Monday, January 10, 2011

Welcome to Bracketville---Winning on he Road Is hard Edition

South Carolina’s Sam Muldrow's line against Vanderbilt (the seventh tallest team in the country): 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks in an 83-75 OT win. Five of his blocks came in the final 8:29 of the game [regulation and OT] and after he had picked up his fourth foul.

Seton Hall was 0 of 17 from 3-point range in the first half against Syracuse.

No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Ohio State were in one-possession games in the final six minutes Sunday…and Kansas had to go to overtime to beat Michigan (of all teams).

Couple those three game with the seven losses by ranked teams…there were not a lot of impressive showings by the nation’s elite teams.

With all those ranked teams losing on the road, I am reminded of the “Seth Davis Rule of Success For Playing on the Road,” when you're at home, you can shoot three-pointers. When you're on the road, you have to shoot free throws.

Unranked Penn State out scored Michigan State in the paint and out rebounded MSU.

Pitt is ranked third in the country in assist-to-field goals percentage. They had 24 assists on 30 made field goals in Saturday's win over Marquette. They continue to be an impressive elite team.

Woeful Auburn beats Florida State by five and in their very next game, they were down 32-6 at halftime to bumbling LSU.

After this weekend’s game in Texas, I am going to be giving UConn the benefit of the doubt…ditto Gonzaga, but not yet for Butler.

Congratulations to Belmont head coach Rick Byrd on his 500th career win at Belmont.

In West Coast Conference, Saint Mary’s has won eight straight, while Gonzaga has seven in a row.

At #11 in this week’s poll, Notre Dame has its highest ranking in 25 years…senior leadership!

It is not delusional to think that Washington could run the table in the Pac 10.

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