Friday, December 28, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville--Christmas Break Edition


Cincinnati leads the nation in two-point defense…no opponent has made 50% of its twos in any game thus far.
New Mexico was 40% from two last night, but was tough enough to earn a quality road victory over Cincinnati…very impressive. And, it is always a treat and a wonderful learning experience when Bob Knight is doing the color commentary.

When I do not have a rooting interest in a game, I cheer for the team with the fewest tattoos.
More on Kansas defense---they held Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas to just four two-point shots. It was the third time in the past 14 months that KU has held OSU to less than a point per possession.
USC has a woeful record to date. However, you have to admire their schedule so far…Illinois, Texas, Marquette, Minnesota, New Mexico, Long Beach State, Nebraska and San Diego State. That’s pretty gutsy for a rebuilding program.
Miami played the Diamondhead Classic with basically seven players with Reggie Johnson out with an injury and Durand Scott playing on a bad ankle. Still, the Canes should have beaten Indiana State. Miami missed all their threes and shot just 33.8% from the field. Indiana State sank six treys and went 17-18 from the line. Bad loss for The U.
In UCLA’s last five games, Larry Drew has dished out 45 assists and only committed 10 turnovers…didn’t see that coming when watching him at UNC.
Creighton point forward Grant Gibbs has 36 assists and only four turnovers in the past five games. That’s an assist to turnover ratio of nine to one if you’re scoring at home. Simply amazing. Doesn’t hurt to have Doug McDermott to pass to.
This season UNC has more wings than Hooters…and not a great one in the mix, just role players,
Pitt’s freshman guard, James Robinson, has passed out 27 assists and committed just four turnovers in the last five games.
Rutgers soph Myles Mack’s numbers: 10 games, 15.9 ppg while shooting 60.2% from the field, 52.4% from three-point range and 96.2 from the line.
My favorite name for a coach this year goes to Bruiser Flint of Drexel…it’s no Keno Davis, but pretty good never-the-less.
Fun with numbers. In the 64 years since the AP started ranking teams. The eventual national champ was ranked #1 at some point 34 times…16 other eventual champs peaked at #2. In all, 60 of the 64 champions were ranked in the Top 10 at some time. The four teams that won it all without making the Top 10 are California (1959) (peaked at 11); 2003 Syracuse spent half the season unranked; 1984 Villanova peaked at 14 and was unranked the final four weeks of the season; 1983 NC State peaked at #15 and missed eight straight polls. 12 teams went wire-to-wire as #1---seven won the national title (four of those were UCLA)---four other teams lost in the finals, and one lost in the Final Four.
Unbeatens remaining: 4.
Winless remaining: 4.
Not so fast: Don’t look now, but Iowa is 11-2.
One more thing: I am looking forward to #7 Missouri at UCLA (10 PM on espn2) and Baylor at #13 Gonzaga (8 PM on espn2) tonight.
On Saturday: #2 UConn Women @ #1 Stanford (4 PM, ESPN-U); Santa Clara at #1 Duke, noon, espn2; Kentucky @ #4 Louisville, 4 PM, CBS; #20 UNLV @ UNC, 2 PM, espn2 {UNLV’s freshman Anthony Bennett will be worth the price of admission}.

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