Just four weeks until Selection Sunday.
A month out, my Coach of the Year pick is Miami’s Jim Larranaga…UConn’s Kevin Ollie is my pick for COY in the Big East.
Seven Top-10 teams are on the road this weekend. Just one of the ten faces a team more than a game above .500…none faces a team with a positive conference record.
Six Big Ten teams have been ranked in the Top-10 at some point this season…but not Wisconsin. The Badgers have victories over four of the six.
With all the chaos at the top of the polls and throughout the Top Ten…is this the year that a 16 seed knocks off a one seed? I doubt it…but, you never know.
Any of about a dozen teams could win the national title.
With the win over Austin Peay Saturday, Belmont has won 20 games eight times in a 10-year span. That's incredibly impressive. Bravo!
Monday night, Marquette finished with 19 turnovers and just 20 made field goals at Georgetown. You don’t need to be good at math to know that won’t add up to many victories.
Five Kentucky recruits or signees in the 2013 class made the McDonald’s All-American team, a record for a single school…not a big surprise.
Gonzaga looked strong on last night’s late show with a 17-point victory at St. Mary’s…the Zags shot 50% from the field. St. Mary’s Matthew Dellavedova (22 points) continues to impress me.
Duquesne (previously winless in conference play) pulled an upset at Temple with two Derrick Colter free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining.
Missouri finally won a road game…over the hapless Mississippi State team.
Last night Georgia Tech hosted Clemson and the teams combined – combined – for 25 points in the first half.
The Atlantic-10 and Mountain West each have four teams in KenPom’s Top-50…same number as the Pac-12 and SEC.
Keep an eye on LaSalle and Charlotte.
Georgetown has won six straight games and eight of their last nine to climb to 8-3 in the Big East.
Illinois State has won four straight…seven out the last eight.
Boise State is 11-3 when at full strength…5-4 when not. They are now at full strength.
Virginia continues to cruise along, taking care of Virginia Tech by 18 points on Tuesday night. UVA is now 8-3 in the ACC and winners of seven of their last eight. The Virginia defense held the nation’s leading scorer, Erick Green [25.2 ppg], to one first half point. Green found his touch after half time, putting up 21 in half number two.
Florida and Kansas bounced back pretty nicely from last week’s losses.
Longest winning streak: 16 by Akron (11-0, MAC)…Eastern Michigan the latest victim.
Conference unbeatens: Miami, Gonzaga, Memphis, Akron, Norfolk State, NC Central and Louisiana Tech.
Not so fast: Grambling is still winless, with just five games left. They could run the table.
One more thing: The two undefeated in conference play MEAC teams (Norfolk State and North Carolina Central) will not face each other in the regular season.