Friday, January 11, 2013

Welcome to Bracketville--At the Halfway Mark Edition


Good win: Pitt’s road win over Georgetown…a blowout, holding the Hoyas to 45 points.
Bad loss: Virginia losing to Wake Forest.
UNLV only took five foul shots in their five-point loss at New Mexico on Wednesday.
Boise State was without its leading scorer, Derrick Marks, when they knocked Wyoming from the unbeaten ranks in Laramie. BSU sank two threes in the final 25 seconds to get the upset.
BC had a 29-0 points-off-turnovers advantage in their victory over Virginia Tech.
Lost in Butler’s good season…the team dismissed Chrishawn Hopkins in preseason. He averaged 9.1 ppg and 23 minutes last season.
How often does a team shoot 29% in the first half and enter the locker room with a comfortable lead? That’s the way it was Tuesday in Duke’s 28-point win over Clemson. Clemson is now 4-57 at Duke.
Ryan Kelly’s injury will turn Duke’s season around. Without Kelly, Duke will get pushed around in road games in the next two weeks at NC State and Miami.
New Mexico averages over one free-throw attempt for every two field goal attempt they take, the second-highest free throw rate in the nation.
Joanne McCallie (head coach-Duke Women’s Basketball) has often said that Duke’s “Chelsea Gray is the best passer in the game, male or female.” Having watched Chelsea from her freshman debut, I cannot disagree with the coach. As good as I know Gray is, in every game I watch, at least a couple of times I say, “That was just incredible. On January 21st Duke travels to UConn. For the first time in a long, long time, I think they will give the Huskies a run for their money---even in Storrs. Tipoff is 7PM on espn2. Tune in and check out #12…it will change your mind about who is the finest point guard in D1 basketball.
Ole Miss guard, Marshall Henderson has taken 150 threes in 14 games so far this season.
UNC’s Dexter Strickland’s line in the loss to Miami: 26 minutes, no points, no assists, no rebounds, no steals---no polls, no pets---he took just one shot.
Both Ian Clark and Trevor Noack of Belmont scored 30 points last night in a 35 point win over Southeast Missouri State.
West Virginia won a game in which they had scored only 37 points with 3:41 to play.
After going 1-28 last season, Towson is leading the CAA with a 3-0 record so far.
Go Figure: UVA won at Wisconsin, and took UNC to the woodshed…but lost to Wake Forest, Old Dominion, George Mason and Delaware.
Miami’s big men, Julian Gamble and Kenny Kadji, manhandled UNC’s frontcourt. With no Ryan Kelly, Gamble and Kadji will eat Duke alive when they play in Miami on January 23rd…7 PM on ESPN.
Duke needs Kelly to be a title contender. If they can go .500 without Kelly, I’ll be happy.
There has been lots of griping this season about low scoring games (and halves). Doesn’t bother me a bit. Just as I prefer a pitchers duel in baseball; enjoying an excellent defense on the court can be a pleasant experience as well.
Louisville is #1 in defensive efficiency, 2nd in steal percentage.
I have never liked the baseline setup at Vandy. Speaking of Vandy, it felt strange watching Kentucky play at Vandy, with neither team ranked.
Wichita State is 15-1…still without three injured starters.
Illinois is #323 in assists-to-made-field goals. That can’t be good.
Love it when coaches come out of a timeout playing a different defense then the one before the timeout.
No matter what their record, Kentucky still has three lottery picks…rest on them at your peril.
Unbeatens remaining: 2. One after Duke leaves NC State.
Winless remaining: 2.
Not so fast: Minnesota is 270th in defensive rebounding.
One more thing: No video review on shot-clock violations is just plain stupid.

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