Thursday, February 24, 2011

Welcome to Bracketville---A New Record Edition

Georgetown’s Chris Wright was averaging 13.6 points and 5.5 assists per game when he broke his hand…that’s a big loss.

Wisconsin and Old Dominion are #2 #3 is scoring defense.

Old Dominion and Pitt are #1 and #2 in rebound margin.

Old Dominion has nine wins over teams with 18 or more wins this season.

Kansas is #1 in field-goal percentage.

Wisconsin is #1 in free-throw percentage.

Wisconsin is #1 in assist/turnover ratio. In their past 11 games they have single digit turnovers. They hold on to the ball, make their foul shots and keep the opponent off the scoreboard. They force a slow tempo…a pace they like. If the NCAA tournament were being played in Kohl Field House, they would be my pick for champs. It isn’t and they’re not.

George Mason is 13th in percentage of points obtained on three-pointers…they have five players shooting better than 40% from beyond the arc. Come tournament time, it is unlikely all five will go cold at the same time.

Another player we see too little of in the east is Derrick Williams of Arizona. The Wildcats enjoy a two game lead in the Pac 10, so we’ll have a chance during March Madness.

One guy we won’t be seeing is Marshon Brooks of Providence. His 52 points against #9 Notre Dame (in a 94-93 Irish victory) set a Big East record. Brooks will most likely be the best player in college basketball relegated to the role of spectator. He is second to BYU’s Jimmer Fredette with 25.4 points per game [11 points above last season] on a 49.6% shooting percentage.

A little perspective. While Brooks poured in 52 on Wednesday night, Michigan had 52, Wisconsin 53, Georgetown 46, Oklahoma 47, DePaul 51, Alabama 51 and Auburn 49.

When paired with Coach Knight on ESPN wearing a vee-neck sweater and tie, Brent Musburger looks like he should be attending college with Andy Hardy. All he needs to complete the outfit is a beanie.

Xavier’s Tu Holloway and Fredette are the Top 2 in made free-throws.

Kentucky is 7-6 in conference play…the six losses by a total of 13 points. They’ll have no problem making the field of 68, but their seeding may not be great.

I still think seeding makes a difference in the first round…then it’s every man for himself.

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