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.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville---Florida is #1 Edition

Clarke Kellogg, Jalen Rose, Greg Anthony, Bruce Pearl and Seth Greenburg certainly have not gotten any better at announcing or commentary. They are so pathetic; I feel that my basketball IQ goes down when they come on. They are so bad; it makes me grateful for Doug Gottleib.
Michigan State hasn't won consecutive games in more than a month…will they ever be at full strength?
SMU’s victory at UConn was their first road win vs. a ranked opponent since 2003.
All five Providence starters scored ion double figures in the victory over Butler.
Nebraska has won five in a row…Western Michigan, seven straight.
Pitt has lost five of past seven.
Virginia’s 14-1 record in the ACC is their best since the Ralph Sampson days. UVA could be a two seed.
Stephen F. Austin has won 22 straight…31 in a row at home---same as Duke at home.
Georgetown had just three turnovers in their victory Saturday in their 22-point victory over Xavier…fewest in the JT3 era.
Florida and St. Louis have won 19 consecutive games.
North Dakota State leads the nation in made field goal percentage at 50.4%.
In their 31-point victory over Texas, 16 players took the floor for Kansas.
Louisville has just four losses and has a six game winning streak…10 of last 11. Don’t overlook them in March.
New Mexico has just two losses since December 17th.
Kentucky’s only losses since January 15th are to #1 Florida and LSU.
Duke has not lost back-to-back regular season games since February of 2009.
The 66 points scored by Duke in the victory over Syracuse were the fewest for the Blue Devils in a win this season.
In Saturday’s Duke win over Syracuse, the Orange had two blocks, compared to nine in the first meeting.
Kansas State has lost six in a row on the road.
If they fail to win the WCC Tournament, Gonzaga could miss the NCAA Tournament.
Colorado had won five of their past six, before Arizona showed up and won by 27.
In the 64-team era, just four teams have garnered a #1 seed with fewer than four losses and an average scoring margin below 12 a game. Michigan and St. John’s in 1985, Duke in 1986 and Missouri in 1994.
Wisconsin has won five in a row.
The Badgers have eight RPI-Top-50 wins…only Kansas has more.
Wisconsin has seven wins over ranked teams, as well as 10 victories on road/neutral courts.
Seven teams entered January without a loss. Syracuse is the fifth to follow their initial loss with another. Only Arizona bounced back with a win…and Wichita State’s record remains spotless.
UMass missed all eight attempts from three in the loss to VCU…first time sine March of 2006.
Not so fast: Unbeaten in league play: Florida, Wichita State, St. Louis, Stephen F. Austin.
One more thing: The final ten minutes of the second half in Virginia’s victory over Notre Dame was as dominate as anything I have witnessed this season. UVA’s defense obstructed everything. They made every kind of shot and grabbed boards on both ends. In 8:35, the Cavs went on a 25-0 run, making 10 out of 10 field goal attempts. Remarkable!

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

Friday, February 21, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville---2-21-14 Edition



