Sunday, November 10, 2013

Welcome to Bracketville--Game On Edition

The best thing about the college basketball off season…is that it ends.
And it has!
Last season, Duke point guard Tyler Thornton committed just 38 turnovers in 791 minutes.
“Basketball is a game of deception.”---Davidson head coach, Bob McKillop.
Duke was 213th in the country in rebounding last year…and that was with Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly. Ooops!
Colorado returns four starters.
Butler, VCU, Gonzaga and Davidson prove that roster continuity with solid players can compete with bigger one-and-done type teams.
In their opening game loss to USC-Upstate, Virginia Tech failed to score in the last four minutes of the game - at home.
The Duke women have five seniors and five players 6-3 or taller in the rotation. And, that does not include starting sophomore guard (and future All American), Alexis Jones.
They start four players with at least 1,000 points so far in their careers.
6’3” Junior Center, Elizabeth Williams had at least one blocked shot in every one of her first 69 Duke games. Cal broke the streak in this season’s opener.
Kentucky’s four freshmen shot a combined 13-33 in their debut…the three Kansas freshmen went 8-18. Duke’s Jabari Parker went 8-10 and grabber six rebounds.
You must remember this: The first nationally televised prime-time regular season college basketball game was played in the Astrodome. Houston upset UCLA, ending UCLA’s 47-game winning streak.
Duke will be on an ESPN network 26 times this season…more than any other college or NBA team.
Last season the national possessions per game was 65.9. In the 1990-91 season it was 75.3.
This season there are four new Division I teams…bringing the total to 351.
Bo Ryan has had 10 seasons of 20-plus wins in his 12 seasons at Wisconsin. In the 103 seasons before Ryan, the Badgers had  just four 20-plus win seasons.
Time flys: Doesn’t seem possible that this will be Bill Self’s tenth season coaching Kansas, does it? In that time he has won nine Big 12 championships in a row.
Only one team has made it to the Sweet Sixteen in each of the past four years---Ohio State.
Top four head coaches in current consecutive season leading their team to NCAA Tournament: Coach K (18), Tom Izzo (16), Bill Self (15) and Gonzaga’s Mark Few with 14.
Last season Michigan State had more turnovers than assists.
Boise State brings everyone back from last year’s NCAA Tournament team.
Not so fast: Of the 17 national titles won by active coaches, seven reside in the ACC---Coach K has four, UNC’s Roy Williams a pair and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim has one.
One more thing: Nebraska opens up a new arena this season…every game is sold out.

Congratulations! You made it to the end -- celebrate by watching some basketball.

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