Monday, November 26, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville--Post Feast Week Edition

In Columbia’s stunning victory over Villanova 75-57, (the Lions first win over a Big East opponent in 27 years), senior Brian Barbour sank all 12 of his free throws, but went just 1-for-12 from the field. That included missing all eight of his 3s.
Columbia's 18-point win should send a signal to the rest of the Ivy League.
Butler was truly impressive beating UNC, especially outrebounding them 36-27.
Carolina came back from a 29-point deficit, cutting the lead to two possessions with 62 seconds remaining. Butler showed a lot of grit.
Unless they are playing Duke, I always pull for Butler, Davidson, Wisconsin, BYU, Gonzaga and Belmont. They have coaches with great integrity, who recruit ethically and field teams with high basketball IQs and savvy players. Their kids perform in the classroom as well.
Gonzaga is so deep, and Kelly Olynyk is just getting started as a productive player. The Zags proved in the semifinals and finals in Orlando that their ceiling is high. The Bulldogs seem to improve each week. They’re balanced. They’re skilled. Told you they were under rated.
Cal was mighty impressive in the late, late Show known as the Anaheim Classic.
The fact that VCU posted a 1-2 record in the Battle 4 Atlantis speaks to the quality of the tournament. The Rams are a top-25-caliber squad.
Creighton’s victory of Wisconsin was as exciting a game as I saw over Feast Week. The Bluejays’ win featured an 18-4 run down the stretch to put the game away. Scoring 84 points against one of the top defensive units in the country is truly impressive. Doug McDermott is the really the real deal.
Cal Poly whips UCLA? UCLA blew an 18-point lead. Told you UCLA was over rated.
Michigan State is playing many close games against weaker competition, but the Spartans are still finding ways to win.
N.C. State's 82-80 survival win at home over UNC Asheville was especially troubling coming on the heels of the Wolfpack's blowout loss to Oklahoma State the week before. Told you they were over rated.
Georgetown has plenty of potential, great length, depth and the ability to defend, force turnovers and convert…they could be a factor.
Even though Davidson lost in the Old Spice Classic Final, its effort against Gonzaga was more confirmation that this midmajor could mess up a lot of brackets in March.
UNC didn't show well in Maui. Quel dommage.
Nothing I've seen so far deters me from my prediction that Florida can win the SEC.
Indiana didn't look like world-beaters against Georgia and Georgetown last week, but they still won the games.
Baylor better learn how to defend…College of Charleston proved that.
Bryant University knocked off BC on Sunday, exceeding their win total from last season.
In their three victories in the Battle 4 Atlantis, the Duke bench contributed merely eight points. Ouch!
In the past five seasons, Duke is 31-15 Vs Top 25 opponents.
NC State had just inside players taller than 6’9”. Better hope Howell and Leslie avoid foul trouble or the Wolfpack go from slightly undersized to extremely undersized.
Not so fast: As the ACC bids good by to Maryland, it is interesting to know that their best sports are lacrosse, soccer and field hockey. They will certainly have better football draws when Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin come to town; much better than Duke, Boston College and Wake Forest.
One more thing: In Jack Taylor's 138-point game for Division III Grinnell, in which he took 108 shots, he did not have an assist. He didn't pass - or pass on a shot. He missed 56 shots. He followed that game up with more human-like 21 points.

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