Friday, December 14, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville---Finally Some Games Edition


Marquette has won four of their last five.
Anyone that tells you they predicted Duke would be 9-0 at this point in the season is either 1) lacking objectivity or 2) not being truthful.
Duke is 3-0 Vs Top-5 teams. The rest of the country is 0-36.
Going into their game with #1 Indiana, Butler is on a four game winning streak.
UNC continues to have a subpar defense. UAB was not the only team to exploit it.
Pitt’s offensive and defensive efficiency numbers grade them out to a Top-10 team.
Florida and Arizona are tied for 8th in points per possession (1.17) going into Saturday’s big game. Duke is 15th.
Offensive rebound percentage has the Gators at #9…Arizona #11. Duke is a woeful 257.
Arizona assists on 65% of their baskets (#16)---Florida is #165 with 54.5%. Duke is #60.
Florida and Arizona are among the best at keeping the opposition off the boards. Overall Florida is #6 and Arizona is #2…Florida is outstanding at keeping teams off the foul line.
Strength of Schedule is a different story---Florida’s is #83, Arizona is #241 and Duke is #4 (the highest among the power conferences).
My dough is on Florida on Saturday night…and I think they will beat the 3½-point spread.  
At 52.7%, Gonzaga is #1 in FG Percentage. Duke is 31st.
Illinois is #2 in 3-Point FG Percentage (40.9%). Duke is #150.
The Big Ten is even better than I thought it would be. Put Minnesota and Illinois on my surprise list.
Even bigger surprise…Wichita State losing to Tennessee last night…didn’t see that one coming.
Bloomington South High School girls' basketball team beat Arlington High School 107-2 on Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
Oklahoma's leading scorer, 6-8 senior forward Romero Osby, has made just as many free throws (33) as field goals this season.
Syracuse is ranked 217th in the country in three-point percentage (31.8) and 212th in free throw percentage (67.2).
Kansas is keeping the ball after 73.8 percent of Jeff Withey's blocks…an insanely good number. With Anthony Davis' blocks last season, Kentucky kept the ball 58.4 percent of the time, and that was considered great.
Michigan State is playing a lot of three-guard-offense thus far.
UNC’s free throw percentage is just 61.7%
UCF’s Keith Clanton had one of the most efficient scoring games in recent memory as UCF beat Bethune-Cookman. He went 14-for-15 from the field to finish with 30 points and 13 rebounds.
If you’re scoring at home, Creighton's Doug McDermott has made 17 of his last 24 attempts from three-point range.
Over his last 143 minutes, Notre Dame’s Eric Atkins has dished out 33 assists and committed one turnover. That is not a typo.
Unbeatens remaining: 13. (One fewer since Monday.)
Winless teams remaining: 6. (Two fewer since Monday.)
Not so fast: The Sporting News will no longer publish a print edition. End of an era. I read my first copy of TSN in 1956. I remember being absolutely fascinated that I could see an entire week of box scores in one paper.
One more thing: Never pick against Kansas at Phog Allen Fieldhouse.

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