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Old 11-25-2013, 11:02 AM   #16
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After UNC upset Louisville, there were a couple other mild upsets yesterday as #10 VCU and #14 Michigan both lost at home. Georgetown beat VCU in a game with 61 fouls and NINETY-FOUR free throws, and Charlotte beat the Wolverines (who got only 9 minutes from injured F Glenn Robinson II).

And plus also, a near-stunner at Cameron as the Duke Blue Devils survived the Vermont Catamounts' 64% shooting performance and perhaps got a little home cooking (of course: it's Duke at home) to pull out a 1-point victory.

At home.

Against a 1-4 team.

Didn't see the game, but it should be no surprise that the Dookies had the game handed to them on a silver platter benefited from a few close calls that should never have been made could have gone either way.

Edit: just watched the shooting foul that was called with 5 sec to go: bad call.

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Old 11-28-2013, 01:50 PM   #17
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Bahamas Battle 4 Atlantis Tourney

Uh, oh! UTEP and USC in the same tourney? Did not know about this juicy tidbit. Double uh, oh: Floyd and Enfield and staffs have already had an off-court extra-curricular throw-down at yesterday's pre-tournament reception!

It will go no further, though, as USC is blown out by Villanova 94-79 in the first round. Nova will face the winner of Wake Forest vs. KU in the semis. OK, it's only halftime and KU is only up by 15 but still...

Tennessee, Iowa, and Xavier are the other teams in this 3-day tournament.

Marquette (#25) is winning today against Cal Fullerton but is a little far down the rankings to get much mention except to say I'm still rooting for them after all that trouble they've had with that Russian tanker.
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That Enfield is a trash talker. Good bulletin board material. He was earlier quoted as telling his players "We play fast at USC. If you want to play slow, go to UCLA."
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:49 PM   #19
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#2 and #6 go down

in the Bahamas tourney, #2 Jayhawks get their first L of the season as Villanova hits 9 of 25 3-pointers, outrebounds the Jayhawks 43-34 and beats KU 63-59. Goddammit. An ugly game as both teams shot under 40% and went on hot/cold streaks throughout the game. Nova had one field goal in the last 7 minutes--a three pointer by soph guard Ryan Arcidiacono with 10 sec left to put the Cats up by two. KU had outscored them 13-1 to take a late lead moments earlier. KU freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins missed a winning 3-pointer with three seconds to go and finished with just 10 pts. Nova will play Iowa in the championship game.

#6 Duke fell to 4-2 as they lost to #4 Arizona in the championship game of the NIT Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. Duke freshman Jabari Parker did not get a double double for the first time this year, I think. Only 3 rebs, but he still scored 19 in the loss. Five guys scored in double figures for Arizona, who should move up to #3 at least.

Meanwhile #1 Mich. St. wins big over Mt. St. Mary's, and #5 Oklahoma State squeeks out the W by 2 points over Butler after leading by 16 in the first half. Butler senior forward Khyle Marshall missed two FTs that could have tied it with 8 sec left, but Butler had that chance only because national consensus #1 bad-ass Marcus Smart missed THREE free throws with OSU up by one in the last minute. OSU could move up if KU falls far enough after losing today.

#7 Ohio State and #9 Louisville both win.

Oh, and Tim Floyd, way more politely than needed, ended the thing with Enfield. The more I think about it, the more I think Floyd should have either publicly dismissed Enfield as an immature punk or, since he didn't take that chance three weeks ago, just punched his teeth in Wednesday. Enfield says he was just "reaching out" to Floyd. What a dick. He should have kept his fucking foolish mouth shut from the start. Since he didn't, he should do so henceforth.

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Old 12-03-2013, 12:54 PM   #20
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Top 10 shuffle

Top ten shake up a bit but all remain in the top ten in Monday poll. Big winner among them was 7-0 Syracuse, who went from 9th to 4th after winning the Maui tourney for the third time. Big loser was 6-1 Kansas, who slipped from 2nd to 6th after losing to Villanova in the Bahamas tourney. Kansas plays at 7-1 Colorado on Sat, at #15 Florida, then has UNM and G'town at home before facing #24 San Diego St. on Jan 5. No cupcakes, including U of Toledo, who go to Allen Field House on Dec. 30., and who are currently the 2nd-highest scoring team in the nation. Even Colorado has three ranked teams on its non-conference schedule before starting their grueling Pac-12 march, so they'll be ready for the Jayhawks in Boulder.

