better wins than UConn’s victories over Kentucky and Michigan State.

After the way they won the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, you have to take Minnesota seriously in the Big Ten race. They’ve got a nice trio of big men in the paint.

Did any team have a worse tournament than Oklahoma? Losing to Virginia and Chaminade as well as Kentucky.

Pay attention to Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs.

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge is this week. I don’t see the ACC winning more than four games.

Looks like Tennessee has gotten serious about defense.

Even in limited action after his injury, it’s easy to see why Georgia’s Trey Thompkins gets all the raves. He makes it look effortless.

Through five games, Kansas State is shooting 50.8% from the foul line…345th out of 346.

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