College Hoops 101 has undergone a facelift. My weekly breakdown of the past week in college basketball and look ahead will now be split into two parts. Since I was enjoying a much needed week vacation in Mexico, here is a glance at the past two weeks of games I watched. The numbers are uncharacteristically low but when you are on a beach everyday in 80-plus degree weather, you don’t really want to be inside watching hoops. Yes, I just wrote that. This week’s edition includes my thoughts on the Xavier/Cincinnati brawl, Indiana’s upset of Kentucky, and my Dunk of the Week.
Games I watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games I watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games I watched in 2010-2011: 341
Games I have watched this season: 82
Games I watched the last two weeks: 14
Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I saw play in 2010-2011: 131
Teams I have seen play this season: 80
(Home teams in CAPS)
DETROIT 69, St. John’s 63
The Titans dedicated their court to Dickie V. prior to the start of this game. As much as I cannot stand Vitale as a color guy, I have to admit that he is a terrific ambassador for the game of college basketball. This was also Nurideen Lindsey’s last game with the Red Storm as he decided to transfer, leaving St. John’s with just six scholarship players.
Marquette 79, Washington 77
Jae F’n Crowder! He hit a three with about six seconds play to give the Golden Eagles the dramatic win. Unfortunately, starting center Chris Otule suffered an ACL injury that will likely sideline him for a while. Still, watching this game at 12:30 am before hopping a 5:00 am flight to Mexico meant no sleep on this evening.
FLORIDA 78, Arizona 72 OT
Patric Young was an absolute beast as Zona just didn’t have the size inside to match up with him. Still, they forced overtime when the Gators intentionally fouled with a three-point lead late in regulation, only to have the Wildcats’ Solomon Hill throw up a shot attempt as he was getting hit, and knocking down all three free throws. Talk about that decision by Billy Donovan nearly being a catastrophic backfire.
UCONN 67, Harvard 53
Since I have nothing intelligent to say about this game, let me tell you why I became a UConn fan. The only two times I have ever won a NCAA Tournament pool was in 1999 and 2004 when I picked UConn to win it all, and of course they did. Obviously, I was pissed I didn’t pick them in any of my brackets last year.
XAVIER 76, Cincinnati 53
Since I was out of the country on this day, I found out about the brawl on-line and immediately thought, “No Way!” Then I thought about it for all of two seconds and changed my thought to, “Actually, this sounds about right.” For the record, I absolutely loved Tu Holloway’s comments after the game saying how his team is “gangster.” Click here for video of the brawl.
INDIANA 73, Kentucky 72
This is why, no matter what the case is, you always DVR a game involving the #1 ranked team in the country. It was a crazy scene in Bloomington and a monumental win for the Tom Crean Era at Indiana.
MARQUETTE 79, Green Bay 61
I’ll take this time to further my gushing over the confidence that sophomore shooting guard Vander Blue is showing this season. He looks so much more like the player I saw when he terrorized teams at Madison Memorial High School. His decision-making has drastically improved and he has gotten back to what he is best at; attacking the basket. Blue has also had some show-stopping dunks this season.
WISCONSIN 66, Savannah State 33
The Badgers are allowing a Division One best 44.7 points per game and have held their opponents to 33 or less points four times this season. That’s called locking down on D.
Ohio State 74, SOUTH CAROLINA 66
It took a while for the Buckeyes to adjust to life without Jared Sullinger again as the big men missed most of the game after injuring his foot, but they got going in the second half behind DeShaun Thomas who poured in a career-high 30 points.
Florida 84, Texas A&M 64
At halftime of this game, a Gator fan won a bunch of money for hitting a half-court shot and then proceeded to Tebow in the middle of the court. If I were president, I would implement a law where anybody who Tebow’s gets stoned to death.
MARQUETTE 93, Northern Colorado 72
Can Marquette players please stop doing dumb stuff causing them to be suspended for a game. First it was Juan Anderson accepting free Brewer playoff tickets forcing him to sit for three games, then it was Junior Cadougan violating a team rule and having to watch from the bench for the Wisconsin game, now it’s Darius Johnson-Odom doing likewise. For a team that thrives on using their depth and aggressiveness on both ends of the floor, Marquette needs all its healthy bodies on the floor since they are down to ten scholarship players due to the injury to Chris Otule.
LOUISVILLE 95, Memphis 87
This game featured a ton of terrible basketball; awful decision-making and shot selection, out of control play resulting in 54 fouls and 83 free throw attempts, pathetic attempts at defense by Memphis. I’ve seen better basketball played at noon at the YMCA. In fact, the Tigers would probably be better suited playing there than in an actual controlled Division One setting.
Syracuse 88, N.C. STATE 72
Ten games into the season and Cuse plays their first true road games of the season which is why they looked so strange wearing orange jerseys. If they had a Most Improved Player in college basketball, I think Dion Waiters would be a terrific candidate.
Kansas State 71, Alabama 58
In case you missed it the 46 times they mentioned it during the broadcast, Frank Martin’s son’s godfather is Anthony Grant and Grant’s son’s godfather Martin because Martin and Grant are good friends. I’m dizzy.
TERRIBLE ANNOUNCER LINE OF THE WEEK:
“No need to be greedy” –Mark Jones quoting Notorious B.I.G. after Arizona’s Kyle Fogg hit a three.
IRONIC ANNOUNCER LINE OF THE WEEK:
“Somebody’s gonna end up getting bloodied in that game.” –Dave Pasch referencing the Xavier-Cincinnati game two days earlier during his call of UConn-Harvard. Little did he know…
DUNK OF THE WEEK:
David Kay is a senior feature NBA Draft, NBA, and college basketball writer for the Sports Bank. He also heads up the NBA and college basketball material at Walter Football.com and is a former contributor at The Washington Times Communities. David has appeared on numerous national radio programs spanning from Cleveland to New Orleans to Honolulu. He also had the most accurate 2011 NBA Mock Draft on the web.
You can follow him on Twitter at DavidKay_TSB.
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