The Jayhawks' fall was matched by their fellow Big Twelvians from Okla State. The Cowboys lost a grudge match to Memphis in the title game of the Old Spice Classic in Florida and slipped from 5th to 9th. Memphis coach Josh Pastner denied the revenge motive, stating to ESPN: "I'm not a revenge guy. I think when you hold things in, things come out sideways." Yeah. Hate it when that happens. The Tigers couldn't have been blamed for wanting revenge, though, having been crushed by OSU 101-80 in a game two weeks ago. All-everything Marcus Smart had scored 39 in that earlier game. This time, he scored only 12 and turned the ball over 5 times but refused to use his stomach troubles as an excuse.

Speaking of 'Nova, they debuted in the AP rankings at 14th after going on to win the aforementioned Bahamas tournament, beating #23 Iowa in the title game. Which actually makes Nova, not Cuse, the biggest winner, since the Orange only moved 5 spots, while Nova climbed from the depths of "others receiving votes" (i.e. about 38th) to take their perch at #14 in the Week 5 poll. The Wildcats have 4 players averaging over 12 pts/gm, including soph guard Dylan Ennis, who is shooting 67% from the 3-pt arc.

Arizona (who beat Duke), Kentucky, and Ohio State all moved up a spot to round out the top 5 behind #1 Michigan State as Kansas filtered down. Couple 8-0 teams moved up: #7 'Sconsin! And need I ask again: how about them #11 Shockers at Wichita State? They beat St. Louis U by 5 pts, on Sunday, notable only because It was the first game in which they'd won by fewer than 13 pts--their avg. margin had been over 18 points! But to my knowledge, their schedule has not changed since I checked, which means there's still nobody on their schedule, so we'll see. Outlasting that other Kansas school in an occasional NCAA tourney is one thing, but could they actually find themselves competing in the AP poll with the mighty Jayhawks? If so, here's hoping that it's because they both keep winning.

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Old 12-03-2013, 01:01 PM   #21
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Top ten shake up a bit but all remain in the top ten in Monday poll. Big winner among them was 7-0 Syracuse, who went from 9th to 4th after winning the Maui tourney for the third time. Big loser was 6-1 Kansas, who slipped from 2nd to 6th after losing to Villanova in the Bahamas tourney. Kansas plays at 7-1 Colorado on Sat, at #15 Florida, then has UNM and G'town at home before facing #24 San Diego St. on Jan 5. No cupcakes, including U of Toledo, who go to Allen Field House on Dec. 30., and who are currently the 2nd-highest scoring team in the nation. Even Colorado has three ranked teams on its non-conference schedule before starting their grueling Pac-12 march, so they'll be ready for the Jayhawks in Boulder.
I'm curious to see how Josh Smith holds up this year for Georgetown. If you don't know his story, he was an NBA talented big man for UCLA who struggled with weight problems and couldn't stay on the floor due to foul trouble. All that kid had to do was get in shape and with his soft hands and scoring ability, he'd be in the NBA now. Transferred to Georgetown last year for a fresh start. I watched that opener with Oregon, and he still looks heavy...

SDSU is no joke. They are giving UCLA and USC serious heartburn in the So Cal recruiting market.
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Top ten update

#2 Arizona, #4 Syracuse, and #10 Duke all win last night, the latter two as part of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge series. Cuse, now in the ACC, beat Indiana by 17 in the Carrier Dome. IU could not solve the Syracuse zone defense, shooting just 37% and 4-14 from the 3-pt arc. Duke held off #22 Michigan to win 79-69 at Cameron after the Wolverines closed to within 5 pts in the second half.

