Monday, December 24, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville--Merry Christmas Edition


When Wagner and SMU faced off on Friday, it was a battle between the youngest (Bashir Mason) and oldest (Larry Brown) head coaches in the country.
Kansas has 20 wins against top-10 teams under coach Bill Self since the 2003-04 season…just three have come on the road.
Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke teams are 209-31 when ranked #1 in the AP poll.
Texas has not allowed any opponent a point-per-possession.
Illinois State leads the nation in two-point shooting percentage.
Could the domino effect of the Catholic 7's departure from the Big East send Cincinnati scrambling back to Conference USA.
Twice this season, UVA has held opponents below 40 for the game. Old Dominion (nine straight losses) scored 43 second-half points on the way to a two-point victory. Go figure!
Kansas just suffocated Ohio State in the half-court. OSU shot under 30% from the floor. Jeff Withey picked up another double-double.
Temple’s Khalif Wyatt went 15 for 15 from the foul line in Temple’s upset of Syracuse.
C.J. Leslie’s line for NC State’s win over St. Bonnie: 10-13 from the floor, 13-18 from the line, eight rebounds. On the flip side, Richard Howell picked up five fouls in just 12 minutes…that’s hard to do, especially for a senior.
Duke’s defense does not give up many easy baskets…they allow only 8.7 assists per game, ranking sixth in the category.
In Marquette’s 84-80 win over LSU, the teams combined to go 36-38 from the line. Remarkable. Marquette blew a 21 point first half lead…LSU tied it up a few times in the second half.
Loyola of Illinois was 7-23 last year…so far this season, they have gone 8-3.
USC has lost seven of their last eight games.
When those threes don’t fall, Illinois is in big trouble…as Missouri learned in the Braggin’ Rights Game. 43.5% of shot attempts by Illinois are from beyond the arc. Missouri’s Phil Pressey was 1-17 from the field, missing his first 15 attempts…still managed 12 points and 11 assists.
Florida’s Kenny Boyton is becoming the invisible man…he is 4-32 from three in his past four games. Florida treads water without his contributions.
South Dakota State’s upset of New Mexico (at The Pit) was all the more remarkable when you consider how they got the Albuquerque. Due to snowstorms canceling flights…SDSU took a bus from Nashville to Albuquerque…and then dropped New Mexico from the unbeaten ranks. The bus ride home will be enjoyable.
Don’t know what loss was worse over the weekend…Mercer upsetting Alabama---Wofford over Xavier---Southern over Texas A&M.
Texas looked pretty solid in their loss at Michigan State. Christmas vacation, and the student sections were full…just great support.
Kentucky looks better each time out. No matter who they play, UK has the best talent on the court. Teams that should not beat them, are staying competitive for a shorter and shorter time each game.
Unbeatens remaining: 5.
Winless remaining:
Not so fast: Four Top-10 teams lost on Saturday.
One more thing: The Kansas State victory over Florida was K-State’s first win against a non-conference Top-10 team in 51 years. 

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