Friday, December 21, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville---Diamondhead Classic Edition

Of Jim Boeheim's 900 wins, 164 (18.2%) have come against relatively weak nonconference opponents from New York state, including 26 each over Colgate and Cornell and another 20 over Canisius.
Gonzaga freshman center Przemek Karnowski is shooting 38.9 percent (14-for-36) from the foul line. Who does he think he's playing for, the Lakers?
With three freshmen in the starting lineup, Iowa defeated in-state rivals Iowa State and Northern Iowa in back-to-back contests.
NC State had four players score at least 16 points en route to an 88-79 win over Stanford. They shot 56.1 percent from the field, and also got to the free-throw line 27 times.
Wyoming moved to 11-0 with its home win over Denver. The Cowboys only have one game left before 2013 – a home date with UC Santa Barbara.
The last three Kansas wins have come by an average of 31 points, and it's not as if the opponents were patsies. Colorado and Belmont will contend for NCAA tournament berths. Richmond was 9-2 before being shellacked Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday Cornell was within two points of Duke with five minutes remaining in the first half. In the next 15 minutes Duke outscored the Big Red 48-8.
Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas needed 21 shots to score 21 points in what should have been an easy home win for Ohio State over Winthrop on Tuesday night.
Next time you're listening to a color analyst call a game, ask yourself: Is he just reacting to what he sees, or did he prepare? The ones who prepare are the ones worth listening to. Color Clark Kellogg unprepared.
Duke is the only University whose Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams are undefeated.
If Miami’s Kenny Kadji could score in the post with his back to the basket, he would get 20 a game. And if Reggie Johnson could drop 30 pounds, he'd be a lottery pick.
Is it time to contemplate an NCAA tournament without North Carolina?
UNC is a team of role players without a star. Their core of McAdoo, Bullock and Hairston are all high volume shooters…and their shots have yet to fall. In losses to Texas, Butler and Indiana, UNC is shooting 11-49 from three.
I think there are too many technical fouls called against players for hanging on the rim.
Unless it's a really egregious act of showmanship, we should err on the side of safety.
There are a number of freshmen having terrific seasons. Anthony Bennett, UNLV -- 19.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 54.7 FG pct (all in just 26 minutes per game)…Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State -- 12.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 5.2 APG, 2.6 SPG…Ben McLemore, Kansas -- 15.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.3 APG…Archie Goodwin, Kentucky -- 15.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.4 APG…Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – 10.7 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.9 BPG, 2.8 SPG. These guys are getting the ink.
Don’t overlook Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon. -- 12.7 PPG, 2.7 APG, 3.6 RPG. Sulaimon is getting it done against the nation’s elite. With 17 points against Ohio State and 14 against Louisville, he’s a big reason that the Blue Devils are unbeaten and No. 1 in the nation. He doesn’t have the flashiest numbers, but Sulaimon is third on Duke in points, rebounds, assists and steals.
Looking ahead: Baylor's next three games are BYU, Gonzaga and Texas.
Bucknell is off to its best start in 105 years (11-1).
Michigan’s Trey Burke’s line: 18 points and seven assists per game.
The Diamond Head Classic is this weekend with the finals on Christmas Day. I am picking Miami in an upset over Arizona in the semis and taking the crown.
Saturday’s game in Kansas City against Kansas State is the second stern road test for Florida in seven days after Billy Donovan’s team suffered a narrow defeat last Saturday at Arizona. Florida has the ability to score from every position on the floor.
A couple of other early Christmas gifts in weekend hoops: #7 Kansas at #9 Ohio State; Illinois Vs. Missouri in St. Louis; Murray State @ Dayton.
Miami has now won six straight, including five since Durand Scott returned from suspension, and the senior guard leads the team in scoring (15.6 per game).
Unbeatens remaining: 8. Unchanged.
Winless remaining: 4. Two fewer.
Not so fast: Don't look now but Georgia Tech is 7-2.
One more thing: Seventeen points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for Jeff Withey in Kansas' win over Richmond, if you’re scoring at home.

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