Tonight's games:

#1 Mich. St. is at home vs. North Carolina, who dropped out of the polls from #16 to "others receiving votes" after their loss to Ala-Birmingham on Sunday. UAB coach Jerod Haase is a former Kansas player and was assistant coach under Roy Williams at KU and at Carolina. The Tar Heels were outrebounded 52-37 by the Blazers, and UNC may be the most inconsistent team in the nation, losing AT HOME to Belmont and then beating Louisville before losing to UAB. The key to beating UNC appears to be stopping the break. The Heels struggled in half-court, settling for outside shots instead of driving to the hoop. No wonder they only shot 11 free throws. They also shot only 43% from the floor.

#5 Ohio State takes on unranked Maryland in Columbus.

#6 Louisville hosts 1-5 University of Missouri-KC.

#8 'Sconsin! travels to 7-1 Virginia.

Would love to see an upset in East Lansing! Not holding my breath, tho.
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Aaaand looks like the good UNC team showed up! They hit the 12:00 TV timeout and it's 18-6 lead for the Heels with a 13-3 rebounding edge and Izzo won't call a timeout. Spartans with 2 FGs and 6 TOs.

MSU, here's your real problem: your yellow socks SUUUUUCK! That color is just wrong and butt-fugly! What is it with yellow socks and shoes? Soccer, cycling, and now hoops? This has got to stop!

Edit: dayum. MSU comes back to tie it at half, 35 all. UNC led by as many as 14 but went without a hoop in the last 5 min of the first half. New game.

Nother edit: 16-3 run by UNC puts them up 13 with 6 min to go!

And the MSU fans are streaming out of the arena as UNC goes up 12 with just over a minute to go! See you in the polls on Monday, Roy!

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As a lifelong Tarheel fan, that made me feel good. I hope they can get over the split personality thing that led to the two bad losses though!
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SDSU is no joke. They are giving UCLA and USC serious heartburn in the So Cal recruiting market.
Close one for the Aztecs last night vs. U. of SD, surviving 65-64 as USD missed a last-second three. USD's Duda Sanadze (great name!) hit 2 FTs with 4 sec left to get the Toreros within one point, then tied up the ball on the ensuing inbounds play, but couldn't drop his final shot. SDSU hosts the Washington Huskies on Sunday.

#3 Kentucky travels to #20 Baylor tonight. Should be a tough game for the Wildcats in Waco. Senior guards Brady Heslip and Gary Franklin are shooting 52% and 47% from the 3-pt arc, respectively, and Heslip has committed just 2 turnovers so far this season. The Bears outrebounded Cuse 33-21, hit 9 of their 19 3-pt shots, and had five guys in double figures, but it wasn't enough to offset their 20 turnovers (none by Heslip) in their loss to 'Cuse in the finals of the Maui tournament. Normally, I fart in the general direction of teams that rely on the three to win, but here's to a W for the Bears tonight.

#9 Okla St. hosts S. Carolina. The Cowboys' should rebound from Sunday's loss to then-#21 Memphis.
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NCAA Basketball '13 &' 14

Down goes Kentucky. Another big in a fight today as KU has its hands full at Colorado, trailing by four at the first timeout in the second half.

Missouri beat #18 UCLA today in Columbia. The win extended Missouri's 24-game home winning streak (best in nation), but just their first vs a ranked team.

Edit: oh, noes for the Jayhawks! They tied the game with 5 sec left on Perry Ellis's layup, but Askia Booker hit a wild, running 3-pt shot with 1 sec on the clock to give the Buffs their first win against Kansas in twenty tries. Wow and curses!

And now #2 Arizona in a dogfight with unranked UNLoVed.

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Schnickelfritz's Week 6 Top Ten

1. Arizona (8-0) Wins over #4 Duke and San Diego State.
2. Syracuse (8-0) Have beaten #18 Baylor and Indiana.
3. Ohio State (8-0) Will open and close their Big Ten season with games vs. Mich. St.
4. Wisconsin (8-0) Beat #11 Florida and Marquette.
5. Louisville (8-1) When they win, they win big. No, huge. Lost to #24 Carolina.
6. Michigan State (7-1) Beat #1 Kentucky, lost to Carolina. Have not looked good for the last 20 minutes of play. Not good at all.
7. Oklahoma State (8-1) Have a big win and a 5-pt. loss against Memphis.
8. Kentucky (7-2) Two losses against ranked teams (Mich. St., Baylor)
9. Kansas (6-2) Beat #4 Duke, lost to #14 Villanova and Colorado, who will appear in the AP top twenty tomorrow.
10. Duke (7-2) Lost to #4 Arizona and #5 Kansas.

