Monday, February 18, 2013

Welcome to Bracketville--Presidents day Edition

Duke, Kentucky and Notre Dame were the only Top-25 teams to lose to unranked teams over the weekend.
Circle March 2nd on your calendar.
Louisville at Syracuse, Noon.
Butler at VCU, Noon.
Michigan State at Michigan, 5:15 PM.
Miami at Duke, 6 PM.
Arizona at UCLA, 9 PM.
Gonzaga has five top-50-RPI wins, four away from home. All three of their top-25 wins were away from home.
Miami’s 45-43 victory at Clemson last night was the lowest-scoring ACC game in the shot clock era.
How about total ten points combined at the ten-minute mark in the first half.
It was uglier than the score suggests as the Hurricanes missed 16 of 19 3-pointers and had 13 turnovers compared to six for Clemson.
Miami had a 7-0 spurt in the final 61 seconds to grab the road win.
The Canes have won 21 games24 {in 2002} is the The U’s recordthey’ll top that.
It’s quite possible that both Miami and Florida could earn #1 seedsand not impossible to imagine both in the Final Four.

Florida travels to Missouri on Tuesdaybig game for both squads. The Gators’ freshman Michael Frazier chipped in win six-threes in the win over Auburn.
Florida had 15 threes. Great Caesar’s Ghost!
UNC leads the ACC in offensive rebounds.
Ohio State is 1-7 against ranked teams.
Minnesota is 3-7 in their last ten gamesnext up: at Ohio State and Indiana.
Down by seven with 36 seconds left, Wichita State pulled off an 8-0 run to defeat Illinois State.
Kelly Olynyk looking more and more like an All-American, had 26 points and nine rebounds in the win at San Francisco. Elias Harris chipped in with 17 and 13you could say the Zags’ front count wore out the Dons.
Was there any doubt that Kansas would rally from their three game losing streak? The Jayhawks swept Kansas State yet another time.
Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma State are tied for fist in the Big 12. Kansas visits Oklahoma State on Wednesday. Something’s gotta give.
In K-State’s 20-point win over Baylor, four Wildcats recorded double figure scoring.
K-State is one of the few teams that has yet to suffer an upset. The Wildcats' five losses are to Kansas (twice), Michigan, Gonzaga and Iowa State (on the road).
In a 12-point win over Marshall, Memphis scored 43 first half points---then, just three in the first ten minutes of the second half. Memphis has zero true-road losses.
Michigan State and Indiana are tied atop the Big 10they meet on Tuesday at MSU. Sparty has lost just once in 2013at Indiana.
Being a big fan of Nerlens Noel, I knew he was important to Kentuckybut a 30-point loss to Tennessee of all teams, with zero assists from the Wildcats’ point guards? Holy Moley! 
Marquette has won 23 straight at home. Vander Blue has scored in double figures in every game in 2013 except Georgetown.
UConn’s Kevin Ollie gets deserved praise for keeping the Huskies focused with no postseason hopes. Same credit should be given to UCF’s coach, Donnie Jones.
Detroit was down by 15 with ten to go at Valpothen a 17-2 run in five minutes. Finally they won by ten.
It was a tough weekend to be a conference leader in a one-bid league. Eight of those teams lost Saturdayfor five of them, it meant no longer being the conference leader.
Otto Porter Jr. scored 16 points while playing in foul trouble#15 Georgetown {19-4} wasted a 12-point lead in the second half before rallying for its seventh straight conference win {longest in Big East} on Friday nightdefeating Cincinnati by seven. Very tense gamefun to watchwish ESPN would schedule a game every Friday night.
Georgetown is as tough an out on the road as it is at home.
Great understated quote from Hoya coach John Thompson III, “Oh yeah, Otto Porter is very, very good.”
Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart might not lead the nation in any one category. He averages 14.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game -- but then go back and look at that list collectivelyand he’s just a freshman. He hit a pair of foul shots with 18 seconds left in the win over Oklahoma.
Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early hit a three-pointer with 4.8 seconds remaining, giving State (22-5, 11-4 Missouri Valley) sole possession of first place in the MVC.
How can you possibly lose when your opponent commits 26 turnovers? Ask Duke. Maryland had 16 of their TOs in the second half, and Duke never gained a lead.
The Terps shot 60% from the field and 74% from the line71.9 from two.
In a pathetic display in the paint, Duke was outrebounded 40 to 20. That’s embarrassing.
Mason Plumlee was at the movies. He played as if he had four fouls at tipoffgreat matador defense. His counterpart, Alex Len had 19 points, nine boards and three blocks---and forced Plumlee to foul out.
Still, the game was not decided until Maryland’s Seth Allen sank a pair of foul shots with three seconds on the clock. The world will little note, nor long remember that Allen had eight turnovers for the Terps.
