Thursday, December 02, 2010

Welcome to Bracketville, ACC/Big Ten Challenge Edition

The 31 points Duke’s Kyrie Irving scored last night against Michigan State were the second most ever put up by a Duke freshman. J.J. Redick had the most.

Kyrie is as good as advertised…maybe better. He gets the ball on the break and goes end to end as fast as any player in the game.

Michigan State turns the ball over way too much. They average 17 a game (that’s almost ¼ of their possessions).

No team did more in November to exceed expectations than UConn.

Among November’s biggest disappointments: Butler, UNC, and Gonzaga.

UConn’s Kemba Walker is the only Power-6 Conference player in the past 15 years to enter December averaging 30-plus points per game.

According to, the 5th most efficient offense in the country is Arizona.

Purdue plays such a stifling defense; it can overcome their inability to score without Robbie Hummel.

Where are the quality nonconference wins for Virginia Tech? They have failed every test thus far this season…Kansas State, Purdue and UNLV.

Penn State scored 19 points in the second half against Maryland last night.

The drubbing Wisconsin handed North Carolina State (87-48) was the third-worst in the history of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Kentucky’s Terrence Jones looks like a top-five NBA pick.

Richmond’s domineering match-up zone worked like a charm against Purdue over the weekend…but was solved by Old Dominion last night (ODU 77-Richmond 70).

Raise your hand if you predicted Virginia hitting 10 of 13 from three and beating Minnesota---at Minnesota!

Boston College is the only school undefeated in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge series. They are leading the ACC in free-throw percentage (77%); first in the ACC in scoring defense, allowing just 59 points per game.

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