Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville---Rivalry Week Edition.

No Ivy League basketball team has ever gotten an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.



UNC’s Harrison Barnes has a grand total of 22 assists this season.

Let us not forget that Memphis has lost two starters to season-ending injuries.

When Northwestern defeated Illinois 74-70, the teams combined for one bench point. In the Illinois/Ohio State game (1/10/12) the bench point total was zero. The Illinois bench has five games without a point thus far.

In the West Virginia overtime victory over Providence, five players played the entire 45 minutes.

Duke is 2-1 against Top 10 RPI teams and 5-3 vs. Top-50 RPI teams. That’s more Top 50 wins than any other team.

On Saturday, six teams had three or fewer turnovers.

UNC’s Kendall Marshall had 16 assists…nine more than the entire Maryland team on Saturday. John Henson’s dunk as time expired was truly bush league…but then, that’s Carolina for you.

Purdue has lost two games this season while committing only three turnovers.

BYU attempted 53 foul shots in their 19-point victory at Portland.

Only Mason Plumlee has started every Duke game this season.

Even after last night’s blowout loss at Kentucky, I still think Florida freshman Bradley Beal makes Kenny Boynton, Erving Walker and Patric Young better. Maybe good enough for a 2 seed.

I think Notre Dame’s Mike Brey needs to be high on the Coach of the Year list. Not many coaches are doing as much with so little as he is.

Prior to their 20-point victory over #8 Florida, Kentucky’s average opponent’s RPI rank was 140…lowest of any Top 5 team. Six of UK’s final seven adversaries are in the Top 50 RPI.

Kentucky is playing tenacious defense…and has a couple of upper classmen making contributions. These ingredients were missing the past couple of seasons. Look out in March.

The Ole Miss Rebels have fives guys scoring in double figures. Name two of them. If you can name them, you need to be a member of the NCAA Tournament selection committee.

Iona has 13 victories on the road. Just four teams ranked ahead of their RPI #56 even have double-digit away wins---Baylor, Murray State, Harvard and Middle Tennessee.

Pitt has won 12 straight home games against Top10 opponents.

Colorado State made all 23 free throws in their 77-60 win over San Diego State.

Southern Utah has won three times without making a three.

We’re getting our money’s worth with Bracket Busters this year. St. Mary’s at Murray State---Long Beach State at Creighton---Nevada at Iona---Wichita State at Davidson are all capable of a tournament victory or two.

Michigan State is underrated.

On February 1, Nebraska-Omaha attempted 95 shots, most in Division I this season…scoring 106 points.

Attendance leader board: Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, UNC and Tennessee.

Las Vegas says UNC by 6 over Duke tonight. I think it will closer to 20. Duke's defense is thoroughly mediocre. You either execute or you don't...it isn't brain surgery.

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