Monday, December 10, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville--Exam Week Edition

It’s exam week. From Monday to Friday, there are only 68 games involving a Division I team. Most weeks, there are more than 100 just combining Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The week ends with a bang…Charlotte at Miami, Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday, Indiana vs. Butler (2 p.m., CBS); Louisville at Memphis (2:30, Fox Sports Net); and Alabama at VCU, Saturday, 4 p.m., CBS Sports Network
At night, Gonzaga plays Kansas State in Seattle (9 p.m., ESPN2). Only an hour later it’s must see TV with Arizona-Florida on ESPN.
Florida’s Kenny Boyton is among the nation’s best players.
Florida is playing great defense.
Pitt got into the Top 25 the old fashioned way…they earned it.
Florida’s defense held Wisconsin and Marquette to season-lows in points per possession.
Unranked Clemson gave #8 Arizona fits…with 5:22 left, Clemson was down just four…but Clemson sunk only two baskets in the final 8:45…that’s usually a recipe for disaster.
Illinois came back from an 11-point deficit to whip Gonzaga in Spokane by 11. That’s pretty stout. Shows me that the Illinois win in Maui was not a fluke.
Wisconsin looked uncomfortable Saturday in losing to Marquette by ten. Marquette picked up 36 of their 60 points in the paint. Wisconsin shot 37% on 2s, 28% on 3s and 39% from the line…ouch!
It was not a good week to be Long Beach State.
Turns out the 47 points Florida State scored in their loss to Florida were the fewest ever at Tallahassee’s Donald L. Tucker Center by the home team.
Joedan Bachynski picked up the first triple-double in Arizona state history…13 points, 12 boards, 12 blocks.
Remarkable---UNC had 30 assists on 31 field goals Vs East Tennessee State,
Michigan has so many weapons…all being used the right way at this point.
UNLV 76-Cal 75. Winning basket scored by Quintell Thomas when he converted an air ball into the final two points…and the crowd went wild.
Ole Miss shooting guard, Marshall Henderson has taken 80 three-point-attempts in seven games.
Belmont isn’t afraid to play the big boys. This weekend they journey to Kansas.
You could think Tuesday’s Villanova/St. Joseph match-up might not set the world on five. It's part of the Philly Big Five round robin. Even better, Nova’s the top team in the land at getting to the foul line…St. Joe is #2 at keeping opponents off the line.
Vandy’s upset win over Xavier (by 2 in OT) was remarkable as they were down 43-30 with 15:21 remaining. Not too long ago, the Commodores scored 33 points in an entire basketball contest against Marist so it’s not like they’re blessed with much offensive firepower. Somehow they manufactured a 17-4 run at this point, and survived to see overtime where they eventually won a 66-64 decision. Kyle Fuller scored all 12 of Vanderbilt’s overtime points…Fuller totaled 17 points last season.
Not so fast: Remaining unbeatens: 14 (-4). Remaining winless: 8 (unchanged).
One more thing: Gonzaga is outrebounding its opponents by almost 13 extra boards per game.

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