Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville---Valentine Week Edition.

Does anyone truly believe that Duke is the fifth best team in the country?

How could Florida lose twice to the 13-12 Tennessee team? Lackluster defense. The Gators’s Erving Walker has taken 132 three-point shot shots and merely 90 free throws. That’s either poor shot selection or lack of aggression---or both.

Syracuse has a problem grabbing defensive rebounds. Kenpom.com ranks them # 337 in defensive rebound percentage.

Kansas truly passes the ball with power, intensity and purpose…much like their 2007 team.

A big part of UConn’s disappointing season (to date) is the underwhelming play of big man, Alex Oriaki.

The 22 rebounds Duke’s Miles Plumlee pocketed against Maryland were gained in just 28 minutes on the floor. Most remarkable.

Seems Creighton only wants to play on one end of court.

Indiana State went 12-12 from the three-point line vs. Southern Illinois. If you are scoring at home, that is a new NCAA record for most three-point shots attempts without a miss.

I can’t stand this conference expansion stuff.

Over their last 76 meeting Duke has scored 5,943 points to North Carolina’s 5,941.

Last Wednesday’s Duke/Carolina match-up was the 43rd time that both teams were ranked in the Top-10. The initial 42 games were split 21-21.

The first meeting between Duke and UNC in each of the past eight years has been the highest rated regular season college basketball game that season.

In Tennessee State’s victory over Murray State, all four Tennessee State players on the floor during inbound plays were in perpetual motion. Not a bad concept if you think about it.

Announcers drive me crazy when they say, “Their RPI is 86.” Actually, their RPI rating is 86.

In their initial 24 games this year, Missouri has taken 50 charges. Last year they took just 40 charges in 34 games.

Right now I have Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State in my Final Four. I have yet to buy in to Missouri, and most likely stay in denial until they cut down the nets in New Orleans. Still feel Syracuse can be beaten…not impressed with their lightweight preconference scheduling.

I would like to have the guts to make Marquette my fourth pick.

If North Carolina played with the ferocity and heart that Marquette does for all 40 minutes a game, UNC would be undefeated and the choice to hang another championship banner. So, which Williams is the better motivator…Buzz or ole Roy? That’s a rhetorical question.

There have been ten triple-doubles in Division I this season.

In Saturday’s 75-64 victory over Kansas State, Texas attempted 48 free throws…K-State shot an even dozen. That 36 shots-attempted difference is the third largest in NCAA history.

NC State is the only ACC team with five double-figure scorers to this point…Miami and Duke have four.

Kentucky has six players averaging at least 9.7points per game.

Four of Virginia’s five losses have been by three points or less.

Wednesday’s meeting of UNC at Miami will feature a magnificent war in the paint. Miami’s Kenny Kadji and Reggie Johnson could easily be as good a pair of big men as Carolina’s John Henson and Tyler Zeller. Must see TV.

One last thing: Any of the present Top-10 teams could lose to anyone in a 68-team field. So far this season, seven of the Top-10 have lost to another team in that group. Even Illinois (with their 5-7 Big Ten record) is 2-1 against the Top-10.

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