Friday, January 25, 2013

Welcome to Bracketville--Wither #1? Edition

Eleven ranked teams have lost since the new polls came out Monday.
Every team is beatable…every team has been beaten…every team will continue to be beaten.
Maryland has shot just 36% over the last four games.
Georgetown and Notre Dame are fairly confusing to me.
Texas is 0-5 in the Big 12 for the first time under Rick Barnes. The Longhorns are the youngest team in D1.
When was the last time Louisville and Kentucky (eighth youngest team in D1) lost on the same night? Didn’t see that coming on Tuesday…or Wake getting better of NC State.
Louisville shot just 12-for-24 from the free-throw line. Yikes!
Alabama is now 11-1 when playing at full strength, and their coach is a winner---they will surprise in the SEC if they stay healthy.
Kansas winning at Kansas State…they earned it in a tough place to win for visitors.
First game this season that Jeff Withey failed to get a block. He has 78 blocks on the season…Kansas has retained possession on 72% of them. Wow!
Butler had just two fast-break points and Gonzaga had none. Both teams rank in the top 10 nationally in fewest transition possessions allowed…so that makes some sense.
Creighton’s Ethan Wragge, who takes 93.7(!) percent of his shots from beyond the arc, makes 44.2 percent of them.
On Wednesday LaSalle turned the tables on Butler, scoring the winning basket with 2.7 seconds to go in a one-point victory.
Louisville hasn't beaten Georgetown since 2009. Both teams rank in the top 10 in defensive efficiency. Louisville is most effective in forcing turnovers and getting steals. They're second in the nation in steal percentage and turnovers forced percentage.
Michigan State is now 5-0 in games decided by fewer than four points…they have won six in a row.
Florida has started 5-0 in the league, while winning by an average of 25 points.
Love it when I see the coaches wearing ties with the school colors.
A miserable week for Duke Basketball.
Monday night UConn embarrassed the women, crushing them by 30 points.
UConn did everything right. They were poetry in motion---a real pleasure to watch. UConn Coach Geno Auriemma is one sharp guy. He took advantage every Duke tendency---and his players executed the game plan perfectly.
Ahead by two at the half, UConn followed the plan and outscored Duke by 28 in the second half.
“The last 20 minutes of the game was as much fun as I’ve had in a long, long time,” Auriemma said.
I am certain Miami Coach Jim Larranaga said something similar after Miami spanked Duke by 27 points on Wednesday.
They held Duke to 19 first half points.
Miami got big-man Reggie Johnson back, but could have beaten Duke with four men on the floor. They were that dominant.
Coach Larranaga is a classy guy and has brought honor and dignity back to the basketball program for the Canes.
Going into Wednesday’s game, Duke and Miami were nearly tied for lowest turnover percentage in the ACC this season (Duke's at 16.2%, Miami 16.6%).
The highest-rated team in the RPI that's not ranked in the AP poll is UNLV (#14 RPI). The highest-rated team at that's not ranked in the AP poll is Pittsburgh (#8 KenPom).
Since taking over the coaching job at Kansas, Bill Self’s teams have lost just seven home games.
VCU had a seven-point lead over Richmond with 37 seconds to go…and lost by a dozen in OT. That ended a 13 game winning streak for VCU.
Boston University and Albany combined to score 39 points in overtime…12-of-15 from the floor and 11-of-13 from the line.
In their win over Morehead State, Belmont led only twice---at 2-0 and 64-63 when the buzzed sounded.
Good win: UCLA over Arizona in Tucson…the Bruins have now won ten in a row. They had 18 assists in the game---they can pass.
Bad loss: Creighton losing to (2-5 Missouri Valley) Drake. At one point, Drake was up 14.
Another bad loss: Minnesota lost its fifth in a row at Northwestern, and is now in seventh place in the Big 10.
Tuesday's 49 points were Michigan State's fewest points in a Big Ten win since it scored 43 on Feb. 17, 1951 in a win over Michigan.
Of the 14 games on Tuesday, only three were decided by double-digits.
How did Memphis get 15 points behind Tulane, before rallying to win? That can’t be good.
NC State is the only team in the nation with six players averaging 12 points per game or more.
Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk was 9-9 from the field and 8-8 from the line in the win over BYU. That’s been done exactly twice over the past 15 years with that many attempts of each without a miss.
Southern Miss beat Marshall by 56 points. Ouch!
No games Saturday between ranked teams.
Looking ahead--Saturday: Louisville at Georgetown, Noon, ESPN; Maryland at Duke, 1 PM, CBS; Minnesota at Wisconsin, 2 PM; New Mexico at San Diego State, 4 PM; Oklahoma at Kansas, 4 PM, ESPN; Temple at Butler, 6 PM, espn2; UNC at NC State, 7 PM, ESPN; Florida at Mississippi State, 8 PM, espn2; Florida State at Miami, 6 PM, ESPNU.
Sunday: Michigan State at Indiana
Unbeatens remaining: Zero.
Winless remaining: Gambling.
Conference unbeatens remaining: 28.
Conference winless teams remaining: 18.
Not so fast: Just when you thought things could not get worse for Texas, sophomore forward Jonathan Holmes broke his right hand during the team’s 73-67 loss to Oklahoma…8.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg.
One more thing: ESPN3 is wonderful…without it; I would have missed Kansas at K-State.

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