Others receiving votes: UConn, Villanova, Wichita State, Oregon, Iowa State.
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AP #13 KU @ #19 Florida

No (AP) top tens in action, so but two teams are looking to rebound after last-second losses on the road. Jayhawks lead the Gators 10-3 at the first time out. KU was stunned in Boulder with 1 second left, Florida was up one at #12 UConn when Shabazz Napier hit a jumper at the buzzer. Florida in the middle game of three vs. ranked opponents--they host #16 Memphis next Tuesday.

Edit: Ugh. Had to turn it off after KU's 24th turnover. Might have to do a double-secret mid-week re-ranking sans Kansas. Yuck and *ptooie*

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Top seven except #2 Syracuse all go today.

#1 Arizona at Mich (#22 last week till their loss at Duke--harsh!). Wolverines have won 20 straight at home vs. non-conf opponents.

Other games of interest:

#11 Kentucky at #18 North Carolina. Both teams looking for some answers. UNC is 2-0 against ranked teams this year; UK is 0-2 against ranked teams. It will be Kentucky's first real road game of the season. Schnickelpick: UNC by 7.

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And need I ask again: how about them Shockers at Wichita State?...could they actually find themselves competing in the AP poll with the mighty Jayhawks? If so, here's hoping that it's because they both keep winning.
Um, the answer is yes and no. Two Kansas teams going in opposite directions right now.

Tenn at #12 Wichita State. Shockers still rolling after last year's final four appearance. UT is no pushover, with just two close losses and six comfortable wins.

New Mexico at #13 Kansas. Bill Self gives his young team the toughest schedule in the nation for a reason. But Jayhawks had 24 turnovers vs. Florida, and Gators had a 21-0 run in the first half. KU shot under 40% vs. Villanova in the Bahamas tournament loss. Kansas was called for 26 fouls in their last-second loss to Colorado. That's 3 Ls in 4 games. The Jayhawks will have to take care of the ball and the glass tonight in Kansas City's Sprint Center, as the Lobos are the 11th-best rebounding team in the nation.

Game on, Jurgen!

Edit: Just checked in on Ariz/Mich after lunch. What a game, with 5 lead changes in the last 2 minutes and that may not have been the most exciting part of the game! No spoiler.

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Roller coasters for the royals

KU, Carolina and Kentucky are the Jekyll and Hydes of the season so far.

#13 Kansas handily beat New Mexico at the Sprint Center in KC to stop a two-game losing streak. KU led 39-38 at half, then blew the Lobos away to win 80-63 as 7-footer Joel Embiid scored 16 of his 18 in the second half. Lobos senior guard Kendall Williams and senior forward Cameron Bairstow both scored 24, but UNM got only 7 points from the rest of the starters. Sophomore forward Perry Ellis led the Jayhawks with 21 points.

#18 UNC is now 3-0, and #11 Kentucky is 0-3, vs ranked teams after the Heels beat Kentucky yesterday in the DeanDome. McAdoo and Paige scored 20 and 21 pts, respectively, for UNC. Meanwhile, freshman phenom Julius Randle scored just 11 points to go with 4 of UK's 17 turnovers, and the Wildcats shot just 41%. The game featured 56 fouls. These two teams should switch places in the AP poll tomorrow.

In a game with only 31 fouls, #5 Mich St. won a close one at home against 2-9 Oakland College, who led by 1 at the half and by as many as 8 at the Palace in Auburn Hills, MI. MSU won without their leading scorer Gary Harris, and two of their forwards are also out, but Branden Dawson is back after being disappearded in the loss to Carolina, and man, is he pissed. He scored 16 and got 13 rebs, and senior guard Keith Appling scored 18 of his 21 in the second half to hold off the Golden Grizzlies, who were led in points, rebounds, assists and steals by their 6'4" senior guard Duke Mondy.

#3 Ohio State, #4 'Sconsin!, #6 Louisville, and #7 Okla St. all won by 15+. And #12 Wichita State beat Tennessee, so they might stay ahead of their fellow Kansans in the AP poll.

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