Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville---Bad Day on Tobacco Road Edition

I love it when I hear coaches say they have to watch the tape of a game. When was the last time any of them watched on anything other than a disc?
Purdue has used eight different lineups in 15 games. That can’t be good for business.
Ronnie Johnson became the third player in Purdue history to get 500 points and 200 assists in his first two seasons.
Numbers game: Baylor entered the TCU game ranked 260th in free throw shooting, hit all 21 of their foul shots.
Nevada has played eight games decided by three points or less, plus one OT. They are 6-3 in these games…just 9-8 overall. Go figure!
Rick Pitino and Larry coached against each other 17 times in the NBA. Sunday was their first meeting in college.
Florida is 6-2 in games decided by single digits.
Coach K is now 26-8 in ACC Openers.
Out of 345 D-1 teams, UNC is #328th in free throw shooting…Wake forest is # 333.
In their win over Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara attempted just two free throws.
There were only 49 possessions in the Miami/Syracuse game. The Canes rank dead last in Kenpom’s adjusted tempo…and Syracuse is in the bottom 15. Clemson and UVA are also in the bottom 15. Watching the ACC this year could be like watching the Big 10 of yore.
Pitt’s sixth man and all-around glue guy, Durand Johnson, saw his season end with a torn ACL.
Oklahoma State lost top rebounder, Michael Cobbins out for the season (Achilles injury). Marcus Smart then proceeded to grab 24 boards in two games.
Grant Gibbs, starting senior point guard for Creighton is out indefinitely.
Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddle also tore his ACL and is done for the season.
The most devastating loss is Duke Women’s All-American point guard, Chelsea Gray to a fractured kneecap. Her college career is over.
She suffered the same injury last season. Freshman, Alexis Jones took over and was dynamic enough to be named MVP in the ACC Tournament.
Duke has two experienced seniors to come off the bench who will contribute.
Chelsea was a female Magic Johnson. As fine a passer as I have seen.
Five of UCLA’s next games are on the road.
Illinois is 0-4 in away games.
Washington’s victory over Colorado was their first win vs. a ranked team in 2 ½ seasons.
Duke, UNC & NC State all lost Saturday…the first time all three lost on the same day since March 6, 1996 in the ACC quarterfinals.
Throw in Wake’s loss…and all Tobacco Road teams lost by an average of 18 points.
UNC’s 57-45 loss at Syracuse tied the school record for fewest points in the shot-clock era. Just two players scored more than four points for UNC.
Coach K has won more ACC road games (61.7%) than any other coach in league history.
Cal is going to be a threat and a pest in the Pac-12…3-0 to start conference play.
Let’s be honest. Duke got the W over UVA…but it was due to a very lucky bounce on a Rasheed Suilimon 3-pointer with 19 seconds left. Most fortuitous indeed.
I think UVA missed more open shots/great look attempts than I have seen in one game. UVA did not get one bounce all night.
Their pack line defense is stifling. Looks sorta like a 1-3-1 match-up zone that dares you to shoot from behind the arc…dares you to attempt a mid-range jumper…dares you to attack the rim. And they defend deep into the shot clock. I lost count of the rushed prayers Duke put up as time was dwindling down.
UVA out-rebounded the Blue Devils…a trend that continues, and will haunt them all season and especially in the post season.
Duke has now won 31 straight ACC games at home.
Pitt is now 15-1.
In a loss to George Washington, Rhode Island put just 13 points on the board in the first half.
Not so fast: I agree with John Feinstein who posits that today’s freshman play so well because they face fewer and fewer great upperclassmen each year---since most are already in the NBA.
One more thing: Cornell became the last D1 team to win a game. Too bad Oberlin is not a D1 team.

Congratulations! You made it to the end -- celebrate by watching some basketball this week. Wisconsin@Indiana, Georgia@FLA, Kentucky@Arkansas, OKLA@Kansas State, Ohio State@MINN, UConn@Memphis, Pitt@Syracuse, Michigan State@Illinois, Oklahoma State@Kansas, OKLA@Baylor, Louisville@UConn, NC State@Duke.

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