Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/28/11

If you are unfamiliar with College Hoops 101, it is a weekly feature here at The Sports Bank that breaks down everything you need to know going on in the world of college basketball.  Every Monday I will look back at the previous week’s action, break down what to expect in the week ahead, and most importantly, update you on the obscene amount of games I have watched.

Feast Week provided us with some crazy and rather lackluster championship games.  Harvard over Central Florida in the Battle 4 Atlantis, St. Louis over Oklahoma in the 76 Classic, Dayton over Minnesota in the Old Spice Classic.  The Duke/Kansas Maui Invitational Final made up for all of those.  Also, #1 ranked North Carolina lost and Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired amid allegations of child molestation.

The up-coming week brings us the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Big East/SEC Challenge, and a possible preview of the National Championship Game as Kentucky and North Carolina go head-to-head.

The Drive
Games watched in 2008-2009: 275
Games watched in 2009-2010: 327
Games watched in 2010-2011: 341
Games watched this season: 51
Games watched last week: 14

Teams I saw play in 2009-2010: 125
Teams I saw play in 2010-2011: 131
Teams I have seen play this season: 62
(Home teams in CAPS)

Michigan 73, Memphis 61
Remember when I picked Memphis to win the Maui Invitational and then they lost in the first round?  Whoops.

Marquette 59, Norfolk State 57
The two teams met up for the second time in a week, this meeting coming in the Paradise Jam Championship Game.  MU nearly pissed this one away as the Spartans missed a three in the final second that would have given them the lead and also made me experience my first ever heart attack.

Missouri 87, Notre Dame 59
Remember when I picked the Irish to win the CBE Classic?  Major whoops.

Kansas 67, Georgetown 63
Redemption for picking Memphis to win the Maui Invite: my predicted score for this game was KU 68, G-Town 63.  Nearly nutted it.  Hoyas have a ton of length and at one time had four guys on the floor 6-8 or taller.  Thomas Robinson is a beast for the Jayhawks.

Memphis 99, Tennessee 97 2 OT
Former Marquette recruit Jeronne Maymon went beast mode with a career-high 32 points and 20 rebounds but in a losing cause for the Vols.  By the way, Tennessee was in the bonus in the first half before the four-minute TV timeout even occurred.  These two teams meet again on January 4th in Memphis.

Duke 82, Michigan 75
I’m surprised ESPN didn’t mention the fact that Doc Rivers, Dell Curry, and Tim Hardaway were all in the stands watching their sons play in this game.  Oh wait, they did… about 86 times.

Syracuse 69, Virginia Tech 58
It’s always interesting to see how sophomores suddenly “get it” after struggling through their freshman year.  That is exactly what has happened to Dion Waiters and Fab Melo at ‘Cuse.  It also helps that Melo lost 35 pounds but both guys will be key cogs for the Orange this season.

Duke 68, Kansas 61
Tyler Thornton had ZERO business making that three.  ZERO!  I’m really becoming a huge fan of the Jayhawks’ Thomas Robinson.  I think he has a legit chance of being a top five pick in the NBA Draft.

San Diego State 61, ARIZONA 57
The Pac-10 is just a mess early this season and ‘Zona’s struggles certainly aren’t helping the situation.  Again, the talent is there but it is just going to take Sean Miller a while to pull things together.  Finding a true go-to scorer would certainly help.

Central Florida 68, UConn 63
I fell asleep early in the second half of this game when the Huskies were up ten.  I woke up, saw the Muppets movie with my niece and nephew, checked my phone only to see UConn lost… what?!?!?!?  UCF went zone and it really caused problems for the Huskies as Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier were forced to take bad shots since they couldn’t get anything going inside.

Syracuse 69, Stanford 63
I really like how Kris Joseph has grown as a leader for ‘Cuse early this season.  Jim Boeheim shortened his bench in the Pre-season NIT but can still go ten deep.

Wisconsin 73, BYU 56
Ben Brust tied a school record by hitting seven three-pointers.  He could be the top sixth man in the entire COUNTRY!

UNLV 90, North Carolina 80
UNC just took some pretty bad shots throughout the game while the Rebels were certainly the more aggressive team.  Tyler Zeller and John Henson were out of rhythm all game while Chace Stanback and Mike Moser combined for 44 points and 28 rebounds.

INDIANA 75, Butler 59
Even though Butler is nowhere near what they have been the past two seasons, this is a big win for Tom Crean and the Hoosiers program.  Due to lineage, I figured I’d hate Cody Zeller, but I actually didn’t mind watching him.  He will for sure be the best of his

“The mid-range jump shot or as I call it, ‘the lost art.’” –whoever the dude was doing color for Versus during the UConn/UCF game.  Yeah, you are the only person who calls the mid-range jump shot a lost art.  Idiot.

Gotta give it to Maymon: 32 points (16-17 FT), 20 rebounds.  It’s especially crazy since he only scored 37 points all of last season.

What really makes this dunk impressive is that Marshall is 6’3” while Henson is one of the best shot blockers in college hoops.

Fast Forward
Xavier at Vanderbilt, Mon 6:00, ESPN2
Vandy is still without the services of big man Festus Ezeli and the Musketeers have the size and depth inside to take advantage.  This begins a rough stretch for Xavier who plays at Vandy, Purdue, at Butler, and Cincinnati in their next four games.

Big Ten/ACC Challenge (Tues-Wed)
Headliners for this year include Duke at Ohio State and Wisconsin at North Carolina.  The Big Ten is the deeper conference and should win for the third straight year.  I’ll have game-by-game predictions posted tomorrow.

Notre Dame at Gonzaga, Wed 10:15, ESPN2
What a rough week for the Irish.  They get blown out by Missouri and lose to a bad Georgia team at the CBE Classic.  Then lose their top player, Tim Abromaitis for the season due to an ACL injury.  Mike Brey was able to maximize this team’s potential two years ago when Luke Harangody was injured for an extended period of time, can he do it again this year?

Big East/SEC Challenge (Thur-Sat)
The headliners are Florida at Syracuse and Vanderbilt at Louisville.  I’ll have in-depth predictions for each game later this week.

North Carolina at Kentucky, Sat 11:00, CBS
This is pretty much a preview everybody’s prediction for the National Title Game.  It’s insane how much future NBA talent is going to be on the floor in this game.  This game legitimately features ten players who could be lottery picks in the NBA Draft this summer.

Marquette at Wisconsin, Sat 3:30, BTN
LEGGO! My girlfriend (a Wisconsin grad) and I (a Marquette grad) have already agreed not to talk on Saturday.  I’ll be courtside for this one.


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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