Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville--One month played edition.


I have no idea what to make of the 37-36 win pulled off by Georgetown over Tennessee. The teams combined to go 7-20 at the foul-line. There was no scoring in the final 4:08---amazing. If there is a positive for the gangs that couldn’t shoot straight, you could say that they got a lot of stops. Hey, at least they didn’t go into overtime.
Maryland’s Pe'Shon Howard is shooting 22 percent from three and 15 percent from the floor, yet somehow he's averaging nearly seven assists per game. 15 percent? Ouch!
Oregon’s Dana Altman can really coach.
Kentucky’s two losses in less than 48 hours have me somewhat befuddled. I’m buying in to the notion that this version of Cal’s “kiddie cats” is going to take much more time to gel. And, they’ll need a true point guard, a serious post threat and a leader…to, you know, lead. At home, losing to a Baylor team that committed 19 turnovers and scored 0.83 points per trip is the opposite of what I expected. Of course, UK managed just .73 points per possession…oops.
Baylor’s victory was the first time in program history that they beat a ranked, non-conference team on the road. Pretty amazing stat…especially for a team that made it to the Elite Eight two out of the past three years.
At 53.3%, Gonzaga leads the nation in field goal percentage.
In their win over Old Dominion, the California Lady Bears pulled down 66 rebounds. Wow!
Youngest major/mid-major conference team: Texas.
The healthier Michigan State gets, the more dangerous they become.
Virginia has adapted quite well to its injury problems. Tony Bennett can really coach.
Xavier is over-achieving…picked to finish ninth in the Atlantic 10, they are 6-1 and just defeated Purdue, at Purdue.
Duke has the #2 Strength of Schedule. #1? The 0-4 Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils. All their games have been roadies, as will be their next six. Their first home court appearance is January 6.
More than 46 percent of Murray State's shots are 3-pointers.
Kansas senior center Jeff Withey’s triple-double last week in the win over San Jose State was just the second in Kansas history…and his 12 blocks are a school record. Currently, he leads the nation with 5.714 blocks per game.
Seton Hall turned the ball over on 13 consecutive possessions on their way blowing a 16 point lead in a 72-67 loss to LSU in the SEC/Big East Challenge.
With Durand Scott back, Miami is starting to roll.
UCLA’s Jordan Adams went 35-of-36 (97.2 percent) from the foul line in November.
Not so fast: Maybe the days of Wisconsin being unbeatable at home, are the good old days.
One more thing: Like Duke, the three-man core of the Illini is seniors. 

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