Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Welcome to Bracketville---Final Week of Confernce Play Edition

Seriously, what kind of phrase is “squarely on the bubble”? Nonsensical at best, when you think about it.

Pitt is 6-1 in true road games, with the lone loss coming almost at the buzzer at St. John's last weekend.

One thing I learned from watching the BYU victory over San Diego State is that neither team was shy about taking a shot. They attempted 123 field goals (41 from beyond the arc).

Jimmer Fredette was as good as advertised…the ball was in his hands a whole lot. He’s a smart player as his nine assists show…he played the entire 40 minutes and never looked tired. He’s a leader and a warrior. By the way, BYU scored 24 points on those nine assists.

BYU had four players in double-figures and 18 assists on 27 made baskets.

BYU’s bench took exactly one shot…a made three from Stephen Rogers.

SDSU’s Kawhi Leonard finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, his MWC leading 20th double-double of the season.

St. John’s just keeps getting better. All those seniors are earning their scholarships. Winning at Villanova was their first road win against a ranked opponent since 2002. St. John's has won six games this season against ranked opponents.

Villanova is 5-7 after starting at 17-1.

UCLA held Arizona under 50 points for just the fourth time in the past 15 seasons.

Georgetown shot 34.6 percent from the field in their loss to Syracuse.

With Saturday’s victory over Florida, Kentucky equaled the school record for consecutive wins at Rupp Arena, set from 1992-94 at 33.

Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen scored 24 points against Missouri for his 100th career double-digit game, tying a school record held by Rolando Blackman.

Purdue’s 67-47 victory at Michigan State was the Spartan’s worst home loss since Duke's 22-point win at the Breslin Center on Dec. 3, 2003.

George Mason has not lost a game since January 8th. The team has vowed not to cut their hair as long as the streak continues.

San Diego State point guard, D.J. Gay recently went through a seven game stretch where he committed one (count ‘em---one) turnover.

JaJuan Johnson (Purdue) had a helluva road show last week at Indiana and Michigan State, scoring 40 points and grabbing 26 rebounds.

Not to be outdone Marcus Morris (Kansas) scored 50 points, shot 70 % from the field including four of seven from three against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

San Jose State’s Adrian Oliver made 16 of 17 foul shots and was seven of fourteen from beyond the arc.

In victories at Nebraska and at home against Missouri, Jacob Pullen [Kansas State] dropped in 51 points, went 18/20 from the line and a lucky 7 of 11 from three.

Boise State’s La’Shard Anderson scored 56 points with nine assists and six steals in wins at Fresno State and Nevada. He shot 72% from the field and 60% from three.

Texas shot just 33.8 percent from the field in a 75-70 loss to Kansas State. It was the Longhorns’ worst shooting performance at home since shooting 32.2 percent in a loss to Oklahoma in 2001.

Stunning stat: The Irish scored 93 points on 64 possessions, or 1.45 points per trip against Villanova last night. Equally as dazzling were their 20 made threes out of 32 attempts.

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