The best recruiting tactic: get kids who are good enough to win, but not quite good enough to leave.
A Kansas-Wichita State regional final in Indy would be Must See TV…would it not?
Can you believe the idea of expanding the tournament to 96 teams was seriously discussed once upon a time?
Michigan State has not won back-to-back games in nearly a month.
Stephen F. Austin hasn't lost since Nov. 23 and they rank 14th in the country in scoring margin.
Wichita State has just two wins against teams ranked in the top 50 of the RPI. There are bubble teams with more wins than that. Something to consider in March.
Illinois has lost 10 of last 11… Florida State has lost seven of their last 10.
Indiana freshman Devin Davis has 190 minutes on the floor…still seeking his first assist.
Top-50 RPI victory leaders: Kansas (10), Syracuse and Arizona (8), Iowa State (7).
Baylor has won three in a row…UNC has won eight consecutive ACC games.
In its victory over The Citadel, Davidson had five players with at least 13 points.
NC Central has won 12 in a row and leads the MEAC with an 11-1 record. They could meet Duke in the first or second round.
Grambling picked up its first road win of the season---and in nearly two years over Prairie View A&M.
Florida’s Casey Prather is averaging 16 ppg this year…up from 6.2 last season.
Prather has more free throw attempts this season than his total for his first three years.
Florida has outscored their last seven opponents by an average of 13 points in the second half.
San Diego State was left out of the preseason ratings…same for Villanova.
Pitt’s best win: Stanford on a neutral court.
In their second win over Villanova, Creighton got 39-points from Doug McDermott and 39 from the bench. Villanova has just three losses…each loss has been follow by an overtime game.
Duke’s Jabari Parker leads the ACC with ten double-doubles.
Duke or UNC {or both} has finished within a game of first place in the ACC for 29 of the past 32 seasons.
After humiliating Duke, UNC became the first team in history to get wins vs. the preseason #1, #2, #3 and #4teams.
Cincinnati and Michigan State have each had a 64-rebound game this season.
Louisville has won their 11 AAC games by an average of 23.6 points.
The last time Virginia started 13-1 in the ACC was 1980-81.
UNLV has won six of their last seven.
Providence’s Bryce Cotton averages 39.3 minutes per game---most in the nation.
Louisville has a better record this year {21-4} than last year at this point [20-5].
Louisville leads the nation with a 21.3 point margin of victory…the highest since Duke’s 24.7 in 1999.
Six of the last 15 national leaders in scoring margin won the NCAA Tournament.
Two lost in the title game. Five had #1 or #2 seeds, but were upset before the Final Four.
UVA has won six conference road games.
UCLA’s Kyle Anderson averaging 15.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.8 apg and 1.6 spg, and is shooting 52% from three {up from 21% last season.}
Five St. Louis players scored in double figures in the victory over George Mason.
BC over Syracuse. Never say never. Remember a group of kids who are determined and who believe in themselves can do remarkable things. The Eagle landed!
Boston College had won just one game vs. a D-1 team since November before upsetting Syracuse.
After BC’s dramatic victory, Syracuse went from being one of the two remaining undefeated teams in Division I men's basketball to being the only team ranked in the top 20 of the AP poll with a loss to a school currently rated lower than 150 in the RPI.
St. Louis and Florida have won 18 in a row…UVA at 10 in a row.
Creighton’s 3-point shooting [43.3%] is better than ten teams’ 2-point rate, and better than 71 teams’ overall field goal percentage.
Six teams currently have winning streaks of ten or more.
Unbeaten D-1 teams: Wichita State…UConn and Notre Dame women’s teams.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville---Creighton Edition

Notre Dame’s win at BC was their first ACC road victory.
Syracuse has won six ACC games by two or fewer possessions…last three by one point.
Wichita State is the first team to start 27-0 since Illinois in 2004-05.
UConn is the first conference foe to sweep Memphis in 13 seasons.
UMass is the first team to win at George Washington this season.
Oklahoma State 1-7 in last eight.
St. Louis has won 17 in a row. They are ranked 3rd in defensive efficiency and 3-point defense.
UNC has won six in a row.
Baylor’s Kenny Chery (a 6’ guard) had 20 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the win over K-State. It was 2OT victory by a margin of 14. Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot!
Guess who has the most double-doubles in the Big12 this season…Ryan Spangler of Oklahoma with 10.
The top five teams in the AAC have a 94.4% winning record against the conference’s bottom five.
13 players have racked up 40 or more points in a game so far this season.
Nebraska’s victory at Michigan State was their vs. a Top-10 team in 17 years…4th ever against a Top-10 team away from home. Nebraska had a scant five turnovers…on the road. Blimey!!
Wisconsin has won four in a row and is 6-2 vs. Top-25 teams… just two turnovers vs. Michigan.
Creighton averaged 1.44 points per possession (PPP) in the two victories over Villanova.
The Blue Jays were 30 for 50 from 3-point range and 60.7% from the field.
Creighton had 44 points in the paint Sunday.
Kenpom ranks them #2 in adjusted offensive efficiency.
It has been 41 years since Creighton won at home vs. a Top-10 team.
It was 15th time in Doug McDermott’s career that he had 20 or more points in a half.
McDermott 23 games with 30 or more points. He’s kinda good.
Northwestern’s Drew Crawford went 1-15 from the field…yet still grabbed a team high 11 boards.
8-1 for St. John’s in their latest nine.
Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon has scored in double figures in every ACC game this year. UVA allows the fewest PPP in ACC conference play.
Florida’s 10-point victory at Kentucky was the first home loss for the Wildcats in 23 games.
The Gators scored at least one point on its last 13 possessions.
Florida has now won 17 in a row.
Prior to the win over Arizona, Arizona State had never defeated a #1 or #2 ranked team.
Iona’s A.J. English had 21 points vs. Monmouth…more impressive were 13 assists with one turnover.
Cornell won its first game against D-1 team in a three-point victory over Dartmouth.
Perry Ellis of Kansas: 19 and 11 in the loss at Kansas State, 32 and 8 (plus five assists!) in the win over TCU. Pretty good week at the office!
Duke had their worst shooting performance of the year in the one point win over Maryland.
Duke is 114-63 against the Terps.
Not so fast: Unbeaten in league play: Syracuse, Florida, Wichita State, St. Louis, Delaware, Stephen F. Austin,
One more thing: Canisius guard Billy Baron played all 55 minutes of the triple-overtime victory at Siena on Sunday. Baron finished with 40 points (18-for-19 from the free-throw line), 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