Seth Curry and Rasheed Suliamon had great days for the Blue Devils.
At #6 in both polls released today, I think Duke is way over rated. I feel there are at least a dozen teams that could handle Duke on a neutral court.
To me, they are a four or a five seed that is quite vulnerable to an upset by a 12 or 13 seed that has a strong post presence or a solid perimeter defense.
The Duke women hung on to beat Wake Forest, but suffered a devastating loss when All-American point guard, Chelsea Gray, went down with a dislocated knee. She left in a huge leg brace, and on crutchesshe is done for the season.
Gray is a dominating presenceleads the ACC in assists and steals and is Duke’s second leading scorer.
That means more playing time for Richa Jackson. In 224 minutes this season, Jackson has exactly four assists totaland shoots just 33% from the field.
The Lady Irish have won 19 in a row.
Temple’s 83-82 victory over UMass was the Owls’ fifth straight game {3-2} decided by one point. How often does that happen?
What do Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird and Doug McDermott have in common? They all recorded their 2,000th Missouri Valley Conference point in their junior year. My-oh-my.
Jeff Withey of Kansas is now the all-time leader in blocks in the Big 12 with 256.
In their loss to the Jayhawks, Texas put up some grim numbers: 21.8% from the floor, 9.5% from three and 65.5% from the line. You needn’t be a quantum math major to know getting 47 points with those numbers was a stretch.
Harvard has not won at Princeton in 23 years. Harvard leads the Tigers by a game and a half, and travels to Princeton on March 1st---probably to settle the Ivy League title.
NC Central suffered its initial MEAC lossto Savannah State 44-36. Ooops!
Cincinnati’s Cashmere Wright is 8 for 49 on threes since injuring his knee.
New Mexico’s {22-4} field goal percentage is 41.1. The may haunt them in the postseason.
Good win for Arizona State at Coloradoa one-point OT win with a second remainingafter ASU blew a six-point lead late in regulation.
UNLV needed a good win and they got it [71-70] when San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin traveled with less than three seconds to go.
Villanova’s nine-point win at UConn was a very good one.
Nifty win by 22 points for #20 Wisconsin over #13 Ohio State. The Badgers are hitting their stride at just the right time.
Arkansas got a good winwith a two-point victory over the over rated Missouri.
Air Force’s Michael Lyons went for 45 in a loss to Colorado State. All five of State’s starters scored in double figures.
Credit Carolina with nice recovery and good win over UVA. Virginia hit six of their first seven attempts from three, and led by as many as ten. UNC’s 40 points in the first half and 93 points for the game were the most Virginia has given up all season.
#23 Oregon won in OT, 79-77 over Washington State with a pair of E.J. Singler free throws with 3.8 seconds leftholding on to first place in the Pac-12.
Air Force’s Michael Lyons scored 45-points on 17 field goals {third highest individual point total this season} in a 89-86 shootout loss to Mountain West leader Colorado State. He scored 72 points on the week.
In the Providence upset of Notre Dame, Vincent Council recorded a double-doublebut not in the traditional fashion. His was with seven points, 11 assists, 11 rebounds and two steals.
When Colorado State made the polls last week, it was their first time there since 1954.
Wait until next year. Boston College gets more and more competitive with each game. Their roster: one senior, one junior, seven sophs and four freshmen. They are going to be good.
BOLO [Be On LookOut]: Notre Dame at Pitt, tonight, 7 PM, ESPN.
Indiana at Michigan State, Tuesday, 7 PM, ESPN.
VCU at St. Louis (winner of seven in a row), Tuesday, 9 PM.
UVA at Miami, Tuesday, 9 PM, ESPNU.
Kansas at Oklahoma State, Wednesday, 9 PM, espn2.
Colorado State at UNLV, Wednesday, 10:15 PM.
La Salle at Temple, Thursday, 7 PM. LaSalle just might be the best team in Philly.
St. Louis at Butler, Friday, 7 PM, ESPNU.
Akron {21-4} still has the nation’s longest win streak17! That’s the second longest this season. 12-0 in Mid-American Conference play, where no team has finished with a perfect record since 1958. That’s 55 years if you’re scoring at home.
They have held 17 of their 25 rivals to 65 points or less.
Akron’s center, Zeke Marshall, in the all-time MAC blocks leaderat the moment he is fifth in the nation with 3.48 bpg.
We’ll finally get to see the Zips---Friday night, under the lights, at home vs. North Dakota State, 7 PM, espn2.
Gramling is still winless.
Not so fast: Oklahoma State has won seven Big 12 games in a row.
One more thing: The Zags are 5-0 against the Big 12 so they might be the first team ever to win two leagues.

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