Friday, February 01, 2013

Six Ranked Teams Fall Edition

Three ranked team were upset on Tuesday…two at home. Sure did not see #15 Wichita State losing at home to Indiana State. WSU was a poor 7-of-31 from the two.
I felt UVA (at home) could take NC State….and thought Kentucky could handle Ole Miss.
On the flip side, I had Wisconsin over Ohio State.
Two more ranked teams fell Wednesday as LSU surprised Missouri…Stanford overwhelmed Oregon by a couple dozen. Oregon had 21 turnovers. Both were road losses.
And, #9 Butler lost last night in St. Louis. Butler had six baskets and 16 turnovers in their first 29 possessions.
Michigan State tried to give it away last night. Then the threes stopped falling for Illinois, and MSU shot 14-for-16 from the field in the second half. Game, set, match!
Illinois is 3-6 -- including a 2-5 record in the Big Ten, since starting off 12-0.
Wisconsin went to the foul line…wait for it…zero times against OSU. That’s some defense from OSU.
VMI was behind to Radford 65-57 with 1:18 to go. The Keydets scored 13 points after that point (all of them by Stan Okoye) to win 70-69 [73].
The Big East/SEC Challenge has been cancelled. The Big East won the series 25-15. Lack of interest generating matchups was the major reason given.
Virginia has allowed just three teams to reach 60 points this season…the latest was Old Dominion.
Great quote: La Salle coach Dr. John Giannini regarding the players on Butler: "They have Ivy League-level intelligence and military academy-level toughness.”
Montana has won 24 straight games against Big Sky opponents.
Gonzaga is a dangerous team.
Three UConn players fouled out, but the Huskies escaped Providence with a three-point road win.
Belmont is now 9-0 in the Ohio Valley. Davidson is 9-1 in the Southern Conference. Belmont and Davidson are two of my favorite teams, with two of my favorite coaches.
Tuesday’s game marked just the second time in 113 meetings that a ranked Ole Miss team took on an unranked Kentucky team.
Michigan committed just two turnovers and shot 51% from the field in their 22-point victory over Northwestern. That’s difficult to do with no without an opponent on the floor.
One would think that everyone in the ACC would know not to leave Michael Snaer open when Florida State needs a last-second 3. He hit a 3-pointer to beat Clemson last week, and also knocked down two game-winners last season. Maryland didn't get the memo. Snaer hit a game-winner with 1.1 seconds on the clock. Oh my!
Don’t you just love it when a kid who starts as a walk-on earns a scholarship? One more reason college basketball is so much better than the NBA.
Creighton’s Doug McDermott is shooting 56% from the field, 50% from 3 and 86% from the line. Wow!
So much for my upset special pick of Purdue over Indiana. The 37-point margin was the worst loss by Purdue in Mackey Arena history. Purdue freshman big man A.J. Hammons did have 30 points and five blocks in the loss.
Bad loss: UCLA’s OT, home loss to USC.
Good win: Kentucky’s 13-point victory at Ole Miss. UK had a comfortable 17-point lead in the second half, when Ole Miss went on a 16-0 run. Kentucky recovered, with Nerlens Noel blocking shot after shot, with a 14-2 run at the end.
Noel has more blocks than ten SEC teams do.
Florida is the No. 1-ranked defensive team at (#71 last year). The Gators have limited SEC competitors to 52-points or fewer. No SEC team has stayed closer than 17.
The 36 points by South Carolina against Florida were the lowest in SC school history for a conference game. The Gators beat the spread by 25-points.
Florida is scary good.
Staying with KenPom in the Sunshine State, Miami is No. 4 in adjusted defensive efficiency and is allowing its opponents to shoot just 40.6 percent from inside the three-point line.
Five Hurricanes are averaging double figures.
Miami is 7-0 in ACC play…four of the wins are on the road…the Canes are undefeated in January.
As you follow Miami, keep in mind that the Hurricanes are only going to get better as senior center Reggie Johnson gets back into shape.
Miami is undefeated when at full strength.
Cincinnati’s four losses are by a combined 10 points.
Vander Blue has reached double figures in 12 of Marquette’s last 13 games.
Don’t look now, but Marquette is tied for first in the Big East with Syracuse.
#1 Michigan and #7 Gonzaga are the first two teams to get 20 wins.
Not only is Bruce Pearl a terrible studio presence and awful doing games, the NCAA gave him a relatively stiff penalty: a three-year "show cause" penalty for recruiting violations.
ESPN is apparently not concerned with rewarding a convicted cheater with a cushy studio job and a way to keep his name and face visible to potential future employers.
Seth Greenburg is equally dreadful…not known for tournament appearances, providing lottery picks or winning when it counts. His teams usually had a designated thug.
It is painful to listen to these two losers explain how successful coaches should do things, and what mistakes the players are making. Plus they are both pukers.
Michigan has four guys averaging double figures in ppg.
In the Pac 12, neither Arizona, UCLA nor ASU have another shot at Oregon.
At West Virginia on Tuesday, Kansas was just 18-of-34 from the free throw line and committed 16 turnovers. Ooops! Can’t do that against good teams and expect to win.
Duke set season lows for rebounds, three-pointers, and three-point percentage in their difficult victory over Wake Forest. Duke did not beat the spread.
However, Mason Plumlee was highly efficient…32 points on 15 attempts from the field…he scored 42.6% of Duke’s points. In a perfect world you don’t want one player responsible for that much of a team’s output.
The Duke women went into half time tied with Miami at 29. In the second half, Duke went on a 20-0 run, and never looked back. Duke’s shortest player, freshman Alexis Jones, earned her first career double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Lurking: St. John's has now won five in a row and moved to 6-3 in the Big East with an overtime win over DePaul. Their next four games are at Georgetown, vs. UConn, at Syracuse, and at Louisville.
Smooth move: Wake Forest will retire Chris Paul’s jersey on March 2nd. It’s #3, if you’re scoring at home.
Kansas' school record for consecutive victories in a single season is 22.
There is a reason that Virginia Tech’s Erick Green leads the free world in scoring (25.2 ppg) He has been to the foul line 170 times, 29 more than #2 in the ACC and makes 81.8% of them. As a freshman his average was about 3 ppg…last season he was around 15 ppg. Major improvement!
Middle Tennessee State U is 18-4 overall and 10-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. Highlights are victories over Vanderbilt, Central Florida and No. 16 Ole Miss. Thirteen of the Blue Raiders' wins have come by double figures.

