Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville---Early Conference Play Issue.

Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor has played 55 Big Ten games in his career and committed a total of 52 turnovers.

This is Murray State’s 25th consecutive winning season. Only Syracuse, Arizona and Kansas have longer streaks.

Murray State’s top eight players are juniors and seniors.

Jackson State went 23-23 from the foul line in their 80-67 victory over Grambling State.

In their monumental loss to Florida State, UNC had their first player foul out this season (Kendall Marshall.) UVA has yet to lose a player to fouls this season.

When Brandon Paul of Illinois scored his 43 points in the win over Ohio State, it was the first time in 15 years that a player scored 43-plus points on fewer than 15 field-goal attempts. Going 13-15 from the foul line did not hurt.

It seems to me that it is easier to slow down a team that wants to run than it is to speed up a team that wants to play slowly.

The Pac-12 went a combined 1-24 against RPI Top 50 nonconference opponents…0-20 in true road games vs. RPI Top 100.

Duke does not guard shooters well and displays a lack of leadership on the court…but they don’t turn the ball over all that much.

Missouri is down to seven scholarship players. Virginia is down to nine.

Thomas Robinson of Kansas had 10 double-doubles in his first 14 games.

Under rated Marshall is #2 in the nation in rebounding margin.

Syracuse is not the greatest free throw shooting team.

If the two most important positions on the court are center and point guard, than Ohio State is good choice to win it all in March. OSU makes more free throws than its opponents attempt.

This is the finest defensive team John Calipari has had at Kentucky. Their overall talent is just overwhelming.

Marquette has shown me some real toughness as they soldier on after losing their outstanding center Chris Otule. They were a small team before his ACL injury.

Butler may be inconsistent this season, but they have shown flashes of brilliance at times this season. Ask Purdue and Stanford.

Florida’s Kenny Boyton and Erving Walker can drive you up a wall with their shot selection, but when they’re hot, they’re sizzling.

Duke have been ranked in the Top-10 of the AP poll for a league record 86 consecutive weeks. They are very over rated this season.

Where did Pitt and Villanova disappear to? Two real Houdini acts this season.

My favorite freshman remains Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos.

I still consider Miami under rated, but they are making it difficult for me to keep that faith.

If Mason Plumlee keeps it up, he will become only the second player in the Coach K era to average a double-double for the season. Only Sheldon Williams (2005 and 2006) has pulled it off for K.

Herb Pope (Seton Hall) is sure under the radar, but he’s a keeper.

When Syracuse visited North Carolina State, it was their first nonconference game on a hostile court in three years---that’s not easy to do (or not do, as the case may be.)

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