For the second time this season, there was a winner in the State Farm Half Court Shot promotion on ESPN’s Game Day. How about that sports fans!
Seems college hoops has a different story line daily, a different flavor of the week. Whenever you think you have an inkling as to what to expect, the opposite occurs. Not being able to figure it out and being constantly surprised is what’s making this season special.
Good luck filling in your bracket this year.
If I had a vote in the polls, my Top Five would be: Miami, Indiana, Florida, Michigan and Gonzaga. What’s yours???
Were I filling out a bracket today, my Final Four: Miami, Florida, Gonzaga, Indiana.
Good luck to Las Vegas figuring the odds in who gets to the Final Four.
South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters scored 89 points last week.
In beating Florida State by 25, Wake Forest outrebounded FSU 45-25. Yikes!
In Georgia Tech’s victory over Virginia Tech, the nation’s leading scorer, Erick Green had 28 points. The rest of the Virginia Tech team poured in 26. Ouch!
Kentucky looks like a team from a major conference that will excel much more in the NCAA tournament than it did during the regular season. UK’s trip to Gainesville on Tuesday will clarify many things.
The late, late show. Not to be neglected in the upset derby…#7 Arizona fell at home to Cal. Losing at home to a mediocre team is never a good thing. Ooops!
Kansas State sits atop the Big 12.
Hard to believe Purdue has the same record (5-5) as Minnesota in conference play.
It’s too bad that Stephen F. Austin play their games at an undisclosed location. They are 20-2, 11-1 in the Southland Conference.
Davidson is the nation’s best free throw shooting team.
Cincinnati scored just 102 points in losses last week to Pitt and Providence.
Do you think that UNC wishes Larry Drew hadn’t transferred? 35 assists and 10 TOs in his past five games for UCLA.
Out of Jeff Withey’s 92 blocks 82 have been kept inbounds (89.1 percent). Kansas has recovered 70 of those blocks and converted them into 66 points. KU needed a lot more blocks and points Saturday, as Oklahoma grabbed the W.
New Mexico is hard to figure…very inconsistent and unpredictable. At this point I don’t trust them in the dance.
Towson is a great story. One win (total) last season…14 so far this season…second in conference play at 9-4.
Butler held on for a 59-56 win at George Washington, despite going the final 7 1/2 minutes without a field goal and blowing a 17-point lead. The game was the first sellout at GW since 2006.
Missouri has yet to win a true road game. Hmmm!
I think I saw as many cold-blooded threes on Saturday as I have on any non-Tournament day. A lot of guys with ice water in their veins.
FSU didn't just lose at Wake Forest, the Seminoles lost 71-46. The Noles are gonna be such a trendy pick in the NIT this year.
Guess who is in first place in the Big 10? Michigan State is in familiar territory…tied with Indiana.
MSU’s Keith Appling dropped in 17-points against Minnesota…just three days after he dislocated his shoulder. Just another Tom Izzo tough guy. Bravo!
Florida and Gonzaga cruised to easy victories.
UCF’s Isaiah Sykes recorded his second triple-double of season against East Carolina.
Montana has now won 27 in a row vs. Big Sky competition.
In five of their seven losses, North Carolina has trailed by 19 or more…by 28 or more in four.
Too many intriguing games to list…I’m especially looking forward to:
Kansas State at Kansas, tonight, 9 PM, ESPN.
Tonight’s Marquette at Georgetown, 7 PM, ESPN.
Michigan at Michigan State, Tuesday, ESPN, 9 PM. MSU has won nine of past ten.
Kentucky at Florida, Tuesday, ESPN 7 PM.
Miami at Florida State, 7 PM, espn2.
UNC at Duke, Wednesday, 9 PM, ESPN.
Wisconsin at Minnesota, Thursday, 7 PM, ESPN.
Gonzaga at St. Mary’s, Thursday, 11 PM, espn2.
A Friday Bonus—Georgetown at Cincinnati, 9 PM, ESPN.
Lace ‘em up!
Longest winning streak: 15 by Akron (10-0, MAC).
Conference unbeatens: North Carolina Central (9-0 MEAC), Norfolk State (10-0 MEAC), Gonzaga (10-0 West Coast), Akron (10-0 MAC), Miami (10-0 ACC), Montana (14-0 Big Sky), Louisiana Tech (12-0 WAC) and Memphis (9-0 Conference USA).
Not so fast: Georgetown has won seven of their last eight.
One more thing: It seems like only a week ago that Kansas was 19-1…oh, right, it was just a week ago.