Monday, February 10, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville--Rivalry Week Edition

St. John’s has three of the Big East’s Top-10 shot blockers.
Oregon has lost eight of their last ten. In their past five games, they have lost by a total of 12 points.
Virginia’s 10 ACC victories are by an average of 16 points.
In Pitt’s double OT win over Virginia Tech, the two teams combined for one field goal in the two OTs.
FSU is 2-5 in past seven games.
Miami is limited talent-wise…but has tremendous coaching.
The undefeated UConn women (25-0) have zero foul-outs and average just 12 fouls a game.
Oklahoma State has lost four in a row and five of last six.
Oklahoma knocked down 14 3-pointers in the win over Baylor.
Baylor is 1-7 in their past eight games.
At full strength, I still think Michigan State is a threat to win the NCAA Tournament.
SMU is undefeated at home.
Their win over Cincinnati was SMU’s first against a Top-10 team since 1987.
SMU has not been to the dance in 21 years. Could happen this season.
Today marks the first time since 1985 (29 seasons) that SMU has made the Top-25.
Last ten, Notre Dame is 2-8.
Holy Cross has won seven of their last eight games.
Syracuse has exactly one blowout win in ACC play…a 20-point victory over Virginia Tech.
1918 was the last time Syracuse won 23 in a row.
In St. John’s five-point win over Creighton, Doug McDermott was held scoreless for the final 8:42.
That’s six Ws in the past seven for the Johnnies.
UCF lost to UConn. UCF’s Isaiah Sykes went 6-13…the rest of the team was 1-15. Ooops!
Southern Miss is sitting quietly in the weeds…21-3 and 8-1 in Conference USA play. Who knew???
Duke’s 30-9 run in the second half vs. BC put the game away. Jabari Parker had 14 of those 30.
Since losing to Clemson, Duke is averaging 81.25 ppg and giving up just 65.25 and winning by an average of 17 ppg in conference.
Clemson’s nonconference Strength of Schedule is #301.
Going into tonight’s game, the Duke women have beaten UNC seven straight times.
St. Louis is 22-2, 9-0 in conference and has won 16 in a row.
Tennessee is 2-7 in games decided by single digits…11-1 in the rest.
Iowa did a great job on Michigan’s Nik Stauskus…10 points, just six attempts and four turnovers.
Florida was won 15 consecutive games…vs. Alabama five Gators scored in double figures.
FYI: Stephen F. Austin is 22-2.
Wisconsin is 3-5 in their past eight…they have never finished below 4th in the Big 10 under Bo Ryan.
After losing at Memphis, Gonzaga is now 4-24 vs. Top-25 teams on the road.
Not so fast: I think UNC’s Kennedy Meeks has the best outlet pass in the game today. He’s in Kevin Love territory.
One more thing: The winner for the best name in college basketball for next season is already locked up by UNLV signee Goodluck Okonoboh.
Congratulations!!! You made it to the end. Celebrate by watching some college hoops this week.

On the tube: Kansas, Florida, Texas, Michigan, Kentucky, Duke/UNC, Syracuse/Pitt, UConn, Louisville, UCLA, Wisconsin…and in a rare Friday telecast, Arizona at Arizona State.

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