Monday, January 27, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville--Wonderful Weekend Edition

Are we having fun yet?
Over twelve hours of most enjoyable basketball on Saturday starting with a nooner at Cameron Indoor {a Duke victory over FSU} continuing unabated to the Late, Late Show with a win by my favorite team in west, Gonzaga. My-oh-my!
Lehigh has lost four games in a row by 10 points…that’s rough.
Michigan State’s 16-1 start was the best in program history.
Vandy could only play seven guys in their home win over Missouri, due to their depleted roster.
In their Conference USA home opener, Tulane shot 23.3 from the field, miss all 14 3-point attempts and had more turnovers (17) than field goals (10). They lost to Louisiana Tech 73-45.
Despite causing 15 turnovers vs. UConn, Memphis managed just two fast-break points in the loss.
UMass has nine wins against BPI Top-100 teams…tied with Wisconsin and Ohio State for 1st.
Creighton’s 3-point extravaganza at Villanova is well documented. Prior to that, The Blue Jays scored on 14 consecutive possessions against Butler. In that 8:39 stretch, their lead went from 12-7 to 45-24. Yikes!!!
Ethan Wragge has made half of his 148 3-point attempts this season, and he’s taken just six 2-point field goals. Six! Who does that?
Creighton has a great culture as well as the type of “know-how” that oozes from winning programs.
Miami held second half leads in both their losses to Syracuse. The U has a great coach…period.
UVA is 6-1 in the ACC…winning by a margin of +18.8 ppg. Six times this season UVA has held an opponent to fewer than 20 points in a half. That’s not an accident…that is dominance…that’s good for business.
Wake Forest is winning conference games at home that it would have found a way to lose last year.
In the 29 years of the 64-team era: More #1 seeds won the NCAA Tourney than seeds lower than four got to the Final Four. Only two teams lower than a six seed have reached the finals.
Butler scored just 18 second half points in their loss to St. John’s.
That’s nine straight for Michigan…the only Big 10 team undefeated in conference play.
Former La Salle legend Tom Gola passed away on Sunday. He was a four-time All-American. He remains the all-time leader in rebounds in college hoops history (2,201), and one of two players (Joe Holup of George Washington) in D-I college hoops history to score more than 2,000 points (2,461 in total) and grab more than 2,000 rebounds.
VCU and Villanova had to go into overtime to grab weekend victories.
Texas has won five in a row.
Wisconsin’s win at Purdue was just their third in 42 years.
Andrew Wiggins had 27 for Kansas…the most by a Jayhawk this season.
Belmont is 7-1 in conference play after beating preseason OVC favorite, Eastern Kentucky.
In Georgia State’s victory over Louisiana-Monroe, the teams combined for zero bench points.
Florida is looking more and more like a Final Four team to me.
The Zags are now 18-3 and 8-1 in conference…looking stronger game by game.
Colorado was 9 for 24 from the foul line in their loss at Arizona State.
Duke’s 27 offensive rebounds against Florida State was their most in a game since Nov. 20, 2004 (26). The Blue Devils got 29 second-chance points. The bigger, stronger FSU had just 24 total rebounds.
In the second half, Duke had just six field goals and still won by 18. Remember in March.
Parker and Hood were just 7-24 from the floor…17-20 from the line.
FSU scored just 0.86 points per possession. That's the seventh time in the last 10 games that Duke has held a team below 1.00 points per possession.
The Duke bench outscored FSU 42-11. Ouch!
In the Duke Women’s OT victory at FSU, the Seminoles went 0-2 from foul line. Pretty amazing when think about it…just two attempts in 45 minutes, at home. Bravo Duke!
Remaining undefeated in the win over Utah, Arizona did not score their second basket until seven and a half minutes into the game.
It was in a losing effort, but Temple's Dalton Pepper had 33 points and eight 3-pointers.
Memphis assisted on 23 of 25 field goals in their 32-point win over South Florida.
Five wins in a row for SMU.
Not so fast: The UMass victory at George Mason marked the first time in history that a ranked team played at Mason…who knew?
One more thing: Miami averages the fewest possessions per game in the nation, while Syracuse averages the seventh-fewest. The Division-I average for possessions per game is 68.4.

Congratulations!!! You made it to the end. Celebrate by watching some college hoops tonight.

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