Arizona point guard, Mark Lyons played 33 minutes against UCLA with zero assists. You would think he’d get one just by accident.
UVA can sure play defense. They do take forever to set up their offense. Combine the two and a two possession lead late in the game is most difficult to make up.
Thrilling win over NC State on Tuesday…by three.
Is there a better coach in the final couple of minutes with a slim lead than Tony Bennett? I’d love to see him and Brad Stevens go at it in a squeaker.
Virginia has won a dozen in a row at home.
TV Timeout: Saturday has 12 p.m.: Syracuse at Pittsburgh (ESPN)

2 p.m.: Duke at Florida State (ESPN)

4 p.m.: Oklahoma State at Kansas (ESPN3)

4 p.m.: Miami at NC State (CBS)

4 p.m.: St. John's at Georgetown (CBS)
4 p.m.: Wichita St. at Northern Iowa (ESPN2)

6 p.m.: Kentucky at Texas A&M (ESPN)

6 p.m.: Kansas State at Oklahoma (ESPN2)
7 p.m.

8 p.m.: Baylor at Iowa State (ESPN2)

9 p.m.: Michigan at Indiana (ESPN)

1 p.m.: Iowa at Minnesota (BTN)
2 p.m.: Marquette at Louisville (ESPN)
Winless teams remaining: Grambling.
Conference unbeatens remaining: 16.
Conference winless remaining: 11.
Not so fast: There are nine quintillion different bracket combinations (two to the 63rd power or 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to be exact). The one, two, three and four seeds have accounted for 96 of the 112 Final Four teams and 26 of 28 champions in the 64-team era.
One more thing: I'm just going to pencil in Kansas and Florida as number one seeds, if only because they are so head and shoulders above the other teams in their respective conferences.

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