Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Welcome to Bracketville---Rivalry Week Edition

I always learn a lot about the game being shown on TV, and college basketball in general when Bobby Knight is he color guy on ESPN. Knight covers the game much like Baltimore Oriole great Brooks Robinson did for O’s baseball…a keen insight into the big and little things happening on the playing field; and like Brooks, if the game becomes one sided or is sloppily played, Bobby takes a nap.

Maryland’s Jordan Williams has 20 double-doubles in 23 games.

Kenneth Faried of Morehead State has three games with at least a 20-20 line…by the way they have won 11 of their past 13 games.

With a 25-19 performance in Virginia Tech’s two point loss at BC, Jeff Allen is now averaging a double-double for the season (13.2/10.0).

Go figure---Florida’s Kenny Boyton shoots 83% from the foul line…just 30% from three-point range.

BYU’s Jimmer Fredette has taken at least ten free-throws in four of the past five games…Saturday he went 16 for 16…on the season, he at 89.6%.

If you answered Kemba Walker (UConn) (23.2 ppg) to the question, who leads the Big East in scoring, you’d be wrong. Providence’s Marshon Brooks at 24.1 is #1 including 43 versus Georgetown over the weekend.

Since the NIT eliminated its requirement that teams need a .500 record to qualify for the tournament five years ago; no sub-.500 has received an invitation.

A lot of fans are “with you win or tie.” Not those of the Indiana Hoosiers. The team has struggled for a while, but Assembly Hall is always full. They are loyal…not just waiting for the turn-around to get on the bandwagon.

Sidebar: Ohio State was not sold out for their big home game against Purdue.

The Sweet Sixteen games in the NCAA Tournament will be shared by TBS and CBS. Unfortunately the Regional Finals, Final Four and Championship Game will be on CBS (where Clark Kellogg will take the joy out of watching to the game). Kellogg would not be covering junior varsity basketball at ESPN.

During the first week they will produce a 90-minute pregame show daily on Tru-Tv…as well as a 60-minute postgame show. Save you sick days.

The Madison Magic at the Kohl Center will be severely tested this weekend when Ohio State visits Wisconsin. Wisconsin is 18-0 at home this season…149-11 at Kohl under Bo Ryan.

While nobody was paying attention, Alabama has won 10 of its last 11.

Georgetown’s Austin Freeman is shooting an incredible 47% from beyond the arc.

There are no seniors on the UCLA roster.

Arizona’s bench outscored Cal’s 52-3 in their triple-overtime game.

Villanova’s Mouphtaou Yarou is rapidly becoming my favorite big man.

This is the first season since 1978 that Texas has started 8-0 in conference play.

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