Saturday, November 26, 2011

Welcome to Bracketville---Feast Week Issue

The 1992 Blue Devils were the last team rated No. 1 throughout an entire season, finishing with a 34-2 record and a second consecutive NCAA title.

In their 73-50 victory over Auburn, the Duke women’s basketball team missed all 12 of their 3-point attempts, ending a string of 84 games with at least one successful shot outside the arc.

Old Dominion found a way to frustrate Kentucky---play half-court and get tough.

NC State will finish in the upper half of the ACC this season.

Long Beach State is no joke.

Kevin Pangos is another in the long line of big-time shooters from Gonzaga. A shame the time zone limits the Zag’s visibility in the East.

In their ten point loss to Duke in Maui, Tennessee failed to make a three for the first time in 14 years.

Jackson State’s Jamarious Sykes managed to foul out of the game against Baylor…after playing just three minutes, scoring zero points.

When Evansville surprised Butler in overtime, they outscored the Bulldogs 32-15 from the foul line.

TV Timeout: The ACC/Big Ten Challenge is November 29-30 and the Big ten/SEC will follow from December 1-3---that gives us five straight days of good basketball early in the season. What NBA season?

While losing to UNC and Duke to open the season, Michigan State out-rebounded both teams and outscored UNC in the paint.

Thomas Robinson of Kansas is an All American in my book.

Kansas got zero points off the bench in their loss to Duke in the Championship Game in Maui. The game featured 16 lead changes---every play counted. Duke’s Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee were particularly intense, and Kansas was impatient.

I like the four-guard attack Missouri is using---they’ve got a bunch of speed and very good playmaking ability. Wings Kim English and Marcus Dermon are well worth watching.

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