Monday, December 23, 2013

Welcome to Bracketville---Christmas Break Week Edition

Duke’s victory over UCLA at MSG was the 223rd consecutive game the Blue Devils have played as a Top-10 team in the AP Poll.
Duke point guard, Quinn Cook had eight steals in the game…he had just eight thefts all season coming into the game.
Duke had only one free throw in the first half…a result of 18 attempted threes and just 16 tries inside the arc.
Jabari Parker has sure lived up to the hype. He continues to look like the best of this year’s freshman class to me.
Every time I hear UCLA Coach Steve Alford talk about how young his team is, my hair hurts. His starting lineup for the Duke game included two fifth-year seniors, a junior, and two sophomores who combined for 61 starts last year. That's ancient by today's standards.
Still think Kentucky has the best recruiting class of all time?
Michigan State gets to the foul line most infrequently…remember that in March.
In their upset loss to Stanford, UConn scored a mere 13 points in the second half…at home!
Purdue has won five of their past six games.
As they coasted to an 82-52 victory over Virginia Tech, VCU pulled off a 31-0 run…think about that---31-0.
Louisville’s Russ Smith is most likely the best two-way player in college ball this season.
He has had at least eight assists in three of the Cardinal’s last four games. In his previous 108 games he never reached eight assists.
Baylor is not great in the post…remember that in March. However, I have liked their zone defense.
Unbeatens: Wisconsin, Toledo, Ohio State, Arizona, Syracuse, Villanova, Wichita State, Iowa State, Oregon.
Syracuse sophomore center Dajuan Coleman is ranked eighth on the team in average minutes. But he's first in total offensive rebounds.
NC State held Tennessee to a 3-24 night from three at Tennessee.
Among the many things working in Wisconsin's favor is the unbalanced Big Ten schedule. The Badgers only have to play Ohio State and Michigan State once each, and both games are in Madison.
Kansas State’s weekend victory over Gonzaga was their first meaningful win of the season.
K-State had just four turnovers in the game.
Gonzaga had yet to commit more than a dozen turnovers in a game this year.
UNC is simply awful at shooting foul shots. In the loss to Texas (at Chapel Hill) they made only 24 out of 47 from the line…10 of 25 in the second half. That’s a junior high stat.
In their first loss of the season, UMass was one for fifteen from three.
Princeton is the only team in the country to have taken more three-point shots than twos.
Cornell is 0-11…going 6-for-31 from three while scoring a mere 54 points versus Stony Brook can do that.
In Wichita State’s road victory over Alabama, Cleanthony Early went 11 for 11 from the foul line.
This year’s version of the Shockers may be better than last year’s Final Four squad.
Might they be the Midwest version of Gonzaga?
There were only 48 possessions in the Pittsburgh/Cincinnati mud-wrestling match. Pitt made one field goal in the final 14:54…another junior high stat.
South Dakota vs. Morehead State produced 83 possessions as Morehead State scored 120 points in a regulation game.
The Duke women have been walloped by an average of nearly 30 points in all seven of their meetings vs. UConn during Coach Joanne P. McCallie’s tenure. The lady Blue Devils have yet to get further than the Elite Eight in her time at Duke. Coaching big games is not her forte.
In Ohio State’s last minute victory over Notre Dame…the Buckeyes scored 17 points in the first 19:10 of the second half…followed by 14 in the final 50 seconds.
Kansas had 46 free throws attempts in their win over Georgetown.
Pitt wasn’t called for a single foul in the first half in their win over Cal Poly.
Duke has spent the last 119 weeks as an AP Top 10 team…that accounts for 223 straight games.
The next closest teams with active streaks in the AP Top 10 are Michigan State (12) and Louisville (11).
Miami holds the record for most consecutive weeks as an AP Top 10 football team…137 from 1985 to 1993.
Virginia has zero notable wins…SMU is their best.
The best win for Indiana thus far---Stony Brook.
Kentucky has no floor leader, no one who makes other players better and dribble way too much.
Not so fast: After breaking their 32-game losing streak, Grambling’s one-game winning streak was immediately broken by TCU.
One more thing: In losing to Miami by 17, Savannah State used 15 players…the Canes put just seven players on the floor.
Congratulations! You made it to the end -- celebrate by watching some basketball.

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