Congratulations!!! You made it to the end. Celebrate by watching some college hoops this week. Highlights: UNC@FSU & Maryland Women@Duke Women tonight…DUKE@UNC & Michigan State @ Purdue on Thursday. A rare Friday night telecast: VCU @ UMass.

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.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville--SDSU Wins 19 In A Row Edition

Iowa has lost just one game by more than five points this season (an eight-point defeat at Michigan).
Rutgers has not won a road game all season, and are just 9-13.
In the final 15 seconds of the Weber State/Sacramento State game, there were three technicals and two three point shots…the final play a 75 foot swish by Dylan Garrity of Sac State.
We may have to wait until the post-season to see Xavier Thames of San Diego State---but it will be worth the wait…17.9 ppg, 42.7% from the field, 43.2% from three, 82,4% from the line and 1.8 steals per game.
When Baylor plays up to their talent, they are a dangerous team. Still, they are 2-6 vs. the KenPom Top-30.
Clemson got an unsexy win against Georgia Tech (45-41) without anyone in double digit scoring.
Iowa is 1-6 vs. the KenPom Top-20.
Bobby Portis of Arkansas scored 35 points in the win over Alabama. No other starter scored more than four.
19 straight for San Diego State.
Virginia makes just 64.8% of their free throws…319th in the nation…remember this in March.
Six of Syracuse’s victories have been by one or two possessions.
UNC has won five of their last six.
Since Michigan lost All American candidate, Mitch McGary, the Wolverines are 12-1.
Georgia State has won 13 in a row.
14 Straight for the Gators…16 consecutive 20-win seasons, 4th longest in NCAA right now.
Two wins in a row on the road for Ohio State.
Looking back, there were a season’s worth of highlights in the Duke/Syracuse game.
Duke has won 29 in a row at home.
Against Wake, Duke had 17 assists on 27 made baskets…picked up 30 points in 58 bench minutes.
Duke is converting 41.6% of their threes…best in the ACC and second-best at Duke since the shot was instituted in 1987.
Oregon has lost five of its past seven game…and doesn’t really have post players.
Virginia leads the ACC in scoring defense (55.5 ppg). Clemson is second at 55.8 ppg.
In the victory over Notre Dame, Syracuse made 21 baskets…11 by Trevor Cooney.
Xavier has lost three in a row…four of past six.
Delaware has won 12 in a row.
Virginia Tech has lost eight in a row and 10 of its last 11…haven't been defeated by fewer than 20 points in two weeks.
Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein had 18 points, 11 boards, 6 blocks against Ole Miss. In his six previous games he totaled 14 points, 19 rebounds and nine blocks. Shazam!
Wichita State is shooting just 33.5 percent from beyond the arc in Missouri Valley play, eighth in the league.
UConn’s Shabazz Napier is averaging 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.9 steals while shooting 45 percent overall and 43.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Iowa missed 17 of 20 3-point attempts while losing at home to Ohio State.
Kansas is the most dangerous team in the country when Alan Wiggins shows up.
Florida, San Diego State and Cincinnati are probably the three best on defense so far this season.
Arizona State’s Jordan Bachynski had five blocks last night and is now the all-time Pac-12 leader.
SMU is 7-1 in their last eight games.
Cleveland State and Oakland combined for 29 3-pointers last night.
Stephen F. Austin has 29 consecutive home wins…tied with Duke for nation’s longest.
Miami is the slowest team in America with 58.7 possessions per game.
According to BPI, six of 11 most difficult schedules (and eight of 16) belong to Big 10 teams.
Six different coaches in the Big 12 have Final Four experience.
Boise State blew a 15-point lead in the second half vs. San Diego State…and an 11-point lead at the 3:29 mark at UNLV.
Villanova had 25 assists on 32 baskets in their victory over Xavier.
Not so fast: Kansas has 12 Top 100 wins, eight in Top-50, #1 Strength of Schedule, #1 RPI.
One more thing: The ACC (Duke & Syracuse) and the Big East (Villanova & Creighton) are the only conferences to have at least two teams in the top-ten RPI and KenPom.

