Friday, February 28, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville--Upset Thursday Edition

In college basketball, many things are unlikely, but anything is possible.
A victory over a team that’s going to the NCAA Tournament is a quality win…nothing else counts.
The coaching box gets less respect than the speed limit.
11 teams have used the same starting lineup in every game this season…combining for a 224-73 record.
An ACC team has scored less than 50-points 25 times this season…all last year it occurred 21 times.
Indiana is in danger of missing the NIT. Nebraska could make the NCAA…how about that.
It is going to take a miracle for Missouri to make it to the dance. Since joining the SEC, Mizzou football has more road wins than does the basketball team.
Over the past four seasons, Wichita State has a winning percentage of 82.6 on the road. Second best is Kansas at 74.4%.
Since taking over as head coach at Kansas, Bill Self has won 322 games, the most in that time span.
Saint Joseph’s has won 16 of their last 19 games.
Rider’s Jimmie Taylor scored 13 straight points in the final minutes in a loss to Iona.
12 total points decided Florida’s last three victories.
SMU’s 22 victories are their most since 1988.
St. Louis fell from the conference unbeatens and is just 2-2 vs. the KenPom Top-50.
Syracuse’s last five games have been within one possession with 15 or fewer seconds remaining.
In their victory at Maryland, Syracuse took just six free throws…the Terps took 27.
Oklahoma is sneaky good…maybe Sweet Sixteen sneaky.
In his last three games, Virginia’s London Perrantes has played 119 minutes with a single turnover…he has 107 assists and 29 turnovers on the season.
KenPom ranks UVA 344th in tempo, 4th in defensive efficiency, 1st in scoring defense (55.5 ppg).
Irony alert: UNC’s Marcus Paige leads the ACC in free throw shooting at 89.4%...as a team, UNC is dead last in the ACC at 62.2%...10 in a row for Carolina, by the way.
Coach K has coached 77 more games with Duke ranked #1 than unranked. Remarkable!
In the Duke victory over Virginia Tech, neither team got in the bonus situation in either half.
Since Feb. 15, Duke has played more games than the Los Angeles Lakers have, and the Lakers didn’t have to return to a campus for class.
Jabari Parker has four three-block games this season.
Next time you watch Duke on TV, watch for the excellent no-look and look-away passes from Rasheed Sulaimon (#14). The kid can pass---and you know me…I’d rather see passing than dribbling.
I thought this was the season the Duke Women would get back to the Final Four.
Not to be. They are down to three scholarship guards, none of whom is a ball handler.
Senior All-American Chelsea Gray is out with dislocated kneecap. Sophomore All-American candidate, Alexis Jones out with an ACL, Senior backup Chloe Wells out with shin splints, Freshman Rebecca Greenwell is a red shirt and Freshman Kianna Holland transferred to Ohio State.
To quote, Chester A. Riley, “What a revoltin’ development this is.”
Louisville has won seven straight…7-0 in AAC road games…getting better at just the right time.
Iowa State is 8-1 against teams in the Top-50 RPI. Gonzaga is 1-3. Pitt is 1-6.
In earning their 10th consecutive Big-12 Regular Season crown, all five Kansas starters finished with at least 11 points.
The Citadel had lost 17 in a row until Samford came to town.
Creighton ranks 88th in KenPom’s defensive efficiency. In the past 10 years, just one team made the Final Four with a ranking close to that low.
The SEC has but three teams in KenPom’s Top-50---fewest of the eight strongest conferences.
Kentucky’s Julius Randle averages 15.7 ppg…taking just 9.5 shots. Incredible!!
Harvard has won its last four road games by an average of 14.8 points.
NC Central has won 13 straight, six on the road…22-5 overall, 12-1 in the MEAC. D-1 only since 2007.
TCU is the lone major conference team winless in league play.
NC State’s T.J. Warren has six 30-point games in 2014.
In his last seven games, Iowa State freshman Monte Morris has 46 assists and four turnovers.
In losing to UVA, Miami was 0-for-12 from beyond the arc…oops! That’s the first time Virginia has held an opponent without a made three since 1999.
6’ 1” Shabazz Napier leads UConn in scoring {17.8}, rebounding {5.9}, assists [5.4] and steals [1.9].
Stephen F. Austin: 23 in a row, 15-0 in league play…have not lost since November 23rd.
Towson is 21-9…two years ago they finished at 1-31.
The UC Irvine Anteaters have three 7-footers, including Mamoou N’Diaye at 7’ 6”.
Not so fast: Unbeaten in league play: Florida, Wichita State, Stephen F. Austin.
One more thing: Florida’s 20 game winning streak is the longest in program history.

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

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