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

Monday, February 03, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville---5 Top-10 Teams Lose Edition

The last time that Syracuse was ranked No. 1 in the country, it was 2012 and they were undefeated. Their first game as the No. 1 team in the country that season---a loss to Notre Dame. Irish at Syracuse at 7 PM tonight on ESPN.
Texas A&Mhas gone two in a row without a player scoring in double figures. Yikes!
Four of the Top-10 lost on Saturday…Arizona (with 0.9 seconds remaining), Oklahoma State, Michigan State and Kansas…Gadzooks! Then on Sunday, Michigan loses as well.
Baylor won over Oklahoma State without starting point guard, Kenny Chery. Baylor is home vs. Kansas on Tuesday.
Andrew Wiggins fouled out with just seven point and five boards.
SMU is unbeaten at home.
Xavier is 2-3 in last five.
LSU is 4-1 in last five…by an average margin of 12 points.
Oklahoma State is 1-3 in fast four.
Georgetown’s victory over Michigan State stopped a five-game losing streak.
Someone had to win the Ohio State/Wisconsin game. Both are now 17-5 and 4-5 in conference.
1-4 for FSU in last five.
18 in a row for San Diego State.
Marquette might not even make the NIT.
St. John’s Chris Obekpa had seven blocks against Marquette.
Kansas State looking like an NIT team.
UMass has lost three straight road games…three of last four overall.
Charleston Southern’s Sheldon Strickland hit seven three-pointers.
Syracuse got just four points and six boards from their bench…Duke bagged 30 and seven.
71 bench minutes for Duke…28 for Syracuse.
Syracuse scored on all but one possession in OT.
Nine blocks for Syracuse…zero for Duke.
Just 16 turnovers between the two teams…eight a piece.
Both teams made 31 baskets.
It’s possible these two could meet three more times this season.
Pitt is now 0-4 against the top 30 of the RPI and 18-0 against everybody else
Just a junior, VCU’s Briante Weber is now the all time leader in steals at the school.
It has been 54 years since Northwestern last pulled off a three-game winning streak on the road.
Texas just a game out of first place in the Big 12.
Three straight opponents have shot better than 40% vs. Kansas.
Davidson is still the team to beat in the SOCON…8-1 in conference play.
Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon’s 3-pointer at the buzzer at Pitt put UVA at 8-1 in conference. Brogdon has scored in double figures in all nine ACC games.
With their favorable schedule coming up, UVA could wind up 15-1 on March 1st.
Tyler Harvey of Eastern Washington knocked in ten threes in an OT win over Northern Colorado.
Since dismissing three players, including their leading scorer, UTEP has gone 6-1.
Grambling hasn’t beaten a Division I team since March of 2012. Mississippi Valley State tonight.
Not so fast: Five seniors start for the 20-2 St. Louis Billikens.
One more thing: Why is the coach’s box rule never enforced?
Congratulations!!! You made it to the end. Celebrate by watching some college hoops tonight.

Iowa State @ Oklahoma State---9 PM on ESPN, tonight under the lights.